Mrs. Johnson's 2nd Grade

2018-2019

Week of January 21st-25th

Curriculum News

    This week we will be wrapping up our unit on The Blizzard of the Blue Moon.  We will be doing a bit more writing with this and exploring the process of writing a fictional story and all of the elements that must be included when an author is writing this particular genre.  Then we will be starting a brand new unit titled- The Long Journey to Freedom.  This will begin with reading and discussing a variety of books about our 16th president, Mr. Abraham Lincoln.  During Math we will be focusing more on Telling Time to help ensure that students have a good grasp of this very important concept.   This is a skill that they will need to use in their daily lives for many years to come!

During our Science time we will be taking a look at our changing habitats and how our weather changes the land around us.  This will help students see the need for animals to be able to adapt to their surroundings to help ensure survival.  As we continue to explore healthy habits, we will also be taking a closer look at food/nutrition labels and better understand good versus bad fats and what we can do to limit the amount of saturated fats that we take in from day to day.

 

Spelling Words

desk     mask     task     ask    tusk    disk    dusk     husk     brisk    whisk    mollusk     risk

 

Reminders/Announcements: 

*Monday, January 21st– There is no school in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

 

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Johnson

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Week of January 14th-18th

Curriculum News

    As this semester gets into “full swing”, we are now working on getting students ready for third grade.  With that in mind, we will be focusing on being more responsible, building stronger writing skills, and working on mastering those simple addition and subtraction facts which are necessary to help ensure continued success!

During our Reading/Literacy block we continue to explore the Magic Tree House book, The Blizzard of the Blue Moon.   We will be focusing a bit more on writing responses to what is being read as we are working more closely on several different writing traits this week.  During our Math time we will be working on the very important skill of telling time.  We will ease into this but any opportunity that you can take to have your children pay attention to the clocks around the house and practice this skill would be greatly appreciated!

Our Winter benchmark tests will be starting up this next week and will continue with make-ups the following week.  They will not be given every day but please help us out by encouraging students to do their very best and by helping to ensure that they are coming to school well rested and ready to shine!

 

Spelling Words

bend    send    mind   offend    sand   behind   land  grand   spend    pond   friend   wind

 

Reminders/Announcements:             Have a great weekend!

*No school on Monday, January 21st in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day!

*Homecoming/ Dress Up Days Next Week:

Monday- Pajama Day

Tuesday- Character Day

Wednesday- Nerd Day

Thursday- Mix/Match Day

Friday- Orange/Black Day

 

Mrs. Johnson

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Week of January 8th-11th

Curriculum News

    This newsletter will cover the first week of 2019.  I did want to get a few bits of information out to help everyone prepare for our first full week of school for this brand new year!  Hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday and come back well rested and ready for the second half of our school year!  The first half certainly flew by and I am certain that the second half will also go very quickly!

During our Reading/Literacy block we will be taking a closer look at a Magic Tree House adventure titled, Blizzard of the Blue Moon.  This will allow us to work on some writing and comprehension skills as we also enjoy the many joys (and sometimes headaches) of winter.  We will be reviewing 2-digit subtraction for a few days before we move on to working with 3-D shapes.  Please continue to work on memorizing those addition facts as we need to move on with subtraction facts very soon!

There are several other skills and topics to be covered this week, but we will also be getting ready for our Winter benchmark tests which will be coming up soon!

 

Spelling Words

bump     stump     clump     stamp    clamp     camp    lamp    ramp    jump     thump    pumpkin    sample

 

Reminders/Announcements: 

*School resumes for students on Tuesday, January 8th!

*Reading Logs will be starting up once again after we return from our Christmas break!  Keep reading everyone!  I look forward to a fantastic second half of the school year!

 

Mrs. Johnson

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Week of December 17th- 21st

Curriculum News & Information

This next week we will be spending most of our Reading/Literacy time focusing on some fun Christmas stories.  This will give us a chance to discuss things such as special holiday traditions and memories.  We will also be taking a look at the traditional story of the Christmas Carol, using the Mickey Mouse version so that students might enjoy it a bit more.  This will give us the opportunity to discuss the importance of thinking of others during the holiday season.

For math, we will be reviewing some of the concepts covered previously throughout the first semester as well as working on some math Christmas activities. In the afternoon, we will be working on things such as cursive, weather, and more maps.  There will also be several special activities scheduled as we get closer to the end of the week!

 

* There will be no Spelling Test in second grade until the week of January 8th-11th!  Instead we will be practicing some words that go along with the special holidays which we are celebrating at this time of year!  I am also giving students a break from their Reading Logs over Christmas Break.  Show & Tells will resume in the month of February!

 

Announcements & Reminders

December 19th (Wednesday)- We will be going to the Arlee Theater in Mason City to see the new Grinch movie (Buses leave at 8:30 and return by 11:30 for lunch.)

December 20th & 21st– Early dismissal @ 2:00

December 20th (Thursday)- Dance party 1:00-2:00 in the gym

December 21st (Friday)- 1:00-1:45- Movie in Gym (Year Without a Santa Clause)

December 22nd-January 7th – Christmas Break

December 8th– 2nd Semester Begins

 

Thank you and I hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

Mrs. Amy Johnson

 

 

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Week of December 10th-14th

Curriculum News & Information

During our last two weeks of the semester, we will spend some time taking a look at some of our favorite Christmas stories.  We will especially be discussing ones that focus on kindness and compassion during this holiday season.  This ties in nicely with our recent discussion about building bridges between people and how to build strong relationships.  Our writing time will be spent focusing on personal narratives about some of our Christmas traditions as well as other skills that will only build upon our current writing skills.  We will also be taking a look at synonyms and antonyms which will help give students insight on how to use more vivid words in their daily writing.

As we wrap up our study of the 7 Continents, we will be exploring the little known continent of Antarctica.   Students will learn a bit about the continent that very few people have  visited.  In Science we will continue our exploration of a variety of habitats.  In Math, we will be spending some more time working with subtracting 2-digit numbers as we continue to practice those very important addition and subtraction facts.

 

Spelling:    short      core      sport      report     port      escort     horse      fork     north      storm      torch       acorn

 

Announcements & Reminders

December 13th The Emden Elementary Christmas Program will be Thursday, December 13th at 6:30 at the high school building in Hartsburg.  We will be practicing that morning at the high school building to prepare and walk through everything one time before the big performance.  Students are asked to be there at least by 6:15 so that we can get lined up and seated before the program begins!  This is always such a fun evening and helps get everyone into the Christmas Spirit!

 

December 19th– Christmas Movie at Arlee Theater (Mason City)/ Buses leave @ 8:30 AM & Return by 11:30 AM

December 2oth & 21st– 2:00 Dismissal

December 22nd-January 7th– No School/ Christmas Break

January 8th– School Resumes

 

 

Thank you!

 

Mrs. Amy Johnson

 

 

 

 

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Week of December 3rd-7th

Curriculum News

    As we start to wrap-up our study of the various types of bridges, we will continue with our discussion of “Building Bridges With Unlikely Friends”.   Our study of Charlotte’s Web and a few other short stories about unlikely friendships will continue during our Reading and Literacy time.  As we quickly approach this holiday season our focus towards the end of the week will definitely be about ways to be more kind and giving to one another.  We will look at some other short stories that focus on this and how we can all do a better job of spreading joy and kindness to others all year long!  Some of our writing activities will go along with this same topic.  It will give us the opportunity to share and discuss some of our most favorite traditions that we enjoy during this festive time of year.

During our Math time, we will be continuing to work on 2-digit addition and subtraction which will include the process of regrouping.  This is always a bit challenging at first, but I am certain that this group will catch on to this very important skill with great success! This next week will give us the opportunity to explore our sixth continent- Oceania/Australia.  Students will not have a map assignment this week but instead will get the opportunity to take a closer look at some maps of this region together and will get a bit more acquainted with “The Land Down Under”- the country of Australia.  Students have been doing very well with their work while covering the seven continents and have learned many fascinating things about each of these amazing places!

 

Spelling  Words  

germ      verb      herd      clerk     nerve    serve     fern     verse    after    dinner    letter     finger

 

Reminders/Announcements: 

*Elementary Christmas Program will be Thursday, December 13th at 6:30 at the high school.

*Students should be in the high school cafeteria no later than 6:15 so that we can snap a few  

  pictures and get everyone lined up for the program!

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Johnson

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Weeks of November 19th & 20th / November 26th-30th

 

 

This blog will cover 2 weeks of information because of the extremely short week which is coming up!

Curriculum News & Information

With the very short week that we have next week, we will NOT be having a spelling test.  The words which are given below are words for the week of November 26th-November 30th.    During our two days next week, we will be taking a closer look at the history behind our beloved Thanksgiving holiday.  This will include some stories which we will look at during our Literacy block, as well as several lessons in the afternoon during our usual Social Studies time.  This will hopefully help students become more aware and appreciative of why this day is so special in our country.  In Math, we will be wrapping up our work with 2 digit addition with some work that will require students  to use some of their problem solving skills while using their experience with adding 2 digit numbers.

After Thanksgiving Break we will continue with our unit on “Building Bridges With Unlikely Friends” as we take a look at some fun stories that emphasize the fact that we do not need to be alike to be good friends!  The first one will be a study of Charlotte’s Web .  This story shows students a perfect example of how friendships come in all shapes and sizes!  During our Science time, we will be starting to take a look at our Earth’s Surface, beginning with the importance and many uses of both plants and water which are both vital to Earth’s continued existence.  Our work with cursive handwriting will also continue, as students are adding more and more cursive letters to their repertoire!

 

Spelling Words Nov. 26th-30th

Spelling    grew      stew     chew     drew      few      brew     knew     review      curfew     dew     nephew     crew

 

Announcements & Reminders

November 20th– Beginning at 2:00 that afternoon,  Grandparents are invited to join us for a special Thanksgiving Celebration.  Students will present a special program for the Grandparents followed by cookies, coffee, and water.  We hope that many can attend this special afternoon so that our students can show these very special people how grateful they are to have them in their life!

 

*No school November 21st-25th in observance of Thanksgiving!  I hope that everyone has a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving with their family and friends!

 

Mrs. Amy Johnson

 

 

 

 

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Week of November 12th-16th

Curriculum News

    During our first week of exploring the many different kinds of bridges, we have hopefully gained a new perspective on bridges and their importance in our lives.  This next week will give us the opportunity to look in greater detail at how the three main types of bridges are built and look at several examples from around the world.  This study of bridges will allow us to continue further with this topic as we look at stories that surround some of the world’s most famous bridges.

As we continue to explore the 7 continents, we will get the opportunity to learn about the fascinating continent of Asia.  During our study of Asia, we will turn our attention to the amazing country of China and learn a bit more about its history and culture.  Students always enjoy getting the opportunity to learn about different places found around the globe!

Another exciting bit of information for this upcoming week is that students will be starting to learn some of the lower case letters in cursive!  Students are always excited to learn this skill!  It will take a lot of time and practice to cover all of the lower and upper case letters, but I am sure that they will do very well with this very important skill!!!

 

Spelling  Words

head     bread     dead     sweat     deaf    spread     weather     thread    health    bear    pear     wear

 

Reminders/Announcements: 

*No School Monday, November 12th in observance of Veteran’s Day.  Reading Logs are due on Tuesday!

*On Tuesday, November 20st Grandparents are invited to the grade school at 2:00 for some fun Thanksgiving inspired activities in the gym!  We look forward to seeing everyone on that day!

*No School November 21st-25th– Thanksgiving break!

 

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Johnson

 

 

 

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Week of November 5th-9th

Curriculum News

   While our time exploring the Wild West has come to an end, we will use our Reading/Literacy Block time to explore another very fascinating subject.  We will be spending several weeks exploring bridges.  Over time, we will even explore the idea of “Building Bridges With Unlikely Friends” as we take a look at stories that encourage new and creative ways to build friendships.  During our first week on this topic, we will be taking a closer look at the 3 main types of bridges and learn about some of the world’s most popular and beautiful bridges!  During our Writing/Grammar time we will be taking a look at verb tense and the correct use of verbs in our own sentences and stories that are written.

As we continue to explore the 7 continents, we will get the opportunity to learn about the  continent of Europe and many of its amazing features.  We will also be learning a bit about the beautiful and fascinating country of Italy.  Our Science time will be spent exploring the Rain Forest Habitat in greater detail.

Reading Logs will be passed out on Monday.  Please encourage your child to get in about 10 minutes of reading each day (60 minutes total per week) and return it signed on the following Monday!

 

Spelling  Words

chill       fall       stall      thrill       bill      shell      swell      still      small    smell     dwell      grill

 

Reminders/Announcements: 

*On Thursday, November 8th, there will be a Veteran’s Day Program in the Emden gym starting at 1:00 PM.  All students will be involved in some way, with the younger grades helping by singing some patriotic songs for everyone to enjoy.

*There is no school on Monday, November 12th in observance of Veteran’s Day.

*Grandparents are invited to visit on November 20th at 2:00 for a special Thanksgiving Program!

 

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Johnson

 

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Week of October 29th-November 2nd

 

 

Curriculum News

   We have enjoyed our study of the Wild West so much that we have decided to extend it for one more week!  This week we will be looking at several non-fiction books about the Wild West.  We will especially be focusing on the numerous tools/accessories that cowboys and cowgirls need to do their job.  We will also, obviously, be taking a break from our Wild West studies for one day as we explore some fun fictional stories about Halloween!  As we continue to work on more skills that will help us become better writers, we will focus more on using Main Idea and Detail sentences to help us compose better paragraphs and stories.  This will definitely be a fun-filled week that is jam packed full of learning!

During our Social Studies time in the afternoons we will be continuing with our exploration of our amazing planet.  This week we will turn our focus to the continent of South America and will also spend some time focusing on the fascinating country of Brazil.      In Math we will continue to work with adding 2-digit numbers, as this is a very necessary skill to master before moving onto more challenging concepts.  Keep practicing those addition facts!

Starting the week of November 5th, , students will be asked to complete a weekly reading log to track the number of minutes read outside of the classroom.  Students are given a goal that should be easily attained.  They are to read 60 minutes within a week’s time.  Papers will be passed out each Monday and are asked to be returned the following Monday.  We will keep track of those that are successfully meeting this goal and they will get a chance at the end of each month to either eat lunch with me or get a homework pass to get out of one assignment.  I know that there are some amazing readers who will meet this goal with no problem and want to provide an incentive for those who always work hard and are responsible enough to turn in this paper each week.  If the paper is misplaced you can always write down the number of minutes read and sign the paper for proof of completion as well.   I am doing this to teach students responsibility and to encourage any bit of extra reading time that they can find in their everyday lives!

 

Spelling  Words

mean     clean      peak     dream     beach      team     neat     seat     repeat     least     treat     leap

                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                               (turn over)

 

Reminders/Announcements: 

* October 31st is the Halloween Parade and classroom party.  The parade starts at 10:00 AM with parties following immediately afterwards.  Students are asked to avoid wearing costumes to school that would be too frightening for our younger students and to avoid things that resemble guns or knives.  These rules are in place so that our younger students are not frightened on this fun-filled day!  If it is raining on that day (hopefully NOT) the parade will take place in the gym.  I already want to say thank you to all parents and volunteers who help make this day so much fun for our students!  Seeing the smiles on their faces is always so wonderful to witness!  We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

 

*Next week is also Red Ribbon Week, which emphasizes the importance of saying “No to Drugs!”  Each day will have a theme and students are asked to dress up if possible.  Below are the themes for each day!

 

Monday-“Be A “Jean”ious” /Stay Away From Drugs- Wear Jeans.

Tuesday-“”Don’t Fall Asleep on Your Dreams”- Wear your pajamas.

Wednesday- “Scare Away Drugs”- Wear your Halloween costume..

Thursday-“Don’t let Bad Decisions Affect Your Future”- Dress up like you would for your future career.

Friday-Red Day!!!

 

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Johnson

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