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.
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!