Weekly Updates 6/3/19

Happy June!

Tomorrow Bricks for Kids is coming into our classroom thanks to Sophie’s family! I am very excited to see the program they will hold for the students. I will be sure to take pictures!

Here are the things we will be learning this week:
 
Math- We are continuing our unit on fractions!
Science- This week we will continue our unit on life cycles. We released our butterflies today! The students had a lot of fun doing this. Look for pictures on class dojo! Students will now be researching the life cycles of different types of animals. Look on Seesaw to see the awesome google slides presentations that students made about the butterfly life cycle!
Reading– This week we are continuing our unit on folktales and fables. We will be reading many different folktales and fables and learn how to “recount” them. After reading each folktale they will identify the characters, setting, evens, problem, solution, and lesson. Students will be put into groups and student a specific fable. They will then recount the fable and present it into google slides.
Writing– This week we will continue our writing unit on fairy tales.
Students will continue to write their own version of Jack and the Beanstalk this week. In the end students will be creating their own iMovie trailers about their story.
Tower of Books-The final tower of books is due on June 12th. Please have your child also bring in their favorite book from the tower on THIS DAY or before.  The final book tasting will be June 21st at 12:00. Mark your calendars! This will also be a final writing celebration!

6/10- mClass testing day (PERFECT ATTENDANCE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!

6/11-Teach the Teacher Information sent home

6/12-TOB Due with 1 book chosen to showcase for Book Tasting

6/21-Book Tasting/Writer’s Celebration @ 12:00-1:30

6/27-EOY Learning Experience 12:00-2:00

Weekly Updates 5/28/19

We have exactly one month left of school together! Please read below for updates and things we will be learning this week.

We will NOT have Letter land words this week because of the short week. That means no spelling homework and no spelling test. 

Look for interm reports going home in Tuesday folders today.

Here are the things we will be learning this week:
 
Math- We are starting our unit on fractions! This week we will be learning about partitioning shapes into equal shares.
Science- This week we will continue our unit on life cycles. Students will be watching larva turn into painted butterflies. They will be marking the changes daily on a calendar. This week they will begin to create a google slides presentation about the life cycle of butterflies.
Reading– This week we are starting our unit on folktales and fables. We will be reading many different folktales and fables and learn how to “recount” them. After reading each folktale they will identify the characters, setting, evens, problem, solution, and lesson.
Writing– This week we will continue our writing unit on fairy tales. Last week we read many different versions of Jack and the Beanstalk. Students will start to write their own version of this classic fairy tale this week. In the end students will be creating their own iMovie trailers about their story.
Tower of Books-The final tower of books is due on June 12th. Please have your child also bring in their favorite book from the tower on THIS DAY or before.  The final book tasting will be June 21st at 12:00. Mark your calendars! This will also be a final writing celebration!

6/10- mClass testing day (PERFECT ATTENDANCE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED! 😊

6/11-Teach the Teacher Information sent home

6/12-TOB Due with 1 book chosen to showcase for Book Tasting

6/21-Book Tasting/Writer’s Celebration @ 12:00-1:30

6/27-EOY Learning Experience 12:00-2:00

Weekly Updates 5/20/19

It is hard to believe that we are well into the 4th quarter and the last few weeks of 2nd grade. I wanted to say a HUGE thank you again for all the gifts/treats/flowers you gave me in honor of teacher appreciation week. It has been an honor to be your child’s teacher this year.
As the year is coming to an end I would appreciate any donations that could be made to our class dojo store for our final shopping event in June. Thank you so much!
 
Here are the things we will be learning this week:
 
Math- We will continue to learn about money. This week we will solving money word problems and finding different ways to make the same amount of money using the least amount of coins. Please continue to practice counting money at home. Students are very excited about learning this! Our test on this unit will be this Friday.
Science- This week we are starting our unit on life cycles. Students will be watching larva turn into painted butterflies. They will be marking the changes daily on a calendar. They will also be researching the life cycle of different types of butterflies.
Reading– This week we will continue reading standard RI 2.8 (Author’s Point). Students will be take the test on this standard on Wednesday. We will then begin our unit on folktales and fables (more details on this to come!).
Writing– We finished our writing unit on opinion writing. This week we will begin our writing unit on fairy tales. We will be studying different versions of Jack & the Beanstalk and then students will create their own version of this fairy tale. In the end students will be creating their own iMovie trailers about their story.
Tower of Books-The final tower of books is due on June 12th.  The final book tasting will be June 21st at 12:00. Mark your calendars! This will also be a final writing celebration!

5/27-Memorial Day, No School

5/28-Interims sent home

6/10- mClass testing day (PERFECT ATTENDANCE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED! 😊

6/11-Teach the Teacher Information sent home

6/12-TOB Due with 1 book chosen to showcase for Book Tasting

6/21-Book Tasting/Writer’s Celebration @ 12:00-1:30

6/27-EOY Learning Experience 12:00-2:00

Weekly Updates 4/8/19

This Thursday is our field trip to the Life & Science Museum in Durham. If you were one of the chosen chaperones please plan to meet us there at 10:00. We will leave school at 9:30. Please purchase an admittance ticket when you get there as we will already have ours. We will meet you in the parking area outside the box office. We will eat lunch when we get back to school. Please pack a hefty snack for your child to eat in the morning before we leave for the field trip. Please have your child wear their field trip shirt. I will bring a sign out sheet to the field trip if interested in signing your child out after. Thanks!
Spring picture info will be sent home today. Spring pictures are Thursday. We will have pictures taken after the field trip. These pictures are not used for the yearbook and for personal use only if you choose to buy them.
Here are the things we will be learning this week:
Math— We will continue learning about graphing data. This week students will start to solve problems based off of data on a bar graph or pictograph. We will create graphs after we play “Rock, Paper, Scissors…Shoot!”. Students will also start a graphing project with a group in which they have to collect data, create their own graphs, and create questions based on the data they collected. They will present these projects at the end of the week.
Social Studies- We will continue our unit on maps. We got a little behind last week so this week we will be learning how to read a map and students will complete a STEM activity where they create a large map on poster board and drive a “car” to various locations on the map using cardinal directions. We will also be learning about the continents and oceans.
Reading– This week we will continue reading standard RI 2.3. Students will be practicing writing and understanding procedural steps in a passage.
Writing– We are continuing our writing unit on opinion writing. This week students will be reviewing a movie and writing a review about it!
Tower of Books-The final tower of books is due on June 12th.  The final book tasting will be June 21st at 12:00. Mark your calendars! This will also be a final writing celebration!

4/18- Track out Day/Learning Experience

5/10- Track In Day

5/16- Love the Earth Performance @ 1:15

5/27-Memorial Day, No School

5/28-Interims sent home

6/11-Teach the Teacher Information sent home

6/12-TOB Due with 1 book chosen to showcase for Book Tasting

6/21-Book Tasting/Writer’s Celebration @ 12:00-1:30

6/26-EOY Celebration 12:00-1:30

Updates 4/1/19

This Thursday is our field trip to the Mordecai House. If you were one of the chosen chaperones please plan to meet us there at 10:00. We will leave school at 9:30. We will eat lunch when we get back to school. Please pack a hefty snack for your child to eat in the morning before we leave for the field trip. Please have your child wear their field trip shirt. Thanks!
Mrs. Freer has just announced the dates for the 2nd grade performance this year. The program is called “Love the Earth” and will be May 16th at 1:15.
 
Field Day for Track 3 will be 5/17 from 9-11:30.
Here are the NEW things we will be learning to start off the quarter:
Math— We will be learning about graphing data. This week we will learn about pictographs and bar graphs.
 
Social Studies- We will be starting our unit on maps. This week we will be learning how to read a map and students will complete a STEM activity where they create a large map on poster board and drive a “car” to various locations on the map using cardinal directions.
Reading– This week we will be learning about cause/effect. Students will study photographs to create different cause/effect scenarios. Students will then practice finding cause/effect relations in passages.
Writing– We are starting our writing unit on opinion writing. Students will learn the difference between a fact and opinion then practice writing “reviews” using their opinion. This week students will be creating a review on their favorite restaurant.
Tower of Books-I will be sending home the FINAL Tower of Books challenge. It will be due on June 12th.  The final book tasting will be June 21st at 12:00.
 

Stay Tuned-April’s sustainable Global Goal is: Life on Land (think Earth Day).  2nd Grade will be collaborating to cultivate a garden outside Mr. Lamanna’s window.  We will be needing some donations for this to be a success and will let you know what they are ASAP!  Thanks so much!

4/4- Mordecai House Field Trip

4/5- Report Cards go home

4/11- Life & Science Field Trip

4/18- Track out Day/Learning Experience

5/10- Track In Day

5/16- Love the Earth Performance @ 1:15

5/27-Memorial Day, No School

5/28-Interims sent home

6/11-Teach the Teacher Information sent home

6/12-TOB Due with 1 book chosen to showcase for Book Tasting

6/21-Book Tasting/Writer’s Celebration @ 12:00-1:30

6/26-EOY Celebration 12:00-1:30

6/27-Final DOJO Store/Learning Experience

6/28-Last Day of School/Game Day/Report Cards

Weekly Updates 3/25/19

I cannot believe that Quarter 3 is finished at the end of this week! We have covered so much ground this quarter and the students have really grown. Thank you for your support in assisting your student with their Tower of Books. 🙂 If your student has not already brought in their favorite book, please make sure they do so that they are able to complete their project. We are so excited to share our favorite books and original poems with you this upcoming Wednesday March 27th at our Open Mic/Book Tasting Event. 

Here are the happenings for this coming week:

Report cards will go home next Friday (April 5th).

Book Tasting/Open Mic: Our “Starbooks” book tasting/open mic this quarter will take place on Wednesday March 27th at 12:00pm 🙂 Students will be reading their original poetry and sharing their favorite book from this quarter’s TOB. Hope to see you there!  I am looking to provide mini water bottles and either donuts or muffins for the students. If you are able to donate either of these, please email me 🙂

Math–  We are continuing to solve a variety of word problems involving length. Students are reading word problems, writing matching equations, and then solving using a strategy they have learned this year. We will have an assessment over length word problems on Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday we will revisit measuring with some fun activities like measurement games and guessing games.

Social Studies/Science: Our main focus this week will be to prepare for our open mic and book tasting. We will also be finishing up our Weather unit.

Reading– This week we are continuing to review all standards we learned this quarter.

Letterland: We are on Unit 23 of Letterland.  This unit focuses on the vowel stealer Orvil Or. We will be learning the r-controlled sounds -oor, ore, and our as in the words door, shore, and your. A friendly reminder of our spelling procedures, students take their spelling notebooks home on Mondays and bring it back for a completion check on Fridays. Spelling assessments will be given on Fridays.
Writing:  This week we are choosing our favorite poem that we have written during our poetry unit and will be typing it on a Google Document. This is a great way for students to not only publish their work, but also work on typing skills. We can’t wait to share all of our creative work with you at our poetry open mic on Wednesday March 27th from 12-1pm!
Spring Fling: The 2nd Annual PUE Spring Fling will be held on Sunday, March 31st, from 2pm-5pmIn lieu of a class basket for the silent auction, the second grade teachers will be offering an experience. We will be hosting a “Pancake Breakfast” complete with all the fixings. Each teacher will have a certificate to bid on during the auction and the recipient will be a VIP guest at our “Pancake Breakfast.” Please note that the auction will go live 1 week before the Spring Fling and run 1 week after the event until Sunday, April 7. Please visit the PUE member hub if you are able to volunteer at this event! This event is always so much fun and we can’t wait to see you all there! What a great way to celebrate track out!
Important Dates:
March 27th: Starbooks Open Mic and Book Tasting 12:00
March 29: Q3 Ends
March 31st: Spring Fling
April 4th: Mordecai House Field Trip
April 5th: Report Cards for Q3 go home
April 11th: Museum of Life & Science Field Trip
April 18th: Track out Day

Weekly Updates 3/18/19

Here are the happenings for the week:

Tower of Book Challenges along with their Book Tasting book are due on Wednesday, March 20th. Please have students bring in their favorite book that they read this quarter on Wednesday. We’re super excited for the upcoming Open Mic/Book Tasting Event on March 27th.  It’s entitled “Starbooks Open Mic and Book Tasting”.  Wait until you see what we have in store…Here are the happenings for this coming week:

Math–  Kids have absolutely loved measuring using different units!  This week we will have an assessment on measurement and then will move on to solving various word problems involving two steps with measurement.  This can often be tricky, however, I know the kiddos are up to the challenge!

ScienceWe will finish our unit on weather this week!  The kids will also be engaged some STEM activities where we learn about severe weather.  We will also be getting ready for our upcoming Book Tasting towards the end of the week!

Reading– Students will take their assessment on character responses in a text. Students worked very hard on their puppet shows which showcased this standard. Do not forget to check these out on Seesaw! This week we will be reviewing all the standards taught this quarter by completing a culminating activity involving “pizza building”.

Letterland: We are on Unit 22 of Letterland.  This unit focuses on vowel teams aw and au, as the sound in “pause” and “saw”. A friendly reminder of our spelling procedures, students take their spelling notebooks home on Mondays and bring it back for a completion check on Fridays. Spelling assessments will be given on Fridays.
Writing:  As we continue our poetry unit we are adding to our poetry collection by writing I Am poems and color poems with a focus on including similes in our writing. The students have really enjoyed poetry and have been working really hard on their poems. We can’t wait to share all of our creative work with you at our poetry open mic on Wednesday, March 27th from 12-1pm!
Spring Fling: The 2nd Annual PUE Spring Fling will be held on Sunday, March 31st, from 2pm-5pmIn lieu of a class basket for the silent auction, the second grade teachers will be offering an experience. We will be hosting a “Pancake Breakfast” complete with all the fixings. Each teacher will have a certificate to bid on during the auction and the recipient will be a VIP guest at our “Pancake Breakfast.” Please note that the auction will go live 1 week before the Spring Fling and run 1 week after the event until Sunday, April 7. This event is always so much fun and we can’t wait to see you all there! What a great way to celebrate track out!
Important Dates:
March 20th: Tower of Books Due/Bring in book for Book Tasting
March 27th: Starbooks Open Mic and Book Tasting 12:00
March 31st: Spring Fling
April 4th-Mordecai House Field Trip
April 11th- Museum of Life & Science Field Trip
April 18th- Track Out Day/Spring Learning Experience