Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween!

We had an awesome party and parade today. Thank you to all who helped and attended! Have a safe and fun weekend.

Friday News 10-30-15

Happy Weekend! 
We had an awesome week! Check out some pictures to see what we did.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Officer Brown-safety visit 

History of EGR field trip

We wrote SPOOKY stories and shared them with the class.
Scary stories told in the dark by flashlight...
A spooooooooooooooooky tale...
It sent chills down our spine!

We had a blast with our 4th grade reading buddies! We decorated pumpkins and monsters and shared spooky stories.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween 2015


We will celebrate Halloween on Friday October 30th. Please send your child to school with their costume and school-appropriate accessories. We will change into costumes after lunch (please do not wear costume TO school). Please do not send any weapons or items that are questionable. Thank you in advance!

We will have our class party from 1:00-2:00 pm. Parents who are volunteering- you are welcome to come set up around 12:40. Please contact me if you think you'll need more time. Even if you're not signed up to help, you are still welcome to join us for the fun. We are looking forward to celebrating together.

Around 2:10, the Wealthy School parade will begin. We will join the rest of the classrooms to show off our costumes. After the parade, we will join TEAM 2 in some fun activities for the remainder of the day.    

We are going to have SO much fun! 
Have a SPOOKY day:)

Friday, October 23, 2015

Friday News 10-23-15

Happy Weekend,

It was a great week for all in room 201. I hope yours was great too! 

We enjoyed watching Mr. Morey and Mrs. Sarjeant compete in a donut eating competition this week. The proceeds from the competition benefit Ele's Place. Thank you to all of you who sent in change and dollars to help the cause .

Dollars for Donuts competition for Ele's Place. Mrs .Sarjeant WON!!

Today we spent the afternoon at Blandford Nature Center and participated in the Seeds and Plants Program. This was a great way to culminate our first science unit. We have learned so much about how plants grow.

Next week we have a lot going on! On Friday we will be meeting with Officer Brown and TEAM 2 to hear all about Halloween Safety. After that at 10 am, we will be walking to City Hall (the library) to hear a presentation about the history of East Grand Rapids. You are welcome to walk with us and listen to the program if you're free. It is very interesting!  

When we return to school we will have lunch/recess and then it will be time to change into costumes! Our SPOOKTACULAR party will happen from 1-2 pm and the Wealthy Parade will begin around 2:10pm. Whew. It is going to be a busy day!

If you would like to sign up to help with our Halloween Party, click HERE! Thank you!

During the first week of November our students have the opportunity to participate in the Kidz Have Rights program. An informative letter about this program came home last week. Please return it if you would like to opt out of the program. 

I look forward to meeting with you for our Fall Parent/Teacher Conference. Please contact me if your time does not work. 

This week in second grade:

In reading we studied illustrations in books. We learned that the author/illustrator add more details to the story with the pictures. We learned that illustrations can be in fiction or nonfiction text. We learned that illustrations can enhance a story by SHOWING, and not just telling.

In writing we studied mentor texts, noticed what the author did that was powerful, and tried it in our own writing.

In math we began working on basic addition facts. We reviewed doubles, and learned about nearby doubles (+1, -1), we also used tens frames to create a visual representation of the amount. 

In science we created a pumpkin lifecycle wheel and wrote about what happens after a pumpkin plant dies. We will conclude our science unit next week.

Pictures from this week:
Writing science observations
Working on a seed story

Using mentor texts to find craft moves
Authors sometimes hide clues in illustrations.
Jane Yolen is a powerful mentor author.
Mo Willems adds speech bubbles to show what a character is thinking or saying.
Jotting down our observations.
Kevin Henkes uses repetition to show his readers when something is important.
Molly and Sam are studying  the author's moves very carefully!