Sunday, May 21, 2017

Week 37

1st Grade Blog - Math
Week 37 May 22nd - 25th


It will be a busy week!  The 2nd graders will have Jr. Achievement on Monday, 8th grade Graduation at the convention center on Wednesday. We have been reading Charlotte’s Web in class and will be watching the movie on Wednesday afternoon.  Report cards and assessments will be sent home on Wednesday.  

Thursday is Field Day.  All families received an email from Oasis Academy about Field Day: label towels and clothing, sunscreen your child prior to sending them to school and only one piece swimming suits are acceptable.  Please drop off your students by 8:00 and pick up at 2:00!

We have had an AMAZING 2nd grade year!  Thank you for sharing and entrusting your children with us.  They have all touched our hearts.  Happy Summer Vacation!

Respectfully,
Mrs. Bloomfield and Miss Garcia

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Week 36 Final Week of Homework




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                                                                                                           May 15, 2017

Dear Parents,

Thank You Daisies Free Stock Photo - Public Domain PicturesTeacher Appreciation Week was awesome!  Thank you so much for the lovely notes, flowers, candy, gift cards, and other gifts.  The Teacher Appreciation Week Committee did an amazing job providing the teacher’s with treats throughout the week.  Between Italian Sodas, Popcorn Buffet, Mini Bundt Cakes, and a delicious Azteca Luncheon to cap off the week, we will not need any treats for weeks.  Miss Garcia and myself are so thankful for all the “love”!

Important Announcement--We Won “Money for Movie Bell”
I am pleased to let you know the Students of Room 17 have won the “Movie Bell” Contest.  Our class along with Mrs. WindRiver’s class brought in the most money for the Fallon Youth Club.  I am so proud of the students of Room 17 for their donations to a very worthy organization!!  Both classes will be celebrating their win on Tuesday, May 16th.  Mrs. O’Flaherty has arranged for all students in both classes to have 2 tacos and enjoy the movie, Sing.  Because there are 3 different lunch periods involved, we will enjoy our lunch at 12:15 pm rather than our normal 11:30 am.  Also if students don’t like tacos or will not be full with 2 tacos, they should bring additional food to enjoy.  All students will need to bring their on drink as drinks will not be provided!  Thank you for supporting your child in this opportunity to give back to the community!

Math
This week in math students will be learning some new games and reviewing math standards that have been worked on over the year.  Along with reviewing in math, students will be completing assessments for report cards.  This will be a very busy time, as much of our time will be spent assessing small groups of students and individuals.

Final Week of Math Homework...
Since this is the last week for homework and we will be doing lots of review, students will get to pick their own IXL Objectives to work on.  We are just asking that students pick an objective and work on it for 15 minutes every night.  It can be any 2nd grade objective that your child selects.   

It certainly was a beautiful weekend for Mother’s Day!  Miss Garcia and myself  hope all our “Bighorn” Moms had a fantastic, love filled Mother’s Day!!

Sincerely,
Anne Bloomfield
    and
Shannon Garcia

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Week 35--Happy Mother's Day!!



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                                                                                                                  May 8, 2017

Dear Bighorn Parents,

Here we are in May!!  We are winding down with only 12 days left of school.  This year is quickly coming to an end, but there is still work to be done.

We have completed instruction in all standards in 2nd grade math.  For the remainder of the year, we will be reviewing standards in 2nd grade math.  This week we will identify 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes, partitioning 2 dimensional shapes, and reviewing measurement with metric and customary units.  Since these are review standards, some of the IXL objectives will be repeats.  Please have your student work on the assigned objectives for 15 minutes.

Here’s the homework for the week...
Monday
IXL U.6 Identify Shapes Traced from Solids
Tuesday
IXL U.8 Shapes of Everyday Objects Part 2
Wednesday
IXL S.9 Which Metric Unit of Length is Appropriate?
Thursday
IXL S.3  Which Customary Unit of Length is Appropriate?

Projects
Last week in projects students dissected a tulip and worked on identifying parts that included stamen, anther, filament, pistil, stigma, style, and ovary.  They had a blast checking out all the parts we have read, discussed, and drawn.   Students also started creating their plant model.  This work will continue this week.

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2nd Graders dissecting flowers.
It’s hard to believe that we are down to the last few weeks as a second grade class.  The next 3 weeks will go very fast.  While Miss Garcia and myself will be sad to see our second graders get ready for third grade, we will look back with many fond memories.

Happy Mother’s Day to all our Moms!!  We hope that you have a special day filled with joy and love!!

Sincerely,
Anne Bloomfield
and

Miss Garcia

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Happy May Day


April Showers


                                                                                       May 1, 2017
Dear Bighorn Parents,

Sunshine - Free images on PixabayWelcome to the month of May!!  Even though we are solidly in the season of spring, winter temperatures have occasionally crept in and this week there are summer temperatures (high 70’s into the 80’s) in the forecast.  Please send your child with a labeled water bottle.

Last week students focused on the final standard in 2nd grade Math--equal groups and building arrays to show repeated addition or the foundation of Multiplication.  Students were so excited!
As students work on this important foundational skill.  They learned about equal groups, repeated addition, arrays, columns, rows, multiplication equations, factors, and products.  Miss Garcia and myself were very impressed with how quickly the 2nd graders picked it up!  They are looking more and more like 3rd graders everyday.
We will review this work on Monday and assess, so there will be no homework Monday night in math.

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Pictures of students building a foundation for multiplication as they build equal groups.

With instruction of 2nd grade math standards completed, the remainder of the school year, we will be focusing on standards that have not been completely mastered.  Our math will consist of many “mini lessons” and “mini assessments” on previously taught material to ensure that students who previously were at mastery level are still there and students that had not mastered a standard have the opportunity for additional instruction and practice so that they may be reassessed.  With that being said some of the IXL Objectives will be repeated for additional practice.

Homework
Monday
Equal Groups Assess-No Homework
Tuesday
2-Step Word Problems Worksheet
Wednesday
IXL Q. 5 Read Clocks and Write Times
Thursday
IXL Q.6 Time Words: O’Clock, Past, and Quarter
Wishing everyone a fantastic week!  The weather should be great for baseball, softball, and lacrosse.  Enjoy it while you can as we know winter can always stop back by for a visit.

Sincerely,
Anne Bloomfield
and
Shannon Garcia

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Week 33


  
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                                                                       April 24, 2017
Dear Parents,


The school year continues to be flying by, it’s hard to believe that we only have 5 weeks left of school!!  


In Math, 2nd graders will be starting their last “new” unit of the school year--multiplication.  We will be using number bonds and the terms equal groups, repeated addition, and arrays as we explore this concept.  Students will spend time drawing lots of pictures as we learn the foundation of multiplication.


Number Bond
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This number bond can be described the following ways....


Repeated Addition...4 + 4 + 4 = 12
Multiplication Sentence...3 X 4 = 12
Equal Groups...3 groups of 4 equals 12


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ROWS  Baseball Baseball Baseball Baseball   L   This array can be described as...
      Baseball Baseball Baseball Baseball   U   Repeated Addition...4 + 4 + 4 = 12
       Baseball Baseball Baseball Baseball   M   Equal Groups… 3 rows of 4
                         N   Multiplication Sentence...3 X 4 =12
                         S    
Here’s the homework for the week...
Monday
IXL Y.2 Identify Multiplication Sentences for Equal Groups
Tuesday
IXL Y.3 Write Multiplication Sentences for Equal Groups
Wednesday
IXL Y.4 Relate Addition and Multiplication Sentences
for Equal Groups
Thursday
IXL Y.5 Write Multiplication Sentences for Arrays


Language
Last week we finished our work on prefixes to determine word meaning and will continue this week with two more standards that focus on determining the meaning of words.  This week students will use a known root word (add) as a clue to the meaning of a new word (additional).  They will also use glossaries and dictionaries to determine  or clarify the meaning of words or phrases.  This work will  into next week as well.


Writing
Students are finishing up their Animal Slide Shows and will present them to the class this week.  These will be graded for the Informative Writing Standard and Speaking and Listening Standards.


Projects
File:Parts of flower(3).gif - Wikimedia CommonsThis week students will finish creating their diagram of a flower, complete with labels.  Students will also dissect flowers so that they can get a better idea of the parts of a flower.  Finally students will start designing and creating their flower models.

This week promises to be busy with beautiful weather.  We hope our 2nd grade families are able to get out and enjoy spring in Fallon!!


Sincerely,
Mrs. Bloomfield
and
Miss Garcia

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Week 32 Happy Easter


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                                                                              April 17, 2017
Dear Parents,

Hopefully everyone had wonderful Easter and had some fun enjoying family time.  

Last week we worked on solving money problems and 2 step word problems.  Students have been encourage to solve these problems mentally (although they must show an equation). All week the students were guided through problems, worked in partners, and worked independently solving word problems involving money and 2-steps.  

This week in Math, we will be reviewing graphs.  Students will be working on creating and interpreting picture graphs, bar graphs, and line plots.  

  Picture Graph                      Bar Graph                  Line Plot     

Favorite Animal
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Length of Fish Caught


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   7     8    9    10   11

       (in inches)

Homework for Week 32
Monday
Picture Graph Worksheet
Tuesday
Bar Graph Worksheet
Wednesday
Line Plot Worksheet
Thursday
Line Plot Worksheet

Language
In language we went from using context clues to determine word meaning to using prefixes to help us determine word meaning.  The prefixes that we focused on last week and will continue to focus on are re, un, dis, mis, pre, and under.

re = again, back
un = not, opposite
dis = not
mis = wrong
pre = before
under = below
replay
untie
dishonest
misprint
preschool
underwater

Writing
Our work in writing continues with our work in informative writing; creating animal slideshows.  Students have been very excited to research and create their slideshows.  They should be completing them by Wednesday and presenting them to the class on Wednesday, Thursday, or next Monday!

Projects
The 2nd grade botanists are watching their bean seeds grow or in some cases not grow:(  We have been working on the life cycle of a plant and on the parts of the plant.  This project will continue for another two weeks.

Special Event
Last Tuesday all student graders got to learn about dental care from Michelle Mc Coy from the Dentist’s Office.  Mrs. Mc Coy brought in several dental hygenist to help teach students about the correct way to brush and floss and the importance of taking care of your teeth.  We appreciate the time and the fun learning experience.

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The teeth (students in white t-shirts), who have been sprayed with Silly String (plaque), getting brushed and flossed.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week!!
Sincerely,
Anne Bloomfield
and
Shannon Garcia