Book Buddies make Math Games

Our book buddies are working on making Halloween math board games to play with our second grade class. The first group came down  this week to play the game with two of us.



A Peek at the Week-October 16th

Early Release-Monday, October 18th is an early release day. Children will be released at 1:30.

Spelling-Spelling words for the week are:

  • call
  • all
  • ball
  • fall
  • shall
  • tall
  • wall
  • talk
  • walk
  • chalk
  • bank
  • song
  • long
  • thing
  • wrong
  • among
  • length

We have learned that a closed syllable is one where the vowel is closed in by the consonants. The vowel sound is short in a closed syllable . However some consonant sounds distort the vowel. In all and walk, the letter a has the short /o/ sound. In bank the vowel has a long /a/ sound. In sing, the vowel sound is a long /e/ sound.

Please practice these words every night!!

You can also visit spelling city to play games with our spelling words. Click on the picture below.

Once you get to the site you can click on find a list and enter in my name: Amy Laidlaw to find our spelling lists.  We are going to play a few of the games in Computer lab on Monday!

Writing-We have been working really hard on writing. In September we focused on gathering ideas and narrowing down our topic.  We also learned how to hook a reader with a good beginning and end it with a feeling. In October and November we are going to focus on adding details and interesting words.

Book Treasures-Last week we read the story Owen by Kevin Henkes.  Please have your child retell the story to you and then write it on the book treasure sheet. Book treasures are due on Fridays.  Retelling is an important skill for 2nd grade. Please look for details and the theme or problem/solugtion of the story. I will try to post a podcast of all the stories from now on. You can click on the book covers to listen to a story again.

Muffins with Mom

Thursday morning Eisenhower hosted Muffins with Moms. The children came to school early and enjoyed a muffin and some milk. It was great so see all the families!!! In 2 weeks we are hosting Donuts with Dad-I hope we see even more families at that event!!




Book Buddies

Friday we had a great time with our book buddies. We did a pumpkin math project. The children had to predict and then measure various aspects of the pumpkin.

Magnet Unit

Today we had a chance to experiment with various magnets. The children had a great time experimenting with the poles- Making the magnets dance. They also tried to see how strong the magnets were by hanging magnetic marbles from a magnet wand.

Treasures of room 101

Today we shared our Treasure Boxes!!! Everyone did such a great job decorating their boxes-very creative. Tomorrow I will be reading the first book treasure, Owen. The children will be bringing home a 5×7 envelope with the treasure and recording sheet  inside. Please have your child retell the story and then record their thoughts about the story on the sheet. The treasure sheet is due Friday.

Take a look at all our hard work!!!



Spirit Week

We sure had fun with spirit week-especially crazy hair day!!!  Take a look at our awsome doo’s!!!

A Peek at the Week

Treasure Box-Hopefully everyone is enjoying making their Treasure Boxes for Tuesday. I can’t wait to see all the boxes. We are going to read our first Book Treasure on Wednesday. A 5×7 envelope will come home with the treasure and a retelling sheet. Please return the envelope and retelling sheet by Friday  The treasure goes in the box.

Spelling-This weeks words focus on vowel suffixes (suffixes which begin with a vowel-ing, er, est, y). When a vowel suffix is added to a base  word ending in a single consonant, the vowel suffix jumps over the consonant and makes the vowel say its own name. In order to protect the short vowel sound in the base word, we double the final consonant.

  1. getting
  2. betting
  3. sitting
  4. sitter
  5. hotter
  6. hottest
  7. fitting
  8. fitted
  9. sunny
  10. humming
  11. hummed
  12. boxer
  13. bedding
  14. mapping
  15. mapped
  16. pushed
  17. pulled
  18. into

Science-We are beginning our first science unit on magnets this week. Take a look at this magnet  website- it goes over much of what we are studying this month.


Library-Don’t forget your library book on Thursday.

Muffins with Mom-Please join us on Thursday from 7:45-8:30 for a muffin and some milk!!! Can’t wait to see you there!!

Book Orders-Book orders are due on Friday. Scholastic books are a great way to build your home library.