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Spelling Schedule

Your child will bring home a collection of spelling words each week. The words and spelling rules are introduced in class each Monday. Each night of the week, GATE readers are expected to complete an activity. Please complete all spelling activities in your child's spelling spiral. Weekly words are found in the bag attached to the spiral. Spelling spirals are due every Friday. 

Here is our weekly schedule....

  • Monday (word sort): Ask your child to sort the words into categories, just like we did in school. Your child should read each word aloud during the sort. Ask your child to explain why the words are sorted in a particular way -- what does the sort reveal about spelling in general? Record observations in your spelling spiral. Then, ask your child to sort the words a second time as fast as possible.
  • Tuesday (blind sort): Do a blind sort with your child. Lay down a word from each category as a header and then read the rest of the words aloud, one at a time. Your child must indicate the word's category without seeing it. Lay down the word and let your child move it if he/she is wrong. Repeat if your child makes more than one error.
  • Wednesday (word hunt): Look for words in a book that have the same sound, pattern, or both. Try to find two or three words for each category. Record the words in your spelling spiral.
  • Thursday (writing sort): Do a writing sort. As you call out the words in random order, your child should write them in categories. Call out any words your child misspells a second or third time. Complete this activity in your spelling spiral.
  • Friday: Return spelling spirals to school!

Welcome to Grade Two Project GATE!

Project GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) classes provide a differentiated, academically appropriate learning environment where high-ability children can maximize their potential in reading and mathematics. Project GATE curriculum includes reading and math instruction as well as thinking skills curricular studies, including:

  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving
  • Global awareness
  • Work habits
  • Social and emotional skills

Please contact me for more information about second grade GATE reading and GATE math classes, as well as enrichment opportunities for kindergarten and first grade students.

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Friday News

It was wonderful to see so many of you at curriculum night last evening! If you were unable to attend, please review the handouts in your child's home folder today. 

We had a wonderful week in Project GATE classes. Here are a few highlights from our week...

Project GATE Math Class:

  • GATE math students completed unit one instruction from our Everyday Math program. I reviewed just a few skills that students needed to practice, including telling time to the five-minute mark and place value concepts. This week's lessons were enriched with deeper thinking, including a partner game of Top-It with eight-digit numbers! 
  • We began our first thinking skills unit of the year -- logic! Logic is the study of reasoning; where one uses clues to arrive at a single correct answer. Students will complete four logic assignments this trimester, which they will do independently during math class. They loved our first assignment (Logic Links). Here's one for you to try... 
  • Use one red, one green, and one white chip. The blue chip and the green chip do not touch. The blue chip is directly on the left of the white chip. (These do get quite difficult. Children are off to a fantastic start.)
  • We begin unit two next week! As I said last night, we will move quickly through material. I will teach skills students have not yet mastered and skip or briefly review others. 

Project GATE Reading Class:

  • The highlight of our week was using Sonic Pics (an iPad app) to create slideshows of standard RL.2.6 -- understand the point of view of different characters. They selected a major event in the Great Books story The Happy Lion and then picked two characters in the scene. Students described how the characters responded differently in the situation. Enjoy the pictures below. :)
  • Please review spelling spiral directions and weekly instructions. I posted them at the top of this blog. Spelling spirals are due every Friday.
  • Our language focus was standard L.2.2a -- to recognize and capitalize proper nouns.
  • Other literacy goals/instruction for the week included using illustrations to understand story elements and identifying story sequence.

Have a wonderful weekend! Thank you again for attending curriculum night!


Todd Hall School
3925 W. Lunt Avenue
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
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