Friday, June 5, 2020

Dear Second Grade Students and Families,

Today is a Maker Day.  Your only assignment is to make something…and to hopefully have fun making it.  Be safe and be sure to check in with your adult(s) before you use any items that you are not usually allowed to use or play with.

You can make something that serves a purpose, or you can make something just for fun.  Here are some project ideas, but there are so many other things you could make.  Be creative!

  • structure (e.g., tower, bridge, house)
  • vehicle (e.g., car, truck, rocket ship)
  • accessory (e.g., bracelet, belt, bag)
  • science project (e.g., working volcano, potato lamp, slime)
  • something for outside (e.g., bird feeder, garden plot, wind chime)
  • something to play with (e.g., board game, robot, stuffed animal)
  • something artistic (e.g., musical instrument, drawing, painting)
  • something to eat (e.g., cookies, cake, dinner)

You can use any kinds of materials found around your house or in your recycling bin.  Here are some material ideas, but if you don’t have these things, use what you do have.  You should not buy anything new for this project.  Be creative!

  • paper, cardboard boxes, toilet paper/paper towel rolls
  • craft (popsicle) sticks
  • empty cans and bottles
  • cloth or old cloth items that could be repurposed, yarn, thread
  • glue, tape, rubber bands, twist ties
  • markers, crayons, colored pencils, finger paint, watercolor paint, pastels
  • Legos, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs, dominoes
  • model kits
  • kitchen items

Once you’re finished, have an adult take a picture of you with what you made.  Send it to Ms. Gray, so she can include it in a Maker Day gallery on the 2nd grade blog.  Be sure to bring what you’ve made to share during our virtual class meeting on Tuesday, June 9.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Dear Second Grade Students and Families,

Today is an important day!  Ms. Regan will join our 3:00 virtual meeting to share with you more about what to expect in 3rd grade.  Are you excited?  Come prepared to show Ms. Regan what a respectful, curious, participatory group of students you are.

Also, keep in mind that tomorrow’s work will be different from our usual routine.  Your focus will be making something from items you can find around your house.  I can’t wait to see what you make.  I will post more about it on tomorrow’s blog.

Specials:

  1. Today’s special is P.E.  Check out Coach Sadie’s blog for some ideas to help you stay physically active: https://leverettpe.edublogs.org/category/second-grade/.

Reading:

  1. Choose 4-5 pages of Hermit Crabs to read aloud to someone else (RazPlus–Hermit Crabs–book).  Then complete the comprehension quiz (RazPlus–Hermit Crabs–comprehension quiz).
  2. Go on Lexia for 20 minutes.

Writing:

  1. Across the week, you will write about your learning this year.  Each day, you will write 4-5 sentences about a given topic (End-of-Year Thoughts).  TODAY: Write about something you feel proud of (in terms of your behavior, participation, and interactions with others) and something you’re still working on (in terms of your behavior, participation, and interaction with others).

Math:

  1. We will use the same packet all week (TPT–Fractions and Partitioning).  You do not need to print all of the pages.  The packet will allow you to practice recognizing fractions and partitioning shapes to make fractions–specifically halves (1/2), thirds (1/3), and fourths (1/4).  TODAY: Complete page 26 (Partitioning Shapes), page 27 (Grouping into Half), page 28 (Writing Fractions), and page 31 (Reading Fractions).

Social Studies and Science:

  1. Optional: Talk with a family friend or relative who moved to the United States from another country.  Why did they move?  What parts of their culture did they bring with them?  How did they feel about leaving their home and moving to the U.S.? (Human Migration Questions).

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Dear Second Grade Students and Families,

Wednesdays are busy days for me.  Today, I have meetings at 11:00, 12:00, and 1:00.  No matter how busy I am though, I’m always happy to make time for the amazing 2nd graders.  If you’d like to set up a one-on-one time to check in before the year ends, please let me know.

Specials:

  1. Today’s special is library.  Ms. River’s recommends that you spend some extra time today curled up reading a good book.  You could also read a book online, read a magazine or newspaper article, or read some poems.  I often start and end my day by reading the news.

Reading:

  1. Reread Hermit Crabs (RazPlus–Hermit Crabs–book).  Discuss these discussion questions with an adult (RazPlus–Hermit Crabs–discussion questions).  It helps to have the book ready when you’re answering questions, so you can go back and find information to make sure your answers are as thorough as possible.
  2. Read a good fit book for 20 minutes.

Writing:

  1. Across the week, you will write about your learning this year.  Each day, you will write 4-5 sentences about a given topic (End-of-Year Thoughts).  TODAY: Write about your favorite assignment this year in reading, writing, math, science, or social studies.

Math:

  1. We will use the same packet all week (TPT–Fractions and Partitioning).  You do not need to print all of the pages.  The packet will allow you to practice recognizing fractions and partitioning shapes to make fractions–specifically halves (1/2), thirds (1/3), and fourths (1/4).  TODAY: Complete pages 16-17 (Fraction Parts), page 19 (Equal Shares), and page 21 (Coloring Shares).
  2. Go on Symphony Math for 20 minutes.

Social Studies and Science:

  1. Think about the stories you read last week (Welcome, Carlos! and Haiti Is My Home) and the story Ms. Gray is reading aloud during our class meetings (The New Soccer Ball).  Compare and contrast how Carlos, Marie, and David felt about leaving their homes and moving to the United States (Human Migration Questions).  How might you feel if you experienced similar moves?

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Dear Second Grade Students and Families,

I look forward to seeing you during today’s 3:00 class meeting.  Come prepared to share something you feel you learned a lot about this year in second grade AND something you’d like to work on getting better at in 3rd grade.  Also, make sure you have a sheet of paper and something to draw with.  We might have a guest join us to do a drawing activity.

Specials:

  1. Today’s special is art.  Be sure to check out Ms. Neal’s blog to find great ideas for art activities you can do at home.  Here’s the link: https://lesartroom.edublogs.org/.

Reading:

  1. Think about both Keb Needs a Home AND Hermit Crabs (RazPlus–Keb Needs a Home–book AND RazPlus–Hermit Crabs–book) when answering these questions.  *Keb was able to survive without a shell.  Could a real hermit crab survive without a shell?  **What information in the fiction story is shown to be true (or not true) in the nonfiction book?
  2. Go on Lexia for 20 minutes.

Writing:

  1. Across the week, you will write about your learning this year.  Each day, you will write 4-5 sentences about a given topic (End-of-Year Thoughts).  TODAY: Write about something you are still working on getting better at in reading, writing, math, science, or social studies.

Math:

  1. We will use the same packet all week (TPT–Fractions and Partitioning).  You do not need to print all of the pages.  The packet will allow you to practice recognizing fractions and partitioning shapes to make fractions–specifically halves (1/2), thirds (1/3), and fourths (1/4).  TODAY: Complete page 9 (Tricky Halves), page 13 (Halves or Fourths), and page 14 (Fraction Match).

Social Studies and Science:

  1. Think about the stories you read last week (Welcome, Carlos! and Haiti Is My Home) and the story Ms. Gray is reading aloud during our class meetings (The New Soccer Ball).  Language, religion, traditions, celebrations, clothing, food, music, and other things can all be part of a person’s culture.   Identify parts of their culture Carlos, Marie, and David brought with them when they moved to the United States (Human Migration Questions).  Share your ideas with an adult.  Ask your adult what they know about the cultural traditions people bring with them when they move from place to place.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Dear Second Grade Students and Families,

Happy birthday, Jack!  I hope you have a very special eighth birthday!

As a reminder, Ms. Regan will join us during our virtual class meeting on Thursday at 3:00.  She will share some information about 3rd grade and hopefully do an activity or game with the rising 3rd graders (that’s you!).  In addition, Friday will be a special Maker Day.  The 2nd graders will be tasked with making something out of materials around the house.

Specials:

  1. Today’s special is music.  Be sure to check out Ms. Renauld’s blog to find great ideas for musical activities you can do at home.  Here’s the link: https://hrenauld.edublogs.org/.

Reading:

  1. Read Hermit Crabs (RazPlus–Hermit Crabs–book).
  2. Read another good fit book for 20 minutes.

Writing:

  1. Across the week, you will write about your learning this year.  Each day, you will write 4-5 sentences about a given topic (End-of-Year Thoughts).  TODAY: Write about something you got better at this year in reading, writing, math, science, or social studies.

Math:

  1. We will use the same packet all week (TPT–Fractions and Partitioning).  You do not need to print all of the pages.  The packet will allow you to practice recognizing fractions and partitioning shapes to make fractions–specifically halves (1/2), thirds (1/3), and fourths (1/4).  TODAY: Complete page 3 (Halves), page 5 (Thirds), and page 7 (Fourths).
  2. Go on Symphony Math for 20 minutes.

Social Studies and Science:

  1. Think about the stories you read last week (Welcome, Carlos! and Haiti Is My Home) and the story Ms. Gray is reading aloud during our class meetings (The New Soccer Ball).  Identify the reasons why the characters in those books–Carlos, Marie, and David–immigrated to the United States (Human Migration Questions).  Share your ideas with an adult.  Ask your adult what they know about the reasons for human migration.  

Friday, May 29, 2020

Dear 2nd Grade Students and Families,

Happy Friday!  Our week AND our school year are both winding to a close.  Enjoy the weekend, and start thinking about what you’ve learned this year in 2nd grade and what you hope to learn more about next year in 3rd grade.

Specials:

  1. Today’s special is P.E.  Check out Coach Sadie’s blog for some ideas to help you stay physically active: https://leverettpe.edublogs.org/category/second-grade/.

Reading:

  1. Determine and write about the problem and the possible solutions in the story Keb Needs a Home (RazPlus–Keb Needs a Home–Problem:Solution).  As in many stories, Keb tries different things before he solves the problem he’s facing.  First, you’ll identify the problem.  Then you’ll write about three things he tries in the story to solve the problem and the pros and cons of each of those attempts.  Finally, you’ll write about what he does to solve the problem in the end.  
  2. Read a good fit book for 20 minutes.

Writing:

  1. Edit the informational book you wrote this week.  Find and fix spelling, punctuation, and capitalization errors.  Make sure what you wrote is clear and easy for your reader to understand.
  2. A contraction is a shortened version of a word or group of words that omits (or leaves out) certain letters and uses an apostrophe in place of those omitted letters.  Identify contractions in sentences AND write what the contractions stand for. (STW–Contraction Sentences).

Math:

  1. Practice fact families using fact triangles (STW–Fact Family Flash Cards).  
  2. This week, your assignments will all come from the same packet (https://www.tptschoolaccess.com/student-view/Njg5MTA4NDg2NTEyOTIwMjAtMDUtMTlUMTY6Mjc6NDAuMDY5Wg==).  Across the week, you will use pages 3-9 and 13-15.  Today, do the pages Quadrilateral Hunt (page 14) and Drawing Shapes (page 15).

Social Studies and Science:

  1. Finish reading a story about a girl whose family moved to the United States from Haiti (RazPlus–Haiti Is My Home).  Read chapters 4 and 5 today.  Think about the answers to some questions as you read.  Why was Johanne so glad to leave Haiti?  What does Johanne like about Boston?  What do the children plan to do when they grow up?  If you were forced to leave your home because of a natural disaster (like an earthquake), how do you think you would feel?  What would you miss about your home?

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Dear 2nd Grade Students and Families,

I look forward to seeing many of you at 3:00 for our virtual class meeting.  As always, I will send out an email with the link around 2:40 this afternoon.  For our share, come prepared to tell about any migrations your family has made.  You might share the story of a move during your lifetime, but you might also share the story of family members in the past who’ve made an even bigger move–perhaps from a different country to the United States.  After we share, I will continue reading the story of David, who moved to the United States from a refugee camp in Zimbabwe after his family fled war in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Specials:

  1. Today’s special is P.E.  Check out Coach Sadie’s blog for some ideas to help you stay physically active: https://leverettpe.edublogs.org/category/second-grade/.

Reading:

  1. Choose 4-5 pages of Keb Needs a Home to read aloud to someone else.  Then complete the comprehension quiz (RazPlus–Keb Needs a Home–comprehension quiz).
  2. Go on Lexia for 20 minutes.

Writing:

  1. Finish writing your informational book about the animal you researched last week.  Use this template to make sure you include all of the important information (Information Animal Book Template).  Add drawings of the information you write about in each section of your book.
  2. A contraction is a shortened version of a word or group of words that omits (or leaves out) certain letters and uses an apostrophe in place of those omitted letters.  Can’t is a contraction.  It is the shortened version of the word cannot.  In the word can’t, the n and o are removed and replaced with an apostrophe.  You’ll is another contraction.  It is the shorted version of the words you will.  Do you notice which letters were omitted and replaced with an apostrophe?  Write the words that given contractions stand for OR write the contraction that can be made by combining two given words (STW–Contractions 1).

Math:

  1. Practice fact families using fact triangles (STW–Fact Family Flash Cards).  
  2. This week, your assignments will all come from the same packet (https://www.tptschoolaccess.com/student-view/Njg5MTA4NDg2NTEyOTIwMjAtMDUtMTlUMTY6Mjc6NDAuMDY5Wg==).  Across the week, you will use pages 3-9 and 13-15.  Today, do the pages Name the Shapes (page 8), Shape Identification (page 9), and Shape Animal (page 13).

Social Studies and Science:

  1. Begin reading a story about a girl whose family moved to the United States from Haiti (RazPlus–Haiti Is My Home).  Read chapters 1, 2, and 3 today.  Think about the answers to some questions as you read.  Why did Marie and her family move to Boston from Haiti?  What does Marie hate about Boston?  Why is Marie glad that Johanne is coming to live in Boston?  How does Johanne feel about Boston?

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Dear 2nd Grade Students and Families,

This week in social studies, we’re thinking about human migration–the movement of people from place to place.  People move for a lot of different reasons.  Some move within the country where they were born.  For example, I moved from Raleigh to Asheville, North Carolina to go to college.  Then I moved to Austin, Texas with a friend.  Then I moved from Austin to Provincetown, Massachusetts…Provincetown to San Francisco, California…San Francisco to Olympia, Washington…and finally back to Provincetown–all for the sake of adventure.  My last big move was from Provincetown to the Pioneer Valley to continue my education.  I dream of someday moving to another country, but it hasn’t happened yet.  Have you moved in your lifetime?  Have your parents moved?  What about your grandparents?  Why did your family move from place to place?

Specials:

  1. Today’s special is library.  Ms. River’s recommends that you spend some extra time today curled up reading a good book.  I recently discovered a new author I enjoy, and I am eagerly reading all of their books.

Reading:

  1. Reread the text Keb Needs a Home (RazPlus–Keb Needs a Home–book).  Then think about and share your answers to some discussion questions with an adult (RazPlus–Keb Needs a Home–discussion questions).
  2. Read a good fit book for 20 minutes.

Writing:

  1. Continue to work on writing your informational book about the animal you researched last week.  Use this template to make sure you include all of the important information (Information Animal Book Template).  Add drawings of the information you write about in each section of your book.
  2. An adjective is a word that describes a noun.  An adverb is a word that describes a verb (or sometimes an adjective or other adverb).  Determine whether a given word is an adjective describing a noun OR an adverb describing a verb (STW–Adjective or Adverb?). 

Math:

  1. Practice fact families using fact triangles (STW–Fact Family Flash Cards).  If you have been printing each day’s assignments, you have likely already printed and cut these out.  You will be using them for the rest of the week.  
  2. This week, your assignments will all come from the same packet (https://www.tptschoolaccess.com/student-view/Njg5MTA4NDg2NTEyOTIwMjAtMDUtMTlUMTY6Mjc6NDAuMDY5Wg==).  Across the week, you will use pages 3-9 and 13-15.  Today, do the pages Counting Sides (page 6) and Drawing Sides (page 7).  There are many names for shapes that have four sides.  All shapes with four sides are quadrilaterals.  Some examples of quadrilaterals are squares, rectangles, parallelograms, rhombuses, and trapezoids.  
  3. Go on Symphony Math for 20 minutes.

Social Studies and Science:

  1. Read a story about a boy whose family moved to the United States from Mexico (RazPlus–Welcome Carlos).  Think about the answers to some questions as you read.  Why did Carlos’s family move to the United States?  How does Carlos feel about the move?  What will he miss about Mexico?  What is he excited about in his new home?

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Dear 2nd Grade Students and Families,

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend!  I look forward to seeing all of you today during our 3:00 meeting.  I will send an email with our Google Meet link at 2:40.  Here is a picture of my sweet kitty Pfogg.  He hasn’t joined our class meeting yet, but maybe he will soon.

Specials:

  1. Today’s special is art.  Be sure to check out Ms. Neal’s blog to find great ideas for art activities you can do at home.  Here’s the link: https://lesartroom.edublogs.org/.

Reading:

  1. Read the text Keb Needs a Home (RazPlus–Keb Needs a Home–book).  
  2. Go on Lexia for 20 minutes.

Writing:

  1. Last week, you researched an animal using PebbleGo and DK FindOut.  This week, you will write an informational book about that animal.  Your book will include information about the animal’s appearance, movement, habitat, food, and life cycle.  You will also identify whether the animal is a mammal, bird, fish, reptile, amphibian, or a kind of invertebrate.  Get a start on your book today.  Use this template to make sure you include all of the important information (Information Animal Book Template).  Add drawings of the information you write about in each section of your book.
  2. A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea (e.g., teacher, school, pencil, friendship).  An action verb describes an action–something you do (e.g., listen, share, play, learn).  Your job today is to determine whether a given word is being used as a noun or an action verb (STW–Nouns vs. Verbs). 

Math:

  1. Practice identifying all of the 10 friends.
  2. This week, your assignments will all come from the same packet (https://www.tptschoolaccess.com/student-view/Njg5MTA4NDg2NTEyOTIwMjAtMDUtMTlUMTY6Mjc6NDAuMDY5Wg==).  Across the week, you will only need to print pages 3-9 and 13-15. The packet is about 2-D and 3-D shapes.  This week, we’ll focus on polygons–2-dimensional closed shapes made up of straight lines that meet at vertices.  A vertex (the plural form is vertices) is the point where two sides of a polygon meet–or the corner of the polygon.  As you’ll notice, circles and ovals have no vertices.  Triangles have 3, squares have 4, pentagons have 5, and so on.  Today, start by reviewing page 3 (2-D Shape Sheet).  Then complete pages 4 and 5 (Color by Vertices AND Draw the Vertices).

Social Studies and Science:

  1. Migration is movement from place to place.  People have been migrating for a very long time.  People migrate for different reasons.  Some migrate because wars or natural disasters (like earthquakes or hurricanes) have made where they live unsafe.  Others migrate because of poor treatment in their homelands due to their religion or ethnicity or for other reasons.  Some migrate for job opportunities or to continue their education.  Others migrate because of the appeal of a place–like its weather.  Some people choose to migrate.  Others do not.  For example, in the past, many people were forcefully brought to the United States from Africa and enslaved.  This week and next week, we will think about human migration.  We will read stories to learn more about different reasons why people migrate.  If you have time, this 15-minute video read-aloud tells a story of immigration to the United States.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Dear 2nd Grade Students and Families,

I hope you enjoy the long weekend!  Remember, Monday is Memorial Day, so I will not be posting any assignments.  I’ll see you next Tuesday for our regularly scheduled class meeting.

Specials:

  1. Today’s special is P.E.  Check out Coach Sadie’s blog for some ideas to help you stay physically active: https://leverettpe.edublogs.org/category/second-grade/.

Reading:

  1. Use the nonfiction book you read yesterday (Science A-Z–Animals of the Rivers–K or Science A-Z–Animals of the Deep Ocean–J).  Respond to the Focus Question prompt you find on page 10 in a paragraph of at least 5 sentences (Fundations Paper with Drawing Space).
  2. Read a good fit book for 20 minutes.

Writing:

  1. Finish your animal research notes using the DK Find Out! source you began using yesterday (Animal Research Notes).
  2. OPTIONAL : Continue practicing proper keyboarding skills using the website you used in technology (https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr).

Math:

  1. Practice identifying all of the “ten friends.”  
  2. This week, your assignments will all come from the same packet (https://www.tptschoolaccess.com/student-view/Njg5MTA4NDA2ODc0NDIwMjAtMDUtMTRUMjA6NTc6NDYuMjc5Wg==).  The focus of the packet is arrays–arrangements of objects into rows and columns.  Rows go across, and columns go down.  TODAY: Do Draw an Array to Match the Equation and Story Problems.
  3. Go on Symphony Math for 20 minutes.

Social Studies and Science:

  1. Finish making the animal trading cards you started making yesterday (Science A-Z–Animal Trading Cards).  Include information about each animal’s habitat, food, movement, and body covering.  Also, include the name of the animal, a picture of the animal, and whether the animal is a mammal, amphibian, reptile, bird, fish, or invertebrate of some kind.