I am ecstatic at the love of reading that my language arts kiddos have been showing recently. Today, I told the students about a fun project that we are going to be starting and they are all so excited about it! Our class, with the help of Mrs. Means and Mrs. High, is starting a book review book to keep in the library. I know that when I go to a bookstore, I love to browse the “Staff Picks” section. I also know that some students struggle to pick out books that they are really excited to read because there is such a big selection. For this reason, I thought it would be fun to start a book where students could look when they are struggling to choose a book. This book will be full of book reviews that students can browse to get some suggestions about great books to read.
It is my hope that other grade levels, classes, and faculty members will join in to add to our book review book. It is something that the students and I are very excited about!
Today, the students were able to choose a chapter book from the library to read and then review. The students were so excited about their new books that all of them wanted some time to free read! I cannot express how excited this makes me. I hope that they are able to be carried away on an exciting adventure as they delve into their books.
“Books aren’t just made of words. They’re also filled with places to visit and people to meet.” – Author Unknown
Purchased items are in red. Reserved items are in green.
Our class will be sponsoring an eleven year old girl for Christmas. You may wish to purchase something for her that you think an eleven year old would enjoy. We also have a wish list of some items she needs and would like for Christmas. Please send all items into school unwrapped.
I plan to update my blog daily with gifts that have been purchased for our child. You can also look for updates in our homework folders on Fridays. If you would like to purchase a specific item off the list, feel free to send me a quick note to check if someone else has already purchased it. If no one has then I will reserve that item for you, if you desire.
Any money that is collected will be compiled to purchase remaining items off her wish list. Thank you for helping to make this a merry Christmas for her.
Wish List of Needs:
Sweaters (size 14/16)
Shirts (size 14/16) 1- Long Sleeve gray shirt
Personal Hygiene items- Shampoo/Conditioner, Deodorant
Wish List of Wants:
Lip gloss kit
books (5th-6th grade reading level) “Bailey’s Story” by W. Bruce Cameron
craft and art kits –Rainbow Jewelry Studio, Paint Sticks, Deluxe Planner
anything that has to do with electronics
*You may also send in small items to be used as stocking stuffers
As you know, we have currently been talking about addition with and without regrouping in math class. This is a fun song that we made to help students remember how to add two numbers with and without regrouping. Make sure that your child shows you the hand motions that go with it! (I apologize in advance for it getting stuck in your head! :P)
Today we went to the fire prevention program with our language arts class. The students learned what to do in case of a fire or another form of emergency. They were able to go in an ambulance and fire truck as they learned about what to do in emergencies.
Last week we started our new unit which focuses on problem solving. If you need a new study guide, go to the math tab of my blog and click on the unit 1 study guide.
Last week we focused on learning how addition and subtraction facts are related in fact families. On Friday we did an activity where students had to walk around the room looking for other students who were in their fact family. You know facts are related if they use the same numbers (example: 2+3=5, 3+2=5, 5-2=3, 5-3=2). Once students found their family they posed for a “family photo”.
This week, the second graders participated in a Think! Energy with E-power Bright Kids program. At the assembly, students learned about energy and natural resources. The students were told which of our resources were renewable and which were nonrenewable. They were also told a few new tricks on how to save energy as well as the importance of saving energy.
The assembly also discussed open and closed circuits. We did a fun experiment to learn that we were all conductors of energy! Each second grader stood palm to palm to make a closed circuit which made the “energy stick” light up. We then tested paper and aluminum foil to see if they were conductors or insulators. Each teacher was given an energy stick for their classroom.
Each child that returned their permission slip took home a Bright Kids Energy Kit. Inside of the kit is light bulbs, a night light, stickers and a pamphlet. All that PPL asks is that you complete and return the family worksheet. Please send in the family worksheet no later than October 18th.
Today was such a great first day back! The kiddos were all so well behaved! In language arts my class learned about growth mindset. Growth mindset is just a different way of thinking. Instead of believing that you’re either good at something or not, it’s the belief that with practice and perseverance, you can do it!
Along with the information that your child brought home on growth mindset, feel free to learn more about it by watching the videos below.
Hello families! I cannot believe that we are already nearing the end of September! I can already tell that this school year is going to fly by. I just wanted to update my blog with some important events that are coming up within the next month or so. I am so excited to be coming back in less than two weeks. The first day or so after my return we will review rules, routines, expectations and get to know each other some more. I cannot wait to get to know your child and continue this rewarding year with your kiddo.
Here are some important events coming up. Mark your calendars with the following-
October 2nd- Blue Shirt Day, Mrs. Henn returns
October 5th- Picture Day
October 6th- Early Dismissal (12:30)
October 9th- No School for the kiddos
October 20th- Fire Prevention Program
October 27th- Fall Harvest Party- We will be celebrating this in our homerooms. Please be on the lookout for more information about volunteering for this celebration or donating food/craft items for it. If you would like to come in to volunteer, please make sure you submit your clearances prior to the event.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope that everyone has a great two weeks and I will be in contact soon!
I cannot believe it is already time for back to school shopping. School will be starting before we know it!
You will be receiving a back to school letter in the mail sometime in the next week, but I figured some of you may be curious about the items you will need now.
The second grade teachers supply everything that your child will need. I have purchased a pencil pouch for each student and already filled it with 2 pencils, crayons, a glue stick, an eraser, a whiteboard marker and eraser and a bookmark. We will supply all of the folders that your child will need.
Your child may bring:
-pencils (they go through them so quickly!)
-erasers (same as above)
-a handheld pencil sharpener
-their own crayons, colored pencils or markers
-scissors -Earbuds- Each child will have a Chromebook that they will use daily. We recommend sending in a pair of earbuds that your child can use. If they do not have earbuds, they will use the school’s headphones. Your child can store his/her earbuds in his/her pencil pouch.
If you have not already completed the Second Grade back to school survey, please do so at your earliest convenience. You can access it here. Thank you for your time!
Feel free to send me an email or leave a comment if you have any questions!