Video Conference

Today we had a video conference (Read Across the Planet) with a 2nd grade class in Apple Valley, Minnesota. We performed a play based on Maurice Sendak’s book Where the Wild Things Are . The kids did such a great jobs with all their parts.

The children from Diamond Path School of International Studies gave us book recomendations of some their favorite books from this year! We are going to check them out of the library and take a look!!

Take a peek at our play by clicking below!

Please forgive the wobbly videography!!


A Peek at the Week-Feb 28th

SPELLING-Concept: R-Family ContinuedWe are continuing with the R family. The R family has five spellings for the /er/ sound: er, ir, ur, ar, or. The best spelling, however, is er. This week’s lesson will focus on the er spelling.

WEEK 1

  •  answer
  • covered
  • desert
  • determine
  • government
  • interest
  • interesting
  • under
  • underline
  • understand

WEEK 2

  •  better
  • letters
  • matter
  • pattern
  • summer
  • ever
  • water
  • very
  • number
  • there

MARCH IS READING MONTH-On Monday we are starting all the activities to celebrate reading. 2nd grade will be reading 100 minutes a week. Please fill out  the reading log and turn it in every Monday for a weekly prize.

MATH-We are finishing up Unit 5 this week. Look for a reivew sheets to come home at the end of the week. Test is scheduled for Monday March  7th.

SOCIAL STUDIES-This week  we are starting a new social studies unit. We will be studying American Symbols.

WRITING-This week we are working on finishing our stories to be published in a “REAL” book.  Please send in the form and check if you want to purchase a copy  of our book. If you don not wish to purchase a copy please send in the form with no thanks written on it. I have to send in a form for all the children in class.

DR. SUESS’S BIRTHDAY-On Wednesday we will celebrate Dr. Suess’s birthday by having a “green” eggs and ham breakfast and enjoy some of our favorite stories by him.

 EARLY RELEASE DAY THURSDAY, MARCH 3rd

 

Morley Candy Factory

Today we had the chance to tour the Morley Candy factory. It was a great ending to our Social Studies unit on Need & Wants.

They took us on a tour of the factory. We saw how they make all their yummy candy. Next, we had a chance to buy candy in the gift shop.Finally, we watched a movie on the history of chocolate.

It was a great trip!!!

 

Book Buddies

Last Friday we worked on a Valentine project with our fifth grade buddies from Mrs. Biondi’s class. The children sorted, compared and graphed conversation hearts. Both classes really look forward to these activities!!!

Book Treasure-If You Give a Moose a Muffin

Today we read the story If You Give a Moose a Muffin. If you give a moose a muffin, he’ll want some jam to go with it.” So begins the most logical silliness to be found anywhere–at least since Laura Joffe Numeroff and illustrator Felicia Bond’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Readers will follow a young boy and his voracious visitor through a series of antlered antics: jam reveries and puppet shows and big messes. It all makes perfect sense, really, once you stop to think about it. What moose wouldn’t want to borrow a sweater when it’s cold outside? And why shouldn’t the loose button on the sweater remind him of his grandmother?

Take a listen:If You Give a Moose a Muffin

A Peek at the Week

SPELLING-This week we start Unit 15-the R family. We have learned that the best spelling for the /er/ sound is er. There are five spellings for the /er/ sound (er, ir, ur, ar, or), but the best spelling is er. The spelling words for this week are:

  1. after
  2. over
  3. center
  4. consider
  5. winter
  6. river
  7. never
  8. sister
  9. father
  10. because

Next weeks words will be:

  1. verb
  2. perhaps
  3. terms
  4. western
  5. different
  6. members
  7. modern
  8. period
  9. because
  10. where

It is important that students spell multisyllable words by syllable spelling. In order to avoid errors, it is important that student hear and then spell each syllable separately. For example, different has three syllables; dif-fer-ent. As students spell the word, s/he says each syllable.

MATH-This week we are starting Unit 6. This unit will focus on number stories, subtraction with and without regrouping and expose the children to multiplication arrays.

SOCIAL STUDIES-We are also starting the needs and wants social studies unit this week. On Feb. 24th we will be going on a field trip to Morley Candy Factory to visit a factory and see a  production line.

READ ACROSS THE PLANET-On Febuary 23rd we will be participating in Read Across the Planet. This program connects classrooms across the planet to celebrate reading. We will be connecting with a 2nd grade from Minnesota.

VALENTINE PARTY-The Valentine party will be Monday, Feb. 14th. Last week a note went home with all the children’s names for Valentine cards. You are welcome to send in a treat for our party-we have 27 students!!

WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF LARGE COFFEE CANS-PLASTIC OR METAL!!!!!

WE ARE MAKING THE VALENTINE HOLDERS WED. AND THURS.

100th DAY OF SCHOOL-We will celebrate the 100th day of school on Tues., February 15th. Make sure to send in your 100 collection by then!

100th Day of School

February 14th is the 100th day of school!!

 Since it is the same day as our Valentine party.

We will be celebrating 100th day of school on Tuesday, February 15th!!!

 Friday we read the book 100th Day Worries by Margery Cuyler.

Jessica is worried. On the 95th day of first grade, her teacher announces that the class will celebrate the 100th day of school by bringing in collections of 100 things. Being a chronic worrier, Jessica thinks and thinks all week. What will she bring? 100 ice cubes? Too melty. Marshmallows? Too sticky. Her siblings suggest 100 lipsticks and 100 yo-yos, but Jessica rejects those ideas. When her classmates start bringing in their collections, Jessica is in anguish. Why didn’t she think of peanuts, or paper clips, or peppermints? The 100th day dawns, and Jessica still doesn’t know what to bring. Will inspiration strike in time?

Our class is going to bring in 100 collections too!!! Please send in your collection by Tuesday, February 15th!!!