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Ms. Monheiser

Ms. Monheiser's Classroom

November 13th-17th

Last week we finished up our unit on Westward Expansion and took our assessment on Friday. Test will be coming home this week. Students really enjoyed playing Oregon Trail here is the link if they would like to play at home: Oregon Trail Classic Game
We will be starting Immigration after Thanksgiving and it is one of my favorite units.  Students will explore how their ancestors got to America, why they may have come here and what their lives and journey to America were like.       
Conferences are coming up and I am looking forward to checking in with each of you. Our class has been working so hard and I have seen unbelievable growth with each passing week.  Thank you for all you do at home to support their learning!  Here is the link to sign up if you ave not: November Conference Sign Up
  • The end of the trimester is November tenth.  Conferences will be held November 16th and 17th.     
  • Please check your child's planner and green homework folder each night  both will be found in their green binder.  
  • Please check your child's reading and math teacher's website for updates in their reading and math class.

Important Information

  • Library is on Wednesday.  Please help your child to remember to return checked out books by Wednesday.
  • Please check your child's homework folder each night and initial that they have read for 20 minutes.  
  • Please help your child leave their toys at home.
  • Please feel free to email me with questions you may still have This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • As the temperatures drop, please make sure your student is prepared to go outside and play. We go out if it is above 20 degrees!
  • We are a nut-free classroom
  • Please bring a healthy snack and a water bottle each day. 


  • Book Fair is November 13th-17th in the AVA library.
  • No School November 16th and 17th.  Thanksgiving breaking is November 16th-26th.
  • Conferences November 16th & 17th.
  • We are still collecting box tops if you would like to send them in.
  • Spirit Days are coming to AVA.  On Spirit Days students can wear spirit wear provided by the Foundation along with the rest of the uniform.  These items include t-shirts with the official AVA Wolf/logo.  For example, on a Spirit Day, a student may wear a T-shirt purchased through the foundation along with an approved pair of shorts, pants, skirt....  Other Spirit Wear includes t-shirts or sweatshirts purchased while playing an AVA sport at or an AVA Field Day shirt.  Spirit days at AVA will be on the following dates:

 Friday, December 8

Friday, January 12

Friday, February 9

Friday, March 9

Friday, April 13

Friday, May 11

 13  Mon PE









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Daily Schedule Room 224

Arrival: 8:15-8:30

Specials (CAMP): 8:30-9:20

Reading: 9:25-10:15

Grammar (Library on Wednesday): 10:20-10:50

 Recess/Snack: 10:50-11:05

 I-ready/Intervention: 11:10-11:35

 Writing: 11:35 – 12:05

 Core Knowledge/ Literature: 12:05-12:20

 Lunch/Recess: 12:20- 1:00

Math: 1:15-2:15 

 History/Science: 2:15-2:45

  History/Science: 2:45-3:15

 Pack-up/Launch: 3:15-3:30


Shurley Grammar

 Chapter 6

  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Nouns & Verbs
  • 5 Parts of the complete sentence
  • Article Adjective
  • Declarative Senteces
  • Subject
  • Predicate



  • Explantory: How to
  • Personal Narrative
  • Retells


We will be reviewing concepts and skills taught the last few weeks.  Reading some good books and doing some Dibels progress monitoring.  There will not be any spelling this week.

Chapter  Week   

Essential Question: 


Comprehension strategy: 
Comprehension skill: 
Vocabulary strategy: 
Spelling Pattern: 
High-Frequency Words: 
Homework: Read 20 minutes each night.

Please continue reading at home for twenty minutes with your child.  Parents can read too. :) Reading practice is so much more fun for children when it is a shared experience.  The more interest you model in reading the more they will enjoy it and want to do it!  The more they read the better readers they will become!


Chapter 4 Addition and Subtraction Word problems 

Big Idea:

  • Children apply the part whole concept in addition and subtraction problems using bar models.
  • Children use strategies such as adding on and taking away sets to solve problems.
  • Children compare sets.
  • Children apply strategies to solve real world, two step problems.

Homework: No homeowork this week.


Introduction to Immigration.  In this unit students will explore and learn:

  •  What is an immigrant?
  • Why do people leave their home countries to make a new home in America?
  • What is it like to be a newcomer in America?
  • What hardships have immigrants faced?
  • What opportunities have they found?
  • America perceived as a “land of opportunity”
  •  The meaning of “e pluribus unum” (a national motto you can see on the back of coins)
  •  Ellis Island and the significance of the Statue of Liberty •
  • Millions of newcomers to America Large populations of immigrants settle in major cities (such as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Cleveland, Boston, San Francisco) 
  • The idea of citizenship.
  • What it means to be a citizen of a nation American citizens have certain rights and responsibilities (for example, voting, eligible to hold public office, paying taxes)
  • Becoming an American citizen (by birth, naturalization)



 The Human Body beginning with Cells:

All living things are made up of cells, too small to be seen without a microscope.

  • Cells make up tissues.
  • Tissues make up organ
  • Organs work in systems.



  • No Spelling
  • No math homework.
  • Enjoy a good book or two each night. :)


AVA 2nd Grade Curriculum Map

 This will give you a quick snapshot of what we will be doing for core knowledge through out the year.   

AVA Curriculum Map Literature History Science Writing  Character
Aug/Sept Talk Iktomi Stories, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Bed in Summer
War of 1812 
Map Terms
Continents and Oceans
Summer (Seasons)
 Review conventions of paragraph writing (including spelling, grammar & usage)  Respect
October  Tall Tales, Bufflao Dusk, Windy Nights  Westward Expansion         Rocky Mountains and Appalachian Mountians  
Simple Machines/
Personal Narrative
– How to …

The Emperor's New Clothes,                

The Fisherman and His Wife,          

Something Told The Wild Geese,     Rudolph is Tired of the City

Mississippi River 
Great Lakes    
 Cells  Retelling and Summarizing  Empowerment
December  A Christmas Carol, T'Was the Night Before Christmas, Lincoln, Harriet Tubman  Civil War  Digestive System/ Excretory System   Health Bios  Responding to Literature  Sharing
January  How the Camel Got It's Hump        Seashell  
Civil Rights
North America
 Digestive System/Winter  Persuasive Writing  Patience
February  Greek Myths, Smart, Limericks  Ancient Greece  NA/ Heavy History Month Poetry   Excellence
March  Blind Men and the Elephant,              Tiger, Brahaman, and Jakal         Discovery, Windy Nights  
Ancient India
Central and South America
 Water Cycle  Compare  Compassion
Magic Pain brush, Charlotte's Web, 
Hurt No Living Thing
 Ancient China  Life Cycles/ Spring  Contrast  Spring

 Tongue Cut Sparrow,

El Pajro Cu            Bee! I'm Epecting You           Caterpillars

 Japan Today  Insects  Information Summary  Respect


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