December 21, 2012: Treasured Possessions

On Monday, we had our Polar Express Pajama Party. The kids came to school in their pajamas, just like the kids wore on the train. They also brought their most treasured possession to school with them. They did a writing about their treasured possessions. When we come back from Christmas vacation, they will be doing a Voicethread (a recording of themselves reading their stories).

December 21, 2012: iPad Cart

On Tuesday we had the iPad cart in our room for the morning. I introduced the kids to 3 apps that will eventually be on our classroom iPads. During our Daily 5 sessions the kids were able to work on a homophone app, a new spelling app, and an app called Popwords.

December 21, 2012: Mystery Reader

Our Mystery Reader last Friday was Adele’s mom. They kids were really excited when she walked into the room. She read us a wonderful story called,  The Giving Tree. She also brought us in some yummy marshmallow Christmas trees. A HUGE thank you to Adele’s mom for coming in to read to us.

December 15, 2012: Weekly Reminders

TESTS: We will be having our Unit 4 math test on Monday, please help your child review for the test by going over the 3 review sheets that came home last week. We will also be having our Celebrations Around the World test on Thursday. Watch for a study guide to come home on Monday. Please help your child review for the test by going over the study guide with them.

POLAR EXPRESS PAJAMA PARTY: On Monday, we will be having our Polar Express Pajama Party. Please wear your pajamas to school, you may bring slippers if you wish. Also, please bring your most treasured possession. You will be doing a writing about your most treasured possession.

CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE WORLD: On Wednesday, we will be joining the other second grade classes in the gym for our big Celebrations Around the World celebration. If you volunteered to send in a food item, please make sure it is at school by Wednesday morning, and if you volunteered to come in and help, please be to school by 9:00. We would like all second graders to wear their Eisenhower Second Grade Stars t-shirt to school on this day. It is also slipper day, so please bring your slippers to school.

CHRISTMAS PARTY: We will be having our Christmas party on Friday. We will be having a pancake breakfast. If you signed  up to send something in, please send it in by Friday morning.  Also, please have your child wear their “Christmas clothes” or something red or green.

 GIFT EXCHANGE: We will be having a book exchange at our party on Friday. Please bring in a new, wrapped book, worth approx. $4.00. Please only put who it is fun on the tag.

MONEY DUE: If you did not bring in your $7.00 for our field trip to the Troy Historical Museum, please send it in this week along with the permission slip.

LIBRARY: We will be visiting the Media Center on Friday. Please make sure your child returns their books. 

December 14, 2012: Book Buddies

Today we were very excited to meet with our book buddies from Mrs. Arnold’s class. We met in the Media Center and made a cute little reindeer ornament with them.

December 14, 2012: Active Expressions

As we are trying to increase our knowledge of basic addition and subtraction facts, we have been using our Active Expressions. These hand held devices can  be used to solve basic addition and subtraction problems. Mrs. Short sets it up and generates 100 problems at a time. When we are ready, we turn on our devices. An addition or subtraction problem shows up on our screen. We enter and send our answer and then it goes to the next problem. When we are done, Mrs. Short can see our results, how many and which ones were correct/incorrect and how long it took us to answer the problems. Here are a few pictures of us using our Active Expressions.