• We started the story Officer Buckle and Gloria on Monday. The vocabulary words for this story can be found in the book on pages 502 and 503. The vocabulary test will consist of 5 questions assessing knowledge of the vocabulary words and 5 questions on the vocabulary strategy which is focused on looking at root words to understand words to which prefixes or suffixes have been added. On the test a dictionary type entry is given with several words and a brief definition. The children are then given a word to which a prefix or suffix has been added and they are to choose the meaning for the new word. For example, the dictionary entry might show the word heat with a meaning of “to warm.” Students would be asked to choose the meaning for the word preheat and they should be able to determine that this means “to warm before.” This is just an example, it is not a question on the test. In phonics we will be working on compound words. These are words formed by putting two words together to form another word such as houseboat, a house on a boat. In grammar we will be working on abbreviations. Much of the test will focus on abbreviations for days of the week and months. We will also work on a few titles and a few common abbreviations for places. I will send home an abbreviation chart for study, but I would like for this to stay in the homework folder so that your child can get it out for use during one of our stations. Our reading comprehension skill this week will be focused on cause and effect. As you read the story with your child have them pay attention to how events in the story are related. We will test on this story on Monday, January 29th.

    We are working on Wordly Wise lesson 7. The words for lesson 7 are: badge, banner, corner, design, display, fold, parade, rectangle, salute, and tread. Your child should be able to read these words and have a good understanding of each meaning of the word. We have already done many of the activities for these words, and the children have cut out the glossary pages for this lesson. They should be using these pages to help them study. I hope that you will make use of the Wordly Wise website for studying. We will have the test on Thursday of this week.

    In math, we are now in lesson 14 which focuses on subtracting 3-digit numbers. Students will need to know how to use an open number line to subtract. They will also need to know how to hop up or back to find an answer. We will also continue to work on old-school subtraction with regrouping as well. We will still use our poems to think about whether we need to regroup, and if we do then we have a poem for the steps in regrouping. The poem to decide whether to regroup goes:  Numbers are the same, Zero is the game! More on top, No need to stop! More on the floor, Go next door, And get 10 more! This should stay in your child’s daily folder. There are some example problems next to each section of the poem to help with understanding. As a suggestion, when I send home math homework please pay attention to the example problem at the top. Then help your child to work the homework problems in the same way. I’ll have students write in their planners about the date for the test.

    I’m actually glad to be back at school after such a long break for snow, and I hope the kids are too. It’s hard to believe that we are over half way through the year. We’ll be working hard to get ready for third grade!

    We started the story Officer Buckle and Gloria on Monday. The vocabulary words for this story can be found in the book on pages 502 and 503. The vocabulary test will consist of 5 questions assessing knowledge of the vocabulary words and 5 questions on the vocabulary strategy which is focused on looking at root words to understand words to which prefixes or suffixes have been added. On the test a dictionary type entry is given with several words and a brief definition. The children are then given a word to which a prefix or suffix has been added and they are to choose the meaning for the new word. For example, the dictionary entry might show the word heat with a meaning of “to warm.” Students would be asked to choose the meaning for the word preheat and they should be able to determine that this means “to warm before.” This is just an example, it is not a question on the test. In phonics we will be working on compound words. These are words formed by putting two words together to form another word such as houseboat, a house on a boat. In grammar we will be working on abbreviations. Much of the test will focus on abbreviations for days of the week and months. We will also work on a few titles and a few common abbreviations for places. I will send home an abbreviation chart for study, but I would like for this to stay in the homework folder so that your child can get it out for use during one of our stations. Our reading comprehension skill this week will be focused on cause and effect. As you read the story with your child have them pay attention to how events in the story are related. We will test on this story on Monday, January 29th.

    We are working on Wordly Wise lesson 7. The words for lesson 7 are: badge, banner, corner, design, display, fold, parade, rectangle, salute, and tread. Your child should be able to read these words and have a good understanding of each meaning of the word. We have already done many of the activities for these words, and the children have cut out the glossary pages for this lesson. They should be using these pages to help them study. I hope that you will make use of the Wordly Wise website for studying. We will have the test on Thursday of this week.

    In math, we are now in lesson 14 which focuses on subtracting 3-digit numbers. Students will need to know how to use an open number line to subtract. They will also need to know how to hop up or back to find an answer. We will also continue to work on old-school subtraction with regrouping as well. We will still use our poems to think about whether we need to regroup, and if we do then we have a poem for the steps in regrouping. The poem to decide whether to regroup goes:  Numbers are the same, Zero is the game! More on top, No need to stop! More on the floor, Go next door, And get 10 more! This should stay in your child’s daily folder. There are some example problems next to each section of the poem to help with understanding. As a suggestion, when I send home math homework please pay attention to the example problem at the top. Then help your child to work the homework problems in the same way. I’ll have students write in their planners about the date for the test.

    I’m actually glad to be back at school after such a long break for snow, and I hope the kids are too. It’s hard to believe that we are over half way through the year. We’ll be working hard to get ready for third grade!