Field Trip Update

Our second graders will be going to Frederik Meijer Gardens on Friday, May 6th. I have received money from everyone, so we should be all set!

We will get a chance to explore with our groups, take a guided science tour, and learn more in a plants class. We will also be eating lunch there, so it is very important to pack your child a lunch that day (unless you requested a sack lunch from school on the survey).

We have lots of chaperones, and the kids are so excited for the trip! I will be sending home reminder notes and schedules to the chaperones later this week. If for some reason you can no longer attend the trip, please let me know as soon as you can.

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Weekly Update

Writer’s Workshop:

We are back to small moment stories – stories that are true about you! This time around, we are focusing on small moments that are connected to strong feelings. We are taking everything we know about small moments making them more meaningful by writing about things that are important to us.

Math:

Addition, subtraction, story problems – we are doing it all! This unit is a great reminder of re-grouping, un-grouping, and finding important information. Keep checking your child’s blue folder for homework, and feel free to help them check and fix any silly mistakes.

Reader’s Workshop:

We have been looking at fairy tales and folk tales during our reading time. We noticed what these stories have in common and how we can learn good lessons from these stories. Since these stories are usually exciting and over the top, we have been practicing bringing the characters to life with our voices, facial expressions, and gestures.

Spelling:

Our words this week:

  • again
  • off
  • went
  • old
  • number

These words will be assessed on Friday.

Weekly Update

Writer’s Workshop:

We chose a review that we would like to celebrate this coming week. We looked for our very best work, and started revising our piece to make it even better!

Math:

We started a new unit this week looking at 3-digit numbers. We know that 3-digit numbers are made of ones, tens and hundreds. We have been creating these numbers with one circles, ten sticks, and hundred boxes. We also have been showing the expanded form of 3-digit numbers. Example: 312 = 300 + 10 + 12. We are also comparing three digit numbers using the greater than, less than, and equal to symbols.

Reader’s Workshop:

We have been gathering materials for our non-fiction museum that we will be sharing with our classmates next week. The kids have been busy printing, coloring, crafting, and writing in preparation!

Spelling:

Our words this week:

  • place
  • well
  • such
  • here
  • take

These words will be assessed on Thursday.

Science:

On Friday we had a day dedicated to science! Our 2nd graders were very excited and anxious to see how the day would go. In our class, we learned about mass and measurement tools. We got to use a balance scale to compare masses of different objects. In Mrs. Kuieck’s room, they learned  about properties, words we can use when we describe matter. In Mrs. Greenlund’s room, we learned about single substances and mixtures. In Mrs. Ray’s room, we learned more about properties and the 3 states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. The 2nd graders had a great time with their science day!

Weekly Update

Writer’s Workshop:

We have been working hard on our reviews. We know that our review needs an introduction and at least three reasons. This coming week we will work on adding conclusions, revising, and editing.

Math:

On Friday, we took a test on interpreting/creating graphs and telling time to 5 minutes. Look for your child’s test to be coming home soon. The trickiest part was the two-step problems. We will continue to work on these types of problems in the classroom, but if you’d like any additional practice pages to work at home, please let me know!

Reader’s Workshop:

We have been loving our non-fiction reading unit! We have 4 book clubs: space, famous people, sharks, and weather. We are gathering lots of information and asking deep questions with our book clubs.

Spelling:

Our words this week:

  • must
  • because
  • does
  • part
  • even

These words will be assessed on Friday.

Long Weekend Contest

News From Mrs. Reagan…

30 minAll students (Pk-5) who spend 30 minutes online learning will be entered into a drawing for a $10 BOOK FAIR GIFT CARD.  One winner for each grade will receive a gift card.  You may spend the money as you choose at the Book Fair.  If you spend 60 minutes online, your name will be entered twice.  This doubles your chances of earning a gift card.

60minAll students (PK-5) who spend 60 minutes or more online learning will be entered into a drawing for a $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD.  Remember…the minutes can be earned across all the different learning sites.  So time spent learning – even if it is on more than one online site, adds up!

Links to our online learning sites are below.

RAZ KIDS (teacher username: mvankoevering)

MOBYMAX   (school code mi1457)