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Week September 30th

Important Dates:
9/30 Mon: Social Studies Major Map Project
10/3 Thursday.: Library Day (Please send books to school this day)
10/4 Fri: Math Cumulative Test Over Units 1, 2, and 3 (Place Value, Word Problems, Length).
 
What We Are Doing This Week:
 
Science: We will learn about physical changes, such as cutting, folding, bending, sanding, twisting, and melting.
 
Vocabulary: Physical properties, solid, liquid, matter, flow, change, cutting, sanding, folding, melting, twisting, physical changes, mold, flows
 
Things you can do at home:
  • https://www.abcya.com/games/states_of_matter
  • Have a Scavenger Hunt for solids and liquids around the house.
  • Play a Physical Changes game: Have your child close his/her eyes or go into another room. Change a piece of paper or other object by folding, cutting, tearing, twisting, etc. Then, see if your child can figure out what you did.
Social Studies:
1) First, we will complete our Major Map Project. Students will create a map key,  Compass Rose (with North, South, West, and East), and map based on given directions, such as draw a school. Then, draw a library north of the school. 
 
Vocabulary: compass rose, title, orientation (north, south, east, west), legend/key, urban, suburban, rural, neighborhood, population, community, geography, tools, map, globe, information, place, route, characteristic
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Look at maps in an Atlas
  • Create maps together of your house or neighborhood.
    • Ask questions about your map. Ex:  If you were at your house, which direction would you have to go to get to the playground?
2) Then, we will begin our unit on Government Officials that Govern My Country.
 
Vocabulary: congress, government, local, national, term, succeed, appointment, election, mayor, governor, president, voting
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Practice naming the mayor of our city (Gretchen Fagan), governor of our state (Greg Abbott), and President of our country (Donald Trump).
  • Discuss the importance of the police, firemen, librarians, teachers, and park rangers.
  • Visit a police station, fire station, library, or park.
  • Talk about how you can volunteer to help your community.
Reading: We will learn about internal (feeling and traits) and external traits (what they look like) of characters.
 
Vocabulary:  main/star character, internal character traits, external character traits
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Read with your child every night!
  • Discuss the star character and what he/she/it looks like.
  • Discuss what the star character is like on the inside, such as persistent, helpful, ambitious, smart, lucky, tricky, bossy, lazy, jealous, devious (try to stay away from words like nice and mean)
  • Discuss what the star character is feeling and why. Ex: The star character was nervous because she was starting at a new school. She felt better and more confident when she began making new friends.
Writing: We will write a new small moment story about a time when you learned a lesson.
 
Vocabulary: beginning, middle, end, conflict, resolution, moral
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Talk about times your child learned a lesson. Ex: A time I learned how to be friendly; A time I learned that hard work pays off; A time I learned responsibility; A time I learned how to be grateful to others; A time I learned how to share; A time I learned why it is important to pay attention.
  • Many students are struggling with Capitalization and Punctuation.  You can find workbooks at Walmart and Dollar stores to help them practice this skills at home.  We also be working on Main Events, Conflict and Resolution in small group.  Parents can ask questions after reading a book about is the 1st main event, 2nd main event, and 3rd main event.  What is the problem in the story (conflict)?  What was the solutions to this story (resolution)?  
Math: We will measure length. We will practice measuring objects with nonstandard units, and standard unit using rulers and yard sticks.
 
Vocabulary: Nonstandard, standard, customary, metric, length, inch, foot, feet, yards, centimeters, meters, estimate
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Measure objects at home with a ruler, tape measure, etc.
  • Discuss the difference between inches and centimeters, feet and yards.
  • Ask questions, such as how much longer is the pencil than the crayon?
  • Estimate how long an object is and then measure to see if you were right.
  • Play these games with your child:
  • Please work with your child at home on time using a digital and antalog clock.  

Week of September 23rd

Important Dates:
 
9/23 Mon:  Penny War Begins! Pennies and Dollars ADD TO 2nd Grade. Nickels, Dimes, and Quarters TAKE AWAY from other grade levels! No, we are not beneath sabotaging others! Bring on the FUN! 
9/24 Tues: READING Major Project Begins (We will have 3 days to complete this).
9/24 Tues: Texas Roadhouse Spirit Night
9/26 Thurs: MATH Test: Solving 1-Step Word Problems to 20.
9/26 Thurs: Library Day! Please return books!
 
What We Are Doing This Week:
 
Science:
Scientists will determine if a matter is a solid or a liquid.
 
Vocabulary: Physical properties, solid, liquid, matter, flow, change, cutting, sanding, folding, melting, twisting, physical changes, mold, flows
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Go on a solid/liquid scavenger hunt.
  • Make a chart of physical properties of a solid and liquid.
  • Make Slime and discuss its properties.
  • Make Oobleck and discuss its properties.
Social Studies:
Cartographers will interpret information on maps and understand/use basic elements, such as the title, map key/legend, and Compass Rose.
 

Vocabulary: compass rose, title, orientation (north, south, east, west), legend/key, urban, suburban, rural, neighborhood, population, community, geography, tools, map, globe, information, place, route, characteristic, settlement pattern, human activities

Things you can do at home:

  • Create a map of your house or neighborhood.
  • Use Google Maps or a GPS to get from your house to a certain point. Have your child be your navigator.
  • Read Map Books (Many of these can be found as a read aloud on YouTube)
    • Mapping Penny's Word, By: Loreen Leedy
    • There's a Map on My Lap, By: Tish Rabe (Hat in the Hat collection)
    • Me on the Map, By: Joan Sweeny
    • Follow That Map, By: Scot Ritchie
Reading:
Readers will understand and describe plot elements of a realistic fiction story.
*Star characters, Main setting (where, when), 3 Main Events, Conflict, Resolution
 
I can complete a fun Plot Project for a major grade.
I can use a Plot Mountain to help me complete my project:
Fun Video on Plot Mountain
Exposition: Introducing the Characters and Setting
Rising Action (Beginning of the Main Events): The important event(s) that lead up to the climax or conflict.
Climax: The conflict. The most intense events that cannot stay. The conflict must change and go a different way.
Falling action: The events that are leading to the solution or resolution.
Resolution: The solution to the Main Conflict or how the story ends.
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Read with your child everyday!
  • Discuss the pictures in the book, and retell the story using the pictures, in order.
  • Discuss or create a Plot Mountain at home using books from home, library books, or E-books on Raz-Kids or MyOn.
Math:

Mathematicians will generate and solve word problems.

Mathematicians will understand and solve one step word problems involving addition and subtraction. 

Things you can do at home:

  • Play MY LINKS a FUN way to learn math.
  • Have your child generate word situations (problems) using real life home situations and then solve them.
    • Ex: I fed my dog 3 treats. Then, I fed her some more. I gave her 5 treats in all. How many treats did I give her the second time.
    • Ex: I had 10 Pokemon cards. My sister tore 3 of them. How many do I have left?
    • Ex: I have 12 Barbie Dolls. My sister has 8 Barbie Dolls. How many more Barbie Dolls do I have?
    • Ex: I have 3 red shirts, 7 blue shirts, and 5 yellow shirts. How many shirts do I have in total?
Writing:
Writers will revise and edit their Summer Stories.
Writers will publish their Summer Stories.
Writers will celebrate their Summer Stories.
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Tell each other stories. Be sure to have a Beginning, Middle, and End.
  • Play a story game:
    • You say a sentence, your child must add on. Switch back and forth, or make it a family game.
    • Use Story Dice
    • Draw a story and then tell it.

Week of September 16th

Important Information/Dates:

9/18 Wed: Science Test
9/19 Thurs: Library Day
9/20 Fri: Picture day
9/16-20 Freedom Week
 
9/24 Next Tues: Texas Roadhouse Spirit Night 

 

Important Information:

Start saving your pennies! Our famous Penny War is coming! But SHHH! Don't tell anyone you are saving :)

Thanks to everyone who sent wire hangers. We have enough for everyone!

What We Are Doing This Week:

Reading:

Readers will understand and describe plot elements of a realistic fiction story.
*Main characters, Main setting, 3 Main Events, Conflict, Resolution
This is a HARD concept. Please read with your child and practice at home. We are going to work on a Plot Mountain this week:

Exposition: Introducing the Characters and Setting
Rising Action (Beginning of the Main Events): The important event(s) that lead up to the climax or conflict.
Climax: The conflict. The most intense events that cannot stay. The conflict must change and go a different way.
Falling action: The events that are leading to the solution or resolution.
Resolution: The solution to the Main Conflict or how the story ends.

 

Word Study:

Students will sort picture cards for short and long u words.

Social Studies:

Citizens will interpret information on a map and globe using basic map elements.

Vocabulary: compass rose, title, orientation (north, south, east, west), legend/key, urban, suburban, rural, neighborhood, population, community, geography, tools, map, globe, information, place, route, characteristic, settlement pattern, human activities

Things to do at home:

  • Read Map Books (Many of these can be found as a read aloud on YouTube)
    • Mapping Penny's Word, By: Loreen Leedy
    • There's a Map on My Lap, By: Tish Rabe (Hat in the Hat collection)
    • Me on the Map, By: Joan Sweeny
    • Follow That Map, By: Scot Ritchie

Science:

Scientist will review my knowledge of physical properties of matter.
Scientist will classify matter by physical properties using tools.
Science Test- Wednesday
 
*What does a ruler, balance, thermometer and beakers/graduated cylinders measure?
*What are examples of physical properties. (flexibility, texture, shape, color, mass, length
*What do we use to measure temperature (thermometer in celsius)
*What does the greatest volume mean?Least?
*How do you know if a thermometer is a showing cold or hot temperature?

 

Next Unit: Determining if a matter is a solid or liquid and physical changes of matter.
Scientist will classify matter by whether it is a solid or liquid.
Scientist will determine physical properties of a solid.
Vocabulary: Physical properties, solid, liquid, matter, flow, change, cutting, sanding, folding, melting, twisting, physical changes, mold, flows
 

Math:

Math experts will understand and solve one step word problems involving addition and subtraction. 

Things you can do at home:

  • Play MY LINKS (found on the left side under my picture), a FUN way to learn math!
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  • Have your child generate word situations (problems) using real life home situations.
    • Ex: I fed my dog 3 treats. Then, I fed her some more. I gave her 5 treats in all. How many treats did I give her the second time.
    • Ex: I had 10 Pokemon cards. My sister tore 3 of them. How many do I have left?

Writers:

Writers will learn what common and proper nouns are and how to use them in their writing.
Writers will learn what verbs are and how to correctly use them in their writing.
Writers will understand that when writers revise, they might read through a whole piece just looking at one specific thing at a time. ​
Writers will use correct capitalization in their writing. ​
Writers will use a variety of different sentences (declarative/interrogative) to make their writing more interesting.
Writers will write in complete sentences and not in sentence fragments.
 

Week of September 9th

Important Dates:
9/10 Tuesday: Papa Johns Spirit Night
9/10 Tues: Math Test Unit 1: Place Value to 500
9/10-11 Tues & Wed: Reading Test
9/12 Thursday: Library Day (Please make sure your child has his/her library books to return.)
9/13 Fri: Social Studies Test 
 
Important Information:
We will be completing a fun project for Reading in the upcoming unit. PLEASE send WIRE clothes hangers to school with your child. 
 
What We Are Doing This Week:
Reading:
Students will describe and understand the characteristics of a fable. 
Students will test their knowledge and describe the elements of a fable.
*Main STAR Characters
*Main Setting
*Main Events (3): Beginning, Middle, End
*Conflict
*Resolution
Test on Tuesday/Wednesday: Please ask your child about the 4-sqare we have been working on in class for reading.
 Things you can do at home:
  • READ with your child!!!!
  • Ask about the characters and setting in the stories that you read.
  • Ask what the problem and solution are in the stories that you read.
  • Have your child retell the stories that you read.
 
Students will also describe the plot elements of a realistic fiction story.
 
Vocabulary for realistic fiction: realistic fiction, elements of plot, character, setting, main events, problem, resolution, theme, textual evidence, characteristics of realistic fiction, internal character traits, external character traits, infer, predict
 
Word Work:
Students will sort short and long o picture cards. 
 
Writing:
Students will finish writing their small moment stories.
Students will set up their online writing portfolio. 
Students will learn about nouns (person, place, thing, common, proper) and verbs. Students will check writing for great nouns and verbs.
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Talk about things that your child and you do together.
  • Have your children talk to you using complete sentences.
  • Write sentences together and then circle nouns and underline verbs. Then, talk about how to make those nouns and verbs better!
Vocabulary: narrative, personal narrative, generate ideas, brainstorming, planning, drafting
 
Math:
Students will review place value (standard form -152, expanded form- 100+50+2=152, word form- one hundred fifty two, model form, number and word 1 hundred, 5 tens, 2 ones) 
Students will compare numbers using <,>,= and greater than, less than and equal to. 
Students will determine if a number is odd or even. 
Students will locate the position of a given whole number on an open number line.
Tuesday- Place Value Test (up to 500) - I will e-mail a review to study with your child on Monday. Please review this with your child. It might help to have some paper and pencil ready!
Place Value Review is on your Child's Google Classroom.
 
Students will represent and solve one-step word problems involving addition up to 20. (review from 1st grade)
EX: 
There were 4 bears in the woods. 5 more bears joined them. How many bears are in the woods?
4+5=__
 
Students will recall basic math facts to add and subtract within 20 with automaticity. 
Doubles, Doubles +1, Doubles +2, Make Ten
 
Social Studies:
Students will recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag and the Texas Flag. 
Students will identity selected patriotic songs.
Students will review how to identify the characteristics of a good citizen.
Friday- Citizenship Test
Questions you can ask at home:
  • What are some characteristics of a good citizen?
  •  How do you know if someone is being a good citizen or not?

  • How can you be a good citizen at home? at school? in Tomball?
  • Why is it important to show good citizenship (besides to not get in trouble)?
Science:
Students will collect data from observations using scientific tools. (length-nonstandard/standard- rule, mass-balance, temperature- thermometer- Celsius, volume-cup and graduated cylinder)
Things you can do at home:
  • Help your child measure things around the house using these tools.
  • Have your child help you cook by measuring out liquids and solids needed for lunch or dinner.
  • Look at a thermometer everyday to see the temperature in TX (look at BOTH Fahrenheit and Celsius)
  • Make learning and measuring fun by playing a game.

Week of August 26th - 30th

Important Dates:
August: 
8/26 Monday: Pre-tests for Words Their Way, Math, and Writing
8/27 Tuesday: Science Safety Test! Please discuss safety procedures at home and school.
September
9/2 Monday: Labor Day - No School!
9/5 Thursday: Parent Orientation/Open House 5:30-7:00
 
What We Are Doing This Week:
Reading: We will distinguish characteristics of well-known children's literature such as folktales, fables, and fairy tales.
We will also describe and understand plot elements, including the main events, the conflict, and the resolution.
This you can do at home:
  • READ with your child!!!!
  • Ask about the characters and setting in the stories that you read.
  • Ask what the problem and solution are in the stories that you read.
  • Have your child retell the stories that you read.
Vocabulary: traditional literature, folktales, fables, fairy tales, generation, elements of plot, character, setting, main events, conflict, resolution, resolved, theme, textual evidence, characteristics
 
Writing: We will begin writing Small Moment Stories. We will brain storm, generate ideas, talk out our story, sketch our story, and begin writing the beginning of our story. 
Things you can do at home:
  • Talk about things that your child and you do together.
  • Have your children talk to you using complete sentences.
Vocabulary: narrative, personal narrative, generate ideas, brainstorming, planning, drafting
Math: We will review Place Value of 2-digit numbers. We will model a number in different ways (standard, expanded, word, and model forms), order numbers from least to greatest and greatest to least, find numbers on a number line, and generate numbers based on a given direction (example: write a number less than 62). 
Things you can do at home:
  • Play Math games together:
  • Example:
    • Playing Cards: Who has the biggest number
    • Dice: Roll 2 dice and add them up. Then, find who has the biggest number
Vocabulary: base ten, numeral, ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, digit, compose, decompose, standard form, word form, expanded form, generate, whole number, place value, compare, greater than, less than, equal to (=), greater than ( >), less than (<), order, position, even, odd, reasonable, number line, greatest to least, least to greatest, increase, decrease, comparison, fewer, midpoint, value
Science: First, we will review and take our Science Safety Test. Then, we will begin learning about matter. We will classify and find physical properties of matter.
Questions you can ask at home:
  • How are the most important safety rules at home and school similar and different and why are they important to each location?
  • How can behavior contribute to safe and unsafe conditions?
  • Do you have an emergency plan in place at home for fire, bad weather, etc?
Vocabulary:
Science Safety: safety, conduct, rules, goggles, procedures, hazards, injury, consequences
Physical Properties of Matter:  classify, matter, texture, capacity, physical property, relative temperature, investigate, unit of measure, non-standard unit, standard unit, centimeter, grams, milliliter, Celsius, observe, predict, relative mass; flexibility qualities may include bendable, malleable, rigid, elastic, springy, stretchy, firm, stiff
Social Studies: We will learn about characteristics of a good citizen.
Questions you can ask at home:
  • What are some characteristics of a good citizen?
  •  Who is someone you know that demonstrates good citizenship? Why?
  • What are some ways you can actively practice good citizenship? 
  • Why is it important to show good citizenship?
Vocabulary: community, citizen, rules, laws, choices, decisions, consequences, good citizenship, community service, patriotism, truthfulness, justice, equality, respect, responsibility, participation
Things to remember:
Extra Clothes
Snacks
Wednesdays are Take Home Folder Day!!
All transporation changes must be in writing.  
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are P.E. Days, Tennis and Socks please! 
 

Karen Stevens, M.Ed, 2nd Grade Teacher

Hi and Welcome to my Web page!  My name is Karen Stevens and I teach 2nd grade at Decker Prairie Elementary!  Go Cougars!!!  I am excited about the 2019 - 2020 School year!  This is my 2nd year here at DPES; however, my 9th year teaching.  I have taught Kindergarten, 4th Grade, and 2nd Grade.  I also was an Instructional Paraprofessional before receiving my teaching degree at the University of Houston Downtown.  Due to my passion for learning, I earned my Masters Degree at Texas A&M in College Station.  Whoop! Whoop!  I hope to someday continue by getting my Doctoral Degree in Education.  In addition, I am a mom of 3 amazing boys and I have been married for over 20 years to my husband Scott.  I have lived in the Tomball/ Magnolia Area since 1998, and before that, I was in the Air Force at Kirtland Air Force in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Once again, I would like to share my joy and enthusiasm for being your child's teacher and excited to watch them grow and learn!  If you have any questions please feel free to email me anytime.  Our new Adventure Awaits!!