*I'm keeping the blog short this week!
*Be sure to scroll down to last week's post for info about lunch changes next
*On Monday, we will have "Braves Day" to kick-off our summer break. Your
child may wear Braves Attire to school.
*Please note the menu changes for next week's lunch:
Monday- Spaghetti and Meatballs with Marinara OR Buffalo or Traditional
Chicken Bites with a Roll ( instead of chicken filet sandwich) OR Chicken
Tuesday- NO CHANGES
Wednesday- Baked Potato with toppings OR Personal Pan Pizza OR Power Pack
(this is Friday’s normal menu including all the sides)
Thursday- Chicken Filet Sandwich Sack Lunch
*Thank you all so much for a wonderful Authors Tea. The kids were so proud of
their books and they really enjoyed being able to share them with all of you.
The cash was so generous of you, and I will be sure to put it to good use! I
appreciate you all, and the support and kind words you've shared with me this
year. Thank you for a terrific year!
*We look forward to seeing you at our Authors Tea on Wednesday (5/15) at 7:20
am. The front door is unlocked at 7:15, so you will not need to buzz-in. When
you come in, you'll need to grab a pre-made sticker that says “Author’s Tea”
or something to that effect- INSTEAD of signing in at the computer. You will
STILL NEED TO SHOW ID though, once you are in the school.
*In math, we continued to work on multiplication. We focused on arrays, which
are made up of rows and columns. We used manipulatives, drawings, and
repeated addition to help solve multiplication problems. On Friday, we had
free choice math activites with Mrs. Davis' class. We used all kids of
manipulatives to create arrays, we used white boards and markers to draw out
problems, we explored a few computer games, and of course- we played
*If your child is still on addition math rockets, please work on addition
facts to 20 at home. Students should be able to recall the answer quickly,
without having to add in their head, use fingers, or think for more than a
few seconds. Students who have finished addition rockets, moved on to
subtraction rockets. Some students are about to finsh their subtraction
rockes, and are moving on to multiplication rockets.
*During grammar this week, we covered 3 sorts. We worked with the au/aw
sounds, the oo/ou sound, and the scr/str/spr sound. We will continue to
move at this quicker pace for the next two weeks.
*During our reading time, we continued reading Charlotte's Web. On Thursday,
we read the second to last chapter, and we found out that Charlotte died. We
took some time to write in our journals and explain how we felt as we read
that sad chapter. We are saving our last chapter for Monday. The class has
really loved reading this book, and I think we are all a little sad it's
almost over. It just goes to show how easily we can get caught up in a good
story. I encourage you and your child to get involved in a good book together
this summer. The class discussions that have come out of this read-along have
been amazing, and I'd love for you to experience that with your child.
*In writing, we worked on writing a letter to the 3rd grade teachers. We used
a graphic organizer to answer questions like "What are you nervous
about?" "What are you excited about?" "What do you want your teacher to know
about you?" and "How do you feel about going to 3rd grade?". After organizing
our thoughts, we wrote a rough draft. Students peer edited and then completed
final drafts. Early finishers started working on a creative writing
assignment with the turtles we painted in art.
*On Monday, we visited the Chattahoochee Nature Center. The rain held off and
we had a wonderful time. During our visit, we learned about the life cycles
of animals and plants. We had an opposum demonstration, and we even got to
watch it eat grapes! We took a hike and looked for signs of plant and animal
life cycles. We were lucky enough to spot a woodpecker with a brilliant red
head, and we just happened to see a tiny (quarter-sized) turtle crossing our
path. We took some time to explore the discovery center, and walk through the
*A trip to the CNC was a great way for us to learn more about life cycles.
Later in the week, we got to see the final stage of the life cycle for our
painted lady butterflies. We watched them go from larvae (caterpillars) to
pupas (in chrysalises), and finally to butterflies. We released four of our
butterflies in the butterfly garden, and we have one more pupa still in a
chrysalis. I'm sure your child will keep you posted on the status of our last
*In the computer lab, we took the SRI reading assessment. You'll find a copy
of your child's results, as well as a list os suggested books, in your
child's report card envelope. Next week we will take the STAR reading
assessment in the computer lab.
**Upcoming Schedule Changes:
5/13 Lunch time changed (11:08-11:38)
5/16 Lunch time changed due to field day (11:43-12:13)
5/22 Early Release, lunch @10:29
5/23 Early Release, lunch in classroom @10:37
*Happy Mother's Day!
*We are now in our last month of school. This year has flown by! There are a
lot of dates to be aware of, and upcoming events, so I appreciate you
checking the blog for details!
*An e-mail was sent home earlier this week about a food drive on the 21st.
Here are more details about the food collection:
The Summer Lunches Program feeds the 1,500 Cobb County children who are
documented as homeless and those in 7 other counties around us. They hope to
serve 250,000 meals this summer. AMAZING!! You may know that there are some
children who get their only meal of the day when they come to school. Summer
break is not a carefree time for them because they do not know when or where
their next meal is coming from. MUST partners with churches, neighborhoods,
schools, summer camps, etc to fill this need. They collect food, organize
volunteers to assemble and package lunches, have volunteer decorate the lunch
bags, organize volunteers to deliver lunches (and books on Friday’s) and
even have groups that go out to provide 1 hr stay-cation activities for kids
in communities that can be a lonely and negative environment. As you can see,
there are many opportunities. The food items they try to collect include:
•Ziploc bags & Brown lunch bags
•Salty Snacks (individually wrapped)
•Sweet Snacks (individually wrapped)
•Juice Boxes (non-refrigerated)
•Fruit Snacks (applesauce, fruit cups, fruit snacks NO FRESH FRUIT at this
•Peanut Butter & Jelly (they collect Meats and Cheeses during the summer and
provide a different sandwich each day)
•Gently used Books (handed out on Fridays)
*Our Authors Tea will be on May 15th at 7:20. We invite you to come join us
for a light breakfast while we share our terrific Tritt Tiger Publishing
stories. You may stay and join us for announcements, but for those planning
to get to work, we'll finish up just after 8:00. Our room moms will contact
you and let you know what we'll need.
*Our field trip to the Chattahoochee Nature Center is on Monday. Please dress
your child for the weather that day, as this field trip includes a hike
outside. Sneakers are recommended.
*Mark your calendars:
May 10: Last day of Target
May 15: Authors Tea
May 16: Field Day (K-2 from 9-11)
May 20: Farmer Presentation and Petting zoo @ Tritt to wrap up Charlotte's Web
May 21: Food Drive/Wreck It Ralph
May 22: Early Release @12:30 (lunch 10:29-10:49)
May 23: Last Day of School, Early release @12:30 (lunch in room @10:37)
*In math, we began multiplication! We look at multiplication in terms of
repeated addition. We also draw arrays (picture representations in rows and
columns) to solve multiplication problems. Next week we will take a look at
some multiplication tricks, as well as continue to work on arrays and
*In writing, we spent the week working through the writing process with the
topic "Second Grade Memories". We look forward to sharing these writing
pieces with you at our Authors Tea.
*During reading, we continued reading Charlotte's Web. We have a few chapters
left and we are still waiting to see if Charlotte was successful in saving
Wilbur's life. We continue to examine new vocabulary words, discuss
characters' feelings and points of view, talk about character reltationships,
and make summaries and predictions.
*During grammar, we completed WTW sort #28. This was our last spelling test
for the year. However, we will continue to work through the remaining sorts
in our workbook.
*In the science lab we've been talking about life cycles.We got an up-close
look at the tadple stage of the life cycle, and hope to see the next stage of
the frog's life cycle before the year is over. In our classroom, we've been
observing the life cycle of a Painted Lady Butterfly. We recieved larvae
(caterpillars), and we watched as they changed to pupas (in a chrysalis). We
are impaitently waiting to see the last stage- butterflies! Once our
butterflies come out, we will release them into nature here at Tritt.
*Another busy week has ended! It's really hard to believe that we only have
a handful of weeks left in our school year!
*Just a reminder- If you returned your re-enrollment form and envelope,
without stamps, you will need to come to Tritt over the summer to pick up
your child's report card. If you didn't send in 4 stamps, but you would like
your child's report card mailed, please send in 4 stamps and I'll attach them
to your envelope.
*This week in math, we reviewd all of our addition and subtraction
strategies (Number Line, Base Ten Blocks, Hundreds Chart or Place Value, and
Friendly Numbers). We applied these strategies to 3-digit addition and
*In writing, we created our own super heroes and we wrote a narrative about
them. We started with graphic organizers and used them to create a super
hero. Next we began a rough draft. We peer-conferenced to get advice and
suggestions from classmates. We edited and revised, and then created final
drafts. Your children are quite creative!
*During grammar we focused on root words, prefixes, and suffixes. We enjoyed
a few video clips from BrainPop and BrainPopJr which helped explain what
prefixes and suffixes are and what their meanings are.
*Next week we will be on Words Their Way Sort #28. There will be a spelling
test on Thursday.
*During reading, we continued learning new vocabulary words from our read
aloud, Charlotte's Web. We have read through chapter 13, and we are holding
our breath to find out if Charlotte's plan will help save Wilbur's life. We
will continue to work with our new vocabulary words, discuss the friendship
between Fern and Wilbur, share our opinions for other characters like
Templeton, Avery, the Goose and Gander, the lambs, and The Zuckermans. The
second grade team has a few special activities and events planned for the end
of our Charlotte's Web unit. Details to come!
*The AR goal for April is 8 stickers. Your child has until the end of the
day on Aril 30th to meet this goal. Please encourage your child to work
towards meeting this goal so he/she can enjoy our reward.
*All Media Center books are due on May 3rd. We will be visiting the Media
Center on Monday the 29th, but I am asking for students to NOT bring the
books home. If your child has Media Center books at home, please make sure
they are returned by May 3rd.
*Please check your e-mail for the May Specials calendar.
*Next week is CRCT week. Only grades 3-5 will be taking the CRCT. Although we
are not participating in testing, we will still have a schedule change.
Please note that our lunch time will be 10:39-11:09 ALL WEEK (4/22-4/26). If
you plan on joining us for lunch next week, please be sure to come at 10:39.
*Your child has been working hard to write a free-choice story this week. The
story will be used for our Tritt Tiger Publishing books. Please look for an
informational letter (along with your child's story) in his/her blue folder
this afternoon. Please follow the step-by-step directions to type your
child's story. Please contact Sarah Regitz is you have any questions while
typing. Typed stories need to be e-mailed as an attachement to Sarah Regitz
no later than April 24th (next Wednesday), to ensure your child's book will
*This week in math, we worked with money. We counted sets of coins, made
change from a dollar, and practiced making an amount of money with the fewest
coins. We also completed problem solving questions related to money. Next
week we will work on adding and subtracting 2 3-digit numbers.
*In grammar we worked on sort #27. There will not be a sort next week.
Instead, we will talk about root words, prefixes, and suffixes.
*In writing, we worked through the writing process to write for our Tritt
Tiger Publishing books. We reviewed the different types of writing we've done
so far this school year, and students choose between realistic narrative,
unrealistic narrative, fairy tale, descriptive/informational writing. We used
graphic organizers to get our thoughts on paper. Next, we used our graphic
organizers to create rough drafts. We edited our rough drafts for mistakes,
and we revised to add detail and make sure our writing made sense. Lastly, we
created final drafts. Please see the note in your child's blue folder for
information about typing your child's story.
*During reading, we started Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. We read through
chapter 6, and we discussed vocabulary along the way. So far, we've discussed
the friendship that is building between Fern and Wilbur, we've practice
writing short summaries in our own words, and we've talked about characters'
*Our last field trip will be to the Chattahoochee Nature Center on May 6th.
If you are interested in chaperoning, please send a note to school by next
Wednesday. I can only take one parent volunteer. We will put all the names in
a hat and pick one volunteer.
*We are starting our Charlotte's Web unit this week. I have 12 copies for our
class to use, so students will be sharing books while we read. If you have a
copy at home, you may send it in for your child to use during reading time.
Please be sure to put your child's name in the book so it gets returned to
you at the end of our unit in May.
*The absolute last day for Spring Pictures to be returned is this THURSDAY
18th. Even if you don’t want to order the picture we would still like the
pictures back. Thanks!
*Field day order forms are coming home today. The deadline for order forms to
be returned is April 26th.
*Re-registration forms for the 2013-2014 school year were sent home before
the break. If you haven't already done so, please fill out the registration
form or make any necessary changes and return in the provided envelope. These
envelopes will be used to send your child's 4th quarter report card home, so
please include stamps if you would like the report card mailed to you.
(Otherwise, you'll have to come to Tritt to pick up your child's report card.)
*I hope you all have a safe and relaxing Spring Break!
*In writing we wrote a persuassive paper convincing YOU to let your child do
a certain activity over Spring Break. Be sure to read your child's work! We
used a graphic organizer to lay out our main idea, 3 reasons and supporting
details, and conclusion. Next we used the graphic organizer to begin writing
our rough drafts. We carefully edited and revised, and created final drafts.
It's amazing to see 2nd graders writing a 5 paragraph paper!
*In math we re-visited telling time. We concentrated on telling time to the
nearest 5 minutes. We focused on counting by 5s, splitting the clock into
quarters and counting on by sets of 15, and vocabulary like "quater after",
"quarter til", and "half past". Ask your shild about our hula hoop clocks!
That lesson was literally "hands-on"!
*During grammar we completed WTW sort #26. When we return from the break, we
will be on sort #27. Feel free to get some early studying done over the
*In reading, we continued working on our close reading strategies to help us
figure out what the author really wants us to know. We read several short
reading passages and completed extension activities that required students to
have a deep understanding of the overall text.
*With the new Common Core Curriculum, elementary students are expected to
recognize and understand possible career paths. The career paths we explore
in second grade are 1) Education, 2) Arts, A/V Technology, Communication, and
3) Health Sciences. We watched short video clips on these three fields and
discussed opportunities in each of these fields. Our guidance counselor,
Debbie Edwards, will expand on these videos during her next few guidance
lessons with our class.
*In the computer lab we got in the Spring spirit by exploring several
educational Spring-related games. You can access these educational games at
home by visiting Mrs. Ranasinge's Tritt Computer Lab Blog.
*On Friday, we enjoyed Arts in Educations Day. Local presenters came to Tritt
to share their special talents with our students. Our class saw a comedy
routine from the group 'Laughing Matters', listened to a percussion
performance by 'Ritmo Blue' and we were entertained by a juggler with many
talents. We also got a painting lesson from Tritt's very own Eve Wall, and we
enjoyed an interactive story from story-teller BJ Abrahms.
*We spent a lot of time focusing on group work this week. Our key words
were "cooperation", "compromise", and "flexibility". We had plenty of
opportunities to work on these skills, which help us build a strong classroom
*In writing, we worked in groups to write a creative narrative. Each student
in the group was responsible for creating details for one of the following
story elements: character, setting, problem, or solution. After developing
the story elements independently, group members came together to write one
creative narrative. We worked through the steps of the writing process as a
group, and we will finish these narratives next week.
*In math, we continued to work on measurement and data. Measurement
activities included a Gummy Worm Stretch (estimating and measuring in
centimeters and inches), and Measurement Olympics (measuring the distance of
our jumps in inches or feet, and centimeters). We also spent time working on
gathering and organizing data. We used tally charts to present a survey
question and record information. Next we organized the collected information
by displaying data points on a line plot graph.
*We integrated reading and Social Studies, and focused on Jimmy Carter
throughout the week. We used Jimmy Cater biographies, the PebbleGo website,
and a powerpoint full of pictures to gather as much information about our
39th president as we could. Our main focus was to look for reasons why Jimmy
Carter is someone we should learn about. Why is Jimmy Carter part of
Georgia's Historical Figures? What contributions made Jimmy Carter similar to
Martin Luther King Jr, Jackie Robinson, and leaders like Sequoyah and
Tomochichi? We also used close reading strategies to help us answer the
question "What does the author really want us to know?" and "What does the
author mean when she says _____?"
*In the computer lab we filled out a matrix graphic organizer as we
researched Jimmy Carter.
*On Thursday we saw a presentation by Patti Pruitt who is visually impaired.
She shared with us many of the tools and aids that help her live a normal
life. Her "gadgets" were really neat- ask your child for some examples! We
also watched a video clip about a young man with Down's Syndrome who owns his
own restaurant, and we learned about Starbuck's contributions to the visually
imparied community in Brazil (braille menu made out of coffee beans). On
Friday we saw a presentation from a company called Lekotek. Lekotek is a
library full of adapted toys that can be checked out, used at home, and
returned. The toys are great for children with disabilities, as they provide
modifications that are helpful for children with different needs. (For those
interested, the closest Lekotek is in Kennesaw, off Barrett Parkway.) All
week, we discussed our similarities and differences, and emphasized our
unique qualities, learning stlyes, and strengths and weaknesses which all
make us the individual people we are.
*In Grammar, we worked on editing (looking for spelling, punctuation, and
capitalization errors), and revising (finding places to add more detail,
asking if the writing makes sense, and improving word choice). We are looking
for ways to make our writing more interesting and descriptive to keep our
*Next week, we will work on WTW Sort #26 (r-controlled -ur, -ure, -ur_e). The
spelling assessment will be on Thursday.
*Students who met our March AR goal (8 stickers) will celebrate by eating a
picnic lunch on Monday. If your child did not meet the AR goal this month,
please encourage him/her to try to meet April's AR goal. Due to Spring Break,
the AR goal will remain the same for Arpil (8 stickers).
*Please remind your students about the menu change for next week due to Arts
in Ed Day.
-Monday will be:
Spaghetti with all the trimmings OR
Personal Pan Pizza (this would normally be served on Friday) OR
Chicken Caesar Salad
Sides are the same
-Friday Arts in Ed Day:
Chicken Filet Sandwich
Bag of Baked Chips
TTF Science and Technology Night
This Thursday, March 28th, at 6PM
Come join the TTF for the first annual Science and Technology Night!
-Participate in nearly 20 hands-on science experiments
-See what's new in the Science and Computer Labs with Mrs. Jarvis and Mrs.
-Check out the iPads in the Media Center
-Discover Edmodo with Ms. Neal and Ms. Wilson
-Grab a homework pass on your way out!
There are still plenty of spots for your student to run a science
experiments. Sign up (2nd-5th grade student + parent) for a 45 minute shift
to help other students explore through science. Find available spots at
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D48ACAD229-science, and contact Stacy
Bennett at email@example.com with any additional questions.
Have fun experimenting!
*Report Cards were sent home today, so please look for it in your child's
folder this weekend. Along with the report card, you'll find some of the
assessments from the 3rd quarter. Please look over the report card and your
child's work, and sign the signature card. PLease return the signature card
in the provided envelope. (The report card is yours to keep.) Remember that
the grades (3,2,1) your child receives are based off assessments,
observations, student-teacher conferences,and discussions. The assessments
that were sent home today are just a few of the tools I used to monitor
progress. If you have any concerns or questions, and you would like to meet,
please let me know.
*This week in math, we used our measuring skills to create a giant! We
measured pieces of butcher paper (in inches, yards, and feet) to make a giant
who turned out to be taller than our room! We also measured our feet (in
either inches or centimeters) and we cut out footprints which we used as
measuring tools. We used these foot prints to measure a given distance in our
hallway, and we compared the measurements from the inches group to the
measurements from the centimeters group. We have become very good measurers!
We also used line plots to organize data points. We will continue to work on
measurement and data next week as well.
*In reading, we began asking "What does the author want us to know?" We used
close reading strateiges to find out what the author meant, instead of just
repeating what the author said. Close reading helps with comprehension, as
students are asked to think on a deeper level to find meaning.
*In writing, we worked all week to write a piece that stated an opinion and
supported the opinion whith facts. Students worked with a partner and read
simple facts about 2 animals. Each partner was repsonsible for writing an
opinion pices that explained why his/her animal was better. This assingment
required an introductory paragraph with 5 sentences, 3 supporting detail
paragraphs (with 5 sentences each), and a conclusion paragraph with 5
sentences which explained why one animal was better than the other. You will
be amazed when you see the writing that your child was able to produce! We
are becoming FANTASTIC writers!
*In the computer lab, we used Microsoft Word to practice changing fonts, font
sizes, and font colors. (This is our 4th quarter technology standard.)
*We completed WTW sort #24 this week. We will NOT have a sort next week.
*We began learning about Jimmy Carter this week. Jimmy Carter is the last of
the historical figures we will learn about this year. We used a close reading
activity to begin learning about Jimmy Carter. We will go into more detail
with Jimmy Carter next week.
*Whew! We have finished our 3rd quarter! Can you believe we will be starting
our last quarter next week?!
*Your child might have told you about the Benchmark test we took this week.
The purpose of this test is to guide future instruction. I do not use this
test for grades, but rather to find out what our students still need to work
on. I am able to find our weaknesses, so I know how to plan upcoming lessons,
where to devote our time, and what concepts need to be reviewed.
*In writing, we finished working on our weather reports. Please look for your
child's report next week. We also finished the week with a few free writing
options related to weather. Students could choose from an opinion prompt, an
informational prompt, or a narrative prompt, and final drafts were completed
by the end of the week.
*We talked a lot about dental health this week. We read several books, and we
watched a few video clips on BrainPopJr. We talked about healthy teeth
habits, dental hygiene, and even tooth traditions around the world-
*In math, we worked on addition facts up to 20. We will be spending A LOT of
time on this throughout the 4th quarter. Your child should be able to rattle
these facts off fluently.
*During reading, we continued to work on reading through chapter books. Each
student chose a chapter book around his/her AR level and summarized each
day's reading by telling how characters respond to major events or
challenges, and by describing a character's point of view.
*In the computer lab, we took the STAR reading assessment, and then we had
time to work with the program Type To Learn, which helps improve our typing
*Thank you for the beautiful flowers and hand made cards this week! You
really know how to make a teacher feel special!
*TRITT ANNUAL ART SHOW AND FUNDRAISER
THURSDAY APRIL 4, 2013
Location: Tritt Elementary School Gym
Time: 4:00 until 7:00
The Art Show is an opportunity to see a piece of art work displayed by each
student at Tritt. The Artome Company will set up racks to transform our gym
into an art museum. Please plan to come see our students’ work. All pieces
will be matted and displayed in black frames. If you choose to purchase the
framed and matted art, the presale cost is $25.00 until March 29, 2013. You
may send a check payable to Tritt Elementary School in the attached
envelope. Please write art on the envelope and list: student name, grade and
teacher. You may pick up the framed art the night of the show. The purchase
price for the framed art will be $30.00 the night of the show, CASH or CHECK
only, no credit cards.
The funds raised directly benefit our art program. We have used money raised
in previous years to purchase quality items for our students that include,
table mats, clay slab roller, artist grade watercolor paper, pigmented
pastels and watercolors, cardboard weaving rounds for the entire third grade,
drawing pencils and more! We appreciate the support of our families at Tritt
and are so proud of all the student art work created here at Tritt!
** All art that is not purchased framed will be returned to students unframed
before the end of the year.
*Next week we will welcome our new student, Miles! Details to come.
*This week in math, we had a new set of guided math centers. This provides me
with a great opportunity to work with smaller groups of students are specific
math skills. This weeks centers were:
Center 1: Teacher-led word problems (Addition and subtraction), and geometric
Center 2: Time Bingo (reading analog and digital clocks)
Center 3: Numbernut.com (addition and subtraction mental math)
Center 4: Adding change and multiple amounts of money
Center 5: Take 100 game (using mental math strategies to reach 100)
Center 6: Measurement (following measurement directions to draw a secret
*In writing, we spent the week working through the steps of the writing
process to complete a research paper. We researched information about
different weather topics, using multiple resources (books, laptops, and we
even had a weather expert visit our class).
*During reading, we picked chapter books and read for 20-25 minutes-
uninterrupted! At the end of each reading segment, students listed the key
details from the section they read, and then wrote a brief summary of what
*During grammar, we completed WTW sort #24. We will NOT have a sort next week.
*Your child's Hero Essay went home earlier this week. Since we had 100%
participation, we earned an ice cream party. The ice cream party will be on
Monday (3/11). If your child needs an alternative treat, please send it in on
Monday the 11th.
*In the Computer Lab, we took the SRI reading assessment. Next week we will
take the STAR reading assessment. Both of these tests help me monitor reading
growth, along with individual student conferencing during reading time, and
other classroom reading assessments.
*On Monday, students who met or exceeded the AR goal, we rewarded with 30
minutes of free exploring on the i-Pads. The AR goal for March is 8 stickers.
Please check-in with your child and encouarge him/her to meet the AR goal. We
only had a small handful of students who did not meet the goal this month.
*One of our highlights this week, was visiting the Star Lab. Our science lab
teacher, Karen Jarvis, did an excellent job showing us stars and
constellations. She told us about the myths that go along with the
constellations, and helped us locate the the stars above us. Thank you to our
parent volunteers who helped out. I hope you all have a chance this summer,
to look for stars in the night sky. Your child should be able to tell you
some pretty interesting stories!
*Please work on math facts up to 20 at home with your child. One of our 4th
quarter math standards requires students to "know from memory all sums of two
one-digit numbers". We currently practice rocket math sheets at least twice a
week. We will try to complete 4 rockets per week to help increase your
child's computation. This means your child will have more rocket math sheets
to complete as homework. Please work with your child to ensure he/she can
fluenty recall math facts to 20.
*Learning Resources Materials Review 2012-2013
The Cobb County School District is offering the public an opportunity to
review textbooks and materials being considered for use in K-12 Mathematics
These materials will be available for public review from March 4th through
March 15th, 2013. Review of materials will take place at the Central
Administrative building, 514 Glover Street in Marietta during regular office
hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
*In math this week, we had guided math centers. Guided math centers allow
students to work independently, with a partner, or in a small group with me,
and we are able to focus on a variety of math standards all in one week. We
used our centers as a review of all 3rd quarter math standards.
Center 1: Teacher-led addition and subtraction
Center 2: Measurement: We used customary measurement and the metric system to
measure items around the room.
Center 3: Money: used money counting strategies as well as addition
strategies to combine the cost of given items.
Center 4: Time: Students read time related scenario cards, and drew clock
pictures to match the details on the scenario cards.
Center 5: Students used play-doh to create described shapes. Students used a
camera to take a picture of the shapes they made, and pictures will be
reviewed next week.
Center 6: Activboard flipchart: review of addition and subtraction word
problems (one and two step).
*We had integrated reading and writing this week. During our reading and
writing times, we used multiple non-fiction resources to gather information
on a given topic. Our main theme is weather and specific topics included
tornados, hurricanes, tsunamis, monsoons, thunderstorms/lightning/thunder,
snow/ice, blizzards, floods, and droughts. As we researched, we took notes.
We used books from our own Media Center as well as books from local area
libraries. We also used student laptops to explore pre-selected, kid-friendly
websites about weather. Visit the 'links' section of the blog to continue
looking at these websites with your child. As students finished collecting
information and taking notes, they compared multiple texts using a double
bubble map. Next, they began to organize their notes by creating their own
graphic organizer. Next week we will continue working on this research
project, as we work on writing a rough draft of our non-fiction research
paper. Thanks to those of you who helped us by checking books out from your
*During grammar, we completed sort #23. We will have another sort next week
*In the science lab, we began talking about stars and constellations. Next
Monday, we will visit the star lab!
*In the computer lab, we explored the website Seussville.com.
*We met with our book buddies on Wednesday, listened to Mrs. Hamiter read
Green Eggs and Ham, and we enjoyed sampling green eggs! Your child helped
his/her kindergarten book buddy complete an activity telling where we could
eat green eggs and ham. Our class has really enjoyed having younger book
buddies to look after!
*On Friday, we enjoyed Read Across America Day in our pajamas! Everyone was
comfy and cozy as we read independently, with a partner, in a small group,
and as a whole group. We enjoyed some stories from the website Storyline
Online, and we traded weather books with each other learn some facts about
other's students' topics. Not a bad way to spend the day! We ended the day
watching the original Lorax video.
*Our February AR goal was 6 stickers. Students who met the goal with have 30
minutes of i-Pad time to explore educational apps, on Monday. Please
encourage your student to work towards the meeting the goal. The amount of
students who are not meeting the goal has decreased to just 4 students.
March's AR goal will be 8 stickers. This could be 4 chapter books, or 8
picture books, or combination of picture and chapter books. Students have
ample time to read during our school day, and students should be reading a
minimum of 20 minutes every night.
*Save the date! Thursday, March 28th is TTF’s first annual Science and
Technology Night at Tritt. Come and…
•Experience Tritt students performing science experiments!
•Learn about our Ipad cart and Media Center resources you can use at home!
•See and try cool things in our Science and Computer Labs!
•Meet our Science Olympiad, Science Fair, and Robotics Teams!
•Gaze at the stars through telescopes in the Nature Nook!
•Support our students as they engage in a world of science and technology!
More information coming soon from the TTF.
*This week in math we finished working on one and two step word problems.
These word problems required students to determine which operation to use,
and included unknowns in all possible positions. We also spent a few days
reviewing units of measurement. Your child should be able to tell you a few
different units of measurement for customary measurement as well as the
*In reading, we worked in groups to practice a reader's theater. We focused
on reading with fluency and expression. We will preform our reader's theaters
*In writing, we finished working on our original fairy tales. We used graphic
organizers to organize our ideas, then we tunred our graphic organizers into
rough drafts. Next, we illustrated one scene for wach paragraph, and we
finished the project by writing each paragraph as a caption for the
illustration. Check for these fairy tales in the hallway next time you stop
*Congratulations to Carrington for being chosen to represent Tritt's Second
graders in Cobb County's writing fair!
*On Friday, we used Tritt's new iPads! We explored several math related apps,
and the iPads were a huge success. We will definietly be using them again
*In the computer lab, we continued to work with the website "Into The Book".
We continued our lesson on summarizing and looking for the main idea as well
as supporting details.
*Next Friday is Read Across America Day. We will have a school-wide Pajama
Day. (Please wear appropriate shoes.)
*We will be using weather related books (and student laptops) next week to
complete a small research project. If you would like to visit the library
this weekend and chec out some books for us to use, we would greatly
appreciate it! We have a pretty good variety from our own Media Center, and I
will be getting some extra resources from the Cherokee County Library. The
more resources the better!
*We enjoyed our field trip to the Cobb Energy Center. The ballet performance
was interesting and we were able to use our background knowledge to
understand what was happening as the dancers danced without speaking.
*In writing we began writing our own original fairy tales. We used fairy tale
elements such as a good character, an evil character, magic, a problem, a
happy ending, a trend of three, etc. to create our own original fairy tales.
We used a graphic organizer to jot down main ideas for the beginning, middle
and end, as well as charcters and setting. Then we used our graphic
organizers to begin writing rough drafts. In our rough drafts we added
details and aimed for 3-5 sentences per paragraph, and 4-6 paragrpahs for our
entire story. Next week, we will edit and revise our stories. Lastly, we will
create a "film strip illustration" to go along with our fairy tales.
*In math we apllied our addition and subtraction strategies to solve word
problems. We solved problems with unknowns in a variety of positions, and
used a variety of strategies to solve the problems. We also wrote to explain
how we solved the problems.
*In reading we practiced reading wth fluency. We used winter-themed poetry to
work on fluency and expression, and we also talked about a few public
speaking skills. We prepared to present these poems to the rest of the class
by working on eye contact, eliminating distracting movements, speaking loudly
and clearly, etc. Lastly, we created illustrations to go along with our
poetry. Students worked in partners to present the poems to the class. Many
students were able to memorize their poems, so encourage your child to share
his/her poem with you at home. Dr. Frost came to watch our presentations, and
she was very impressed with our terrific students!
*In grammar we completed Words Their Way sort #22. We will NOT have a sort
next week. (We will be working on plural nouns, possessives, and
*In the computer lab, we used a website called "Into the Book" (which you can
access under second grade weblinks on the Tritt website) to work on main
idea and summarizing.
*Next week, we will be using Tritt's new ipads during our math lesson. Things
sure have changed since I was in elementary school!
*Math night was a huge success! Thanks to those of you who came out and
encouraged your children to participate. If you were not able to make it out,
keep it in mind for next year!
Thank you for taking the time to read the blog to catch up on important info
and to stay engaged in your child's education. Your support at home is much
appreciated. Send in a note on Monday saying that you read the blog, and your
child will earn a ticket!
We have had a tough time remembering classroom rules and procedures lately.
In order to quickly get back on track I am following through on classroom
consequences and enforcing a few new consequences. Silent lunch (either at
the silent table in the cafeteria, or with me in the classroom) will be our
main consequence. A note will come home if your child has silent lunch.
Please reinforce good decision making skills at home, and talk to your child
about the choices he/she makes at school. I appreciate your help with this!
*Our field trip to the Cobb Energy Center is next Wednesday (2/13). We will
be seeing the play Cinderella. We are asking students to observe theater
ettiquette by dressing up for this field trip.
*Please remember that your child should be bringing in a decorated shoe box
to collect Valentine's on Thursday (2/14). Your child may bring in
Valentine's card for our entire class, or he/she may choose to not bring in
Valentine's cards at all. (If your child chooses to bring in Valentine's
cards, please make sure there is one for every student.)
*We are in need of dry erase markers. We use dry erase markers and white
boards almost daily, and often multiple times a day. If you would like to
donate markers, we are looking for black or blue skinny expo markers. Thanks
*In math this week, we used the number line strategy, base ten blocks
strategy, and the hundreds chart strategy to solve 2 3digit subtraction
problems. Next week we will work on Additiona and Subtraction word problems.
*In reading, we continued reading fairy tales. We looked for good and bad
characters, an element of magic, a problem, a solution, and a trend of three.
We compared different versions of Cinderella, and we compared A Chinese
version of Little Red Riding Hood, to our more farmiliar version of Little
Red Riding Hood. We will incorporate fairy tales into our writing lessons for
the next 2 weeks.
*In writing, we chose simple picture books that we thought our Kindergarten
book buddies would like. We used a book review graphic organizer to pre-
write, then we used that graphic organizer to begin a rough draft of a letter
to our book buddies, recomending the book. We edited and revised, published
final drafts, and created illustrations before delivering our work to Mrs.
Hamiter's class. This week's writing sample was a good reminder that writers
have a PURPOSE.
*In grammar, we completed Words Their Way sort #21. Next week, we will work
on Words Their Way sort #22.
*Cobb County's "Gimme 5" campaign has begun. A green information sheet was
sent home this week. If you choose to participate, please use the provided
envelope to send your money to school. If Tritt collects $750 or more, we
will receive 50% back to Tritt.
*You’re Invited and You Will Not Be Disappointed
Social Media and Digital Citizenship, Teasing, Bullying, Bystander
Strategies: What Everyone Needs to Know
Come hear an engaging, entertaining and knowledgeable presentation by a
speaker with over 25 years of experience working with young people and adults.
SPEAKER: Jeff Dess, Author of Turn Up the Music, Prevention Strategies To
Help Parents Through The Rap, Rock, Pop, And Metal Years. In 2011, he was
presented with the Honorary Founder Award in Recognition of Outstanding
Service to Children and Youth.
WHEN and WHERE: Two sessions on Tuesday March 5th
10:30 – 12:00 in room 608 (Annex building)
6:30 – 8:00 in the Media Center
Walk away with strategies and knowledge in the area of bullying prevention
and social media!!
*What a week! After 2 duck-and-covers on Wednesday, and a code red drill on
Friday, I think we are all hoping for a normal week next week!
*In between duck-and-covers and code red drills, we did mange to learn this
week! In math we used place value to compare 2 and 3 digit numbers. We used
words like greater than, less than, and equal to. Well also used addition
strategies to help us solve problems in order to compare numbers.
*In reading, we focused on Fairy Tales and read to find the moral of the
story. We read several different versions of the story of Cinderella and we
used 4 square graphic organizers to write a brief summary of the stories.
*In writing, we re-wrote our own endings to the story of Cinderella. We also
completed a free write activity to tell what our lives would be like today if
people like Martin Luther King Jr. and Jackie Robinson had not fought for
equality. Look for these writing peices to come home next week. Your children
had some excellent thoughts! We also wrote about the robots we created in
art, and we completed a parent journal entry. Please be sure to respond to
your child's parent journal. We take time to work on making our writing more
interesting for our reader and we also like to look at the letters we receive
back to check for letter writing elements. Thank you for taking the time to
respond to your child!
*During grammar, we talked about synonyms and antonyms. We watched a Brain
Pop Jr. clip to help us understand what synonyms and antonyms are. In the
computer lab we used thesaurus.com to look for synonyms for "boring" words.
We hope to how you improved word choice, now that we are comfortable looking
*Next week we will work on Words Their Way sort #21. The spelling test will
be on Thursday.
*This week in math, we reviewed the addition strategies we worked on last
quarter. Then, we used those strategies to help us add two, three, and four 2-
digit numbers (ex: 21 + 15 + 37= ). Next week, we will continue to work on
adding, and we will also use place value to compare numbers.
*In writing, we worked on writing book reviews. After reading a short picture
book, we used a four-square graphic organizer to write a summary and
recommendation. We used the website www.spaghettibookclub.org to view
examples of book reviews written by kids and for kids.
*In grammar we completed sort #20 (long and short Oo, and long and short Ii).
Next week we will talk about synonyms and antonyms. (No spelling word sort
*In reading, we began reading folk tales. We will continue to work with folk
tales next week as well.
*In Social Studies we transition from Martin Luther King Jr. to Jackie
Robinson. We focused on eqaul rights and fighting peacfully to gain equality
and freedom. We used Pebble GO for our research in the Media Center,
classroom, and computer lab. We also used biographies to create a detail web.
*In the Science Lab, Mrs. Jarvis has been teaching us about the Earth, sun,
and moon. Your child has a moon phases calendar in his/her blue folder.
Please make sure it STAYS in the blue folder as this will be an in-school and
*All of our heroes essays have been submitted to the Heroes Essay Contest.
Your child brought his/her graphic organizer and rough draft home last week,
so if you haven't seen it yet, check the blue folder. There will be one
winner per grade level, so we could have a winner in our class. Fingers
*Homework: This week seemed to be a tough week for completing and turning in
homework. Please help your child remember to complete his/her homework and
put it right back into his/her blue folder. Please only sign your child's
agenda if they have completed the homework. Thanks for your help.
*Please see the note in your child's blue folder about Valentine's Day. Your
child needs to decorate a shoebox or tissue box at home, and he/she may bring
it to school on Feb. 14th. If your child choose to write or buy valentines
cards, he/she must have one for every student in the class. Your child may
choose to NOT bring valentines cards if he/she doesn't want to, but each
student should have a decorated box to collect the valentines card he/she
*Students should dress appropriately for the weather. Please send your child
to school with coats during the cold weather. Students will be going
outside if weather permits and should have coats for that outside time. Let
your child know that they need to have a coat in order to go out during our
cold weather. Here is the district policy: “When the outside temperature or
wind chill factor is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below, school staff should take
students outside no longer than 15 minutes. Students should wear appropriate
*Our Tritt administration has recorded their first “Principals’ PAW Press”,
which is a video located on the Tritt website. This is an additional
communication tool that we hope is helpful. Please take the time to view it!
*Our class participated in this year's Hero Essay contest. We worked through
the steps of the writing process this week, and completed final drafts of our
Hero Essays. I sent home the contest entry form on Thursday. Your child
should have asked you to fill this out for homework on Thursday. I did not
receive some of the forms back, so please turn them in on Tuesday. Each class
with 100% participation will receive an ice cream party. (Optional: send in a
picture of your child's hero. I need pictures by Tuesday.) I will send rough
drafts home on Friday so you can see what your child wrote.
*In math, we began working on telling time to the nearest 5 minutes. We
discussed the hour hand, minute hand, counting hours by 1s, counting minutes
by 5s, how many seconds are in a minute, how many minutes are in an hour,
etc. We will continue to work on telling time.
*We also worked on counting coins during math this week. We look for coins
that we can put together to make counting on easier (add 2 nickels together
so we can count by tens, add quarters together becasue 25, 50, and 75 are
benchmark numbers, and so on). We also look for coin combinations that make
numbers which are easy to work with (if we have 1 quarter, 2 dimes and 1
nickel, we add the dimes and nickel to make 25 cents, which equals a quarter
and combined with the first quarter we get 50 cents).
*We will have another Words Their Way sort next week. The sort will be #20,
and the spelling assessment will be on Thursday. PLEASE make sure your child
is practicing the words at home throughout the week. We practice the words at
school, but your child should be practicing at home as well. Remember, if
your child scores less than 80%, he/she will have to re-take the assessment
the following week.
*We integrated social studies into our reading time this week. We used Pebble
Go and biographies to learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. Students partner
read the biographies and then used a detail web to record new facts we
learned. We also completed a graphic organizer activity with Pebble Go
research in the computer lab. We also listened to a portion of Martin Luther
King, Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech.
*We used Brain Pop Jr. to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. and we used
i-Respond to take a quiz to check for understanding.
*We also worked on reading with fluency during our reading time. We practiced
reading picture books and we focused on changing our voices for different
characters. After we spent time practicing, we met with partners and
practiced reading aloud in front of an audience.
*Remember: No School Monday (MLK Day)
*We had a great first week back to school after the break! Our class seems to
be well rested and ready to jump back into the swing of things.
*Report cards are coming home today (Friday), so please look for it in your
chil'd blue folder. Once you have looked over the report card, please sign
the white signature card and return it in the provided envelope. Do not seal
the envelope. The report card is yours to keep at home. You will also see a
few math work samples in the blue folder as well. I used those assessments
along with my observations of student work to come up with grades.If you ahve
any questions or concerns regarding your child's report card or overall
progress, please feel free to contact me for a conference.
*Please remember, Six Flags Read to Succeed logs need to be returned by
Wednesday, January 16th.
*In math, we reviewed plane shapes (like circles, squares, rectangles,
triangles, pentagons, hexagons, trapezoids, and quadralaterals). We also
talked about angles, lines, and sides. Next we added solid shapes (like
spheres, cones, rectangluar prisms, cubes, pyramids, and cylindars). New
vocabulary includes edges, faces, and vertices.
*In writing, we discussed the difference between a fact and an opinion. We
used graphic organizers and rough drafts to share our opinions about certain
topics. Our whole class will participate in the Heroes Essay Contest. We will
brainstorm on Monday, organize our thoughts into a graphic organizer on
Tuesday, create a rough draft on Wednesday and self edit and revise on
Thursday and Friday. We will submit these writing pieces into the Essay
Contest. You will need to fill out the contest entry form, which I will send
home next Thursday. More details to come...
*We also got a fresh start with our letter writing skills. We went back to
the basics and worked on writing interesting letters, full of detail. We made
sure we remembered to indent, use commas in the correct places, wrie the date
correctly and in the right place, and add a greeting and closing. I hope you
are able to see a change in your child's parent journal!
*In Grammar, we practiced using commas. We use commas when we list a series
of nouns, between the date and the year (or after the day of the week), and
in between a town and a state.
*In reading, we reviewed nonfiction text features. We used nonfiction books
to create quizzes and then students switched quizes. We also reviewed the
idea of making inferences. We use our schema and context clues to make
meaning of words or ideas we don't understand.
*In the computer lab, we used the new version of Type To Learn to practice
our typing skills. The new program is great, and our students are relly
impressing me with their skills!
*Next week we will be on sort #19 in Words Their Way. The spelling test will
be on Thursday.
*Earlier this week, a flyer came home about our Read to Succeed Program. Read
to Succeed is a free educational program sponsored by Six Flags Theme
Parks. The program encourages students in grades K through 6 to engage in
recreational reading. Students who complete six hours of recreational, non-
school-related reading are eligible to earn a free admission ticket to a
participating Six Flags Theme Park. Students must return their
completed log by JANUARY 16th.
*We will have a school-wide Pajama Day next Thursday (12/20). Please make
sure your child has appropriate schools (no slippers please). We will also
have our December AR party on Thursday, so this may not be the best day to
join us for lunch. Please encourage your child to meet our AR goal of 4
stickers for December so he/she doesn't miss out on lunch and a movie in the
*Remember, holiday tradition presentations are due next week. Your child was
assigned either Monday or Tuesday to present. I can't wait to hear about all
of your holiday traditions!
*This week, we spent a lot of time assessing. We have a few more quick math
assessments to take early next week. Your kids are doing so well, and I'm
very proud of their hardwork!
*In math, we wrapped up our lesson on Geometry. We coninuted to use the
words "thirds", halves", and "fourths" as we cut our shapes into equal parts.
We will work on Geometry again in the 3rd quarter.
*In writing, we finished researching and working on our nonfiction reports.
We also completed a few creative writing activities. Look for these to come
home next week.
*In Social Studies, we continued to talk about goods and services. We
realized that some professionals can be producers of goods AND services at
the same time.
*We finished reading Beverly Cleary's Ribsy. You can ask your child to give
you a brief beginning/middle/end summary to retell the story. We have a
pretty good collection of Beverly Cleary books in our classroom libary, so
encourage your chils to look for a new book with some of Cleary's beloved
*In the computer lab, we took the STAR reading assessment, and then we played
holiday-themed games on the computer lab blog. Your child can show you how to
access these at home.
*Thank you all for the generous gift card to Home Depot. Mr. Dean and I are
so thankful to be part of such a caring and thoughtful Tritt Family!
*Parents, I apologize for the delay in updating my blog, and for my absences
last week. My husband and I are now out of our old house, and we are
completely moved into our new house. We are surrounded by boxes, but we are
thrilled to be in the new house! My substitute complimented the class and
said they were a great group of students- I agree!
*Last week, we focused on customary measurement (inches, feet, yards) and we
also talked about equally sharing circles, triangles, squares, and
rectangles. We shared these shapes equally between 2 people (halves), 3
people (thirds), and 4 people (fourths). We will spend a little more time
this week with geometry.
*Last week we finished writing our nonfiction reports. We will be sharing our
reports this week.
*This week's Words Their Way sort is number 18. Our spelling assessment will
be on Thursday.
*We integrated science into our reading time last week. We used our science
textbooks to work on more nonfiction reading. We read about different types
of energy (heat, light, motion), and we worked in groups to take notes. We
also completed an experiement with chemical energy in the science lab today.
Please note that our Target day will be moving to FRIDAY, effective after the
Winter Break. You may contact Angela Wilson if you have any questions.
*Can you believe November is over? This school year is moving so quickly! We
have a lot going on in our schedule over the next couple weeks, so we will be
working hard to get everything in before our winter break.
*We had a few students who did not make the AR goal this month. Next month's
goal will be 4 stickers since we don't have many days in school and we have a
lot of extra activities going on.
*Our field trip to the Fire Safety Village is next Wednesday. Please make
sure your child comes to school with a jacket, since about half of the
activites are outside. If your child is bringing a lunch from home, please
make sure it is in a disposable bag/container (there will not be a place to
store thermoses, containers after we eat). We will leave Tritt at 9:00am, and
we will return at 2:00pm.
*On Wednesday, we had a Cobb County Firefighter vist our classroom to prepare
us for our field trip. She reviewed things like crawling to avoid smoke,
feeling a door before you open it, how to use your window for help, etc. Make
sure your child's bedroom window can be easily opened, and discuss a family
meeting point with your entire family.
*In math, we used our addition and subtraction strategies to help answer word
problems. We explored complex word problems styles, like missing added,
initial quantity unknown, part-part-whole, smaller quanity unknown, lareger
quantity unknown, etc. We relied on fact families and our +/- strategies, as
well as drawing pictures, to help solve the problems.
*In reading, we continued to work on nonfiction texts. We integrated Science
into our reading time, as we used our nonfiction science book to help us
learn about sources of energy (light, heat, motion).
*In writing, we used nonfiction books from the Media Center to work on a
research project. We brainstormed a list of topics we are interested in
learning more about. Then we used the resources in our Media Center to
research our topics. We will continue to work on our research project next
week as we take our notes all the way through the writing process to complete
a research final draft.
*In the computer lab, we used a link on Tritt's 2nd grade weblinks. We
explored "Into the Book". Your child can show your this link at home. It is
an interactive website that works on our reading strategies. We also
practiced accessing our AR tests from home. Your child is not able to take an
AR test at home, but he/she can check to see all the AR tests taken, scores,
levels, etc. Have your child show you this resource so you are aware of
his/her AR progress.
*We will not have a spelling test next week!
*Due to personal reasons, I will be absent a few days next week. Please make
sure all transportation notes are clear and come in the form of a note, or a
call to the school. If you have any urgent messages next week, please call
the school since I will not be at school to check my e-mail.
*I hope you all have a relaxing Thanksgiving break, filled with family, food
and football! I am very thankful for a group of terrific students, and
supportive and thoughtful parents!
*In math this week, we continued to work on subtraction strategies and we
mixed in some addition strategies as well. When we come back from the break,
we will continue to work on addition and subtraction as we read word problems.
*We focused on nonfiction texts this week in reading and writing. We used
nonfiction books from the Media Center to look for examples of nonfiction
text features (table of contents, glossary, index, captions, headings,
inserts, bold words, photographs/illustrations, etc.) We also used our
nonfiction books to find main ideas, and we added supporting details to
summarize our reading.
*We worked on sort #16 in our Words Their Way workbooks. Thank you for
encouraging your child to practice at home. Look for your child's spelling
test in their blue folder this afternoon. If your child has a note to "keep
practing" please have him/her study over the break so he/she will be prepared
for a re-test on Monday the 26th.
*In the computer lab, we used the website wordle.net. We brainstormed a list
of words related to Thanksgiving, and we created artwork with our words.
Unfortunately, we received new student computers this week, and the printer
drivers were not installed as scheduled, so we could not print. I hope your
child will have an opportunity to re-create his/her work at home so you can
print and keep thisneat piece of work.
*On Thursday, we enjoyed our last 2 GA Historical figures- James Oglethorpe
and Sequoyah. James came in his british Army red coat, and had tables full of
real artifacts for the students to look at and touch. He told us about what
it was like to live in Colonial Georgia in the mid 1700s, and he also shared
about his relationships with the Native Americans. He was FULL of fascinating
information, and he was a terrific presenter. Sequoyah also told about his
life, his interactions with the English colonists, and he shared a lot about
the Cherokee Syllabary he created. We have now seen all 4 presenters, and it
has really helped bring pur Creek and Cherokee lessons to life.
*We also had a special visitor talk to our class on Thursday. Mr.
Throckmorton (Lawson's dad) came to talk to us about Veteran's Day. He
brought several uniforms, helmets, and pictures to share with us, and talked
about where he has been and how he has helped our country. We talked about
Veteran's Day, and how we can thank the men and women who serve our country.
Special thanks to Mr. Throckmorton, all your family members who have
served our counrty, and to those men and women who still serve and protect
*In math we reviewd our addition strategies (number line, base ten blocks,
hundreds chart, and friendly numbers). We introduce a variety of strategies
so students are eqquipped with different ways to solve a problem. Your child
may still have some confusion- that is O.K.! These strategies repeat through
all 4 quarters of 2nd grade so we will continue to work on them for the rest
of the year. We also started working on subtractions strategies this week. So
far, I ahve introduced the number line strategy and the hundreds chart
strategy. We will continue to work on more subtraction strategies next week.
Just like the addition strategies, we will work on the subtraction strategies
throughout all 4 quarters.
*In writing this week, we worked through the writing process to complete an
Information piece on Mary Musgrove. We began by brainstorming all of the
facts we've learned about Mary Musgrove. Then we organized our ideas into a 4-
square graphic organizer. Next we added a few details to support our 4-square
facts. Then we created a rough draft, and finally a final draft. Can you
belive your second grader is capable of writing a 4 paragraph piece with 12
or more sentences?!?! It's amazing to see this level of writing in second
*During reading this week, we practiced a reading strategy called UNRAAVEL.
UNRAAVEL is a pneumonic device that helps us pull all of the important
information out of a reading passage so we can understand the passage and
correctly answer comprehension questions. We will continue to work on this
strategy, and students have the steps taped to their desks.
*During grammar, we used our mountain language workbooks to practice year-
*Next week our Words Their Way sort will be #16. We will practice the words
in this sort throughout the week, and we will have a spelling test on
Thursday. Your child will need to practice the spelling the words at home
throughout the week. To access the words, your child may visit Spelling City,
and search for sort #16. Here are the steps to get to Spelling City.com:
-Under the 'Reading/Language Arts' heading click Second Grade Spelling Words
-It will say "Mrs. Gentry's class", that's what you want.
-Scroll down and search for the correcet sort #
*Our AR goal for the month of November is 5 stickers. Your child may earn 1
sticker for reading a picture book and scoring an 80% or better on the AR
test, OR 2 stickers for reading a chapter book and scoring an 80% or better
on the AR test. At the end of the month, students who have met the goal may
join me in the classroom for lunch and a Magic Schhol Bus educational video.
Students who have not met the goal will eat at our regular table in the
cafeteria. I do not check AR cards throughout the month, so it is your
child's repsonsibility to keep up with the amount of stickers he/she is
*Due to testing, there will be no Target or PAWS next week (we didn't have
PAWS or Target this week either). Both will resume after the Thanksgiving
*I can't believe it is already November! We are moving right along with the
2nd quarter curriculum, and the class is doing great! Recovering from the
Halloween hype was a little tricky for some on Thursday, but with the
excitment fading and conference week over, we are ready to get back to our
regular daily routines!
*In math we spent the week working on addition strategies. These srategies
include: Number Lines, Hundreds Chart, Base Teb Blocks, and Friendly numbers.
We will continue to work on these strategies next week, and we will also
begin discussing Subtraction strategies. When helping your child with
homework, please refer to the handout I sent home on Monday. If you are
having trouble understanding the strategies, please let me know so I can
clear up any confusion! Remember, your kids are much more flexible than we
are as adults. They are doing well with this new information!
*We enjoyed a presentation form an actor who portrayed the life of Mary
Musgrove. Ask your child for 3-5 facts about Mary Musgrove.
*We had a few free writings this week. We wrote acrostic poems with Halloween
themed words. We also used the word halloween and long and short vowel
sounds/spelling patterns to see how many words we could make using the
letters in the word Halloween. We came up with 42 words!!
*Thank you all for making conference week a success! Remember, we do not have
any other scheduled conferences, but you can always contact me if you have
*Last week we met an actor who portrayed the life of Tomochichi, a Mico of
the Yamacraw tribe. Next Thursday, we will meet Mary Musgrove and James
Oglethorpe. This week, we learned as much as we could about James Oglethorpe,
and we used the facts we collected to complete an informational writing
piece. We followed these steps to complete the writing process: research,
brainstorm list of facts, 4 square graphic organizer, rough draft, final
draft. We will follow the same steps of the writing process next week while
we learn about the life of Mary Musgrove. (Our Sequoyah presenter will be on
*In grammar, we practiced many of our 2nd grade grammar standards by working
on 2 pages in our Mountain Language workbooks. Skills practiced include:
spelling, punctuation, editing, contractions, vocabulary developement,
sentence structure, alphabetical order, creative thinking, and more!
*In math, we focused on problem solving. We followed the steps of the Problem
Solving process, which are: UNDERSTAND (read the problem to find out what
operation you need to do), PLAN (write the problem you need to solve and
choose an appropriate strategy which will help you solve the problem), DO
(use the strategy you chose to complete the problem), CHECK (use words to
explain your answer and check to see if it makes sense).
Next week we will begin addition again!! Look for an info sheet in your
child's folder- on Monday- so you can aquaint yourself with our addition and
*We began reading "Ribsy" by Beverly Cleary. We will use this book for a
class read-aloud, and we will complete activites that go along with the book.
*In the computer lab, we had a free day. Students chose an activity from
Tritt's 2nd grade weblinks, and practiced skills in the content area they
*We will start spelling tests in 2 weeks. Please look fora additional details
in next week's blog.
*Have a great weekend!
*Way to go Tritt Families! You all helped Tritt earn $71,000 with your Fun
Run contributions! WOW!!! I sure hope Dr. Frost and Mrs. Patterson wear warm
pajamas when they spend the night on the roof!
*I look forward to seeing you all next week during conference week.
Conferences are back to back, so please be prompt. During our conference I
will share your child's report card, and we can talk about any concerns we
*Remember that next week we will follow the early release schedule all week.
Our "bunch" time will be from 10:29-10:49.
*In math this week, we revisited Place Value. We talked about Irregular place
value problems, which have more than 9 ones or 9 tens. We worked on
converting irregular place value problems into regular place value problems.
*During writing, we practice using a 4-square graphic organizer to organize
our thoughts. We used the 4-square for non-fiction topics, like Tomochichi,
Sequoyah, and All About Me. We practiced turning our 4-squares into 5
sentence paragraphs, and we eventually worked on adding extra detail
sentences to our writing.
*In reading, we focused on non-fiction books. We discussed that when we read
fiction we can predict by asking "What will happen next?". When we read non-
fiction, we predict by asking "What will we learn?" We used non-fiction books
to look for non-ficition features (like glossary, index, captions, table of
contents, diagrams/graphs/pictures, etc). We also used non-fiction books to
look for main ideas and key details.
*We visited the computer lab and used Kidspiration to creat an "All About Me"
graphic organizer. We also used the program Type to Learn to improve our
*Tritt's Fall Book Fair will be going on next week in the Media Center. Your
child may visit the Media Center in the mroning to purchase a book, or youmay
visit Tritt's website for more detials about the Book Fair hours.
*The Fun Run was a BLAST today! Thank you all for your generous donations,
and thanks to those of you who were able to make it out and cheer us on!
Please return any additional pledge money in your child's white envelope on
October 19th. I can't collect any money until the 19th. Thanks!
*I hope to see you at Screen on the Green tomorrow night!
*In math, we finished talking about metric units of measurement (centimeters,
and meters). We also started talking about data collection and pictogrpahs.
We will spend a little time each quarter talking about data and graphing.
*In reading, we read "The Song and Dance Man" and worked on mini projects to
retell the story.
*In writing, we wrote letters to US soldiers who will be away from their
families on Thanksgiving.
*In Social Studies, we reviewed the contributions of Sequoyah and we also
learned about Tomochichi. We will see both of these presenters during our in-
school field trip, along with James Oglethorpe and Mary Musgrove.
*In the computer lab, we took the SRI reading assessment. I will share
reading progress with you during your conference time.
*We all enjoyed our pajama day today! Thanks again for your support with out
Fun Run fundraiser. Our next collection day is Monday, October 8th. We are
hoping to get to our next goal, so we can enjoy board games, and a dance
party in the gym on Tuesday.
*In math, we practiced measuring. We focused on the metric system and
measured in centimeters. We also briefly discussed millimeters, meters, and
*This week was Public Safety Appreciation week, so we talked about how fire
fighters and police officers help our community. In writing, we wrote about
how fire fighters and police officers help us and we illustrated our our
work. We combined our work and created books, which were sent to one of our
police stations and one of our fire stations.
*In reading, we continued to work on our reading strategy "Making
*We have been learning about the three states of matter: solids, liquids, and
gases. In the computer lab, we used KidPix to show our understnading of the
three different states of matter. Look for your child's artwork in his/her
*In grammar, we worked on extending simples sentences. We used detail to make
our sentences more interesting. We also focused on categories of words that
require uppercase letters ("I" by itself, months of the year, days of the
week, beginning of every sentence, names of people and pets, names of
companies, names of brands, geographical locations, titles, holidays). We
also started working in our mountain language workbook, which covers many of
our writing conventions and grammar standards for our whole school year.
*Excellent work collecting donations for our Fun Run! We reached AND exceeded
our first goal today. We currently have $669, so we will have a pajama day
TOMORROW (10/5). If we meet our next goal on MOnday the 8th, we will earn a
dance party in the gym during specials next Tuesday!! Keep up the great work!
I look forward to reaching our next goal and earning a board game day.
*Our Tritt Fun Run has started! We had an assembly today to get the kids
pumped up, and it sure seemed to be effective! Please look for the money
collection envelope in your child's folder today. Directions for the Fun Run
can be found on the back of the collection envelope. We ask that you only
return money on the designated collection days noted on the bottom of your
collection envelope (Oct. 2, Oct. 4, Oct. 8, Oct. 10). Money that comes to
school on any day other than those designated days will be sent back home.
Our incentives for the Fun Run are as follows:
$500= Pajama Day
$1000= Board Game time
$1500= Picnic Lunch Outside
$2000= Movie and Popcorn
Remember, Tritt gets to keep 100% of the money earned. Thanks for your help!
*Picture Makeup Day is Tuesday, October 2 in the morning. If you would like
to have your child’s picture retaken, please bring in the original pictures
to turn in that day. If your child was absent or you did not get a chance to
order pictures, please ask your teacher for an order form and have your child
bring both the order form and money on that day. THEY MUST HAVE A FORM/CHECK
OR THE ORIGINAL PICTURES TO TAKE THE PHOTO. If you have any questions,
please call the front office at (770)642-5630
*Math: We continued to work on Subtraction strategies all week. Our
strategies included using base ten blocks, drawing base ten blocks, drawing a
picture, counting on or down on a number line, and using a hundreds chart.
*Writing- We spent the week finishing our third personal narrative. Wow- we
have terrific writers in our class! The 2nd and third personal narrative will
be sent home soon.
*Grammar- We worked on compound words all week. We identified compound words,
sorted compound and non-compound words, and we came up with a list of as many
compound words as we could.
*Reading- We discussed the elements we can find in a non fiction book (table
of contents, captions, bold print, index, glossary, and
pictures/diagrams/graphs). We will continue to explore non-fiction books as
we read about the life and contributions of Sequoyah.
*Social Studies- We began learning about the life and contributions of
Sequoyah. We will continue to learn about Sequoyah next week, and we will
meet "Sequoyah" during our in-school Georgia History Presenters field trip.
*Computer Lab- We continued to practice typing on keyboards with the
program "Type to Learn". We also read a book and took our first AR test
together. Students will have the opportunity to take AR tests in the
classroom starting next week. Each month, I will create a new student goal
for AR tests. October's AR goal will be 5 stickers. Students can get one
sticker for earning an 80% or better on a picture book AR test, and students
can get 2 stickers for earning 80% or better on a chapter book AR test. At
the end of the month, students who have met the goal will get to eat lunch in
the classroom with me. Please see the note in your child's folder for
directions on how to keep track of your child's progress at home.
*We met our book buddies today! Our book buddies are in Mrs. Hamiter's
Kindergarten class. We will meet once or twice a month to work with our book
*Our "Make Me a Magician" in-school field trip will be on October 1st. Thanks
again for your generous donations and 100% participation!
*We reached our goal of 25 class tickets! We will have our Pajama party next
Thursday (9/27). Your child may wear their pajamas to school, but please
make sure they are wearing proper shoes (no slippers please). We are in the
process of creating a new goal and a new reward.
*Math: We reviewed our addition strategies and practiced applying the same
strategies to subtraction. We are currently practicing subtracting two digit
numbers with the following strategies: using a hundreds chart, using base ten
blocks, drawing a picture, using fact families, and counting on/down.
*Writing: We began a new personal narrative topic, and worked through the
writing process to complete a final draft. Our personal narratives have been
excellent! We continue to receive compliments from other teachers who see our
work in the hallway. We'll continue our personal narratives next week as well.
*Reading: Our reading strategy for the week was creating mental images. We
used story books, chapter books, and audio clips to practice creating mental
images, and drawing quick pictures of our mental images.
*Grammar: We worked on Words Their Way sort #12 this week. Our focus vowel
was "u". We are really getting comfortable with the cvc, cvvc, and cvce
*Social Studies: We continued to work on our Regions of Georgia flipbook.
Please look for these flipbooks in your child's back pack today. You will
also find directions for our first at-home project. This project is due on
October 4th. We reviewed all the directions for the project and we even
visited the website that will help your child complete the project. Feel free
to use any resources that will help your child while working on this project.
We also talked about how the Creek and Cherokee Native Americans used rivers
and other bodies of water in their everday lives. We discussed how we use
rivers and other bodies of water now and we compared ourselves to the Creek
*Looking for something fun to do with your family this weekend? Check our
Mercier Apple Orchards in North Georgia. My family goes every year to pick
our own apples. (I mentioned this to the class and several students asked me
to put info on the blog.) "You-pick" season ends soon!
*WOW- Our class had 100% participation for the TTF's Donation Campaign!
Thank you for your generosity and support. Your dedication to our students'
education is another factor which helps Tritt stand out as one of the best
elementary schools around! We will have our in school "Make Me a Magician"
field trip sometime around the end of September or beginning of October.
*Math: We introduced several addition strategies which can be used to solve 2
digit additon problems. So far our strategies include: making a picture,
building the numbers with base ten blocks, and using a hundreds chart to
count on by ones and tens. Next week we will dive into subtraction as we work
with fact families and missing addends.
*Writing: We continued working through the steps of the writing process to
complete our personal narratives. The steps of the writing process include:
brainstorm list, story map, rough draft, edit and revise rough draft, publish
final copy, and illustrate. Your child's story map and rough draft will be
sent home next week, but the final draft and illustration will be displayed
on the wall outside our classroom. Take a look next time you are at Tritt!
Next week, we will continue working through the steps of the writing process
as we begin a new personal narrative topic.
*Reading: We spent the week practicing reading with fluency and expression.
We used picture books and poetry to share our fluency and expression skills
with partners and then the whole class. We will continue working on fluency
and expression all year long.
*Social Studies: We began discussing the 5 Regions of Georgia. We read about
their location, size, and other fun facts. Can your child tell you which
Region fo Georgia we live in? (The Piedmont)We used our new information to
create a flip book full of labels, pictures, and facts. We will continue to
discuss the 5 Regions of Georgia next week, and information about our first
at-home project will be sent home on Thursday.
*Rocket Math... I have been giving our students 1 minute and 30 seconds for
their rocket math timed tests. Based on the needs of the majority of the
class, I am increasing the time to 2 minutes. Many of the other second grade
teachers give 2 minutes also. When your child practices at home, feel free to
encourage them to practice in 2 minutes (or less), and after time is up
he/she may finish the rest of the problems without a time limit. The rockets
that are completed at home are not reviewed for a grade; they are just extra
*Our class is still in the lead for the TFF Donation Campaign! Thank you so
much for your financial support.
*Math: We began working on addition strategies this week. So far, our
strategies include: Commutative Property, Identity Property, Counting on,
Doubles and Doubles plus one, and Making a ten. We will continue to work on
these addition strategies next week, and we will learn about a few new
strategies as well.
*Reading: This week's reading strategy was checking for understanding by
making a connection. We made text to self connections and text to text
connections. Ask your child to tell you how we used a "Double Bubble" to make
text to text connections.(Little Red Hen, and Little Red Hen Makes a
*Writing: We began discussing the elements of a personal narrative. A
personal narrative is a story which: is realistic, happened over a short
period of time, uses "I" to tell a story, has a beginning, middle, and end,
introduces characters and setting, and is/was a special or specific event. We
organized our thoughts with a story map, then used the story map to write a
rough draft. Next week we will edit and revise our rough drafts, publish a
final draft, and illustrate.
*Grammar: We completed Words Their Way sort #11, and worked on the long o and
short o sounds.
*In the computer lab, we continued to practice typing. Remember to log your
child's minutes if he/she is typing at home! We also used the game "Give a
Dog a Bone", to help reinforce place value and hundreds charts.
*Whew! We have finished our first 3 weeks of school! I think we are finally
finding our groove, and we are really settling into our routine.
*Math: We continued to work with Place Value. We worked on different ways to
show a number (standard form, base ten blocks, Hundreds/Tens/Ones Place Value
chart, and expanded form). We took a little assessment on Friday. After
students take an assessment, I will grade it and circle the answers that are
incorrect. Students will then have a second chance to look over their papers
and they can make corrections with a prurple pen. This will help show you if
they got the concept the first time or if they needed to try again to fix
mistakes. After the second time, I will grade it as is, record the grade, and
send the paper home.
*Writing: We continued to use our cinquain poems. This week we edited,
revised, and published a final draft. These will be hanging on the wall
outside our classroom, so check them out next time you're at school! The
rough drafts were sent home earlier this week.
*Reading: Our strategies this week were: Checking for understanding by using
a story map, and using schema to make text-to-self connections.
*We began working on spelling patterns. We practiced with Words Their Way
sort #10 (long and short a).
*In the computer lab, we practied typing skills with the program type to
learn. Ask your child to show you how he/she can practice typing at home.
Remember to log your practice time on Mrs. Ranasinghe's blog- see directions
in the 8/27 post below.
*Weekend Homework: Please check your child's family journal. Respond in the
journal (on the same page, on the back, or on a new page), and return to
school with your child on Tuesday. Thanks for supporting our writing skills,
and being a great writing role model for your child.
*I hope you all enjoy the long weekend!
*We started Rocket Math this week. Rocket Math is a program we use for timed
addition and subtraction tests. We will typically take a rocket math timed
test twice a week (sometimes more, sometimes less- due to EIP and Target
schedules). Rocket math is one full sheet of paper with 80 questions. We cut
the paper in half and use the first 40 questions for our timed test at
school. I grade the top half and students who miss 3 questions or less can
more on to the next level (A-Z). Students who miss more than 3, retake the
same level until they pass with a score of 3 or less wrong. The bottom half
of the sheet will come home for homework. Please help by timing your child (1
minute and 30 seconds). Each time we do a rocket in class, we will
write "Rocket Math" in our agendas for homework. Rockets should be returned
the next day so I can review them.
*SCHOOL PICTURE DAY is this Friday, August 31, 2012. We are excited to be
using School Pictures of Georgia again as our vendor this year. Keep an eye
out for Picture Order Forms coming home with your child. This is a fantastic
fundraiser for our school. All students will be photographed for the
yearbook (regardless of a purchase) so be sure to send your child to school
with their smiles.
*From the Computer Lab:
The English Language Arts Common Core curriculum adopted by the state of
Georgia includes a keyboarding component across all grade levels. Your child
will be practicing keyboarding/typing in the Computer Lab for a minimum of 10
minutes per computer class. However, to be truly fluent typists, I suggest
additional reinforcement at home. My recommendation is 10-15 minutes of
typing practice two or more times per week.
This link to my blog offers several different sites to choose from:
To log your child’s practice as homework, please fill out the form on this
Students in each grade level with the most practice time logged will receive
an award at the end of each quarter.
These links can also be found on the Specials Webpage on the Tritt Website.
Thank you so much for your support in enriching your child’s typing skills at
Computer Lab Instructor
Tritt Elementary School
*Please make sure your child is wearing appropriate shoes to school. We
STRONGLY encourage your child to wear closed toe shoes to school everday.
*Our room moms are working on setting up a Parent Reader volunteer sign up. I
know you all are eager to get in the classroom, so look for more information
*If your child is in Target, please be aware that on Wednesday, Target lunch
is at 10:28-10:58.
*Reading: We began to work on reading strategies such as "Back-up and Re-
read", "Check for Understanding by asking questions", and Tune into
*Math: We worked on palce value (hundreds, tens, and ones).
*Writing: We discussed why writers write, and what writers write. We compared
a loaded hamburger to a detailed piece of writing. We began to work on
descriptive writing by reading Cinquain Poems, and making our own Cinquain
*We visited the Computer Lab twice to take two different reading assessments.
*We visited the Media Center for orientation and we started checking out
*Fall Picture Day is next Friday (August 31st). Picture order forms were sent
home today, however we did not receive enough. If your child does not have a
Picture order form in their blue folder today, we are hoping to receive more
on Monday and we will send the form home ASAP next week.
*Announcing TTF Classroom Contest Prize for 2012-13
This year's TTF Annual Fund Classroom Contest winners will attend a "Make Me
a Magician" magic show by Imagine That! Magic tricks are performed to
exhibit science phenomena to Tritt students. The contest is based on
participation in the 2012-2013 Annual Fund. Please visit the TTF website to
make online donations or print a form and send in a check or pledge today!
Contest ends on Friday, September 14, 2012. http://www.trittfoundation.com
*NO STUDENT DROP-OFFS BEFORE 7:15 A.M.
Please note that there are NO STUDENT DROP-OFFS BEFORE 7:15 a.m.
Tritt administration, teachers, & staff have great concern for the safety
of all of our students and we request that no child be left at the school
before the building opens at 7:15 a.m.
*For an update on activities and events at Tritt please look at the PTA and
TTF Blogs regularly, thanks!
PTA Blog: http://tritt.typepad.com/thursdaymemo/
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