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Glenn Heuser ("Mr. H")
Amy VanBuskirk
May 1, 2017

After two weeks of rest and relaxation we look forward to the final stretch of the 2016/2017 school year. This week will find the Superstars reviewing poetry, immigration, math strategies and science concepts, ready to build upon academic knowledge and exciting new units. Our social and emotional curriculum will be centered each week (during morning meeting) on a story/book focusing on key core values (responsibility, humility, empathy, etc.) and followed with a discussion how to integrate these important traits into our daily lives.

The Superstars were asked to find and interview a family member, friend or acquaintance that could offer an interesting and historical account of immigration. We look forward to hearing oral history experiences, as the class shares poignant interview questions and compare/contrast the different stories, spotlighting the immigration push and pull factors. Miss Annie will visit the class and introduce concrete poetry sometimes also called shape poetry (poetry whose visual appearance matches the topic of the poem). The words form shapes that illustrate the poem’s subject as a picture. The students start a new book club this week based on the series Junie B Jones. Each Superstar will read a different book from the series and engage in discussions based on character, setting, plot, problems and solutions. Our conversations will be noted and displayed in the class library producing a visual display based on the various story elements.

When a vowel is followed by an r, the r changes the sound that the vowel makes. The vowel is called an r-controlled vowel. The spelling lists over the next few weeks will be all about r-controlled vowels, beginning this week with ar an ir (shark, shirt). As we progress though the various sounds the challenge will be on ir and er words (circus/ service).

We hope you all had an enjoyable and restful break! This week in math, studies will spiral back to multiplication. Participating in various games and activities, students will strengthen their knowledge of multiplying and skip counting. The students will begin the week by reviewing skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s. They will then discover skip counting by other digits ranging from 3 to 9, with a focus on the term multiple. Moving on from these studies, the students will discus how multiplication is repeated addition, and they will complete several activities around this focus. Second Grade mathematicians will also play a hands-on and review game called Circles and Stars. This game will be a review of the some different ways to represent a multiplication problem. As this unit progresses, the students will study arrays and how they can use them to solve multiplication problems. As students begin to have a solid understanding of how and why multiplication works, their focus will switch to a fast recall of facts, especially those equations involving 1, 2, 5, and 10. They will solve and write one- and two-step word problems that involve addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Throughout this unit, students will take part in discussions around multiplication, division, and how the two are related.

As Community Builders, the students will begin Phase 3: Construction. Throughout this phase, students will use nets to construct 3-dimensional shapes, such as cubes, triangular pyramids, and rectangular prisms. These buildings will reflect the two-dimensional blueprints students have already created. We look forward to watching the progression of each city block.


This week students will begin an exciting unit about forces and motion. Gearing up for our end of the year unit on Rube Goldberg machines, we will be exploring the science behind different forces and motion. Using hands on inquiry, students will get the chance to understand and discover the forces that affect us on earth. We will begin the week by connecting back to potential and kinetic energy, which we previously discussed in our energy unit, and using our schema to understand how those relate to motion. Discussions will take place with an emphasis on defining what actions are classified as forces and motions. Forces such as a push or pull will be introduced through identifying real life examples and how and why a push and pull are opposites. Magnetic force will also be introduced through various experiments and centers, as well as spiraling back to conversation about how gravity is affects all things on earth. Our goal will be for students to create an understanding that forces and motion are interconnected, and to be able to connect this knowledge to things we do and see on a daily basis. Towards the end of the week we will use our knowledge about forces and motion to introduce Newton’s 3 Laws of Motions, learning about who Isaac Newton was as a scientist, why his ideas are significant, and how his theories relate to all forces and motion.


Monday- Spelling list- r-controlled vowel crossword (ar and ir)

Tuesday- Roll a ten-sided dice. Write down the number it landed on, and at least 5 other numbers that are a multiple of the digit. Repeat 5 times.

Challenge- Create multiplication equations using the values you have rolled

- Do you or your family have a special heirloom?

Discuss with your parents the book All the way to America and complete your heirloom information guide.

- Forces and motion experiment/explanation

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