Week of May 27th- June 3rd

Curriculum News & Information

It is so hard to believe that we are in the last week of our 2017-2018 school year.  I do not know where the past nine months have gone.  During our final week we will be taking a look at some fun summertime stories to get kids ready for their break.  This will allow us to talk a bit about summertime safety tips.  Students will also be writing a bit about their summer plans and activities that they are looking forward to participating in over the next several months.  I do strongly encourage all students to keep up with their reading through the summer…..even if it is 5 minutes a day.  We want students to start off strong when they return in August and I do expect great things from this group!  I will continue to keep the website RAZ Kids open for this class to use throughout the summer.  They know how to log on and are familiar with how it works.  Please also encourage them to practice their math facts as many are still struggling with the memorization of the basic addition/subtraction facts.  This will only help ensure success in the following year of school!

Obviously there will be no spelling test during our last week of school.  We will also be done with our assignment books.  Each day next week we will probably be sending some things home so please bring book bags each day next week!

I also want to thank all of the parents for helping encourage and push your students to be the best that they can be.  It has truly been a pleasure having this wonderful group of second grade students!  As I said before, I do see this group doing some amazing things in the future!  Hope everyone has a safe and wonderful summer break!

 

Reminders/Announcements:

Monday (27th)- No School/ Memorial Day

Tuesday (28th)-Fun Video Day

Wednesday (29)- Walking Shoes Day

Thursday (30th)-Exchange Autographs Day & 2:00 Dismissal

Friday (31st)- Yellow Day & 2:00 Dismissal

Monday (3rd)- Zoom Out of School Day & 11:30 Dismissal

 

Mrs. Johnson

 

 

Week of May 20th-24th

Curriculum News

  During our Reading/Literacy time, we will be wrapping up our unit on famous artists and will begin our Summer Unit.  This will give us a chance to look at a lot of fun stories that celebrate the upcoming season.  This will lead us into some fun but worthwhile discussions about summer safety and fun and will allow us to use our creative ideas to come up with some fun, adventurous stories about summertime.

In Math we will be spending more time with fractions before moving on to the topic of measurement.  This will allow us to look at different ways to measure mass, liquids,  length, and weight.  We will also be reviewing some of the important concepts covered this school year!

During our Science time we will continue to take a look at our environment and the weather.  This will give us the opportunity to talk about the many different types of weather phenomenon that take place here in Illinois as well as around the world!

 

Spelling Words (Last Test of the School Year)

ocean   vacation   watermelon   jumping    heat   sand    insects    running     pineapple    saltwater    swimming    July      June     sandals

 

Reminders/News

*We are officially done with reading logs!  Keep reading throughout the summer!

Dress Up/Theme Days

Monday- Quiet Day

Tuesday-Rainbow Reading Day

Wednesday-Sunglasses Day

Thursday- Team Day

Friday- USA Day

 

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Johnson

Week of May 13th-17th

Curriculum News

  During our Reading/Literacy time, we will be taking a look at several different stories written by the author Laurence Anholt.  While he has written a variety of types of books, we will be focusing on some of his stories that tell a bit more about some very well-known artists.  Our stories will also give us a chance to look at some very famous works of art such as Van Gogh’s Sunflower painting and Monet’s Water Lillies….just to name a few.  Students will also be working a bit more on their concept books as we try to complete them before the end of the school year!

In Math we will be spending our time working with fractions.  Students will get the opportunity to see how important fractions are as we take a closer look at how they are used in our daily lives.  We will still continue our work with reviewing basic facts to help ensure retention as they progress to more challenging concepts in the years to come.

During our Science time we will continue to take a look at our environment and the weather.  We will be tracking and monitoring our weather and get a taste of what it takes to be a meteorologist!

 

Spelling Words

helpful     cheerful    useful   painful    careful    awful    thankful   grateful   forgetful   joyful   hopeful   tearful

 

Reminders/News

*No early outs or special events!

Dress Up/Theme Days

Monday- Letters to Your Teacher Day (L)

Tuesday-Mismatch Day (M)

Wednesday-Neon Day (N)

Thursday- Orange Day (O)

Friday- Pajama Day (P)

 

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Johnson

Week of May 6th-10th

Curriculum News

  Students will be continuing their work with concept books.  They will be given more time to do some research on their chosen topic.  During this time we will also be taking a look at some stories that reinforce those character traits that we have studied throughout the school year!

For math, we will continue to work on a few different geometry skills.  We will discuss the many different kinds of shapes along with working with fractions!  During our Science time we will be studying the topic of weather a bit more closely.  They will soon have a better idea of how meteorologists do their job and how they use science to determine our forecasts.

Students have continued to do very well with their reading logs!  We are down to our last 2 weeks of completing these!  Keep reading everyone!

 

Spelling Words

fastest     slowest   biggest     shortest     loudest    softest   smartest    bravest    greatest     tallest    hardest     funniest

 

Reminders/Announcements: 

  *Our K,1, & 2 field trip will be occurring on Tuesday, May 7th.  We will be leaving at approximately 8:45 and returning between 2:00-2:30 that day.  We will be visiting the Kidzeum in Springfield.  This is a rather new and fun educational place for students to visit!  We will be breaking up into groups and exploring different areas which will allow students the opportunity to learn a bit more about their health and how to take care of their bodies.  If you turned in a form stating that you were bringing your sack lunch, don’t forget to pack it in a paper or plastic bag.  We will have coolers available to transport lunches.  There is no need to bring anything else!  We look forward to a fun-filled day!

 

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Johnson

Week of April 29th-May 3rd

Curriculum News

During our next week of class, we will be working on a lot of important and fun things!  In Math, we will be wrapping up our work with adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers.  Then we will be moving onto the discussion of shapes, geometry, and fractions.  For Reading we will be spending some time focusing on our concept books.  Students have begun their work on their very own concept book that will be shared with some of our younger students once they are all finished.  During our Social Studies time we will be focusing on different types of landforms and taking a look at some other topics within the area of Geography.

Upcoming Events

On Wednesday, May 1st we will be celebrating Lei Day in our second grade classroom.  This is a real holiday in the state of Hawaii and we will be spending the day learning as much as we can about our 50th state all while covering some important skills.  We will still be doing work but it will be tied in with our study of Hawaii.  We do get out early that day (11:30) and may need to continue with our work on May 2nd.  On Wednesday, May 1st I do ask that students try to dress in tropical style clothing.  It could just be as simple as wearing some bright, cheerful colors!  It will definitely be a fun and educational day and a half!

 

Spelling Words (Hawaiian Words)

beautiful  coconut  Hawaii  lava  surfboard  island  aloha dolphins  waves  beach  volcano  turtle

 

Reminders/Announcements:  

Apr 29th, May 2nd, May 6th– 2nd Grade Skates (Don’t forget long socks!)

May 1st– 11:30 Dismissal

May 1st– Lei Day

May 7th– K, 1, & 2- Field Trip to Springfield-Kidzeum

 

Mrs. Johnson

Weeks of April 15th-18th & April 23rd-26th

Curriculum News

This newsletter will include the upcoming two weeks because of 2 shorter weeks in a row.  During the week of April 15th-17th, we will be taking a look at some fun springtime stories that tie in with our discussion of fairytales.  This will also lead us into some fun Easter themed writing activities that will give students the opportunity to share some of their fun family traditions.  When we return from Easter break, we will be turning our attention to concept books.  This will allow us to take a closer look at text features found in this particular genre and will lead to our 2nd graders getting to write their own concept book on a topic of their choice.  After our time off we will also be spending a lot of time focusing on ways to take care of the Earth since we will be celebrating Earth Day all week long!

Upcoming Events

Our Jump Rope for Heart event is coming up on Wednesday, April 17th and will go from 12:00-2:00 in the gym with K, 1, and 2 doing their activities in the gym first with the older grades getting a turn following that.  This is always such a worthwhile cause and is also a good way to get in some extra exercise that will only help strengthen our own hearts.  Also, our K, 1, and 2 annual field trip is quickly approaching.  It will be on Tuesday, May 7th.  We will be leaving first thing in the morning and return at approximately 2:15-2:30 on that day.

 

Spelling Words (April 23rd-26th) *There is no spelling test Apr 15-17th!

painter  washer  actor  sailor  server  worker  singer  teacher   speaker  thinker   dreamer   author

 

Reminders/Announcements:  

*April 17th– Jump Rope For Heart 12:00-12:45 for 2nd Grade

*April 17th– 2:00 Dismissal

*April 18th-22nd– Easter/ Spring Break   *Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter!

*April 23rd– Classes Resume

 

Mrs. Johnson

Week of April 8th-12th

Curriculum News

This week we will continue to look at some folktales and fairytales.  At the beginning of the week we will focus our attention on the folktale Peter and the Wolf.  Students will continue to review the elements of a story while they look at how authors sometimes use things other than words or pictures to represent certain characters in stories.

During our Science time we will continue to focus on our home planet-Earth.  We will take a closer look at the water cycle and ways we can help protect our planet.  We will also focus a bit more on some of the resources that people use from our environment.  This will give students the opportunity to better understand the difference between natural resources and those that are man-made.

Upcoming Events

On Thursday, April 11th our class will be visiting our local hospital in Lincoln.  This event is put on every year by some amazing volunteers who hope to give 2nd grade students in Logan County a better understanding of how our local hospital operates.  This experience is also helpful in that it gives young children a chance to visit the hospital and hopefully leave with a more positive feeling about this very important part of our community.  Students always have an amazing time and should return with some fun stories to share!  Departure time and our return time is given below!

 

Spelling Words

badly  madly  quickly  weekly   daily  sadly   gladly  proudly  softly  loudly  bravely   slowly

 

Reminders/Announcements:  

*April 10th– 2:00 Dismissal

*April 11th– Afternoon trip to the Lincoln Hospital (Leave @ 11:50 & Return @ 2:50)

*April 17th– 2:00 Dismissal

*April 18th-22nd– Easter/ Spring Break

 

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Johnson

Week of April 1st-5th

Curriculum News

This week we will continue with our discussion of folktales and fairytales.   This will give us the opportunity to look at many different versions of some well-known folktales.  There are a lot of “fractured” fairy tales and folktales out there that will help us better understand story elements and how settings affect the plots in stories.  Students always enjoy having the opportunity to read different versions of well-known stories which will also help students to further develop their ability to compare similar things.   During our writing time we will be working on some more personal narratives, where students recall an important event from their life and are able to retell this on paper.  They will be encouraged to use vivid adjectives and super sentences to help bring their stories to life!

During our Science time we will turn our attention towards the Earth.  This will help us prepare for Earth Day as we discuss different ways to take care of our planet and ways that we can help ensure that we keep it a healthy place for everyone in the distant future.

In Math, we will be wrapping up our money unit by working on counting coins and dollar bills.  They  will also be working on adding money together.  Students will see how this valuable skill is something that they will be using for the rest of their lives.  They have been working very hard for quite some time now but will still need to revisit this important skill in the future!  Keep practicing!

 

Spelling Words

whale   when   where   what   why  which   whistle  whip   while   whirl  whisper   whisk

 

Reminders/Announcements:  

*April 10th– 2:00 Dismissal

*April 11th– Afternoon trip to the Lincoln Hospital (Leave @ 11:50 & Return @ 2:55)

*April 17th– 2:00 Dismissal

*April 18th-22nd– Easter/ Spring Break

 

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Johnson

Week of March 25th-29th

 

Curriculum News

This week will continue with our discussion of folktales and fairytales. This week we will be looking a variety of stories from around the world.  Some of the stories will be ones that have been told for many years throughout the continents of Africa and Asia.    Students will get a chance to compare stories and see how they are alike and how they differ from one another.   This will allow us to continue our work with cause and effect to help our students work on their comprehension of stories which will ultimately lead to them becoming stronger readers!

During our Science time, students will be focusing on the outer planets found in our solar system.  Students will also be continuing to work on the concepts of goods and services.  On Monday (weather permitting) our students will be getting the opportunity to see first-hand some of the services offered right here in our community.  Students will be talking a short walking tour to see some of these places in person.  We will be leaving the elementary building at about 12:30 and should be back by around 1:00!  We certainly hope that the weather cooperates!

In Math, we will be continuing with our work with counting money.  They will be working a bit more with counting mixed coins so once again we encourage you to take any opportunities that you can to have your child practice at home with some real coins.  Seize any opportunity possible to make learning more fun and like real-life situations!

 

Spelling Words

bolt     jolt     colt      felt      belt     quilt     build    fault     wilt      melt      salt      shelter

 

Reminders/Announcements:  

*March 25th– Walking Field Trip Around Emden (12:30-1:00)

*April 10th– 2:00 Dismissal

*April 11th– Afternoon trip to the Lincoln Hospital (Leave @ 11:50 & Return @ 2:55)

 

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Johnson

Week of March 18th-22nd

Curriculum News

This week will begin our discussion of folktales.  Students will learn the elements found in stories that put them into this category and will look at some well- known folktales that all children should know- The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel for example.  Then we will be taking a look at some fun and entertaining folktales from around the world, beginning with the island of Cuba.  Students will also be discussing the concepts of cause and effect which will help them better understand of all types of stories.

In Math, we will be continuing with our study of counting money.  Students have been doing quite well when reviewing the basics but very soon we will be getting to the more challenging skill of counting mixed coins, which is a skill that they will use for the rest of their lives!

During our Science time, students will be focusing on the study of our solar system.  This will also introduce them to some amazing facts about all of the planets that rotate around the same sun.  In Social Studies we will start to take a look at economics which will include the difference between needs and wants.  This will lead them into several other fascinating topics within this area.

 

Spelling Words

soft      lift      drift      shift      draft      left      gift       raft      craft       loft       swift       sift

 

Reminders/Announcements:  

*March 19th– 11:30 Dismissal

*April 10th– 2:00 Dismissal

*April 11th– Afternoon trip to the Lincoln Hospital (Leave @ 11:50 & Return @ 2:55)

 

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Johnson