Mrs. King's 2nd Grade Class

February 8, 2019

Study Trip to Castleton Mall and Lunch at Buca Di Beppo

Our study trip was a huge success! The class did a fabulous job using their cardinal directions to navigate themselves around the mall. Once they reached the store, they had to decide if it produced a good or service. With just a quick glance you'd think most stores only produced goods, but as the class dug deeper and asked more questions they realized many had services as well. For example: The Disney Store sells lots of goods, but there is a big TV in the back of the store that provides entertainment (a service) to those in the store. Some groups even found sale racks. They looked at the items on it and tried to determine why they were on sale. (supply and demand) A big thank you to the chaperones for joining us!

Global Read Aloud Day!

Thank you so much to those who were able to join us Thursday for our rescheduled date of Global Read Aloud Day! We are so lucky to have so many stop by to share a favorite story. We heard some great books and were even introduced to a few new ones as well. Thank you for sharing your love of reading with our class.

*Be sure to check my Twitter account for a lovely video from our visit with Audrey's Grandma. She not only read to use in English, but also in French! She had the entire class repeating her in French. It was a fantastic start to our day!

Global School Day of Play

On Friday our classroom celebrated Global School Day of Play. We had so much fun learning how to play new games with our friends. It is important for us to learn to take turns, follow directions, and compromise. It was so heart warming seeing them all play together! Ask your child what was his/her favorite thing to play.
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Don't forget that your child needed to have 4 out of the 5 activities from their eLearning menu completed Thursday, February 7th! They also needed to have 2 out of the 5 activities completed from Friday's eLearning Menu by TONIGHT! Please let me know if you have any questions about these assignments or how to turn them in! If you have not turned them in, please do so ASAP!!! Thank you!

We've Got Character, YES We DO!!!

Congratulations to Rocco, Wyatt, and Kaiya for showing one of the "High 5" Traits of TCE behavior this month! We are so lucky to have you as a part of our class and school family!! Keep up the AMAZING work!

Friendship Party

Friendship Party on February 14th:

The Friendship Parties this year will be held on Thursday, February 14th from 2:15 to 3:00 p.m. Information from room parents has been sent home regarding volunteers.

Students will be participating in a Valentine Exchange with their classmates. We have 24 students in our classroom. Please note that students may NOT distribute Valentines that include food, candy, or balloons.

If you have any specific questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

Yearbooks Are on Sale

Yearbooks are on sale! The cost of the yearbook is $16 per book. To order a yearbook this year, you will need to order online at . We will not be accepting cash or checks this year. All orders are due by March 22nd. To place an order online, enter in the code 36760V. The yearbooks will be shipped to TCE and passed out to the students near the end of May. Happy ordering!

A Message from Global Studies!

Global Studies Newsletter

*** Important information regarding Chinese Snack Tasting is included in this newsletter and your response is needed if you decide to opt-out.***

In the recent two weeks 1st to 4th grade students have been learning how to say some animals in Chinese. 2nd-4th grade students are doing a great job using the verbs “like” and “have” to form sentences like “I have cats”, “You don’t have dogs”, “I like horses”, and “You don’t like snake”. They also learned how to ask questions like “Do you like horses?” and “Don’t you like rabbits?” in Chinese. I am so impressed with how quickly they learn! 1st grade students had lots of fun learning about the 12 Chinese zodiac animals and coloring Happy New Year 2019, the Year of Pig.

During the week of February 11, 2019, students will be tasting a Chinese snack during their Global Studies class. Please see picture below for the nutrition information. If you do NOT wish your child to taste the snack, please fill out the Opt-Out form by following the link below and submit your response by February 1st, 2019. We will also send out paper permission slips home for certain students with allergy concerns. Thank you for your attention!

Inventors Box

During exploring time, our students would like to create things with recycled items! Our classroom is in need of any items that we can use to create and invent things with!! We love turning trash into new and exciting inventions and creations!

Some items that we need and brainstormed together are:

plastic bottles

soda cans


boxes (any size cereal, pop tart, cracker, mac and cheese etc..)

milk jugs


toilet/paper towel rolls



magazines (child appropriate)

bags from kroger, marsh, etc..


rubber bands

egg cartons

plastic containers

If there is anything else you would like to send in, we would love to have it!!

Thanks so much for your help with this! We will collect these items all year long!


Daily Snacks

Please consider sending a snack to school with your child each day. Our approved list (to keep all of our Cardinals safe - especially those living with food allergies) include:




Pepperidge Farm Goldfish

Skinny Popcorn

We appreciate donations for our students that are without a snack, as well. Thank you for considering!

Background Checks & Anti-Bullying Video

All who desire to volunteer, chaperone fieldtrips, or eat lunch in the cafeteria must have an approved background check on file and complete the Anti-bullying video. Background checks are good for 3 years. If you have questions about your background check, please contact the TCE office @ (317) 594-4310.

Mark Your Calendar!

February 8- Movie Night @ 6:15

February 14th: Study trip to Flat Fork Creek Park & Classroom Friendship parties 2:15-3:00

February 18th: NO SCHOOL: President's Day

February 27th: Study trip to B Present Studio

March 1st: Read Across America Day

March 14th: 2nd Grade Choir Performance (only for those in Choir Club this year)

March 21: PTO Meeting 6:00-7:00

March 29th-April 5th: NO SCHOOL Spring Break

*Just a reminder that we have early dismissal every Monday so that our teachers can continue their learning.

Related Arts Schedule for Next Week!

Monday, February 11: Day 1: Global Studies

Tuesday, February 12: Day 2: Music

Wednesday, February 13: Day 3: Art

Thursday, February 14: Day 4: P.E.

Friday, February 15: Day 1: Global Studies & Library

We are Learning


Next week, we will begin learning about figurative language. We will look closely at mentor texts to see how authors include alliteration, onomatopoeia, similes, and repeating lines to help strengthen their story. We will learn more about each of those words and begin to find them in our daily reading.


This week in writing we continued working on opinion writing. We worked on making a list of our favorite things. We will use this list next week to help us write an opinion paper. We will focus on stating our opinion in our main idea sentence. Forming paragraphs with details to help support our opinion and then wrap up with a concluding sentence restating their opinion. I'm excited to see how they do! We will also begin working on our Young Authors books. Today we looked at the various types of books and each student got to chose the design that would work best for them!


This week we learned about the word perimeter and practiced finding the perimeter of shapes. We discussed the difference between area and perimeter. We continued practicing finding the area of squares and rectangles. Next week we will learn how to find the area of triangles. This week we also continued working on measurement conversions as well as comparing fractions.

Word Work

Today we took our spelling test over the past 2 weeks words. The class will bring home new words lists Monday. Look for those in your child's folder Monday evening. In class, we will work on different sorts and activities to practice our spelling patterns. We will study these words for the next two weeks. Here are the word sorts that we do in class. Feel free to practice these words at home as well!

Repeated Sort: Students will sort their words. Then check their words using the answer key. Then sort their words again!

Draw and Label: Students choose 10 of their words. Then they will draw a picture of each world and label it.

Blind Sort: Using given guide words, or headers, students spell or write in words in the correct category as a partner calls each word aloud without showing it.

Writing Sort: Students write their words under the correct category.

Speed Sort: Students sort words quickly under the correct categories (use a timer to see how fast they can do it!) Students love to beat records and to set goals for themselves.

Word Hunt: Students hunt through their own reading and writing for words that are additional examples of the sound, pattern, or meaning unit they study!

Buddy Sort: Using the given headers, students sort their words with a partner, then discuss. They will then check their work with their answer key.

Social Studies

Next week we will plan to wrap up our unit on economics. We will turn our focus onto the 3 types of productive resources. We will then discuss the various resources used to produce goods and services in our community.