Week of February 10th-14th

Curriculum News & Information

During our first week of discussing The Long Journey to Freedom, we have learned quite a bit about our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.  Students have enjoyed learning a bit more about his life and have just begun to take a look at the many struggles which we faced as a nation during the Civil War while taking a look at several books from the library.  This next week we will continue with this topic a bit more as we look at Harriet Tubman’s role in the Underground Railroad which was an important part of the journey to freedom.  Our writing/English lessons will cover a variety of writing skills including the topic of contractions and using adverbs to help enhance our writing.

In Math we will continue our work with telling time.  This can be a challenging concept to master.  Please take some extra time at home to practice this important skill that will be needed throughout their lives!

*If your child already has a box that they would like to use for the Valentine’s Day Party, you can send them on either Thursday or Friday of next week.  If not, we plan on decorating some bags next week for the card exchange and party next Friday!  Thank you!!!

 

Spelling Words     

thing       string       sing       bring      ring      king      sting       wing      cling      sling       icing      making

 

Announcements & Reminders

Feb. 14th– Classroom Valentine’s Day Party 10:15-11:15

Feb. 14th–  11:30 Dismissal

Feb. 17th– No School/ President’s Day

 

Thank you!

Mrs. Amy Johnson

Week of February 3rd-7th

Curriculum News

  As we continue with our unit of “A Long Journey to Freedom”, we will be taking a look at several stories that will help students better understand the struggles that our country was facing during the Civil War.  Most of these books will be focusing on the conflict between the north and the south and how difficult life would have been if you were a slave back in the 1860’s.  During our Social Studies time we will also be taking a closer look at this time period as we learn a bit about some of the great leaders in our country’s history!

During our Science time we will continue to work a bit more with the water cycle and will then move on to the study of weather.  In Math, we will still be spending our time working on telling time.  This is a skill that will be used throughout their lives and so we will be utilizing this time to help ensure understanding of this very necessary skill!

Students have continued to do very well with their reading logs!  This is a group that loves to share their enthusiasm for reading and it is so wonderful to see!  Keep it up second grade!!!!!

 

Spelling Words

boxes     foxes     churches     dishes     couches     brushes    peaches    itches     wishes   crashes    dashes      flashes

 

Reminders/Announcements: 

*February 14th– 11:30 Dismissal & Parties in the AM

*February 17th– President’s Day/ No School!

 

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Johnson

 

 

Week of January 27th-31st

Curriculum News

    This week we will finally get a chance to begin our new Literacy unit titled, A Long Journey to Freedom.  With testing this past week we are a bit behind but will be able to take a closer look at the life of our very famous 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.  This will give us the opportunity to take a closer look at his amazing life and some of the numerous accomplishments of this great leader who has some history quite close to us here in Hartsburg-Emden!

During our Science time we will continue to take a look at changes in our environment and how they affect all living things.  In Math, we will continue to get some very necessary practice with telling time and look at some real world experiences that go along with this important skill!

As of now our 100th day of school will be on Thursday, January 30th…..assuming there are no snow days between now and then.  With that in mind we are asking students to dress as though they were “100 Years Old” on this day.  This should be a fun experience as we celebrate 100 days of learning and fun times together!  There will be some other festivities taking place on that particular day as well!  100 days have flown by!!! I look forward to another fantastic week!

 

Spelling Words

much  such  church   search   march  starch   couch   lunch  each  speech   bench    ouch

 

Reminders/Announcements: 

*The 100th Day  of school is on Thursday, January 30th!

 

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Johnson

 

 

 

Week of January 20th-24th

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 switching our focus to Telling Time.  This very important skill will be covered for several weeks to help ensure understanding.  There will be several fun, interactive activities to help students get a bit more comfortable using this necessary skill!

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.  We all need to do our part to help ensure that all living things thrive for many years to come!

 

Spelling Words

hush   dish   slush    dash    wash    wish    trash     blush    squish   marsh   crush    splash

 

Reminders/Announcements: 

*Monday, January 20th- There is no school in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

* We are still collecting things for people from Logan County who are in need!  Things needed are: hats, gloves, baby wipes, ink pens, toothbrushes, toothpaste, socks…..etc.!  Any donations would be greatly appreciated!  Thank you!!

 

Have a safe and wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Johnson

Week of January 13th-17th

Curriculum News & Information

This past week we spent some time during our Reading/Literacy block taking a look at some fun stories about winter.  This also gave us the opportunity to look at the changing seasons which we get the chance to enjoy right here in central Illinois.  During this upcoming week, we will be taking a closer look at a specific Magic Tree House book titled, Blizzard of the Blue Moon.  As we explore this book, we will be working on some more challenging vocabulary words and also taking a look at the meanings and usage of idioms.  This is always a fun part of our English language that children like to explore!

In Math, we will be continuing to review some of the more important skills covered during our first semester before moving on to some of the very important skills yet to cover!   During our Science time we will be learning a bit more about the water cycle as we study the science behind snow…..and how exactly it is formed!

There are several other skills and topics to be covered this week, but we will also be working on our benchmark tests this first full week back.  Please remind students to come to school well-rested and ready to do their best, as they always do!

 

Spelling:    desk    mask   task    ask     tusk    disk    brisk    whisk   risk    husk    dusk    frisk

 

Homecoming Dress Up Days January 13th-17th

Monday- Mathlete Day (Wear anything with numbers on it!)

Tuesday- Favorite Sport Day

Wednesday- Hawaiian Day

Thursday- Favorite College Day

Friday- Orange and Black Day

 

Announcements & Reminders

January 20th–  No School/ Dr. Martin Luther King Day

 

Thank you!

Mrs. Amy Johnson

Week of January 7th-10th

Curriculum News

    This newsletter will be abbreviated, somewhat, because of the lack of time available to prepare it.  I did want to get a few bits of information out, however, to help everyone prepare for our first full week of school for this brand new year!  Hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday with family and friends and return 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 working on our benchmark tests this first full week back.  Please remind students to come to school well-rested and ready to do their best, as they always do!

 

Spelling Words

bend   send   mind   offend   sand    land    bland   stand   island   mend   depend   attend

 

Reminders/Announcements: 

*Reading Logs will be starting up once again this next week!  Keep reading everyone!  I look forward to a fantastic second half of the school year!

 

Happy New Year!!!

Mrs. Johnson

Week of December 16th-20th

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 How the Grinch Stole Christmas along with several fun, educational activities that go along with it!  Next week will also give us some time to have our own little “Countdown to Christmas”, including some little surprises each day of the week!

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.  During the afternoons, we will be working on things such as cursive, habitats, 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 7th-10th!  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 & 20th– Early dismissal @ 2:00

December 20th (Friday) Dance party 12:45-1:45 in the gym

December 19th (Friday)- 9:00-10:00- Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (K,1, & 2)

December 21st-January 6th – Christmas Break

January 7th– 2nd Semester Begins

 

 

Thank you!  Hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday!

Mrs. Amy Johnson

Week of December 9th-13th

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 some  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 had the opportunity to visit.  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, graphs, as well as continuing to practice those very important addition facts!

 

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

 

Announcements & Reminders

December 12th The Emden Elementary Christmas Program will be Thursday, December 12th 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 & 20th– 2:00 Dismissal

December 21st-January 6th No School/ Christmas Break

January 7th– School Resumes

 

 

Thank you!

 

Mrs. Amy Johnson

Week of December 2nd-6th

Curriculum News

    As we get back into the “swing of things” after our Thanksgiving break, we will be taking a closer look at a number of beautiful and very famous bridges.  We will study the different types of bridges and listen to some fun and entertaining stories for children that happen to take place around these famous sites.  With the holiday season quickly approaching, our focus towards the end of the week will 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 working with gathering and using data as well as to use this information in a number of different types of graphs.   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: 

*December 4th– 2:00 Dismissal

*Elementary Christmas Program will be Thursday, December 12th 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 Thanksgiving!

Mrs. Amy Johnson

November 18th-22nd & November 25th, 26th

Curriculum News & Information

With the very short week that we have the week of Thanksgiving, we will NOT be having a spelling test.  The words which are given below are words for the week of November 18thth-November 22nd.  Next week during our Literacy/Reading time, we will be taking a look at the concept of Main Idea and Details as we begin our look at a new unit called “Building Bridges”.   We will be learning a bit more about different types of bridges as well as the story behind some of these iconic structures.   During our two days before Thanksgiving, 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.

For our Math Instruction time we will be working on identifying even and odd numbers and beginning our exploration of graphs and how we can use them in our daily lives.  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. 18th-22nd

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

 

Announcements & Reminders

November 26th– 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 some time to visit with each other.  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 27th– December 1st  in observance of Thanksgiving!  I hope that everyone has a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving with their family and friends!

 

Mrs. Amy Johnson