Dear Parents and/or Guardians of Students in the 2nd/3rd Grade Highly Capable Class,
It is hard to believe that we are already back from a restful winter break! I hope each of you had the opportunity to relax and spend time with your families. I am so happy to see each of your children back from break and ready to start our second half of the school year.
This week we will continue our 3rd unit in the National Geographic ELA curriculum. Our “big question” for this unit is: “What is So Amazing about Plants?” Students will explore expository science articles, work on sequencing non-fictional events, make inferences, and read various genres on the topic of plants. We will work on an in-class expository writing project as well during this unit.
The students will continue to progress with math lessons in IReady and with our Envision curriculum. Please work with your child on memorizing multiplication facts for 1-12. Moving forward in the Envision Math curriculum, the 2nd grade students will work on division facts, understanding fractions, two-dimensional shapes, time, and basics of geometry. The 3rd grade students will work on dividing by 1-digit divisors, fraction equivalence and ordering, adding mixed numbers with like denominators, and converting among measurement units.
Writing: All students will continue to work on well-written essays that include opinion, narrative, and expository writing. Their writing journals are filling up fast, and I’m excited to see their journal portfolio from the beginning of the year to the end of this semester. Their work is truly brilliant!
We will also start our Native Americans unit. In this unit, students will explore how the topography of various regions of North American impacted food, clothing, shelter, and lifestyles of several Native American tribes. Students will ultimately complete a project on a chosen tribe to present to the class.
Encourage your child to read, read, read! Students will be given their monthly AR goals for January on Wednesday. I have asked students to set a time goal for pushing their reading at home to 30 minutes per evening. Please remember: I believe home time is family time, and students should have time to play, participate in extracurricular activities, and simply have some free time! If 30 minutes is too much, please encourage your child to simply read as much as possible.
Remember, if you would like for your child to have a snack to eat before lunch, please feel free to send it. I strongly encourage healthy snacks like fruit, veggies, etc. Students may also keep a water bottle at their desk. *Please note that we do have a peanut/tree allergy in this classroom, so please do not send snacks with those ingredients.
I am proud of our class and your children! If you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year, please do not hesitate to contact me at CHall@everettsd.org or call (425) 385-4336.
Yours in Education,
Candace Hall, Ed.S.
2nd/3rd Highly Capable Class Teacher