Weekly Happenings – Oct. 16 – 20

We had a very busy week.  Here is what we have been working on:

MATH –  We continued to focus on story problems.  We worked on comparison problems, mixed story problems, and problems with too much information and not enough information.  We took a quick quiz today to assess story problems as well.  Quizzes will come home on Monday.  Next week we will wrap up Unit 1.

WRITING – This week we finished our first narratiave, small moment.  We added an interesting ending and also did some editing.  Next week we start our 2nd unit.  We will start with getting a new story written and will then focus on making revisions.

READING – This week we focused on comparing and contrasting several different versions of the story The Three Little Pigs.

WEEKLY CLASSROOM GOALS:  This week our goal was:

  1.  To work at being better listeners and direction followers in the afternoon.

UPCOMING DATES:

October

 

24th…………Turkey Trot
27th……………Popcorn Friday
31st…………..Halloween Parties
31st…………Halloween Parade @ 2pm

November

3rd…….Early Release
6th, 8th & 9……Parent/Teacher Conferences
6th-10th…………….Wild West Book Fair
9th………Skating Party
17th…….Popcorn Friday
22nd-24th……….Thanksgiving Break

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., Oct. 23 – Music

Tues., Oct. 24 – Art

Wed., Oct. 25 – Steam

Thurs., Oct. 26 – PE

Fri., Oct. 27 – Music

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

1.This week we continued working on our October Kindness Challenge.  Our kindness cards this week read:

  1.  Say “thank you” everytime someone hands you something.
  2.  Thank the workers who work in the cafeteria.
  3.  Clean up your table in the cafeteria.
  4.  Clean up the playground.
  5.  Don’t give up when something is hard.  Be kind to yourself!

2.  REMEMBER – math homework comes home every Tuesday & Thursday.  It is due back the next day!  Please help your 2nd grader complete this homework and return it to school

3.  READING COUNTS –  The 2nd graders started Reading Counts this week.  Reading Counts is a program through Scholastic that helps kids with reading comprehension.  How it works:  Kids read books in their reading level.  Once finished, they log onto Reading Counts (either on the Ipads or in the computer Lab).  They take a quiz on the book that will test their comprehension.  The kids can read books at home, in the classroom, and from the library.  Books from the library that have a letter on the spine have quizzes.  If kids read books at home, they can write down the titles and check to see if the books have quizzes once at school.  Reading counts quizzes can only be taken at school.

4.  MOBY MAX – We also started Moby Max this week.  It is a math program that finds holes in the kids learning and provides them lessons to work on to help fill those gaps.  This program can be accessed from home.  A letter was sent home about how to log in from home.  The more lessons the kids complete, the more “game” time they earn.  It is a great program to help kids master math standards.

5.  Halloween is quickly approaching.  Please remember to pick appropriate costumes for 2nd grade.  This includes no weapons,  scary masks, or scary clown faces.  2nd graders should be able to put their costumes on by themselves.  The should plan to bring their costumes to school.  We will change into them after lunch.  Our party will be from 12:15 – 1:15.  The Halloween parade will be at 2:00.  Please remember that younger siblings are not allowed to attend the classroom parties.

6.  Mini-Math Assessments – On Fridays, you might notice a small half-sheet math packet come home.  This is a pre & post assessment we use to help guide our instruction.  On Friday, the kids take a short 3 or 4 question pre-assessment.  These questions go with the next week’s math lessons.  Their answers help us to determine what they already know about next week’s topic and how in depth we need to teach.  The 2nd graders then get the same packet back the following Friday after the lessons have been taught.  They use their knowledge gained during the week to fix any mistakes that they had on the preassessment!  It is a great way for the kids to analyze their mistakes and apply their newly acquired knowledge.

7.  Clorox Wipes – we are in need of more clorox wipes for our classroom.  As we quickly approach the “sick” season, these wipes help us keep some of the germs away.  Thank you in advance for your donations.

Weekly Happenings – Oct. 2 – 6

We continue to work hard at being good listeners and direction followers.  The 2nd graders did a great job during the evacuation drill as well.  Here is a run-down of what we are working on in the classroom:

MATH –  This week we started learning about story problems.  We learned about add to and take from  problems. The rest of unit 1 will be dedicated to different types of story problems.

WRITING – This week we worked on brainstorming and writing the middle of our stories.  This is where we put all the details.  We also used transition words to help us tell the story in order.  Next week we will be discussing Leads and how to start our stories in an exciting way.

READING – This week in reading our mini-lesson topics were all about asking questions using the question words of: who, what, where, when, why, and how.

WEEKLY CLASSROOM GOALS:  This week our goals were:

  1.  Mrs. Harmsen sees 3 acts of kindness everyday.
  2.  We will walk quietly and respectfully in the hall being respectful of the quiet zone.  Mrs. Harmsen will not have to stop the line for talkers.  We will do this 3 of the 5 days while walking to special.

We met our KINDNESS goal. Great job!  Everyone earned a classroom dollar!  We are still working on walking in the hallway!

UPCOMING DATES:

October

12th……Walk-a-thon 13th

17th…….Early Release

18th…….PTC Mtg @ 7pm

24th……..Picture Retakes

26th……..Turkey Trot

27th……… Popcorn Friday

31st….Halloween Parties

 

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., Oct. 9 – Gym

Tues., Oct. 10- Music

Wed., Oct. 11 – Art

Thurs., Oct. 12 – Steam

Fri., Oct. 13 – Steam

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

1.This week we started our October Kindness Challenge.  This challenge is focusing on ways to show kindness in our classroom and in the school.   Each day a student gets to pick a card on the bulliten board to turn over.  On each card is a kindness challenge……Our goal is for everyone to complete the challenge sometime during the day.  This week our cards read:    Ask someone new to play with you, Be kind to yourself, and Give the Principal a high five and say “Have a great day!”

2.  REMEMBER – math homework comes home every Tuesday & Thursday.  It is due back the next day!  Please help your 2nd grader complete this homework and return it to school

3.  We did a great job of returning our library books this week.  I hope the Reminder message helped!

4.  Walk-a-Thon – Next Thursday, Oct. 12 is our walk-a-thon.  2nd graders will be walking from 9:15 – 10:00.  Please remember to be collecting money!  All money earned will be put towards more technology for the school.  We use the IPAD everyday in 2nd grade.  It would be great to have more to use!

5.  Mini-Math Assessments – On Fridays, you might notice a small half-sheet math packet come home.  This is a pre & post assessment we use to help guide our instruction.  On Friday, the kids take a short 3 or 4 question pre-assessment.  These questions go with the next week’s math lessons.  Their answers help us to determine what they already know about next week’s topic and how in depth we need to teach.  The 2nd graders then get the same packet back the following Friday after the lessons have been taught.  They use their knowledge gained during the week to fix any mistakes that they had on the preassessment!  It is a great way for the kids to analyze their mistakes and apply their newly acquired knowledge.

Weekly Happenings – Sept. 25 – 29

The cooler weather has arrived.  I hope it sticks around now….I want to give you an update on how things are going in the classroom.  I am really pushing hard right now on good listening skills and following directions.  Things were a bit rough this week.  The class needed a lot of reminders.  We even missed out on the computer lab this morning because we couldn’t get quiet and get our journals done.  Continue to encourage your 2nd grader to be the best listener they can be when at school.

MATH –  This week we learned about addition/subtraction strategies using the doubles facts.  We also learned about equation chains and adding 3 or 4 numbers together.

WRITING – This week we started a new story.  We focused on just writing the beginning which needed to include what, who, when, and where.  Next week we will work on the middle of the story which is where we will put the details of our story.

READING – This week in reading our mini-lesson topics were:

  1. Good readers ask questions Before, During, and After reading.
  2. Good Readers can retell the story in order.
  3. Good Readers can stop and jot their thoughts on a story.
  4. Good readers make predictions before and during reading.

WEEKLY CLASSROOM GOALS:  This week our goals were:

  1.  Everyone completes #1-7 in their comprehension reading packets.
  2.  Everyone earns $1 of classroom money.

Unfortunately, we did not meet either of these goals this week.  We will set new goals on Monday!

UPCOMING DATES:

September
29th……………………..Homecoming

October
12th……………………Walk-a-thon

13th – Early Release
18th……………………Pic Retakes

20th – 2nd Grade Social Studies Day

 

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., Oct. 2 – Steam

Tues., Oct. 3 – Gym

Wed., Oct. 4 – Music

Thurs., Oct. 5 – Art

Fri., Oct. 6 – Steam

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

  1. Today we continued our conversation about KINDNESS.  We talked about the difference between kind and unkind words.  Partners were given a phrase and they had to act out what it said.  Then we discussed if it was a Kind or Unkind phrase.  On Monday we will be starting a Classroom Kindness challenge for the month of October!
  2. The classroom store opened for the first time today.  The kids were able to shop and purchase things with their classroom money.  Ask them about what they bought today!
  3. REMEMBER – math homework comes home every Tuesday & Thursday.  It is due back the next day!  Please help your 2nd grader complete this homework and return it to school!
  4. LIBRARY is on Thursdays.   Many kiddos are forgetting to return their books each week!

ENJOY THESE PICTURES OF THE KIDS ACTING OUT THEIR KINDnESS PHRASES AND A FEW OF THEM SHOPPING AT THE STORE!!


Weekly Happenings – Sept. 18-22

This week was a HOT one!!!  The kids did a great job working hard even though it was really hot!  Here is a little bit about what we learned this week:

MATH –  This week we  practiced addition problems with unknown addends and odd/even numbers.  We did our first mad minute today to work on fact fluency.

WRITING – This week we discussed how good writers narrow down their topics.  Ask your 2nd grader what a “seed” story is.  We also learned how important it is to preplan and do some prethinking before we start writing.

READING – This week in reading our mini-lesson topics were:

  1.  How does a story FIT together?  We learned how to use the pictures, title, words, characters, theme, and cover to help us understand the book.
  2. Good Readers can retell the story identifying the characters, setting, and problem.
  3. Good Readers check for understanding by asking the 5 W’s – who, what, where, when & why.
  4. Good readers make connections while reading.
  5. Good readers can visualize when reading.

We also started small guided reading groups.  Ask your 2nd grader about the book their are reading in their group.

UPCOMING DATES:

September
25-29……………………………..Spirit Week
25th……………………..Walk-a-thon Kick-off
26th……………………………………Fire Drill
29th……………………………..Popcorn Friday
29th…………………Lockdown Drill
29th……………………..Homecoming

October
12th……………………Walk-a-thon

13th – Early Release
18th……………………Pic Retakes

20th – 2nd Grade Social Studies Day

 

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., Sept. 25 – Art  **Crazy Hair Day

Tues., Sept. 26- Steam  **80’s Day

Wed., Sept. 27 – PE  **Favorite Sports Team Day

Thurs., Sept. 28 – Music  **Pajama Day

Fri., Sept. 29  **Eagle Pride Day

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

  1. Today we started our KINDNESS CAMPAIGN in the classroom.  This year our focus word is KINDNESS.  We will be doing activities that focus on how we can be kind to others, what kindness looks like in our classroom and home, and kindness to strangers.  Each month we will have some sort of kindness challenge.  Information on the first challenge will be coming home next week.  Today, we made cootie catchers that had questions about kindness.  Their homework is to share these with you and have you answer the questions too!!!
  2. At the beginning each week we will be setting two goals for the classroom.  The students are the ones who will brainstorm the ideas for these goals.  This week the goals were  1.  Earn 3 Good Behavior Bingos and    2.  Have the Yacker Tracker alarm (stoplight for noise) go off 3 times or less during Reading Workshop.  If the kids reached their goal, everyone would earn $2.00 in classroom money.  I am excited to say that the kids reached both goals today!!!  Awesome job!  Next week the classroom store will be open for the first time.  Students will be able to spend their classroom money!!  Exciting times!!
  3. A shout out to Mrs. Butler…..she dropped off popsicles to the kids this afternoon.  A wonderful treat to help us cool down!!
  4. SCHOLASTIC BOOK ORDERS are due this coming Monday, Sept. 25.  You can place your orders online or send in the paper order with a check.  Thank you!

 

Weekly Happenings – Sept. 11 – 15

We continue to work hard at learning and practicing routines.  We continue to practice good listening skills and following directions.  Here is what we have been doing in the classroom:

MATH –  This week we reviewed math mountains and how you can add/subtract using the numbers.  We also learned the Make a 10 math strategy to help us add.  We spend about 30 minutes in a whole group setting then spend 45 minutes doing rotations.  We have adjusted our rotations and they are now doing independent math, ipads, and fact fluency (flash cards).

WRITING – This week we started talking about what great writers do and look like.  We practiced writing the whole time, staying focus, and building writing STAMINA.  We also discussed how to brainstorm ideas for writing.  **If your 2nd grader has not yet returned their BRAINSTORMING paper, please help them complete it this weekend and return on Monday.

READING – This week in reading we started mini-lessons.  We learned how good readers use their decoding strategies, how to reread when something is confusing, and how to stop and jot our thoughts while reading.  I was also able to read with everyone individually to assess their reading levels.  Next week during our rotations, I will start meeting with reading groups.

UPCOMING DATES:

Fri., Sept. 15  – Early Release

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., Sept. 18 – Music

Tues., Sept. 19 – Art

Wed., Sept. 20 – Steam

Thurs., Sept. 21 – Gym

Fri., Sept. 22 – Music

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

  1. Yesterday in Gym, the class had a very difficult time.  They were not being the greatest listeners and teammates.  Ms. Stokes expressed her concern to them and to me.  Today we had a discussion about the issues they had in Gym.  They were all able to tell me what went wrong.  They wrote a note of apology to Ms. Stokes.  Included in the letter, they had to tell her 2 things that they were going to work hard at doing better.  Some examples were being a better listener, treating group members kindly, working together better.  I hope this lesson will help us to remember how we are to act when we go to Gym.
  2. Remember that we go to Library every Thursday.  Please help your 2nd grader bring their books back every week!

 

Weekly Happenings – Sept. 5 – 8

Wow!  We have had a couple busy weeks.  We are off to a great start.  The first couple of weeks have been dedicated to learning routines.  Next week we will be jumping into curriculum!  Here is a run down of what we have been doing:

MATH –  We have been learning the routines of what Math workshop will look like.  It will start with a whole group mini-lesson.  Then we will move into rotations.  The 2nd graders will do the following rotations each day:

M – Meet with Mrs. Harmsen

A – At your seat independent work

T – Technology

H – Hands on math games

WRITING – This week the students wrote a “On-Demand” narrative for me.  They wrote their best story for me without any help.  They needed to remember everything they learned about good writing from 1st grade.  This piece of writing will be used as their base-line for the year.

READING – This week we started learning the routines of Reading Workshop.  The kids have also been practicing reading independently.  We will start with a whole group minilesson followed by the following rotations:

– Read with Mrs. Harmsen

– Independent Reading

– Word word

I have also starting assessing every student’s reading level as well.

UPCOMING DATES:

Wed., Sept. 13th-School Pictures

Fri., Sept. 15  – Early Release

NEXT WEEKS SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Mon., Sept. 11 – Music

Tues., Sept. 12 – Art

Wed., Sept. 13 – Steam

Thurs., Sept. 14 – Gym

Fri., Sept. 15 – Art

FOR YOUR INFORMATION

  1.  Ms. Stokes is asking that all kids have a pair of  clean gym shoes to keep at school.  These shoes will be worn when we have GYM.  This will help to keep the brand new gym floors clean.  Please send them to school when you can.  Shoes can be kept on the hallway rack all year.
  2.  Please remember to send a set of earphones to school with your 2nd graders.  This will help reduce noise when we are using technology.
  3.  Math homework will start next week.  Homework will come home on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  It is due back to school the next morning.  Thank you for your help with homework.
  4.   Thank you for all the donations of Clorox wipes, tissues, paper towel, and ziplocs.  We are all set for right now.  When our supply is getting low, I will send out request for what is needed!!

 

Welcome to the 2017/2018 School Year!

Welcome to 2nd grade.  I encourage you to subscribe to or bookmark this blog.  I do most of my communication through the blog.  I will do a weekly update on most Fridays.  I also share star student information here.  Below is a link to my “Back to School” information packet.  Please make sure you take time to read this with your 2nd grader before school start.

I am looking forward to a great start to the year.  We are going to have a great classroom and a great group of kiddos!!

Introduction Letter

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School Supply List

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