World Read Aloud Day 2/19/19

Our school is participating in World Read Aloud day. Track 3 is tracked our for the “real” world read aloud day so we will be celebrating it on 2/19/19. In short, on World Read Aloud Day, people all around the globe read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people. More info here: As a school we have been focusing on “Quality Education” as a global goal. Check out this website to see all the global goals: We donated supplies to a school in Belize and students have been learning what it means to have a quality education. For World Read Aloud day I would like to continue to focus on this topic and read stories from around the world on this day focusing on quality education.

With that being said, I would like to invite any of you into our classroom that day to read aloud one of the books I have chosen. Students will listen to the story and then color the country on a map from which the story took place. We will then have a short discussion about quality education from that country. Attached you will find a sign up genius of available times to come read. I will provide the books but if you find an appropriate read aloud on quality education that you would like to read instead then please let me know! Here is the link to sign up:

Weekly Updates 1/22/19

 Thank you to all the parents that donated for the teacher lunch. I know it was a big hit! We appreciate you all 

Here are the updates for the week:

Spring Field Trips: PLEASE PAY FOR THE SPRING FIELD TRIPS ONLINE ASAP! The cost in $20.00. Use link below if you have trouble locating link to pay online.

You already signed the permission slip at the beginning of the year!On April 4th we will be going to the Mordecai House and on April 11th we will be going to the Life and Science Museum in Durham. EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ATTEND THE LIFE AND SCIENCE FIELD TRIP!

Tower of Books Challenge Q3: The 3rd TOB challenge is due March 20th. The book tasting and special writing event for Q3 will be March 27th at 12:00. Everyone is invited to attend!

Bully Prevention Week– This week we will celebrate Bully Prevention Spirit Week. The spirit days are as follows: Tuesday (January 22nd)- Team Apparel Day, Wednesday- Twin Day, Thursday, Hat Day, Friday is PJ day.

Social Studies: This Thursday is our economics fair! This is an event for students only. Just a reminder that students should have brought their goods to sell in today! Please see separate letter sent home last week for more specific information. We will continue to learn basic economics concepts this week and MLK Jr.

Math– This week we will start to learn different subtraction strategies for subtracting 3 digit numbers. Students will take a test on this skill on Friday.

Reading-This week we will finish our unit on point of view. Students will be studying different character’s point of views in various stories. Students will be taking a test on this skill on Thursday.

Writing– We are continuing our realistic fiction writing unit. Students will finish writing a story about spending the night in the white house!

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Weekly Updates 1/14/19

Here are the weekly updates for the week of 1/14/19:

Thank you to all of you that have donated markers/pens/pencils for the school in Belize! It is great to see community support and super cool that Mrs. Freer gets to hand deliver these items to children in need.

Just a reminder that report cards for Q2 were sent home on Friday.

Social Studies: Next week is our economics fair! This is an event for students only. Students will be learning supply/demand in real life while also showcasing some cool stuff they have made. They also will learn the power of saving/spending as they can only spend economics bucks they have earned. This is always a student favorite and they have so much fun! 😊 Just a reminder that students should bring their goods in by January 22nd. Please see separate letter sent home last week for more specific information. We will continue to learn basic economics concepts this week.

Math– This week we will continue to learn different addition strategies for adding 3 digit numbers. Students will take a test on this skill on Thursday. We will then move into 3 digit subtraction.

Reading-This week we are starting our unit on point of view. Students will be studying different character’s point of views in various stories. Today we will be reading “Why the Crayons Quit” and they will be taking on the point of view of a crayon in their own crayon box. The rest of the week we will be reading fractured fairy tales and looking at the point of view from the villain’s perspective.

Writing– We are continuing our realistic fiction writing unit. Students will now be writing a story about spending the night in the white house!

Bully Prevention Week– Next week we will celebrate Bully Prevention Spirit Week. The spirit days are as follows: Tuesday (January 22nd)- Team Apparel Day, Wednesday- Twin Day, Thursday, Hat Day, Friday is PJ day.

Lunar Eclipse Resources– January 20th there will be a lunar eclipse! We talked a little bit about it this morning in morning meeting but here is some more info 🙂 I hope you can all see it Sunday especially since we do not have school on Monday 😉

When is it happening? This lunar eclipse is happening on the evening of Sunday, January 20. The exact time will vary depending on your location:


Moon starts to enter Earth’s shadow Moon starts to turn reddish-orange Moon starts to leave Earth’s shadow
Eastern Time Zone 10:34pm 11:41pm 12:44am

How rare is this?

Lunar eclipses happen about every two years–but that’s just an average. The last time a lunar eclipse was visible from North America was last year, in 2018. However, the next time a lunar eclipse will be visible from North America is in 2022… three years from now!

I hope you all have a great week! I cannot believe that track out is right around the corner.

Weekly Updates 1/2/19

Happy New Year!

Today is the start of a new quarter in 2nd grade. I cannot believe that we are already starting 3rd quarter and that this year is officially halfway over. I hope you all enjoyed your holiday break and spent some quality time with family. Here are the updates for the next week and a half.

Math- We are starting to review addition. At the beginning of the year we were adding numbers that had a sum within 100 and now we will start to add numbers that have a sum within 1,000. We will be using all strategies we have learned before (base 10 blocks, expanded form, and number line.

Social Studies- We are starting our economics unit. This is one of my favorite units! Students will be learning basic understandings about our economy. They will be earning “School Bucks” for following our class promises and will be able to spend the “school bucks” at our economics fair at the end of the unit. More info about this will be coming home tomorrow. Please look for a letter in hw folders!

Reading- We are starting our compare/contrast unit while studying fairy tales. Students will be reading different versions of fairy tales/fables and comparing the story elements (characters, setting, events, etc.).

Writing- We are starting our realistic fiction writing unit. Students will be writing a realistic fiction story about pirates. We will be studying the life of Blackbeard as a read aloud to pair with our writing.

Tower of Books- Today students will be sent home with the new tower of books challenge for quarter 3. This challenge will focus on illustrators. The tower of books challenge will be due March 20th. The book tasting will be March 27th. We will also be doing a special writing celebration on that same day. Please plan to attend if you are able to!

Report cards will go home next Friday, 1/11/19. Updated mClass reports will also go home with the report cards.

Have a great week!

Mrs. K

End of Quarter 2 Updates

Here are the weekly updates for the end of Quarter 2:

This Saturday, December 15th we will have our first make up day for the snow day. School begins at the regular time with the first bell ringing at 8:45 and the last bell ringing at 9:15. Students will be dismissed at 12:45pm. During Saturday school, lunch is not served so please make sure your student has a “hearty” snack packed for school. There will be no before or after school care offered. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns

Tower of Books: Please make sure your student brings their favorite FICTION book from this quarter’s challenge in by Friday. Our book tasting this quarter will take place on Wednesday December 19th at 12:00pm 🙂 Hope to see you there!

Science- We will conclude our unit on sound. Students have been visiting Mr. Lamanna’s room for some sound lessons as we have collaborated on this unit. Please look for information tonight on the sound project due next Thursday. Here are some websites that can help your child with the project:

Math–We will continue to learn about place value and then move on to comparing three digit numbers using place value for explanation. Next week we will finish up and review comparing numbers. We will take our third unit 4 assessment on Wednesday, December 19th.

Reading– Over the next several weeks, we will be administering middle of the year MCLASS assessments.  The results will be shared when they are completed.  We are starting our unit on how to compare and contrast important points on the same topic.  Students will be reading passages on nonfiction topics like pandas and famous monuments. They will be assessed next week.

Letterland: Due to the snow days, we will not have new letterland words this week. Students will have new words  next week.
Writing:  We are working on our continent research. Students have “stamped out” their driving questions and will collect their research in their suitcases. On Monday we will be turning our facts into sentences. We will work on organizing our writing and finishing the final copy.
Important Dates:
December 15th-  Saturday School 9:15-12:45
December 19th- Book Tasting at 12pm
December 20th-  Winter Learning Experience at 12pm
December 21st- Half Day

Weekly Updates 12/3/18

Here are the weekly updates for 12/3/18:

Holiday Shop: Our class will be shopping at the PUE Holiday Shop TFriday, 12/7 @9:30-10:00! Please join us to shop if you can!  If your student plans to shop please make sure to help them plan their purchases and send them to school with money in the envelope provided the day of our shopping time.

Tower of Books: The second TOB challenge is under way! We already have a few turned in! Reminder, if your student’s tower goes missing, I will send home a picture of this quarter’s challenge. The student may flex their creative muscles to make their tower! This quarter’s challenge is due on Wednesday December 12th. Our book tasting this quarter will take place on Wednesday, December 19th at 12:00pm 🙂

Math– This week builds on what we have learned in place value so far.  We will decompose 10’s, expand numbers and continue to represent numbers in various ways.  There will be an assessment towards the end of the week.

Social Studies: We are taking a break from our unit on “Sound” to learn about the “International Day of Persons with Disabilities”, which is on 12/3 of this year.  I truly believe that when I teach Social StudiesI am giving your child the opportunity to learn about different cultures, expand their thinking, and become a compassionate citizen.

Reading– This week we will continue to focus on the main idea and key details in a nonfiction text.  We will read passages about becoming famous, adapting to survive and other nonfiction topics.  We will have an assessment towards the end of the week.

Letterland: Unit 13 of Letterland focuses on the Robot syllable with Ir and Ur, as in the words nurse and shirt. The tricky words this week will be thought and around. Students take their spelling notebooks home on Monday and bring it back Friday for a completeness check. Students are expected to do four activities with their word lists for the week.
Writing:  We have been working so hard on our research.  Students have revised and have “close edited”.  This week we will be publishing our final copies in a book form with text features! Once all students are done we will celebrate and read each other’s work! Students will be able to show you this at our book tasting!
Important Dates:
December 7th -9:30-10:00 Holiday Shop, come shop with us!
December 12th- Tower of Books Due
December 19th- Book Tasting at 12pm
December 20th-  Winter Learning Experience at 12pm
December 21st- Half Day/Track Out

Magic of Math & Writing Bootcamp

I cannot believe that the first week of school is already over. This new year has already refreshed me and left me feeling grateful and excited for the year ahead.

This year my team and I have decided to adapt some new curriculum changes. We have been incorporating some “magic of math” lessons and “writing bootcamp” lessons from the one and only Amy Lemons (teacher, blogger, and pure genius in my opinion).

In math we have been learning about even and odd numbers. We learned that to determine if a number is even it must have a pair and can be written as a doubles equation. We had some fun with that this week as we created odd and even monsters and played “musical monsters”. Tomorrow we will take our first math assessment on odd and even numbers.

In reading we have been learning about answering and asking questions from a fictional text. We also started to build our reading stamina by practicing reading to self. We read “Dex, the Heart of a Hero” story to understand what stamina means. We had a “book tasting” with Mrs. Blocker in which we got to “taste” the many books in my library to see which ones we would like to read during read to self. We had so much fun!


In writing we started our writing boot camp. During this boot camp we are learning all the essential skills needed to be successful writers in 2nd grade. We practice by creating a 2nd grade survival guide. Today we learned about different punctuation marks and how to edit our papers!


In social studies we have been learning about community helpers and school/community rules. We will continue this until we track out.

I am so excited about this year. I look forward to the new memories we are going to make in Room 302!