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Welcome to 2nd Grade!

My name is Crystal Short and this is my 22nd year of teaching. I am married and have 2 children, Hannah is 27 and Parker is 17. 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 Feb. 4th

 

Important information/dates:
Career Day- Feb 7th 
Valentines Party- Feb 14th 
No School Feb 15
No School Feb. 18th
Picture Day Feb. 21st
 
Reading:
Readers will understand that authors have a specific purpose for writing each section. 
Readers will understand that authors purposely insert text features.
Readers will find evidence to support their inferences about author’s purpose. 
 
Science:
Scientist will observe and describe the weather. 
Scientist will understand how to measure and graph weather information.
 
Math:
Math experts will analyze and solve multi step 3 digit word problems with regrouping with one or both operations. 
 
Writing:
Writers will continue editing and revising their Expository writing about who they admire. 

Project and Announcements

Yesterday, attached to your child's progress report, I sent home instructions for a social studies project.  Please make sure that your child sends 6 pictures (photographs, drawings, or magazine cutouts) that represent 6 important events in their life.  We will make the final project Monday, the 4th!
 
We will also be in charge of announcements next week.  Please look for your child's script to come home Friday, so that they are prepared for Monday morning.
 
Reading: We will use the topic and subtopic to help find the main idea.  We will also be locating facts clearly stated in the text.
We are working on our reading stamina!  Please have your child read for 10-15 minutes every night so they can practice reading for an extended period of time without getting tired!
 
Writing: We will be using our graphic organizer to write our rough drafts. 
 
Math: We will analyze multi step 3 digit word problems and solve incorporating strip diagram visual using place value blocks . 
 
Social Studies: We will be learning about timelines and creating our own timeline.
 
Important Dates:
2/7 Career Day
2/14 Valentine's Party
2/15 Student Holiday
2/18 Student Holiday

Week of Jan. 14th

***We are working on implementing a new spelling program.  Your child WILL NOT have spelling tests until further notice.* 

Reading: We will be learning how to recognize the topic and main idea in nonfiction text.
We are working on our reading stamina!  Please have your child read for 10-15 minutes every night so they can practice reading for an extended period of time without getting tired!
 
Writing: We will be focusing on writing in complete sentences and how to add detail to our writing.
 
Math: We will be adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers with regrouping using place value blocks.
 
Science: We will be distinguishing between natural and man-made resources.
 
Important Dates:
1/14 Dairy Farmers Presentation
1/18 2nd Grade 2nd Nine Weeks Awards Celebration @ 9am
1/21 Student Holiday
 
*Our classroom is in need of hand sanitizer, glue sticks, and markers.  If anyone can donate one of these items, we would greatly appreciate it!

Week of Dec. 17

Reading: We will continue our unit on informational text.

 
Writing: We will finish writing our friendly letters and learn how to address an envelope. 
Spelling: No more spelling tests this 9 weeks!
 
Math: We will continue adding and subtracting with regrouping by using base ten blocks and number lines.  Our math test is on Wednesday.
 
Social Studies: We will learn about traditions and celebrations of winter holidays in other countries.
 
Important Dates:
12/19 Math Test
12/20 Polar Express Day - Students may wear pajamas!
12/21 Sing Along - Students may bring a Santa hat!
Christmas Party at 11:30 - Lunch will be served at the party.
Early Release at 12:50
12/22-1/8 Christmas Break

Week of Dec. 10th

Week of Dec. 10

 

Reading: We will start our unit on informational text.
Use available websites for practice at home.
 
Writing: We will continue writing friendly letters and focus on writing in complete sentences. 
Spelling: No more spelling tests this 9 weeks!
 
Math: We will continue adding and subtracting with regrouping by using base ten blocks and number lines.  We will also be collecting data to create graphs.
Use available websites for practice at home.
 
Science: We will identify and compare natural sources of freshwater and saltwater. 
 
Important Dates:
12/7 Fact Fluency
 
12/20 Polar Express Day
12/21 Christmas Party at 11:30 - Early Release at 12:50

 

Week of Dec. 3rd

Week of December 3rd

 

Important Dates/Information:
Spelling Test-Friday
 
Spelling: r controlled vowels /or/, -or, -ore, -oor
more, shore, chore, for, north, porch, pork, fort, storm, poor, door, floor, score, show, also, around, farm
 
Reading:
Readers read fiction and nonfiction stories differently and looking for different information.  

Readers read nonfiction expecting to learn.  

Readers read fiction expecting to be entertained with a story.

Readers will understand the features of literary nonfiction and the authors purpose for writing the text. 

Readers will understand the authors purpose of writing different types of poetry. 

Science:

Scientist will observe, describe, and compare rocks by size, texture, and color. 

Math:

Students will be able to solve subtraction word problems using place value T chart and base 10 blocks to decompose/regroup.

Writing:

Writers get their letters ready to present to their audience

Writers will celebrate their letters.

Writers will write in complete sentences.(sentence fragments and run on sentences)

Week of Nov. 26th

Week of Nov. 26

 

Reading: We will be starting our drama unit.
*Raz-Kids and Get Epic
 
Writing: We will be learning how to write a friendly letter. 
Spelling: Lesson 14 (consonant digraphs ch/wh)
chop, each, when, chin, what, lunch, why, speech, while, which, peaches, white, branch
Sight words: boy, follow, came, want 
 
Math: We will start adding and subtracting with regrouping by using base ten blocks and number lines.  
 
Science: We will start learning about heat, sound, and light energy.
 
Important Dates:
11/30 Spelling Test 14 & Fact Fluency

Food Drive!!! Ending Wednesday!!

The food drive ends Wednesday and our class only has 9 items!!  I wasn't here when it started to hype the kids up.  Please send in items tomorrow or Wednesday, if you can.  Thank you.

Week of Nov. 12

Week of Nov. 12

 

Reading: We will continue learning how authors use sensory language, rhyme, rhythm, and repetition in poems.  We will take our poetry test on Thursday.
 
Writing: We will be writing poems about our favorite things!
Spelling: Lesson 13 (consonant digraphs)
shine, rush, shop, cashes, short, phone, graph, teeth, those, than, phase, thank, booth
Sight words: old, any, same, tell
 
Math: We will continue learning strategies to solve one and multi-step word problems.  We will take a test over 2 digit addition and subtraction word problems on Friday. 
 
Science: We will continue learning about motion and magnets.
 
Important Dates:
11/14 Thanksgiving Food Drive ends
11/15 Poetry Test
11/16 Spelling Test 13 & Fact Fluency
11/16 Math Test
11/17-11/25 Thanksgiving Break

Week of Nov. 5th

Week of Nov. 5

I was out Friday for surgery and will be out Monday and Tuesday, as well.  I am hoping I will be ready to return on Wednesday.  I an being updated on the students' progress and making sure they are continuing to have meaningful learning experiences.  

Reading: We will be learning how authors use sensory language in poems so we can make mental images. 
 
Writing: We will be writing poems about ourselves!
Spelling: Lesson 12 (inflectional endings: -ing & -ed)
walked, looking, planted, asked, jumping, filled, talking, needed, spelling, played, poked, ended, mixed
Sight words: read, need, land, different 
 
Math: We will continue learning strategies to solve one and multi-step word problems up to 1,000.
*First in Math is now available!  This is a great online tool to strengthen math skills at home.  Username is dpes; Password is student ID
Practice Facts here:
Science: We will be learning about motion and magnets.
 
Important Dates:
11/5-11/9 Book Fair
11/5-11/14 Thanksgiving Food Drive
11/8 2nd Grade Veteran's Day Program @6:30pm
11/9 Dads and Donuts @7:30am
11/9 Spelling Test 12 & Fact Fluency

 

We need your help!

Wednesday, we will be doing a math activity that requires mini marshmallows and pretzel sticks.  If you could donate one of these items, we would greatly appreciate it!  Thank you.

Week of Oct. 29

Week of Oct. 29

 Reading: We will be learning about poems and identifying rhyme, rhythm, and repetition.

 
Writing: We will be revising and editing our fairytales.  
Spelling: Lesson 11 (long vowel u: oe, oo, o)
soon, smooth, who, boo, mood, bloom, shoe, do, you, goof, moon, canoe, zoom
Sight words: why, ask, went, men
 
 
Math: We will continue learning strategies to solve one and multi-step word problems up to 1,000, including part-part-whole, number bonds, and base ten models.
*Please have your child start practicing their math facts! - 
 
Social Studies: We will continue learning about producers and consumers and earning, saving, and spending money on goods and services.
 
Important Dates:
11/2 Spelling Test 11 & Fact Fluency
11/2 Fall picture retakes
 
11/5-11/9 Book Fair
11/8 2nd Grade Veteran's Day Program @6:30pm
11/9 Dads and Donuts @7:30am

Week of Oct. 22nd

Week of Oct. 22

 

Reading: We will be learning about fables.
Raz-Kids and Get Epic!   Our class code for Get Epic is jkd2936.
 
Writing: We will continue working on our fairytales.  
Spelling: Lesson 10 (long vowel u: u-e, ew, ui, ue)
blue, flew, fruit, cruise, knew, chew, mute, cube, due, rule, chute, suit, glue
Sight words: line, right, too, mean 
 
Math: We will be learning strategies to solve one and multi-step word problems up to 1,000, including part-part-whole, number bonds, and base ten models.
*Please have your child start practicing their math facts! - Math Magician
 
Science: We will review combining physical properties to create new objects. 
Combining Physical Properties Test - Wednesday 
 
Social Studies: We will distinguish between producing and consuming and identify ways people can be both a producer and a consumer. 
 
Important Dates:
10/22-10/26 Red Ribbon Week
10/25 Science Test
10/25 Math & Science Night 5:30-7:30
10/26 Spelling Test 10
10/26 1st 9 Weeks Awards Celebration 9-9:45 - Parents are welcome!
 
Red Ribbon Week:
Monday- Wear Red
Tuesday- Dress like a Tacky Tourist
Wednesday- Wear western attire 
Thursday- Wear a Hawaiian shirt 
Friday- Wear a destination t-shirt