Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

We’ve enjoyed an exciting, literacy-filled week here at BES!  Thanks to all who were able to make it to our annual Literacy Night.  The BOGO book fair has been going well all week long!

In class, students have wrapped up our focus on reading, learning, and writing about Johnny Appleseed.  Everyone worked hard on opinion writing, and we finished the unit with a true opinion writing PBA in that we didn’t go through the process, but just presented the prompt for a sample to grade.  They’ve improved so much from the beginning on such a task!

We transitioned immediately into our final end of unit assessment.  We will finish this up on Monday and be ready to move on to our final unit of our curriculum.  We won’t take another end of unit assessment – they’re very pleased about this!

Our math unit has also wrapped up this week.  It was a short one, but very productive in transitioning to some more complex math skills.  Look for results on all of this coming home soon.

 

The Week Ahead

We wrapped up units this week, so that means we begin new ones next week.  Our unit in reading and writing moves from pioneers/new ideas to people who made positive change in the world.  We’ll begin a book that is written as a fun challenge to second graders on how they can try to simply help to improve our planet.  It’s called 68 Ways to Save the Planet Before Bedtime.  

In math, we’ll move to our final unit that is a very large one that builds on what we’ve done, but also presents a great review of our year.  It’ll be worked on up until the end of our year!  We begin next week with reviews of problem solving, facts, and money.

We finish this current week with our Walk A Thon Kickoff!  It’s that time again.  Students will know the theme and events planned, and will be coming home with information and collection envelopes.  The event will be on Friday, April 27.  There will be plenty more updates and reminders!

 

Important Dates

 

Tuesday, April 17 – PTO Meeting from 7-8 PM

Friday, April 20 – Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast @ 9 AM

Thursday, April 26 – Zoo Field Trip!

Friday, April 27 – BES Walk A Thon

 

Have a great weekend!

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Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

 

We hope everyone enjoyed the spring break week.  It’s nice to be back and begin our final push towards the end.  It’s hard to believe April is here and the summer is near, but we’re back to work!

We began all new units this week.  Our mornings have focused on texts about Johnny Appleseed.  We’ve read a number of different books where we work to learn about him, and separate facts about him from legend.  We also compare and contrast the information we receive from each.  It’s a good focus at this time of year, and as we use him as a point of discussion, we’ve gotten back into opinion writing.  In the past, we worked on teaching what an opinion is and provided a simple formula for writing a paragraph to express one.  Now we’re taking that foundation and teaching how to still be creative as a writer while still expressing and supporting an opinion.  It’s a challenge at first, but all are quickly improving with their paragraph formation.

In math, we’ve begun a new unit that has focused this week on defining and recognizing even and odd numbers.  It has led to solving problems where some early foundations of multiplication and division are necessary.  We continue to review work with time, money, problem solving, and other areas as we move forward.

Second graders have also been working on a STEM project where a challenge of creating a covered wagon (connecting to our pioneer work) with provided materials was presented.  The wagon is being constructed to hold a certain weight.  They’ve also now begun trying to create a raft that the wagon can be placed on to float on the surface of water.  It’s fun to see the creativitiy, cooperation, and execution of their designs and work!

The Week Ahead

We’ll continue along with our current units.  With regards to language arts, we’ll work to get into our next PBA by the end of next week.  It’s an opinion writing PBA, and will again go through the writing process, but it’ll be a short piece that we’ll be able to get to and complete next week.

 

Mrs. Cooper has planned an art project for second graders in April involving a tie-dye shirt project.  She´s asking for a plain white t-shirt in the correct size with name on the tag in Sharpie marker by Monday, April 16.  

Please know that next week has some big events here at BES!  First of all, it’s spring book fair!  The spring book fair is BOGO – so please pay attention to book fair times and when your child’s class is attending – it’s always a great deal!  We hope you can join us next Wednesday, April 11th for our annual Literacy Night. This year is a pet theme. We will have crafts, activities, and even a photo booth. The BOGO Scholastic Book Fair will be open as well. We will be collecting items for local animal shelters. Be sure to look for the flyer in today’s Friday Folder. 

Finally, next Friday kicks off our annual BES Walk A Thon!  It’s always a big event and a lot of fun.  We’ll kick it off here at school and send information home next Friday.

 

Important Dates

Week of April 9 (4/9 – 4/13) –  Spring BOGO Book Fair

Wednesday, April 11 (6-7:30) – Literacy Night

Friday, April 13 –  BES Walk A Thon Kickoff at School

Tuesday, April 17 – PTO Meeting from 7-8 PM

Friday, April 20 – Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast @ 9 AM

Thursday, April 26 – Zoo Field Trip!

Friday, April 27 – BES Walk A Thon

 

Have a great weekend!

Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

 

We worked hard this week throughout our ongoing units.  Second graders have worked very hard throughout our anchor texts on this module, and have learned a lot about the life of early pioneers.  In addition, we’ve connected the texts to help us create and write narratives that would be realistic to the time period.  It’s amazing to see the writing progress with these second graders.  We’re working on setting a scene, using dialogue, including differing points of views, and rising the action to a problem.  Every writer and student is unique, but there is progress evident with all!

We’ve also continued on with our geography work in learning states and reading US maps.  It’s been a bit scattered in scheduling with our ongoing music practices, but it has been a lot of fun.  Our math unit in measuring has continued along this week too.  We’ve worked with using standard forms of measurement, and even have taught and introduced our imperial form of measurement in comparison to metric.  Big ideas are getting introduced while simple skills are being mastered.  Second graders enjoyed COSI on Wheels on Thursday.  Thank you PTO!

The Week Ahead

One week until our spring break.  We’re already into the fourth quarter.  Goodness!  Report cards will come home on Friday for the third quarter.  Please also look for a form on our field trip.  It’s not until the end of April, but we like to make appropriate plans with us losing a week together during the break.

In class, we’ll wrap up our units before we lead to break.  Students will be spending a lot of our time together in the classrooms putting together and finishing a narrative piece to wrap up our unit and focus on pioneers.  The rest of our time this coming week really focuses on our music program.  Students will be practicing and rehearsing a lot.  They also will run through some practice performances for audiences leading up to our big show on Thursday night.  We’re asking students to try to arrive around 6:30 PM on Thursday.  We’ll have students come back to our rooms before the performance while you and guests grab a seat.  The performance will begin at 7 PM and should last approximately 45 minutes.  We look forward to showing off the hard work put forth by Mrs. Bolender and the second graders.

 

Important Dates

 

Friday, March 16 – 3rd Quarter Report Cards go home

Tuesday, March 20 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)

Wednesday, March 21 – BESAzon Shopping Day

Thursday, March 22 – Calendar Concert (Evening Performance @ BES!)

Friday, March 23 – Last day of school before Spring Break (Classes resume April 2)

Have a great weekend!

Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

It was nice to return to normal routines this week.  We began a new anchor text, Pioneers to the West.  It’s a favorite of ours, as it brings in history, an informational text, geography, and even some favorite works from the era.  The book focuses on the lives of a few famous young pionners.  Notably: George Staples, John McWilliams, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Ruth Chrisman.

Although it’s an informational book, we use it to help us with narratives.  Second graders have begun a narrative where they create a pioneer character with similar struggles to the ones faced by those we read about.  We also use the book to help with a quick unit on map reading and learning the states and their locations in our country.

Our math unit is new too!  It’s a measurement unit where early in the week, second graders were measuring lengths of jumps with paper clips, craft sticks, and cubes.  As the week is concluding, they’re now learning the importance of tools and standard units of measurement.

 

The Week Ahead

 

Next week we’ll continue in the same units.  We’ll progress and finish with our anchor text.  Students will continue to work on narratives.  Measurement will be the focus of math, and we’ll also continue to work with our country and the states that make it up.

Additionally, second graders are getting very busy with their music  practice.  Our show is on Thursday, March 22 at 7 PM.  Next Thursday, our entire school gets to enjoy COSI on Wheels.  Thank you PTO in advance, as it’s always a great day with science!

Important Dates

 

Sunday, March 11 – Daylight Saving Time Begins (set clocks forward)

Thursday, March 15 – COSI on Wheels @ BES!

Friday, March 16 – 3rd Quarter Report Cards go home

Tuesday, March 20 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)

Wednesday, March 21 – BESAzon Shopping Day

Thursday, March 22 – Calendar Concert (Evening Performance @ BES!)

Friday, March 23 – Last day of school before Spring Break (Classes resume April 2)

Have a great weekend!

Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

We moved on from our formal testing, and into a full week together.  I know several second graders had to make up testing sessions from last week, and everyone did a remarkable job doing so and keeping up with what we did this week too.  In class, we wrapped up our fourth unit in our reading and writing curriculum completely.  We started the week with an informative PBA – it involved researching volcanoes with a book we previously read and a new article we provided.  Second graders did a great job of finding important information, and turning it into a simple report with a topic sentence and supportive facts.

The latter part of the week was spent completing our fourth end of unit assessment.  We broke it into our usual three parts over three mornings.  We also wrapped up our unit in math, and will be offering feedback and results of how it all turned out shortly.

We realize that the timing of the last two weeks have piled on the term “assessment” with the second graders, so we made sure we paired this week with a lot of fun.  On Wednesday, every second grader helped mix and sculpt their own volcano.  All rooms are currently filled with volcano scultpures as we finish our week with learning about chemical reactions, and then simulate one with a volanic “eruption.”  We hope the activities and messy fun have left some positive memories of our week!

 

The Week Ahead

 

With wrapping up units this past week, we’ll begin new units next week.  We’ll begin a new anchor text on Monday called Pioneers to the West.  It’s a nonfictional text that documents several early pioneers in our country’s history.  We always love sharing this text to open up discussions of some great topics in history.

Next Tuesday is our spring picture day.  Please remember that all students will take part in the class portrait.  Believe it or not, next Friday ends our third quarter!  Our third quarter report cards will be sent home on Friday, March 16.

Important Dates

 

Tuesday, March 6 – Spring Picture Day (Class Picture is taken!)

Friday, March 9 – End of 3rd Quarter (Can you believe it?)

Sunday, March 11 – Daylight Saving Time Begins (set clocks forward)

Thursday, March 15 – COSI on Wheels @ BES!

Friday, March 16 – 3rd Quarter Report Cards go home

Tuesday, March 20 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)

Wednesday, March 21 – BESAzon Shopping Day

Thursday, March 22 – Calendar Concert (Evening Performance @ BES!)

Friday, March 23 – Last day of school before Spring Break (Classes resume April 2)

Have a great weekend!

Second Grade Update

This week has been focused on our completion of our two standardized tests that all second graders take.  We completed both the IOWA and CogAT assessments throughout the week.  It can be tiresome, but we’ve tried our best to mix in some fun, engaging activities throughout the remainder of our days.

In Science, we completed a “walking water” activity that was a lot of fun, and a shelter survival STEM activity to connect with weather and natural disasters.  Our math unit is in the review stages, as we go over thoroughly the multiple strategies to solve and show work in addition problems.

Both our Box Tops Collection & Cereal Drive concluded this week.  Thanks to all who participated and/or donated.

The Week Ahead

We transition from February to March with a full week ahead.  We move on from the standardized testing, and wrap up our fourth unit in our reading and writing curriculum.  Students will be doing research and writing an informative paper on a natural disaster throughout next week for our writing PBA.  It’s been going well, and it should be a fun process.  In addition, we’ll also wrap-up the fourth unit with our next end of unit assessment.  The math unit we’ve been working on will come to a conclusion too.  It’ll be the theme of the week – concluding a month and multiple units!

To break up the week, and to have a lot of fun with connecting all of our work, researching, and reading on natural disasters – students will be creating a volcano.  This is an involved, messy, but entertaining activity!  We’re looking to do this throughout the afternoon on Wednesday, and we’re even going to look to get some assistance with fifth grade science students!  On Wednesday, students will mix, build, and sculpt their very own volcano.  We’ll wrap up the week on Friday by using the volcanoes to house a simple chemical reaction to simulate an erupting volcano.  It should be a fun, memorable week of science!

 

Important Dates

 

Wednesday, February 28 – BESAzon Shopping Day

Tuesday, March 6 – Spring Picture Day (Class Picture is taken!)

Friday, March 9 – End of 3rd Quarter (Can you believe it?)

Sunday, March 11 – Daylight Saving Time Begins (set clocks forward)

Thursday, March 15 – COSI on Wheels @ BES!

Friday, March 16 – 3rd Quarter Report Cards go home

Tuesday, March 20 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM)

Wednesday, March 21 – BESAzon Shopping Day

Thursday, March 22 – Calendar Concert (Evening Performance @ BES!)

Friday, March 23 – Last day of school before Spring Break (Classes resume April 2)

Have a great weekend!