Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May 30-June 2

It is difficult to acknowledge that this is truly the last week of school.  We will spend most of our time working on Informational Text Feature Posters!  We have gone to the dinosaurs!  The kids are researching and writing and presenting what they have learned about a specific dino!  And now a few parting words....

Dear Parents,

I give you back your child you confidently entrusted to me last fall.  I give them back pounds heavier, inches taller, months wiser, more responsible and more mature than they were then!  Although they would have attained their growth in spite of me, it has been my pleasure and privilege to watch them unfold day by day.  I give them back reluctantly for having spent months together in the narrow confines of our classroom, we have grown close, we have become part of each other, and we shall always retain a little of each other.

Ten years from now if we meet on the street a light will shine to our eyes, a smile to our face and we shall feel the bond of understanding once more.  This bond we feel today!

We have lived, loved, laughed, played, cried, studied, learned and enriched our lives together this year.  I wish we could go on indefinitely, but give them back I must!  Take care of them, for they are precious.  Remember that I am always interested in your child and their destiny wherever they go and whoever they become.  I'll always be happy you've shared your children with me. Have a great summer!  Keep reading lots of good books!

Your 2nd Grade Teacher,
Barb Stevenson

Monday, May 22, 2017

Field Day Fun!

May 22-26

I just realized that I did not do a post last week.  That is the first time I have completely forgotten! Good thing the end is in sight.  With just 2 weeks left we are doing lots of review and "show me what you know."  We will complete our last reading unit.  The focus question is "Why is teamwork important?"   We will work with Main idea and key details while reading.  For writing we will be writing stories that have all the characteristics of a good beginning, middle and end.  We will review the writing process and hopefully get time to publish their final story.

In math we will work with measurement using the metric system.  We will explore centimeters and meters as well as liters and and other liquid measures.  Each day we will review as a reminder lf everything they have learned!

In science we will conclude our seed unit.  The kids' final project is to create a new seed.  This has been a fun Project Lead the Way Unit.  We will also continue with our learning about fossils and dinosaurs as we explore the earth through time.

We have lots to look forward to this week.  I remind the kids that we still have work to get done so good behavior continues to be expected.

Monday, May 8, 2017

May 8-12

This week we will be reading myths!  The kids were excited today to get their new books and see that some of the stories are familiar. Our focus is "What do myths help us understand?" We will be practicing close reading to look for supporting details.  Our skill work involves syllables, adjectives, compound words and multiple meaning words.  We will be writing a book this week as a class and finishing up writing samples for their 3rd grade teachers!  Our spelling pattern is about open and closed syllables.  We will continue to work in our reading groups and doing a few end of the year assessments.  It is so fun to measure the progress the kids have made!

In math we will continue measuring with inches and feet and then move into some metric measurements.  They are having fun moving around the room to do their own measuring.  We are also spending lots of time on a program called ST Math.  This is an online program that moves the kids at their own pace through the 2nd grade math standards.  Their goal is to get to 100% completion.  Ask your child where they are at in this program.  It gives them a number at the end of each session.

We are finishing learning about the continents and oceans and will then begin our final Project Lead the Way Unit about seeds.  We have lots to do this week!

A HUGE, HUGE thank you to Holly Sessoms for organizing lunch last Thursday.  Thanks to the parents who sent fruit, chips, drinks and paper goods!  It was fun to share those giant sub sandwiches with the kids.  No one went away hungry!  Thank you also for all the flowers.  I have a giant bouquet on my desk making me cheery.  The thumbprint picture the kids created will be an excellent reminder of this class for many years to come.  It was a terrific day of appreciation. Thanks!

Monday, May 1, 2017

May 1-4

We have a lot to cram into 4 days of school this week.  We are reading expository text this week about rules.  Our first stories describe some of the rules our government agencies must follow.  We read about the FDA and USDA today.  Ask if your kiddos can tell you what these initials stand for?  Our skill work is alphabetical order and multiple meaning words.  Spelling homework is due on Thursday this week and we will have our test Thursday too.

We will continue measuring in inches and feet this week.  We are also reviewing telling time, counting coins and 3-digit addition and subtraction.

We finished our science unit about erosion last week.  I hope your child could describe to you their final model to save the houses from the landslide. Ask how their ideas held up against the rain?
We began a quick study of the State of Montana today.

Wednesday is Bike or Walk at school!  Kids with bikes and helmets will bike the path to the park and back with Mr. Pertuit.  All others will walk the practice fields with our class.  We will have some active fun along the way!

Monday, April 24, 2017

April 24-28

Wow!  It's the last week of April!  This week we will be reading stories about protecting the Earth.  We will talk about recycling, carpools and trees!  Our skill work is homophones, contractions and identifying point of view.  We have fun stories to work with all week!  The kids will be independently writing opinion paragraphs.  We have lots to do in five days.

In math, we will begin Chapter 8.  In this chapter, we will measure first using nonstandard units before moving to inches, feet and yards.  It is a good standard for this time of year because it involves lots of hands-on measuring.  We will continue with 3-digit addition and subtraction practice.

We will finish up our Project Lead the Way unit called the "Changing Earth."  Tomorrow we will be building hills and measuring erosion from wind, ice and water.  Hopefully, we will complete our final project on Friday.

Wednesday is Secretary's Day.  We will be delivering a homemade bouquet of tulips to honor Mrs. Derrig.  We have some fun and hard work ahead of us!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

April 18-21

Welcome back!  I had a terrific break.  I spent 4 days in Seattle and didn't get rained on even once!  The highlight of my trip was whale watching where we followed a pod of Orcas for about an hour.

It is good to be back to the routine.  This week we are reading biographies about people who have overcome difficulties and might be considered heroes.  We had a good discussion about what actually makes a hero.  Many kids named grandparents and parents as their heroes!  We will be sequencing our stories this week and then work with timelines.  Our inquiry project this week is to make timelines of their own life and use the Photo Booth App to think about the future.  It is a fun project so be sure to return homework with a few important events.

In math we will spend a few days reviewing 3-digit addition and subtraction.  We will end Chapter 6 with the unit test.  Be sure to ask your child to show you some of the strategies they have learned and how they work differently in both operations.

We are in the middle of a Project Lead the Way unit about erosion.  We will be building models and testing wind and water to see their effect on soil.  The kids have loved using the Google Earth App to look around the world!  We have a great week ahead of us.