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About Miss Lyons

Hello and welcome to 2nd grade! I am so happy to be your teacher! We are going to have a phenomenal year full of learning and fun!

I was born in Houston and moved to Bryan, TX when I was two. My family has lived in the same house since then! I graduated from Texas A&M with a bachelor in Education in 2012, and then began my teaching career in Snook, TX. This will be my 6th year teaching. My first year I taught 3rd grade English/Language Arts and Reading, and Social Studies. My second year I taught 2nd grade, self contained. My third,  fourth and fifth year I taught 1st grade, self contained, here at Timber Creek. I have loved all three grades and am so excited to be back in 2nd grade again! I am looking forward to another wonderful year in Tomball, and a wonderful second grade year!

When I am not teaching, or planning awesome things for us to do at school, I am with my family or at church. I am the music director at my church, Faith Tabernacle. I enjoy reading a good book, playing the piano, shopping and spending time with my family and friends! Oh, and you will probably catch me at Starbucks during any free time I have! :)
 

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Timber Creek Math and Science Night is THIS THURSDAY, February 22nd!!

Please download a free QR Reader to your smart device to “FAST PASS” possible lines at the estimation stations and sign in! 

There will be several opportunities to enter to win PRIZES and the class with the highest attendance will win a PIZZA PARTY! 

We are cannot wait for all the fun on Thursday night from 5 pm-7pm! 

Week of February 19th

Welcome back! Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend!
 
This Thursday is Math and Science night at Timber Creek. Come with your family and enjoy some fun STEM activities from 5:00-7:00pm. Be sure to stop by the second grade pod for a treat for all second graders who attend. The class that has the most participation will also earn a pizza party.
 
This week we are learning:
Reading: We will dig deeper into our comprehension of fiction stories by focusing on different fiction series books that we read. We will discuss things that we may see in series books such as a reoccurring setting or characters. 
Writing:We will continue to work on persuasive writing. We will write a letter to convince Mrs. Thompson to allow us to do something. We will work on facts that will convince her to do what we are asking. We will also discuss apostrophes to show possession.
Math: We will learn how to measure area by counting square units. We will learn how to measure using a broken ruler. Then, we will begin to learn how to measure time. Our fact test this week will be mixed review. 
Science: We will continue to learn about the water cycle and weather. We will take a test over this unit on Thursday. To study, please use the review attached to the bottom of this page. Then, we will begin to study objects in the sky.
Social Studies: We will discuss the importance of timelines and then we will move on to a unit to on historical figures. 
 
 
 
The Gifted & Talented parent recommendation window for spring testing is now open for students in grades 1 - 5. If interested in testing, please pick up a permission form & parent survey from the front office or send your request for permission forms to sherisims@tomballisd.net. Deadline for receiving recommendations is March 9th. Please contact Ms. Sims with questions. Test results will be available in late May. 

Dear Parents—

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Thanks for making our community heart healthy!

A Message about GT...

The Gifted & Talented parent recommendation window for spring testing is now open for students in grades 1 - 5. If interested in testing, please pick up a permission form & parent survey from the front office or send your request for permission forms to sherisims@tomballisd.net.  Deadline for receiving recommendations is March 9th.  Please contact Ms. Sims with questions. Test results will be available in late May.

Week of February 12th

Happy Monday! It's going to be a fun week this week! 
 
Wednesday is Valentine's day. We will pass out Valentine's day cards before the party. If you plan to send cards, please make sure you send one for every child. We have 19 students in our class. You can address them "To my friend." Also, because some of you have asked, we have 8 girls and 11 boys. The party will be from 2:30-3:30. See you then!
 
On Wednesday, our school is participating in a ONE DAY ONLY canned food drive. Our goal is for every student and staff member to bring in one canned food item. Please send this in on Wednesday. Thanks! 
 
The 100th day of school is on Thursday. Please remember to make your 100 day shirt! I can't wait to see how creative you can be! We have a lot of fun activities planned for the day. 
 
Due to the shortened week, our spelling test will be on Thursday. Homework will also be due on Thursday. 
 
There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, February 16 and Monday, February 19.
 
This week we are learning:
Reading: We will continue to learn about author's purpose this week. We will explore different genres- fiction, non-fiction, and literary non-fiction. 
Writing: We will explore fact and opinion as we develop our persuasive papers. We will review prepositions.
Math: We will continue to work on measuring length. We will take a mid-point assessment this Wednesday. The assessment will cover estimating length, choosing the best unit for measurement, and a review of 3 digit addition and subtraction through problem solve. To review for the test, please complete the review that is attached to the bottom of this page and the homework page. 
Science: We will continue to study the water cycle. The new vocabulary words that we need to know are precipitation, collection (accumulation), evaporation, condensation, water vapor, and dew. 
Social Studies: We will use the pictures that were collected last week to create our own personal timeline for a major grade. 
 
Have a great week!

Just a few reminders of this week...

Valentine's day is quickly approaching. We will be exchanging valentine's in the classroom with each other. If you chose to send in valentines, please make sure you send in one for every child. We have 19 students in our classroom.  We will have a Valentine's day party on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 2:30-3:30. Parents are invited to attend. I can't wait to see you there!
 
Thursday, February 15 is our 100th day of school. The second grade teachers have planned a fun day for everyone and we are really excited! We will have a shirt decorating contest that day as well. See the message below. I hope everyone participates in this fun activity! 

100th day of School

Thursday, February 15, 2018 we will celebrate the 100th day of school. Students can design a t-shirt using 100 of something. The “100 things” can be painted on the shirt, pinned or attached in any way. Some suggestions are attaching 100 buttons, sponge painting 100 stars, or 100 thumbprints. Use your imagination! All students who participate in the contest will receive something special - one boy winner and one girl winner from our class will be chosen as an overall winner and receive a free ice cream at lunch.

 
 
Friday, February 16 and Monday, February 19 there is NO SCHOOL due to staff development. 

Week of February 5th

Happy Monday! I hope that you had a great weekend!
 

100th day of School

Thursday, February 15, 2018 we will celebrate the 100th day of school. Students can design a t-shirt using 100 of something. The “100 things” can be painted on the shirt, pinned or attached in any way. Some suggestions are attaching 100 buttons, sponge painting 100 stars, or 100 thumbprints. Use your imagination! All students who participate in the contest will receive something special - one boy winner and one girl winner from our class will be chosen as an overall winner and receive a free ice cream at lunch.

Valentine's day is quickly approaching. We will be exchanging valentine's in the classroom with each other. If you chose to send in valentines, please make sure you send in one for every child. We have 19 students in our classroom.  We will have a Valentine's day party on February 14, 2018 from 2:30-3:30. Parents are invited to attend. I can't wait to see you there!

Keep reading your Ivan books and don't forget to log them on your sheet for the free six flags ticket that went home last week in Wednesday folders. You're already reading, you might as well get a free ticket out of it!! 

 

This week we are learning:

Reading: We will learn about author's purpose. We will practice identifying the reason author's write stories. We will explore different types of books written for different reasons. 
Writing: We will begin a unit on persuasive writing. We will practice writing stories that persuade our audience of our point of view. 
Math: We will being a new unit on measurement. We will practice measuring using rulers, meter sticks, and yard sticks. New vocabulary: inches, centimeters, feet, meters, yards, and estimate. Our fact test will be a review of facts covered this year. 
Science: We will learn about the water cycle this week. New vocabulary: evaporation, condensation, precipitation, accumulation (collection). 
Social Studies: We will continue to learn about timelines this week. We will focus on creating a timeline for Amelia Earhart. Pictures for our personal timelines are due on Friday. 
 
Have a great week!

Poem Practice

Just a reminder that we will be performing our poems tomorrow in class!
 
They will be graded on the following:
 
Reads poem with accuracy (words are correct)
Reads poem with fluency
Reads poem with expression (voice fluctuates, shows punctuation)
 
This doesn't have to be memorized, just fluent! :)
 

To practice for our science test, here is a review game to play. https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/6d4d314b-583c-404e-8006-a32344145e55
You will need two devices to play. Click the link for one of the devices. On the other device, go to https://kahoot.it/ Your child will use the code on the first device to play. The students know how to login and are almost experts. The game is a competition of who can answer the questions correctly and quickly. Try to get the whole family involved!

Please encourage your child to read you their poem out loud at home. We will perform them on Friday for a daily grade. Students do not need to have these memorized but fluency is part of the grade.

Valentine's day is quickly approaching. We will be exchanging valentine's in the classroom with each other. If you chose to send in valentines, please make sure you send in one for every child. We have 19 students in our classroom. We will have a Valentine's day party on February 14, 2018 from 2:30-3:30. Parents are invited to attend. I can't wait to see you there!

Progress reports are coming home in Wednesday folders. Please sign and return them.

I also have a classroom supply request. If you are able, we are looking for a package of paper plates and a package of manila file folders. The simplest ones will be great! We will be using them in class next week. Thank you again for all of your help and support!

Week of January 29th

Math facts- the math facts are becoming more challenging. I want to encourage you to practice these at home. First in math has a fantastic game called Very Important Facts (VIF) to practice facts. The game teaches you about the facts before being able to play the game. 
 
This week we are learning: 
Reading: We will continue to learn about poetry. We will discuss the mood and tone of poems. We will continue to identify rhyme, rhythm, repetition, and sensory images in poetry. We will take our poetry assessment on Thursday. Students will perform their poem for the class on Friday. Keep practicing at home! 
Writing: We will also continue to write poems during writing. We will collect all of the different poems that we've created for a major grade. 
Math: We will work on 3 digit addition and subtraction with regrouping this week. We will have our test on Friday. Please complete the math page sent home as a review. Our fact test this week will be a review. 
Science: We will work on natural resources again this week. We will have a test that will cover salt water/fresh water, rocks, and natural vs. man made resources. I will send a review home later in the week.  
Social Studies: We will learn about timelines this week. We will practice reading them and creating them. Please look at the timeline paper sent home in homework folder.
 

Poem practice

As you know, we are studying poetry for reading and writing. To support our learning, there is a poem in your child's homework folder. Later this week I will ask them to read their poem to the class. They do not have to memorize the poem but I would like them to be able to read it fluently. Please practice their poem nightly and make sure to keep it in their homework folder as we will also practice in class. 
 
Thank you for being the most supportive parents!

Week of January 22nd

On Wednesday, we will begin our Texas Reads One Book for this year. If you remember, last year we read The Lemonade War as a campus. This year, we will read The One and Only Ivan. Your family will get a copy of the book and a calendar to keep pace. I want to encourage you to read this book with your family. Look for your book and calendar to come home on Wednesday.  
 
Thank you for helping out with the Culture project at home. The students began their summaries today and will begin their posters tomorrow. They are excited to share their knowledge with their peers. 
 
This week we are learning:
Reading: We will work on poetry again this week. We will identify rhyme, rhythm, and repetition in different poems. 
Writing: We will continue to write our own poems. We will focus on Diamante, Cinquain, and Haiku poems. 
Math: We will review 3 digit addition with regrouping. Then, we will work on 3 digit subtraction with regrouping. We will continue to practice using strategies to solve these types of problems. Our fact test this week will review the last two weeks- doubles, using 10, and using doubles. 
Science: We will review freshwater and saltwater. We will learn about natural and man-made resources. We will practice identifying items as natural or mad-made. 
Social studies: We will write our summary and create our poster for our Culture/Traditions project. We will present our projects on Friday.
 
Have a great week!

It sure has been an interesting start to 2018! I'm happy we are back to school today. I hope that you enjoyed this unexpected time off with your family! 
 
On Friday, a note was sent home explaining a Cultural Traditions project for social studies. I hope you had time to read over that paper and begin the research at home. We will continue this project as planned. Please make sure your child has the pictures/research finished and at school NO LATER than Monday, January 22. You may send it in as soon as you are ready. We will keep it safe at school until we work on the project on Monday. Please note that students must write their paper and create their poster in class. Thank you for participating in this project at home!
 
We will postpone our weekly spelling test until next week.
 
All students will have P.E. on Thursday and Friday this week. Please make sure students wear tennis shoes. Thanks! 
 
This week we are learning:
Reading: We will begin a unit on poetry. We will learn about rhyme, rhythm, and repetition in poems. We will practice creating mental images as we read different poems. 
Writing: We will learn about different types of poems and create our own poems. We will practice creating poems with rhyming words. 
Math: We will continue to practice adding three digit numbers. We will take last week's fact test on Thursday. That test will cover using doubles. We will take this week's fact test on Friday. It will cover using 10 to add. This means that students can use their facts to make 10 to solve a problem. If the problem is 9+2=?, I know that 9+1=10 so one more is 11. 
Science:  We will continue to discuss saltwater and freshwater. We will identify where we can find saltwater and freshwater. 
Social Studies: We will discuss how families have changed over time. We will discuss the importance of communities celebrating different cultural holidays.