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Spot the Difference! See if you can find all the revisions we made to really Make a Difference in our writing! We added text features like pictures and labels, a chart, and a caption. We added a tip and a definition to our writing. We also tried to catch the reader's attention with a snazzy heading and introduction. We included a few other revisions all for one purpose: to Make a Difference for the reader! This week's challenge: bring in two more revisions for this chapter! There's a fun prize! :) Happy Revising!

Read-a-Thon fundraiser and Change for a Change service project

Hello Parents,

Thank you for continuing to read for our Read-a-Thon fundraiser!  I'm happy to sign off on 5 boxes per week to represent the reading we do in the classroom.

 Another great project on which the students are working is "Change for a Change."  Your students will notice PAWS helpers collecting change during arrival in the morning.  The change donated will go to buy books for our partner school in Uganda.  We'll be investigating these books as a class to learn about different facets of African culture as well.  

Dear Armstrong Families,

The Armstrong Reads FIESTA kicks off TODAY! Please look for the envelope and the informational brochure in your child's backpack today that explains how to participate, and encourage your child to start reading tonight! Prizes are earned both for reading and fundraising!!! Be sure to save the envelope that comes with your brochure, as your child will need it on April 10th when they turn in their monies and carnival tee shirt sizes!


Armstrong will be celebrating World Down Syndrome Day on Tuesday, March 21st.  This day is observed annually to help raise awareness of what Down Syndrome is, what it means to have Down Syndrome, and how people with Down Syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.


At Armstrong, we are encouraging all students and staff to participate by wearing CRAZY SOCKS on March 21st. Whether short or tall, colored or patterned, the idea is to wear a pair that will grab the attention of others so you can tell them all about WDSD.
Here's a video we'll watch tomorrow in class: 

Summarizing with Somebody Wanted But So Then

Click on the link in the post below to view a graphic organizer that will help with summarizing fiction books. We've been studying this during the week and it's been fun to see our comprehension growing. One of the best parts about this visual is that it forces the reader to think about events in order, what the character really wants (inferences!), the character traits, solution vs. resolution, and much more!
Submit a summary of a fiction book using this organizer for a Prize :)
Happy Reading!

Try out some of these with your child! These are two ways to summarize a fiction story. One is geared more towards chapter books. But both can be adapted as needed! Prizes coming for those who bring in a summary by Friday!! Thanks for helping support deep comprehension skills! Happy reading!
We had great conversations throughout the week about how to raise money for Children's and how it would impact the Pet Therapy program. It was fun to empty the change boxes together and see how much our school collected. If you forgot your box, no worries-- just bring it Monday morning to the office!
Thanks for helping support a sense of community service!
Our poets are getting ready to publish! Each poet selected goals for revising and editing. Working to improve with peer help is lots of fun! We work hard to make our great poems even better! Stay tuned to see our poetry collection!
Change for Children's! Be sure to read the letter and set up the box with your child tonight! This is such a fun community service project benefiting the Pet Therapy Program at Children's Health. We are striving to have the students come up with creative ways to collect change. Today in our morning meeting, we took a few minutes to brainstorm how to raise money. Be sure to bring the boxes back to school Friday, February 24th! We'll get to pour our collection into the change bucket together! Thanks for helping us build a sense of community service at Armstrong!
Author David Adler came to speak to the 2nd graders today, and we had a blast! He was funny, engaging, and very informative. Mr. Adler told us about how he finds ideas, gets something down on paper, revises it, and how a story gets picked for publication. While he taught us many important things today, one of the most important lessons was to have fun! He says he "plays" with words all day, finding the right ones that help get his story across to others. He made us laugh and think a lot! Thanks to HP Arts for supporting our writers by bringing such an awesome author to speak to us!