Homework Log and Fridge Notes September 25th

iReady is now available for use at home! The goal is 45 minutes in reading and 45 minutes in math per week (combined time from school and home use). Dr. Bixler will be giving a special reward to students who meet this goal for the last week of September. 

  1. Using Google Chrome, navigate to https://launchpad.classlink.com/ocps.
  1. Enter your username and password, and click “Sign In.”
  1. Click on the “iReady” icon. If necessary, retype the user name and password used above.
  1. Click on the “Reading” or “Math” icons and begin the lesson!

I have opened our first Scholastic Books order online! Use the tab at the top of the blog to go to our class’ online store. I am submitting our order on Friday, September 29th. 

If you haven’t already done so, please make sure you log on to ProgressBook  to complete the online Parent Technology Media and Information Consent. This must be completed at the beginning of each school year.  Your ProgressBook log-on is in your child’s KOALA Book inside the “Log-on Information Cheat Sheet” page protector. This is a website you will want to become familiar with anyway because it gives you up-to-the-minute information on your child’s grades and progress in every subject. 

https://parentaccess.ocps.net/School/CustomHomePage.aspx?T=4

Homework Log September 25 PDF

Challenge Spelling Words: Consonant Cluster r,l,s (F)

Fridge Notes September 25th PDF

For the next couple of weeks we will be focusing on identifying the main idea of an informational text. In addition to the pizza metaphor I mentioned in this week’s Fridge Notes, we will also be using a special “formula” and graphic organizer to help us break down the text and create a main idea sentence. The formula and graphic organizer utilize color-coding to help the students sort their thoughts. Blue is the topic, red is the point and green is for the supporting details. This is a very structured way to teach the concept of main idea, rather than relying on some of the traditional shortcuts that don’t always work (look at the title, check the first sentence and last sentence, etc.). Below are 2 documents that will help you practice finding the main idea with your child at home. You can use the graphic organizer with any informational text. Start small and pick one page or paragraph to focus on. I included an example graphic organizer to walk you through the format. I will also keep a copy of these documents posted under the “Resources” tab of the blog.

Main Idea Format Parents PDF

Main Idea Poster.pages

Posted in News | Comments Off on Homework Log and Fridge Notes September 25th

Place Value Game

Today in class we played a fun place value game that the kids couldn’t get enough of: Trash Can Place Value! I told them that I would post it here on the blog in case you wanted to print it out and play at home. In class, we used special place value dice that are numbered 0-9. Since you probably don’t have those fancy dice sitting around your house, I’m attaching a spinner that you can use instead. You simpy put a pencil through a paper clip to spin for a number (see example picture below).  Happy playing!

spinner

Directions (Page 1): Trash Can Place Value

Gameboard Used in Class: trash-can-center-game-pdf

Spinner: Spinner 0-9

 

Posted in News | Comments Off on Place Value Game

Homework Log and Fridge Notes September 18th

Open House has been rescheduled (again) for  Thursday, Septembers 28th. Progress Reports have also been pushed back to Friday, September 22nd. 

Don’t forget:

I have opened our first Scholastic Books order online! Use the tab at the top of the blog to go to our class’ online store. I am submitting our order on Friday, September 29th. 

If you haven’t already done so, please make sure you log on to ProgressBook  to complete the online Parent Technology Media and Information Consent. This must be completed at the beginning of each school year.  Your ProgressBook log-on is in your child’s KOALA Book inside the “Log-on Information Cheat Sheet” page protector. This is a website you will want to become familiar with anyway because it gives you up-to-the-minute information on your child’s grades and progress in every subject. 

https://parentaccess.ocps.net/School/CustomHomePage.aspx?T=4

 Homework Log September 18 PDF (Since we missed the week of September 11th, the Homework Log is carrying over to this week.)

Here is the challenge spelling list. More CVCe Words (F) Remember, if you feel that your child has already mastered the words on the regular spelling list, then he/she may choose 12 of the challenge words to practice for Monday night’s  spelling homework. All students will still be held accountable for the regular words on Friday’s spelling quiz and sentence dictation.

Fridge Notes September 18 PDF (Subject area information remains the same as the week of September 11th, but important dates have been updated.)

 

Posted in News | Comments Off on Homework Log and Fridge Notes September 18th

Homework Log and Fridge Notes September 11th

We do not have school this Monday, September 11th through Friday, September 15th due to Hurricane Irma. I am wishing everyone well as we weather this storm. Please stay safe! 

Open House has been rescheduled (again) for  Thursday, Septembers 28th. Progress Reports have also been pushed back to Friday, September 22nd. 

Don’t forget:

I have opened our first Scholastic Books order online! Use the tab at the top of the blog to go to our class’ online store. I am submitting our order on Friday, September 29th. 

If you haven’t already done so, please make sure you log on to ProgressBook  to complete the online Parent Technology Media and Information Consent. This must be completed at the beginning of each school year.  Your ProgressBook log-on is in your child’s KOALA Book inside the “Log-on Information Cheat Sheet” page protector. This is a website you will want to become familiar with anyway because it gives you up-to-the-minute information on your child’s grades and progress in every subject. 

https://parentaccess.ocps.net/School/CustomHomePage.aspx?T=4

Updated Wednesday, September 13th Homework Log September 11 PDF *Since school has now also been cancelled through Friday, this will become next week’s Homework Log.*

Here is the challenge spelling list. More CVCe Words (F) Remember, if you feel that your child has already mastered the words on the regular spelling list, then he/she may choose 12 of the challenge words to practice for Monday night’s  spelling homework. All students will still be held accountable for the regular words on Friday’s spelling quiz and sentence dictation.

Fridge Notes September 11 PDF

Posted in News | Comments Off on Homework Log and Fridge Notes September 11th

Sandcastle Book Report

If you are looking for the Homework Log and Fridge Notes for the week of September 4th, scroll to the post below.

This week we are beginning our monthly book reports. Each month’s project will have a theme and we will alternate between non-fiction/informational books and fiction/literature books. 

September’s book report involves making a paper sandcastle about a nonfiction/informational book. This means your child needs to read a book with FACTS and INFORMATION on any TOPIC he/she chooses (penguins, fire trucks, Saturn, Lebron James, etc.). You will NOT be able to complete this book report with a fiction book (books with characters, setting, beginning, middle, end). Please make sure you child also selects a book on his/her independent reading level. 

This project is due Friday, September 29th, so you have all month to work on it! 

Your child will be given the sandcastle, as well as the directions and the 3-2-1 rectangles to write on. You will need to create your own flag for the top using any paper you have and a toothpick/straw.

I’m attaching an electronic copy of the 3-2-1 rectangles, as well as a sample project so you can see the format. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sandcastle Craft 2

Posted in News | Comments Off on Sandcastle Book Report

Homework Log and Fridge Notes September 4th + September Calendar

Homework Log September 4 PDF

Fridge Notes September 4 PDF

September 2017 PDF

The long weekend is the perfect time to catch-up on some reading! Please make sure your child is reading for at least 20 minutes per night and recording it in the Reading Log section of the KOALA Book. They earn little rewards from the front office each time they complete a reading log (20 nights of reading).

Spelling homework has been moved to Tuesday this week because of the 3-day weekend. We will still have our spelling quiz on Friday. Remember, you can find the spelling words on the Homework Log, which is always posted by Friday afternoon on our class blog. Spelling homework involves picking 2 activities from the “40 Fun Ways to Practice
Spelling” chart. Please include the numbers and names of the activities that you choose. If you are writing a note about an activity your child did but cannot bring to school, please attach it to the other activity. It can be difficult for me to keep track when the activities are in different places, and I want to make sure I give everyone full credit. Also, I encourage students to practice spelling all week long, but spelling homework from the chart is only assigned on Mondays (Tuesday this week). You do not have to turn in spelling activities each night.

I’m also attaching some challenge spelling words. These are not bonus words and there will NOT be a separate spelling quiz on them, but they might be fun to try at home. If you feel that your child already knows how to spell all of the words from the regular spelling list, you can have your child complete the Monday night spelling homework using any 12 words from the challenge list instead. The challenge words contain the same spelling pattern as the regular words.Your child will still be held accountable for the 12 regular words and the sentence dictation on Friday’s spelling quiz, but I also want each child to be able to practice spelling words that are meaningful and on their level. Please let me know if you have any questions. Silent-e Long Vowels a,i (F)

Last week we started learning about The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. This is based off of the adult book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. The program contains 7 habits that will help children take control of their lives and be successful. Habit #1 is “Be Proactive.”  We will discuss the importance of being a problem solver, doing the right thing (even when no one is looking), and being in charge and taking responsibility for our own behavior. This is probably my favorite habit out of the 7 and the one that I continually refer to the most throughout the year. When students are caught demonstrating this specific habit, they will be recognized with a special red bracelet. The bracelet says “Ask me how I was caught being proactive!” and includes a plate symbol to coordinate with our “Red Plate” recognition program. You can celebrate their proactive-ness with a special “Red Plate” dinner! And feel free to also use the Red Plate when you catch your child being proactive at home!

Posted in News | Comments Off on Homework Log and Fridge Notes September 4th + September Calendar

Homework Log and Fridge Notes August 28th

I have opened our first Scholastic Books order online! Use the tab at the top of the blog to go to our class’ online store. I am submitting our order on Friday, September 29th. 

If you haven’t already done so, please make sure you log on to ProgressBook  to complete the online Parent Technology Media and Information Consent. This must be completed at the beginning of each school year.  Your ProgressBook log-on is in your child’s KOALA Book inside the “Log-on Information Cheat Sheet” page protector. This is a website you will want to become familiar with anyway because it gives you up-to-the-minute information on your child’s grades and progress in every subject. 

https://parentaccess.ocps.net/School/CustomHomePage.aspx?T=4

Homework Log August 28 PDF

Fridge Notes August 28 PDF

Additional Math Information: Here are some resources to help with this week’s math concepts:

1. http://www.abcya.com/interactive_100_number_chart.htm This is an interactive number grid website that allows you to use a virtual marker to color different patterns. You can have your child color all the numbers they say when they skip count by 2s, 5s, 10s, etc.

2. Thousand Number Grid (Parents) In class we will be using this document to create a thousand chart. You can print it off to make your own thousand chart to keep and refer to at home!

3. Here is a little refresher on some place value vocabulary:

The trickiest of these is expanded form, but it is also the most critical for developing a strong foundation in number sense. Expanded form focuses on the VALUE of each digit, which will come into play when we move onto more difficult math concepts later on in the year, such as regrouping.

Standard Form: 427
Expanded Form: 400 + 20 +7
Word Form: four hundred twenty-seven
 

And here’s a fun website to practice expanded form using the same format we use in class:

http://www.ictgames.com/arrowCards_revised_v6.html

The homepage of the website is also listed on our “Tips and Links- Learning Resources” page because it looks has a ton of other fun math games.

 

Posted in News | Comments Off on Homework Log and Fridge Notes August 28th

Homework Log and Fridge Notes August 21st

From now on, our weekly Homework Log and Fridge Notes newsletter will only be posted on our class blog. Our school is trying to “go green” as much as possible, particularly in terms of paper use. Most parent communication for our class will take place through the blog, which I update frequently. If you are having difficulty viewing the blog or would like paper copies sent home, please let me know and I will be more than happy to help you.

Homework Log August 21 PDF *Since the Homework Log is only half a sheet, feel free to print it and complete Monday’s spelling homework right on the empty half. However, you do NOT have to print the Homework Log.*

Fridge Notes August 21 PDF

All homework is due the following day, unless otherwise indicated on the Homework Log. I check homework each morning for completion by marking it with a stamp. Students then put their homework in the back pocket of the KOALA Book to take home as completed and checked work. If your child gets a stamp, that means he/she received full credit on the assignment. Each child is allowed one homework “oops” per marking period, which includes late and missing homework. Our weekly homework load is light, but beginning in September, a month-long project will also be assigned. We wanted to give students and families a few weeks to adjust to being back in the school routine.

You will find our first set of spelling words listed on the Homework Log above. Although formal spelling homework is only assigned on Monday nights, it is important to practice these words throughout the week to prepare your child for the spelling (and sentence dictation) quiz on Friday. Each Monday, your child will pick two activities from the attached list to complete using the current week’s spelling words. This list will also be in the “Homework” section of your child’s KOALA Book. Some of the activities require a parent note and signature since the student will not have any paper to turn in (these activities are indicated with a picture of a pencil). Since the Homework Log is only a half sheet of paper, all other activities can be completed right on the Homework Log, or on a separate piece of paper with the numbers and titles of the activities written at the top. This is very important so that I know if the activities were completed correctly. You do not have to do all 40 activities. If your child really enjoys a couple of the activities, he/she may repeat those activities week after week. The point of this extensive list is to provide students with opportunities to practice their spelling in ways that match their specific learning styles. If you have any questions, please let me know. Happy spelling! Spelling Homework Chart

Our math series has a review/practice page to go with each lesson. Although students will have a math worksheet MOST nights, it is often difficult to anticipate when we will finish a lesson and be ready for the review sheet. I would never want to send home a math worksheet before I was able to fully teach it in class- that is just setting students up for failure. If you see a review/practice math worksheet in your child’s KOALA Book, please complete it, but do not worry if we skip a night every once in a while. Homework should be meaningful, so I will only send math homework home when it directly connects to what we learned in class that day. Too much homework or homework for the sake of homework has actually been shown to have a negative effect on elementary-aged students, so we want to steer clear of that!

Since our lunch is not until 12:06, please send your child to school with a healthy morning snack. Please also send a water bottle for P.E. and recess. It is very hot and our security system does not allow for students to go in and out getting water from the water fountain. Thank you for your help!

If you haven’t already done so, please send in your 2 “friends and family” pictures as soon as possible to help us complete our “Friends and Family” wall.

I’m looking forward to beginning of our 2nd week of 2nd grade. Please feel free to contact with me if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Working together, we can make this a memorable and successful year for our students.

 

 

Posted in News | Comments Off on Homework Log and Fridge Notes August 21st

Day 1 :)

Day 1 of 2nd grade was a huge success! The kids did AMAZING with the flexible seating and were so eager to learn about our classroom. I couldn’t have asked for a better first day!

We were very fortunate to have several parents come in this morning to help assemble our KOALA Books. This was a big job and they all deserve a HUGE thank you! At the front of the KOALA Book you will find an explanation of the different sections of the binder. The KOALA Book helps develop organizational skills and promotes responsibility. Please check the KOALA Book each night with your child, paying close attention to the plastic homework folder and back pocket. Homework will go in the plastic folder and any important papers from school that might need to be returned will be in the back pocket. Today I sent home a yellow “Tell Me About Your Child” sheet that I told the students was “parent homework.” This form provides me with a lot of valuable information that will help me best teach your child. Please complete the form and return it to school as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about the KOALA Book, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

A KOALA Book explanation is also available right here on our class website: http://teacherpress.ocps.net/sarahmcbride/koala-books/

Tonight’s homework is a self-portrait that will be on display in our hallway all year long. It is not due until Friday, so you have plenty of time get creative! Here are the directions, as well as some inspiration pictures.

Homework Log Aug 14 PDF

Self-Portrait Directions: Please help your child decorate this pattern to make a self-portrait.  You may use a variety of materials, such as scraps of cloth, newspaper, colored paper, buttons, ribbons, yarn, felt, etc. You can even use a small photograph for the head. The more creative, the better! Remember to cut out the body after you finish decorating it. These portraits will be displayed in our classroom, so I’d like everyone to have one. Please send in the completed portrait by Friday, August 18th.

IMG_0808 IMG_0809 IMG_0811

Posted in News | Comments Off on Day 1 :)

Preparing for the First Day of School

I really enjoyed getting to meet so many of you at Meet the Teacher. It’s always fun to watch the kids explore their new classroom for the first time. It gets everyone excited for the first day of school!

*The 2nd grade team is looking for parents to help with a few small projects on the first day of school (assembling KOALA Books, tearing out and separating workbook pages, etc). If you are interested and able to help, please check-in at the front office first (you will not be allowed in our hallway without a pass). We are hoping to start right after the PTA’s Boo Hoo/ Yahoo Breakfast, which ends around 10:00. I already had quite a few parents sign-up to help with this, but please email me if you are also interested. If you did already sign-up, be on the lookout for an email from me this weekend. Thanks in advance!*

Here is some other important information for the first day of school:

1. Please make sure your child knows how he/she is getting home at the end of the day (there is a “travel-to-and-from school” form in the white folder from Meet the Teacher). Most of you wrote it down on the clipboard at Meet the Teacher, but we want every child to get home safely after a wonderful first day of school.

2. If you picked up the white folder of paperwork at Meet the Teacher to complete at home, please try to return it on the first day of school. If you were unable to attend Meet the Teacher, I will send home all of the paperwork with your child on the first day of school. Here are a digital copies of two of the information letters in the folder: Meet the Teacher Letters PDF

Please Note: This year, all $20 classroom donations will  go through the School Pay website. If you don’t already have an account, you will need to create one first. Then, just search “McBride” and you can make your donation.  I know it so much easier than finding cash or writing a check! https://www.schoolpay.com/

3. Each morning our class will meet and line-up on the wall right across from our classroom door (room 518). Students may begin arriving at 8:10. There is no supervision prior to 8:15, so if you need to drop your child off earlier than that please visit the Extended Day office to sign-up for morning extended day. Beginning at 8:15 there will be a 2nd grade teacher on duty to monitor the 2nd grade hallway. All teachers will be in the hallway on the first day of school to help students get settled in. The first bell rings at 8:35, the Koala News begins at 8:40, and then we will head to Specials right after the tardy bell rings at 8:45. Since we do go straight to Specials in the morning, please make sure your child arrives on time. 

4. We eat lunch at 12:06, so we are asking for every student to bring a small, healthy morning snack that we will eat around 10:30. Students should also bring a water bottle to use in the classroom, as well as at P.E. and recess. Your child may either bring a lunch from home or purchase the school lunch. You can send lunch money to school in a labeled envelope or prepay online.

 

I’m looking forward to a fantastic first day of second grade on Monday! Enjoy your last few days of summer and please don’t hesitate to email me with any questions.

sarah.mcbride@ocps.net

Posted in News | Comments Off on Preparing for the First Day of School