Second Grade Update

Week That Was

We enjoyed another four day week at BES!  This was a strange week, but it included a lot of fun opportunities.  On Tuesday, we administered the CogAT assessment to all second graders.  It was our focus for the entire day with scheduled breaks for play and rest.  The students worked hard.  Results aren’t immediate with the CogAT – we typically receive them back sometime in April.

We also spent time this week finishing up our MAP requirements for the year.  Students took the reading MAP on Wednesday and the math MAP on Thursday.  We were very impressed with the effort and the growth in scores.  When our third quarter report cards are ready, we’ll again provide a print-out with the updated MAP data.

To help us with the MAP testing, we spent the afternoons focused on learning about volcanoes.  It led to some fun science where every second grader mixed, and scultped their own volcano.  They also painted it, and then we simulated an eruption with a baking soda-vinegar reaction.  The students enjoyed the hands-on nature of the project, and it led to a fun moment with all erupted!  Please take a look at the pictures.

In addition to testing and fun with volcanoes, students have been hard at work practicing for their “February Frolic!”

 

The Week to Come

 

We’ll be very focused on our music performance for Monday and Tuesday.  Students will be practicing, and then performing dress rehearsals each day.  Our red shirts are in.  Mrs. Bolender prefers them to stay here through our Tuesday evening performance.  Please remember that our show is at 7 PM on Tuesday, and students are asked to report to our rooms at 6:30 PM.

Once we get through our show and stage successes, we’ll get back to our routine on Wednesday!  We’ll resume where we’ve paused in our current units in math, reading, and writing.  Our focused text will be about earthquakes, and we’ll continue our practice on informative writing.  We’ll be able to resume and wrap-up our unit in math on place value and number sense.  Please look for homework coming home today.  We’ll return to the homework and word study work for next week.

Important Events

Tuesday, February 28 – “February Frolic” (2nd Grade Performance @ BES, Arrive at 6:30 PM)
Thursday, March 9 – Auther 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)

Have a Great Weekend!

Second Grade Update

Week That Was

Our four day week went by very quickly!  Tuesday morning was a  lot of fun!  Thank you to all who volunteered time to help allow our second graders to enjoy a themed party around Valentine’s Day.  It was a nice break from our normal schedule and routine.
Throughout the rest of the mornings this week, students worked with and finished Disaster Alert!  The second graders really enjoyed the reading, and it allowed for great discussions and practice with informative writing topics.  We connected our work with natural disasters with a fascinating STEM project in science.  Students worked in partners or small groups to plan and build a shelter out of available materials that had to house a fictional paper family in a tornado.  We tested the tornado with a hair dryer on the high setting!  The shelter needed to be built strong enough to not give in or move during the testing with the hair dryer.  The project offered students a problem that they had to collaborate and compromise to solve.
In math, we continued to practice with our knowledge with place value to solve a number of multi-step problems.  Students continue to build their skills in having multiple strategies to solve problems with.  We’re closing in on the conclusion of our fifth math unit.

 

 

The Week to Come

We hope everyone enjoys the extended weekend.  This gives us a shortened week ahead again.  We have some testing that we’re scheduled to take on next week.  On Tuesday, second graders will be taking the CoGat.  The CoGat will be administered all in one day – it’s in a testing booklet, and results will be sent to us later in the spring.  Then on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, students will be taking the reading and math MAP assessments in class.  It’ll be the final time we do the MAP for second grade.

To go along with the testing, we’re going to be having some science fun connected to our focus right now in the afternoons.  On Wednesday and Thursday, we’ll be creating and erupting volcanoes in class!  This is a very involved activity, but so much fun.  For this, we’re asking for some help.  Throughout second grade, if all girls could bring/donate a container of iodized salt, and all boys a package of flour, we’d greatly appreciate it.  We want each second grader to create their own volcano!

Important Events

February 13 -24 –  Box Top Collection at BES (2 weeks!)
Friday, February 17 – No School for Students (Inservice Day)
Monday, February 20 – No School (President’s Day) & BES Bowling Night (6-8 @ Eastgate Lanes)
Tuesday, February 21 – PTO Meeting (7 PM @ BES)
Tuesday, February 28 – “February Frolic” (2nd Grade Performance @ BES)

Have a Great Weekend!

Second Grade Update

Week That Was

Our week was centered around some great science events.  Thank you PTO!  Science Night was an amazing turnout this year – it was great seeing so many second grade families coming back to school in the evening to enjoy a night of science fun.  COSI on Wheels was at our school on Thursday.  These two big science events were brought to us by the PTO, and gave us a fun, eventful week.
In the classroom, students wrote a narrative PBA at the beginning of the week.  They were given the task of continuing on from the ending of The Earth Dragon Awakes by choosing to write in first person as either Henry or Chin (two of the main characters).  It was a tough prompt, but one that involved a lot of practice.  We’re impressed in the growth in writing being shown.
In math, we’re really building on our knowledge with place value, and with it, we’re working with greater numbers.  We introduced new workshop games, and have been doing some practice problems, all around place value.  We’ve introduced expanded form to go along with sticker notation as well.  This is tough, and we’ll continue to practice and build on the concepts.

 

 

The Week to Come

 

We have a shortened week ahead with Friday being an inservice day for teachers.  Tuesday morning at 9:30 will be our time for a Valentine’s Party.  In addition to these items, second graders will be working hard with Mrs. Bolender on their performance.

In class, we’ll continue our work with Disaster Alert! and practice with informative writing.  The book is one of high interest, so we’ll surround our study of it around natural disasters and weather with science.  Students will receive practice in researching and working with a piece of writing over time.

Our math unit continues with place value, number sense, and problem solving.  As stated above, we’ll continue to have workshops and problems to help build skills with the place value concepts we’re working on.

Important Events

Monday, February 6 – Adopt-a-Book Drive Begins (Information in Friday Folder) 
Tuesday, February 7 – BES Science Night (6-8 PM @ BES!)
Thursday, February 9 – COSI Day @ BES
February 13 -24 –  Box Top Collection at BES (2 weeks!)
Tuesday, February 14 – 2nd Grade Valentine’s Day Parties (9:30 AM)
Friday, February 17 – No School for Students (Inservice Day)
Monday, February 20 – No School (President’s Day) & BES Bowling Night (6-8 @ Eastgate Lanes)
Tuesday, February 21 – PTO Meeting (7 PM @ BES)
Tuesday, February 28 – “February Frolic” (2nd Grade Performance @ BES)

Have a Great Weekend!

Second Grade Update

Week That Was

 

We finished The Earth Dragon Awakes this week as planned.  Students enjoyed the book a lot, and it led to great discussions, and positive influences on narrative writing.  The week finished up with a a short story, “Seek the Sun.”  Our narrative writing has come a long way, and it’ll lead to our next PBA for next week.

Math has been a lot of fun this week!  We were introduced to a new game – Close to 100.  Students played with “digit cards” and a partner to work on finding two-digit numbers that added up close to 100.  On a turn, they have 6 digits, and have to play 4 to make the 2-digit numbers.  It’s a great addition to our workshop lineup, and students played the game with the appropriate strategies as we try to build fluency on our building number sense.

We spent most of our science time on the water cycle this week.  We learned a catchy song, “Water Cycle Boogie,” and some big science words and concepts.  Students are also spending some extra time working with Mrs. Bolender to prepare for our “February Frolic.”  Thank you to all who’ve sent in the shirt money and order – please try to get those in very soon if you haven’t and plan to.

The Week to Come

Our narrative writing practice gets put to the writing process next week with our next PBA.  Students will be working on a point of view narrative that will serve as a continuation with our last anchor text, The Earth Dragon Awakes.  It’s a fun prompt, and one they’ve had a lot of practice to hopefully be creative and successful with.

Math will continue on with some of the games we’ve introduced.  The focus is to build our comfort in place value and number sense.  We’ll introduce and work towards the thousands place in numbers, and have plenty of practice in problems and writing.  The games serve as a means to practice towards our goals to add and subtract fluently within 100.

Science will be a primary focus next week.  In class, we’ll build upon our weather unit and be ready for some fun experiments and even a STEM activity!  Science will surround students next week at BES.  Tuesday is our annual, BES Science Night!  It runs from 6-8 PM and is a free event for BES students and families!  It’s always a blast and we look forward seeing many of you here for a fun night of science.  Thursday of next week is our BES COSI visit.  COSI on Wheels allows science to come to our school and set up hands-on experiments and science fun right at school for our students.  We’ll be seeing an assembly in the morning, and every class will be visiting for a later session to do some of the experiments.  Thank you PTO!

Important Events

Monday, February 6 – Adopt-a-Book Drive Begins (Information in Friday Folder) 
Tuesday, February 7 – BES Science Night (6-8 PM @ BES!)
Thursday, February 9 – COSI Day @ BES
February 13 -24 –  Box Top Collection at BES (2 weeks!)
Tuesday, February 14 – 2nd Grade Valentine’s Day Parties (9:30 AM)
Friday, February 17 – No School for Students (Inservice Day)
Monday, February 20 – No School (President’s Day))
Tuesday, February 21 – PTO Meeting (7 PM @ BES)

Have a Great Weekend!

Second Grade Update

Week That Was

We wrapped up our assessments to begin the week.  It’s nice to be complete with them and back to our normal schedule!  We began The Earth Dragon Awakes on Tuesday.  It’s been quite a hit!  It’s a great book and piece of historical fiction set during and after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.  In addition to being a great book to read and listen to, it has provided wonderful discussions and writing opportunities throughout our week.

 

In math, we’ve enjoyed beginning our fifth unit.  This unit focuses on place value and expanding our problem solving abilities.  The story problems that were featured on our homework this week have been an early priority.  It involves being successful in both addition and subtraction in the same problem.  We’ve also gotten back into money as we practice further on our fluency of numbers and solving problems with our 100 chart/grid.

Science has returned this week too!  We’ve begun a weather unit that will stick around for a few weeks.  It’s a great time to get into this!  Thank you to everyone who has donated materials for us to better be able to extend ourselves into some STEM opportunities and weather experiments.

The Week to Come

 

We will continue and eventually finish our reading of The Earth Dragon Awakes.  It’ll allow us to further learn of the events featured, and discuss how characters in stories respond to such events.  As writers we’ll hopefully keep building on our narrative writing skills and techniques.  Mr. Yep in our anchor text provides us with a great source to study on how to use adjectives and describe feelings and surroundings.  We hope it’ll help us create even more exciting narratives.

Math and science continue on next week as we’ve begun units this week.  We work further with money and problem solving (to and from 100).  Science will bring us some experiments and lessons continuing on weather.  We’ll spend time with the water cycle and types of weather.

Good luck to all performing in our Talent Show!  We hope it’s a fantastic show!  Please note that in Friday Folders, our yearly Time for Kids pamphlet mailers are being sent.  This is completely voluntary to participate, and we’re assured that it gives Time permission to send one mailing – no obligations, cost, or consistent contacting.  Students will fill out 7 of the address slips, return the entire book sometime next week, and their prize is a superhero lanyard clip, and we can receive free school subscriptions to Time for Kids.

Important Events

Tuesday, February 7 – BES Science Night (6-8 PM @ BES!)
Thursday, February 9 – COSI Day @ BES

Have a Great Weekend!