Friday, August 18, 2017

Reflecting on our Week:
We had a great first 3 days of school this week. It was so much fun to meet your kids and finally begin our school year. We spent the week learning classroom procedures, doing team building and cooperative learning activities, and getting accustomed to being in 2nd grade.

Getting to know our classmates

The kids found out they have a lot of things in common!

Brainstorming what they hope to learn in 2nd grade


After reading "First Day Jitters", we made Jitter Juice to help take our first day jitters away


The kids created a clay sculpture to teach the class something about themselves


Silent Reading

Enjoying some good books during Silent Reading


During writing time, oftentimes the kids can sit around the room to be comfortable as they write. 

They had some awesome stories to write about from their summers!



In Science, we explored different types of science tools and their uses


Discovering uses for magnifying glasses :)

Mrs. Helmkamp came to teach us about the Solar Eclipse

STEM Marshmallow Challenge

All groups had interesting ideas

However, each group didn't give up!

Each group was successful!




Looking Ahead to Next Week:

Memory: (be ready to recite the verse on Friday) "For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God." Ephesians 2:8
Spelling: (test on Friday)  ip / ug/ aw: dip, slip, flip, trip, drug, plug, tug, dug, paw, straw
Phonics: Long and Short E
Grammar: Sentences
Reading: Introduction to Literacy Centers
Math: We will begin having math homework on Tuesday. There will never be math homework on Fridays (or over the weekend)
Science/Social Studies: What is a map and why are they important? We will have a short vocabulary quiz on Friday over the words: map, compass rose, and key
Writing: Prewriting

Important News and Information:

-in homework folders today is information about each student's google account, along with a spelling list for next week. In the "Return to School" side of the folder is a digital citizenship agreement. Since the kids are in 2nd grade, this will need to be signed by a parent and returned to school.  Please return this agreement by Friday, August 25th. This agreement will allow your child to use our technology at school. Our technology advisor, Mrs. Helmkamp, will come to our classroom next week to introduce the kids to digital citizenship. 

-Monday is the much anticipated Solar Eclipse! If your child is at school, they will need to bring a towel labeled with their name to school. If they are bringing cold lunch, it must be peanut free. We are excited to see this amazing event with our special solar eclipse glasses!

-Tuesday night from 6:30-8pm is Back to School Night. Stop by our classroom for a 20 minute session to learn about more about 2nd grade. 





Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Welcome!

Welcome to the 2017/2018 School Year!


Welcome everyone to the 2017-2018 school year! I am very excited for the school year to begin.

Be sure to check out our class blog on a weekly basis for updates, reminders, and information about what we are up to in 2B. Also, be on the lookout for a postcard mailed to your child welcoming them to our class.

Next Week's Events:
--Open House is Monday 8/14 from 2-7pm. Come on by to check out our classroom and to drop off school supplies for the year. Students will also get their picture taken for the yearbook in the gym. Various booths will be set up in the commons, so be sure to check those out as well!
           --I will have permanent markers at open house to label your child's initials on their crayons, colored pencils, and markers. If you have time to label these before open house, I recommend doing so, as it can take quite a while. Having their name on each of these individual items helps a lot when things fall on the floor throughout the school year!

--First Day of School is Wednesday 8/16. It will be a full day of school with dismissal at 3pm.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Last Week of School


The school year has officially come to an end. I feel so blessed to have been a part of your children's lives throughout this past year. They are incredible kids and they taught me so much! I pray that they always remember how much God loves them. Thank you for all of your support this year! Have a wonderful summer!

We learned about Alexander Calder and created a classroom circus out of clay. 



The kids did a fantastic job of working together to create their circus!
On Tuesday, we had a special visit from a Survival Flight helicopter. 

The kids were so excited to see the helicopter fly and land at our school. Each child also had the opportunity to sit inside of the helicopter. Thank you to Mrs. Sanders for allowing our class to be a part of this!

The 5th grade egg drop




Jackson Pollock Day was a lot of fun!

















Friday, May 19, 2017

5/15-5/19

Information for Next Week
-Reminder that there will not be hot lunch served next week. The kids will need to bring a lunch from home. The cafeteria will be selling some snack items to purchase.

- Last day to take AR tests for the quarter is on Tuesday!

-No memory work

-Spelling:

High Frequency Word List #4   try, kind, hand, picture, again, change, off, play, spell, air, away, animals, house, point, page, letters, mother, answer, found, study, still, learn, should, America, world

We will not take a grade for these words, however, we will work with them throughout the week, and have a test to see how well they do. These words are important for the kids to know how to spell, so please continue to practice them at home, even though the scores will not be recorded. 


-Monday will be a fairly normal academic day

-Tuesday is the last day to take AR tests for the school year. The 5th grade is also doing their egg drop at 2pm, which our class will watch.

-Wednesday: The morning will be spent cleaning our desks and our classroom. Please send a large bag (garbage bags work well) along with a backpack so your child can take home their things.  The Kona Ice Truck will be on the playground at lunch offering free treats to the kids. The afternoon is Jackson Pollock Day! 

Please send a bag of old clothes to change into for the afternoon. Your child will also probably want an old pair of shoes (some use gym shoes since your child will most likely grow into a new size over the summer, or they can use their regular shoes and plan to use the gym shoes to replace the painted old tennis shoes). Students will have paint on their clothes but I will try to allow enough time for the paint to dry. You might want to throw an old beach towel or trash bag on your car seat before you pick them up. More than likely you will want to just throw their clothes away, so please send something old that can be discarded.

-Thursday- We will be in the classroom for a few minutes before heading to closing chapel. This is a no backpack day. Dismissal is at 10am!



Researching Caterpillars



In Science this week, we continued our study on animals. Last week, we discussed the different animal groups. This week, we as scientists, made some discoveries: some animals live in some crazy environments...how do they survive?! We sought to answer the question, "How has God made animals able to survive in their habitat?" The kids spent the week learning about different types of animals and their adaptations. They are currently working on researching an animal of their choice to present to our class next week.
Researching elephant seals

Researching glass frogs






We learned about blubber and discovered that God gave this to some animals to help keep them warm!


We discovered that God gave ducks oil glands in their skin that the ducks then preen through their feathers. This helps keep ducks dry and warm in their wet habitat!


In math this week, we did some fun activities to review various math skills. We played a dice game to review telling time to the minute, we measured many things throughout our classroom (we found out that our classroom was 27 feet long!), and we answered the question, "Do shapes with the same area have the same perimeter?" (Hint, the answer is no!)


Creating a design with an area of 25. Will each of the designs have the same perimeter??
Completed designs. They all have different perimeters!


We also had a guest visitor this week--Mr. Wayne Trinklein came to discuss his art and help our class make trees of their own. It was really cool to meet a real life artist!




Friday, May 12, 2017

5/8-5/12

Looking Ahead to Next Week:
Memory: (our last memory verse of the year!) For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.    Romans 3:23
Spelling: aught/ew:
caught, taught, daughter, jewel, chewable, newer, fewest, interview, nephew, newsletter
Grammar: Types of Sentences Review, Subjects and Predicates Review
Reading: Tall Tales
Math: We are going to spend the remaining week and a half of the school year reviewing math concepts we have learned, continuing to practice our math facts, and doing some fun projects. There will not be any more homework or tests for math. Enjoy the extra free time in the evenings:)
Science: Animals-- we will be exploring how we can answer the question: "How has God made animals able to survive in their habitats?" 
Writing: 5 paragraphs about summer vacation


Important News and Information:


--This week was our last Faith Family activity.  We focused on Colossians 4:2, Devote yourselves to PRAYER, being WATCHFUL and THANKFUL. We then made thank you cards and letters for those around us who serve us.  We then said a prayer of thanks to God for their service to us. May we be watching for others who serve us and may we thank them and pray for them.
On Friday, May 19th, students in grades 1-8 will participate in a “Faith Family Field Day”.  We will eat a picnic lunch, play games, and have one last fun time with our Faith Families!  Zion will be providing cheese pizza from Dominos, goldfish crackers, and Oreos for the picnic lunch.  If your child does not want that lunch or is unable to eat that lunch due to allergies, please have your child bring a cold lunch on Friday, May 19th.  Your child will also be spending the afternoon out in the sun, so please apply sunscreen in the morning before your child comes to school.  Thanks!
-Tuesday, May 16 will feature our guest artist, Wayne Trinklein. He will be coming to our class to show us some of his amazing artwork, and will then help the students make their own to take home!
-Please remember to mark your child's church attendance on their homework folders for the quarter. I will be submitting names for perfect church attendance for the year next week.
-The Last day to take AR tests is Wednesday, May 24th!
-Kona Ice truck will be at Zion on Wednesday, May 24th starting at 11 AM. This is a FREE treat for the kids to enjoy:)

-This the last week hot lunch will be served. Hot lunch will not be served on Friday due to our field day.


-Jackson Pollock Day has been moved to Wednesday, May 24.
Your child will get a chance to paint like an artist!
Please send a bag of old clothes to change into for the afternoon. Your child will also probably want an old pair of shoes (some use gym shoes since your child will most likely grow into a new size over the summer, or they can use their regular shoes and plan to use the gym shoes to replace the painted old tennis shoes). Students will have paint on their clothes but I will try to allow enough time for the paint to dry. You might want to throw an old beach towel or trash bag on your car seat before you pick them up. More than likely you will want to just throw their clothes away, so please send something old that can be discarded.

Students will clean out desks on Wednesday, May 24th in the morning! Please send in a plastic grocery bag so students can bring home supplies that have been kept in the pencil boxes that were provided to them this year.


The last day of school for 1st grade through 8th grade will be Thursday, May 25 with a 10am dismissal.

We learned about the 6 different ways to group animals this week. The kids worked in groups to sort pictures of animals into their correct group, and had to tell me why that animal belonged in each group. We did this activity before we learned about animal groups at the beginning of the week, and after we learned about the groups at the end of the week. The kids learned a lot!


In guided reading this week, all groups were working on reading, Freckle Juice, a great story about being happy with how God made you!

To practice their plural nouns, the kids played a game during literacy centers