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January, 2018
Dear Parents and Students, 
     In this season of snow days, illness, holidays, etc., please do your best to keep your child reading at home.  It is very important to keep that consistent especially when the weather prevents us from being in the classroom.  Thanks so much for your continued suppport.
     In math, we are working on adding three digit numbers with and without regrouping.  Students really need to know their addition facts up to 9 + 9 fluently.  Fluently means that it is automatic.  Given an addition fact, students can name the sum within 3 seconds - no counting on their fingers or calculating in their heads.  Keep working on those at home (and the subtraction facts too!)
   In Reading, we are main ideas and supporting details.  The main idea is often the first or topic sentence of the paragraph or selections.  Many students are struggling to differentiate between the main idea and the topic.  The topic is what the passage is about.  For example, dolphins is a topic.  The main idea is written in the form of a sentence.  Dolphins are fast learners is the main idea.  The details are the sentences that show dolphins are fast learners.  Dolphins learn to obey hand signals within a few days is a detail sentence that supports the main idea that dolphins are fast learners.  This is a comprehension strategy used mostly when reading nonfiction.  We are going to continue to practice this skill.
     In language arts, we are studying irregular plural nouns such as child - children; mouse - mice; person - people, etc.   Students will have a quiz over this toward the end of the week of January 15.  I am working on getting the spelling lists on the website so everyone will have access to them from home.  Hopefully, that will be done by the week of January 22.  I am excited to announce a combination science and language arts project.  Over the next couple of weeks, we will be studying dinosaurs and extinct species that lived in and around Ohio.  Students will be taking notes over their chosen extinct creature and will be writing an informational report on their extinct animal.  The students will then be participating in a "Zoo of Extinction" where they will display the information they learned about their species as well as pictures in a tri-fold board.  Parents will be invited in for this awesome activity.  More details will follow at a later date!  
     If you have any questions, and/or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.  You can e-mail me anytime at, send me a message on Remind, or call me at (330)673-8581. I am available from 8:30 - 8:45 most mornings and from 9:15-9:45 or after school (but I believe the office closes at 4:00).  

Thanks for sharing your children with me. :)

Hope Morrison
2nd grade teacher
Field Local Schools | 2900 Door #5, State Route 43 | Mogadore, OH 44260 | Phone: 330.673.2659 | Fax: 330.673.0270
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