Dear Parents and/or Guardians of 2nd/3rd Grade HC Students,
During the past month, students have been exploring various types of ecosystems within our ELA unit on nature’s balance. They have explored expository science articles and have analyzed information about how various factors can positively or negatively impact different ecosystems. Beginning this week, for our next unit in ELA, students will answer the focus question “What is so Amazing about Plants?”. As a class, we discussed factors that can determine a plant’s location and/or types of plant adaptations. Students will begin a focused plant project that will culminate into a slideshow presentation and plant design/creation project (more information to come).
Accelerated Reader: Students have received their new AR goals for the month of December, and you may have noticed the point goals as being lower than in the past couple of months. With our short month, student goals were adjusted to reflect less class time available to read while students are out for winter break.
Math: Students are continuing to progress through math lessons in both I-Ready and the Envision curriculum. As a whole class, both grade levels are learning multiplication of multi-digit numbers by one-digit numbers. With that in mind, please continue working with your child on memorizing multiplication facts 0-12. From this point forward, most all math your child will be completing will be based on knowing the basic facts 0-12. Second grade students will begin division meanings and fraction comparisons prior to winter break, while third grade students will develop fluency in multiplying two-digit numbers and division of one-digit divisors. Additional foundational practice and review of these topics will be assigned through the I-Ready program in class, and will continue to be accessible from home.
Science: Our next science unit, “Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills”, has arrived, and students are excited to explore air, weather, and mechanical engineering topics. The overall unit integrates engineering with elementary science topics. Students will discover and discuss wind and methods that engineers use to capture its energy. Students will focus on activities related to understanding how the wind can do work and how to design mechanisms that utilize wind power.
As a reminder of upcoming dates, please don’t forget all the fun events we have going on at Whittier during the month of December:
- Favorite Book Character Spirit Day (12/6)
- Book Fair (12/9-12/13)
- PTA Book Fair Night (12/12 @ 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the library)
- District Robotics Competition at Cascade HS (12/14)
- Holiday Concert (12/17 @ 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Everett Civic Auditorium)
- Holiday Best Dress Spirit Day (12/20)
- Winter Break (12/23-1/3)
Please continue to check our class website for project information, calendar updates, and weekly spelling lists.
Remember, if you would like for your child to have a snack to eat before lunch, please feel free to send it to school with him/her. Snack time immediately follows our morning recess at 10:15. Healthy snacks like fruit, veggies, etc. are strongly encouraged. Students may also keep a water bottle at their desk.
I am very 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 (425) 385-4335.
Yours in Education,
Candace Hall, M.Ed., Ed.S.