Mrs. Buti's dog, Bullet, would like to wish his "MANE" pals in 2B a Happy Halloween. He has so much "PRIDE" in our class. (Get my two jokes?) Enjoy!
We have an exciting day planned for tomorrow. Here are the details:
We encourage your child to wear as much of their costume as they can and still be able to participate in regular school activities. We also encourage wearing clothes that will fit under their costumes so pulling costumes on in the afternoon will be easy.
Math with Pumpkins from 10:20-11:20. Counting, Estimating, Weighing! I'm still looking for 1-2 more parents to help!
We will parade the old-school route around St. John's, Elm, North Parking Lot. See Dr. Grable's newsletter for the map. Parade begins at 1:50. Look for our 2-Buti banner!
We will party after the parade, about 2:15-3:00ish. Thanks to the room moms for planning games and food.
I'm looking forward to an awesome day tomorrow! Email me if you have any questions!
There is a field trip form coming home today that needs to be signed and returned TOMORROW. I'm sorry for how last-minute this is. We are walking to Highland Park High School tomorrow to see a Halloween Concert. Please check your child's folder, and as always, email me if you have any questions/concerns.
&Today we sorted these words/pictures. Below are how each group sorted them. Last week we studied cm/m. This week we are studying in/ft. We continue to ESTIMATE, then MEASURE objects around the room. Feel free to continue the conversation at home!
One of our transition songs is "Alphabet of Nations" which sparked a discussion today about what a "nation" is. All of the nations in the song, EXCEPT ONE, are real countries. Try to figure out which one!
We had a really wonderful day, in general, with lots of impromptu lessons, harmonious independent work times and group activities. Sometimes I love when technology doesn't work and we have to go out to the courtyard for our Social Studies lesson on the compass rose! (Pictures to come!) While rereading Chris Van Allsburg's The Widow's Broom for vocab, we had an random lesson about "foreshadowing." A bit advanced stuff, but really fun to point out when the kids were do into the "trick ending" of the book. We also began exploring Collective Nouns with a picture and word sort. I have also taught the kids the correct way to speak of themselves and another person. In our classroom, they are now expected to say "Mrs. Buti and I...." instead of "Me and Mrs. Buti....". Feel free to enforce this at home to reinforce the correct grammar!
Each week we study new vocabulary from one of our read-aloud books. Here's our weekly routine of activities:
Read Aloud- students listen for INTERESTING or IMPORTANT words and jot them down. They share with me, and I select 8 words.
Discuss & Define- I reread the sentence with the word, they use the context to discuss what they think the word means, then I look up the definition on Learner's Dictionary to see if their prediction was right. We use these definitions to compose our vocab sheet.
Illustrations- the kids draw pictures to go with the definitions. This allows them to make a visual connection to each word.
We started our measurement unit this week. After learning about the size of a meter during our game Meter Madness, we had a measurement challenge: estimate how many meters long the classroom is. Tomorrow we will find the actual measurement. Here are some pictures of the students working together to estimate the length.
Let's show our support for the Cubbies as they play the Mets at Wrigley tonight and tomorrow. Wear your Cubs gear or Blue and White tomorrow (Wed)!
As part of our Halloween festivities on Friday, October 30th, we will be doing “Pumpkin Math” on the morning of Halloween. We will measure, weigh, count, estimate, and graph various characteristics of our pumpkins. I am interested in getting 5 parent helpers for this activity. It will take place from 10:20-11:20. Plus, if each helper could bring a pumpkin, a knife, and a spoon for scooping, it would be greatly appreciated. If you are unable to help but would like to donate a pumpkin feel free to send it to school at any time. If you are interested and available please get back to me as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support! I am looking forward to working together. Happy Halloween!
A reminder about Homework:
Dec 17-Jan 2- Winter Break