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Weekly Update May 10, 2019

Hello Everyone!

We had a great week this week! We celebrated our ice cream party on Tuesday as our class won from donating so many cans for the Canned Food Drive. Way to go!

As we are approaching our final weeks as a second grade class, please read below for important information.

Yearbooks are complete and ready for order. Please let me know right away if you would like to purchase one so that we may add it to the order!

Book Reports are due Thursday, May 16th. Students MUST memorize their poem in entirety by this time. They will be presenting on the library stage in front of their class, and then presenting their work on their hand written poem.

Monday, May 20th is our End of Year Party, happening from 2-3PM. All are welcome to join the party!

Thursday, May 23rd we are meeting for our final Book Buddy activity. We’ve had a great year with Mrs. Schneider’s class, and I know the kids have loved being the “big” book buddy this year 🙂

Language Arts: We are continuing on our book study. The kids are doing great with their first book study and I’m proud of their hard work. They will have a vocabulary test the last week of school, Wednesday, May 22nd. Their vocabulary sheets will go home for them to study.

Math: The class did a FANTASTIC job on their fractions and probability test. We are moving on to multiplication and so far the kids really seem to grasp the concept. We will be continuing to work on their facts throughout the rest of the year.

Science: We are moving on to investigation three with our sound unit. The kids are really enjoying discovering how sound can travel through liquids, solids, and gas!

History: I will send home study guides for our last history unit on Monday, May 13th our test will be Friday, May 17th. The kids have been working hard on creating a poster of the civil right’s leader they admire most. As you also may have noticed, we completed our classroom mural of Rosa Parks. The class was very proud of their hard work, as am I 🙂

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Weekly Update April 22, 2019

Hello Everyone,

Testing is over! Wohoo. Hooray!

The kids did a fantastic job over the course of seven days and I’m proud of their hard work and focus.

Important Notes:
Book Reports are due Thursday, May 16, 2019
They must have their poem memorized by this date as we will be reciting poems in front of the class on the Library stage. They will also need to have their poem hand written- cursive is permitted- along with a picture detailing their poem.

We are finishing up some fun activities this week and will be moving onto our first book study starting next week. This is to get them prepared for third grade, which is just around the corner! We will be reading How to Eat Fried Worms. We will be reading this book together as a class. Typically, I will read aloud to them while they follow along. I may assign a chapter for them to read themselves, however, we will have a class discussion once it is completed.

There will be two spelling list throughout our book study, and some additional homework pages that correlate with the book. After each section, we will take a “mini-quiz” followed up by some fun journal questions about the book. We will wrap up our unit with a day of eating “worms” in dirt dessert 🙂

History: We are currently working on a Rosa Parks mural as we learn about important Civil Rights Leaders.

Science: We are moving on to our final unit of sound and vibration.

Math: We will be finishing our 10 unit with a tentative test date set for May 7th. This week we are working on equivalent fractions and fractions as a part of a set.

Weekly Update March 25, 2019

Hello Everyone,

Are you ready for the weekend?! We are too!

Thank you to everyone for returning report cards so promptly. We had a great third quarter as a class and I’m proud of their hard work.

Important Notes:
– Book Reports are due Friday, March 29th
– Spring Break begins Friday, March 29th with dismissal at 1. There is no afternoon treehouse. Break is from April 1-5th. School resumes Monday, April 8th
This Week:
Language Arts Reading: We will be reading an informational text called From Plant to Seed
Vocabulary Strategies: We will be working on using context
Comprehension Skills and Strategies: Text and Graphic Features and Cause and Effect
Phonics: Words with au, aw, al, o, a
Math: We are wrapping up our unit this week focusing on word problems and the calendar. Our Chapter Test will be Thursday, March 28th
History: We have begun our next unit on civil rights leaders with Susan B. Anthony.
Science: We finished our fifth investigation exploring the effects of water pollution. When we return from break we will review and have our test tentatively that Thursday.

Weekly Update March 18, 2019

Hello Everyone,
I hope you all had a wonderful Saint Patrick’s Day! We visited with our book buddies on Friday for a game of Leprechaun Bingo, and second grade did a wonderful job of helping their buddies with the game. We were also visited by some very mischievous leprechauns in our class on Monday! However, the class was quick to pick up the mess that was made in record time!

Important Notes:
– Report Card go home Thursday, March 21st. Please sign and return report cards as soon as possible
– Book Reports are due Friday, March 29th
– Spring Break begins Friday, March 29th with dismissal at 1. There is no afternoon treehouse. Break is from April 1-5th. School resumes Monday, April 8th

This Week:
Language Arts: Reading We will begin this week with a folktale, Half Chicken
Vocabulary Strategies: We will be working antonyms
Comprehension Skills and Strategies: Cause and Effect, and Point of View
Phonics: Prefixes re, un, over, pre, mis and silent consonants

Math: We have been working hard on telling time, and the class has been doing a great job so far. One thing to be aware of is making sure the hour hand is where it needs to be. For example, when the time says 1:30, our hour hand should be between the 1 and 2 and not on the 1 as we are half way to 2 o’clock. We are set up to finish chapter 7 on Thursday, March 28th with a unit test.

History: We finished our Japan unit, and took our tests on Monday. We will start our next unit on Civil Rights Leaders on Friday.

Science: We finished our fourth investigation with the water cycle. The class is doing a great job with this concept. Next week, we will begin our fifth and final investigation for the water cycle where we will explore the effects of water pollution.

Weekly Update March 11, 2019

Hello Everyone,

We had SO much fun on our trip to The Tellus Museum. The kids were able to dig up fossils, make molds of fossils, and much more. They were incredibly well behaved and participated with enthusiasm in each activity!

This Week:
Language Arts: Reading We will begin this week with a narrative fiction The Goat in the Rug
Vocabulary Strategies: We will be working on compound words
Comprehension Skills and Strategies: Conclusions and Sequence of Events
Phonics: Suffixes –y, -ly, -ful
Math: We will be wrapping up the money part of our chapter at the beginning of this week and moving onto time. We will be starting with hours, half hours, and quarter hours. Lots of practice at home in encouraged!
History: We are moving on in our Japan unit and have been discussing many technological advances that have stemmed from Japan. We will be continuing our discussion with the traditional aspects of Japan, and then getting ready for a unit test! This unit is a quick one!
Science: The kids have been working so hard on learning the components of the water cycle. We experimented with condensation and precipitation last week. This week we will be experimenting with precipitation and collection.

Parent Teacher Conferences Week

Hello Everyone,

We’ve had a great week so far in second grade. The kids are very excited about Valentine’s Day and have been working hard on their “Pieces of My Heart” writing pieces for the board. If you have a moment, please come take a look at their work inside the classroom!

Conferences Week:

Monday, February 18th- No School
Tuesday and Wednesday, February 19th and 20th- Conferences

When you arrive for your conference, please give a little wave when you arrive- this way we can keep to our scheduled conferences times as best as possible. We are booked straight, so please do your best to be prompt!

Week of Conferences:

Language Arts- We will be spending the remainder of the week working on our next bulletin board writing pieces. Stay tuned for what is to come!

Math: We finished out Geometry unit and I could not be more proud of all the hard work the kids put into this unit. They all did fantastic on their tests. We move onto Money and Time next, another somewhat tricky topic. There will be lots of hands on activities in class for them to practice with, and some additional extra credit packets going home.

Science: We will be continuing our first investigation with condensation and evaporation.

History: We wrapped up our American’s Move West Unit today. We will be launching into our next unit next week which will be Japan.

Weekly Update February 11th, 2019

Hello Everyone,
We had some great book reports that came in last week. The kids did a wonderful job presenting them and dressing up as a character in their book. We practiced a lot with speaking to the audience and not reading directly off their character wheels. February book report guidelines went home on Friday. Most have already gotten back to me with their biography choice, but students have until Friday, February 8th to get their selection to me. I will be taking out some books on Wednesday from the library or students to choose from as well. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Important Notes:
– Valentine’s Day is Thursday, February 14. We do not have a “class” party as we have done with our winter and Halloween parties, however, we will celebrate! The class will be decorating their own Valentine’s Day bags and we will do an exchange on Thursday. Please be sure to have a valentine for each child to deliver. If your child would like to bring in a small goody bag for the class they are welcome to do so!
-Conferences are February 19th and 20th. I will be sending out a SignUp Genies with available times. Please be sure to sign up right away.

This Week:
Language Arts: Reading We will begin this week with a humorous fiction The Signmaker’s Assistant.
Vocabulary Strategies: We will be working on shades of meaning
Comprehension Skills and Strategies: Text and graphic features and point of view
Phonics: Words with ar

Math: We are wrapping up our Chapter 6 unit. The kids are doing an amazing job on this very difficult unit! We are wrapping up the week with sorting figures, and ordered pairs. We will have a check progress on Monday, February 11th and a Chapter 6 Test on Tuesday, February 12th.

History: We finished up our discussion on ghost towns and cities, and will wrap up this week with the Native Americans. We will review next Monday, February 11th and have a unit test on Thursday, February 14th first thing in the morning. Their packets that they have worked on for this unit will serve as their study guides.

Science: We are starting our next unit, which is the Water Cycle. Students will be exploring evaporation and condensation this week!

Weekly Update January 28th, 2019

Hello Everyone,
I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend! Tune in for details about week in second grade!
Important Notes:
– Open House is January 27th from 2-4PM
– January book reports are due Thursday, January 31st

This Week:

Language Arts: Reading We will begin this week with a biography My Name is Gabriela.

Vocabulary Strategies: We will be working on suffixes –y and –ful.

Comprehension Skills and Strategies: Understanding Characters and Author’s Word Choice

Phonics: Long e sound for y and change y to an i

Math: The class is doing a fantastic job with our geometry unit! We bumped up our Check Progress to Thursday so as not to overload the class with tests on Friday. They did great! Next week we get into some trickier terrain as we learn about congruent figures, lines of symmetry and flips, turns and slides. This is where some difficulty arises. I will send home some extra practice for students should they need it. Please also keep in mind that extra credit packets are due February 1st for an additional 10 points on their Chapter 6 test.

History: We learned a lot about the gold rush and the first men who found gold in a California river. Next week, we will explore more of how pioneers continued to move west with a discussion on the development of cities and ghost towns.

Science: Study guides were sent home on Tuesday. Please have students study for their test on Monday, January 28th.

Weekly Update January 13, 2019

Hello Everyone,

We had a great Marvelous Moments Party on Friday. The class loved snuggling up in their pj’s with blankets, pillows and stuffed animals!

Important Notes:
-January book reports are due Thursday, January 31st.
– Report Cards go home Thursday, January 17th. Please sign and return envelopes as soon as possible!
– Monday, January 21st is a holiday. There will be no school
– Open House is January 27th from 2-4PM

This Week:
Language Arts: Reading We will begin this week with realistic fiction Mr. Tanen’s Tie Trouble

Vocabulary Strategies: We will be working on homographs. Words that are spelled the same but have different meanings.

Comprehension Skills and Strategies: Story Structure and Understanding Characters

Phonics: Base Words and Endingd –ed, and -ing

Math: We finished our Chapter 5 subtraction unit with our Chapter 5 Test on Tuesday. We will be moving on to Geometry next, starting off our chapter with solid figures and faces, vertices and edges. This is a tough unit and therefore supplemental worksheets will be going home with homework for extra credit as well as extra practice.

History: We are moving right along in our unit! Our class loves learning about the pioneers and ways they started to move west. This week we will learn about the Oregon Trail and gold rush.

Science: We are finishing up our GAP unit on The Earth’s Surface studying the layers of the earth as well as the rock cycle. We will be completing a study guide next Tuesday, with a test on Monday, January 28th.

Weekly Update January 7th, 2019

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful and restful break. With a short two day week this week we have been putting aside our normal routine in exchange for some New Year’s Resolution writing and preparing for our next bulletin board. Our theme will be around Martin Luther King Jr. and the difference he was able to make in the world. We will be thinking about what one thing WE could change with our own two hands to make a difference in the world.

Important Notes:
-January Book Report guidelines went home yesterday. Students are reading an unrealistic fiction story. Think Magic Treehouse, Flat Stanley, ect. Students MUST bring their book in by Wednesday, January 9th for approval. This report is two fold. First students are to dress up as a character in their book. Second, they are to complete the character wheel template given to them in their report and RECREATE the character wheel onto a poster board. I will attach a photo example. You may help them to draw the wheel onto the poster board. In regards to their costume, please have students come to school IN COSTUME to eliminate wasting time changing into their costume. They may bring a change of clothes to change into if they wish.Book reports are due Thursday, January 31st.
– Report Cards go home January 17th. Please sign and return envelopes as soon as possible

This Week:
Language Arts: Reading We will begin this week with a humerous fiction, Officer Buckle and Gloria.

Grammar: We will begin working abbreviations

Vocabulary Strategies: We will be working root words

Comprehension Skills and Strategies: Cause and Effect, as well as humor in writing.

Phonics: Compound Words and the schwa vowel sound.

Math: We are moving along in our subtraction unit. We have learned to rewrite two digit subtraction and will now use addition to check. We will have a Check Progress on Thursday, January 10th. Please have children review their subtraction facts as often times their answers are incorrect from miscalculating a difference.

History: We are starting a new unit this week called Americans Move West. We begin with ways of moving west, and what life was like on a frontier.

Science: We took our Earth’s Surface test before break last week and will continue on with our unit delving deeper into the earth’s surface. Students appeared to have some trouble with the test questions. However, when I reviewed with the class as a whole and read aloud the questions to them they knew right away where their answer went wrong. We spoke at great length about slowing down when reading a question, because they all knew the answer once they took their time. I will send home some extra credit for them to complete should they wish to bump up their grade.

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