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Ms. Grant Grade 2

Scholastic News
March and April 2019

March 4th - 8th

Reading Objective: Children will examine evidence and form an opinion about whether a real animal inspired Dr. Seuss to write The Lorax. 
ELA Focus: author study 
ELA Skills: key details, compare/contrast, main idea, vocabulary, automaticity, text evidence, persuasive writing 
Page 4 Skill: Read a timeline 
Vocabulary: inspired, acacias, writer’s block, gum

March 11th - March 15th

Reading Objective: Children will examine the accomplishments of Katherine Johnson and analyze her character traits. 
Social Studies Focus: Women’s History Month 
ELA Skills: key details, cause and effect, text features, vocabulary, writing 
Page 4 Skill: Read a chart 
Vocabulary: curious, NASA, mathematician, confident, calculate

March 18th - March 21st

Reading Objective: Children will interpret the story of a real Irish immigrant’s historic journey to America and retell its key details. 
Social Studies Focus: history, immigrants 
ELA Skills: vocabulary, key details, main idea, writing 
Page 4 Skill: key details, nonfiction text features 
Vocabulary: steamship, steerage, harbor, torch, Ellis Island, descendants

March 25th - March 29th

Reading Objective: Children will examine the scientific reasons behind a wild type of weather. 
Science Focus: extreme weather 
ELA Skills: key details, cause and effect, compare/contrast, nonfiction text features, vocabulary, automaticity, writing 
Page 4 Skill: Read a flowchart 
Vocabulary: ancient, waterspouts, tornadoes

April 1st - April 5th

Reading Objective: Children will identify, compare, and contrast the parts of colorful plants and the jobs they do. 
Science Focus: plants 
ELA Skills: key details, compare/contrast, vocabulary 
Page 4 Skill: read and complete a diagram 
Vocabulary: bark, sheds, trunk, roots, absorb, stem

April 8th - April 12th

Reading Objective: Children will analyze how a school for baby orangutans is helping these endangered animals.
Science/Social Studies Focus: endangered animals 
ELA Skills: cause and effect, key details, sequencing, compare /contrast, vocabulary, writing 
Page 4 Skill: read a chart 
Vocabulary: orangutan, endangered, nursery, independent, flanges

April 15th - April 19th

Reading Objective: Children will identify the causes and effects of a garbage strike, as well as evaluate the importance of sanitation workers in our communities. 
Social Studies Focuses: trash, economics 
ELA Skills: key details, cause and effect, vocabulary, nonfiction writing Page 4 Skill: Read a diagram 
Vocabulary: sanitation, landfill, strike, compost, recycle, communities

April 29th - May 3rd

Reading Objective: Children will examine and evaluate an innovative application of recycling to solve a community problem. 
Science and Social Studies Focuses: recycling, Earth Day 
ELA Skills: cause and effect, key details, text evidence, vocabulary, automaticity, writing 
Page 4 Skill: read a chart Vocabulary: recycle, edible, mold, community


What We’re Learning

March 25th - 29th 

Reading Street : Unit 5 week 1

Big Question:   Why should we be responsible for doing a good job?

Main Selection: Fire Fighter!

Spelling -














Writing:  Complete sentences

Math: double digit addition (without 

regrouping),basic fact fluency in addition and subtraction, value of a set of coins, key terms in addition word problems, odd and even

Reading Logs:

In an effort to promote reading and family involvement, our school will continue implementing Reading Logs for students in Pre K- Grade 5.  Each student will receive a sheet to track the amount of reading done at home.  We are encouraging 20 minutes of reading, 4 nights a week.  This includes students reading or parents reading to the student.  It is our hope that reading for 20 minutes a night will become a standard in your home.

I will include a reading log in the folder every Friday.

Thanks J

Reading Logs :  I will collect the reading log on Friday morning of each week.

Folders: I will send home folders on a nightly basis. Homework will be sent home on Tuesday and would like it back by Thursday of each week.  

Parents use this code to submit their Scholastic Book Clubs Orders to you online.

Class Code


Building a sense of safe and respectful classroom community includes simple group activities that help the children get to know each other better.  Guided discovery is a method by which areas of the room or classroom materials are introduced slowly and deliberately to the whole class. 

In a responsive classroom setting, teachers see mistakes (in academics and in behavior) as important steps in learning. They encourage students to learn from their mistakes and “try again.” They offer support and reteach as needed. At the same time, teachers provide clear expectations for behavior and stop misbehavior quickly so that students can focus on learning.

Important Dates

Thursday, March 21st

Early Release at noon

Thursday, March 22nd

No School

Please use the envelope provided to send in payment for meals and extra milk purchased from the cafeteria.

*You should make all checks out to Colebrook Elementary School.

*Snack is an important time of the day.  Please supply a nutritious snack for your child to enjoy each day.  We have both an AM and PM snack each day.

**Our school collects aluminum tabs from cans.  The funds generated from recycling these aluminum tabs help offset the expenses of the Ronald McDonald House of Durham.

*We also collect box tops.  Please check out the website for further information.




Physical Ed. (Gym)








Physical Ed. (Gym)













Each week when I send home the newsletter I will include the main meal menu for the following week.

Each day the choices are:

Lunch Menu

March 25th - 29th

Monday: Burger

Tuesday: Chicken and Cheese Quesadilla

Wednesday: Pizza

Thursday: Spaghetti

Friday: Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Tomato Soup

Deli Sandwich (Ham, Turkey, or Sunbutter & Jelly)

Parfait (yogurt w/fruit)

Chef Salad

Cold Lunch (from home)

Milk is an option during PM snack each day.

Prices are as follows:

Lunch (k-5) -$2.55 

Snack Milk- $.50

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