Second Grade Update

The Week We Had

 

Another week has come and gone at BES!  This was a very busy and exciting one!  First of all, thank you to all of our volunteers that were able to join and help us make Thursday a very special day for the second grade at the zoo.  Everyone seemed to enjoy their time, and we greatly appreciate the willingness to help – more than we could even take on the buses.  Thank you!

In addition to field trip day, students had to handle different days Tuesday and Wednesday.  They were without all of us in the room and on a different schedule – all to help accommodate the third grade on their testing dates.  Thankfully, the testing time that changes our plan is over, and things went just fine – it’ll be them next year!

In class, students wrapped up their work on pioneer texts while building on narrative writing skills.  They also wrapped up a math unit.  Our focus with word study was on homophones.  Busy week, indeed!

The Week to Come

 Our Walk-A-Thon is on April 28, but please look to collect and return money by Thursday, April 27.  If it comes in Friday, that’ll be fine too.  Students will receive their shirts on the morning of the event.  Please have them dress with the idea of them putting the shirt  on over top of something.  We walk in the morning!

Leading up to Friday, students will be busy with a narrative writing PBA.  It’ll be our final narrative PBA, so it’ll be nice to see the growth and improvement come together.   We’ll also deal with our final end of unit assessment.  In math, we’ll begin a new unit – our final one on the year.  It’s crazy to use “final” this much, but we’ll be wrapping up April next week and moving to our final weeks in May.  Wow!

Additionally, we’ll be preparing for Walk-A-Thon event and the them of the BESt Globetrotters.  We’ll also connect our work and focus on pioneers with activities planned around Laura Ingalls Wilder and STEM work with covered wagons.  It’ll certainly be another busy and exciting week!

 

Important Events

Thursday, April 27 – Turn in Walk-A-Thon Collection $
Friday, April 28 – Walk-A-Thon!
Have a great weekend!

Second Grade Update

The Week We Had

This week, second graders returned to our normal schedule and routine – thank goodness!  Our mornings have been very productive.  Our anchor text we’ve focused on is called Pioneers to the West.  Students are learning about the westward expansion that took place in our country in the 1800s.  The text introduces them to some famous names – George Staples, John McWilliams (even Julia Child), Levi Strauss, Laura Ingalls, and Ruth Chrisman.  This is always a favorite in second grade, and it has led to great discussions.  Students have returned to narrative writing.  We’ve used some of these great stories from real people to inspire our work in describing characters, setting, and being able to build up to a problem in our writing.

Connecting to our unit with westward expansion in our country, we’ve continued to focus on map skills and identifying different things that make up our country.  It has been a lot of fun to build on the excitement of learning about our history and what states make up our country.

Math continues to build quickly.  We’ve moved from even and odd to a focus on recognizing patterns with numbers and counting by groups.  Arrays have been introduced and discussed, as well as correlating problems.  This unit builds the foundation to the multiplication skills that will be taught to all at the beginning of third grade!

 

The Week to Come

We hope that everyone enjoys the long holiday weekend!  Next week is a full week, but a crazy one.  First of all, students are coming home with Walk-A-Thon information today.  They’ll have their collection envelope and information about what this is all about.  Our Walk-A-Thon is on April 28, but please look to collect and return money by Thursday, April 27.  

Next week in class, we’ll continue with the topics, themes, and focuses mentioned from this week.  It’ll be a busy week where we contiually build on all of our work that has been introduced this past week.  Please know that the entire second grade team will be assisting with third grade for Math Air Assessments on Tuesday and Wednesday.  This will be the last of it, but it’ll involve second graders working with guest teachers again.

Thursday is our field trip day!  Please have your student here on time, as we leave by 9:20 for the buses.  Students will need a packed lunch in a disposable bag.  We go rain or shine, so please plan accordingly for weather.  We’ll talk about this more next week, and we’re very excited for a great day of learning outside the classroom!

Important Events

Friday, April 14 – No School, Good Friday
Tuesday, April 18 – PTO Meeting, 7-8 PM
Thursday, April 20 – Field Trip to Zoo
Thursday, April 27 – Turn in Walk-A-Thon Collection $
Friday, April 28 – Walk-A-Thon!
Have a great weekend!

Photo Collection

A photo post has long been overdue.  I apologize for not having more fun posts in the last couple of months.  I do want to share them, so I’m putting a collection in one post.  You’ll see some behind the scenes shots of our February Frolic – that was a fun night! There are also some of guest readers from upstairs – one of our incentives that students choose to do from our PBIS and BESAzon behavior program.  Mary Kay Carson, a local author, visited us in March.  You’ll also see some shots of having fun in the classroom, participating in STEM projects, and a visit from Promont where students learned about aspects of life before their time.  Enjoy and I’ll try to finish our time together by being more prompt with sharing our good times!

Second Grade Update

The Week We Had

 

It was a busy, but very busy return from break!  The spring book fair has been a success!  The students love shopping, and the idea of getting free books from their spending certainly makes them happy.  Thank you to Mrs. Wolf and all the second grade families who attended literacy night and made it a success.  The feedback from second graders was very positive!

In class, we returned with one of the very best days of the year – Reds Opening Day!  We had a lot of fun making it a special day for second grade.  We returned to reality on Tuesday with a review of opinion writing.  This led to an opinion writing PBA for Wednesday and Thursday.  Students learned a lot about John Chapman – a lot!  They put this knowledge to their writing, with an opinion and personal connection about a lesson taken away from how he lived his life.  We’ll offer feedback through a rubric that will come home soon with your child.

Our latest math unit began with a focus on even and odd numbers this week.  We had a number of different activities to work out a definition and understanding that can be tested and applied to a number of problems.  We’ve also come back with a focus on social studies – more specifically – map reading and understanding our country and the states.  It has been fun this week!

The Week to Come

 

We have just four days next week, with all of us off for Good Friday.  In our four days, we’ll return to our typical routine.  We’ll begin a new book, an informative, nonfiction book about real pioneers who travelled west.  It’ll open us up to a number of great topics and history lessons of our country.  This is why we began work on reading maps and understanding where states are located, as we’ll have to connect to that knowledge to understand the work of the pioneers.  We’ll continue our map work too!

Math will have us continue work with even and odd numbers.  We’ll also review problem solving strategies and get practice in addition and subtraction problems.  All of us are working and pushing forward on fact fluency too.  The concepts of money and time are continually being worked on and reviewed.

We have a busy four days ahead!

Important Events

Thursday, April 13 – Walk-A-Thon Kick Off!
Friday, April 14 – No School, Good Friday
Tuesday, April 18 – PTO Meeting, 7-8 PM
Thursday, April 20 – Field Trip to Zoo
Friday, April 28 – Walk-A-Thon!
Have a great weekend!

Second Grade Update

Week That Was

This past week has been very strange for us as a second grade team.  Very busy too!  We were asked to help with third grade AIR assessments.  It created a crazy couple of days where we were in the building, but not in our rooms.  It sure was nice to return to them on Friday.  It was also wonderful seeing so many of you over the course of this week with conferences.  It’s hard to believe we’ve already begun the fourth quarter, but we look forward to ending our year strongly with your child.

Students have worked hard on a new anchor text, John Chapman: Planter and Pioneer.  It presents his life story with a mix of fact and legend, and has been an enjoyable and approachable book for everyone.  It has helped return our focus to opinion writing, and we’re very impressed of the developments being made with this type of writing.

In math, we’ve been hard at work on measurement.  Tools and accuracy have been focuses this week.  We also worked on the different measurement systems, and metric was a term we discussed.

The Week to Come

We have one week before a week off for spring break.  I’ll talk about next week and what to look for as we return from break in this post.  I won’t post a new one next Friday!

We get into a new text next week, but it’s also about John Chapman.  The one we focus on next week will present his life in just facts we know and a time line.  It’s also important for us to work with texts that can be compared and contrasted.  We’ll be doing a lot of that to practice a very important, but difficult skill!

Our measurement unit will wrap up and we’ll turn our attention to beginning a unit that will expand our focus on number sense a bit more.  We’ll look closely at relationships with numbers.  Even and odd will be a focus.  We’ll detail patterns found and how to view them in charts and tables.

We’re going to extend our focus on John Chapman beyond reading and writing.  We’d like to deal with him and topics around him more with science and social studies.  We’ll be doing some tasting, but also a STEM project to end the week.  For this, some donations of twigs (just backyard – different sizes) will be very helpful for next Friday.  You can just send them in a paper bag if you have some.  Thank you!

When we return from break, the first day back is Opening Day for the Reds.  We like to make a big deal about this in second grade with a day of fun and surprises.  Please have your child wear red if possible – the February Frolic shirt will work great if no Reds gear!

 

Important Events

Tuesday, March 21 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)
Wednesday, March 22 – Spring Picture Day @ BES (Class Pictures for everyone)
Friday, March 24 – Spirit Wear Orders Due & Spring Break Begins
Week of March 27 – No School Spring Break
Monday, April 3 – Reds Opening Day & Back to School!
Week of April 3 – Spring BOGO Book Fair

Have a great weekend!

Second Grade Update

Week That Was

Last week we wrapped our fourth unit in our reading and writing curriculum.  This week we fully concluded our unit with a writing PBA and our end of unit assessment.  Students read an appropriate article and fact sheet on tsunamis, and then wrote an informative paragraph in their own words.  The “own words” is still a difficult concept for second graders, but the idea of research and finding facts have been very successful.  Students then took their information and created an article that incorporated a number of text features we’ve studied.  They’ve been hung up in our hallway to connect with our author visit on Thursday – Mary Kay Carson.  The timing was perfect for us to have a nonfiction author visit us and talk to us about reseraching and gathering information.  Thank you PTO.
In beginning a measurement unit in math, our workshop and problem solving has taken a sharp contrasting turn from where we previously were!  The students have enjoyed the beginning of our unit.  Our focus this week was identifying the importance of measuring with standard units when comparing measurements.  To identify this key concept, students were led through some frustrations in measuring and comparing with nonstandard measurements.  As we conclude the week, we’ve worked our way to measuring with a tool, using inches, and how much easier measuring can be with such ideas.

 

The Week to Come

 

We return to normal schedules, in terms of curriculum, with our morning and afternoons.  We begin a new anchor text – John Chapman.  Second graders will be working on extending the support of their opinions in writing, as well as having discussions about different genres of books as we begin to learn about an interesting character in our history books.

Our math unit continues on with a focus on standard measurements with tools.  We’ll continue to review time telling, and go back to the problem solving strategies we focused on last unit throughout this short unit.

We look forward to seeing many of you Monday and Wednesday nights.  Please look for report cards coming home today in Friday Folders.  Also, information about our field trip is going home today.  Please return permission slip and $6.00 as soon as you can.  If interested in chaperoning, please read the letter carefully, and also return with your child that you’re interested.  We’ll plan, organize, and make decisions for our trip before we get to break.  Thanks and have a great weekend – don’t forget to set clocks forward this Sunday!

Important Events

Friday, March 10 – End of 3rd Quarter
Monday, March 13 & Wednesday, March 15 – Conferences (sign-ups will be out next week)
Thursday, March 16 – Board of Education Meeting @ BES (6-7 PM)
Tuesday, March 21 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)
Wednesday, March 22 – Spring Picture Day @ BES (Class Pictures for everyone)
Friday, March 24 – Spirit Wear Orders Due & Spring Break Begins

Second Grade Update

Week That Was

How about our second graders and the February Frolic?  Thank you so much for making our program a part of your week.  It was a lot of fun for us to see how excited and proud the second graders were throughout their dress rehearsals and final performance.
The program was a lot of fun, but it was nice for us to resume our normal schedule and routine on Wednesday.  We resumed our morning routine with a new text, Danger! Earthquakes, that we’ve worked on throughout the rest of the week.  The text has allowed us to resume our focus on weather and natural disasters, and then using a text to find facts and supporting details.  Everyone has been working on doing their own research too!
Our math unit is winding down.  It has been a long one focused on place value and problem solving strategies.  We’ll close our week and the unit at the same time, so we’ll be on to a new one beginning next week.

 

 

The Week to Come

We’ll be in transition next week with our curriculum.  Second graders are building towards being able to finish up our reading/writing unit by doing their own research on a natural event.  They’re going to present their research in the form of a news article.  We’ll also try to take our end of unit assessment in parts on Chromebooks.

Our next math unit is short, but entirely focused on measurement.  Students will be participating in a number of activities to build understanding and familiarity with different units of measurement.  In the early activities for next week, we try to acknowledge the importance of using standard forms of measurement.

Our third quarter comes to a close next week!  It’s crazy to think that we’re about to get into our final quarter.  Please look over conference signups and plan accordingly for our upcoming nights on March 13 and 15.

 

Important Events

Thursday, March 9 – Author Visit @ BES (Mary Kay Carson)
Friday, March 10 – End of 3rd Quarter
Monday, March 13 & Wednesday, March 15 – Conferences (sign-ups will be out next week)
Thursday, March 16 – Board of Education Meeting @ BES (6-7 PM)
Tuesday, March 21 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)
Wednesday, March 22 – Spring Picture Day @ BES (Class Pictures for everyone)
Friday, March 24 – Spirit Wear Orders Due & Spring Break Begins

Have a Great Weekend!