Summer Resources

Most of us have heard of the “summer slide” that occurs when students are out of school for 2 plus months. Here are some tips for making the most of your summer and keeping your child’s brain engaged!

This is a huge packet of practice sheets that you can print and complete this summer to review 2nd grade skills and get ready for 3rd grade.  2ndGradeSummerPacket

iReady will be available until July 20th! This is the easiest way to provide your child with reading and math practice that is tailored to his/her individual needs. The goal is 45 minutes of Reading and 45 minutes of Math per week,

  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.

Read, read, read and read some more this summer! Take weekly trips to the library and help your child select high-quality books in a variety of genres (realistic fiction, fantasy, informational, historical fiction, mysteries, biographies, poetry, traditional literature, etc.). Keep building those comprehension skills. Your child is bringing home his/her Reading Notebook which contains all of the strategies and skills we learned about this year. It is a wealth of knowledge and perfect for a summer review. Have your child create a “Reading Journal” or use post-it notes to record their thoughts as they read. During or after reading, tell your child to record his/her visualizations, connections, questions and predictions. This will keep your child engaged as he/she reads and will boost comprehension.  Summarizing and retelling are great comprehension builders, as well. Also, remember to have your child read aloud to build fluency.

Last week I also sent home information about the Barnes and Noble summer reading program where you can earn a free book! 

https://specialists.barnesandnoble.com/summerreading?summer-reading-lists-for-kids

3rd-5th grade students also get to participate in the Sunshine State program! Summer is a great time to get a head start on reading these award-winning books. Students who read and pass AR quizzes on all 15 books get to vote for their favorite and attend a special party at the end of the year. Here is a list of next year’s 15 books (it is from a different library system, but the books are the same).

https://www.floridamediaed.org/uploads/6/1/4/2/61420659/annotated_book_list___2018-19.pdf

Here’s a copy of the interactive reading log I handed out during parent conferences: IndependentReadingLogs

And here are some question/answer stems to use as you read with your child. I love the format of these because they have the students answer in complete sentences by “flipping the question” to begin their answer. The students have heard me say “flip the question” a million times this year so this will keep that habit fresh! You can also have your child answer these questions in writing to keep their writing skills up, particularly those pesky conventions (capitalization, punctuation and spelling). Just print the cards and cut them apart. Your child will read the question and then literally flip (turn) the card to answer it. FlipItRLAskandAnswerQuestionsFreebie

We have been reading the book series The Sisters 8 by Lauren Baratz-Logsted. We have already read the first 3 books in the series  and started the 4th book, and many of the students have expressed interest in finishing the series over the summer. These books might be a bit challenging for your child to read independently (most of them are written on a 4th grade level), but they would be great to read WITH your child. Here are the books in the series: Book 1: Annie’s Adventures; Book 2: Durinda’s Dangers; Book 3:Georgia’s Greatness; Book 4: Jackie’s Jokes; Book 5: Marcia’s Madness; Book 6: Petal’s Problems; Book 7: Rebecca’s Rashness; Book 8: Zinnia’s Zaniness; Book 9: The Final Battle…For Now. The publisher’s website has tons of fun resources and activities to enrich your reading. I definitely recommend checking it out! http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/sisters8/

Keep building vocabulary by creating your own “Juicy Word of the Week” program at home! You can find “juicy words” anywhere- television, movies, radio, newspapers, magazines, children’s books, advertisements, signs, etc. Pick one word a week to focus on. Complete one of these word maps about the word to help you really analyze its meaning: Juicy Word of the Week Word Map PDF. Then keep track of how many times you hear it, say it, or use it using this chart: Juicy Word of the Week Tracking PDF.

There are TONS of math websites and apps to help your child review 2nd grade skills and even get a jump start on third grade skills. IXL is a terrific website with games broken down by grade level, subject area and specific skill. I highly recommend checking it out: http://www.ixl.com/  And don’t forget that Xtra Math is still available over the summer! 3rd grade teachers love when students enter 3rd grade knowing all their addition and subtraction facts! 

Feel free to email me with any questions you may have over the summer, or next year and beyond! Happy learning!!!

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Homework Log and Fridge Notes February 19th

Keep getting those iReady minutes (45-6o minutes per subject, per week). The weeks run from Monday-Sunday. For the month of February, the school-wide iReady goal is 45 minutes per week in reading and 45 minutes per week in math. 

*Remember, once your child hits 60 minutes in a subject, please stop for the week.*

  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.
  2. Click on the “Reading” or “Math” icons and begin the lesson!

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Our school survey is now available to parents online. It only takes a few minutes to complete and provides our school with valuable feedback. Be sure to print the survey completion screen from your computer when you are finished and send it to school with your child so he/she can receive a small prize.

https://ocps.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cP9ZqTrmIkN0Rh3

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Due to Presidents Day and the short week, we will not have spelling words or a spelling quiz. There will still be a Cold Read and possible math worksheets. Make sure you are also working on your Black History project, which is due Wednesday, February 28th. 

Fridge Notes February 19 PDF

Here is an updated version of the PTA calendar: BME Calendar 17-18-revised

 

Telling Time iPad Apps!

We will be using some iPad apps in the classroom to work on telling time. Try downloading them on your iPads at home for some additional practice! There are tons of time apps, but these 3 are free and the kids have really enjoyed them!

  • Interactive Telling Time
  • Telling Time Free
  • My First Clock
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Homework Log and Fridge Notes February 12th

Keep getting those iReady minutes (45-6o minutes per subject, per week). The weeks run from Monday-Sunday. For the month of February, the school-wide iReady goal is 45 minutes per week in reading and 45 minutes per week in math. 

*Remember, once your child hits 60 minutes in a subject, please stop for the week.*

  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.
  2. Click on the “Reading” or “Math” icons and begin the lesson!

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Our school survey is now available to parents online. It only takes a few minutes to complete and provides our school with valuable feedback. Be sure to print the survey completion screen from your computer when you are finished and send it to school with your child so he/she can receive a small prize.

https://ocps.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cP9ZqTrmIkN0Rh3

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Homework Log February 12 PDF

Challenge Spelling Words: Words that End with -er (F)

Fridge Notes February 12 PDF

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Black History Stamp Project

Please scroll below for this week’s Homework Log and Fridge Notes. 

On Monday, your child is bringing home a Black History stamp project. I’m also posting the directions and research form here on the blog. The project is not due until Wednesday, February 28th. Remember to select a person to research from your assigned category. This ensures that we get a wide range of accomplishments and we get to learn about some lesser known, but equally great, people. If you are having difficulty finding a person that matches category, please let me know.

Black History Stamp

Black History Stamp Rubric

Black History Stamp Research Form

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Homework Log and Fridge Notes February 5th + February Calendar

Keep getting those iReady minutes (45-6o minutes per subject, per week). The weeks run from Monday-Sunday. For the month of February, the school-wide iReady goal is 45 minutes per week in reading and 45 minutes per week in math. 

*Remember, once your child hits 60 minutes in a subject, please stop for the week.*

  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.
  2. Click on the “Reading” or “Math” icons and begin the lesson!

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Our school survey is now available to parents online. It only takes a few minutes to complete and provides our school with valuable feedback. Be sure to print the survey completion screen from your computer when you are finished and send it to school with your child so he/she can receive a small prize.

https://ocps.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cP9ZqTrmIkN0Rh3

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This week is Spirit Week leading up to our Walk-a-thon on Friday!

Homework Log February 5 PDF

Challenge Spelling Words: Bossy R- or (F)

Fridge Notes February 5 PDF

February 2018 PDF

 

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Homework Log and Fridge Notes January 29th

Keep getting those iReady minutes (45-6o minutes per subject, per week). The weeks run from Monday-Sunday. For the month of January, the school-wide iReady goal is 45 minutes per week in reading and 45 minutes per week in math. Dr. Bixler will be distribute the awards when we return from winter break!

*Remember, once your child hits 60 minutes in a subject, please stop for the week.*

  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.
  2. Click on the “Reading” or “Math” icons and begin the lesson!

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Homework Log January 29 PDF

Challenge Spelling Words: Bossy R- ar (F)

Fridge Notes January 29 PDF

 

 

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Homework Log and Fridge Notes January 22nd

Keep getting those iReady minutes (45-6o minutes per subject, per week). The weeks run from Monday-Sunday. For the month of January, the school-wide iReady goal is 45 minutes per week in reading and 45 minutes per week in math. Dr. Bixler will be distribute the awards when we return from winter break!

*Remember, once your child hits 60 minutes in a subject, please stop for the week.*

  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.
  2. Click on the “Reading” or “Math” icons and begin the lesson!

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Mrs. Harkness and I did a presentation at Curriculum Night on Close Reading. I’m attaching the PowerPoint in case you were unable attend or would like to review any of the information. Curriculum Night Close Reading PDF

Homework Log January 22 PDF

Challenge Spelling Words:Words that End with -y (puppy) (F)

Fridge Notes January 22 PDF

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Animal Habitat Diorama Project

This week’s Homework Log and Fridge Notes are in the post below. 

On Tuesday, your child is bringing home information about a special science project. To prepare for our field trip to Sea World on February 2nd, the students will be creating animal habitat dioramas about an animal/environment of their choice. The project is due Thursday, February 1st and is worth 25 points. I am attaching the directions and presentation form in case anyone needs an extra copy, as well as some example projects. Please let me know if you have any questions.

There are a few important guidelines:

  • Animals must be real (no animal legends)
  • Animals must be wild (no domestic house pets)
  • Animals cannot be extinct (no dinosaurs)
  • The habitat must be natural (no aquariums, houses, farms, zoos, cages, etc.)

Animal Habitat Diorama Directions

Animal Habitat Diorama Presentation

Animal Habitat Rubric

 

 

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Homework Log and Fridge Notes January 15th

Keep getting those iReady minutes (45-6o minutes per subject, per week). The weeks run from Monday-Sunday. For the month of January, the school-wide iReady goal is 45 minutes per week in reading and 45 minutes per week in math. Dr. Bixler will be distribute the awards when we return from winter break!

*Remember, once your child hits 60 minutes in a subject, please stop for the week.*

  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.
  2. Click on the “Reading” or “Math” icons and begin the lesson!

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Homework Log January 15 PDF

Challenge Spelling Words: Long-i Patterns (F)

Fridge Notes January 15 PDF

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Homework Log and Fridge Notes January 8th + January Calendar

Don’t forget about iReady over the winter break!

Keep getting those iReady minutes (45-6o minutes per subject, per week). The weeks run from Monday-Sunday. For the month of December, the school-wide iReady goal is for students to complete 5 lessons with a pass rate of 80% in reading and 5 lessons with a pass rate of 80% in math. Dr. Bixler will be distribute the awards when we return from winter break!

*Remember, once your child hits 60 minutes in a subject, please stop for the week.*

  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.
  2. Click on the “Reading” or “Math” icons and begin the lesson!

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Homework Log January 8 PDF

Challenge Spelling Words:Words that End with -ed and -ing (Doubling the Final Consonant) (F)

Fridge Notes January 8 PDF

January 2018 PDF

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