I am so excited to announce that I have officially become your child’s Second Grade teacher!! We have had a wonderful start of the year, and I have enjoyed beginning to get to know your child. I started at Decker Prairie last January as a Reading Instructional Paraprofessional, and during this time, I completed my exams to become certified in the state of Texas. I am so happy to continue my career here on the prairie. I cannot wait to share my experiences here in Texas.
I graduated from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, and I taught second grade for six years. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to move to Texas with my husband (Mr. Kras), our toddler (Shawn), and two dogs (Sable and Artex). We enjoy reading books, watching movies, and basically 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-357-3141.
This is going to be an amazing year! Let’s reach for the stars!
Your New Teacher,
(Food Chain) organism, environment, energy, food chain, producer, consumer, depends on, interdependence, habitat
Regular List: lick, leak, snake, sleek, weak, croak, whack, brook, bank, smack, kick, rock, spoke Site Words: much, going, laugh,keep
Challenge List: soak, broke, squeak, shack, mistake, fluke, strike, sickness, cheek, slack, trick, blink Site Words: much, going, laugh, keep
Regular Words: books, shook, stood, wool, crook, hood, hoof, soot, brook, nook, hoods, foot, wood, few, while, along, might Challenge list: yearbook, oops, crooked, cooking, hooves, brooks, barefoot, understood, childhood, sunroof, look, shook, few, while, along, might
3/7 Jax Burgers Spirit Day
3/9: Spelling Test, Fact Fluency, Math Test, Science Test (Please DON'T be absent unless sick)
3/12-3/19: SPRING BREAK. Enjoy your vacation!!!
3/24: PARTY ON THE PRAIRIE! This will be the best FUNdraiser of the year! So far, we have 4 cases of water. Each student is asked to donate 1 case of water and something to our CAMPING basket. Thanks to Kayden and Ashlyn who have donated awesome items to our CAMPING basket.
What we are doing this week:
Science: We will finish our unit on Objects in the Sky. Vocabulary to discuss at home: sun, sun rise, sun set, midday, midnight, star, constellation, moon, revolve, Earth, day, night, pattern, appear, telescope, position, sky, full moon, new moon, quarter moon, moon phase, and shadows.
Math: We will finish our unit on Measuring. Please practice telling time on a clock daily. We are also measuring objects in centimeters (cm), inches (in), feet (ft), yards (yd), and meters (m). We will estimate and them measure for accuracy. We will discuss broken rulers (a broken ruler is if you only have a part of a ruler, you can still measure by counting the units or subtracting the ending number from the beginning number) and area (counting the squares inside something. For example: a book of stamps would have an area of 20: 2 rows of 10). We are in a state-wide competition for First in Math Points. PLEASE, PLEASE have your child play First in Math over Spring Break, to keep skills fresh.
Reading: We will use fiction to retell a story. Retelling consists of telling the characters and setting, beginning, middle, and end, and problem with solution. Sometimes there are multiple problems in a story. The solution should solve the problem.
Writing: We will complete our Small Moment stories and publish them.
Spelling: This is a review week. They have seen and spelled these words before.
Spelling List: burst, squirt, earth, spark, board, porch, peaches, thank, talking, canoe, fruit, pole, tight, piece, please, chain, sing, skill, brushes, next
3/1 Picture Day (Please send money in picture envelopes - sent home last Thursday)
3/2 Spelling Test and Math Fact Fluency 2-Minute Timed Quiz
Picture Day is Thursday. I sent Picture envelopes last Thursday in their backpacks. If you would like, you can send in money early for picture packages.
It is Read Across America Week. Here is your dress up schedule to support this fun week of reading:
Tuesday: The Cat in the Hat - Wear a Crazy Hat
Wednesday: Wacky Wednesday - Wear mismatched clothes
Thursday: Oh, the Places You'll Go - Dress for Success (also PICTURE DAY)
Friday: Book Character Day. Dress as your favorite book character. BRING the book that goes along with it, too!
** If you do not have a costume/outfit to dress up for Character Day, you may wear a plain BLUE T-shirt to be a crayon with Mrs. Kras. Her book is The Crayon Box That Talked.**
What we are doing this week:
Science: We will be learning about objects in the sky. Vocabulary to discuss at home: sun, sun rise, sun set, midday, midnight, star, constellation, moon, revolve, Earth, day, night, pattern, appear, telescope, position, sky, full moon, new moon, quarter moon, moon phase, shadows,
Math: We will learn about measurement. Please help your child measure different objects at home using inches and centimeters. Please discuss differences between inches and centimeters. Please help your child compare two different objects and determine how much longer or shorter one object is from the other.
We are also continuing to practice telling time on an analog clock! Please keep practicing!
Reading: We will begin working with Nonfiction Stories again. We will review Author's Purpose, Facts and Supporting Details for proof. Main Idea and Supporting Details, and using Text Features in Nonfiction Text.
Writing: We will be editing and revising our Small Moment Stories
Spelling: We will spell r-controlled /er/ words using our, ure, ur
Regular List: hour, flour, sour, pure, sure, cure, spur, churches, blurt, hurt, burst, lurch, purrs
Site Word: thought, light, head, under
Challenge List: burger, your, mature, brochure, assure, scour, devour, injury, surprise, furniture, curtain, purple, turtle