Welcome to 2nd Grade!

My name is Crystal Short and this is my 23rd year of teaching. I am married and have 2 children, Hannah is 28 and Parker is 18. Yes, I know, 10 1/2 years apart!  We live in the community and love Tomball.

I want you to feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. It is my job to make you and your child feel comfortable about the learning process.
 

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Week of Dec. 16

Important Dates:

12/17 Tues: Library - Check out only! Please send old books to school so your child can have new books over the holiday!
12/18 Wed: Math Test (Money)
12/18 Wed: Science Test (Rocks and Water)
12/19 Thurs: Christmas Party 1:00-2:00
12/20 Fri: Polar Express Day! Early Dismissal 12:50
 
Important Information:
Please remind your child to wash hands and cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing. I want my kids to stay healthy!
 
What We Are Doing This Week:
 
Writing: We are completing fun Holiday activities to practice skills previously learned. 
 
Reading: We are completing fun Holiday activities to practice skills previously learned.
 
Math:  We will continue learning about money and financial literacy. We will count a collection of coins to a dollar, and be able to exchange coins for other coins with the same value (Ex: 2 dimes and a nickel can be traded for a quarter.) Test Wednesday!
Vocabulary: value, collection, coins, dollar, cents, pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, decimal point, symbol, worth, change, accumulate, saving, spending, deposit, withdrawal, borrowing, responsible borrowing, irresponsible borrowing, lending, benefits, cost, producers, consumers, allowance, balance, earn, income, interest, savings account, budget, loan, profit
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Count collections of coins with your child.
  • Have your child exchange coins for other coins of the same amount.
  • Role Play where you have to count and exchange money (Ex: restaurant, store, grocery store, etc)
  • Show your child your bank account and discuss responsible saving and spending.
  • Go visit a bank!
 
Science: We will continue learning about 2 natural resources: rocks and water! Test Wednesday!
Vocabulary: natural resources, recycle, demonstrate, distinguish, describe, physical properties, color, mass,  sand, pebble, gravel, boulder, length, rocks, shiny, dull, luster, texture, gritty, rough, smooth, metallic, minerals, metals, natural sources, freshwater, saltwater, salinity, frozen, length, centimeters, mass, ocean, sea, lake, stream, river, glacier, iceberg, groundwater
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Go outside and collect rocks with your child:
    • Then, have your child describe the rocks: What color? Size? Rough or smooth? Shiny or dull?
    • Measure the rocks: How long is your rock? How much mass is in your rock?
    • Categorize your rocks by size, color, smoothness, etc.
    • Put your rocks in order from longest to shortest.
  • Salt Water Experiment: https://www.sciencekiddo.com/salt-water-experiment-ocean-science/
  • Research and make a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast freshwater and saltwater.
  • Go to the beach!
 
Social Studies: We will continue learning about celebrations and cultures in my community. We will share our visual presentations.
Vocabulary: family, families, relatives, related, celebrations, traditions, memories, individualism, inventiveness, freedom
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Discuss traditions that you celebrate at home.
  • Create a collage or project that celebrates your traditions at home.
  • Pull out old pictures and talk about celebrations and traditions that you celebrate at home.
  • Tell stories of your grandparents and traditions that they passed down to you.
  • Learn about a different culture together.
  • Visit a festival in which a different culture is celebrated.
  • Santa Tracker: Holiday Traditions (This may or may not work, it's been giving some of us problems): https://santatracker.google.com/traditions.html 

Food Drive Winners!

FOOD DRIVE WINNERS!


1st Place -- Mrs. Short’s class with 195 items


2nd Place -- Mrs. Kras’ class with 170 items


And 3rd Place -- Mrs. Turner’s class with 154 items


THANK YOU DPES Students and Teachers for giving back to our community.


We donated a total of 2,302 items to TEAM in Tomball!

Week of Nov. 18th

Important Dates:

11/20 - Food Drive Ends

11/21-22 Thurs-Fri: SOCIAL STUDIES TEST
11/22 Fri: Turkey Presentation from TWA!
11/22 Fri: MATH TEST
 
Next Week:
11/25-29 Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL)
 
Important Information:
  • Please make sure your child is present every day this week, if possible! We have tests coming up to tie units together before the break. We also have a fun Turkey Presentation on Friday from Texas Wildlife Association!!!!
  • Please send jackets to school with your child! Please write their name on the inside label. IF you have any extra jackets that you don't use anymore or girls pants size 5-8 that you would like to donate, Nurse Lance could use them in the clinic! Thanks! :)
  • Thanks to those who donated cans to our can drive.  Wednesday is the last  day to try to win a popcorn and juice party.  The winning class so far has 130 and we have 23.
  • Please continue to practice Reading and Math a few minutes every day over the break!
 
What We Are Doing This Week:
 
Writing:  We will publish our friendly letters that include the date, salutation, body, closing, and signature.
  • We will also learn about subject/verb agreement. The subject and verb must agree in number or work together.
  • Example:
    • The dog barks at the squirrel.
    • The dogs bark at the squirrel.
Things you can do at home:
  • Practice writing sentences with your child and focus on subject/verb agreement.
  • Find examples of subject/verb agreement in books.
 
Reading: We will continue comparing ideas and themes across children's literature. 
Vocabulary: children’s literature, traditional literature, realistic fiction, drama, poetry, structure, compare, character, setting, conflict, resolution, theme, similar/similarity, different/difference
 
Things you can do at home:
  • READ, READ, READ
  • Create a Venn Diagram on a poster board that compares and contrasts 2 different stories by the same author.
  • Discuss how two movies in a series are the same and different. (Such as Toy Story 1 and Toy Story 2.)
Word Study: We will take a spelling test to see how much we learned about the CVC/CVCe rule: The -e at the end makes the vowel say it's name. 
Ex: cut/cute; plan/plane
 
Math:  We will continue to solve word problems to determine whether to add or subtract 2-digit numbers without regrouping.  TEST FRIDAY!
Vocabulary: join, separate, add, subtract, ones place, tens place, word problem, number sentence, sum difference.
 
Things you can do at home:
 
Science: We will continue to learn about different kinds of energy. 
Vocabulary: energy, sound energy, heat energy, light energy,  absorb, volume, pitch, vibrate, increase, decrease, thermometer, melt, temperature, freeze, dark, dim, bright, shadow, physical properties, solid, liquid, appearance, sharp colors, details
 
See last week's post for ideas at home.
 
Social Studies: We will continue learning about economics. TEST THURSDAY!
Vocabulary: needs, wants, work, income, trade, allowance, earning, spending, saving, goods, services, producers, consumers, natural resources, finished product, economy, economics
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Discuss these important questions:
    • How does work provide income to purchase goods and services?

      • When visiting a place like the mall, point out which stores provide goods and which stores provide services. (Ex: Disney Story provides goods like costumes and toys; Relaxen LLC provides services like a massage; Claire's provides both goods (jewelry) and services (piercing ears))
    • What are differences between earning, spending, and saving money?

      • Discuss your job, bank accounts, and when to spend and save money.
    • What is the difference between producing and consuming? 

      • producing - making a product to sell
      • consuming - buying the product
      • Have a play kitchen, etc? Role play being a producer or consumer.
    • How can people be both producers and consumers? 

      • Ex: Farmers buy the seeds to plant (consumer) and then sell the plants they grow (producer.)
      • Ex: If you have a lemonade stand, you sell lemonade (producer),  but then you must go buy more lemons and sugar (consumer.)
    • How can a product go from a natural resource to a finished product?

      • When visiting a place like the grocery store or Lowe's and discuss how the products there went from a natural resource to the finished product.

Food Drive

Tomorrow is the last day for our Thanksgiving food drive.  I have challenged each student to bring some non-perishable items tomorrow.  Thank you so much for your help.  The top 3 classes bringing the most will win a popcorn and juice party!!  Go Team Short!
 
Crystal

Math Problem Solving Strategies

Hello.  I figured out my username and password!  Yay!
I wanted to share a link with you.  These are addition strategies.  Please let me know if the link doesn't work.  Thank you so much!
 
Crystal
 
 
 

Free Thermometer

From Nurse Culver:

"Hi families! You all qualify for a free smart thermometer as a part of the Kinsa school health program Decker Prairie El is participating in this year. You have until this Thursday (10/31) to order! Simply click this link from your smartphone to download the Kinsa app and sign up: https://get.kinsahealth.com/newUser ."

 

 

Thank You

 

Lance Culver

Registered Nurse

Decker Prairie Elementary

27427 Decker Prairie Rosehill Road

Magnolia, Tx 77355

281-357-3134, ext. 3007

 

Week of Oct. 28

Important Dates:

10/28 Mon:  We're a Drug-Free Team: Wear your favorite sports team attire

10/29 Tues: Protect Your Brain Power: Wear a Crazy Hat  -  Wear Astros shirt, too!  Support our hometown boys!
10/29 Tues:  Library Day
10/30 Wed:  Keep Your Super Powers & Stay Drug-Free: Wear a Superhero t-shirt 
10/30 Wed: Science Test: Changes in Motion (Roll, Slide, Spin)
10/31 Thurs:  Drug & Bully Free Adventures Await: Wear Your “Future Career” Attire!  
11/1 Fri:  Picture make-ups
11/1 Fri: Social Studies Test: Public Officials and Government Test
 
The Following Week:
11/7  2nd Grade Music Program (Honoring Veterans) 
11/8  2nd Grade Field Trip
 
Important Information:
  • Please send jackets to school with your child! Please write their name on the inside label.
  • Please remember to preregister your Grownup to expedite your check-in process for Donuts With Grownups, and to get more information about the event. Please view our Donuts with grownups.pdf flyer (link to preregistration in on the flyer). This preregistration form closes at 12:00 on November 13th                                                         PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL VISITORS, REGARDLESS OF PREREGISTRATION, WILL NEED TO SHOW ID AT THE DOOR. 

What We Are Doing This Week:

Writing: 

We are finishing up our lesson learned story and then we will start learning how to write poems.  We will also be learning about adjectives.  Please send your child to school with a mini pumpkin (or 2 to share with a friend) on Wednesday for an adjectives activity!  

Vocabulary: poet, rhyme, rhythm, repetition, imagery, alliteration, visualize, infer, sensory language, imagery, figurative language, literal language, descriptive language, theme, personal narrative, generate ideas, brainstorming, planning, drafting, revising, editing, publishing, sharing

Things you can do at home:

Read Poems together

  • Write Poems together
  • Play I-Spy using adjectives to describe things you spy.
Reading:
We will start learning about the elements of drams - characters, setting, plot, and dialogue. 
 
Vocabulary: drama, characters, setting, dialogue, elements of plot (main events, conflict, and resolution), narrator, text evidence, theme
 
Things you can do at home:
  • READ, READ, READ!
  • Practice reading Readers Theater with your child!
  • Go see a play!
Word Work: We will look at patterns in long/short e words.
 
Math:
We will continue learning how to read and write numbers in different ways up to 500.
We will focus on:
  • understanding digits in place value. Ex: In the number 327, the 2 has a value of 20.
  • comparing numbers. Ex: 327 > 309; 327 is greater than 309. The 3s in the hundreds place are the same. The 2 in the tens place of 327 is greater than the 0 in the tens place of 309.
  • building numbers in different ways. Ex: 437 could be built with 4 hundreds blocks, 3 tens blocks, and 7 ones blocks -OR- it could also be built with 4 hundreds blocks, 2 tens blocks, and 17 ones blocks (if we decompose 1 10's block.)
  • expanded form. Ex: 437 = 400+30+7
  • understanding patterns in number lines. Ex: What comes next?                 23, 25, 27, __, __
 
Vocabulary: base ten, ones, tens, hundreds, digit, standard form, word form, expanded form, generate, place value, compare, equal to (=), greater than ( >), less than (<), even, odd, number line, greatest to least, least to greatest.
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Use Base-10 Blocks to create numbers and compare numbers:
  • Interactive Games:
  • Play Card Games
  • Create Number Riddles! Ex: I am thinking about a 3-Digit number. The hundreds place has a 4. The tens place has a digit that is 3 more than the digit in the hundreds place. The one's place has a digit that is 2 less than the digit in the hundreds place. What number am I? Answer: 472
  • Please go over math facts with your child at home to work on fluency and automaticity!
 
Science:
We will continue learning about the movement of objects - spin, slide, roll.
Vocabulary: trace, motion, force, roll, slide, spin, shape, movement, position, direction, push, pull
TEST WEDNESDAY!
Things you can do at home:
  • Go on a Scavenger Hunt for objects that roll, slide, and spin.
 
We will learn about how we can use magnets in everyday life.
Vocabulary: magnets, magnetic, nonmagnetic, push, pull, attract, repel, iron
Things you can do at home:
  • Play with magnets.
  • Go on a Scavenger Hunt for objects that a magnet will stick to.
  • Look at objects that use magnets to work. Ex: the strip on the refrigerator door that keeps the door closed. Magnets hold up work/pictures on the refrigerator. Sometimes magnets are used on flaps to keep them closed on purses, bags, coats, etc.
Social Studies:
We will continue learning about people in our government and government services.
Vocabulary: congress, government, local, national, term, appointment, election, mayor, governor, president, voting
TEST FRIDAY!
Things you can do at home:
  • Ask and discuss these questions:
    • Who are the current public officials?

      • mayor - Gretchen Fagan

      • governor - Greg Abbott

      • President - Donald J Trump

    • How can we compare the roles of public officials, including the mayor, governor, and president?
    • Why do we pay taxes?
    • Why do we vote?
    • Who are community helpers in our town that help us? How do they help us?
  • Research the mayor, governor, and president.
  • Make time to keep up with and discuss current events.
  • Roll play different roles in government.
  • Discuss each family member and their responsibilities and relate that to the government.
  • Visit our city hall.
  • Visit our capital.
  • Make a poster or mural of our community helpers
  • Write a poem about our government or a community helper.

Donuts With Grownups

DONUTS WITH GROWNUPS
NOVEMBER 14TH | 7:15 AM - 8:00AM
DECKER PRAIRIE CAFE
Parents, Guardians, Grandpas or Grandmas...We are inviting you to enjoy
some time with your student.
Please allow:
o One adult per student
o Come early to avoid the rush
o Allow time for parking
o Allow time for check-in.
Please be sure that you have had your ID scanned previously this school year
before the day of the event to speed up the check-in process.
ALL VISITORS, REGARDLESS OF CHECK-IN OPTIONS ARE EXPECTED TO
SHOW ID.
PRECHECK Through by Clicking HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdbUAoFgxjYWYVrvhtoh61T63qbligB23R_GjJ7jtLpA86WAg/viewform
All students will leave the cafe by 8:00 and head to regular locations to allow
for our regular breakfast eaters.
We are thankful for the special adults in our lives!

From Mrs. Blackmon

Good afternoon Decker Prairie Families,

 

We hope you are finding ways to get out and enjoy this amazing fall weather!

Here are some updates on upcoming events:

 

Next Week - 

Book Fair starts next week!

Tuesday, October 22nd - Texas Roadhouse Spirit Night

Wednesday, Oct 23rd - Blackmon's Bedtime Stories - Fall Edition (Located on Decker Prairie Facebook - LIVE 7:00-7:30pm)

Thursday night Oct 24th - Family Education Night -FEN Flyer.pdf Come enjoy a snack, time with family, bookfair and participate in some educational activities with your student. 

Friday, Oct 25th - Kick off Red Ribbon Week by wearing RED  (Red Ribbon Week Oct 28th - Oct 31st)  Red Ribbon Week Flyer.docx 

 

Have GREAT weekend! 

 

Blessed to be here, 

Brenda Blackmon

Principal

Week of Oct. 21st

What We Are Doing This Week:
 
Writing:
I can revise, edit, and publish my story.
 
I can edit for capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.
I can revise by adding or taking away words, phrases, and sentences.
I can revise by changing words to make them better or by showing instead of telling.
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Read with your child! The more they see good examples, the better their writing becomes.
  • Model fluency when reading to your child. Read to the punctuation and with expression.
  • Point out good examples of capitalization and punctuation used in books.
 

Word Study:

I can sort long and short i words.

I notice that most long i words end in e. Ex: kite

Reading:

Test on Friday!

I can determine the theme of poems.

Through independent and small group, I can continue to practice:

  • recognizing poems and the elements of poems.
  • creating mental images to deepen understanding of poems.
  • understanding and using synonyms and antonyms. 

Vocabulary: poet, rhyme, rhythm, repetition, imagery, alliteration, visualize, infer, sensory language, imagery, figurative language, literal language, descriptive language, theme, personal narrative, generate ideas, brainstorming, planning, drafting, revising, editing, publishing, sharing

Things you can do at home:

  • Read poems with your child at home.
  • Sing songs with your child at home.
  • Discuss rhyme, rhythm, and repetition in poems and songs. 
  • Have your child point out rhyming words, words that repeat, and rhythm of poems and songs.
  • Discuss figurative language and visualizing. Ask your child what they see when they read a poem or sing a song.
Math:
Mon and Tues: Review and Test on Measurement and Time (Please see last week's post for links and ideas to review measurement and time.)
 
Then, I can read and write numbers in different ways up to 500. (Place Value to 500, part 2)
I can order numbers.
I can use number lines.
 
Vocabulary: base ten, numeral, ones, tens, hundreds, 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, open number line, even, odd, reasonable, number line, greatest to least, least to greatest, increase, decrease, comparison, fewer, benchmark numbers, midpoint, value
 
Things you can do at home:
Science:
Mon and Tues: Review and Test for Combining Matter
 
Then, I can determine how objects move by rolling, sliding, and spinning.
 
Vocabulary: trace, motion, force, roll, slide, spin, shape, movement, position, direction, push, pull
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Go on a scavenger hunt around the house for objects that roll, slide, and spin.
  • Write a poem about slide, spin, and roll.
Social Studies:
 

I can learn about our government. I can name or identify the mayor (Gretchen Fagan), governor (Greg Abbott), and president (Donald Trump). I can compare their responsibilities.

I can learn how to be a responsible citizen by paying taxes and voting.

I can determine community helpers (such as firefighters, police officers, and teachers) and how they help the community.

Vocabulary: congress, government, local, national, term, succeed, appointment, election, mayor, governor, president, voting
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Ask and discuss these questions:
    • Who are the current public officials, including the mayor, governor, and president?

    • How can we compare the roles of public officials, including the mayor, governor, and president?
    • Why do we pay taxes?
    • Why do we vote?
    • Who are community helpers in our town that help us? How do they help us?
  • Research the mayor, governor, and president.
  • Make time to keep up with and discuss current events.
  • Roll play different roles in government.
  • Discuss each family member and their responsibilities and relate that to the government.
  • Visit our city hall.
  • Visit our capital.
  • Make a poster or mural of our community helpers
  • Write a poem about our government or a community helper.

Important Dates

Important Dates:

10/21 Mon: Book Fair Opens
10/22 Tues: Math Test: Measurement and Time
                    Science Test: Combining Matter
                    Texas Roadhouse Spirit Night
10/23 Wed: Report Cards Go Home
10/24 Thurs: Family Education Night 6:00-7:30 (Come for Fun and Games)
                      Book Fair Open Late tonight!
10/25 Fri: Reading Test: Poetry
                Kick-Off Red Ribbon Week: Wear Red
                Book Fair Closes at Noon
 
Important Dates NEXT Week:
Red Ribbon Week:
10/28 Mon: We're a Drug Free Team: Wear your favorite sports team attire
10/29 Tues: Protect Your Brain Power: Wear a Crazy Hat
10/30 Wed: Keep Your Super Powers & Stay Drug Free: Wear a Superhero t-shirt 
10/31 Thurs: Drug & Bully Free Adventures Await: Wear Your “Future Career” Attire!  
11/1 Fri: Make-Up Picture Day
 
Important Information:

Second Grade Music Program

Please save the date of...
Thursday, November 7, 2019 @ 6:15 p.m. 
for the Second Grade Music Program (Honoring Veterans) 
in the DPES Cafeteria
Dress for performers will be red, white, and blue patriotic attire.
More details to follow.

Thank you,
Mrs. Mathes & Ms. Ricks
DPES Music Teachers, K-4
angelamathes@tomballisd.net
281-357-3134 x 3015 or 3096

From Our Librarian

It is book fair time, and I wanted to let you all know all that goes on during it. There are a few things that are new...

  • Parents/family members may come to shop between 8:10-2:00 Monday-Friday after signing in the front office
  • Parents/family members may only bring their child with them before school (8:10-8:40), during their child's lunch, recess, and/or during Family Education Night. We will not be pulling students from class.
  • The book fair will close at 2:00 each day.
 
Thank you in advance for everything! Let me know if you have any more questions. =)
 

 

Mandy Watson

Librarian, Decker Prairie Elementary
27427 Decker Prairie Rosehill Rd.
Magnolia, Texas 77355
(281) 357-3134 x3011

Field Trip

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

Second Grade is extremely excited about our upcoming field trip on November 8th. We are attending the production of Mary Poppins at Lone Star College-Tomball. Since it is right down the road from us, we will not need chaperones for this field trip. The show starts at 9:30 a.m. We will start loading the bus around 8:50 a.m. and leave Decker Prairie by 9:05 a.m. The production itself is one hour and forty-five minutes long. This puts us returning to the school by 12:00 p.m. Second Grade’s lunch will start at 12:15 p.m., and we will eat lunch in the cafeteria like a normal day. We would like all students to wear a Decker Prairie t-shirt or red to support DPES!

 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. 

 

Thank you,​

 

Crystal Short

Week of Oct. 14

Reading: We will continue learning about elements of poetry, such as rhyme, rhythm, and repetition.

*Please have your child read for at least 15 minutes every night!  
 
Writing:  We will continue revising our stories to make sure we are staying on topic/relevant.  We will also learn about singular/plural nouns and past/present/future tense verbs.
 
Word Study: All long vowels
 
Math: We will start learning how to tell time on a digital and analog clock. 
Vocabulary: time, second, minute, hour, half hour, analog clock, digital clock, a.m., p.m. 
*Please go over math facts with your child at home to work on fluency and automaticity!
 
Science: We will combine materials, that when put together, can do things that they cannot do by themselves such as building a tower or a bridge.  We will justify the selection of those materials based on their physical properties.
Vocabulary: materials, combine, physical properties, selection, compare, justify, prove, improve, movement, sturdy
 
Social Studies: We will start learning about people in our government, including our mayor, governor, and president.
Vocabulary: congress, government, local, national, term, appointment, election, mayor, governor, president, voting