Mrs. Falk

Week of November 16-20, 2020

Looking at our week, we have been/or will be working on the following;

Language Learning;

Reading;

We are working on Word Families ( for example; “am” word family –> ham, ram, clam, jam etc.   Many of these words are CVC words. (consonant, vowel, consonant) and are short vowel words. 

This is a great way to build your child’s confidence as a speller, writer and reader.  You can play a variety of games using different Word Families.

We have been doing a lot of work to continue to improve our reading. By having your child do his/her Home Reading, each evening, this will be very beneficial for your child.  Thank you for your continued support with this.

Writing;

We are continuing to work on generating complete sentences; remembering to begin with an upper case letter and ending with the correct punctuation.  Letter formation has also been a focus for us.  Some students still require reminders about letter reversals, printing within the lines and to not mix upper and lower case letters within words.  I encourage the students to write you a note each day, highlighting something from their day.

Math;

Keeping with the “Family” theme, we are working on Number Families (Fact Families).  It looks like the students are beginning to understand this a bit better now.  The students are to make 2 addition equations and 2 subtraction equations from the three numbers that belong in a family.  For example;  ( 4, 5, 9 )  –> 4+5=9,  5+4=9,   9-5=4,  9-4=5.   Please practice a few of these together.

Mental Math Strategies;

We have been working on the following Mental Math Strategies;

~ Flip Flop with Fact Families (as in the example above)

~ Using Doubles  (for example, 1+1=2,  2+2=4,  3+3=6}

~Doubles plus or minus one;  for example  8+9=?   you can think “I know 8+8=16 so now I can add 16+1=17”

~ Counting On; saying the larger number in your head and then ‘counting on’ adding the other number to it.

Unit of Inquiry;

We have worked on some mapping skills, learning about the compass rose and how to use the directions ( North, South, West and East).  Along with this we are learning about our Western Provinces and three Territories.  We have looked at the world map and located the various countries our families have travelled from.

Our class has had some very thoughtful discussions about the importance of Remembrance Day and the many reasons we value our Veterans.  Again, thank you for the food donations you sent in.  We greatly appreciate it.

Logins and Passwords;

Your child is bringing home a copy of his/her logins for Raz-Kids, Mathletics and MyBlueprint.  We explored our Mathletics site today, so your child has a good understanding of what to work on.  For now, we are focusing on ‘Numbers to 30’ and ‘Skip Counting by 2, 5, 10’s’.  They also learned how to play the ‘Live Mathletics Games.’  Ask your child to show you!

We will be setting up our ‘MyBlueprint’ accounts on Friday.  The QR code on the paper will be used for MyBlueprint, after Friday.

Take care everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday November 9, 2020

As there is no school on Wednesday Nov. 11th, we will be having our Remembrance Day Assembly, via Zoom, in our own classrooms.  We are encouraging students to wear black and red tomorrow and to bring in a toonie donation for a poppy, if you can please.

Thank you to all families that have already donated food items to our Food Bank.  We will be collecting these items for the Veterans and delivering to them after November 20th.  Any donations are greatly appreciated.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is our Library Day.  Please return your library books tomorrow.

Remember to bundle up warmly!

 

Friday October 30, 2020

HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL!  We had such a fun day! Have a great weekend.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Thursday Oct. 29, 2020

HALLOWEEN REMINDERS…

Students can wear their costumes to school tomorrow.  Please remember no weapons with the costumes.  As well, an extra treat in their lunch would be a fun surprise for your child. 

LIBRARY

Our Library schedule has changed.  Starting next week, we will be having Library on Tuesdays.  The books the students signed out today will have to be returned on Tuesday Nov. 3rd.  Thank you for sending their library books back to school in a plastic bag to  help protect them. 

Oct. 28, 2020

Halloween

Halloween is quickly approaching and we are all getting pretty excited!  The children can wear their costumes to school on Friday, however they are still required to wear their protective masks.  Unfortunately, we are not able to have a class party for Halloween this year. Students are not able to share treats with their classmates, and we won’t be able to share any food at all. My thoughts were that if you would like to send a special treat for your child in their lunch on Friday that would be wonderful. We will play some games, take some photos, do some Halloween activities in class to make it fun for all the kids.

3-Way Conferences

Our 3-Way Conferences will be next week November 2-5 via Zoom (Virtual Meetings). I will be holding these meetings on;

Monday November 2nd from 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Tuesday November 3rd from 3:30pm – 7:00pm

You can sign up for a time on Conference Manager at https://prairiewaters.schoolsoft.com/login.jsf.

I look forward to chatting with you all and doing some goal setting with you and your child.

Friday October 16, 2020

Today, your child is bringing home our word lists that we work on throughout the year.  Our goal is to be able to read all of the words, up to and including the Grade Two list, by the end of Grade Two.  Most often, students are able to read some of the words on the Grade Three list, as well.  These sheets are to be kept at home to practice.  Please choose a few words at a time to work on.  This is similar to the lollipop words they worked on, in Grade One.  This extra practice will help your child improve his/her reading fluency.

Please remember to use our Raz-Kids account.  This is a great resource to use for their Home Reading.  We ask that the Gr. 2 students read 20 minutes/night, aiming for at least 5 nights/week.  We realize the children may have other activities booked throughout the week, so we have asked them to use the weekend to make up for any missed days. When the students are using their Raz-Kids account, we are asking that they listen to the story, read it and then answer the questions.  Not only are we focusing on being able to read these passages, we are also working on their reading comprehension.  We are encouraging students to listen and re-read a story as many times as necessary, in order to get all of the questions correct.  This is a good practice to get into, especially as the levels increase in difficulty.  We remind the students that it is pretty difficult to remember everything we read the first time, therefore, reading it again will help train our brains to read for understanding.  This is always a good thing!

Thank you for your support, at home.  Have a great weekend!

 

Wed. Oct. 7, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians;

Tomorrow, Thursday Oct. 8th at 6:30pm, Prairie Waters will be holding a School Council Meeting, via Zoom.  If you are interested in joining, please use the provided link;

Join Zoom Meeting https://rockyview.zoom.us/j/99475558494 Meeting ID: 994 7555 8494 Passcode: 964864

 

 

Tuesday October 6, 2020

Please practice skip counting by 2, 5 and 10 to 100.  We have also been reviewing adding and subtracting facts to 10, as well as “Making 10” and finding each number’s buddy to add to 10.  For example;

3 + 7 = 10   3 and 7 are buddies

10 + 0 = 10   10 and 0 are buddies

We have just received our new Raz-Kids account for our class.  I will be sending home your child’s passwords within the next couple of days.

 

 

Friday October 2, 2020

Thank you to the families that were able to join me last night during our Zoom meeting.  It was my pleasure meeting you.

If you weren’t able to join us, please feel free to email me any questions or concerns you may have.

**This weekend, please have your child collect a variety of leaves (different sizes and colours).  The children will be using their imaginations to make their own creations.  We watched the story “Leaf Man” on Youtube.  If your child was away today, please feel free to watch this short story so your child will have an idea of what we will be creating on Monday.  Please send in a small zip lock bag of leaves, small twigs, tiny pine cones and berries.  They will be creating a picture on a regular sized piece of paper (8 1/2 X 11 ).

Today we learned about Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival).  This  is a celebration that takes place across East Asia, in countries including China, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.  Please ask your child to tell you what he/she learned about this celebration.  All of the students did a wonderful job creating their own lanterns, as part of this learning opportunity.

Have a great weekend!