Wise Owls Newsletter November 27, 2017

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Wise Owls’ Newsletter Nov. 27, 2017

Hello all!
I hope you had a wonderful relaxing Thanksgiving week! I was here beginning report cards which come home Dec. 8. But, I did have time to relax and enjoy the holiday with friends. I also wanted to remind you of our Winter party, Thursday, Dec. 14 from 8-9:15 (or so). Be on the lookout for an email from Diane Anderson (Belle’s mom) to coordinate! Here’s what we are up to this week:
Word Work: We are on week 8 in Spelling City. Our word wall words are: their, were, where, through and don’t. Our family words are float, toast, cold, our and thrown. There are lots of ways to practice. Be on the lookout tomorrow for Word Wall concentration to be coming home from your child. Play this “memory game” with them and help them learn our “no excuse” word wall words! You can also make this game with the word family words as well.
Social Studies: We have finally finished our Community unit with the finale being Jr. Achievement. These are lessons taught by a “community member” and is done in each grade level. If you have a 5th grader, you have heard of “Biz Town” which is part of the Jr. Achievement lessons. A HUGE thank you to Michelle Megarry (Madison’s mom) for teach 5 lessons to our class about how the government works as well as money and taxes in our community! Your child is bringing home their “community visits” paper from our community fieldtrip earlier this fall to the West Linn Community. I encourage you to have your child fill out each section in full sentences with a beginning, middle and ending. This is for practice only and may be kept at home.
Writing: We are continuing our Writing and Social Studies unit with our “Family, Culture and Tradition Study”. Your child sent in a rough draft of their name, ancestors and traditions. We are now in the process of typing those into google slides…ALL DONE BY YOUR CHILD! They are learning about the workings of a computer, a keyboard, capital letters and punctuation as well as adding pictures from online. Just go into Google and have your child show you! They each have their very own Google log in and slide show on this unit started! You may help them revise and edit and add their very own family picture.
Math: We are working on adding fluently to 20. Check out the game “close to 20” that is coming home today. Play a version with your child with real cards. Raise the number to 30 if they are fluent and so on. We are also working on knowing our coins and their values. Give your child a handful of coins and have them add it up. If they get it, they can keep it! This is something that is a very difficult concept for them. Thank you for your help. Please read the attached “math family letter” about what we are doing in math. Please know that IXL is an enrichment but useful math tool for your child to use at home. The money IXL is letter “P”. In adding two digit numbers, the IXL is “G”.
Reading: I hope everyone is reading “just right” books! We have been working hard on knowing what a just right book is…a book that they know how to read, that they understand (comprehend) and can retell fully and that they make no more than 2-4 mistakes per page. Your child should also be able to tell you the central message of the story or what the author was trying to teach them. If your child is making more than 5 mistakes per page the book is too hard. Please send it back in and ask them to check out another book.
Thank you and enjoy these next few weeks of family time!

Fondly,

Angie Wise

Wise Owls Newsletter Nov. 13, 2017

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Hi all!
This is our last week of school before Thanksgiving week! Your family will get a week of family time! (I am, however, here at school next Monday and Tuesday if you feel the need to call, email or touch base with me.)

Last week, I asked for each of you to help your child find out about their name, their ancestors and at least one tradition that your family does sometime in the fiscal year. They were to write this on the rough draft that was sent home last Monday. Today, your child began TYPING their information into GOOGLE SLIDES. They are making a SLIDE PRESENTATION! Yes, your children are incredibly smart, creative and are learning a ton about their family and ancestors! If you WANT to WORK on your GOOGLE SLIDE PRESENTATION AT HOME, all you need to do is sign in under Google. Your child knows their account number. It is the P________ number. The SAME sign in for Typing Agent and Rosetta Stone. Make sure and use the COPY ONLY SLIDE…or else it goes to everyone. Maybe you can add a REAL family picture to your child’s Google slide presentation? Also, please help your child EDIT and REVISE.

Our Word wall words over the next week is Week 7. The words are: really, dear, who, brother and sister. The family words are: grandmother, grandfather, uncle, aunt and relative. The first 5 words are our “no excuse” words! They should be memorized so please practice them in the car, at the dinner table, and on paper. Thank you!

In math, we are learning that if we color 36 squares on a 100 chart, then how many squares are left? How would you write that equation? There are several ways:
36 + ? = 100
? + 36 = 100
100 – 36= ?
100 – ? = 36
These are called FACT FAMILIES. Please help your child with writing these in the pages coming home today.

IXL Letter K really goes along with fact families. They call it RELALTED FACTS. I encourage you and your child to log on and look at it together!

In science we are continuing to learn about our earth, the inside and outside and what makes it up…Geology! Collecting rocks and trying to identify them is an easy and fun way to start at home.

Have a great week and a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!
Fondly,
Angie

Wise Owls newsletter Nov. 6, 2017

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Families, Traditions & Interviews

Let’s celebrate and learn about our families!

As a continuing part of our study of communities, we will start to document life stories of our families and relatives. Throughout November, we want to interview family members. After all, our families are the foundation of a strong community. Spending time with family members and listening carefully to stories they tell about their lives is an important way we learn about family values and traditions.
Assignment One
Photo of my Family
Due: Tomorrow if possible!
Second Graders will be completing an art project based on their immediate family.
Please send in a photo of your family for use throughout this project.

Assignment Two
Rough Draft of your family, culture and tradition study writing packet.
Due: Monday, Nov. 13
Second graders will be learning and writing about their own family heritage how their name was selected, the story of your ancestors and a family tradition that is practiced with your family sometime throughout the year. This rough draft is due Monday, Nov. 13. We will write our final draft in school. Our learning targets in writing are: writing with a beginning, middle and ending and using capitals and punctuation in the correct places.

Hi all!
The next couple of weeks are going to be quite busy! We are beginning a family unit that will be focusing on storytelling, listening and speaking and writing. This is our very first writing homework project. Remember, the one your child has at home and that is attached to this email is a rough draft.

Our Word wall words over the next week is Week 6. The words are: very, because, some, with, and nice. The family words are: clean, please, feast, seem and sleep-long e words. The first 5 words are our “no excuse” words! They should be memorized so please practice them in the car, at the dinner table, and on paper. Thank you!

In math, we are continuing to learn that 86 is written with 8 strips or lines of 10 and 6 ones. I sent letters home last week explaining this. When kids add 86 to 43 they would add 6 ones and 3 ones to make 9 then 8 strips and 4 strips of ten to make 12 strips which is 120. Then they would add 120 +9 to make 129. IXL Letter M really explains this well. I encourage you and your child to log on and look at it together!

In science we are continuing to learn about our earth, the inside and outside and what makes it up…Geology! Collecting rocks and trying to identify them is an easy and fun way to start at home.

In writing and social studies, we are continuing our community with the smallest part: our families. The assignments and unit of study are described below.

Volunteers: please come in if you have not been in a while or email me if you forgot when you signed up to volunteer. Thank you to those that consistently remember and come in. You are awesome!

Have a great week!

Fondly,
Angie Wise