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 Oct. 7th

Reading: We will start learning about the elements of poetry.
*Please have your child read for at least 15 minutes every night!  
 
Writing:  We will write a rough draft of our stories and then begin revising.
 
Math: We will continue our unit on measurement and start learning about area.
*Please go over math facts with your child at home to work on fluency and automaticity!
 
Science: We will classify matter as solid or liquid and determine physical changes of matter.
 
Social Studies: We will finish our unit on maps and communities.
 
Important Dates:
10/11  Early Release at 12:50 pm
10/14  No School
 
If you have not signed up for a Fall Conference, please click on the link below.
 

Week of Sept. 30th

Week of Sept. 30

Reading: We will start learning about a character's internal and external traits in realistic fiction.

*We are still working on our reading stamina.  Please have your child read for at least 15 minutes every night!  
 
Writing:  We will start planning our new story. 
 
Word Study: All long vowels
 
Math: We will be learning how to measure length, width, and height using inches and feet.  On Friday, we will have a cumulative math test over everything we've learned so far this year - place value, word problems, and measurement.
*Please go over math facts with your child at home.  Use flashcards or objects around the house!
 
Science: We will continue learning about solids, liquids, and gases.
 
Social Studies: We will continue learning about maps.
 
Important Dates:
10/4  Math Test
  • Oct 2nd Homecoming Parade
  • Oct 8th Papa John's Spirit Night
  • Oct 11th Early Release & Parent Conferences 
  • Oct 14th Student Holiday (Staff Work Day)
Family Education Night -
Oct 24th- Mark your Calendars! Soon we will be having our fall family event, called Family Education Night; Adventure Awaits, from 6:00-7:30 pm.
There will be a snack and refreshments and many amazing activities found throughout the school, as well as an opportunity to buy even more books from our amazing Book Fair hosted that same week. Come fill your passport as you travel across our school. More information coming soon.

Week of Sept. 23rd

Reading: We will be working on our realistic fiction book project.  It will include the characters, setting, retelling the beginning, middle, and end, conflict, and resolution of a realistic fiction story.
*We are still working on our reading stamina.  Please have your child read for at least 15 minutes every night!  
 
Writing:  We will publish and celebrate our writing.  
 
Word Study: Long/short e
 
Math: We will be reviewing for our test on Thursday over one-step word problems involving addition and subtracting up to 20.  Then we will start our unit on measurement.
*Please go over math facts with your child at home.  Use flash cards or objects around the house!
 
Science: We will be learning about solids, liquids, and gases.
 
Social Studies: We will continue learning how to interpret and create maps.  We will also be learning about suburban, urban, and rural communities.
 
Important Dates:
9/23-9/27  Penny Wars!
9/24  Texas Roadhouse Spirit Night
9/26  Math Test
 
Penny Wars: Sept. 23-27
Each grade has a bucket for collecting money.  ADD to our total by dropping pennies and bills into the 2nd grade bucket. 
To SABOTAGE other grades, drop silver coins into their bucket. 
Prize: Extended recess with treats and activities for the grade with the highest total!  New playground equipment will be purchased with the money raised. 

Week of Sept. 17

Reading: We will be learning about elements of realistic fiction. 

*We are still working on our reading stamina.  Please have your child read for at least 15 minutes every night!  
 
Writing:  We will be editing our stories for correct capitalization and punctuation.  Then we will publish and celebrate our writing.  
 
Word Study: Long/short u
 
Math: We will be learning how to solve one-step word problems involving addition and subtracting using a variety of strategies. 
 
Science: We will be wrapping up our unit on physical properties. 
 
Social Studies: We will be learning how to interpret and create maps.
 
Important Dates:
9/20  Fall Picture Day

Week of Sept. 9

Important Dates:
 
Sept. 10th Papa John's Spirit Night Order your pizza delivery (Use code PJFUNDSCHOOL)
Sept. 11th First Responders Day
Sept. 11th Unit 1 Math Test
Sept. 12th 1st Counselor lesson 

Sept. 13th PTO Room Parent Meeting 2:00-2:30

Sept. 20th Individual Fall Pictures

Please join PTO, if you are able!

 **Remember Library Day is Tuesday!

 

Our life principal of the week is:

initiative is … taking action or originating new ideas.

“If you are not afraid
to face the music, you
may someday be the
leader of the band.”
-- Author Unknown

 

Reading: We will finish our unit on traditional literature, then start learning about elements of realistic fiction. 

We are working on reading stamina.  The students should read the same book for at least 15 minutes, without interruption.  We will increase the time gradually.  
 
Writing: We will be learning about parts of speech, including nouns and verbs. We will also be learning about correct capitalization and punctuation in our writing.  
 
Word Study: Long/short o
 
Math: We will continue to focus on place value and take our Unit 1 Test on Tuesday.  We will then start our next unit on one-step word problems involving addition and subtracting with facts up to 20. 
 
Science: We will be learning how to collect data using specific tools, such as a thermometer, ruler, and balance.
 
Social Studies: We will continue learning about good citizenship and discuss the US and TX pledges and flags. 
 
 
*Please send your child to school with a wire hanger for a project coming up!  If you are willing to send more than 1 for kids who don't have one, I would appreciate it.  Thank you!

 

Chairbands!
Thank you so much to the Goncenas and Halls!  The children are all able to enjoy the bands now!  Thank you, thank you!

Week of Sept. 3rd

Thursday from 5:30 - 7:00 is Parent Orientation for 2nd grade.  Lots of information will be shared.  I hope to see you there.
 
Reading:
I can describe the characteristics/elements of a fable and folktale.
I can demonstrate knowledge of distinguishing characteristics of well-known children's literature such as folktales, fables, and fairy tales. 
 
Word Work:
I can sort picture cards that represent the short and long i sound. 
 
Math:
I can represent numbers in word, standard, and expanded forms.
I can compare and order whole numbers.
I can generate a number that is greater or less than a given number. 
 
Writing:
I can write brief stories that include a beginning, middle, and end.
I can understand and use nouns in writing.
 
Science:

I can classify matter by physical properties, including relative temperature, texture, flexibility, size, mass, shape, or color.

I can classify matter by physical properties and use tools to measure matter.

Social Studies:

I will understand the characteristics of a good citizen.

PTO Drive

Papers went home today in Wednesday Folders to join our fabulous PTO.  Please consider joining.  We are having a contest and the class with the highest participation will get a $50 gift certificate (for class supplies), extra recess, and a popsicle party.
 
Thank you so much for helping us try to win!!!!!

What are we doing in class?

 Here's what we are learning this week!

Reading: We are learning about the elements of traditional literature, including folktales, fables, and fairytales. 
 
Writing: We are planning for our first personal narrative. 
 
Math: We are reviewing place value, naming, and comparing 2 digit numbers.
 
Science: We are reviewing science safety.
 
Social Studies: We are learning about the characteristics of a good citizen. 
 
*We will also continue to address classroom and school expectations and procedures. 
 
Important Dates:
9/2 Labor Day - No School
9/5 Parent Orientation for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade 5:30-7pm

Welcome Back!

Hello!  The first 2 days have gone great!  FYI, a note went home today about snacks.  Have a great evening!
 
 
 

Week of Sept. 24th

Week of Sept. 24

 

 Reading:  We will be learning strategies to retell the important events and details of a fiction story. 

 Writing:  We will continue writing our small moment stories.
Spelling: Lesson 6 (long vowel a: a-e ai, ay)
safe, day, rain, say, play, ate, stay, save, may, paint, plain, tray, chain
Sight words: after, thing, our, just
*Spelling City is a great online tool to use for studying spelling words at home!
Click here to see the lists  and play!
 
Math:  We will learn how to put numbers in order and compare numbers up to 1,200.  We will have our place value test on Tuesday!
 
Social Studies We will be learning how to use basic map elements, such as title, compass rose, and legend/map keys.  We will also be working on creating our own maps.
 
Important Dates:
9/25 Math Test
9/28 Spelling Test 6
10/5 Early Release at 12:50pm
10/8 Student Holiday