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Remote Learning Weekly Lessons and Assignments for May 4th - 8th

Parents and Students: please go to your child's Google Classroom for the documents with the links.  May 4-8 Weekly Lessons and Assignments 

 
  • Reading
  1. Lesson: Beginning Research Wonder Bubble Lesson
  2. Pebble Go (Choose an animal to research)
  3. Activity: Wonder Bubble Template (Graded) Please open Google Classroom. Your child has his/her own copy of this.
  4. Lexia
 
 

2) Writing

  1. Lesson: Small Moment: End Only
  2. Activity: My Small Moment Story (To Be Graded) Open Google Classroom - Students will use their previous document for the Beginning and Middle. They will open the document in Google Classroom, scroll past beginning and middle (PLEASE Do NOT let them erase their beginning and middle) and write their end. They should have a complete story by the end of this week. 
 
 

3) Word Work

  1. R-controlled vowels: ar, or, ir
  2. HFW 4th 9th Weeks
 
 

4) Math

  1. Lesson: Multi-Step Word Problems 
  2. Practice: Multi-Step Word Problem Slide Show (Optional) Please open Google Classroom. Your child has his/her own copy of this.
  3. Activity: Show What You Know: Mixed Word Problems (Graded) 


 

4) Science

  1. Lesson: Animal Dependency 
  2. Activity: Animal Dependance Questions (Graded)Please open Google Classroom. Your child has his/her own copy of this.




 

4) Social Studies

1 Lesson: Geography 

2. Lesson: Landforms

3. Project: Instructional Video (Graded) 

  • Your child is to create different landforms, using materials around the house. (Ex: food items, Playdoh Legos, sidewalk chalk, etc). 
  • Then, your child should create a video describing the landforms and how people use the landforms to live, work, and play. (Ex: People use this river to wakeboard for fun. People use this plain in order to grow corn for food needed to survive.)
  • Last, upload video.  
   
 

Remote Learning May 4th - 8th

Hello​ Families!

Wow!  Can you believe that it is May?  We have accomplished so many things these past couple months, and I am so proud of each and every one of you!  We are in our last month of school, so continue to persevere and let’s finish strong!

Tips for this week:

  • Our kiddos are almost in THIRD GRADE and we want to make sure they are as prepared as possible!  The lessons and assignments in Google Classroom are important building blocks for what they will learn next school year.  Please know that although there are no specific due dates, we don't want students to miss any instruction and have lessons piled up.  We recommend your child get as many assignments done by Friday, so they can relax and play on the weekends!
  • The lessons and assignments are designed for students to complete independently.  We do recommend that you still double check their assignments have been completed and turned in.
  • If you or your child notice that they have past weeks still up in their Google Classroom, that means those assignments have either not yet been completed or they may need to go back and fix something
  •  
  • Please have them check these.  

    If you have not done so, it might be beneficial to help your child create a daily/weekly schedule to stick to. Kids are generally more successful when they have a routine they can count on!  For example, if they know they will get to go outside or play a game after Math, they may work harder to get it done to get that reward.

    What We’re Learning Next Week

  • Reading: Inquiry and Research Informational Research Process 
  • Word Work: Read Words with r-controlled vowels 
  • Writing: Writing the End  of your small moments story
  • Math: Multi-step Word Problems
  • Science: Animal Dependency
  • Social Studies: Continent and Oceans

Read Alouds

Enemy Pie  by Mrs. Stevens

Math-terpieces  by Mrs. Kras

Ms. Coco is Loco!  Chapters 8 - 10 by Mrs. Short

Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes by Ms. Mace

Week of April 27th - May 1st

Hello Parents!
 
I hope you have had a great weekend and are enjoying your family at home.  I know I am.  Please look at the Newsletter for updates and reminders.  I hope you have a fantastic week!  Please call, text or email me if you have any questions or concerns. Below is the link to this weeks newsletter
 
 

   Tips for this week: 

  • If the clipboard icon next to an assignment is blue, that means it has been assigned and is not yet completed.  If the clipboard is grey, that means it has been completed and turned in.
  • ​I hope you have all had a chance to get logged into Lexia!  Once your child has taken the auto placement test, it will give them a recommended number of minutes to get on Lexia each week.  This is a great way to keep their reading skills sharp as we prepare for 3rd grade!  To access on an iPad, you will need to download the Core5 and Clever apps.

LEXIA CORE 5

 Thank you to everyone who has logged on to Lexia Core 5.  Please continue to log on and have fun.  If you have not, this is a  new program available in Clever called LEXIA to help  support your child’s reading needs.
 It is important to read the parent letter and view the log on instructions provided below. Just click the blue links:

Parent Letter 

Intro to Lexia Video:

Logging on and using  lease have your child logon and take the auto placement “test.” It is important that you DO NOT help them with this, so that they are placed on the level that will be most beneficial to them.

Technology Help Desk Phone #281- 357-3052 X 4001

Technology Website for Remote Learning

Parent Instructions for Tomball ISD Digital Learning Resources

Great Expectations:

Please check out our DPES Website to complete Call to Excellence with our District Leaders!

 

Lexia Core5

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Your child has been given access to Lexia Core5 Reading--a fun, computer-based program that has helped millions of students improve their literacy skills.  The activities in Core5 support and build on your child's classroom curriculum and focus on developing reading skills in six areas: phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.  

The program will begin with a short placement test of approximately 15-20 minutes.  This test is designed to access students' current knowledge and place them where they are ready for instruction.  It is important that you do NOT help them with this.  We want to make sure that students are placed into learning that will be most beneficial for them. 

The Lexia computer program will work on all devices that have Clever. If you have an iPad or tablet that can access Clever, you most certainly can use the iPad to do Lexia.  There is a clever app that you must download in order to log-in.  You will need to download the Clever app and Lexia Core 5 app on your iPad. 

You will be able to access Lexia through your child's Clever account.  If you need help with their Clever login, please email me at karenstevens@tomballisd.net or call my office number 281-766-8569.  

Clever Username:  Lunchnumber@elem.tomballschools.net

               Password: tisd and 8-digit birthday (for example tisd01012012)

A short video on how to log-in and take the short placement test and use the program can be found by clicking the link below.

 

Week of April 20th - 24th

Good day, Families! 
 
I hope this newsletter finds you and your families safe and healthy! Thanks for the continued support of your child on Google Classroom. I continue to enjoy seeing the hard work of my students. I loved the sidewalk chalk number 4-squares and reading all the fun and amazing inventions from your children! 
 
Tips for the week: 
  • This week, I am trying to redesign my google classroom so it looks more streamlined. Please make sure your child is reading the directions within the assignment. ​ 
  • Please continue encouraging students to read my comments and leave comments to me. Sometimes I ask questions in order to engage with my students, because I miss hearing them share out during carpet time! This is their time to "talk" to me! 
  • I return items for 3 reasons: 1) I NEED something else from them - I will leave a comment letting them know what I need. 2) I saw that they completed it and checked it off - I will leave a comment thanking them and maybe asking a question that they can answer for engagement. 3) I graded an assignment and returned it so that they can see their grade - Your student can see their grade on the upper right-hand side of the assignment, and you can see it in their list of assignments if you chose to get daily or weekly notifications. 
  • Although there is no actual due date, I recommend getting weekly assignments done within the week, so that assignments do not pile up and cause undue stress! 
  • Remember to sign your child up for a Google Meets "Virtual" meeting if they would like to say hi! Here is the link! 
Thank you,
Karen Stevens

Welcome to Remote Learning!

Hello and welcome to remote learning! I miss you and am thinking of you all! I hope everyone is safe and healthy! During Week 1 of Remote Learning (March 23-27), students will become comfortable in their new learning environment. It is important for your child to log in to Google Classroom, watch the short videos, and click Mark As Done or Turn In (It should be a Green/Blue Button on the Right-hand side) so that I know that your child is up and running. If you are having trouble or need assistance, please let me know. There will be no grades this week.

 
  • My office hours will be Monday-Thursday from 10:00-10:30 and Wednesday from 4:30-5:00.
  • You can e-mail me at karenstevens@tomballisd.net
  • Please fill out this permission form (if you have not done so already) to access web sites that we may use during this time: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdV3HNnmcPN1K6opY-ioWW2iQzzprPGRy_2elwKVef1QM5Q8g/viewform
  • Here is the link to my Google Classroom: https://classroom.google.com/c/MjI3NTA3NzAwNDBa
    • Student's Login Information:
      • Click Log On with Google account that is not the parent/adult.  You must log out of your account and add your child 's account.
      • User name: lunch number@elem.tomballschools.net
        • Your student MUST type the whole thing (Example: 000000@elem.tomballschools.net)
      • Password: tisd, then birth date (Example: March 21, 2011 - tisd03212011)
  • Here is the link to Clever: https://clever.com/
    • Log in as a student (Blue Button on right)
    • Login same as Google Classroom
  • Here is the link to Tomball's Remote Learning resources: https://www.tomballisd.net/
    • Click on the Big Words: Remote Learning Resources
    • Click on Parent/Student Remote Learning Academic Resources

Week of March 16th - 20th

These sites are just for fun!  They are not assigned to the students. 

Dear Parents, 

To help with the passing of time.  I entered each of my students in Khan Academy which is free to all.  They can practice 2nd grade skills anytime.  I hope this will help you and your child while we are awaiting more information regarding school.

https://www.khanacademy.org/join/5B4ANDAT

Please play with the website and make sure to access 2nd grade.  There is no right or wrong way to play with Khan academy.  Just have fun!!!

A fun read aloud for your child and it is free also:   https://www.storylineonline.net/

Please continue to have them read, read, read!!!  You can order books online and pick them up a the public library if you have a library account as well as online books.

For accessing Google Classroom: I hope you can access this.  Let me know if you can't.  I have many websites on my google classroom for students to practice and have fun.

 https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1PDVZvie0DnFbFEVFB8U3j89o1mD5BCUXTE6ymbb9y_k/mobilepresent?slide=id.g4f60ec15fb_1_157

More free websites I have seen on social media but I have never tried them:

 Science: National Geographic:  kids.nationalgeographic.com

                Mystery Doug:  mystrydoug.com

Reading:  Squiggle Park:  www.squigglepark.com

Social Studies:  History for kids www.historyforkids.net

The students have many websites through their clever account.  They can access through their school google account.  

March 2nd - 6th

Important Dates:

3/2 Monday: Read Across America week kicks off with a guest reader! (Wear a Dr. Suess/Cat in the Hat shirt)
3/2 Monday: Last day of Book Fair
3/5 Thursday: Science Test
3/5 Thursday: Social Studies Timeline Project due
3/5 Thursday: Reading Text Features Project due
3/5 Thursday: Please send a Beach Towel to school for a Writing Project.
3/6 Friday: Vocabulary Parade: Come dressed as your favorite vocabulary word! Please see Class Dojo for a list of vocabulary words. I also sent this flyer home in Wednesday Folder last week.


Important Information:

  • Please remember to send pictures to school for your child's Timeline Project. They can be photographs, magazine clippings, or illustrations. It would also help your child if you discussed important events and the dates that they occurred. You can write these down on a piece of paper or index card for them to remember. (Examples: date they were born, date a younger sibling was born, date you got a pet, date that your child started school, date of a family trip, date your child started ball, dance, etc)
  • We are doing a fun project in Math on Friday. If possible, please send MINI marshmallows and pretzel STICKS to school by Thursday.
  • We are almost to our 4th Attendance Party. Let's celebrate before Spring Break! Remember to always wash hands and cover mouths when we cough!
  • Please send jackets to school EVERY DAY. The weather changes daily!

 

What We Are Doing This Week: 

Writing:  We will continue our unit on procedural texts. This type of text tells you HOW to do something. We will creating a cute project to be posted in the hallway.  Students can bring a beach towel on Thursday for a fun day of recording out How to blow a bubble using bubble gum.  

Vocabulary: Informational text, procedure, directions, how-to, demonstrate, specific, order, materials, central idea, supporting evidence (details), organizational pattern, purpose, facts, edit, revise 

Things you can do at home: 

  • Send an example of a "How-To" text from home that we can display in class! Examples include: recipes, Lego manuals, game instructions, etc.
  • Make a meal/desert together using a cook book.
  • Play a game after reading the directions.
  • Build a Lego set/model car/toy while reading the directions.
  • Write sentences with mistakes and have your child edit them to make them better. 
  • Read with your child and point out (or have your child point out) things you/they notice about a complete sentence. 
  • Practice writing in complete sentences.
  • Practice speaking in complete sentences.

Reading: We will learn about nonfiction informational texts. We will focus on understanding text features and HOW WE USE THEM. Text Features include, but are not limited to: title, headings, graphics (photographs and illustrations), captions, labels, bold words, table to contents, glossary, and index. We will finish our Text Feature project this week.

We will also review the 3 types of nonfiction text we have learned about so far: persuasive, biography, and informational, so we can compare and contrast them.

Vocabulary: Informational, central idea, supporting evidence (details), features, graphic features, organizational pattern, chronological order, cause and effect, purpose, biography, fact

Things you can do at home:

    • Read with your child 15-20 minutes a night. 
      • As a class, we can improve on our Reading Stamina (reading for longer periods of time) and Fluency (reading longer phrases and sentences to read more words per minute).
    • When reading, point out text features and discuss how they help you understand the book or section. For example:
      • Title: helps you understand the topic, or what the book will be about
      • Headings: titles of a section that help you understand the central idea or what the section of the book is all about
      • Pictures: help you understand what the section is about by providing a visual of what the words mean
      • Captions: short explanation of a picture that helps give you information about the picture
      • Labels: words that help you understand a diagram by telling you the name of a particular part; Ex: eye, stem
      • Bold Words: words or phrases that are written in darker print that emphasizes their importance (many times you can find these words in the glossary)
      • Table of Contents: A list at the beginning of the book that show the parts or sections and the page number where they are located
      • Glossary: An alphabetized list of important words and their meanings found at the back of the book (Like a mini dictionary)
      • Index: An alphabetized list of important topics and the page number where they can be found. (at the back of the book)
    • When reading discuss the central (or main idea) of a book or section. Point out the details that helped you determine the central idea.
    • Visit a library. 
    • Interactive Games for Text Features:

Math: **Our next word problem unit will be in the 4th nine weeks. We will focus on 3-digits! Please continue practice math fact fluency every day!

This week, we will learn about solid figures in geometry! A solid figure is a three dimensional figure made of edges, faces, and vertices. Many solid figures can be made from polygons. For example, if you put a pyramid on a piece of paper and traced the faces, you would see that it is made of 4 triangles and a square (for the base). Examples of solid figures are sphere, cone, cylinder, rectangular prism, pyramid, and cube.
 
Vocabulary: two-dimensional, plane figures, attributes, side(s), vertex/vertices, polygons, compose, decompose, triangle, quadrilateral, rectangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon, decagon, undecagon, dodecagon,  three-dimensional, solid shapes, sphere, cone, cylinder, rectangular prism, cube, edge, face, base
 
Things you can do at home:

Science: We will learn about objects in the sky. We will focus on the moon and moon phases. The moon does not make its own light. It reflects the light from the sun. The moon revolves around the earth causing moon phases. One whole moon phase cycle takes about a month. Go out each night and notice what phase the moon is in. Keep a record of the moon phases.

Vocabulary:  sun, moon, stars, constellations, rotate, revolve, axis, solar system, Earth, day, night, pattern, appear, sunrise, sunset, horizon, telescope, position, sky, full moon, new moon, quarter moon, moon phase

Things you can do at home:

Social Studies: We will begin learning about changes over time and historical innovations. This unit will include: time lines; past, present, and future; and, cause and effect. We will make our Personal Timeline. Please send photographs, magazine clippings, or illustrations (along with a list of dates and important events) that your child can use for his/her Timeline Project.

Vocabulary: Timeline, order, events, past, present, future, historical, chronology, interpret, cause and effect, flight, passenger, inventions, steamboat

Things you can do at home:

  • Go through picture books with your child and discuss important events from their childhood, including the day they were born, birthdays, the date a younger sibling was born, a special trip taken together, etc.
  • Print out pictures together that can be used for our timeline project at school next week.
  • Discuss your life as a child, grown up, and where you hope to be in the future with your child.
  • Discuss innovative people in history and how their contributions have effected our lives now. Use the terms cause and effect.
    • Example: Amelia Earhart: Because of her successes as a pilot (cause), she made the WASP (Woman Airforce Service Pilots) possible during WWII (effect). Another effect: She influenced other women to become pilots.

Week February 24th - 28th

Important Dates:

2/25-2/28 (This Week) - Book Fair
2/25 Tues: Texas Roadhouse Spirit Night
2/26 Wed: Progress Reports (you can check online grade book daily)
2/27 Thurs: Sonic Night
2/28 Fri: Fire Marshall Program
2/28 Fri: Reading Project on Text Features due

Important Information:

  • Thank you for your continued help and support from home. It is very apparent when looking at our last Math test, because our children ROCKED it!
  • We are almost to our 3rd Attendance Party. Let's celebrate before Spring Break! Remember to always wash hands and cover mouths when we cough!
  • Please send jackets to school EVERY DAY. The weather changes daily!

 

What We Are Doing This Week

Writing:  We will continue our unit on procedural texts. This type of text tells you HOW to do something.

Vocabulary: Informational text, procedure, directions, how-to, demonstrate, specific, order, materials, central idea, supporting evidence (details), organizational pattern, purpose, facts, edit, revise 

Things you can do at home: 

  • Send an example of a "How-To" text from home that we can display in class! Examples include: recipes, Lego manuals, game instructions, etc.
  • Make a meal/desert together using a cook book.
  • Play a game after reading the directions.
  • Build a Lego set/model car/toy while reading the directions.
  • Write sentences with mistakes and have your child edit them to make them better. 
  • Read with your child and point out (or have your child point out) things you/they notice about a complete sentence. 
  • Practice writing in complete sentences.
  • Practice speaking in complete sentences.

Reading: We will learn about nonfiction informational texts. We will focus on understanding text features and HOW WE USE THEM. Text Features include, but are not limited to: title, headings, graphics (photographs and illustrations), captions, labels, bold words, table to contents, glossary, and index. We will complete a Major Project on Text Features.

Vocabulary: Informational, central idea, supporting evidence (details), features, graphic features, organizational pattern, chronological order, cause and effect, purpose, biography, fact

Things you can do at home:

    • Read with your child 15-20 minutes a night. 
      • As a class, we can improve on our Reading Stamina (reading for longer periods of time) and Fluency (reading longer phrases and sentences to read more words per minute).
    • When reading, point out text features and discuss how they help you understand the book or section. For example:
      • Title: helps you understand the topic, or what the book will be about
      • Headings: titles of a section that help you understand the central idea or what the section of the book is all about
      • Pictures: help you understand what the section is about by providing a visual of what the words mean
      • Captions: short explanation of a picture that helps give you information about the picture
      • Labels: words that help you understand a diagram by telling you the name of a particular part; Ex: eye, stem
      • Bold Words: words or phrases that are written in darker print that emphasizes their importance (many times you can find these words in the glossary)
      • Table of Contents: A list at the beginning of the book that show the parts or sections and the page number where they are located
      • Glossary: An alphabetized list of important words and their meanings found at the back of the book (Like a mini dictionary)
      • Index: An alphabetized list of important topics and the page number where they can be found. (at the back of the book)
    • When reading discuss the central (or main idea) of a book or section. Point out the details that helped you determine the central idea.
    • Visit a library. 
    • Interactive Games for Context Clues:

Math: **Our next word problem unit will be in the 4th nine weeks. We will focus on 3-digits! Please continue practice math fact fluency every day!

This week, we will learn the names of polygons and manipulate polygons in geometry! A polygon is a flat (2-D) figure that has straight lines and is connected, or closed. Ex: triangle, quadrilateral, hexagon. A circle is NOT a polygon.
Vocabulary: two-dimensional, plane figures, attributes, side(s), vertex/vertices, polygons, compose, decompose, triangle, quadrilateral, rectangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon, decagon, undecagon, dodecagon
 
Things you can do at home:

Science: We will learn about objects in the sky.

Vocabulary:  sun, moon, stars, constellations, rotate, revolve, axis, solar system, Earth, day, night, pattern, appear, sunrise, sunset, horizon, telescope, position, sky, full moon, new moon, quarter moon, moon phase

Things you can do at home:

    • Build a sun dial in the backyard: Have your child go outside and trace their shadow with sidewalk chalk. (write the time of day in the head of the shadow) Have your child go out at different times of the day and stand in the same spot. (Trace and write the time) Discuss how their shadow changes at different times of the day.
    • Go outside at night and look at the stars. Point out constellations. There should be a fun App for that!
    • Use a flashlight to make shadow puppets on the wall.
    • Make a poster of the moon phases - go out and look at the moon each night this month.
    • Interactive Games:

Social Studies: We will begin learning about changes over time and historical innovations. This unit will include: time lines; past, present, and future; and, cause and effect.

Vocabulary: Timeline, order, events, past, present, future, historical, chronology, interpret, cause and effect, flight, passenger, inventions, steamboat

Things you can do at home:

  • Go through picture books with your child and discuss important events from their childhood, including the day they were born, birthdays, the date a younger sibling was born, a special trip taken together, etc.
  • Print out pictures together that can be used for our timeline project at school next week.
  • Discuss your life as a child, grown up, and where you hope to be in the future with your child.
  • Discuss innovative people in history and how their contributions have effected our lives now. Use the terms cause and effect.
    • Example: Amelia Earhart: Because of her successes as a pilot (cause), she made the WASP (Woman Airforce Service Pilots) possible during WWII (effect). Another effect: She influenced other women to become pilots.

February 18th - 21st

Important Dates:

2/17 Monday: Student Holiday (No School!)
2/18-19 Tues and Wed: Math Test (please continue practice at home!)
2/18-2/20 Tues-Thurs: Social Studies Major Project on Symbols
2/20 Thurs: School Pictures (Class and Individual)
2/20 Thurs:  Library Day (Please bring your library books to school)
2/21 Fri: Author Visit (David Biedrzycki)
 
Upcoming Dates:
2/25-3/2 - Book Fair
2/25 - Texas Roadhouse Spirit Night
2/26 - Progress Reports (you can check online grade book daily)
2/27 - Sonic Night
2/28 - Fire Marshall Program

Important Information:

  • Thank you for continuously reminding your child to wash hands and cover mouths when coughing and sneezing. CELEBRATION...we celebrated our 3rd complete ATTENDANCE award and are well on our way to our next celebration!
  • Please send jackets to school EVERY DAY. The weather changes daily.
  • Please continue practice adding and subtracting with regrouping. This is a difficult skill that requires many steps to be successful!

 

What We Are Doing This Week

Writing:  We will continue our unit on procedural texts. This type of text tells you HOW to do something.

Vocabulary: Informational text, procedure, directions, how-to, demonstrate, specific, order, materials, central idea, supporting evidence (details), organizational pattern, purpose, facts, edit, revise 

Things you can do at home: 

  • Make a meal/desert together using a cook book.
  • Play a game after reading the directions.
  • Build a Lego set/model car/toy while reading the directions.
  • Write sentences with mistakes and have your child edit them to make them better. 
  • Read with your child and point out (or have your child point out) things you/they notice about a complete sentence. 
  • Practice writing in complete sentences.
  • Practice speaking in complete sentences.

Reading: We will learn about nonfiction informational texts. We will focus on the central (or main) idea and supporting details. We will also begin looking at text features, such as title, subtitles, graphics (photographs and illustrations), captions, and bold words.

Vocabulary: Informational, central idea, supporting evidence (details), features, graphic features, organizational pattern, chronological order, cause and effect, purpose, biography, fact

Things you can do at home:

    • Read with your child 15-20 minutes a night. 
      • As a class, we can improve on our Reading Stamina (reading for longer periods of time) and Fluency (reading longer phrases and sentences to read more words per minute).
    • When reading, point out text features and discuss how they help you understand the book or section.
    • When reading discuss the central (or main idea) of a book or section. Point out the details that helped you determine the central idea.
    • Visit a library. 
    • Interactive Games for Main Idea and Details:
  •  

Math: This week, we will take our test on word problems with 2-digit addition and subtraction WITH regrouping. (Please continue to practice this weekend, Monday, and Tuesday to keep regrouping fresh on their minds)

Vocabulary:  open number line, closed number line, unknown, addition, sum, subtraction, difference, two-digit, mental math, algorithms, reasonable, regroup, strip diagram, part/part/whole model

Things you can do at home: 

  • Check your child's Math Review (sent home in Wednesday Folder last week). Recreate new word problems similar to the ones he/she missed to provide extra practice. Help your child understand WHY the problem was missed and HOW to solve it correctly.
  • Thinking Blocks: https://www.mathplayground.com/tb_addition/index.html 
  • Practice 2-Digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping. 
  • Have your child make up word problems and then solve. Please check to make sure it is correct. 
  • Practice Fact Fluency:
    • Flash Cards
We will also begin our next unit of study: GEOMETRY! We will begin by understanding polygons and learning about two dimensional, or plane, shapes.
Vocabulary: two-dimensional, plane figures, attributes, side(s), vertex/vertices, polygons, compose, decompose, triangle, quadrilateral, rectangle, square, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, nonagon, decagon, undecagon, dodecagon
 
Things you can do at home:

Science: We will learn about objects in the sky.

Vocabulary:  sun, moon, stars, constellations, rotate, revolve, axis, solar system, Earth, day, night, pattern, appear, sunrise, sunset, horizon, telescope, position, sky, full moon, new moon, quarter moon, moon phase

Things you can do at home:

Social Studies: We will identify and explain the significance of state (TX) and nation (USA) symbols, landmarks, and government buildings. We will complete a major project on symbols this week.

Vocabulary: state, national, symbol, landmark, heritage, customs, celebrations, freedom, monument, patriotic, cultural

Things you can do at home:

  • Have your child tell you his/her favorite Texas or US symbol. Start looking up interesting facts about that symbol.
  • MyOn: Projects: American Symbols and Landmarks (this can be part of your child's daily reading to practice fluency!)
  • Read about American Landmarks, including The White House, Mount Rushmore, Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Mesa Verde, Crazy Horse Memorial, Liberty Bell, etc.
  • Research state and country symbols and landmarks.
  • Go visit a Texas landmark or government building. Ex: The State Capitol, The Governor's Mansion, The Alamo, The San Jacinto Monument, etc.

February 10th - 14th

Important Dates:

2/10 Mon: Texas Reads One Book Kickoff!
2/11 Tues: Science Test
2/11 Tues: Papa John's Spirit Night
2/12 Wed: Decorate Valentine's Day Bags at school.
2/13 Thurs: Valentine's Day Card Exchange
2/13 Thurs: Library Day
2/14-17: Student Holiday (No School!)
 
Upcoming Dates:
2/17: Student Holiday (No School!)
2/18-19: Math Test (please continue practice at home!)
2/20: School Pictures

Important Information:

  • Texas Reads One Book Kickoff will start Monday! Your child will receive a copy of the book and a study guide. Promote the love of reading by taking time to read a few minutes from this book everyday and using the study guide as talking points. If you ordered a t-shirt, we will wear them every Monday through February!
  • If you want, you are welcome to send Valentine's Day stickers to school so your child can use them to decorate their bags.
  • I am excited to announce that we will be starting cursive writing this week!
  • Please continue reminding your child to wash hands and cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing. More students are getting sick by the day... I have been sending students in groups to the nurses office! Please talk to them about asking to go only for emergencies.
  • Please send jackets to school. The weather changes daily.

 

What We Are Doing This Week

Writing: We are finished with our informational text. We will celebrate our stories with each other!

We will also begin procedural texts. This type of text tells you HOW to do something.

Vocabulary: Informational text, procedure, directions, how-to, demonstrate, specific, order, materials, central idea, supporting evidence (details), organizational pattern, purpose, facts, edit, revise 

Things you can do at home: 

  • Make a meal/desert together using a cook book.
  • Play a game after reading the directions.
  • Build a Lego set/model car/toy while reading the directions.
  • Write sentences with mistakes and have your child edit them to make them better. 
  • Read with your child and point out (or have your child point out) things you/they notice about a complete sentence. 
  • Practice writing in complete sentences.
  • Practice speaking in complete sentences.

Reading: We will learn about nonfiction informational texts. We will focus on the central (or main) idea and supporting details. We will also begin looking at text features, such as title, subtitles, graphics (photographs and illustrations), captions, and bold words.

Vocabulary: Informational, central idea, supporting evidence (details), features, graphic features, organizational pattern, chronological order, cause and effect, purpose, biography, fact

Things you can do at home:

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Math: This week, we will continue to read and visualize word problems with 2-digit addition and subtraction WITH regrouping. 

Vocabulary:  open number line, closed number line, unknown, addition, sum, subtraction, difference, two-digit, mental math, algorithms, reasonable, regroup, strip diagram, part/part/whole model

Things you can do at home: 

  • Check your child's Math Review (sent home in Wednesday Folder last week). Recreate new word problems similar to the ones he/she missed to provide extra practice. Help your child understand WHY the problem was missed and HOW to solve it correctly.
  • Thinking Blocks: https://www.mathplayground.com/tb_addition/index.html 
  • Practice 2-Digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping. 
  • Have your child make up word problems and then solve. Please check to make sure it is correct. 
  • Practice Fact Fluency:
    • Flash Cards
Science: We will continue learning about the weather and seasons. Science test this week!

Vocabulary:  weather, weather forecast, wind, rain, hail, clouds, thunderstorm, sleet, snow,  humidity, temperature, wind conditions, precipitation, cloud coverage, cloudy, partly cloudy, sunny, thermometer, rain gauge, anemometer, Autumn, Spring, Winter, Summer, data, record, measure

Things you can do at home:

    • Check the weather report together.
    • Look at different weather tools you may have around your house: thermometer, rain gauge, ruler, etc. 
    • Look at pictures of the family in different seasons. Notice what clothes you are wearing in each. Have your child speak in complete sentences about what they notice.
    • Make a collage of different clothes in each season.
    • Talk about different activities you can do in each season. 

Social Studies: We will identify and explain the significance of state (TX) and nation (USA) symbols, landmarks, and government buildings.

Vocabulary: state, national, symbol, landmark, heritage, customs, celebrations, freedom, monument, patriotic, cultural

Things you can do at home:

  • MyOn: Projects: American Symbols and Landmarks
  • Research state and country symbols and landmarks.
  • Read about American Landmarks, including The White House, Mount Rushmore, Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Mesa Verde, Crazy Horse Memorial, Liberty Bell, etc.
  • Go visit a Texas landmark or government building. Ex: The Sam Houston Statue, The State Capitol, The Governor's Mansion, The Alamo, The San Jacinto Monument, etc.

Week of February 3rd - 7th

Important Dates:

2/6 Thurs: Library Day
 
Next week:
2/10: Texas Reads One Book kickoff
2/11: Papa John's Spirit Night
2/14-17: Student Holiday

Important Information:

  • I can tell we have been practicing our Math Facts! Our Fact numbers have improved a lot! Please continue practicing!
  • As a class, we can improve on our Reading Stamina (reading for longer periods of time) and Fluency (reading longer phrases and sentences to read more words per minute).
  • Please continue reminding your child to wash hands and cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing. More students are getting sick by the day!
  • Please send jackets to school. The weather changes daily.

 

What We Are Doing This Week

Writing: We will continue writing informational texts. This week, we will focus on editing, revising, and writing our final draft (major grade).

We will focus on writing complete sentences. We know that complete sentences start with a capital letter, include a noun and verb, and end with a punctuation point.

Vocabulary: Informational text, central idea, supporting evidence (details), organizational pattern, purpose, fact, paragraph, edit, revise 

Things you can do at home: 

  • Write sentences with mistakes and have your child edit them to make them better. 
  • Read with your child and point out (or have your child point out) things you/they notice about a complete sentence. 
  • Practice writing in complete sentences.
  • Practice speaking in complete sentences.

 

Reading: We will learn about nonfiction informational texts. We will continue to focus on facts and opinions. Remember, facts are sentences that are proven true. (Ex: An animal's habitat is the place where it lives.) Opinions are feeling sentences that use clue words such as, I feel, I think, I believe, The best, The worst, etc. Sometimes opinions end with an exclamation point. (Ex: The forest ecosystem is the finest habitat in the world!) We will focus on providing reasons and examples for my opinion.

Vocabulary: Informational, central idea, supporting evidence (details), features, graphic features, organizational pattern, cause and effect, purpose, biography, fact, opinion, reason, example

Things you can do at home:

    • Read with your child 15-20 minutes a night. 
    • When reading, point out facts and opinions and discuss
    • Visit a library. 
    • Interactive Games for Fact and Opinion:
    • Have your child determine facts and opinions around your house.

    • Example: 
      • Fact: There is a stove and refrigerator in the kitchen. 
      • Opinion: I love to bake! 
      • Fact: There are 2 cars in the driveway.  
      • Opinion: I like the blue car better! 

Math: This week, we will continue to read and visualize word problems with 2-digit addition and subtraction WITH regrouping. 

Vocabulary:  open number line, closed number line, unknown, addition, sum, subtraction, difference, two-digit, mental math, algorithms, reasonable, regroup, strip diagram, part/part/whole model

Things you can do at home: 

  • Check your child's Math Review (sent home in Wednesday Folder last week). Recreate new word problems similar to the ones he/she missed to provide extra practice. Help your child understand WHY the problem was missed and HOW to solve it correctly.
  • Thinking Blocks: https://www.mathplayground.com/tb_addition/index.html 
  • Practice 2-Digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping. 
  • Have your child make up word problems and then solve. Please check to make sure it is correct. 
  • Practice Fact Fluency:
    • Flash Cards

Science: We will continue learning about the weather and seasons. 

Vocabulary:  weather, weather forecast, wind, rain, hail, clouds, thunderstorm, sleet, snow,  humidity, temperature, wind conditions, precipitation, cloud coverage, cloudy, partly cloudy, sunny, thermometer, rain gauge, anemometer, Autumn, Spring, Winter, Summer, data, record, measure

Things you can do at home:

    • Check the weather report together.
    • Look at different weather tools you may have around your house: thermometer, rain gauge, etc. 
    • Look at pictures of the family in different seasons. Notice what clothes you are wearing in each. Have your child speak in complete sentences about what they notice.
    • Make a collage of different clothes in each season.
    • Talk about different activities you can do in each season. 

Social Studies: We will identify and explain the significance of state (TX) and nation (USA) symbols, landmarks, and government buildings.

Vocabulary: state, national, symbol, landmark, heritage, customs, celebrations, freedom, monument, patriotic, cultural

Things you can do at home:

  • MyOn: Projects: American Symbols and Landmarks
  • Research state and country symbols and landmarks.
  • Read about American Landmarks, including The White House, Mount Rushmore, Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Mesa Verde, Crazy Horse Memorial, Liberty Bell, etc.
  • Go visit a Texas landmark or government building. Ex: The Sam Houston Statue, The State Capitol, The Governor's Mansion, The Alamo, The San Jacinto Monument, etc.

Week of January 27th - 31st

Important Dates:

1/30 Thurs: Library (please return library books)

1/31 Fri: Bus Evacuation Drill (Please try to have your child present on this day!) 

Important Information:

  • Please read and practice math daily. I provide ideas, including interactive computer games, that you can do with your child at home under each subject.
  • Please remind your child to wash hands and cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing. I want my kids to stay healthy!
  • Please send jackets to school. The weather changes daily.

What We Are Doing This Week

Writing: We will continue writing informational texts. We will write about someone one we know well. This week, we will focus on the details, or proofs, of our truth statement. We will also begin to edit and revise our papers to make them better. 

Example.

Truth: My mom is helpful.

Details (proof): She helps me take care of Shawn. My mom plays board games with him while I grade papers. She takes him bike riding to get exercise. She will take him to the playground to play. My mom enjoys helping me care for Shawn.

Vocabulary: Informational text, central idea, supporting evidence (details), organizational pattern, purpose, fact, paragraph, edit, revise 

Things you can do at home: 

  • Write sentences with mistakes and have your child edit them to make them better. 
  • Read with your child and point out (or have your child point out) things you/they notice about a complete sentence. 
  • Practice writing in complete sentences.
  • Practice speaking in complete sentences.

Reading: We will learn about nonfiction informational texts. We will continue reading biographies. We will focus on facts and opinions. Remember, facts are sentences that are proven true. (Ex: Irma Rangel was the first Mexican American woman legislature in Texas.) Opinions are feeling sentences that use clue words such as, I feel, I think, I believe, The best, The worst, etc. Sometimes opinions end with an exclamation point. (I believe Irma Rangel was the best person to ever be elected for legislature!)  

Vocabulary: Informational, central idea, supporting evidence (details), features, graphic features, organizational pattern, chronological order, cause and effect, purpose, biography, fact, opinion

Things you can do at home:

    • Read with your child 15-20 minutes a night. 
    • Read biographies of people your child is interested in. Ex: Sports stars, movie stars, historical figures, etc.
    • Visit a library. 
    • Interactive Games for Fact and Opinion:
    • Have your child determine facts and opinions around your house.

    • Example: 
      • Fact: There is a stove and refrigerator in the kitchen. 
      • Opinion: I love to bake! 
      • Fact: There are 2 cars in the driveway.  
      • Opinion: I like the blue car better! 

Math:  Celebration: We rocked the Place Value test! Thanks for all of your support from home! 

This week, we will read and visualize word problems with 2-digit addition and subtraction WITH regrouping. 

Vocabulary:  open number line, closed number line, unknown, addition, sum, subtraction, difference, two-digit, mental math, algorithms, reasonable, regroup, strip diagram, part/part/whole model

Things you can do at home: 

  • Thinking Blocks: https://www.mathplayground.com/tb_addition/index.html 
  • Practice 2-Digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping. 
  • Have your child make up word problems and then solve. Please check to make sure it is correct. 
  • Practice Fact Fluency:
    • Flash Cards
Science: We will continue learning about the weather and seasons. 

Vocabulary:  weather, weather forecast, wind, rain, hail, clouds, thunderstorm, sleet, snow,  humidity, temperature, wind conditions, precipitation, cloud coverage, cloudy, partly cloudy, sunny, thermometer, rain gauge, anemometer, Autumn, Spring, Winter, Summer, data, record, measure

Things you can do at home:

    • Check the weather report together.
    • Look at different weather tools you may have around your house: thermometer, rain gauge, etc. 
    • Look at pictures of the family in different seasons. Notice what clothes you are wearing in each. Have your child speak in complete sentences about what they notice.
    • Make a collage of different clothes in each season.
    • Talk about different activities you can do in each season. 

Social Studies: We will continue reading biographies of important people that have exemplified good citizenship.

Vocabulary: significance, influence, contribution, historical figures, justice, represent, independence

Things you can do at home:

  • Use MyOn to research people such as Paul Revere, Abigail Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, etc. 
  • Visit downtown Tomball and learn about Tomball's history. 
  • Discuss ways to be a good citizen. 
  • Practice being good citizens in public and at home. 

Week of January 21st - 25th

Important Dates:

1/20 Mon: Staff Development/Student Holiday (no school)
1/22 Wed: Math Test (please return Math Review on Tuesday)
1/23 Thurs: Library (please return library books)
 
Important Information:
  • Please read and practice math daily. I provide ideas, including interactive computer games, that you can do with your child at home under each subject.
  • Please remind your child to wash hands and cover your mouth when coughing and sneezing. I want my kids to stay healthy!
  • Please send jackets to school. The weather changes daily.
 
What We Are Doing This Week
Writing: We will continue writing informational texts. We will write about someone one we know well. This week, we will focus on the details, or proofs, of our truth statement.
Example.
Truth: My mom is helpful.
Details (proof): She helps me take care of Shawn. My mom plays board games with him while I grade papers. She takes him bike riding to get exercise. She will take him to the playground to play. My mom enjoys helping me care for Shawn.
 
Vocabulary: Informational text, central idea, supporting evidence (details), organizational pattern, purpose, fact
 
Things you can do at home: 
  • Ask your child who he or she is writing about and what truth they picked.
  • Have your child discuss the details that he/she plans to use to prove the truth.
  • Practice writing in complete sentences.
  • Practice speaking in complete sentences.
 
Reading: We will learn about nonfiction informational texts. We will continue reading biographies. We will focus on cause and effect. Cause is the reason why something happened. Effect is the result, or what happened.
  • We will learn about characteristics of biographies, including titles, photographs/illustrations, captions, and chronological order of the person's life. 
  • We will review facts and opinions.
  • We will learn about cause and effect.
Vocabulary: Informational, central idea, supporting evidence (details), features, graphic features, organizational pattern, chronological order, cause and effect, purpose, biography, fact
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Read with your child 15-20 minutes a night. 
  • Read biographies of people your child is interested in. Ex: Sports stars, movie stars, historical figures, etc.
  • Visit a library. 
  • Interactive Games for Cause and Effect:
  • Have your child determine cause and effect around your house.
    • Example: I cooked dinner for you, so you won't go to bed hungry.
    • You ate all of your dinner, therefore you may have dessert.
    • You cannot go to the playground, because it is raining.
Math:  We will review and take our test on Place Value to 1,200! We will review forms of numbers (standard, model, expanded, word), number lines, ordering numbers, and comparing numbers. Test is Wednesday!
 
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, 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:
We will also begin adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers with regrouping within word problems. We will begin by reading word problems and determining if we should add or subtract.
Vocabulary:  open number line, closed number line, unknown, addition, sum, subtraction, difference, two-digit, mental math, algorithms, reasonable, regroup, strip diagram, part/part/whole model
 
Science: We will begin learning about weather and seasons. We will learn about the different seasons and what you might wear in each.
 
Vocabulary:  weather, weather forecast, wind, rain, hail, clouds, thunderstorm, sleet, snow,  humidity, temperature, wind conditions, precipitation, cloud coverage, cloudy, partly cloudy, sunny, thermometer, rain gauge, anemometer, Autumn, Spring, Winter, Summer, data, record, measure
 
Things you can do at home:
    • Check the weather report together.
    • Look at pictures of the family in different seasons. Notice what clothes you are wearing in each. Have your child speak in complete sentence about what they notice.
    • Make a collage of different clothes in each season.
Social Studies: We will read biographies of important people that have exemplified good citizenship.
 
Vocabulary: significance, influence, contribution, historical figures, justice, represent, independence
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Use MyOn to research people such as, Paul Revere, Abigail Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, etc. 
  • Visit downtown Tomball and learn about Tomball's history. 
  • Discuss ways to be a good citizen. 
  • Practice being good citizens in public and at home.