Welcome to Second Grade!

Dear Family,

 

                Welcome! My name is Kim Kras, and I am so excited to be your child's teacher this year!

 

                I graduated from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, and I taught second grade for six years there. This is my third year teaching second grade here at Decker Prairie! I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to move to Texas with my husband (Mr. Kras), our sweet boy (Shawn), and two dogs (Sable and Artex). We have also recently acquired a cute bird (Sky - yes, that's from Paw Patrol!). We enjoy reading books, watching movies, traveling, and basically doing anything outdoors!

 

                My goal is to help your child achieve success through fun, rigorous and relevant classroom experiences! I believe working together as a team will help your child be successful! Please do not hesitate to contact me at kimberlykras@tomballisd.net or 281-357-3134. You can also message me on Class Dojo... I love Class Dojo, because you have instant access to pictures of activities we do saved to a private server and messaging capabilities! I will set that up soon!

 

                This is going to be an amazing year! Adventure awaits!! 

 

                                                                                                                                                Your Excited Teacher,

                                                                                                                                                Kim Kras

 

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Week of March 30: Week 2 of Remote Learning

Hello! Our Week1: Introductory Week was a huge success! Thanks for all of the support, comments, and e-mails that I have received to get our Remote Learning up and running! You are amazing! Keep up the great work!

Here are some tips to help this week go smoothly:

Google Classroom link:

https://classroom.google.com/w/NDI3MjY4MTYxNTBa/t/all


  • If you do not have the web browser, CHROME, it will help to download. That way, when your child logs on with his/her account, he/she can see his/her school computer screen. Therefore, they will easily be able to access programs such as Snap and Read, Co-Writer, and the programs they saved on their bookmark bar. 
  • Please make sure you are in Classroom View, not Stream (at the top), for an organized layout of lessons, activities, and assignments.
  •  Lessons, activities, and assignments/projects will be posted on Monday; however, your child can work on them anytime throughout the week.
  • Lessons will mostly consist of videos that explain or model the skill. Activities will be something fun for your child to interact with, in order to practice. Assignments and Projects will be work that must be returned/turned in so that the teachers will be able to determine mastery of skills.
  • All subjects (Word Work, Reading, Writing, Math, Science, and Social Studies) should be completed first. However, there is not a specific day of the week or time that they must be done.
  • The Green Circle, Optional Read Alouds, and Optional Activities are just that....OPTIONAL. Your child does NOT have to do these. They are not meant to be stressors. They are just extra in case you need your child to work on something while you are completing your own work, they get bored, or they just want to do them for fun!
  •  Please be sure your child clicks "Mark As Done" or "Turn In" so that I know he/she was able to access and view/play/complete the lesson, activity, or assignment.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns. You can email me at any time, and I will get back to you ASAP.

Thanks again! Let's have a great week of Remote Learning!

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 kimberlykras@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://forms.gle/Vu6MHVY4JfRz7TWr5
  • Here is the link to my Google Classroom: https://classroom.google.com/c/NDI3MjY4MTYxNTBa
    • Student's Login Information: (Make sure parents sign out of their accounts!)
      • Click Log On with Google
      • 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/
    • Login as 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 2

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
3/3 Tues: Election Day (No lunch visitors allowed in building this day.) 
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.
3/5 Thursday: Desserts with Dear Ones 
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 utilize technology by making videos for our How-To papers! Please send a beach towel on Thursday to use as a make shift "studio room."

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 of Feb. 24

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 halfway 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.

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.

Week of Feb. 18

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:
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.

Week of Feb. 10

Important Dates:

2/10 Mon: Texas Reads One Book Kickoff!
2/11 Tues: Papa John's Spirit Night
2/12 Wednesday: Science Test
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:

  •  

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:

 

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.

Feb. 3

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:

 

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 Jan. 27

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: 

 

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 Jan. 21

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:
  • What's on the Menu? https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Yt_FwzbX0AWkDqLXVR830gfjNUovJfAU/view
  • Find numbers around the community: on signs, in books, in magazines, etc. 
  • Use Base-10 Blocks to create numbers and compare numbers: http://media.pearsoncmg.com/curriculum/math/Tools/tools/EnvisionPlaceValueBlocks.html?mode=0
  • Interactive Games: (see my LINKS tab, and scroll down to Place Value in the Math Section.)
  • 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 ones 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 automatically!
    • Have your child play Reflex Math at home. In order to improve fact fluency, your students should get at least 3 green "eyes" a week
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. 

Week of Jan. 13

Important Dates:
1/14 Tues: Papa John’s Spirit Night
1/15 Wed: Report Cards Sent Home
1/15 Wed: Texas Reads One T-shirt orders due. https://bluewaveapparel.com/TomballReads
1/16 Thurs: Library Day (Please ensure your child's library book is in his/her backpack so s/he can get new books!)
1/17 Fri: Science Test
 
Next Week:
1/20 Mon: Staff Development/Student Holiday (no school)
 
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 begin writing informational texts. We will write about someone one we know well.
 
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.
  • Discuss what he or she knows about this person and help your child elaborate on what he or she knows.
  • Practice writing in complete sentences.
  • Practice speaking in complete sentences.
 
Reading: We will learn about nonfiction informational texts. We will focus on biographies. 
  • 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:
 
Math:  We will continue learning about Place Value to 1,200! We will review placing numbers on number lines and learn how to position numbers on open number lines. We will also compare and order numbers.
 
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:
  • What's on the Menu? https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Yt_FwzbX0AWkDqLXVR830gfjNUovJfAU/view
  • Find numbers around the community: on signs, in books, in magazines, etc. 
  • Use Base-10 Blocks to create numbers and compare numbers: http://media.pearsoncmg.com/curriculum/math/Tools/tools/EnvisionPlaceValueBlocks.html?mode=0
  • Interactive Games: (see my LINKS tab, and scroll down to Place Value in the Math Section.)
  • 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 ones 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 automatically!
    • Have your child play Reflex Math at home. In order to improve fact fluency, your students should get at least 3 green "eyes" a week
 
Science: We will continue learning about natural versus man-made resources. We will learn about taking care of our natural resources through the 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.  Test on Friday.
 
Vocabulary:  natural resources, conservation, man-made resources, fossil fuels, timber, reduce, recycle, reuse, deplete, limited, renewable, nonrenewable
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Make a web to show man-made products that can be made out of natural resources. Ex: Draw a circle and write fossil fuels in the middle. Then, around the circle, have your child write and draw pictures (or cut pictures from a magazine) to show what man-made products can be made from fossil fuels (electricity, gasoline, jet fuel, cooking on a gas stove, etc.). Do the same for animals, plants, and rocks/minerals.
  • Collect natural and man-made resources and have your child sort them into categories. 
  • Go to a park:
    • Go on a scavenger hunt for natural and man-made resources. 
    • Take pictures of natural and man-made resources and make a collage. 
  • Discuss the 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. 
  • Practice Recycling at home. 
  • Read PebbleGo Books about Natural Resources (your child should know the user name and password.)
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. 

Week of Jan. 8

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a safe, healthy and happy holiday! I can't wait to see everyone tomorrow! 
 
Important Dates:
1/8 Students return to school
 
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 will discuss New Year's Resolutions and Goal Setting. We will practice writing in complete sentences! 
Remember, complete sentences: 
  • Start with a capital letter. 
  • End with a punctuation point. 
  • Make sense. 
Things you can do at home: 
  • Discuss your New Year's Resolutions with your family. 
  • Talk about WHY we have New Year's Resolutions. 
  • Make some family New Year's Resolutions together. 
  • Practice writing complete sentences about New Years. 
 
Reading: We will practice procedures, read for stamina, and compare fiction to nonfiction books. 
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Read with your child 15-20 minutes a night. 
  • Read fiction and nonfiction books and discuss each. 
  • Visit a library. 
 
Math:  We will begin learning about Place Value to 1,200! We will review a Place Value chart and different ways to write numbers (EX: standard: 1,156; Word: one thousand, one hundred fifty-six; expanded: 1000+100+50+6)
 
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:
  • Find numbers around the community: on signs, in books, in cook books, etc. 
  • Use Base-10 Blocks to create numbers and compare numbers: (see my LINKS tab, and scroll down to Place Value in the Math Section.)
  • Interactive Games: (see my LINKS tab, and scroll down to Place Value in the Math Section.)
  • 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 ones 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 automatically!
    • Have your child play Reflex Math at home. In order to improve fact fluency, your students should get at least 3 green "eyes" a week.
  •  
 
Science: We will begin learning about natural versus man-made resources. 
 
Vocabulary:  natural resources, conservation, manmade resources, fossil fuels, timber, reduce, recycle, reuse, deplete, limited, renewable, nonrenewable
 
Things you can do at home:
  • Research and make a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast natural resources and man-made resources. 
  • Collect natural and man-made resources and have your child sort them into categories. 
  • Go to a park:
    • Go on a scavenger hunt for natural and man-made resources. 
    • Take pictures of natural and man-made resources and make a collage. 
  • Discuss the 3 R's: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. 
  • Practice Recycling at home. 
Social Studies: We will about historical figures that were good citizens and how they helped shape our country. We will learn about how people influence our local community. We will review how we can be good citizens.
 
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, 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.