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

Weekly Updates 3/11/19

We are coming up on the final stretch of 3rd quarter! There are still so many exciting things on the calendar to look forward to. Today we will be treated to a visit from illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton and she will be signing copies of her book. Order forms for her book were sent home on Tuesday.

Here are the happenings for next week:

Scholastic Book Fair: The Dino-Mite Scholastic Book fair is happening now in our media center. Our class will preview on Monday, March 11 and then shop on the following day Tuesday, March 12th both from 12:00-12:30. We would love for any and all parents to come help us shop.  If you aren’t able to join, please be sure your child knows their “budget” and is responsible for their own money envelope.  The fair is open to all students and families everyday at 8:30 am. There will be an after school/evening session on Tuesday, March 12 from 4 – 6 pm. The fair closes on Wednesday, March 13 at 1:30 pm.

We need volunteers to help with the Book Fair. Please consider signing up for an hour or more to help the students fill out their wish lists (for grades K-2) and locate books that interest them. Click on the following link to sign up: www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4daaaa29a75-book2

 

There are four ways to purchase items at the fair: cash, check payable to PUE PTA, credit card, and eWallet. Parents are able to set up a fund for their child/children to shop using eWallet. Any unused money is returned to the parent/not charged to their card. To learn more, go to www.scholastic.com/bf/pleasantunionelemschool.

 

Tower of Books: The 3rd Quarter Tower of Books Challenge was handed out to your student prior to track out. Completed challenges are due Wednesday, March 20th. Please mark your calendars for our book tasting/open mic (more on this to come) this quarter will take place on Wednesday, March 27th at 12:00pm 🙂 Hope to see you there!

Math–  We are having a blast with measurement so far! This upcoming week is all about the metric system. Students will be up and moving with a centimeter measuring scoot and meter car derby! We will also focus on comparing the different lengths of objects that we measure and describe using comparisons.

ScienceWe are picking up right where we left off with our weather unit. This week we will begin a project called Meteorologist for a Day. This is definitely a favorite! Students will receive a weekly forecast to analyze and write a meteorologist report to go along with it. We will record these reports in front of a green screen. I bet these kiddos will give WRAL a run for their money. On Friday, dip back into social studies slightly to learn about the history of Irish Americans in preparation for St. Patrick’s Day.

Reading– This week the students will continue to learn about character responses by creating a puppet show based off the many books we read for this unit. Students will choose one of the books and focus on how the character responded to the problems in the story. They will need to depict this is the puppet show they create. Look for these fabulous projects on Seesaw!

Letterland: We are on Unit 21 of Letterland.  This unit focuses on vowel teams oy and oi as the sound in “boy” and “soil”. 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 will continue to learn about and write different types of poetry. On the deck this week are cinquain poems and simile self-portrait 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 11th and 12th:  Book Fair preview/shop
March 20th: Tower of Books Due
March 27th: Book Tasting/Open Mic 12:00
March 31st: Spring Fling

Weekly Updates 3/4/19

Happy Monday! I cannot believe we are already into the month of March.  Please remember that this Friday is an Early Release Day.  Here are the happenings for this week:

Spring Field Trips: Next week I will let you know who is able to chaperone for each field trip. The Mordecai House we are only allowed a limited number of chaperones. The field trip to the Museum of Life & Science is unlimited chaperones. I will divide students into groups based on which parents said they could attend this field trip. The dates are: 4/4 Mordecai House and 4/11 Museum of Life& Science.

Scholastic Book Fair:  Please read the information about our upcoming book fair at PUE.  Our class will preview on Monday March 11 and then shop on the following day Tuesday March 12th both from 12-12:30pm. We would love for any and all parents to come help us shop.  If you aren’t able to join, please be sure your child knows their “budget” and is responsible for their own money envelope.  The Book Fair Breakfast is on Friday, March 8 but we needed RSVPs back by Friday, March 1 so the cafeteria staff could plan food & make final preparations.

Tower of Books: The 3rd Quarter Tower of Books Challenge was handed out to your student prior to track out. Completed challenges are due Wednesday March 20th. Please mark your calendars for our book tasting/open mic (more on this to come) this quarter will take place on Wednesday March 27th at 12:00pm 🙂 Hope to see you there!

Math–  We will have a short assessment on Wednesday covering 10/100 more and less as well as using various strategies to solve story problems.  We will then move on to learning how to measure objects with customary units of length (inches/feet/yards).  We’ll learn how to estimate lengths using known lengths already (an inch is about the size of the crook of your finger, etc).  Students will learn the appropriate unit and tool to use when measuring.   For example I would measure a school desk in inches with a ruler, however, I’d measure the length of a room using a measuring tape in feet or even yards.

Social StudiesWe are going to take a break  from learning about weather to learning about Women’s historical contributions/suffrage.  We’ll be learning about historical women such as Rosie the Riveter.  Students will also research some others on their own in pairs.  They will use different web resources to record their learning and present their newfound knowledge on SeeSaw.

Reading– We are continuing to dig deep into characters by analyzing the challenges they face and how they respond to them. Students will be reading and listening to various texts and writing responses using text evidence.

Letterland: We are on Unit 20 of Letterland.  This unit focuses on vowel teams ow and ou as the sound in “cloudy and power”. 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:  We’re so excited to begin our unit on Poetry!  Students will be learning how to write different kinds of poems using various poetic devices.  This is a favorite unit for sure, because you get to “break the conventional rules”.  This week we will be writing list poems and focusing on writing a five senses poem. We will also explore similes and metaphors in our poetry. We are excited to begin to prepare for our “Open Mic/Book Tasting” Celebration!
Important Dates:
March 8th: Early Release
March 11th and 12th:  Book Fair preview/shop
March 20th: Tower of Books Due
March 27th: Book Tasting/Open Mic 12:00