Second Grade Room 214

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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 rayschool.dojiggy.com 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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