Polar Express Party

On Wednesday before break we had our annual Polar Express Party. The children visited 3 stations-rode the train and listened to the book, Polar Express, they enjoyed hot chocolate and a cookie and finally made a reindeer ornament.

Take a peek at our party!

 

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There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bell

Today we read a fun Christmas book called, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell,for our Book Treasure book. 

A wacky new Christmas version of the classic “There Was an Old Lady” song! This time, the hungry old lady swallows a bell, bows, gifts, a sack, a sleigh, and some reindeer! She’s about to swallow a candy cane for dessert, when she hears a jolly “Ho! Ho! Ho!” Santa Claus is waiting for a ride! Watch what happens when she whistles, with amazing results! With rhyming text and funny illustrations, this lively version of a classic song will appeal to young readers with every turn of the page–a fun story for Christmastime!

 If you would like to listen to the story again, just click on the title below.

 

http://files.campus.edublogs.org/edublogs.misd.net/dist/8/25/files/2010/12/There-Was-an-Old-Lady-Who-Swallowed-a-Bell.mp3

 

Two digit addition

This week we will continue working on adding 2 digit numbers. This is a very difficult concept for second graders to graps. we will be teaching the children both the traditional method as well as the partial sum method of addition.  Take a look at this video to help understand partial sum addition.

 

A Peek at the Week

SPELLING-NO SPELLING THIS WEEK!!!! WE WILL RESUME SPELLING IN 2012!!!!

POLAR EXPRESS PARTY-We are having our Polar Express Party on Wednesday afternoon. The children need to wear their PJ’s to school and bring their most precious item to take on the train. We are going to listen to the story, make an ornament, and eat cookies and hot chocolate.

HOLIDAY PARTY-We are going to enjoy a pancake breakfast, play some games, make a craft and exchange books Thursday morning. Please make sure to send in a wrapped book valued around $4.00 with your child’s name on it. The book should be appropriate for either a boy or a girl.

CHRISTMAS BREAK STARTS FRIDAY DEC 23rd THROUGH TUESDAY JAN 4th.

SCHOOL RESUMES ON WEDNESDAY JANUARY 5th

Celebration around the world

On Wednesday we had our celebration around the world. The kids had a wonderful time making crafts from all over the world.

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Legend of the Poinsettia

 Today we read a legend about the Poinsettia retold by Tomie dePaola,

 A legend is a  narrative  handed down from the past to explain an event, transmit a lesson, or simply entertain an audience. Though customarily told as “true” stories, legends often contain supernatural, bizarre, or highly improbable elements.

In this legend from Mexico, a little girl, Lucinda, is proud to help her mother weave a new blanket for the Baby Jesus to be used in a Christmas procession. But when Lucinda’s mother takes ill, Lucinda tangles the yarn and is unable to complete the blanket. Feeling she has ruined Christmas, Lucinda is reluctant to go to the procession until a mysterious old woman appears from the shadows and tells Lucinda, “Any gift is beautiful because it is given. Whatever you give, the Baby Jesus will love because it comes from you.” Nervously, Lucinda grabs an armful of weeds, which she brings into the church. As she prays, the weeds open into dazzling red flowers that decorate the altar.

Listen to the story below!!!

Legend of the poinsettia