Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Picture Day This Friday!

Remember that Picture Day is this Friday, October 3rd! 
Don't forget to send in your child's envelope to order photos! :)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Peek At The Week

We had a great week of learning in second grade! It was so nice to meet you at Back to School Night! Thank you for coming!
Here are some of the things we have been working on:

In Math: 

·        Completed Topic 1 and took our test
·        Began Topic 2 on addition
·        Practiced a new game to make 10 with a partner
·        Learned a game called Plus 1 or 2 Bingo
·        Practiced adding 0, 1, and 2 to other numbers
·   Learned doubles through a doubles rap and practice                               

In Fundations and Reading
·        Began switching classrooms and tiering students
·        Began Unit 2 in Fundations on bonus letters and glued sound all
·        Practiced routines and did a getting to know you activity
·        Learned the words toss and stall
·        Practiced skill sheets
·        Played a game called Desk Pop to practice spelling words
·        Read “Spring” in Frog and Toad Are Friends and discussed the characters,      setting, problem, and solution.
·        Learned about lucky books and created a lucky log! We read Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse for fiction and Frogs! for non fiction.
In Science:
·        Watched a short Brain Pop Jr. video on frogs and the life cycle
·        Fed Frodo crickets!
·        Read about the life cycle of a frog and made a cool wheel
·        Read and highlighted information comparing Frogs and Toads. We then placed cards in the correct categories
·        Read about salamanders and learned the 5 Burlington amphibians

**A study guide went home Thursday for your child to study for a test next Wednesday Oct. 1st on amphibians. Please help your child study!
In Writing:
·        Wrote a special note to our parents
·        Continued to work on our personal narratives
·        Did adjective activities

Check out our fun photos! I am proud of all their hard work!
Enjoy your weekend! It should feel like summer!
-Mrs. Farrand :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I'm A Verb! I'm An Action Word! A fun song for all!

Peek At The Week

We had another great week in second grade! Our time is already flying!

Here are some of the things we did:

In Math:

·        Learned about comparing stories using subtraction
·        Learned a new game called Make Ten to practice our facts
·        Learned about fact families and how they are related
·        Reviewed the vocabulary: more, less, fewer, related 

In Literacy:

·        Learned all about verbs by matching cards with words, Brain Pop Jr., literature, a cool song about verbs and we wrote poems too!
·        Finalized our personal narratives for publishing our class book

In Science:

·        Learned and read more about frogs
·        Watched an  All About Amphibians video
·        Miss P from the science center came and spoke to our class about amphibians and we got a new class toad to observe named Frodo!
·        Learned about toads

I hope you have a great weekend with your child! Check out some fun photos! I look forward to meeting you next Tuesday night at Back to School Night at 6:30 p.m! 

-Mrs. Farrand 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Alphabet Aerobics!!

Peek At The Week

We had our first full week in second grade! The students are working on the classroom routines, rules, and getting to know each other. We were busy bees!

Here are some of the things we did:

In Math:

·        Learned about bar diagrams using part, part whole
·        Learned joining story problems using addition
·        Took our symphony math test on the computer
·        Played games to reinforce our new skills
·        Practiced subtraction with missing parts

In Literacy:

·        Watched a video, played a game, and read how to be a good citizen in the classroom and community
·        Learned all about nouns through puzzles, cards, Brain Pop Jr., a scavenger hunt and literature. We were nuts about nouns!
·        Began our writing unit on personal narratives
·        Learned the special features in a personal narrative
·        Began writing the beginning, middle, and end about our first day of school experience

In Science:

·        Began our amphibian unit
·        Talked about what we know and want to learn
·        Learned special characteristics
·        Made a special folder

Reading Buddies:
·        Met our 5th grade buddies today
·        Took a survey together
·        Read books

We also had a Friendship Circle at the end of the day to share one good thing that happened in school this week. We had many good things to share!

I am really proud of how hard the students have been working! I know they are trying their best and our day is tiring!
I hope you have a great weekend with your child! Check out some fun photos and a video of us doing alphabet aerobics!! ;)

Mrs. Farrand

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Our First Week Flew By!

Welcome to a brand new school year! I am so excited to be starting my seventh year teaching second grade! We have had a great first week getting to know each other. We have been going over and practicing important classroom and school routines. We also brainstormed our classroom rules and signed our names to agree to follow them. 
I love reading stories and I am so happy that my students love listening to stories too! Some of the books we read this week were: First Day Jitters, Miss Nelson Is Missing, Chrysanthemum, How I Spent My Summer Vacation and Odd Velvet. Odd Velvet is one of my favorite books! After reading this story, we had a terrific talk about what it means to treat other people and not judge them before truly getting to know them. We also discussed how we are each valuable, special, and unique. We drew pictures and used different adjectives to describe ourselves. Each child did a nice job!
     Thank you for filling out the important paperwork that went home on Tuesday. If you still have any papers  please try to fill out the forms and return them as soon as possible. I know it is a lot, but it is very helpful! Also, I sent home a blog permission slip today, so that I can begin posting fun photos and things from the students. The slip should be returned by Wednesday, Sept. 10th.  
      I look forward to meeting many of you at our Open House in a few weeks on September 23rd. Until then, feel free to enter your email at the right of the blog for updates from our classroom blog sent directly to your email. 

It’s going to be a great year! 

-Mrs. Farrand :)