• Classroom Information


    2015-2016

    Mr. Kimball

    Fairmount Elementary

    A Warm Welcome

    Welcome back to school, and to an exciting second grade year. I am looking forward to the new school year. I believe working together is essential for your child’s academic success. I am excited to meet all of you, as we work together to make your child’s year one of great learning and growth.

    Homework:

    Your child will need a folder to bring homework and notes to and from school every day.

    For homework, all students should spend a total of about 20 – 30 minutes. Out of that homework time, spend 5 minutes or less studying their Core Words (equivalent to Spelling Words), 15 minutes each night reading a book, and about 5-10 minutes working on Math activities. There will be a Homework Response Sheet that comes home each week for you to check off homework accomplished. Look through the Homework with Your Child packet and pick activities that apply to your child’s needs. Each week, math Homework and Remembering pages will be sent home as we finish corresponding lessons in school. Expect about three pages each week. The math homework and remembering pages come with our math program, Math Expressions, and are another source for you to use as you feel necessary. In addition, take advantage of real life situations where your child can extend subjects taught in school. An example of this would be to have your child count money when going to the store to buy something, or reading a map if taking a trip. You can provide more meaningful experiences for your child by spending time with your child on subjects you know your child needs extra help in. For example, if you know your child has not learned basic math facts, spend 5-10 minutes with some flash cards or a math game. If your child is more advanced and needs extra challenges, then explore their interests. For example, if your child is interested in dinosaurs, go to the library and find books on dinosaurs or visit a museum that has dinosaurs.

    Second grade uses a spelling program that does not make use of lists of words sent home each week. There is a list of words your child will be responsible for learning over the year. You may decide how you want to study these words when you get the list. The list will be provided on Open House Night or you can get it at the first conference.

    For help with homework, go to my website (http://fa.mukilteo.wednet.edu/pages/Mukilteo_FairmontES/Classes/01-kimballmi-home this will take you to the Fairmount page, click on the Parent & Student tab at the top and scroll down to Staff Directory and click on Kimball, Michael; then click Full Profile button, and now down to Welcome to Second Grade with Mr. Kimball,and you are there. This will give you Math, Reading, and General links as well as information for the current month. There is also a link, Homework Schedule for the Week, that has links for worksheets that can help you support the needs of your child at home.

    School Supplies:

    Students do not have a desk of their own this year. Students will be rotating through stations and will be storing their supplies along with other classmates.

    *Package of pencils - Pencils are an on going need during the year. Please send as often, and as many, as you can.

    *White glue

    *1 large box of Kleenex to be shared with the class

    *1 clean old sock

    *Erasable pens for white board

    *Pink erasers - Erasers are an on going need during the year. Please send as often, and as many, as you can.

    *1 plastic coated folder for papers to go home in

    *1 spiral note book or composition book for journal writing

    *Sticky notes 73mm x 73 mm

    *Large Hand Sanitizer (Purell is preferred)

    No pencil boxes are needed and backpacks are discouraged because of the limited space we have in the portables.

    • Please do not send any toys, or “toy like” supplies, along with your child. Toys can be lost, stolen, or broken and therefore create a big distraction. Please help our classroom by keeping toys out of school so that our classroom can be the best learning environment possible. Students know that toys taken during the school year will not be returned until the last day of school.

    Behavior Expectations:

    Fairmount’s School Rules are:

    -Respect Self, Others and Property

    -Work and Play Safely

    -Make Fairmount a Great Place to Learn

    In the classroom we follow the Rules of the Road:

    -Let the teacher teach.

    -Have respect for others.

    -Do your best to learn.

    Students will have various opportunities to earn extra privileges in the classroom for excellent behavior. Student will be acknowledged as individuals, groups, and as a class.

    In addition, this year our students will be involved in the Second Step program designed to promote school success, school connectedness, as well as a safe and respectful school climate.

    There are four areas our school will focus on with Second Step: 1) Skills for Learning. 2) Empathy. 3) Emotion Management. And 4) Problem Solving.

    Academic Goals:

    Math

    Your child will receive daily whole-group and small-group instruction in mathematics, with an emphasis on the following:

    Operations and Algebraic Thinking

    • Use addition and subtraction to solve story problems within 100
    • Fluently add and subtract within 20
    • Determine whether a number is even or odd
    • Uses rectangular arrays to solve problems and writes an equation to express the total

    Numbers and Operations in Base Ten

    • Understand that place-value in a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, and ones)
    • Count within 1000; skip count by 5s, 10s, 100s
    • Read and write numbers to 1000
    • Compare two three-digit numbers using >, =, < symbols
    • Fluently add and subtract within 100
    • Add and subtract within 1000 and relate the strategy to a written method
    • Mentally add 10 or 100 to a given number
    • Explain why addition and subtraction strategies work, using place value and the properties of operations

    Measurement and Data

    • Measure, estimate and compare lengths in standard units
    • Solve problems involving lengths that are given in the same unit
    • Tell and write time to the nearest five minutes, using a.m and p.m.
    • Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols
    • Create picture graphs, bar graphs and line plots to represent data

    Geometry

    • Identify, draw and describe the attributes of triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes
    • Describe fractions as equal shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc.

    Mathematical Practices (Problem Solving, Reasoning and Communication)

    • Makes sense of problems, perseveres, and attends to precision
    • Justifies own thinking and critiques reasoning of others
    • Uses tools strategically and models mathematical thinking
    • Uses structure and repeated reasoning

    Materials: Math Expressions

    Reading

    Reading will be taught through whole group instruction, as well as through small groups. While the teacher is with small groups, students will be doing a variety of independent work:

    Reading with a peer

    Read to Self

    Work on Vocabulary

    Phonics Work

    Reading: Fiction

    • Ask and answer questions about text using who, what, when, where, why, and how
    • Retell stories, including fables and folktales, and determine their central message
    • Identify a character’s point of view and describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges
    • Describe how words and phrases supply meaning in a story, poem or song
    • Describe the beginning, middle and end of a story
    • Use pictures and words in a text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting or plot
    • Compare and contrast two versions of the same story
    • Use reading strategies to help me understand a variety of complex texts including stories and poetry

    Reading: Nonfiction

    • Ask and answer questions about a text using who, what, when, where, why and how
    • Identify the topic of the entire text as well as the main idea of a specific paragraph
    • Describe the connection between historical events, scientific ideas, or steps in a procedure in a text
    • Use information in a text to determine the meaning of words or phrases about the topic
    • Locate key facts or information in a text using text features
    • Identify the main purpose of a text including the author’s purpose for writing it
    • Explain how images such as diagrams and photographs help clarify a text
    • Explain how an author supports an idea with specific points in a text
    • Compare and contrast two texts on the same topic
    • Use reading strategies to help me understand a variety of complex texts relating to history, science and technical texts

    Reading: Foundational Skills

    • Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words
    • Read short vowel words and long vowel words
    • Know spelling sound correspondences
    • Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes
    • Read 2nd grade high frequency words
    • Read with accuracy and fluency to support comprehension
    • Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding
    • Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression
    • Self correct and reread as necessary

    Materials: Houghton Mifflin

    Writing

    Writing lessons will provide opportunities to develop pieces of writing through all the stages of the writing process. Each month a week will be set aside for writing projects.

    Class Projects include:

    House Stories, Turkey Stories, Poetry, Friendly Letter, and Curious George Stories.

    Activities for Common Core:

    • Opinion – Reading Rainbow Book Presentation
    • Informative/explanatory- Animal Reports, What I Learned About Insects, MLK/SBA
    • Narrative – Spring Prompt in which students tell about an experience

    In addition, students have journal writing every day.   Writing skills emphasized this year will include: detailed and varied sentence writing, descriptive writing, nonfiction writing, word choice, spelling, traits of good writing, the writing process, and grammar.

    Materials: Step up to Writing, Houghton Mifflin

    Spelling

    In second grade, we use a program called Sitton Spelling. This program emphasizes the spelling mastery of important high frequency words, and helps build the foundations for accurate spelling in writing, not just on a spelling test. You will notice the word list sent home each week has only five words, but the test at the end of the week has ten words, increasing to 16 words by the end of the year. This is because your child isn’t just expected to know the five words emphasized that week, but will be tested on old words as well. The old words keep getting recycled through out the year. This way, students don’t just memorize the words for the Friday test, but must remember them forever. Your child will also work on developmentally appropriate word sorts that emphasize particular phonics and spelling patterns your child has yet to master.

    Materials: Rebecca Sitton Spelling Program

    Science

    Content and Concepts

    Instruction in Science focuses on systems, conducting/designing investigations & applying problem solving strategies.

    • Life Science: Insects
    • Physical Science: Balance and Motion
    • Earth Science: Pebbles, Sand and Silt

    Materials: Foss Science Kits

    Social Studies

    Content and Concepts

    Instruction in Social Studies focuses on history, geography, economics, and civics, with a goal of developing responsible citizens.

    • Our community
    • Communities Meeting Their Needs and Wants
    • Participating in Our Community

    Other Units of Study

    Students will also have opportunities to explore other important topics such as:

    -Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving

    -Martin Luther King and Susan B. Anthony

    We will also have opportunities to integrate art, music, and theater into our other academic subjects. In addition, we will complete various physical education and technology activities throughout the school year, better preparing your child for third grade.

    Additional Information:

    Library Day

    Thursday at 1:00. Make sure books are in their backpack!

    Birthdays

    If you would like to bring in treats for your child’s birthday, please let me know in advance. The items need to be store-bought, and can be sent to school with your child. It is best to send them in the morning and then I can pick a convenient time during the day.

    Field Trip $

    In June we go to the zoo. It is usually around $9.00.

    Health Info

    If, at any time during the year, your child has any change in health that the school needs to be aware of, please let the school know immediately!

    Communication

    Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. A good time to reach me is between 2:30 and 4:00. Email is another good way of communication, at the email address below. You may also reach me by phone, although please be aware that I am not always notified immediately when I have new voicemail messages. You can also call the front office during school hours, or you may send me a note in your student’s folder. See my website to find out what is happening each month.

    School Number: (425) 366-2900

    Email: kimballmi@mukilteo.wednet.edu

    Website - http://fa.mukilteo.wednet.edu/pages/Mukilteo_FairmontES/Classes/01-kimballmi-home

    By working together, we can make this year a wonderful learning experience for your child. I am looking forward to working with you and your second grader. This will be a great year for all of us!

    Sincerely,

    Michael Kimball