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Aug-9-2011 By Pam Schulz

2012-2013 School Year – HHSEP

2nd Grade – Week 1 2012-2013

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SECOND SEMESTER

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Daily Edit – Level A Answer Key

Daily Edit – Level A

Second Grade – Writing Round Up 1 copy

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2012-2013 School Year – HHSEP

2nd Grade – Week 1 2012-2013

2nd Grade – Week 2 2012-2013

2nd Grade – Week 3 2012-2013

 

 

2011-2012 School Year

This document outlines the content covered by quarter for those students attending the Houston Home School Enrichment Program, HHSEP.

2011-2012 – Second Semester

1/31/12

Class Overview: This week our focus will be on “editing” the Compare and Contrast Paragraphs we wrote last week. I provided the students with an editing “checklist” which helps a young writer check for mechanical issues along the lines of:  Do all of my sentences start with a capital letter? Do all my sentences end with punctuation? etc.

Assignment: Please go over each item on the checklist with your child checking “yes” or “no” for each question. Help your child “revise” his/her rough draft. Make the corrections on the rough draft. I will let it be your call if you want to have your child rewrite the paragraphs. I have found over the years, “editing” is one of the toughest parts of the writing process for young writers. Once they get it down on paper, in their minds, it’s “carved in stone.” Pushing the editing/rewriting process too hard at an early stage can help instill a distaste for writing that is often difficult to let go of later on. I am fine with second graders turning in revised rough drafts as their final product. But, it is up to you.

Please staple both paragraphs with the completed checklist as the last page. (Note: I only sent home one copy of the checklist. Please use it as a guide for both paragraphs.) Please have your child return his/her stapled paragraphs and checklist to class on Tuesday.

1/24/12 -

Class Overview: This week our focus will be on the basic construction of Compare and Contrast Paragraphs. Last week the students were asked to identify at least three ways that Christmas and Valentine’s Day are alike and 3 ways Christmas and Valentine’s Day are different. We will be using their ideas to write a Comparison paragraph and a Contrast paragraph. In class we will use the “hamburger analogy” to introduce the basic structure. Please see the “hamburger handout” for reference. The top of the bun represents the Topic Sentence of the paragraph. The 3 supporting details are the “meaty” issues. And, the bottom of the bun represents the closing or summarizing sentence.

Assignment: The students were given in class a framework for the Compare Paragraph and a framework for the Contrast Paragraph. The students need to “fill in the blanks” on both sheets with information they came up with last week about the ways Christmas and Valentine’s Day are alike and different.

The students need to turn these frameworks into rough draft paragraphs. They need to write a 5 sentence Compare paragraph and a 5 sentence Contrast paragraph. You may help your child write this if handwriting is an issue. They may be typed if you choose.

Please send both rough draft paragraphs back to class next week.

 

 

WEEK 1 – GETTING STARTED

Class Overview: This week we will getting to know each other and establishing routines. There is no assignment for this week! The “Making Connections” sheet in the binders is “For Fun Only!” It does not have to be returned to class.

Assignment: No Assignment this week.

 

WEEK 2 – NOUNS

A. Class Overview: This week we will be learning about common nouns. A noun is a person, place or thing. In class we will be learning about nouns and sorting pictures of fall nouns. Fall Nouns 1
Fall Nouns 2

B. Assignment: Complete Noun Collection Page

The students are asked to circle the nouns in 5 sentences. The students are also asked to cut out from a magazine or draw

  • 3 different pictures showing a person/people
  • 3 different pictures showing a place
  • 3 different pictures showing a thing

Please have your child glue each picture on a 3″ x 5″ notecard. We will be using the students’ pictures in class next week.

 

WEEKS 3 and 4 – ADJECTIVES

A. Class Overview: This week we will explore adjectives. Adjectives are words that describe nouns. Adjectives answer one or more of the following questions regarding the noun:

  1. What kind is it?
    Example – My dog chewed on my fuzzy slipper.
    What kind of
    slipper?
    My fuzzy slipper
  2. How many are there?
    Example – Six kids jumped into the pool.
         How many kids jumped into the pool?
         Six kids
  3. Which one it it?
    Example – I like the chocolate cake.
    Which cake do I like?
    The chocolate cake


In class we will do the following things:

1. Complete Second Grade – Writing Round Up 1 and Second Grade – Writing Round Up 2.

2. Read the story, The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. After hearing the story, the students will be asked to circle on Second Grade – The Little Mouse sheet all of the adjectives the authors use to describe the nouns: mouse, strawberry and bear.

3. We will brainstorm in class a list of words to describe a leaf by filling in the blank in the sentence:
I like the __________ leaf.

4. The students will be given two handouts: Second Grade – Adjectives – leaf pattern and Second Grade – adjectives for leaves They students will be asked to cut out the leaf pattern and the two columns of adjectives. The students will also cut along the dotted lines on the leaf. The students will form one long column of adjectives by taping together the two shorter columns of adjectives. The students will thread the long adjective column under and over through the leaf pattern. Using the different adjectives, the students will be asked to read the sentence I like the ________ leaf.

B. Homework Assignment:
Download two copies of the writing framework I like Leaves.  The students should complete a “Sloppy Copy” (rough draft) on one of the two sheets. Help your child edit for spelling and then complete the final draft (good copy) on the second copy of the writing framework, I Like Leaves.

Return the final draft (good copy) to school next week.

 

Weeks 5 and 6

A. Class Overview: We will share our I Like Leaves poem in class. We will explore verbs.  Verbs are action words.

B. Homework Assignment:
Complete Second Grade – Writing Round Up 3

 

Week 7

A. Class Overview: We will begin exploring The Four Types of Sentences: Declarative (makes a statement) Interrogative (asks a question) , Imperative (makes a request or gives a command)  and Exclamatory (expresses strong feeling).

B. Homework Assignment:
Complete Second Grade – Writing Round Up 4

 

Week 8

A. Class Overview: We will continue exploring The Four Types of Sentences: Declarative (makes a statement) Interrogative (asks a question) , Imperative (makes a request or gives a command)  and Exclamatory (expresses strong feeling).

B. Homework Assignment:
Cut out each of the 12 sentences on the “4 Type of Sentences” chart. Decide which type of the 4 types of sentence each example represents. Glue each sentence under the correct heading on the The Four Types of Sentences Chart for Gluing Examples

  1. May G Said,

    Excellent outline! Thank you.

  2. Rene Arrowood Said,

    will all the assignments for this quarter be posted soon so we can print them all at once vs having to log in each week?

    Thanks,
    Rene Arrowood

  3. Pam Schulz Said,

    Because there is no textbook for second grade, I am having to build the second grade course from scratch on a week-by-week basis. I hope to get to the point where I can post at least the assignments at least a week or two ahead. I know it must be frustrating to have to log on each week. I apologize for the inconvenience this causes. Thank you for your patience. – PES

  4. Beth Gleason Said,

    Geoffrey missed last week and is still congested so I’m not sure he’ll be there tomorrow but what’s the work due for October 18th?

  5. Pam Schulz Said,

    I hope Geoffrey feels better soon! We’ll be introducing the four types of sentences in class on 10/18. I will post the material early this week. Thanks!

  6. Rene Arrowood Said,

    Pam, I’m sorry to have to ask whether the second graders have homework or not, but I am. Today is 5/1/12. I checked your website and see no assignments there. Thank you.

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