Miss Bischoff's 2nd Grade Bulletin

April 3, 2016

Reading at the "Beach" -Hope you have a great Spring Break-

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A Visit from a Master Gardener!

Wednesday of this week, we had Liza Frydenlund come in to speak to our 2nd graders. She taught us all about the life cycle of an annual and compared it to the life cycle of a perennial! It was so fun to learn from a real plant expert!
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We made bird feeders!

This past week we paired up with Mrs.Sieman's class and the students made bird feeders! We researched what types of bird feeders that we wanted to make, made a plan and wrote down what supplies we needed. Then we started creating! Today we hung them with yarn outside our classroom window! It will be so fun to watch the birds enjoy our creations this spring!

Students are brainstorming and researching different ways to build a bird feeder!!

The FINAL product!!

March-Determination Students of the Month

Congratulations to Edie and Preston for showing Determination for the month of March! Determination means these two students met challenges courageously and never gave up regardless of the obstacles! Awesome job Edie and Preston! Keep up the awesome work!

Spring Book Fair!!!

The Spring Book Fair is coming to TCE! It will be open Tuesday, April 12th – Friday, April 15th during the school days AND on Saturday, April 16th from 8:00-10:30 am during PTO’s Pancake Breakfast! Our class will shop the Book Fair on April 13th from 2-2:30. If you choose to send in money for your child to shop, send it in a clearly marked envelope with your child’s name and teacher. You are welcome to sign in at the office and shop with your child as well. **You must have a background check on file in the office if you wish to shop during the school day with your child. You must also have completed the anti-bullying training by watching video from HSE’s website: http://www.hse.k12.in.us/ADM/parents/volunteering.aspx.** You can also shop the Book Fair Online starting April 8th – 22nd! Just visit http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/thorpecreekelementaryschool. Thank you for supporting the library and reading in our school!

Recyclable Items!

During the last few months of school, we will be collecting all different types of recyclable items. Feel free to send in anything from empty plastic containers, old boxes, or any other material students might want to make things out of! Thanks in advance for your help! We will be using them for an upcoming project, but also to help us learn more about measurement closer to the end of the year!

Homework for the week FOLLOWING Spring Break!

***Math homework for Wednesday***

(Photos can be brought in at any time throughout this unit)

Take pictures of geometric shapes around your house or neighborhood. If you would like your child can be in the picture. Our next bulletin board outside of our classroom will be "Blooming With Geometry" :) You can either bring in the picture or send it to me via email and I can print them off!

Mark your Calendar!

  • April 1-8 Spring Break
  • April 12-15th- Spring Book Fair in TCE library
  • April 16th- Pancake Breakfast 8-10:30

Specials For next week

Monday 4/11- Day 5: Art

Tuesday 4/12- Day 6: P.E.

Wednesday 4/13- Day 1: Music

Thursday 4/14- Day 2: Art

Friday 4/15- Day 3:P.E.

Class Library Checkout!

Our next class library checkout day will be Thursday, April 14th, but remember your child may bring his/her books back at anytime. We will find a time for him/her to visit the library individually to get new books!

We are Learning...


We will continue our study of traditional literature. We will be studying different versions of fairy tales, fables, and folktales. We will be comparing and contrasting different versions and we will also discuss the theme of each version.


We will begin our study of geometry. We will be studying a shapes flat surfaces, vertices, and edges, relating plane shapes to solid figures, and making new shapes from existing shapes.

We are working SO hard on wrapping up our young author books and working on our final drafts! The class has done such an amazing job on these. I am so excited for the students to share them at our upcoming Pancake Breakfast!

2nd Graders at Thorpe Creek Elementary will be issued a challenge to reduce, recycle and reuse. Students will be asked to think like a scientist in order to design a tool that meets a specific need. The materials for the tool MUST be reusable. We will focus on this for the remainder of the year!

Word Study:

Word study in 2nd grade includes spelling, phonics, and vocabulary development. We will be focusing on 15 new vocabulary words. Those words are: reduce, reuse, recycle, engineer, design, environment, pollution, hazardous waste, compost, landfill, biodegradable, energy, disposable, and conservation.