Week of December 10th


You will notice the same sight words as last week.  That’s because we didn’t end up teaching a new phonics rule and test on Friday, so we are saving those sight words for this week.

On the back of the homework is a study guide about the sun and stars.  We will not be taking that test until Monday of next week, but I wanted to get the study guide out to you.

Holiday Party:

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our class holiday party.  It’s Tuesday, December 18th at 9:00 in the morning.  Your child should be bringing home the “fast pass” today.  It’s a half-sheet of blue paper.  You can fill it out and show it at the front desk to get to the holiday party a little quicker.

What are we learning about this week?

Reading:  We are looking at rhyming words, rhythm, and meaning in poetry and books.

Math: This week we are working on word problems again.  This quarter we are introducing start unknown problems and 2-step problems.

Science: We will be learning about the sun and stars this week.  We will be comparing and contrasting our sun with other stars.  See our study guide for more information about that.

Writing:  This week we will be working on publishing our informational books!  Then we will review root words, suffixes, and prefixes.

Phonics: Our rule this week is learning when to use -s and -es to make words plural.  If the word ends in sh, ch, x, s, or z, you add an -es (bushes, crunches, foxes, glasses, buzzes). The other words you just add an -s, unless it’s one of the irregular plural nouns that we learned about earlier in the year! 🙂

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Reminders for Friday

Today we started the first 2 steps of the STEM process.  We asked our question and imagined how we would solve that problem.  Your child should now have an idea of what type of toy that want to build for their STEM project.  They can bring in supplies from home that they want to be able to use just for their toy.  Please be sure they have these supplies in the morning if they found some from home.

Friday is also Atlanta United Spirit Day!  Wear red, black, and/or gold to support our home team in the finals on Saturday!

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Week of December 3rd

We enjoyed seeing the Nutcracker today.  We talked about proper behavior while at a ballet.  It was the first ballet for many of our students!

Our second grade STEM closet is running a little low on some recyclable/consumable supplies.  Please collect and send in any of the supplies below:

  • bottle caps
  • cardboard tubes from toilet paper, paper towels, or wrapping paper
  • empty cereal boxes
  • empty tissue boxes

We will be completing a STEM activity on Friday this week.  The students will be working to build their own toy that demonstrates some of the concepts of force we have been discussing.  Students are welcome to bring in extra/specific supplies from home that they plan to use for their toy on Friday.  Just be sure those are separate from any of the supplies you are donating to the STEM closet.


Our schedule will be mixed up on Friday.  The students will have sack lunches in the classroom that day and specials will be from 10-10:30.  This is also the day we will be doing our STEM toy activity.  Atlanta’s soccer team, Atlanta United, is in the MLS finals this weekend.  We will have a spirit day Friday to cheer them on!  Wear your Atlanta United gear or black and red!

Holiday Party:

Our class holiday party will be on December 18th at 9:00.  Parents are invited to join us, so mark your calendars now.  I’ll be sending home a “Fast Pass” on blue paper for you next week.  This is your ticket to get past the line at the front desk and down to our classroom for the party a little bit quicker.

What are we learning about this week?

Reading: We are working on identifying details that support the main idea in our reading.

Math: We are learning to solve measurement word problems.

Science:  This week we are continuing our force unit and will end it with the force toy STEM activity.

Writing: We are preparing to publish one of our informational books this week.  We will work on editing independently and with a partner.

Phonics: We will only have time to get to phonics a few days this week, so we will spend time reviewing some of the previously learned rules.

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Field Trip

Don’t forget about our field trip on Monday. We will be going to the Cobb Civic Center to see the Nutcracker Ballet.  Please have your child wear their class shirt.


We will be eating an early lunch before we leave for the ballet.

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Week of November 26th

I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving break!

We have 4 weeks of school until the winter break, but we have a lot to get done in that time!

Monday, December 3rd will be our Performing Arts field trip to the ballet.  Please have your child wear their class shirt for this trip.  If I do not have a signed permission slip from you, another one will be coming home today.  Please be sure to sign and return this form by Thursday, so your child can go on the trip with us.  I do have most of the forms already.  They came home towards the beginning of the year.

I will be out of the classroom all day on Thursday.  Please be sure to send in notes for any transportation changes, so the sub will know how your child will be going home.

What are we learning about this week?

Reading: We are working on main idea and supporting details.  We will be finding details from the text that support the main idea.

Math:  We are finishing up our 2-digit addition and subtraction unit this week.  At the end of the week, we will move on to measurement and solving word problems involving measurement.

Science: We are learning about force and motion.  We will talk about pushes, pulls, friction, gravity, speed, change of direction.

Writing: We will talk about using special vocabulary in our informational writing to show that we are experts on the topic.  We will also learn about a few special pages that we can add to our books to make it more interesting for our reader.

Phonics:  This week we will work on the “CH” Rule.  -TCH will be used after one short vowel at the end of a one syllable word to spell “CH”.  You use CH at the beginning of a word or after a consonant.  There are 4 exceptions to this rule and we use “WORMS” to remind us.






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Book Fair, Falcons Friday, and more!

Our class visited the book fair this morning.  If your child was not able to purchase any books, you can come back after school today.  The book fair will be open until 6:00 tonight.  This is a change from the previous schedule.  Thank you to those of you that have purchased books for our class from the book fair!

Friday is going to be another Falcons Friday!  Don’t forget to have your child wear their Falcons gear or black and red.

Over the last couple weeks I have been sending home Social Studies Weekly sheets and notes we have completed in class about Mary Musgrove, James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, and Sequoyah.  Be sure to review this information.  We will be taking a few test about them over the next couple days.

Don’t forget to let me know if your child will not be here on Friday or will be leaving early on Friday, so I can give them the tests from Friday early.  I don’t want them to have to wait to take them after the Thanksgiving Break.

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Week of November 12th

It’s Book Fair week!  We will have the Scholastic Book Fair in our Media Center this week.  Our class is signed up to visit the book fair on Wednesday from 8:35-8:55.  You are welcome to meet us there to purchase books for your child.  You are also welcome to send in money or put money in your child’s e-wallet for Wednesday.  This will be the best time for your child to purchase books, since they cannot go to the book fair before school starts this year.

Monday – Thursday – The Book Fair is open from 8am – 4pm.

Tuesday night is Family Night from 6-8pm.

Friday the Book Fair is only open from 8am – Noon.

If your child is going to be absent or leaving early on Friday (or Thursday), please let me know.  There are a few assessments that I’m trying to get done before the break at the end of the week.  I’d much rather your child take the test early than have to wait over the whole Thanksgiving Break to take the test they are missing.  Please email me, if your child will not be here.

Don’t forget to send in items for the Thanksgiving baskets.  There is a signup on Shutterfly.  Please send in these items by Wednesday.

There are a few more Social Studies Weekly sheets coming home today about the historical figures we have been learning about.  Please be sure to read over them at home.  I’ll also be sending home some of the notes that we have about these people on Tuesday.  This will be good to review for our tests on Thursday and Friday.

What are we learning about this week?

Reading: We are looking a little more closely at procedures and life cycles in our nonfiction books.  We are focusing on the information we can learn and how to connect it with our reading.

Math: We have finished learning the different addition and subtraction strategies based in place value.  Now, students will practice choosing the best strategy for them to solve their problems.

Social Studies:  We will finish learning about Mary Musgrove at the beginning of the week.  We will also focus on the character traits for all of our historical figures.  On Thursday and Friday, we will take the different assessments for this unit.  Don’t forget to let me know if your child will be missing school on Thursday or Friday, so I can give them their test early.

Writing: We are working on different ways to add more writing to our informational books.  We will practice using descriptive words, make comparisons, and give examples.

Grammar: Instead of a spelling rule this week, we will work on grammar.  We will learn about reflexive pronouns.


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Week of November 5

Since it’s the start of a new month, you will see a new specials calendar and new homework sheets coming home today.  Also, be on the lookout for Social Studies Weekly sheets to be coming home over the next 2 weeks.  There will be one coming home about Sequoyah today.  I will probably send one more home by the end of the week.  We have not read through these in the classroom this time, so they would be good to review at home.  We will be testing on these four people (Sequoyah, Tomochichi, James Oglethorpe, and Mary Musgrove) at the end of next week.

Don’t forget there is NO SCHOOL on Tuesday (tomorrow) because of election day.

On Friday, we will have another school wide STEM Day.

Book Fair:

The Scholastic Book Fair will be here next week.  Our class is signed up to visit the book fair on Wednesday the 14th in the morning.  If you are planning to let your child purchase books from the book fair, please be sure they have money to spend on Wednesday next week.  There will not be times for them to shop before school starts this year, so this will really be their only chance to get to the book fair other than going during recess time maybe.  See the information below about using the E-Wallet payment system:

This year, the E-Wallet online payment system will be available for shopping at the Book Fair. Simply load money into your child’s E-Wallet and they can shop without the hassle of cash and credit cards. Visit the Book Fair web page and click on “Get Started” to create an account and add funds. Also, check out the new hours, including extended hours from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Nov. 14.

Please see the letter below regarding our STEM Lab and Maker Space.

Dear Second Grade Parents,

Beginning Monday, November 26, your child will be engaging in the engineering design process and learning about how an assembly line functions.  All second grader’s will be working together to design special message tags that spread kind words and thoughts.  In addition, students will be working together to assemble treat bags that include special messages and small pieces of candy.  If your family chooses to participate, your child will have the opportunity to bring an assembled bag home to share with someone in the community.  As safety is our number one priority, we ask that you participate with your child as they share an act of kindness.  As a family, you can choose to share kindness with a neighbor, a cashier that is helping you, or with an attendant at the gas station.  Imagine brightening someone’s day with a special treat!

Beginning Wednesday, November 7, we will have a large tub outside the Makerspace that labeled, “2nd Grade,” and we are asking for individually wrapped non-peanut candy donations for our message bags.  This donation is voluntary, but we are hoping that many of our second grade families will choose to join us in spreading kindness in our community!


Mollie Cushing – Makerspace Teacher

Danny Carlson – STEM Lab Teacher

What are we learning about this week?

Reading: We are studying different text features like charts, diagrams, maps, life cycles, and procedures.

Math: We are continuing to learn different strategies to solve addition and subtraction problems.  This week we are working on decomposing and expanded form.  All of the strategies that we learn are based in place value and require students to understand and show that our 2-digit numbers are made up of tens and ones.  This is why we are not using the standard algorithm (stacking) method this year.

Social Studies: We will be learning about James Oglethorpe and Tomochichi this week.  We will find out how they are connected.

Writing: We are finally back into our normal writing routine.  We are working on writing informational/expert books.  I’ll be working on sending home a picture of your child’s table of contents for the book they are working on.  You can use this to talk to them about what they could write about for each chapter.



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Week of October 29th

On Tuesday, we get to meet with our book buddies from Mrs. Brooks’ third grade class.  We try to meet once a month with our book buddies.

On Wednesday, we will have a lesson from Wellstar called Poison Patrol.  They will discuss how some medicines look very similar to candy and some drinks can look very similar to household cleaners.  That means students need to be extra cautious about what they are eating and what they are drinking.  Too much medicine or not the right type of medicine for you can be dangerous.  Accidently drinking things like household cleaners could be poisonous.

We will also have our Fall Centers after lunch on Wednesday.  We will rotate through 4 different centers during the last hour of the day.  Thank you to the volunteers that have signed up to come help with those activities!

What are we learning about?

Reading: We are finishing up our unit on asking and answering questions while reading nonfiction books.  Next we will move on to looking at different text features in nonfiction and how to read/use them.

Math: We have learned how to use base ten blocks to help us add and subtract 2-digit numbers (drawing pictures of tens and ones). We will learn a few more strategies over the next couple of weeks.  Click on the files below to see some of the strategies we will be learning how to use.

Strategies for Addition

Strategies for Subtraction

Social Studies: We are finishing learning about the Creek and Cherokee this week as we take a couple assessments.  At the end of the week, we will begin learning about Sequoyah.

Writing: This week we will begin our informational writing unit.  We will be writing about topics we are EXPERTS on!  This means it’s a topic we already know a lot about and we shouldn’t have to do very much research to write about it.  Many students write about sports (soccer) or games (Minecraft) they play, places they’ve been (Disney World), or pets they have(dogs).

Phonics: We are learning about r-controlled words this week and next week.  This will be a 2 week unit, so the sight words for homework will stay the same next week as well.  We will work on reading all of the r-controlled sounds (ar, er, ir, or, ur), but we will only asses on spelling ar and or.  Those are 2 distinct different sounds, whereas er, ir, and ur all make the same sound making it very difficult to distinguish between the spelling of those 3 combinations.


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Creek and Cherokee Review

There should be a S.S. Weekly coming home today about the Creek and Cherokee and one comparing their lives with ours.

Tomorrow there will also be a review sheet coming home with information about the Creek and Cherokee.  Your child should use this paper to practice coming up with some things that are similar with our lives and some things that are different.

We will be taking a test about these things next week.  Please be sure to review the papers coming home today and tomorrow.

Also, the administrators have asked that for Superhero day tomorrow there are NO masks and NO face painting.  I also told the students that wearing a superhero shirt or socks would be just fine – a full costume isn’t necessary.

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