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My name is Crystal Short and this is my 25th year of teaching. I am married and have 2 children, Hannah is 30 and Parker is 20. My husband and I 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.


Our Week Sept. 13 - 17

Our Week Sept. 13 - 17


Hello Cougar Parents!
Our Library Day is Thursdays.
As many of you know, we have to have parent permission to use some websites in our class.  Please read, print, and sign or electronically sign and send the following form:
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Important dates: 
Sept. 13 - 17    Digital Citizenship
Sept. 16           2nd Grade Parent Orientation from 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM
Sept. 17           Picture Day with Strawberry company
Math:  We are working on solving word problems using numbers within 20.  We will be acting out our word problems.  Students will need to understand the difference between joining and separating and how they relate to addition and subtraction.  
Parents, please help out with fact fluency at home.  Having basic facts memorized builds math fluency and reduces calculation errors.
Science:  We are learning about solids and liquids and their properties.  Solids keep the same mass unless YOU change it.  They keep the same volume, unless YOU change it.
Parents can help out by picking solid objects, moving them to another place, and asking these questions:  Did it change its shape? Does it have the same physical properties?  
Liquids are objects that have particles that are packed loosely, so they CAN move around.  They keep the same mass and volume, unless YOU change it.  They DO NOT keep the same shape.
Parents can help out by talking about different liquids and pouring them into different containers and asking these questions:  Did it change its shape? Does it have the same physical properties?  
 Writing:  We are talking about the different types of sentences; declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory. We are also going to be digging deeper into our writing.  We will focus on building sentences with details and creative word choices. 
Parents can help by having their children work on writing small stories and then read them aloud.  Be sure to have them check for capital letters and punctuation.
Patterns of Power:  We are writing in complete sentences with a focus on complete thoughts, capital letters, and correct punctuation.
Handwriting:  We are working on letter formation in print for upper and lower-case letters.  We are taking a beginning year assessment this week.
Sight Words:  Please practice sight words with your child.  You can find a link in the Links tab on this page.
Reading:  In reading, we are working on story elements, such as the main characters, setting, main events, and character traits, both external and internal.  We are using the mentor text, Chrysanthemum. 
Parents can help out by asking about the main character of the story, the setting of the story, the main events (parts that are important for the story to make sense), and the main character's external and internal traits?
Social Studies:  We are starting our geography unit.  We will be talking about globes and maps.  We will be talking about their purposes are and how we can use them in our everyday life.  We will be learning the parts of a map, including the compass rose, map symbols, and map key.  Cardinal directions will also be included in this unit.
Parents can help out by showing their children maps and asking them which direction they would go to get to certain places.

Off to a Great Start!

Well, we are off to a great start!  It has been wonderful getting to know the students.  I am always available to speak with you and can't wait for more learning.