The Last Days of Second Grade

We are down to just 2 more days of second grade.  Please remember that these last 2 days will be early release days.  We will have specials from 10:00-10:30 and will eat lunch in the classroom right after specials.

Tuesday will be our campout day in the classroom!

Wednesday we will be watching a movie.  We will also watch the 5th grade Walk of Honor at the end of the day.

Please do NOT send book bags on the last day of school. Students will not be able to bring things home on the bus on Wednesday.

Be sure to send notes for any dismissal changes these last days.

Have a great summer and good luck in THIRD grade!!!!


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Week of May 14th

We visited the BOGO Scholastic Book Fair this morning.  That was our designated time to go as a class.  The book fair is not open before or after school this time. If your child didn’t bring money today but still wants to purchase books, they have a couple of options.

  1. They can bring money and try to go during recess one day this week.
  2. You can leave a little early from our End of the Year Celebration on Thursday and take your child to the book fair on the way out.

We have another busy week, but only have a couple of schedule changes:

Tuesday – STEM Day

Wednesday – 2nd grade picnic at lunch time on the playground (weather permitting) Your child can bring their yearbook today to get other classes to sign it.

Thursday – Our End of the Year Celebration at 1:00.  Wear your class shirts! You can take your child home with you and visit the book fair on the way out, if you want.  Please be sure to sign the sign-out sheet.

Friday – We will be switching lunches with another second grade class, so we will have lunch at 12:37.

We got started on our STEM activity this afternoon.  Each group knows what animal they are using for their project.  If they have specific items at home they want to use, then they can bring them in tomorrow morning.

Don’t forget about our End of the Year Celebration on Thursday at 1:00.  We will have a short presentation followed by a slideshow of pictures from the year.  Then we will have refreshments and mingle.  If you plan to attend, don’t forget to bring the blue paper to show the front desk.  This will help you get through the line a little quicker hopefully.

What are we learning about this week?

Reading: We have wrapped up our context clues unit, but we will be continuing our workshop model for reading this week.

Writing:  We are working on poetry this week.  We have learned about list poems, acrostics, and shape poems so far.  We will hopefully learn about Diamante and Cinquain poems as well.

Social Studies: We are taking our test on economics tomorrow.  The study guide for this came home last week.  Hope you’ve been studying!

Math: We will be learning about arrays this week as well as working a little bit with place value.

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BOGO Scholastic Book Fair

Don’t forget our class will be visiting the BOGO Scholastic Book Fair Monday morning at 9:00.  The book fair will not be open before or after school this time.  If you want your child to purchase some books, please send some money with them tomorrow.  You can also meet us in the media center at 9.

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Week of May 7th

This will be a busy week for us!  Here are some of the schedule changes:

Tuesday – Lunch 10:46 and Marathon at 1:00

Wednesday – Field Day (wear class shirts) and Lunch at 11:38

Thursday – Lunch at 10:22 and 5th Grade vs. Teachers Kickball Game at 1:00

Friday – There will be a sub, but it will be a normal schedule.  Please be sure to send notes for any transportation changes.

May 14th is when all of the books are due back to the Media Center.  Please be sure your child is bringing them back to school to return them in a timely manner.

We will have a BOGO Scholastic Book Fair next week in the Media Center.  Our class will be visiting the book fair on Monday at 9:00.  You can meet us there or send your child with money to make purchases then.  The book fair will NOT be open before school or after school this time.

We are pretty much done with regular homework now.  There isn’t a homework sheet coming home today.  Please still continue to read about 20 minutes each night though.  Reading should be continued throughout the summer as well.  There is an economics study guide coming home today.  There is a lot of vocabulary for this unit.  I am not planning to test until the beginning of next week, so you should have plenty of time to review the study guide.

I will be sending home an invitation for our End of the Year Class Celebration that is on May 17 from 1-2.  Please fill out and cut the bottom piece off to return to school.  This will help give me an idea of how many visitors to expect.  The top part of the sheet should be kept as a ticket into the event.  You will need to show it to the front desk when you come and sign in.

What are we learning about this week?

Reading:  We are working on context clues this week.  We learned about different clues to look for: synonyms, antonyms, explanations, and examples.  We use those clues to help us figure out the meaning of a word we may not know.

Spelling:  We are continuing to work with suffixes and prefixes for a few more days.

Writing:  We are writing about who – out of the 7 people we learned about during social studies – should earn the East Side Golden Eagle Award.  Students are writing a persuasive opinion piece to try to convince someone who the winner should be!

Social Studies: We are continuing to learn about economics.

Math:  This week we are working on money word problems again.  I reminded everyone today to be sure they are actually answering what the question is asking, drawing their coins/bills out neatly to help them count, and counting carefully.  They all know how to count coins, but it gets tricky when there are many coins to count.  We will only spending about a week on this, since it is a review over what we have already learned.



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Week of April 30th

The May calendar is coming home today.  There are several changes for our schedule during the last few weeks of school.  I tried to put the lunch changes that I know of on the calendar for you.  I will keep you updated the best I can in our newsletters too.  We will have an earlier lunch on Friday this week.  We will eat lunch at 11:55.

We will visit the Media Center first thing Wednesday morning to learn about Biblionasium.  If your child has any books to return, that would be a good time to do it.

A green half-sheet of paper will be coming home tomorrow about the end of the year 2nd grade Pizza Party.  It will be on May 21st.  We are trying to figure out how many pizzas to order and want to let the cafeteria know how many people to expect to buy lunches that day as well.  Please fill out that green sheet and return it by Friday.

Don’t forget about our End of the Year Celebration.  This will be on May 17 from 1-2.  Parents are invited to join us for this celebration.  We will be sharing some of our writing with you.

What are we learning about this week?

Reading:  We are practicing comparing and contrasting the information from 2 nonfiction books on similar topics.  We are trying to stay focused on the facts that we learn from each book for our similarities and differences.

Spelling:  This week we will be reviewing about prefixes and suffixes.

Writing:  We will begin working on our class book about 2nd grade.  This will be part of what we share with you at our End of the Year Celebration.

Social Studies:  We are starting our economics unit this week.  We will be reviewing a lot of the vocabulary this week.  Look for a study guide to come home next week with this vocabulary.

Math: We will be working on 2 digit word problems this week.  This is a review of what we learned last quarter, so I am only planning to spend a week on this.

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Week of April 23rd

Don’t forget to keep the date of our End of the Year Celebration on the calendar: May 17th from 1:00-2:00!

STEM Supplies: We are still collecting STEM supplies for our last 2 STEM activities for the school year.  Please send in:

  • shoe boxes
  • paper towel tubes
  • toilet paper roll tubes

We will have one of our STEM activities on Thursday this week.  It will be about seed dispersion.

Math Facts: It is very important that students know their addition and subtraction math facts fluently.  Second graders should know their basic addition facts (single-digit within 20) from memory.  This means they can solve the problem within about 3 seconds.  We do not expect subtraction to be from memory at this point, but it should still be pretty quick (about 5 seconds).  If students know their math facts fluently, it will help solve larger addition and subtraction problems.  At this time of the year, they should not be depending on their fingers to solve these basic math facts. Keep practicing!

What are we learning about this week?

Reading:  This week we will begin to compare and contrast nonfiction texts on similar topics.  We will discuss similarities and differences between the texts.

Spelling:  We are working with the two different sounds of the oo vowel team.  Boot and cook are examples of the two different sounds it can make.

Writing: We are continue to work on informational writing.  We will try to add more to our writing by adding examples, making comparisons, and explaining more about our topic.  We will also work on editing our writing.  This is an important step in the writing process that many students over look!

Science:  We are learning about the life cycles of animals.  The life cycles we are focusing on are butterflies, frogs, chickens, turtles, and dogs.  We should be taking the test on Friday.

Math: We are practicing 3-digit addition and subtraction.  Also, we are trying to explain in writing how we solved our problems.  The students should state the name of the strategy they used, use transition words, use vocabulary (hundreds, tens, ones, decompose…), and not skip over any important steps.


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Volunteer Still Needed

I am still looking for one more volunteer to help teach an Adventures in Art lesson on Monday from 9:30 – 11:00.  We already have a volunteer who will be actually teaching the lesson, but she would really appreciate an extra set of hands to help out during the lesson.  If you can help, please email me or sign up on the Shutterfly site.

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Week of April 16th

Mark your calendars: Our End of the Year Celebration will be on May 17th from 1:00 – 2:00.  Parents are invited to join us!  I’ll send out more information about this as we get closer to the date.  

Still looking…

We are still looking for one more volunteer to help out in the classroom next Monday (April 23rd) from 9:30-11:00.  If you can make it, please sign up on the Shutterfly page as a “collaboration volunteer”.  

The next lost and found clean out day for the school will be this Friday.  If your child lost a jacket or something at school, please be sure to check the lost and found before Friday.  

Tuesday is the last day the upper grades will be taking the Milestone test, so by Wednesday we will be back on our normal schedule.  Yay!

Don’t forget about the plant life cycle study guide that came home on Friday.  We will be taking the test tomorrow.  

We will have a STEM speaker come talk to us for a little bit Tuesday morning.  

What are we learning about this week?

Reading: We are wrapping up our unit on determining the main idea and key details from a text.  

Spelling:  We are focusing on the vowel teams that make the long e sound: ee and ea.  Watch out though: ea can also make a short e sound as in bread.  Also, if you hear a long e sound at the end of a syllable or word it could be just y making that sound.

Writing: This week we will work on informational writing.  We will review how we should start with an introduction sentence (main idea), write at least 3 detail sentences, and end with a closing sentence.  

Science:  After we finish our plant life cycle unit, we will begin talking about the life cycle of different animals.  Butterflies will be one of the animals we learn about.  We even have caterpillars in our room now.  We will watch them go through a complete metamorphosis to become butterflies!  This is one of my favorite activities!

Math:  We are finishing up our unit on partitioning shapes.  Then we will go back to 3 digit addition and subtraction.  This time we will practice explain with writing how we use a strategy to solve an equation.  When we explain, we should name the strategy, use transition words, and use our math vocabulary terms (ones, tens, hundreds, decompose, expanded form, funny number, add, subtract…)

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Gimme 5

Our “Gimme 5 for Education” campaign to raise funds for the Cobb Schools Foundation will be ending tomorrow, Friday, April 13! Thank you to all the families and staff members who have already donated! We have raised about $1,200 for our school which means we will get 50% back to use at our school! Please help us meet our goal of $1,500 before tomorrow’s deadline. All checks can be made out to East Side and can go into the white safe or you can donate online at Gimme 5 Online Donation Page. Don’t forget it is a tax-deductible contribution! Again, thank you for giving East Side a high five to education and supporting our school continuously.

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Week of April 9th

I hope everyone had a nice break.  We are down to less than 7 weeks left of second grade!  Wow!

We have our field trip to Fernbank tomorrow.  We will be gone almost the whole day.  We are leaving at 9:00 and not expecting to be back at school until almost 2:00.  Please be sure your child wears their class shirt and comfy walking shoes.  If you are planning on packing a lunch, please be sure it is all disposable.  Please do NOT send large lunch boxes or real water bottles.  Lunches should be in a paper or plastic bag.  We will also NOT be stopping at the gift shop while we are there, so please do not send money for your child to spend there.

Our schedule will be a little mixed up for the next week and a half or so due to the upper grades taking the Milestone test.  Our lunch time will remain the same, but specials will be from 10:35-11:05 on Wednesday, Thursday, next Monday, and next Tuesday.  Our recess time will be a little different too, but I’m not sure on the exact time yet.

STEM Supplies:  Please start saving and collecting empty shoe boxes as well as toilet paper rolls and paper towel rolls.  We will be using the shoe boxes for a STEM activity in May.

White registration cards should have come home today.  This is for next school year, but due this year.  Please read all of the directions on the first paper.  Don’t forget to sign the back of the registration card and return them ASAP.

We are looking for one more volunteer to help Ashlynn’s mom teach an Adventures in Art lesson on Monday, April 23rd from 9:30-11:00.  If you can help, please sign up as a “Collaboration Day” volunteer on the Shutterfly site.  Ideally, it should be someone who received the Adventures in Art training at the beginning of the year.

Gift Card: Some sweet person gave me a very generous gift card for Teachers Pay Teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.  It did not have a name on it.  If that sweet person happens to be you, please email me.  I have a question for you!  Thanks!

What are we learning about this week?

Reading:  We are working on determining the main idea based on the key details in a text.  A lot of times, the main idea will be one of the first sentences in a section or book.  Other times, we might have to come up with our own main idea sentence.

Spelling:  We are working with the vowel teams au and aw.  Both of these vowels can say “aww”.  Au is normally at the beginning or in the middle of a word.  We normally find aw at the end of words, unless there is an l, k, or n following the sound (hawk, crawl, fawn).

Writing: We will be working with irregular past tense verbs as well as finishing up personal narratives this week.  Irregular past tense verbs are the words that you don’t just add -ed to the end to make it past tense. Examples: go-went, take-took, eat-ate

Science: We will begin learning about the life cycle of plants this week.  We will observe a bean plant begin to sprout.

Math:  We will be working on partitioning shapes and equal parts/shares.  These are fractions – halves, thirds, and fourths.


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