Weekly Happenings – March 13 – 17

We had another busy week in 2nd grade.  Here are some things we are working on in the classroom.

MATH –  In math we are continuing to work our way through Unit 5.  We have been practicing telling time to the five minute.  We are also learning about picture graphs and bar graphs.

READING – We are reading non-fiction again.  Kids are working with partners and reading nonfiction topics such as bats, sports, butterflies, dinosaurs, weather, and many more.  We are focusing on using nonfiction text features to help us learn information.

WRITING –  This week the kids had some opportunity to free write.  Many are working on “books” with their friends.  So fun to see their creativity!

 UPCOMING DATES:

3/21 ~ PTC Meeting @ 7pm
3/21 ~ Jet’s Pizza Night
3/23 ~ Tarry Hall Skating Party 6:30p-8:30p
3/24 ~ Popcorn Friday/SPIRIT Day!
3/31 – 4/7 ~ SPRING BREAK…… NO SCHOOL

SPECIALS FOR NEXT WEEK:

Monday, March 20 – Music

Tuesday, March 21 – Art

Wednesday, March 22 – Gym

Thursday, March 23 – Music

Friday, March 24 – Art

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  1.  It was nice seeing so many of you at parent teacher conferences.  Thank you for your attendance.
  2. KEYBOARDING….As you might have heard, the 2nd graders have been learning keyboarding and practicing their typing skills.  The the right side of this blog, there is a link that will take the kids to the program All the Right Type.  I highly encourage kids to use this program at home for continued practice.  Many have lessons that need to be completed.  It is a great way to continue practicing the skills they have learned so far.
  3. Thank you for all the chocolate donations to our Carnival basket.
  4. Remember to bring in new or gently used books for the Alward Book Drive!

Weekly Happenings – Feb. 27 – March 3

We had another busy week in 2nd grade.  Here are some things we are working on in the classroom.

MATH –  Can you say STORY PROBLEMS?  That is what we have been working on all week.  Some 2nd graders continue to have a hard time with story problems and that is OK.  They are difficult.  Some of our 2nd grade brains are just not ready to decipher all this information.  It is a process…..we will keep working at them.

READING  & WRITING –  This wrapped up our poetry unit this week by writing Bio Poems and Acrostic poems.  Today the kids got to type  a poem in the computer lab.

SCIENCE – We also finished up our Science booklet on water and air.  The kids had fun with all the pages and pockets.

 UPCOMING DATES:

3/10 ~ EARLY RELEASE @ 12:15pm
3/13 ~ P/T Conferences 5:30p-8p
3/15 ~ P/T Conferences 5:30p-8p
3/16 ~ P/T Conferences 4p-6:30p
3/18 ~ Spring Carnival  11a-2p
3/21 ~ PTC Meeting @ 7pm
3/21 ~ Jet’s Pizza Night
3/23 ~ Tarry Hall Skating Party 6:30p-8:30p
3/24 ~ Popcorn Friday/SPIRIT Day!

SPECIALS FOR NEXT WEEK:

Monday, March 6 – Gym

Tuesday, March 7 – Music

Wednesday, March 8 – Art

Thursday, March 9 – Gym

Friday, March 10 – Music

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  1.  SHOES.….please remember to send shoes in your 2nd graders backpack now that we are heading into the snow & boot season.  Kids can also keep a pair of shoes at school if it is easier than transporting them back and forth everyday!
  2.  There is a ton of sickness going around.  Please keep your child home if they are running a fever or extreme coughing.  We appreciate your help in keeping us all healthy.  Thank You!
  3. If you walk around Alward you will see our classroom doors decorated like Dr. Seuss books.  This is in honor of March is Reading  Month.  To go along with this, our Alward Teams are participating in a book drive to collect books for kids in our community who might not have a lot of reading materials.  Please consider donating your new or gently used books to the Alward Book Drive.
  4. CARNIVAL CLASS BASKETS – Our class basket theme for the carnival is “CHOCOLATE LOVERS”.  Please consider making a donation to our basket by donating anything chocolate.  Let’s make our basket the one that everyone wants to win!!

Weekly Happenings – Feb. 13 – 17

We had another busy week in 2nd grade.  Here are some things we are working on in the classroom.

MATH –  This week in math workshop we practices adding and subtracting money.  We also talked about how not to get confused if there are addition and subtraction problems mixed together.  See if your 2nd grader can tell you the trick about doing mixed addition and subtraction.  The next two weeks are focusing on story problems again.

READING  & WRITING –  This week we continued our poetry unit.  We learned about rhyme, rhythm, Haiku’s and Found poems.  The kids are doing a great job reading and writing their own poetry.

SCIENCE – We are currently working on a fun booklet learning about water and air.

 UPCOMING DATES:

2/18 ~ Father/Daughter Event
2/24 ~ Popcorn Friday/SPIRIT Day!

SPECIALS FOR NEXT WEEK:

Monday, Feb. 20 – Art

Tuesday, Feb. 21 – Gym

Wednesday, Feb. 22 – Music

Thursday, Feb. 23 – Art

Friday, Feb. 24 – Gym

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  1.  SHOES.….please remember to send shoes in your 2nd graders backpack now that we are heading into the snow & boot season.  Kids can also keep a pair of shoes at school if it is easier than transporting them back and forth everyday!
  2.  There is a ton of sickness going around.  Please keep your child home if they are running a fever or extreme coughing.  We appreciate your help in keeping us all healthy.  Thank You!
  3.  A shout out to Mrs. Kuyt, Mrs. Palmer, Mrs. Stolte, and Mr. Rodriguez for volunteering at the Valentines Day Party!  The kids had fun!
  4.  Please remember that our classroom water has been turned off due to construction.  Please send a water bottle to school for the kids to use as a drink source.
  5. Today we had a special visitor in the classroom!  Make sure you ask your 2nd grader all about it!

Star Student – Bennett Scholten

Bennett was our star student this week.  Here are some interesting things we learned about him:

  1.  When he grows up he wants to be a sports star.
  2.  His favorite thing to do in school is Gym.
  3.  When he was born, he didn’t breathe right away!
  4.  His favorite food is ribs!
  5.  He loves to wear hats, even as a baby!

Thanks for being a great star student Bennett!

Star Student – Jaxon Wolters

Jaxon was our star student last week.  Here are some things we learned about him:

  1.  When he grows up he wants to be a college and NFL player or a basketball player
  2.   He has 13 cousins.
  3.  He has been on Sports Center!
  4.   He loves reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.
  5.  At school he loves going to PE.

Thanks for being a great star student Jaxon!

Weekly Happenings – Feb. 6 – 10

We had another busy week in 2nd grade.  Here are some things we are working on in the classroom.

MATH –  We are now doing Math workshop.  During our math block, the kids rotate through 3 stations.  The kids are in small groups and work through the stations on a daily basis.  They meet with me for a mini-lesson and instruction.  Then they have independent practice time to work on journal pages, then they spend time doing Moby Max math on the i-pads.  This workshop set up allows me to meet with a teach smaller groups of kids.  In whole group, some kids tend to drift off and not pay attention.  In these small groups, I am able to see what everyone is doing and how they are learning the new information.  The kids like the rotations.  Each Friday, we do a small Pre-Assessment of the following weeks topics and the scores help me put the kids in groups.  This week our lessons included adding and subtracting money values, story problems, and subtraction practice (2-digit and 3-digit).

READING  & WRITING –  This week we started a poetry unit for reading and writing.  We are learning about different types of poetry by reading them.  Then the kids get an opportunity to try their hands at writing poetry.  This week we learned about alliteration and using adjectives in poems.

SCIENCE – We are currently working on a fun booklet learning about water and air.

 

 UPCOMING DATES:

2/14 ~ Valentine Parties ( 10:30 – 11:30)
2/18 ~ Father/Daughter Event
2/24 ~ Popcorn Friday/SPIRIT Day!

SPECIALS FOR NEXT WEEK:

Monday, Feb. 13 – Gym

Tuesday, Feb. 14 – Music

Wednesday, Feb. 15 – Art

Thursday, Feb. 16 – Gym

Friday, Feb. 17 – Music

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  1.  SHOES.….please remember to send shoes in your 2nd graders backpack now that we are heading into the snow & boot season.  Kids can also keep a pair of shoes at school if it is easier than transporting them back and forth everyday!
  2.  There is a ton of sickness going around.  Please keep your child home if they are running a fever or extreme coughing.  We appreciate your help in keeping us all healthy.  Thank You!
  3.  Our Valentine Party will be on Tuesday, Feb. 14 from 10:30 – 11:30.  Have 2nd graders bring their valentines on Monday or Tuesday to deliver to their friends.
  4. Thank you all for the donations of Clorox wipes and tissues!  It is very appreciated!!
  5.  Please remember that our classroom water has been turned off due to construction.  Please send a water bottle to school for the kids to use as a drink source.

Weekly Happenings – Jan. 23 – 27

I can’t believe we are already to the end of January!  Time is flying!  Here is what we worked on this week in the classroom:

MATH –  Our focus this week was double digit subtraction.  The method that I would like the kids to use is called Ungroup First or better know as Borrowing.  Our focus next week will continue to be subtraction but also including 3 digit start numbers.  This process will continue to make some kids struggle.  Please continue practicing subtraction problems at home.  We continue to take weekly timed tests to help us learn our basic addition and subtraction facts.  The goal is 30 problems in 1 minute.  Please take note of your 2nd grader’s timed test that came home today.  If the numbers are low, please consider help your 2nd grader with additional practice.  Flashcard are a great tool!

READING –  This week we continued our series reading by reading several more Henry and Mudge stories.  Next week we will wrap up this unit.

WRITING – This week we wrote a couple of short writing responses.  These short writing pieces are a quick way for me to guage how they are coming along as writers.  I will be scoring these and sending them home for you to see.  

UPCOMING DATES:

2/2 ~ Kindergarten Registration Mtg – 7pm @ Alward
2/3 ~ EARLY RELEASE @ 12:15pm
2/6 ~ WINTER BREAK – NO SCHOOL
2/6 ~ Tarry Hall Skating Party 6:30p-8:30p
2/7 ~ Jet’s Pizza Night
2/14 ~ Valentine Parties ( 10:30 – 11:30)
2/18 ~ Father/Daughter Event

SPECIALS FOR NEXT WEEK:

Monday, Jan. 30 – Gym

Tuesday, Jan. 31 – Music

Wednesday, Feb. 1 – Art

Thursday, Feb. 2 – Gym

Friday, Feb. 3 – Music

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  1.   BOOTS:  Even though we do not have much snow at the moment, our playground is a muddy mess.  PLEASE send your 2nd grader to school in their boots.  This will help keep shoes clean as well as our classroom.
  2.  SHOES.….please remember to send shoes in your 2nd graders backpack now that we are heading into the snow & boot season.  Kids can also keep a pair of shoes at school if it is easier than transporting them back and forth everyday!
  3.  There is a ton of sickness going around.  Please keep your child home if they are running a fever or extreme coughing.  We appreciate your help in keeping us all healthy.  Thank You!

Star Student – Tyler Cicero

Tyler was our star student this week.  Here are some interesting things we learned about him:

  1.  He can speak two different languages.
  2.  His favorite books are A to Z Mysteries.
  3.  He has been behind Niagra Falls.
  4.  When he grows up he wants to be a project manager.
  5.  His favorite thing to do in school is reading!

Thanks for being a great star student Tyler!

Weekly Happenings – Jan. 16 – 20

Here is what we worked on this week in the classroom:

MATH –  We started unit 4 in math.  We spent the first couple of days reviewing and counting money.  This is a great skill to practice at home.  We then spent 2 days on learning how to draw a picture using base-10 blocks to help us solve subtraction problems.  Next week we will practice a hands-on approach to subtraction as well as learning how to ungroup (what we use to call borrowing) to help us subtract.

READING –  This week we continued our series reading.  We are enjoying reading different Henry and Mudge stories.  We are looking for patterns as well as comparing and contrasting.  The kids are enjoying reading their own series during independent reading time!

WRITING – This week we wrote a couple of short writing responses.  These short writing pieces are a quick way for me to guage how they are coming along as writers.  I will be scoring these and sending them home for you to see.  

UPCOMING DATES:

1/27 ~ Popcorn Friday/SPIRIT Day!
2/2 ~ Kindergarten Registration Mtg – 7pm @ Alward
2/3 ~ EARLY RELEASE @ 12:15pm
2/6 ~ WINTER BREAK – NO SCHOOL
2/6 ~ Tarry Hall Skating Party 6:30p-8:30p
2/7 ~ Jet’s Pizza Night
2/14 ~ Valentine Parties
2/18 ~ Father/Daughter Event

SPECIALS FOR NEXT WEEK:

Monday, Jan. 23 -Music

Tuesday, Jan. 24 – Art

Wednesday, Jan. 25 – Gym

Thursday, Jan. 26 – Music

Friday, Jan. 27 – Art

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

  1.   Now that cold weather is here, please make sure that your 2nd graders coats, snowpants, etc….are labeled with their names.  **My rule is…..If your mama sent you to school in it…..you will wear it out for recess!!
  2.  SHOES.….please remember to send shoes in your 2nd graders backpack now that we are heading into the snow & boot season.  Kids can also keep a pair of shoes at school if it is easier than transporting them back and forth everyday!
  3.  Remember that reading homework/logs are now due back on Mondays!
  4.  I looks like we could use more Clorox wipes.  If you can help by making a donation, we would truly appreciate it.

Star Student – Arend Stolte

Arend was our star student this week.  Here are some things we learned about him:

  1.  His favorite food is pizza.
  2.  When he grows up he wants to be a famous soccer player.
  3.  He used to play baseball and currently plays soccer.
  4.  His favorite color is blue.
  5.  His favorite thing to do at home is go on adventures.

Thanks for being a great star student Arend!