What's Going on in 2-Owens

  • Week of 12/3/19

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 12/6/2019

    December has arrived.  I can’t believe we are already to December.  This week we spent a little bit of time reviewing expectations after the Thanksgiving break.  We also had our second Farmer in the Classroom visit from Farmer Lori and learned about storage vegetables.  We had our second visit from our UM art students and our regular art class with Ms. Swanson.  Phew!! I can’t believe we fit it all in.  Go Griz!!

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    • Dec. 14th Hip Holiday Market @ 10:00
    • Dec. 19th Holiday Concert @ 1:00
    • Dec. 20th Camp Read a Lot
    • Dec. 23rd-Jan 3rd – Winter Break

    NEXT WEEK'S SPECIALS SCHEDULE

    Mon & Thurs. – P.E.

    Tues & Fri. – Library  Wed. – Music

    NEED TO KNOW

    The 2nd annual Camp Read-a-Lot will take place Friday, December 20th.  Our class has the gym reserved from 11:15-11:45 and 1:30-2:00.  If you would like to join us, we would LOVE it.  You can also sign up to be a guest reader any time that day.  Just let me know.  It’s going to be so much fun!!

    WHAT WE LEARNED THIS WEEK

    Reading

    • Phonics Contractions
    • Comprehension: Author's Purpose

    Writing

    • Would You Rather

    Grammar

    • Verbs

    Science

    • Plants – storage vegetables

    Math

    • Intro to double digit addition without regrouping.
    • Add a one digit number to a two digit number.
    • Use break aparts to add two digit numbers.
    • Identify decade numbers

    WONDER WHO READS THIS?

    • I'm just trying to do a check to see how many families are recieving these newsletters through email and checking my class blog.  If you see this message, you are one of those families.  As an incentive, tell your 2nd grader to check in with me and let me know you saw this secret message.  I will give them a prize when they do.  
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  • Week of 11/25/19

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 11/27/2019

    We were very busy the last week and a half.  We finished up our unit in adding and subtracting to 20.  We also had students from the University come in to teach us a special art lesson about warm and cool colors.  I taught the kids the history of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and we each created our own balloon.  The kids had a lot of fun creating and then going on our own parade.  Happy Thanksgiving!!

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    • Nov. 27th-Dec 1st Thanksgiving Break
    • Dec. 19th Holiday Concert
    • Dec. 20th Camp Read a Lot

    NEXT WEEK'S SPECIALS SCHEDULE

    Mon & Thurs. – Library

    Tues & Fri. – Music  Wed. – P.E.

    NEED TO KNOW

    Congratulations to Bud M.!!! He was the first student in ALL of 2nd grade to complete the Reading Challenge from our librarian, Mrs. Russell. He got to choose an awesome prize and I am so proud of him.  You still have time to complete yours so read, read, read!!!

    WHAT WE LEARNED THIS WEEK

    Reading

    • Phonics R-controlled vowels: –ar, -or, -ore
    • Comprehension: Howcharacers react to major events in a story.

    Writing

    • Sentence building

    Grammar

    • Verbs

    Social Studies

    • History of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

    Math

    • Intro to subtraction fluency.
    • Math facts
    • Using a number line
    • Partners of 10
    • Subtracting using doubles

    WONDER WHO READS THIS?

    • I'm just trying to do a check to see how many families are recieving these newsletters through email and checking my class blog.  If you see this message, you are one of those families.  As an incentive, tell your 2nd grader to check in with me and let me know you saw this secret message.  I will give them a prize when they do.  
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  • Week of 11/11/119

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 11/18/2019

    We packed a lot into this week.  The field trip to the University to watch the Lady Griz was awesome.  The kids loved it so much.  Check out the pictures on our blog.  We also had our first Farmer in the Classroom lesson with Farmer Lori.  We talked about the crops grown in Montana and tasted different kinds of apples.  We finished the week with art with Ms. Swanson.  Phew!!!  See you at conferences next week. 

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    1. Nov. 27th-Dec 1st Thanksgiving Break

    NEXT WEEK'S SPECIALS SCHEDULE

    Mon & Thurs. – P.E.

    Tues. & Fri – Library.  Wed. – Music

    WHAT WE LEARNED THIS WEEK

    Reading

    1. Phonics Consonant digraphs: ch, sh, tch, wh, th
    • Comprehension: Howcharacers react to major events in a story.

    Writing

    • Sentence building

    Grammar

    • Pronouns

    Science

    • Montana crops

    Math

    • Intro to addition fluency.
    • Math facts
    • Counting on strategy
    • Double strategy  

    wONDER WHO READS THIS?

    • I'm just trying to do a check to see how many families are recieving these newsletters through email and checking my class blog.  If you see this message, you are one of those families.  As an incentive, tell your 2nd grader to check in with me and let me know you saw this secret message.  I will give them a prize when they do.  
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  • Week of 10/21/19

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 10/21/2019

    We have kept a steady pace in 2nd grade.  Lots of learning and exploring have been going on.  We are having great discussions around the literature we are reading and the kids are working hard in small reading groups.  We also participated in the Montana Crunch Time project that provided every student with a fresh apple from a Montana farm.  We then all got together and CRUNCHED into them at the same time. 

    UPCOMING EVENTS

      • Oct. 31st– Halloween Celebration 1:00-1:45
      • Nov. 13th & 14th Parent Teacher Conferences
      • Nov. 14th Early Dismissal @11:05
      • Nov. 15th No School

    NEXT WEEK'S SPECIALS SCHEDULE

    Mon & Thurs. – Library

    Tues. & Fri – Music.  Wed. – P.E.

    HALLOWEEN 

    • This year for Halloween, students are invited to bring their Halloween costumes to change into for a sneak peak costume celebration in their classrooms. Please do not send any Halloween treats, save those for the evening with your family. 


      Costume guidelines: No weapons, blood, masks, make-up or accessories. Please make sure that costumes are age appropriate and cover all body parts. 

    WHAT WE LEARNED THIS WEEK

    Reading

    • Phonics Consonant blends
    • Comprehension: who, what, where, when, why, & how in a non-fiction text

    Writing

    • Complete Sentences

    Grammar

    • Intro to Nouns

    Social Studies

    • School around the world

    Math

    • Match 2 and 3 digit numbers to base ten block models.
    • Compare 3 digit numbers using <, >, and =

    TECHNOLOGY

    • New digital data sharing agreements were sent home this week.  In order for your 2nd grader to be able to continue to use many of the learning programs we use with our Chromebooks, they MUST choose YES on the form and have it signed and turned back in.  I want to assure you that I do not use any last names with any programs they sign into or any other personal data.  Hopefully you will reviw, sign, and return these froms as soon as possible.  

    wONDER WHO READS THIS?

    • I'm just trying to do a check to see how many families are recieving these newsletters through email and checking my class blog.  If you see this message, you are one of those families.  As an incentive, tell your 2nd grader to check in with me and let me know you saw this secret message.  I will give them a prize when they do.  
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  • Week of 9/23/19

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 9/27/2019 4:00:00 PM

    We had some awesome experiences this week.  We had a visit from the Pacific Islanders Club from the University of Montana.  They performed some hula dances for us, taught us how to count in Hawaiian, and then even taught us some hula steps.  We also had our first art lesson with Mrs. Swanson.  The students made their own projects related to the book, The Dot, by Peter Reynolds.  These will be displayed in a large mural in the hallway by the art room.

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    • Oct. 3rd – Picture Day
    • Oct. 14th – Field trip to PEAS Farm 1:10-2:30
    • Oct. 17th & 18th – No School

    NEXT WEEK'S SPECIALS SCHEDULE

    Mon & Thurs. – Library

    Tues. & Fri. – Music  Wed. – P.E.

    Wed. - P.E.

    REMINDERS

    • Attendance is a HUGE part of being successful in school.  Each week, we celebrate our attendance percentages in our community circle.  The school as been averaging between 90-95% of students each week.  Our class is at 50%.  I need your help with this.  I can’t teach your kiddos if they aren’t at school.  Being absent, tardy, or leaving early all have a huge impact on academic performance.  Please help me help your student be successful by making sure they are at school every day

    WHAT WE LEARNED THIS WEEK

    Reading

    • Phonics short vowels
    • Comprehension: who, what, where, when, why, & how

    Writing

    • Brainstorming

    Grammar

    • Capitals
    • Punctuation

    Social Skills

    • Class Mission Statement

    Math

    • Counting by tens
    • Counting by fives
    • Introduction to place value
    • Building a hundreds chart
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  • September 9-13th

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 9/13/2019
    • Wow!!  Things are really moving along in 2nd grade.  We had so many great opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom this week.  We had an amazing time at the MCT production of Charlotte’s Web.  The kids were super excited about their balcony seats and for the most part, did a good job of being a quiet, respectful audience member.  We also had our first fire drill of the year and that went well.  These are all good things to practice.   

      Photo of Charlotte's Web cast

       

      UPCOMING EVENTS

      • Sept. 25th – Family Engagement Night
      • Oct. 14th – Field trip to PEAS Farm 1:10-2:30

      NEXT WEEK'S SPECIALS SCHEDULE

      Mon. & Thurs - P.E.

      Tues & Fri. - Library

      Wed. - Music

      REMINDERS

      • Next week we will be doing our district wide STAR testing. It is important that your 2nd grader get a good nights sleep, come to school on time, and be ready to learn.
      • Headphones are still needed for many students. Students having their own headphones helps reduce the spread of lice and makes using the computers easier.

      WHAT WE LEARNED THIS WEEK

      7 Habits

      • Be Proactive
      • Begin with the End in Mind
      • Put first things first
      • Think win win
      • Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
      • Synergize
      • Sharpen the Saw
       
       Boys passing a hulahoop Girls passing the hula hoop Hula Hoop teamwork activity
     
     
     
     
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  • September 3-6th

    Posted by Tricia Owens on 9/7/2019

    We had such a great week in 2nd grade.  We were busy working on getting to know one another and our Leader in Me curriculm.  We also started some Math centers to let them explore how we will learn math in my Blended Learning style.  This allows me to differentiate for all students to meet their needs.  We also had a visit from Matt, from Missoula Children’s Theater visit us to teach us about our upcoming field trip.  We are so excited. 

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    • Sept. 12th – Fieldtrip to MCT
    • Sept. 25th – Family Engagement Night

    NEXT WEEK'S SPECIALS SCHEDULE

    Mon. & Thurs - Library

    Tues & Fri. - Music

    Wed. - P.E.

    REMINDERS

    • All paperwork needs to be turned in for students to go on the fieldtrip.
    • We have 1:1 chromebooks in our classroom. Students do need their own headphones.
    • Please make sure you are getting my text messages/emails through our new notification system. If not, please contact me.

    WHAT WE LEARNED THIS WEEK

    7 Habits

    • Be Proactive
    • Begin with the End in Mind
    • Put first things first
    • Think win win
    • Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
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