~SUMMER~

Hello parents! I hope you all have a fun and safe summer planned! I have absolutely LOVED teaching your children this year, and I will miss them dearly!

For those of you that are looking for some ideas for avoiding the “summer slump”, here are my biggest tips to prepare you for next year.

  • Read, read, READ! The students will begin doing longer stories (chapter books!) and “book studies” in class next year, and fluency and comprehension are a MUST! Have your student read out loud to you at least once a week, and ask questions! Basic comprehension questions are good such as main idea and supporting details, but even better are questions that involve text evidence or inference. Think of open ended questions like:
    “How do you think the character felt when…? What would you do if…..? Why do you think the character reacted the way he/she did?”

    The students always could use more practice with non-fiction text as well. Book Adventure is a free website that has quizzes and reading resources that many parents have found helpful.

  • Practice your basic math facts! 3rd grade math jumps right in with multiplication, and knowing basic addition and subtraction up to 12+12 is a game changer. xtramath.com is a free website/app that really helps practice these facts. The students also really need to achieve something we call automaticity which is knowing how many are in a group without counting each individual (up to 5 or 6 is helpful).

May Fever!

Happy Spring! I’m sure that everyone is enjoying the (finally!) warm weather as much as I am. As the school year winds down, here are some things we have been working on and some events coming up.

  • May Crowning will be this Friday at 9:45. Each student will have a small reading part and should come dressed in their First Communion attire. The students should also bring a dress down outfit to change into after the ceremony.
  • We have wrapped up our Force and Motion unit with a really fun friction experiment! We tested different surfaces to see which one would make the cars travel the furthest. The students did an excellent job testing the different surfaces and recording their results.

                         

                          
  • The students also tested the use of gravity and height with the distance that cars travel. The students realized that (generally speaking), the steeper the ramp is the further the car goes. The students also came up with creative ways to keep the car straight, such as rulers to act as guard rails for the car.

                                        

  • Finally, I am sure your student is coming home talking about all the “games” we keep playing in class. I know this time of year the students get very excited for summer so I try to center more of our learning on game-centered instruction. Recently, we played “Slap the Synonym”, very similar to Slap Jack. The students seemed very motivated to learn more about synonyms during this game.

Keep rocking on second grade! I am so proud of all you have accomplished to help us become a STEM designated school!

Force and Motion

Welcome back to the fourth quarter! It’s hard to believe that we are already at our last quarter of second grade. We have so much that we are going to do before the school year ends.

In science, we have been working on force and motion. We have been exploring pushes, pulls, friction, gravity, simple machines such as levers, ramps and fulcrums, and starting today-magnets! The unit test is a big one-I plan on doing a “practice test” in class with the students to review and then send home as a study guide. We have had a LOT of fun with the force and motion experiments.

As a friendly reminder, we have several dates coming up for our First Communion.

  • We have Jesus Day on Saturday, April 14th from 8:30-12:30 at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • We have a First Communion practice on Friday, April 27th at 6:30 here at Saint Joseph’s Parish.
  • First Communion will be held on Saturday, April 28th at Saint Joseph’s Parish. We ask that the students arrive no later than 9:30 am on this day.

Polar Bear and Valentines

What an exciting time to be in second grade! On Flex Day, we created polar bear dens out of marshmallows and toothpicks. The parameters for the den were:

  • four walls
  • a door
  • a roof
  • the polar bear needed to fit inside.

The students did an AWESOME job creating these dens and collaborated together so well. They really worked hard to include a little bit of everyone’s ideas and delegated jobs to each other. It was amazing to watch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Valentine’s Day, we made bags to put our Valentine cards in. I gave the students a paper bag and showed them an example of how to turn the paper bag into an owl. I also told the students to get creative-if they didn’t want to make an owl they didn’t have to. They could also add any details they wanted to the owls if they choose. The results were so amazingly creative. I am so glad I didn’t limit them to just the example! Their final products were so much better than I could have imagined.

Getting energetic!

We are wrapping up our energy unit and I am so excited for our work! We are making posters to explain to the school (and specifically the fifth grade) WHY we need to reduce our energy consumption and HOW we can reduce our energy consumption. For our final project, we are creating posters, then turning them into a voiced-over power-point to present. We have been working very hard the past few days and hope to be finished by Friday.

The next few days I will be finishing putting in grades, and report cards will come home next Wednesday. Look for a notice coming home from me regarding February parent-teacher conferences.

MLK and more

It’s hard to believe we are halfway through January already! We have some changes to our previously posted schedule. Due to all the crazy snow/cold days that we have had, the end of the quarter has been pushed back until next Wednesday, January 24th. Report cards will go home in the Wednesday folder on January 31st. Since the end of the quarter has been pushed back, we will still be trying to take our math test over subtraction strategies before the end of the quarter. Be sure to be practicing story problems and subtracting using compensation. These seem to be our areas that we struggle with the most so far.

 

Speaking of testing, we have started our winter MAP testing! Today we took the math portion, and I am so proud of how hard the class worked! They really took their time. Tomorrow, we will be taking the reading portion and the language portion next Monday.

 

Today in class we also worked on learning more about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his impact on our world. Tomorrow, we will be writing about our dreams for society. I will post some examples next week, so make sure to check back!

Welcome to January!

Hello again parents!

I hope everyone has had a very RESTFUL extra snow days! We are getting back into the swing of things with school and are looking to have our math test before the end of the quarter. It may be hard, but please try to stay on top of things! That being said, the end of the quarter has been pushed back. The end of the quarter is now Wednesday, January 24th, with report cards coming home on Wednesday, January 31st.

Our class worked on a collaboration project right before Christmas break that I could not be more proud of! We created a door decoration in small groups, then came together and created a cohesive class decoration.

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December is near!

Hello parents!

It’s hard to believe that time is passing so quickly! We are working so hard in second grade and I could not be prouder! The students are doing so well at adding with the standard algorithm, I am planning on our test being next week, the week of December 4th. Please keep checking your students’ agenda books to see which day the test will fall on.

 

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The students are working very hard on a project about endangered animals. We spent some time researching and finding out more about some endangered animals and where they live. This project is in addition to our school store, which is going amazingly! So far our class has a profit of over $80! This week, we will be looking into improvements we can make to our store, so make sure to be thinking about this over the next few days!

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Finally, our First Reconciliation is just around the corner! As a reminder, it will be on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16TH at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We are so excited for our first celebration of this amazing sacrament!

Rolling Along!

Our students are doing so amazing in class! I am so proud of what they have accomplished. Last Thursday we got to celebrate with pajama day and “drive-in movie” since we hit our goal of 10 marbles! I can’t wait to see what the students get to do when we hit our new goal of 15 marbles!

We have moved on from our money unit in math (the students did AWESOME on our test!) and are going back to addition strategies within 100. We will still keep working with money as we open our class store for the school! We are looking forward to our “grand opening” on Friday the 27th!

We have successfully completed 2 weeks of book clubs and I am so impressed with the students work ethic during this time! I am excited to continue working on book clubs throughout the year to keep improving our reading comprehension skills.

 

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Finally, the students worked so hard on our last STEM project in class- a group effort to try to create the longest paper chain using only 2 pieces of construction paper, 1 pair of scissors, 12 inches of masking tape, and a ruler. The students were so creative during this learning opportunity and afterwards we got to talk about ways to improve the project if we were to try it again.

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Remember, the grading period ends on Friday, October 27th! Turn in any missing work and work hard to keep those grades up!  IMG_0419 IMG_0418

Money, group work, and the Constitution

Good afternoon parents!

What a great time we have been having in second grade! We did a good job on our first math test and have moved on to money! In our math books, the chapter consists of both money and time, but we will just be focusing on the money portion of the chapter for now. Please make sure you are reviewing how to identify coins, coin values, and how to count on for money.IMG_0408

Last Monday, our class celebrated Constitution Day, where we talked about what the Constitution is and why it is important that we have one. Afterwards, the students wrote a few sentences about why each student thinks the Constitution is important.

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Finally, we have been working on how to work in groups in class. I am so proud of how much the students have progressed in group work. We started the year having a hard time staying focused and getting work completed, but now we are having AWESOME discussions together and working very diligently. We also are learning how to be kind when picking partners and politely telling our classmates if we already have a partner. I am so impressed! Keep it up second grade!IMG_0410IMG_0411