Second Grade Room 214

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2018-2019 Supply List

Supply List

2 Dozen #2 Pencils (Preferably Ticonderoga)

3 Composition Books Wide Ruled

4 Glue Sticks

1 small safety scissors

4 Folders (1 green, 1 yellow, 1 blue, 1 red)

1 reams of copy paper

1 Paper Towel

1 Box Kleenex

1 Drum sanitizing wipes

1 Box colored pencils

1 Box crayons

1 Box markers

2 square pads of Post-its

Sharpie markers

Expo Markers (Dry Erase)

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Summer Learning Fun

Hi Families!  I hope you are having a great summer and I am so looking forward to meeting all of you for a great 2nd grade year.  These months, please make sure to read, read, read.  The Chicago Public Library has a great summer reading program that is all about Earth.  They have science experiments and recommended reading as well as prizes to keep kids motivated.

Real world applications of telling time, counting money, counting and adding items in the grocery store are great ways to keep kids engaged in math while prepping them for 2nd grade math.

The library also has passes that can be checked out for museums this summer and offers chess classes and tournaments.

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Week of June 11th

It is our last full week of school!  This week we will continue reviewing concepts in reading and math.  In science we will continue studying our silk worms- hoping they make a chrysalis soon!  We will also keep gardening and looking at pollinators.  In social studies we are mapping out everywhere we went for our passport series.  For writing we are working on personal narratives- adding detail and dialogue.

Students will be expected to complete math homework this week only.  Please be looking for any classroom or Ray school library books at home as I will be collecting all week.

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Week of June 4th!

Happy June 214 Families!  We have lots of fun things to do these next two weeks as we wrap up the year.  June 7th we will participate in Field Day.  Friday, June 8th, will be Rockfest and the students will perform a song from the Lion King.  We will also get a class pizza party for winning the walk-a-thon.

As the year is winding down I will start asking students to return books to the classroom library so if you see any books at home please send them along.

In the classroom…

Reading Workshop:  We will be reading Mercy Watson and practicing all of the skills we have learned this year.  I will be continuing guided reading but also doing F&P assessments to see where the kids are at the end of the year with their reading level.

Writing Workshop:  We are going to write personal narratives about our year and also finish up our Haikus.  Thank you to Flynns for providing us with such great poetry books.  This will be the last week for spelling words.

Math:  For the next two weeks we are going to be reviewing 2nd grade skills while also practicing multiplication and area and perimeter.

Science:  We are working on our garden and observing our insects.  We are also studying parts of flowers and understanding the process of pollination and who are pollinators.

Social Studies:  We learned about Bangladesh last week from Ms. Rokea and Mr. Flynn came in to help us with chess.  We will continue to play and practice map skills.


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May 29th

I hope you all had a great Memorial Day Weekend!  This week is filled-  On Wednesday and Thursday we will take our final NWEA test.  On Friday students who want to audition for the talent show need to be prepared to perform for me.  Only 3 acts per class are able to go on to the whole school talent show.

In class this week….

Math:  We have been doing a lot of review.  We will continue to review this week but will only have a few days of math due to the NWEA and memorial day.  We have started learning about perimeter and area and capacity.

Reading Workshop:  We have been reading Nonfiction texts and practicing main idea and details with books about plants and insects.  Next week we will look at cause and effect and then return to fiction books again.

Writing Workshop:  This week we wrote haikus!  The syllables were a challenge at first but then everyone got the pattern which was great.  We also worked a lot with personification and alliteration.  On Friday we made posters with examples of literary language.  Next week we will wrap up poetry and return to personal narratives.

Science:  We studied parts of a flower and looked at different types of pollinators.  We checked in with our garden and observed our silkworms that grow so fast!

Social Studies:  Next week we will have a presentation about Iraq and continue practicing chess!



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May 21st

We had so much fun at the Walk-a-thon and next week we will continue on with our A-Z countdown!  May 30th and 31st we will take the final round of NWEA testing.

In class this week….

Math:  We have finished our Everyday Math Curriculum for the year.  We will simultaneously be reviewing past concepts taught and practicing multiplication and other 3rd grade concepts. Many of the kids still need practicing with subtraction and addition so please keep working at home.

Reading Workshop: This week we will return to nonfiction to review nonfiction concepts and skills.  This will revolve a lot around main idea and detail.

Writing Workshop:  We are publishing our poems!  We will continue working on literary language and then transition back to personal narratives to wrap up the year.

Social Studies:  We do not have any passport presentations for this week so if you or anyone you know would like to come in and present please let me know. We will continue working on chess and our map skills.

Science:  We have been observing our silkworms behavior and are now waiting for them to produce silk.  Hopefully it will happen before the end of the year!  We are also studying the life cycle of plants.



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May 14th

It is the ABC 26 day countdown!  Please find it below.   The walkathon is next Friday and we are in the lead!!  Thank you! Please continue the great work of spreading the word!

5/14 A Animal Day (Bring a stuffed animal to school day) or Alma Mater Day (College Gear)
5/15 B Bright Colors & Book Day
5/16 C Crazy Sock  & Camouflage Day
5/17 D Doodle Day (Get a Big Poster and Pass it around so everyone can add a doodle to the poster) Display it outside your door
5/18 E Exercise Day at 9am and 3PM school wide 5 minute exercises
5/21 F Fruit Day (Bring your favorite fruit for lunch)
5/22 G Game Day (Bring and play your favorite board game during lunch/recess time)
5/23 H Hat and Heritage Day
5/24 I Identical Day ( Dress Identical to Another Person)
5/25 J Joke Day (Students-Tell a joke in class  Staff- Stick a funny joke in someone’s mailbox)
5/29 K Kicks Day (Wear your favorite KICKS-gym shoes, sandals, etc)
5/30 L Love day (Show your love with a handshake, hug, note, or with words)
5/31 M Music Day (Music can be played by your teacher at 3:20PM)
6/1 N No you didn’t Day (Wear a unique outfit to school)
6/4 O Opposite Day
6/5 P Pajama Day
6/6 Q Question Day
6/7 R Races at Recess Day
6/8 S Super hero Day
6/11 T Thank you Day (Write thank you notes to room parents, volunteers, retirees)
6/12 U USA Day (Wear red, white and blue)
6/13 V Vice Versa Day
6/14 W Walk Day (Take a walk with your class)
6/15 X X & O Day (Play Tic-tac-toe)
6/18 Y Year End Cleaning Day (Clean Everything! Students take belongings home)
6/19 Z Zoom Out of School Day (Have a wonderful summer break)


What is happening in class this week…

Math:  We will wrap up Unit 9 this week and test on Friday.  Students did an end of the year 2nd grade practice test today so I can see what skills they still need practice with.  We are also doing math facts test for addition/subtraction/and multiplication.

Reading:  We wrapped up our series book clubs.  Next week students will choose one book to a complete a book report on- they will need to think about literary language, the lesson, story elements, and summary.

Writing: This last week we looked at three different poem structures- list, conversation, and story.  We also talked a lot about how to pull a metaphor through a whole poem and how to convey feeling. We hope you like the poems the kids took home on Friday!

Social Studies:  This past week we had an excellent presentation on Egypt.  We played chess with Mr. Flynn and made an “anywhere” garden and discussed the importance of planting in a home and neighborhood.

Science:  Our silk worms hatched!  We learned that they LOVE mulberry leaves.  A bunch of our mealworms changed from the pupa stage to a darkling beetle adult.  We will listened to fantastic presentations about insects from students and gardened!  Next week we will dig deeper into silkworms and plants.


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May 7th!

Happy May Room 214 Families!

What is happening in class this week…

Reading Workshop:  We are going to wrap up book clubs this week.  Students have been working in their groups to discuss characters.  This week we will continue to look at characters and they will need to provide evidence to support traits.

Writing Workshop:  In poetry this week we will look at personification and alliteration.  Students will also learn about structure and will study mentor texts by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater and Kristine O’Connell George.

Math: This week we will be going doing lessons 9-5 through 9-8.  We will be reviewing place values,  subtraction, and money.  We will continue to practice fractions as well.

Social Studies:  We will continue to practice map skills .  This past week we looked at North America.  We also had a presentation about Meixco from Ms. Ana who is part of Ava’s family.  Mr. Flynn came in this week to help with Chess!

Science:  We are waiting for our silkworms and praying mantis to hatich

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April 30th

Hi 214 Families!  Hopefully this week actually starts to feel like spring- especially because we have planted our vegetables in the garden containers on the front playground.  We will also be planting zinnias and chives for our butterflies that we released last week.  We hope that they will come back and visit us in our butterfly garden that we will begin to grow.

Wednesday May 2nd is International Night from 5:30-8:00 in the gym.  Travel around the world, try new foods and have fun!

What else is happening this week…

Reading Workshop:  we are still working in our series/author book clubs. We are focusing on word work and using context clues.  We are also studying story structure and patterns in how our characters behave when facing obstacles.   We are on the 3rd book of My Father’s Dragon series and will be finishing up this week.

Writing Workshop: Last week we studied repetition and patterns in poetry. This week we will continue to do so but will also bring in more literary language and study couplets and stanzas.  Students will receive new words on Monday for word work, but also will take the test from last week.  We ran out of time in the afternoon because we had two (wonderful) presentations for our passport series.

Math:  We will continue to work on fractions this week.  We will work on 9.2-9.5. Please continue to practice adding, subtracting and counting money at home.

Social Studies: We will continue to have great lessons about countries in our passport series.  Thank you to Ms. Gruber, Brendan’s mom, who came and talked to us about Russia!  We will also try to get some chess and map skills practice in too!

Science:  We will begin to study silkworms this week, in addition to watching our mealworms go from the larva to pupa stage!  Insect Research Projects are due at the end of the week!

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April 23rd

Happy Earth Day Week!  This week the kids will participate in a school wide Earth Day activity.  We will also be discussing how our actions help or harm the environment and what we can do to improve it.

If you have lived or visited a country outside the U.S. and would like to come in and talk about it with the kids for our passport series please let us know!

Walk-a-Thon incentive:  win a $500 mattress
Any student or Ray staff member who is registered at and has begun fundraising by midnight on Friday April 27th will be entered in a raffle to win a Simmons queen mattress set worth $500.  The winning student or staff member can come to our mattress sale on May 6th to try out the mattress set and have it delivered for free to their home! While exercise is important for health, a good night’s sleep is also important – make sure you’re getting quality sleep with a new mattress thanks to Just Get Sleep, our mattress sale fundraising partner!  Register your student(s) for the Walk-a-Thon today.

In class this week we will..

Reading Workshop:  We will be continuing our series book clubs!  We are learning how to discuss and build on each others ideas in book club discussion. Using prompts we are asking questions, sharing opinions, elaborating, and clarifying.   We are also studying our characters- looking how they respond to problems, their relationships to other characters, and noting what is the same across the series.

Writing Workshop:  We will be working on using precise language in our poems.  We will also discuss repetition, mood comparisons (metaphor, simile) and personification.

Math:  We will have our unit 8 math test on Tuesday.  We will review Monday to prepare.  On Wednesday we will begin Unit 9 and start our work with fractions!

Social Studies:  This week will continue studying the globe by learning about Thailand and Russia in our passport series.  We will also keep practicing our map skills and chess!

Science:  Two of our butterflies came out of their cocoons!  We used magnifying glasses to study and write about them on Friday.  We will be observing our meal worms entering the pupa stage this week and begin learning about plants.  Hopefully we will be able to start planting in our garden by Tuesday!

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April 16th

Hi 214 Families!  I hope everyone is having a nice April- DESPITE the weather.  On Monday a new handout for conference times will go home with your chosen time (or time close to).  If you have not had a chance to fill out the form or the time slot you have been given does not work, please let me know.

The book fair will be April 17th-20th.  Please stop by during report card pick up or send money with your student to shop at the book fair.

May 18th will be the Walk-a-Thon-  Register your student for the walk-a-thon at and begin fundraising to be entered into weekly drawings for cool stuff- museum memberships, gift cards, sports tickets and more!  Every student who raises at least $50 gets a chance to sink a teacher in the dunk tank on the last day of school.

On May 6th we will have a Just Get Sleep Fundraiser- you will have an opportunity to buy a new mattress in the Ray lunchroom at up to 50% of retail, with 20% of every sale donated back to Ray.

This week we will be….

Math:  We will be working on lessons 8.8-8.11 and will review and have our Unit 8 test the following Tuesday.  This week we will be focusing on arrays and geometry!

Reading Workshop:  We have started our realistic book clubs! We are focusing in on character traits and evidence and story elements.  We are also spending time looking at vocabulary and words and determining their meaning through context clues.  As a read aloud we are reading My Father’s Dragon series and talking a lot about our main character and how they respond to problems!

Writing Workshop:  We will start our unit on Poetry!  Kids have already been getting deep into identifying literary language and we will apply this to our poems.  All published writing should be turned in by Tuesday.

Science:  We are studying our insects (meal worms and caterpillars) and began digging in the dirt in our garden plot.  We will work with a professional gardener next week to plant seeds in our garden plot.   Students will also be expected to do a research project about an insect to be completed at home and due May 3rd.

Social Studies: This past week we had the first presentation for our passport series about Japan.  If you would like to speak about a country that you are from, studied, or spent a lot of time in please let me know!  We would love to have you come in and speak with the kids.  On Tuesday we will be learning about Belgium.  We have also started our First Move Chess Curriculum.  So far we have oriented ourselves to the board and learned all about the pawn.  Kids who know how to play are helping me teach the other kids which is very helpful 😉

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April 9th

Good morning 214 Families- this week a sign up will go home for parent teacher conferences which will be next week Wednesday April 18th.  I will try my best to accommodate everyone’s availability.  Tomorrow we will have a volunteer with us for the morning from Kenwood High School and in the afternoon working with a team of middle school students to film positive hallway procedures to support school-wide PBIS.

Reading Workshop:  We will begin series book clubs!  This will enable to students to dig deeper into characters to identify character traits, make predictions and connections, and understand the author’s writing style and purpose.  We will also be focusing on context clues and prefixes and suffixes.

Writing Workshop:  We are publishing our opinion writing this week (some may go home for extra help) and then starting our unit on poetry.

Science:  We started our unit on plants and insects.  We launched the unit by observing meal worms and creating a habitat with food for our caterpillars.  This week we will work with Big Green Chicago to prep garden beds for planting.

Social Studies:  We will begin our next unit on map skills and geography and also our passport series!

Math:  We have been learning about geometry- thank you for bringing geometrical objects from home!  This week we will dig deep into quadrilaterals and 3 dimensional shapes.   Continued practice with addition and subtraction at home (borrowing and regrouping) is helpful.  We learned several different strategies in class and children were able to use whatever method was best for them.  Students were also given a login for Khan Academy.  If you would like that information for further practice at home, please let me know.

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