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!

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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!

Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

It was a shortened, four day week, but we kept it busy!  It’s been nice for all of us to again get an opportunity to meet with everyone and discuss progress and goals.  Thanks for making our conference schedule this past week an important part of your schedule.  We also enjoyed our Valentine’s party on Wednesday.  Thank you to all who volunteered time and/or resources for it to be a memorable day for our second graders.

In class, a big focus has been with nonfiction, informative texts in reading.  The topics have been around natural disasters from our anchor texts.  As we’ve worked through discussions and reading on natural disasters, we’ve also learned how to research other sources to help us write about a topic.  Second graders have improved a lot in being able to research and organize an informative paragraph for their own.

Our math unit continues to build on problem solving strategies with building skills around place value.  Students are working hard on solving multi-step problems where the value of the numbers continues to quickly grow.

The Week Ahead

We have no school on Monday, so our week is again shortened.  Second graders will be taking our required standardized tests next week.  The tests we take are the IOWA and CogAT.  We have a testing schedule for the week, and will spend some time during each of the four days next week.  Results for these take some time, as they’re in a booklet.  As we find out information later in the year, we’ll share with everyone.

In addition to the testing, we’ll progress forward to finish our math unit and practice/work through our next writing PBA.  We’ll also surround our time with some fun breathers to motivate us through each of our days with testing sessions!

 

Important Dates

 

Friday, February 16 – No School for Students (Inservice Day for Staff)

Monday, February 19 – No School 

Tuesday, February 20 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM @ BES)

Wednesday, February 28 – BESAzon Shopping Day

Have a great long weekend!

Second Grade Update

The Week That Was

We moved into a new anchor text this week – Disaster Alert!.  It’s a nonfiction text featuring several natural disasters by defining what they are, how they happen, and how dangerous they are.  It’s a very interesting read, and interest has certainly been high.  With an informational text, we’ve returned to informational writing.  Second graders are receiving practice on how to best write a topic sentence, and to use research to support a topic with facts and supporting details.

Our math unit is quickly moving into big problems!  We’re moving forward with place value into the hundreds place, and numbers through 1,000.  We’re teaching it within our strategy of sticker notation, and with it, how it relates to place value.  Students have been introduced to games and activities where they practice quickly adding/subtracting 10 and/or 100 with numbers.

Science has continued this week with a focus on the water cycle.  The weather unit has been a lot of fun!   A big thanks to the many second grade families who were able to attend our Science Night this past Tuesday.  It was another fantastic turnout, and we enjoyed leading all on a marshmallow catapult challenge in second grade.  We hope all had a wonderful time throughout all of the great stations, and we truly appreciate you making BES a family destination for evening learning and fun.

The Week Ahead

We have a shortened week with students not coming on Friday.  We also have Valentine’s Day on Wednesday with afternoon classroom parties in all our rooms.  It’ll make for a fun, but very eventful week.  We also look forward to seeing everyone at conferences.  Busy week ahead!

 

In the classrooms, we’ll continue our work on Disaster Alert!  Second graders will be contiuing their work on researching and piecing together strong informative paragraphs.  We’ll be getting towards 3-digit addition in math, and we’ll wrap up our weather unit in science.

Around the school, please be aware that Box Tops collections continue throughout next week.  Additionally, we’re beginning a cereal drive next week.  Please consider donating a favorite cereal to local families in need.   Our plan is to create a display in the front lobby of all collected cereal boxes throughout our drive.

 

Important Dates

 

Monday, February 12 – Box Tops Competition Continues/Cereal Drive

Tuesday, February 13 – Conference Night (4-8 PM)

Wednesday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day Parties (1:45 – 2:45 in 2nd Grade)

Thursday, February 15 – Conference Night (4-8 PM)

Friday, February 16 – No School for Students (Inservice Day for Staff)

Monday, February 19 – No School 

Tuesday, February 20 – PTO Meeting (7-8 PM @ BES)

Have a great weekend!