Room Seven Super Stars SPARKS OF INFORMATION FROM MRS. KELLETT

April NEWSLETTER 2017

Mr. Kellett and Mr. Groen installed two bat houses with the help of Alex, Erynna, Jake, Cornor, a couple of little brothers and Cuthie.

All second grade students and family members are invited to participate in installing two bat houses in the North Stoneridge park behind Coral and Limestone. This will be taking place at 11:00 this Saturday, April 29th as a part of the neighborhood Earth Day celebration. Hope to see you there!

The two lucky second grade winners of the bat houses. 🦇 🏠 Our entire neighborhood will be healthier and our summer vacation will be a lot less buggy!

The Room Seven Superstars rocked and rolled their sound unit. I hope everyone was able to view their child's SeeSaw sound presentation/elvaluation and the demonstration of their homemade instruments. On Friday, we will be celebrating with our second grade friends in an outside concert extraordinaire.

Way to ROCK OUT, Superstars!

Our science journals will be going home on Monday so that the students can share what they have learned about sound with their families. Just like before please take the time with your child to reflect on what they have learned and write "two stars and a wish."

We will be starting our new science unit on balance and motion on Wednesday, 05/03.

In math we are working on adding three-digit numbers up to 1,000. An example: 377+733= 🔲🔲🔲 lllll ll▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️➕🔲🔲🔲🔲🔲 🔲🔲 lll ▪️▪️▪️=1,110

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Take you child to work day. Can you find the four extra happy facees? My husband, two daughters and five grandchildren brought flowers and lunch up for teacher appreciation week. How lucky I am to have students I love , a job I enjoy and a terrific family!
Small group math instruction working on adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers.
Musical mini men making marvelous melodies.
A few of our musical ladies performing on their home made instruments.

Friday is the day of our joint second grade homemade instrument band concert (hopefully it will be outside to better accommodate all of the noise... I mean music). 🎶i

Second grade Superstars speak for the trees and celebrate Earth Day. ♻️
Boomwacker Concerts🎼

Next Wednesday, I will be assessing the kiddos using the SeeSaw application. The students will fill out an outline to use and then choosing either their instruments or only of the many instruments that I have in the classroom they will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of sound. The "BIG IDEAS " to be addressed are ; pitch, volume, sound waves, silence, and vibrations.

🦇Every Wass second grader signed the five bat houses made from recycled materials from the set of Batman vs Superman movie filmed in Detroit. The houses and the bat assembly we had in the fall were both paid for through a grant I wrote from the Troy Foundation for Educational Excellence. These houses are now being donated to the Wass community. They are being offered first to the parents of second graders and then to the community at large . The homeowner would be responsible for the installation. The houses can be attached directly to your house or on a 4x4x10 post. Each house comes with a certificate of authenticity and can accommodate up to 100 mama and baby bats. Each bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in 'an hour so having a bat house at your house is a great way to have a bug free backyard without repellents. Let me know if you are interested in having an awesome bat house. 🦇
Check out SeeSaw for some of our boomwacker concerts.
Poetry on Parade
Hear, Think, Wonder

O4/13 We took our Unit 5 math test today; the main concepts taught were reading and representing data on pictographs and bar graphs and telling time in five minute increments. Monday the students will graph their tests scores, measure their growth, and revisit their goals for this unit. Then we will jump into Unit 6 where we extend our exposure and understanding of the base-ten system to include numbers up to 1,000. We will work on reading and writing the numbers up to 1,000 using base-10 numerals, number names, and expanded form. We will also learn how to add and subtract within 1,000 including solving one and two step addition and subtraction word problems. Well we have a challenging yet exciting unit ahead!

Homemade Musical Instruments

Your child should've brought home a blue sheet of directions on making a homemade musical instrument out of things that you would find around your house. This project is due back on Monday, April 24, however, it can be handed in at anytime. To come up with ideas, I simply Googled homemade instrument and there were plenty of inexpensive and easy ideas. I also emailed home a list of website links for fun videos on sound and also some videos on how to make instruments at home. This should be a fun and easy project to showcase your CHILD ' S knowledge of the basic concepts regarding sound. Your child needs to be able to demonstrate on his/her instrument how volume and pitch can be changed. Also it should reflect your child's thought, planning and best work. Look for demonstrations and concerts to be broadcasted in the next few weeks on SeeSaw.

04/10 We started our poetry unit this week in both Reader's and Writer's Workshop. The students will be bringing home a variety of poetry over the next few weeks. Poetry is the only genre written specially to be read out loud. Please LISTEN to your child read a poem or two each night. Poetry is a type of literature, or artistic writing, that attempts to stir a reader's imagination or emotions. The poet does this by carefully choosing and arranging language for its meaning, sound, and rhythm. Some poems, such as nursery rhymes, are simple and humorous.

In math, we are finishing Unit 5 focusing on data and graphing and writing and telling time. The test will be on THursday, 04/13 and a review will be sent home on TUESDAY and due back on Wednesday, 04/12. Graphs are drawings that show mathematical information with lines, shapes, and colors. Graphs are also known as charts. People use graphs to compare amounts of things or other numbers. Graphs are useful because they can be easier to understand than numbers and words alone.

YouTube video on telling time to five minutes; copy and paste the following link in a new window. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=k-sFP_8F_LU

A VERTICAL BAR GRAPH
Picture or Pitograph
Paws the Detroit Tiger read with the Wass Wolves

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