Reading Update

Informational text has been our focus over the last two weeks.    We have learned to talk/think “A LOT” and read “A LITTLE”.   Good non fiction readers also ask themselves questions, search out answers in other texts and share what they know.   Each child is part of a book club where they are studying a topic together including gymnastics, Dr. Seuss, tornadoes, dogs, tigers, dolphins and the human body.    They have been keeping track of  their thinking and learning using the R.A.N. Strategy (Reading and Analyzing NonFiction).

Math Update

Our second graders will be using various strategies including proof drawings, show all totals and new groups above/below to solve three digit equations.  The children will experiment with the strategies and discover which strategy works best for them.  Our main focus is on explaining the steps that we take to solve an equation.   We are very excited for this new adventure :)!

Hand 2 Hand

We invite you to participate in our spring donation drive to support Hand2Hand — a community program that provides food to families in need through the school year and during the summer months.  This blog post explains the types of donations needed, drop off location and time frame.

Writing Update

Our second grade writers have been learning how to write a review by using persuasive language.   We have children writing reviews about restaurants, movies, books, fun places to go and games.   We like to think of opinion writing like an OREO:


We know that the “good stuff” in an OREO is in the middle so we want to make it a triple or quadruple stuffed cookie by writing 3 or 4  reasons and examples.

They are doing an AMAZING job persuading their friends to try some new things,  they may persuade you too :).

Math Update

Our second grade mathematicians continue to work on telling time to the nearest 5 minute and also identifying a.m. / p.m activities.    This week we also are learning about pictographs, bar graphs and interpreting what the data means by making conclusions.  We will continue learning about graphs and will even conduct our own surveys to gather data and create graphs.
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8th Grade Visit

On Thursday, fourteen 8th graders from Mr. VanNoord’s teen leadership class came to spend some time reading and getting to know our class.   In the weeks and months to come, we hope to foster a mentor relationship by writing letters to one another and interacting once a month in the classroom through math games and reading opportunities.   We look forward to seeing our friends again soon :).

Math Update

We have started a short unit on telling time to the nearest five minute and identifying a.m. versus p.m activities.  Since many of us only have digital clocks in our homes,  it is helpful to make a note of analog clocks and practice telling the time.    Here is the most recent parent letter:


Today we began a new adventure ….. KEYBOARDING! From now until spring break,  we will be using the laptops to learn proper hand positions and strategies for remembering key locations as well as which fingers are used to press each key. Keyboarding instruction will continue throughout elementary school to prepare our learners for middle school and beyond.

Reading Update

Our second grade readers and writers are enjoying poetry.  We are learning how to look at objects through poet’s eyes not as a scientist (snow is not just frozen precipitation, but instead marshmallows drifting into a blanket).  This has been a transition for the kiddos but they are really creating both “music” in their writing as well as interesting line breaks.