Friday, January 30, 2015

Mystery Reader 1-30-15

Thank you to Lauren's mom for coming in and reading Scaredy Squirrel today! We loved the book!

Friday News 1-30-14

I hope you all enjoyed the surprise ice day yesterday! How fun to wake up to an unexpected day off!
On Monday we will be doing a fun measurement lesson in science. I need you to spend a little time this weekend making a paper airplane with your second grader (bring to school). On Monday we will be having a paper airplane contest and measure which one travels the farthest.

We had a busy week in room 201! 

In reading we learned about character traits and enjoyed reading many Kevin Henkes stories. I selected these stories this week because the author writes wonderful characters with very defined traits. We wrote about character's traits in the books we are reading in our reading response notebooks.
In writing we published our favorite book reviews and began to write nominations. Ask your child what book he or she nominated for an award in class today. Some of my favorites were the "biggest scaredy cat award" and the "biggest mind of her own award". I can't wait to read them all!
In math we began to work with money. We had fun using REAL money to solve problems. We worked together at the teacher table to help Mrs. Goodman figure out how much money is needed to buy food from the grocery advertisements.
In science we read the story How Big is a Foot and learned about standard and nonstandard measurement with a classroom scavenger hunt.

Next week we have our exciting visit from poet Amy Ludwig Vanderwater. We will have a whole school assembly on Wednesday afternoon and will work with her in small groups on Friday morning.

On Thursday we will swim from 2:15-3:15. Please send your child to school with a bathing suit, towel, plastic bag with name, and goggles if needed. Sign up to volunteer HERE if you are available.

Writing Nominations in Writer's Workshop

I hope you enjoy your weekend! 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Chrome Books, comprehension, and movie night!

We had a great time exploring with the second grade Chrome Books this afternoon. We learned how to create a Google doc and began typing some of the poetry we've been writing over the past few weeks.

Today your second grader is bringing home a handout on comprehension. Keep this! Use this!  While writing report cards last week, I felt like a broken record saying that we would be working on improving comprehension with each student. A way to help with this at home is to talk about the books you and your second grader are reading together. I have provided this helpful comprehension sheet to give you ideas of things to ask your student before, during, and after reading.

On Friday, Wealthy will be hosting the annual family movie night. Look for a handout with more information to come home today. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday News 1-23-15

Happy Friday!
I hope you're all enjoying the day off. We had a great week in second grade.

On Monday we marched in honor of Dr. King.  We ended the march in Pioneer Auditorium for a wonderful assembly. 

In science this week we began our measurement unit. We worked with partners to trace our bodies and then used unifix cubes (non-standard measurement) and measuring tape (standard unit) to measure many different parts of our bodies. 

We continued to study poetry and tried many new techniques. We learned that poets use personification, onomatopoeia, and simile to make their poems more interesting. We wrote poetry of our own trying out these techniques. 

Each day students are given time to explore The Poem Farm at the iPad station. The poet, Amy Ludwig Vanderwater will be making a visit to Wealthy in early February. We are enjoying her poetry and  looking for the techniques we are learning in class, in her poems. If your child would like to submit a request for Mr. Morey to read an Amy Ludwig Vanderwater poem for the Poetry Parade, use this link! Some of our classroom friends have already been featured!

We ended our 3-digit addition and subtraction unit this week. Next week we will begin our measurement and data unit. We will be learning about money first. Let your child pay (with cash) for something this weekend and talk about coin value and making change. Meaningful, real life situations provide the best learning experience for children.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to starting fresh with the new semester on Monday!


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Weekend News and Mystery Reader 1-16-14

I hope you've all had a restful weekend!
We had a great week of school. We ended Friday with special Martin Luther King Jr. activities in mixed grade level groups. It was a special experience and a first for our second graders. Ask your child to tell you all about it tonight.

On Monday morning, make sure your child dresses warmly! We will be participating in a silent march to commemorate Dr. King's birthday. From the walk, we will proceed directly to Pioneer Auditorium for an assembly. You are welcome to join us if you are free!

I would like to remind you that there will be no school for students next Friday, January 23rd due to teacher records day.

Thank you to the parents who volunteered to watch the students swim this week. What a great time!

This week in second grade:
In reading we explored many different types of poetry. We learned that some poems have rhyme, rhythm, repetition, and alliteration. We tried writing poetry with these devices. We also wrote color poems and tried a new "15 word or less" poem each day. Ask your child what types of poems he or she wrote this week. We are excitedly preparing for the visit of Amy Ludwig Vanderwater next month.
In writing we learned that writers refer to their books to retell parts of a story and give evidence. We used our books to help us do this. Have your child tell you about the letters they are working on.
In math we worked with 3 digit addition and subtraction. We explored the personal math trainer and other resources in the computer lab. Thank you to Stella's mom for helping with this!
In social studies we learned about how one person can make a difference in a community. We presented in pairs in front of the class. Students shared ways they would make a difference in a community.

Next week we will begin our science unit on measurement. It is going to be so much fun!

Presenting ways we would change something in our community:

Martin Luther King Jr. Activities

Mr. Morey's introduction:

Working in groups to decide on how to present their poems to the rest of the class.

Students presented their poems in a group. Each group had a unique perspective and everyone participated!

We created scratch art on poetry booklets. Each member of the group contributed. 

Mystery Reader!

Thank you to Cate's aunt for reading to us on Friday! Happy Birthday, Cate!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Tomorrow we will be swimming from 1:15-2:15 pm. Please send your child to school with a swimming suit and towel (you can also bring goggles if needed). We are going to have so much fun!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Snow Day and Friday News!

I hope you're all enjoying this snowy, cold day at home. What a treat on our first week of the new year. The kids must have been busy doing all of their snow day rituals last night. I loved hearing about your family traditions, like leaving a penny on the windowsill, flushing 7 ice cubes, wearing pj's inside out, and many more. Snuggle up with some hot chocolate and stay warm!

News for the week of January 5-9:
In reading  we created our Reading Response Notebooks. These are going to be a place where students record the things we are studying during the literacy block. Students will use this as a place to respond to books we read together as a class as well as books they read independently. We spent this week learning about non-fiction text features. We identified text features in informational books about arctic animals. Ask your child to tell you a few text features. You can also look for them together in books, newspapers, magazines, and online. 

In writing we enjoyed writing letters about books. This week we focused on making our writing longer, stronger, and more convincing. We made sure that when writing about a book, we: introduce the book, write an opinion, give reasons, give evidence from the book, and talk to our audience. We also tried using "juicy" story words like characters and plot. 

In math we worked on 3 digit addition strategies. We have enjoyed learning to use the online tools that are a part of our math curriculum.  Please take a few moments this weekend to check it out! Please visit:
Spend a little bit of time with your child exploring the available tools. We did this in the computer lab this week so your second grader should be able to show you around.

In social studies we learned about four different people who made a difference in their communities. We worked in groups to talk about problems in our own communities and ways to solve. One group decided that we leave too many papers and pencils on the floor at the end of the day and this is a problem for our custodian. As a solution, the class decided that we will make an extra effort to pick up the floor before we leave each day.  

Next week on Thursday we will be swimming from 1:15-2:15. If you would like to volunteer as a chaperone (we could use one more dad), please let me know or visit the sign-up genius:

I will be submitting the January Scholastic Book Order next Friday, Jan. 16th. 

Have a marvelous weekend:)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year!

Welcome back and Happy 2015! I hope that everyone enjoyed the relaxing break. We are excited to be back in Room 201 and ready for a year of learning and fun.

This blog will be your main source of information on our classroom. I will not be sending home a paper newsletter, you can always find the weekly news posted here on Fridays. Check out the homework tab to find out what your child is expected to do each week. Please enter your email into the "follow by email" slot on the right side of this page. This will ensure you are getting all of the updates on the happenings in our class.

Below is a link from our math curriculum that you should check out with your second grader:

You can see exactly what we did in class today by following these steps with the link:
1. Interactive student edition
2. Chapter 6
3. Lesson 6.1

Please feel free to contact me at any time! Have a great week!