2nd Grade News: 4/8

Check out what is happening in Room 26!

Mark Your Calendars!

  • Please save the date for our Mother's Day Tea on Friday, May 6, 2016. The tea will take place in your child's homeroom classroom from 12:30-2:00pm. The students will have a special gift just for you!

  • Countryside Cares Fun Run for "Let It Be Me" Illinois Foster Care and Adoption: May 6th at 2:00pm. Families are welcome!

  • Countryside Book Fair: April 18th-22nd


  • Hooray! We finished our final MAP tests of the year, and I am so proud of each and every student! They were all so focused and utilized their test taking strategies. Please remember that these tests are just one indicator of how your child is performing and growing.

Reading & Writing: Folktales/Fairytales

These past few weeks we have studied the elements of folktales and fairytales. The students worked in groups to identify various "ingredients" that make up these fun, fictional stories. We also spent time looking at different versions of the same story and comparing them. Folktales all have a moral, and we had very interesting conversations about the different lessons learned in these tales.

During writing, we have written our own fairytale endings and answered some creative prompts, such as "If I had a Fairy Godmother...". Our focus has been to create juicy paragraphs with lots of details supporting the main idea. The students never cease to amaze me with their creativity!

We are also celebrating poetry month by making special books filled with poems and other writing pieces.

Fairytale "Ingredients" Hunt

Working On Our Poetry Books

Word Study: Back to Spelling Lists

We are back to spelling lists until the end of the year. The current list focuses on changing words that end in "y" from singular to plural. The test will be next Friday, April 15.

Science: The Moon

These past few weeks, we have started our final science unit: Skywatchers. We are starting this unit by studying the moon and its eight phases. We have discussed the phases and practiced using the vocabulary in class together. The students have great background knowledge already about space and the moon!

Last Friday, your child brought home an April calendar to log nightly data on what the moon looks like. They will need to determine which phase the moon is in depending on which part of the moon they can see. If the moon is not visible that evening, feel free to find the data online.