Welcome to Second Grade!

Are you visiting our blog because you will be in this class next year?

If so, welcome! :)

Please take some time to explore all of the pages, posts, and links on our blog. While you are looking around, be sure to sign up for email updates by filling in your e-mail address in the subscribe by e-mail rectangle located on the left side panel. Our class blog will be the site for information about school supplies, special events, pictures, curriculum, assessments, and so much more. 

Our second grade supply list is also linked on the left side panel.

Later in the summer, I will provide information on the blog about the August open house. 

Also, remember to sign up for email updates on the Georgetown School Blog.  The school blog will provide updates all summer long about school wide events and important details about open houses and calendar dates.

Finally, please take a few minutes to fill out the Parent Survey to help me get to know your child a little better!

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I will be at Open Library on June 16 from 10-12! Hope to see you there!

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Fun Days for the Last Week!

I can’t believe next week is our last week! Here are two important dates to note for the upcoming week…

Tuesday, June 2 – 2nd Grade Just Write Celebration @ 1pm

We will be celebrating all of the amazing writing we’ve done this year by reading our celebration stories we’ve written throughout the year and touring the hallways to read the poster stories. We will have our final juice toast for the year as well! Any parents, siblings, and grandparents are welcome to join us for this celebration of great writing.

Friday, June 5 – Everyone is a Friend Picnic Lunch @ 11:45-12:30pm

We will celebrate the last day of school by having a picnic lunch outside! Bring a blanket, a lunch (or have your student grab a hot lunch from school) and enjoy some time with our 2nd grade family! Any parents, siblings, and grandparents are welcome to join us for our picnic! We will wrap up our lunches by having some delicious popsicles! (For those of you who volunteered to bring in popsicles, I will be emailing you at the beginning of the week with more information.)

If you have any questions about these activities, let me know! I hope to see you for at least one of the activities if you are able!

 

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Field Trip Photos

Thank you to everyone who helped with this super fun day!

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Quick Update

Congratulations to Solomon on becoming a MILLIONAIRE this year! Solomon has read at least ONE MILLION words (through the Reading Counts Program), and he was recognized with third, fourth, and fifth graders! He was the only second grader this year to join the Million Words Club – we are so proud of you!! :)

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This Friday will be a school-wide BEACH DAY as voted on by the third grade classes to celebrate being finished with their MSTEP test. Wear your sunglasses, beach hats, flip flops and anything else that will put you in the beach-y spirit!

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Finally, if you have not filled out the report card survey, please click the link below!

Report Card Survey

Not sure if you did? Here are the responses I have received so far.

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Field Trip Update/Weekly Update

Field Trip Update:

Our field trip for 2nd grade is schedule for Monday, May 18. We will be touring the Holland Water Filtration Plant on Lakeshore Drive and then heading over to Tunnel Park for lunch/games. We will leave the school around 9:15 and return by 2:00. More details to come!

These are the parent chaperones I have so far…

Riding the Bus

Kristen Pfeffer, Larry Matzen, Kate Rinks, Troy Rinks, Kim Greer, Nicole DeHaan, and Allison Parm

Meeting Us There

Shannon VanderPloeg, Karen Mead, Linda Fuzi, Kelly Burri, Heather VanderVeen and Tony Koeman

If I missed anyone, please let me know! If you are interested in helping out on this field trip and aren’t on the list, please call/email me to let me know! We’d love to have you :)

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Here’s a look at what we learned this week…

Writer’s Workshop:

We are back to Small Moment stories – stories that are true about you! We are focusing on edge of your seat stories. These stories are ones that are usually connected to a strong emotion or feeling, and they get the reader excited to turn the page and keep reading.

We have talked about using show not tell details and leaving heart clues throughout our stories so the reader can tell the lesson we learned or the heart of our story.

Math:

Fractions and arrays are the focus this week! We learned that arrays can represent a number using rows (side to side) and columns (up and down). These arrays show how we can use repeated addition to represent a total.

We also have been practicing finding halves, thirds, and fourths of different shapes like squares, rectangles, and circles.

Reader’s Workshop:

We are continuing our folktale/fairytale unit this week, and our emphasis is on bring our characters to life when we read. We can use our voices, facial expressions, and gestures to show what our characters are like. We can imagine what they are like by thinking about their point of view, how they feeling, and where the story takes place.

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Weekly Update

Here’s a look at what we learned this week…

Writer’s Workshop:

We wrapped up our opinion writing unit by sharing one of our favorite reviews. Each student got a chance to share their review in front of the class and hear two compliments about themselves as a writer.

We will be jumping back into Small Moment stories again soon!

Math:

We are also wrapping up this math unit as well! We have been working hard on our three-digit addition and subtraction work. Thank you for all of your hard work with homework at home!

We will start to look at arrays and equal parts (fractions) in our next unit.

Reader’s Workshop:

We started our folktale unit this week, and we have learned about folktales and fairytales.

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Report Card Survey

Please take the time to fill out an end of the year report card survey by clicking the following link: 

Report Card Survey

Thanks in advance!

Malyn Van Koevering

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GAGA Fun

 

 

We had fun trying out the GAGA PIT at the end of the day! :)

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Weekly Update

Here’s a look at what we learned this week…

Writer’s Workshop:

We are continuing to add as many details we can to our reviews. I am also noticing a trend of “Frozen” reviews in our classroom, and they might  not be what you’d expect! :)

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Math:

We have been learning lots of different ways to add three digit numbers. Below are a few of the ways we have learned. Your child is welcome to use whichever strategy they like best when they are working on homework! If you ever have any questions about how exactly to do a strategy, please let me know! I’d love to help explain it more clearly.

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Reader’s Workshop:

We wrapped up our non-fiction unit by teaching others the things we have learned. We had some cool posters, skits, and even a museum to teach our classmates!

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Weekly Update

Here’s a look at what we learned this week…

Writer’s Workshop:

Our second graders have begun expressing their opinions in reviews. They have had a lot to say about things that they love and some things they don’t care for :)

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Math:

We have started working with 3-digit numbers in our new math unit. We know that 3-digit numbers are made of one hundreds, tens, and ones.

We can use pictures to represent the three digit numbers. We also can show the hundreds, tens, and ones in a number by stretching the number apart and writing it in expanded form.

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We can compare two 3-digit numbers by first looking at the hundreds place. If one number has more hundreds, it is greater. If the hundreds are the same, we can look to the tens place to help us decide which number is greater. If the tens are the same, we can look to the ones place to help us decide. If the hundreds, tens and ones are the same, the numbers are equal!

234 > 156          234 > 213            234 < 239       234 = 234

Reader’s Workshop:

We are continuing with our non-fiction book clubs! We switched topics recently, and we have been making connections to the things we are reading and learning. Sometimes when we read our books, it leaves us with questions. We marked these spots in our books with a ? on a sticky note. We talked with our book club to see if they could help us answer our questions. If we still needed to do more research, we used another book, a different friend, or our good friend Google to help us answer our questions.

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