Trail Blazer News

October 28th-30th

Joseph's Interview

Conducted by our new Communication Crew: Addie Katherine and Phoebe


Addie Katherine: What is your favorite animal?

Joseph: Sea Otter.


Addie Katherine: What is your favorite season?

Joseph: Fall.


Addie Katherine: What is your favorite game?

Joseph: Mousetrap.


Addie Katherine: Who is your favorite monster?

Joseph: Gabe.


Addie Katherine: What is your favorite holiday?

Jude: Christmas and Halloween.


Phoebe: What is your favorite instrument?

Joseph: Guitar.


Phoebe: What is your favorite day of the week?

Joseph: Wednesday.


Phoebe: What is your favorite song?

Joseph: "Turn Down For What."


Phoebe: What is your favorite superhero?

Joseph: Killer Croc.

Storybook Character Projects are due October 30th!

Follow this link for more information and examples. The students will present their projects to the class on Friday, October 30th. Please contact me if you have any questions.

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Wish List: We would greatly appreciate your support!


  • Nut-free Snack
  • Tissues
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Head over to the Leader in Me website for amazing parent resources and ideas for incorporating the 7 Habits at home! There are even interactive games for kids to complete that relate to the 7 Habits. Check out the video for an overview.

Important Dates

10/26-10/27: No School


10/30/15: Storybook Character Projects due! Don't forget to dress like your character and bring your project! :)


10/30/15: Fall Classroom Celebration


10/30/15: Fall Carnival

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Thank you, George, for reading to us!

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What We are Learning

Reading: We are focusing using diagrams and images to understand the main idea of nonfiction texts. We are also focusing on our RAPS strategy (Restate, Answer, Prove it, and Summarize) as we practice written comprehension.


  • RI.2.7 Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.

    RL.2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.



Writing: We will conclude our fiction writing unit this week. Students will use the writing process (brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, conferencing, and publishing). We are focusing primarily on organization, adding details, and excellent word choice.


  • W.2.3 Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.



Fundations: We will continue Unit 5 on Wednesday. We are focusing on multi-syllabic words, suffixes, closed syllable exceptions, closed syllables, glued sounds, vowel teams, and r-controlled sounds. Our test will be the following Tuesday.


  • RF.2.3 Know and apply grade -level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding.


  • RF.2.3. Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.


  • RF.2.3. Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one syllable words.



Math: We will conclude our Time Unit on Thursday. We are focusing on telling time to the nearest five minutes, and using a.m. and p.m. We will also review place value and money.


  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.C.7 Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.


Science: We will continue our study of weather through creating weather journals, exploring live weather through Google Earth, and creating interactive science journal entries.


  • 2.E.1 Understand patterns of weather and factors that affect weather.


Social Studies: Students will design their own map of our classroom which includes symbols, legends, and cardinal directions.


● 2.G.1.1 Interpret maps of the school and community that contain symbols, legends and cardinal directions.

Trail Blazers in Action!

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