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Hello!  I apologize for missing so many posts.  All of a sudden time completely flew by.  We have been so incredibly busy here in 2nd grade as we close our year.

We are finishing up our last unit in math, Geometry.  It has been fun looking hard at our 3 dimensional solids.  We have learned about the faces, edges, and vertices of each shape.  We even attempted to make them with straws and clay.  The pyramid was the most successful while the cube kept flopping over.

We also finished up our Responding to Reading unit in writer’s workshop.  We have started our unit on learning to write like a scientist.  The children are learning how to write up a well written and precise lab report about an experiment.  So far, we have written our question, hypothesis, procedure, results and conclusion. Now, we are fine cartier bracelets tuning the experiments and our writing.

Our literature circles have ended and we embarked on our final unit of Fairy Tales.  We have been exploring many types fairy tales.  Did you know there are different versions of one story?  We have learned the components that help us identify a fairy tale and have searched for these in a Fairy Tale Scavenger Hunt.  We are exploring the many different kinds of characters that make these stories come alive.  Soon we will be assigned to a play and the children will act out a fairy tale themselves.  This gives them the opportunity to really work on fluency and expression.

Economics is exciting with our Flea mens cartier bracelets
Market in the near replica cartier ring future.  Our next cartier nail bracelet
topic of conversation will be saving money.

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Don’t forget to save the date for Thursday, April 6th at 2:30!  We will be doing our famous inventor presentations that day.  It will be an informal time where cartier bracelets you walk around and learn about some famous inventors.

We will be having another in school field trip on April 7th.  Bricks for Kids is coming cartier bracelets to our school to challenge us with some STEAM activities based on legos.  The children will love this experience.

We are finishing up our unit on Time.  This week we learned to tell how much time has passed.  We also learned about the different kinds of time;  day, hour, week, month, year, etc.  This is a skill that will be taught and reinforced throughout the rest of the year.

In Daily 5, we finished up another round of literature circles where we applied all of the comprehension skills we have learned this year.  Your children are learning to think while they read mens cartier bracelets
and carry on conversations about their books.  We will be learning specific skills next week to help us read and understand non-fiction.

Our research projects are still going!  The children are anxious to get started on their presentation boards.  Thank you for sending those in to class.  I can’t wait to see the final products.

Thank you to Honey’s mom for being our mystery reader this week.

Please don’t forget that conferences are on March 23rd and 24th.  I am looking forward to meeting with you about your child’s progress.  I sent cartier double bracelet
out conference emails with your scheduled time.  Please let me know if you need to reschedule.

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on time.  We learned/reviewed how to tell time to the nearest five minutes, how many minutes past, how many minutes to/until, and half past.  Please help us out by practicing at home.  Have them randomly tell you the time on a clock or watch.

We are continuing with our unit on opinion letters.  The children were able to choose a part of the book where they replica cartier had an opinion;  favorite part, characters, pictures, title, author.  They then need to retell the part of the story that supports their opinion to give the reader a solid mental image.

The students are wrapping up another literacy circle.  I love seeing their growth and maturity with reading.  They are learning to discuss cartier love bracelet replica the books and complete their individual jobs.  Our spelling skill for the week is having er, ir, ur make the errrrrrr sound.

We almost have all of our posters for our research projects.  If you have some extra time, please print out some pictures of their famous inventor and the inventions.  This will help us with our projects here at school.

Thank you to Eli D’s mom for being the mystery reader!

It’s March!!!!  How did that happen?!!  Time is going by so quickly and we are learning so much.

We are finishing up our unit on fractions.  The very last lesson will be learning about fractions of sets and using fractions in word cartier replica problems.  Our next unit will be telling mens cartier bracelets
time.  It would be helpful if you start talking about how analogue clocks work with hours and minutes.

I am so proud of their opinion letter writing.  It’s amazing how far they cartier double bracelet
have come as writers.  We will share our letters and then place them in the books that inspired us.  Hopefully a reader next year will find them and enjoy their opinions.

We have started a new round of literature cartier love bracelet circles.  The children are able to bring their books and assignments home with them if they choose.  It is definitely not a requirement, it’s a choice.  Feel free to ask them what it’s all about.

Our research is almost complete.  Some of us have even started putting our facts into some graphic organizers.  They can’t wait to create their posters.  Please send them on into the classroom.

We celebrated Dr. Seuss with some fun Seuss inspired STEM activities.  They used different, simple, resources to see how tall they could build a tower.  What a fun time!  They worked together and problem solved until they were successful.  It was a great way to end the week.

Thank you to Vivi’s dad for being our mystery reader this week!

Please mark March 24th on your calendars.  This is the date cartier love bracelet for our parent/teacher conferences.  Please also consider coming to our Purim Carnival next weekend.  The PTA has worked very hard and it’s a super fun experience.  Please sign up to help out with our second grade booth if you haven’t done so already.

We started a new unit in Writer’s Workshop.  We are writing letters to future readers in our class about our opinions.  We are learning letter format, the difference between fact and opinion, and backing our opinion up with evidence from the text.

We are having a blast with our fractions.  We learned what a fraction is, how to make a whole, and how to order cartier love necklace fractions.  Ask us about it!

Our class has started literature circles.  We have learned how to use the various comprehension strategies and we are applying them during this time.  The children have a selection of books they can choose from and groups replica cartier are formed.  They read and do a literacy job.  Then we meet and discuss the book.  It’s a great opportunity to apply our skills and teach each other.

We started our unit on Famous Inventors.  Each child was assigned an inventor that they have to research.  This is the first step to creating mens cartier bracelets
our projects.

Thank you to our guest reader Skyler Kaplan!  A very happy birthday to Mason and Joey.

Please remember that the Family Trees are due this Monday on February 6th.  Each packet included a rubric that explains how the projects will be graded.  It’s been fabulous hearing about fake cartier bracelets
some of their research.  I know this is a hard project but I promise they have learned all about your families…and maybe you have even learned a little too!

Speaking of immigration, our unit is coming to a close.  They have really loved learning about how our country has grown.  We have watched videos, had a lot of discussions, and even ‘immigrated’ ourselves.  We packed up our ‘bags’, boarded the ship with our passports, endured the 90 day journey, and made mens cartier bracelets
it through Ellis Island.  Our next unit will be on biographies of Famous Inventors.  The project will be almost completely school based and end with our Inventor Museum.  I will let you know the date ASAP!

Our math unit has been on Money.  We have talked about how to write amounts, how to make change,  add money, and subtract money.  This will come in handy cartier bracelets at the end of the year bracelet replica cartier when we have our economics unit and class flea market.

We are still working on our grammar unit and how all of these rules and skills apply to our writing.  We had a publishing party and shared our awesome personal narratives.  You can check them out on their blogs.  Our next writing piece will be Responding to Reading.

The children have been continuing to blog.  Please remember their posts are authentic and will change as they grow and learn.  It is becoming a much easier process to log on and post.  Fast learners!

Thank you so much to our ‘surprise’ reader Eli Z’s mom!

Here are some dates to mark down on your calendars:

January 30th:  Inservice Day/No School

January 27th:  Report cards will come home

February 20th:  President's Day

March 24th:  Conference Day

We continued to work on multiplication and division this week.  We learned our times tables up to 4 and noticed the skip counting pattern.  This will help us find the products of our problems quickly.

We have finally finished up our Small Moments.  Our publishing party will be on Tuesday, January 26th.  We will share our writing with each other and then celebrate with a little treat.  Writing should be a sweet experience!  We have also learned about possessive nouns, proper nouns, and pronouns.  Learning about the parts of speech helps make us more aware of the sentences we write.  Next week we will learn about plural nouns and then onto verbs!

Our comprehension skill has been questioning while we read.  The children should constantly be asking themselves questions as they read and searching for the answers.  This keeps them involved in the story.  We use our schema, the author's words, and pictures to help answer our questions.  Next week we will use questioning specifically for figuring out the meaning of unknown words we read.

Thank you to Aaron's mom for being our mystery reader this week!

Busy week!  Well, they are always busy weeks.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the family trees.   I will be sending home an extra copy of the questions in case the children need to re-write the answers into complete sentences.

We had our first blog experience this week.  In the past, the teachers post work that the child has completed.  As they get older, the children are able to post on their own.  The blogs represent a type of portfolio where you can see their growth.  It also serves as a platform to remember projects they have done over the years.   The children learned how to log on, write a post, and choose a theme.  They did a fantastic job!  Their first post was about the map project we did in Social Studies.  It is ok that they have spelling mistakes and missing punctuation.  They will see how much they grow as writers over the years.  Please check out their first post.  You can access their blogs through our classroom blog.

We continued to review addition and subtraction with regrouping.  Please continue practicing at home.  This week we also started practicing our multiplication and division.

We are done with our Small Moments in Writer's Workshop!  Months of work, drafting, revising, editing, and conferences.  We will celebrate soon with a publishing party where they each get to share their final draft.  This month is a focus on grammar.  We reviewed what a noun is and learned about pronouns and how they are important to our writing.  Next week we will talk about proper and possessive nouns.

We have jumped into our immigration unit by learning about why and how people immigrated.  The children learned the significance of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.  We are starting our 'own' immigration journey.  We started packing for our journey to America.  It almost came to a quick end when I told them electronics weren't part of our lives back then.  Next week we will get our passports and ship tickets and embark on our trip!

Thank you so much to Joey's mom for being our mystery reader this week!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful break and a Happy New Year!  We jumped right back into all of our learning.  Please note the following dates:

January 17:  Box Top Celebration/Pajama and Game Day

February 6:  Family Trees are Due (Please make sure the interview is written in complete sentences.  Let me know if you  need an extra copy for a 'final draft'.)

We spent our week in math reviewing addition and subtraction with regrouping.  It is still tricky for a lot of us.  We will take a few more days to practice.  The tricky part is remembering what steps are for addition and what steps are for subtraction.  Please continue to practice at home as well.

We are learning grammar in depth over the next few weeks and how it is important for our writing.  We are going into detail about nouns, verbs, and adjectives.  Of course we started this unit off with some videos of School House Rocks...classics!  Next week we will talk about pronouns and verb tense.

We finished up our unit on Maps.  The children created their own 3 dimensional maps.  We learned about the compass rose, map legend, symbols, and titles.  These will be posted soon on their blogs.  Some maps were made out of paper, while others used legos.  They had a blast!  We started our next unit on Immigration.  We discussed the reasons why people immigrate/immigrated to the United States.

In DAILY 5 we were introduced to Mental Images.  A fancy way of saying that we make pictures in our minds while we are reading.  We rely heavily on the author's words and our 'schema', background knowledge.  Our spelling pattern for the week is 'oke'.  We also learned that you can make the 'oke' sound by spelling it 'oak'.

Thank you so much to Leo's dad for being the mystery reader this week.  We love our CSX safety bracelets!

It is time for winter break and we have had a wonderful first half of second grade.  The children have already grown so much with all of their academics.  I can't wait to see what the next half of our year will bring!

We are almost finished with our personal narratives.  Four months of work!  Revisions, conferences, and editing.  Who knew it took so much work to create a solid piece of writing?  Well, 2nd grade knows now!  I'm so pleased with the way their small moments have come out.  We will be celebrating with a publishing party after our winter break and moving onward to our next unit in Writer's Workshop.

Our current comprehension skill is predicting.  Sounds simple, right?  We have taken it a step further by making predictions and then reading to see if we are correct.  We look for the evidence of whether we are correct or not and then change our predictions based on what we know.  Some of us have up to 5 or 6 prediction changes by the time we are done!

We are back to working on different strategies for addition and subtraction.  I will teach them all different ways to look at a problem and they will choose the method that is most successful.  It is amazing how their brains all work differently.  Please continue to practice basic addition and subtraction math facts to make things easier when it becomes a little more sophisticated.

We have been working on our unit in Maps.  We have learned that there are 7 continents,  many different types of maps, legends, symbols, and compass roses.  They are currently putting their knowledge to use by creating three dimensional maps that include these elements.  Some are using construction paper while others are using legos.  It has been a great way to channel our energy before break.

Thank you so much to our mystery readers...Hank's dad from last week and Moriah's dad from this week.

Have a fabulous winter break!!!!!