Thursday, December 22, 2016

Exciting News in Room 17

Room 17 had some exciting news today.

The Science Center had asked for all second graders to think of a new name for the alligator at the Science Center.  Each child thought of a name and filled out a slip.  Our exciting news today was that the name that was chosen was ATHENA which is the name Anju chose.

Ms. Pavlicek brought Athena to school to meet with the children of room 17.  Anju was quite surprised she had won the contest.

Congratulations, Anju!

Hour of Code

Today rooms 17 & 18 participated in the Hour of Code.  

The Hour of Code is an initiative to have students and teachers in over 180 countries all participate in coding.

The children used coding apps to learn the basics of computer programming, video game development and app development.

These children worked so hard they earned a certificate!!

Here is the link if your child would like to try it at home:

Holiday Gift Shop

Thank you to the PTO for offering the holiday shop.

The children really enjoyed shopping for their family and friends.

Learning about Hanukkah

On Wednesday, Josh's dad came in to talk with the class about Hanukkah.  We learned about the menorah, the shammas candle and the miracle of the oil lasting for eight nights.

Josh's dad also explained their family tradition of saying the prayer each night together and lighting the candle together.  Also, they have a special meal with family and exchange gifts.

We learned how to play the dreidel game.  The children were really good at spinning the dreidel.

Lastly, we made the connection between all of the holidays and traditions we have talked about.  We found that each tradition involves being kind and spending time with family and friends.

We look forward to hearing about more holidays and traditions from our classroom community.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holiday Traditions and Customs

As part of our Social Studies curriculum, we have been discussing the  diversity in our classroom.  We have so many ways to celebrate our holidays, customs and traditions.

This week we have invited parents to come in and share their family traditions with the class.

On Monday, Krish's Mom came in to talk with us about Garba.  Garba is a type of folk dance originated from Gujral, India.  It is mainly performed during the festival called Navrati. It is a festival that lasts for 9 days and comes around September or October, based on the Hindu calendar.

The Garba represents the life in the mother's womb.  The dance worships the divinity and Power of the Goddess Durga, Amba.

The Garba is performed usually on the late evening.  People gather up in an open space.  They start with a traditional ritual like Aarti.  It begins with a slow tempo and as time passes the energy level increases.  Traditionally people used to perform Garba on the rhythm of Dhol (drum) and other instruments.  Garba is a colorful, vibrant, high energy dance with a fast beat music.

Dancers use their hands and feet in synchronization and  move around in a circle.  Dancers wear colorful costumes. Girls wear "Chaniya Choli" and boys wear "Kediyu".

On Tuesday Emmett's Mom came in to talk with us about their family tradition of kindness.  Each holiday season Emmett's family adopts a family to help with holiday shopping.  The family purchases gifts for the children and household items for the parents.  They also purchase food for the family. They make sure to include activities for the family to enjoy together.  Emmett's family then wraps all of the presents to deliver to the family.

Over the years, Emmett's family now includes friends in their family tradition.  This year a group of friends purchased and donated gifts to two families in need.  

Emmett's Mom focused on the spirit of kindness and giving to those less fortunate.  She encouraged the children to find ways to reach out and support those who need assistance. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Holiday Shopping

The Fox Hill PTO is sponsoring a Holiday Shop for the children to be able to buy gifts for their families.  

Rooms 17 & 18 will be going to the Holiday Shop on Thursday.

Holiday Shopping is optional.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Random Acts of Kindness

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Acts of Kindness

With the holiday season upon us, we have been talking with the children about “giving”.  We have let the children know that giving is not necessarily connected with material objects but more importantly, giving of oneself in acts of kindness.  We are encouraging the children to perform at least two acts of kindness every day: one at school and one at home.

The homework for the next few weeks will be to record the acts of kindness. Please sign the sheet each day and have your child bring it in their homework folder.   This way they will be able to share their acts of kindness with us and we can discuss the true meaning of the holiday season.

Happy Holidays

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Week of November 21 and Happy Thanksgiving

This week was a short week.

In reading we:

  • Worked on using Google Classroom to type our Lego Land stories.  The children learned how to "join a class" and type their piece.  Then they watched a short video made by Ms. Scheffer to explain how to "turn in" their piece through Google Classroom.  The children also worked together to watch the video on their partner's i-pad to complete the process.  It was quite impressive to see all of the technology in use.
  • did stations to celebrate Thanksgiving.  The children worked in groups and went from station to station completing reading, writing and math activities that centered around Thanksgiving.  
In math we:
  • Room 17: completed the Topic 2 Assessment and began the Topic 3 opener: Adding within 100: Using strategies.
  • Room 18: worked on the first few lessons on Topic 3
In Social Studies we:
  • played a Thanksgiving game called "Who has....".  The children read clues about Thanksgiving and the other children had to decide who had the next card.  It took a lot of listening and following directions as well as knowledge of facts from the first Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving to our Second Grade Families

Vocabulary Parade

On Wednesday, Fox Hill had our Vocabulary Parade.  It was wonderful to see how creative the children were dressed up in their vocabulary words.

We started off the day with the children doing a short video of their word to be put on their Google Drive account.

Then we went to the parade to see over 400 children dressed in a vocabulary word.  Each child walked across the stage and recited their word.

The vocabulary parade was a community event that brought all of Fox Hill together.

Here are a few pictures and we hope to have the video up soon.

Homeroom 17

Homeroom 18

The Second Grade Team: The Compass Rose
Mrs. Tigges: North, Ms. Stone: South, Mrs. Lewis: East, Ms. Wood: West

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Week at a Glance: November 12-16

What a nice change....we had a full week of school.

This week:

In reading rooms 17 & 18 we

  • finished our unit on suffixes.  We talked about the different sounds the suffix ed
  • read more of our Gooney Bird Greene book
  • used the second grade writing curriculum from Explorations of Non-fiction Writing do to mini lessons on writing a personal narrative on a shared experience: our trip to Lego Land. The children learned how to write bold beginnings, might middles and creative conclusions.  In addition, we learned how to use strong transition words and juicy vocabulary.  Next week the children will learn how to type their stories on their i-pads using google docs and then share them with their reading teachers to be published.
  • read a Scholastic News A Trip to a New Land where we learned about the Pilgrims and their journey to America.
In math we:
  • wrapped up Topic 2 and have prepared for the Topic 2 Assessment
  • practiced fast 9 and fast 10 facts as well as a review of all facts under 6 with doubles and doubles + 1 and fast 9 and fast 10 for math room 18
  • prepared for Topic 3
In Social Studies we:
  • talked about the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Wampanoags.
  • watched videos from a Pilgrim child and Wampanoag child.
  • watched a virtual tour of Plimoth Plantation.
  • had an informational discussion with Mrs. Carrell about having a family member who is deployed.

We also made turkeys with feathers that said what we are thankful for.

A word from our students:

This week I: 
  • colored my bee in Art. Anju
  • played Mr. Turkey in Music. Ryan L.
  • played a fishing game in Music. Kaylee
  • learned about how the Pilgrims and Wampanoags lived long ago. Rina
  • played scooter soccer in PE. Lauren
  • made cards for Mr. Carrell who is deployed. Jillian
  • wrote about Lego Land in reading. Ellie
  • played a game with fast 9 and fast 10 facts in math. Yusra
  • made a turkey feather telling what I am thankful for. Inaara

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Vocabulary Parade

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SAVE THE DATE! Our annual Vocabulary Parade is on its way!

Our parade will be on Wednesday, November 23rd.

Each student will select a word that will become a costume. Put your thinking caps on! How would you show the word X-RAY? or ZIGZAG? or BLIZZARD? From A to Z, students will consider the entire dictionary as possible wardrobe choices.

Your child will be asked to bring his/her costume to school on Wednesday the 23rd along with the selected word and definition attached to his/her costume. Thank you for helping us make vocabulary instruction into a Parade of Words!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Questions about Homework??

homework-help-2Monday, November 14
6:00-7:00 pm
Fox Hill Library

In an effort to support parents and to increase two-way communication about homework, we invite all parents to attend a presentation called

“How to Better Understand and
Help Your Child with Homework.”

homework-clip-art-k9irby4ceHomework is an important part of school life,
and we want to work with parents and their children to better understand the school task of homework.
Mrs. Jaffe, Mr. Daley, Ms. Stone, Mrs. Lisano and Ms. Greene
will present this parent workshop
in partnership with the principal, Ellen Johnson.
We think this workshop will be meaningful for parents
and we look forward to your attendance.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The last few weeks...

We continue to have busy, fun, exciting weeks in second grade at Fox Hill.

In reading rooms 17 &18 we:
  • continue to work through our Fundations units-closed exceptions: old ,ild, ind, olt, ost are called exceptions because they break the closed syllable rule and have a long vowel sounds rather than a short vowel sounds, as well as suffixes s and es.
  • read our Core Book Bigmama by: Donald Crews.  We read the book, discussed it and answered open response questions using TTQA-turn the question around.
  • meeting in our guided reading groups
  • finished our read aloud story Gooney Bird Green by: Lois Lowry and have started the second book in her series: Gooney Bird and the Room Mother.
  • practicing our reading fluency
  • reading books independently
  • reading Scholastic News and using the i-pad to find archived issues on Veteran's Day
  • doing listening activities
  • working on i-ready lessons on the Chromebook
In Math we:
  • continued with the first unit: counting on and back with subtraction, using addition facts to help with subtraction, using fact families to assist with addition and subtraction, solving word problems, and made math arguments
  • we took the Unit 1 Assessment
  • started Unit 2 Working with Equal Groups: odd and even numbers, using and making arrays to find totals
  • practicing facts including facts through the the 6 fact family as well as doubles and doubles +1
In Science we:
  • have continued our tree unit
  • With the help of Ms. Scheffer we learned how to use the app Explain
    Everything to begin an online tree journal.  We went outside to adopt a tree that we will follow throughout the seasons.  We recorded the temperature in Fahrenheit and Celsius, measured around the tree in inches and centimeters, observed the weather and animals we saw, and wrote about our tree.  We also took pictures of our tree with our i-pads to upload the picture in Explain Everything. Afterwards, the children recorded their voices to describe the tree.

In Social Studies we:
  • have continued our unit on land forms, bodies of water and continents
  • talked about the importance of Veteran's Day
We did a fun following directions craft: orange cats.

Also, we had a Halloween party with a craft and Party in a Bag.  The children made ghosts with cotton balls.