Monthly Archives: October 2013

October 14, 2014

Weekly Scribe: October 18, 2013 SCRIBE

 ♥   Reading ♥  Reading ♥  Reading ♥   Reading  ♥

Last week we read and studied the genre of folktales.  We discussed familiar folktales and the way a typical folktale begins: Once upon a time.  The students even began to use these oh so familiar words in their writing throughout the week!  We also continued to discuss the words used to sequence the events in a story; first, then, finally, etc.

The second grade class practiced reading words with the -ock and -ack word chunks.  After analyzing words with these phonemes they discovered that no matter where these letter groups are located they make the same sound.  The third grade students worked with silent letters before words, as in the words knock and gnat.

In Writing the students have been using ‘colorful’ words or describing words to make their stories easier for their readers to envision and to express their viewpoint.  The students practiced by writing a story about a black cat in which they included as many colorful words as possible.  We concluded this activity with an author’s chair in which all the students had a chance to share their work.  After each student read, the rest of the class identified the descriptive words used and that authors viewpoint on black cats.

     Spelling Words

2nd Grade                                           3rd Grade

Words like earn & learn             words with sh, ch and tch

  1. learn                                            1. shot
  2. earnest                                        2. chance
  3. earth                                            3. match
  4. heard                                          4. watch
  5. pearl                                            5. showed
  6. search                                         6. shock
  7. rehearse                                     7. pushed
  8. earn                                            8. such
  9. yearn                                          9. crash

10. research                                    10. chew

11. horseback                                 11. batch

12. rocket                                       12. hitched

13. early                                             13. sharp

14. pretty                                            14. mush

15.  someone       15. speech

 

Dictation Sentence:

2nd– The pearl is pretty.

3rd– He showed such joy.

 

♥   Math   ♥   Math   ♥   Math   ♥    Math   ♥  Math  ♥

Students in second grade are currently working with and reviewing what they know about coins, particulary dimes and pennies.  With the help of the song they learned in Mrs. Ellis’ class last year, they were able to remember the values of all the coins without hesitation!  We are off to a great start I can see.  We have also been practicing writing numbers to 100.

The third grade students have continued to focus on story problems.  In class we have daily story problems we analyze, map out, and solve together for practice.  You will continue to see story problems on homework pages as they come home.  We have also been reviewing place value, how to write numbers to 1,000, and writing money amounts in different forms.

♥    Science    ♥    Social Studies    ♥    Science   ♥

We had a successful trip to Andy T’s on Thursday morning.  Thank you to our parents that came along.  The Lord blessed us with holding back the rain until the students were eating lunch under a covered building, thank goodness!  The students had a blast and we took the opportunity to reinforce the science terms and concepts recently studied about plants and their parts.  Andy T was even generous enough to give us an extra gourd which we plan to disect for a little more hands-on fun!

In Social Studies the students worked on creating ‘pumpkin’ maps and map keys in which they used symbols to represent different locations.  The students were to use at least 5 symbols on their map key and then create a town/location on a map in which the symbols were used.  We also used our beginning of the year activities with the students baby pictures to discuss how things change.  We change as do cities over time.

♥  Religion  ♥  Religion  ♥  Religion  ♥  Religion  ♥

This weeks verse:

The Son of God has come and has given us understanding.

1 John 5:20

God’s Blessings on a great week.

In Him,

Sara Boettger

October 7, 2013

School Scribe: October 4, 2013 SCRIBE

Just a reminder, conferences will be Thursday evening and Friday during the day.  Please check your e-mail for a link to the SignupGenius page to schedule your students’ conference.

♥   Reading ♥  Reading ♥  Reading ♥   Reading   ♥

Last week we read and studied the genre of ‘stories’.  For our weekly skill focus, we created mental images while reading a text and compared and contrasted elements of a story.  The students continue to create story maps by identifying the beginning, middle, and the end of stories they are reading.

The second grade class practiced identifying the inflection of ‘-ed’ while reading.  We also learned to change a ‘y’ at the end of a word to ‘i’ before adding this inflection.  The third graders focused on the long ‘a’ and long ‘o’ vowel in the middle of a word.

In Writing, we learned the structure of a letter.  Students practice writing friendly letters to a loved one and will be practicing the skill again during the coming week while completing their writing rotations.

     Spelling Words

2nd Grade                    3rd Grade

  1. sat                            1. least
  2. ate                            2. fast
  3. acrobat                     3. ust
  4. flat                            4. burst
  5. that                           5. strip
  6. fat                             6. stick
  7. gate                          7. strike
  8. appreciate                8. artist
  9. create                       9. almost
  10. state                        10. student
  11. worried                     11. strong
  12. studied                     12. start
  13. children                     13. blast
  14. each                          14. step
  15. girl                             15. street

Dictation Sentence:

2nd Grade:  The cat ate the fly.

3rd Grade: That girl is really fast!

♥   Math   ♥   Math   ♥   Math   ♥    Math   ♥  Math  ♥

Students in second grade have learned a new trick for adding 9 to any number.  The students have all seemed to grasp this concept and in turn this will help them with their daily math facts pages!  We have also learned how to identify parts of a whole; one half, one third, one fourth, etc.  Continue to work on this skill at home by dividing things evenly and then identifying the amount missing.  This can be done with just about anything!

The third grade students have been exploring story problems.  We have been using pictures and creating and explaining the number sentences used to complete the problem.  Third grade has also been reviewing how to identify parts of a whole.  Continue working on naming fractions with your student and counting coins.

♥    Science    ♥    Social Studies    ♥    Science   ♥

Science has consisted of many hands-on projects within the last few weeks.  We have looked at different types of plants up the microscope, including a leaf, so that the students could see the holes in the leaves where carbon dioxide is drawn in and oxygen is expelled during the process of photosynthesis.  The students have had a great time trying to say our new, enormous word of ‘photosynthesis’.  We also used food coloring in the water of a flower so that the students could visually track the water flow from the stem to the flower petals.  We will be wrapping up this chapter with a trip to Andy T’s on October 17th.

In Social Studies the students have been learning a lot!  We have been busy learning about the many communities we are part of (the country, the state, the city we live in).  We also have learned to read the map key and simple maps.   The students did an incredible job creating our community quilt.  It is displayed at the end of the hall so make sure to check out the details the students added to their pieces!

♥  Religion  ♥  Religion  ♥  Religion  ♥  Religion  ♥

This weeks verse:

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine.

Isaiah 43:1

God’s Blessings on a great week.

In Him,

Sara Boettger