Donations needed for our classroom…

Hello wonderful families!! 

I am reaching out for some donations that are needed for our classroom! We use whiteboard dry erase markers daily- either the thick or thin markers, in any color would be greatly appreciated. I am also looking for items for our school store (next time we shop is this Friday). These are packs of small items from either the Target birthday bins, dollar store, etc- small trinkets, pencils, pens, temp. tattoos, etc. 

If you’re able to donate any of these items this week or next that would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much! 

Math Update…

Today we learned two strategies for how to solve two digit subtraction equations.  This is a crucial skill in second grade and also something that simply takes practice to develop.  The children were amazing today and worked so hard!   Here is an explanation of the methods that we will be using (you may want to keep handy for upcoming homework :)).

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Steam Donation Help!!!

Mrs. Totten, our STEAM specials teacher is asking for our help!!! She is in need of some help for their last lesson in the States of Matter unit.  The students need to design a container that will keep an ice pop from melting.  The materials below are needed: 

Variety of common materials to create a container that may include:

  • Cloth such as old jeans, shirts, jackets, and socks
  • Plastic such as bubble wrap, plastic wrap, and sandwich bags
  • Foam such as packing peanuts or disposable coffee cups
  • Metal such as aluminum foil
  • Other items such as pipe cleaners, paper, or cardboard
If you have these in your recyclable’s at home, please send in anytime tomorrow- thru
 Jan. 29 to our classroom! 
Thanks so much!! The help is appreciated!!!

The annual fifth grade candy cane sale is officially here!

The annual candy cane sale has returned. Our fifth-grade classes will sell candy canes to help raise money for their end of year activities. This year the sale runs from Monday, December 4 through Friday, December 15. The cost for each candy cane is $1.00 and they will be delivered the same day they are ordered. Thank you for your support and happy holidays

Math Update…

Here is our latest parent letter for math. We are using several different strategies to solve two digit addition. These methods of adding numbers together may be different from how you and I learned. To learn more about Show All Totals, New Groups Below and New Groups Above, please take a few moments to look over the letter below. 🙂

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Character Pumpkins….

Amazing work on all the character pumpkins that made their way in! We had so much fun sharing them and touring our other friend’s pumpkins in Second Grade today!!! Everyone is so creative! Thanks for your help in this project! They will line our windowsill until Halloween!

Math Update…

Our second graders are exploring different ways to write and think about numbers using 100’s, 10’s and 1’s. Place value and number sense concepts will prepare our students for two digit addition in the upcoming weeks. Here is a copy of the most recent parent letter.

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Reading Counts

Today your child will be coming home with a Reading Counts book ( similar to WEB reading last year if you were at Georgetown).  Each child has selected a good fit book within their independent reading level to take home and read and they are SO EXCITED!!!  Reading Counts is a reading incentive program (separate from our curriculum) that promotes reading habits and also rewards children for their efforts.    Please see the following link for more information READING COUNTS.  Here is how we use Reading Counts at Georgetown.

1.  Each child’s independent reading level is determined through teacher assessments.  Levels will be similar to last year (within a level or two).

2.  Each child is given a goal number of points to achieve during the semester based on their reading level.  Each book has an assigned point value which can be found on the inside cover of the book.

3.  Students select a book at their reading level and read it at home and/or at school.  Books are labeled with reading levels A – Z on the spine of the book. 

4.  When children are finished with the book they sign up to take a RC comprehension quiz on the computer/ipad for that particular book here at school.

5.  If the quiz is passed ( 8/10 questions answered correctly), then another book is checked out.  If the quiz is not passed,  students take the book home again and reread or select a new book from the library.

6. At the end of the semester (mid Jan),  students who have met their goal receive a prize and a ticket into our end of the year BIG prize drawing.  Last year it was an Ipad Mini and Target gift cards….YEAH!

Please see your child’s book bag today for more specific information.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Ms. Yankee