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Second Grade 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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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Good evening! I trust this finds you well and that you enjoyed the week. I know we sure did in GATE classes!

Please schedule a parent/teacher conference with your child's classroom teacher. I will review the second grade schedules and attend all conference appointments to the best of my ability.

Students are working hard on grade-level standards, while at the same time studying logic and other enrichment opportunities appropriate for high-ability thinkers.

GATE readers were delighted to complete their first Caldecott Medal reading response. Many submitted their assignment early, so we've enjoyed them slowly over the last few weeks. Remember, the second response is due on Monday, November 2. The menu of response options is in the front pocket of your child's iPad binder. The responses provide your child an opportunity to apply creativity and research skills. I love seeing my students so excited about reading! Hugo Cabret is definitely one of our favorites!

GATE math students spent considerable time practicing double-digit addition with regrouping. I believe their second trimester objectives test reflects how much they've learned! This test will come home for your review next week. If your child needs review, please refer to the posters in the GATE math section of your child's iPad binder. Helpful rhymes are there.... if there's more on the floor, go next door -- and borrow ten more!

Have a great weekend!

Todd Hall School
3925 W. Lunt Avenue
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
[Ph] 847-675-8235 | [Fax] 847-675-9378


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