Sunday, April 22, 2018

Earth Day Week 30

Happy Earth Day

                                                                                  April 23, 2018
Dear Parents,

The school year continues to be flying by, it’s hard to believe that
we only have 7 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
▋ ▋ ▋ ▋     ▋ ▋▋ ▋ ▋ ▋ ▋▋
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

Array                     C
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
Here’s the homework for the week...
IXL Y.4  Relate Addition and Multiplication for Equal Groups
IXL Y.2  Identify Multiplication Sentences for Equal Groups
E.24  Write Addition Sentences for Arrays
Y.5  Write Multiplication Sentences for Arrays

In language 2nd graders worked on combining, expanding, and rearranging sentences.  Our work in this
standard will continue on Monday and Tuesday. Students will review and test on Wednesday after
correcting our Scoot Review.

Students will be completing their opinion pieces this week.  Last week students used a rubric to rate
their rough drafts. Students also had a peer review their opinion writing.  Students will conference with
their teachers this week and complete their final copy this week.

Second grade students have completed their personal timelines.  They will begin working on their decade
time line projects. Pairs of students will be working on completing note takers.  They will be learning
about the presidents, important news, inventions, transportation, music, children’s books and movies, and
much more as they research their decade.  The next 2 weeks will be filled with research.

In closing, please remember that with the warmer weather water bottles are important.  Be sure to send
your child with a water bottle labeled with their name. This is especially important on P.E. days
(Monday and Wednesday).

Anne Bloomfield
Shannon Garcia

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Week 29

         April 16, 2018

Dear Parents.

Thanks for making Parent Teacher Conferences great!!  Friday was definitely a
packed day, but it was very fun to meet with so many families to discuss the progress of your student!

As many of you are aware, one of 8th grade students was in an accident.  To support
this student (who is a big Boise State fan), Oasis is having a school wide fundraiser.
 On Monday students may pay a $1 and wear blue and orange instead of their uniform.

This past week students spent time exploring fractions.  So far students have worked
on naming fractions of a whole, recognizing the unit fractions one half, one third, and
one fourth.  Students have also worked on identifying, reading, and writing fractions.

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We worked on describing fractions by saying 3/4 of the shape is green.  
3/4 is 3 out of the 4 equal parts.

We will continue working with fractions on Monday and review and assess on Tuesday.
IXL  W.4-Which Shape Illustrates a Fraction?
IXL W.6-Fractions of a Whole:  Modeling Problems
IXL G.7  Addition Input/Output Tables Up to 2 Digits
IXL H.7  Subtraction Input/Output Tables Up to 2 Digits

Last week we finished our work with using apostrophes in contractions and possessive nouns.  This week 2nd graders will work on combining, expanding, and rearranging sentences.
Our second writers are are working on their opinion pieces.  Students have
completed rough drafts and will work on revising and editing this week, then
produce a final copy.  

In our Timeline Project, students have made a Timeline of the events of 2nd grade.
 We also started to create personal timelines. Students will complete personal
timelines this week and begin researching their decade at the end of the week.

With April, the days have been a little warmer (except for last Thursday when a few
snowflakes were in the air) and of course a bit lighter later.  Lacrosse, softball, and
baseball are all in full swing, which makes for very busy afternoons and nights.
Please be sure to try to keep a regular schedule as Miss Garcia and myself want
well rested learners.

Anne Bloomfield
Shannon Bloomfield

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Welcome Back from Spring Break!! Week 28

Spring, Flowers, Sun, Sunny, ...

                                                                                                                         April 9, 2018

Dear Second Grade Families,

Welcome spring!!  Here we are back from Spring Break, hopefully everyone had an enjoyable

A big thank-you for all the parents, family members, friends that were able to come to the
2nd grade project on Wednesday, March 28th.  The students enjoyed sharing their 3-D Maps
and slide shows.

Project Help
Our new project (listed below) has to do with time lines.  In class we will be working on
making a time line of the school year.  Miss Garcia and myself will be creating time lines of
our lives. By Wednesday students will be creating time lines of their lives.  Miss Garcia and
myself are asking for you to help your child pick 4-5 life events that you can put a date to
(month and year is fine).  Some possible events might be…
First tooth                         Birth of siblings
First word                         Date of getting a new pet
First step                          Date of other special events (sports, activities, awards, adoption,etc.)
First day of school            First haircut


This week, students will be exploring fractions.  We will be looking at wholes versus fractions,
as well as halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and eighths.  Some of the key vocabulary students
will be using will include numerator, denominator, whole, half, thirds, fourths, sixths, and
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Homework for Week 28
IXL W.1 - Equal Parts
IXL W.2 - Halves, Thirds, Fourths
Fraction worksheet
IXL W.3 - Identify the Fraction

In language students will finish up their work on apostrophes in both contractions and
possessive nouns.  We will assess on apostrophes this week.

Second grade writers will finish writing their opinion piece on the better place to
vacation--the big city or the wilderness.  Students have come up with great reasons
for both vacation spots. It will be interesting to read about which place students
select and their reasons.

Our next project will have students creating a time line using the decades from 1890
through 2010.  This will entail students researching a decade and creating a tri-fold
board with a partner.

Looking forward to seeing all the second graders back ready to learn!!

Anne Bloomfield

Shannon Garcia

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Happy Easter and Happy Spring Break

    March 25, 2018

Dear Parents,

It’s the week before Spring Break, the students (and teachers too) are very excited
about having a week off!  Miss Garcia and myself hope everyone has a restful and
safe vacation.

We were happy to start our conferences last Friday, March 23rd.  Conferences will
continue after vacation and conclude on April 13th.  If you haven’t signed up for a
conference please do so with the Sign Up Genius link that was sent a few weeks ago.

Mark Your Calendar…
Second grade students will be presenting their Geography Projects on Wednesday,
March 28th in the cafeteria from 3:30 to 4:00.  Each student will present a short slide
show with the land form or body of water they researched plus they will present their
3-D maps depicting either a urban, suburban, or rural community.   We hope you can
join us!!

In math, 2nd graders have been working on word problems that involve money and
adding up to four, 2-digit numbers.  Our work with this will continue this week with
assessments on both of those standards.

IXL P.10 Add Money up $1.00 Word Problems
IXL P.12 Subtract Money up $1.00 Word Problems
Worksheet Adding 4 Addends
No Homework--Enjoy Spring Break

Students will be going back through the different types of writing.  Our focus for this
week will be opinions. Students were exposed to this in the 1st Trimester.  This will
give students another chance to work on this type of writing.

In language students will be working on using apostrophes correctly.  They will be
using them in contractions and possessive nouns.


I am                    do not they are
I’m                      don’t they’re
Possessive Nouns

The bone that belongs to the dog.

The dog’s bone was under the deck.

The pencil that belongs to the child.

The child’s pencil was broken.
Students will be finishing up their 3-D Communities and preparing to present their
slide show and 3-D maps on Wednesday.

As was mentioned earlier in the blog, Miss Garcia and myself wish all our 2nd grade
families the very best during our Spring Break.  Have fun, get some rest, and be safe...
we will see you all on Monday, April 9th!!

Anne Bloomfield
Miss Garcia