2nd Grade News

Curriculum Information and Important Reminders

Curriculum Reminders

For the Week of February 15th-19th we will be studying:

Math- Real life objects that are in equal groups, multiplication vocabulary, modeling multiplication scenarios using concrete models, modeling area multiplication problems using tiles.

Reading- Locating facts in a text, analyze expository text and use text features to learn about famous Americans who exemplified good citizenship.

OLC: Spelling, Phonics, Handwriting- 3rd Nine Weeks Spelling List 4, -igh and -ir spelling patterns.

Writing- Adding dialogue to make our personal narratives more interesting, creating strong leads, developing strong endings for our personal narratives.

Science- Discuss the importance of weather, record the weather in Frisco including temperature, rainfall, wind speed, and cloud cover, weather instruments, weather vocabulary, what you wear and what activities you would do during the seasons.

Social Studies- Studying Abigail Adams, Abraham Lincoln and Sojourner Truth as Americans who exemplified good citizenship.

Stars of the Week!

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Students will be selected in each class on Friday of each week. A letter, poster, and special Star of the Week treats will be sent home on Friday to be worked on over the weekend. Every student will have the opportunity to be Star of the Week in their classroom at some point in the year. We look forward to learning more about all of our 2nd Grade Stars!

RSVP for February 12th GMN and Class Valentine Party

On Friday, February 12th we are going to have GMN in the morning and also the Valentine parties in the afternoon. For security purposes we ask parents to inform the campus, in advance, if you are planning to attend either one or both so that we can enter all visitor names into our secure database. If you have ever signed in through the computer in our front office, then you will need to RSVP utilizing the link below. One RSVP will cover both events, and you will be able to check in quickly in the foyer to receive a name tag. If you do not RSVP, or if we have not scanned your license in the front office this school year, then you will need to complete this process in the office before you are allowed to attend either of the two events. You can stop by the front office to scan your license any school day from 7:30am-3:30pm. We look forward to your seeing you on Friday, February 12th.

Please reply to this RSVP link by 12:00pm Thursday, February 11, to confirm attendance at GMN at 8:00am, at your student’s party on Friday, February 12 at 1:45pm or at both events. Each adult attending will need to enter his/her name on the RSVP list. Each adult only needs to RSVP once - even if you have multiple parties to attend in the school. If you are not able to attend, you do NOT need to complete.


Valentine Reminders

If your child did not bring in their Valentine's box/bag with their name on it and their Valentine's for the friends in their class please have them bring those in the morning. We will be delivering those to one another before the class party. Thank you!

Look for all Homework to Come Home Every Monday!

This will include:

Spelling List-study the words

Math Word Problems- cut and glue problems into the math homework spiral and solve one each night

Guided Reading Response Journal and Book- Choose 2-3 responses each week to write in the journal.

***Please return the Math Homework spiral on Friday of each week. The guided reading folder and response journal should come to school every day.

Spelling List

Study the Spelling List

You can use the Spelling Activities sent home in the parent email the first week to study these words if you choose to. Please remember that it is important for the students to be able to apply the use of these words in their writing as well.

1. why

2. found

3. four

4. came

5. oil

6. point

7. right *

8. light *

9. fight *

10. stir *

11. first *

12. shirt *

Challenge List

1. copyright

2. circumstance

Library Announcements

Library Deadline

If you are participating in the Six Flags Read to Succeed Program, the deadline to finish reading your 360 minutes is Friday, February 26. If you need a new form, you can find one on the library website https://sites.google.com/a/friscoisd.org/nichols-library/six-flags-read-to-succeed-program . All completed forms will need to be turned in to Mrs. Walther in the library.

The Nichols' Spring Book Fair will be taking place Feb. 16-26. Please note that books that are due during these 2 weeks will become overdue and emails will be sent automatically. I cannot turn these off so please disregard them and return any overdue books after the book fair concludes. I'm sorry for this inconvenience. Thanks for your understanding!

Mrs. Walther


Check out the Latest News From Our Coaches

Click on this link for the latest Healthy School Zone Newsletter and information from the coaches. https://sites.google.com/a/friscoisd.org/nichols-p-e/hzs-newsletters

Important Dates and Upcoming Events

Starting the Week of September 28th we will begin having our PLC time every other Thursday morning from 8:00-8:50. This will be a more consistent schedule for everyone, and the kids will be working with the specials teachers during that time.

February 4th- PTA Meeting, Dess-ART Reflections Event, and 3rd Grade performance of Where the Wild Things Are 6:30 (Cafeteria and Gym)

February 12th- Good Morning Nichols

February 12th- Class Valentine Parties- 1:45 (remember to use the RSVP link that was sent out to RSVP for the parties)

February 15th- No School- Staff Development Day

February 18th- Spirit Night at Blaze Pizza

February 18th- Progress Reports go home

February 26th- Good Morning Nichols

March 7th-March 11th- Spring Break- No School

Classroom Wish Lists

As we begin the start of a new semester we do start running low on supplies that get used up during the year. If you ever want to check to see what your child's classroom may be in need of feel free to check out the wish lists on our 2nd grade website. We appreciate any donations of extra supplies throughout the year!


Science Vocabulary

Here are the definitions of words that we have been covering in science.

rain gauge a tool that measures the amount of rain at a location

wind sock a tool used to show the direction of the wind

thermometer a tool that measures temperature

weather a tool that measures temperature

pattern what it feels like outside

data information that has been collected

precipitation rain, snow, sleet, hail

seasons a time of the year,the four seasons are spring, summer, fall and winter

winter the season when the leaves fall off the trees and the temperature is very cold

spring the season when flowers and fruit begin to bloom and leaves turn green again, the temperature begins to get warmer

summer the season when the leaves are green and the temperature is very hot

fall the season when leaves turn red, yellow and orange and the temperature begins to get cooler

Math Corner

Have you been wondering what some of our math terms are!? We will put some helpful hints in the newsletter each week to help you out.


We will be introducing the students to the basic of multiplication. We will be using concrete, pictorial, and word models to demonstrate our knowledge. Students will not be expected to know their multiplication facts or be able to write a multiplication fact yet. We will focus on how to create a certain number of equal groups. Over the next few weeks they will see a variety of problems that will allow them to use these new strategies to solve.


Repeated Addition- There are 10 markers in a box. How many markers are in 4 boxes? 10+10+10+10=40

Multiplicative Comparison Model- Johnny has 4 basketballs. His brother has 4 times as many basketballs. How many basketballs does his brother have? (Students would draw a model to show four groups of four.)

Rate Model- The teachers walked 5 miles each day. How many miles did they walk in 3 days? (Students would draw a model to show 3 groups of five.)

Cartesian Product Model- Salsa has 6 main courses and 2 side dishes on their menu. How many combinations could a customer order? (Students would draw a model to represent 6 groups of 2.)

Area Model- The gift I was wrapping needed a certain amount of wrapping paper. It needed to be 4 feet long and 8 feet wide. What is the area of the wrapping paper? (Students would draw an area model using rows and columns to show how many feet of paper there would be in all.)

We hope that you find these resources useful as you use them at home.

Teacher Contact Information

Mrs. Charmaine Dean- deanc@friscoisd.org 469-633-3950 x63966

Mrs. Jackie McClain- mcclainj@friscoisd.org 469-633-3950 x63967

Ms. Taylor Flaig- flaigt@friscoisd.org 469-633-3950 x63965

Mrs. Megan Allard- allardm@friscoisd.org 469-633-3950 x63964

Ms. Kristen Graham- grahamk@friscoisd.org 469-633-3950 x63963