Friday, September 14, 2018

Sachwitz Sentinel #2

Friday, September 14, 2018

Thank you to everyone who came out for Open House last night!  I enjoyed seeing your child beam with pride as they showed you around our classroom and school.  I am a firm believer that we create a triangle of confidence, learning, and growth for them when they see us collaborating together in their best interests.  Thanks again for your support and feel free to contact me any time with questions, concerns, comments.

Here is the Powerpoint Presentation for those who missed it!  Happy viewing.

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Language Arts

Our first theme in our reading anthology is "Neighborhood Visits".  We will focus on different types of communities and how what and who lives in different communities.  Next week we will read a realistic fiction Henry and Mudge Story called The First Book.  The big idea for this story is THERE ARE DIFFERENT KINDS OF COMMUNITIES.  

Key vocabulary:  curly, straight, floppy, drooled, weighed, stood, collars, row
Target skill:  Sequence of events
Target strategy:  Infer/predict

Genre:  Realistic Fiction


We are working through Module 1 which focuses on sums and differences to twenty.

Lessons 1 and 2:  Making number bonds through ten with a subtraction focus and apply to one-step word problems.

Social Studies

We are working on developing good citizens and positive friendships within the class.  We created a classroom contract, we wrote a classroom constitution on Constitution Day, we created a Citizenship Counts board in the classroom where we get to post notes of how a friend has helped us.

We read a story about Rolly who started school and struggled with behavior issues because did not know the rules.  In the end, his classmates gave him another chance and taught him the rules.  We completed our first formal writing with a letter to mom and dad from Rolly.  In the letter, we talked about the rules we learned and what we would do in the future.

We also read Chrysanthemum (online story link) and talked about how our words can cause "wrinkles" in our hearts.  We created a visual wrinkled heart with bandaids on it to hang in the classroom as a reminder to always be kind to others!  

Friday, September 7, 2018

Sachwitz Sentinel #1

Friday, September 7, 2018

Check out the classroom photo album tab for some cool pics from the week!

Please send in one of your child's favorite t-shirts on Monday!  We are preparing for Open House and are planning a little surprise for our parents.  We will take great care of these and will return them after Thursday:)  

Thank you!

We had a great first week of school!  This week we focused on getting reacquainted and community building.  We had lots of fun playing ice breaker games, as well as, sharing our "Me-bags".  While we did begin our math series, I am so excited to jump into our 2nd grade curriculum next week during our first whole week together. 

Mark your calendars!  

Open house is next week.  Please join us on Thursday, September 13th from 6:30-8:00!  In addition, the Book Fair will be open for shopping.  The flyer is in today's take home folder.

Classroom Management System

I use a token economy in my classroom where students earn money for completing tasks, following directions, being kind, taking care of materials, etc...Each week they will "pay" for Game Day and every other week, they can spend their money shopping at our school store. This encourages them to learn how to earn and count coins, as well as, how to be responsible citizens in our classroom.
Should someone need reminders for following our classroom procedures, the following procedure is..

First reminder: Gentle reminder, eye contact, positive reinforcement for someone nearby who is following the routine, etc...

Second reminder: Student will be asked to pay money (the more money lost during the week results in a deficit for paying for Gameday, thus, student may owe time.)
Third reminder:  Student will be asked to sit out and use a think sheet to reflect upon what they should be doing

Fourth reminder:  Parent will be notified to discuss ways to encourage cooperation and loss of free time during game day

Please let me know if you have any questions about our class management system.


"Playing with Numbers Topic"

Foundations for Addition and Subtraction Within 20

Lesson 1: Make number bonds of ten.

Number Bond

Lesson 2: Make number bonds through ten with a
subtraction focus and apply to one-step word problems.

Social Studies

We began the year with a unit on Civics. We talked about what makes a good "responsible" citizen. We read two different stories that talk about rules and laws (Rolly and Shiver, Gobble and Snore) and watched a video about our Constitution. The children learned that citizens have certain rights and responsibilities, and need to know how to problem solve. We then connected the importance of laws to our classroom rules. You should have seen the School Pledge "contract" that came home in the folder. Have your child share the movements the class made to go with this pledge! We will continue to revisit "Character Building" through other stories this year.


We are working on updating our homework procedures this year.  I will be introducing "Un-homework" where students will have choices throughout the week and can earn tickets in the classroom for rewards at the end of the week.  Stay tuned as I begin to roll that out next week.  

However, two items that are always on the "at-home" list are reading for 15 minutes per day, as well as, practicing math facts through flash cards and websites such as Xtramath, MobyMax, and Zearn.  We'll have passwords set up for those next week.