Miss Bischoff's 2nd Grade Bulletin

October 9, 2015

Vocabulary Fun with Play-Doh

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Pumpkin Math

On Friday, October 30th we will be doing Pumpkin Math! We will use pumpkins to do many different math activities! We will need donations of pumpkins and at least 6 volunteers for this fun learning activity. It will take place in our classroom from 9:30-10:30. Please let me know if you are interested in donating a pumpkin or volunteering! Thank you!

***As of today, we only have 1 pumpkin donation and 1 volunteer!


Following Fall Break, 2nd graders will begin spelling. Prior to Fall Break, students will be given a spelling inventory that will help teachers know which groups students will be most successful in. This inventory also helps teachers know which phonics patterns will be most beneficial for students to be working on. I will meet with groups of students to help introduce the spelling pattern they will be working on for the 2 week period. This year 2nd graders will NOT be taking a traditional spelling test. Instead of a formal test, we will be assessing students spelling words in their writing. This is a more authentic way for students to apply the spelling rules they have learned. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Math updates!!!

As I mentioned at our Meet the Teacher Night earlier this year, as teachers we are using best practices to continually tweak the way we do things. One of the things that will be changing for math is the spiral review sheet that you see come home daily. The plan is to use the end of the week Weekly Check as a preassessment each Monday. The students that have mastered those concepts on the spiral review will get to opt out of spiral review for THAT WEEK ONLY! The students that "test out" of the spiral review for that week will work on more enrichment activities that might vary from day to day. Those that need more practice will complete the spiral review pages each day in hopes the extra practice will help those students master those skills. With change comes questions, please let me know if you have any questions!

The Year of Billy Miller- Global Read Aloud!!!

I have chosen The Year of Billy Miller to read aloud to my class during a set 6-week period and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Our class will be connecting with another 2/3 grade class in CANADA!!! This week we focused on making predictions on what we thought our book is going to be about and what character traits are. We then applied what we learned about making predictions to our own reading. We are going to be using a Padlet as well as Skpye and Twitter to be able to connect with our school in Canada to talk about characters that we identify when we are reading. The students and I are very excited about this learning experience. :)
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Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences this year at TCE will be a little different! We are all conducting Student Led Conferences! These conferences allow your child to be an important part by having them share their accomplishments and help create goals for the year. Directions were sent out on Wednesday of this week. Please be sure to sign up electronically for a conference date ASAP, if you haven't already! Conferences this year will take place from Monday, October 5th through Wednesday, October 21st. We can’t wait to celebrate your child’s learning with you!

Fall Fundraiser

Information for the Fall Fundraiser has been sent home. This is a "no sell" fundraiser and all donations will go directly to the school! If you would like to donate, please return the completed form that was send home last week with your child and include a monetary donation. You can also donate online at: httsp://paypal.me/TCEPTO

Thank you SO much for your support!

Liger XC Mile

The 2015 Liger XC Mile will take place on Thursday, October 15th at Hamilton Southeastern High School. The race/walk is for ALL K-6th grade students in the Hamilton Southeastern School District. Please view the attached form for more information about this event!

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Next week is Week 1 of homework!

Important Information for Next Week

Mark Your Calendar!

  • October 5-21: Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 22-23: Fall Break
  • October 30: Pumpkin Math

Next Week's Related Arts Schedule

Monday, October 12th- Day 5: Art

Tuesday, October 13th- Day 6: P.E.

Wednesday, October 14th- Day 1: Music

Thursday, October 15th- Day 2:Art

Friday, October 16th- Day 3: P.E.

Class Library Checkout Days:

Our next class library checkout day will be Thursday, October 15th, 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 are continuing to learn about strategies to help us read with fluency and accuracy! Good readers have many strategies to solve problems during reading! This we week specifically focused on making predictions. We discussed how making predictions can make us better readers, and that it is important to continually make predictions as each story progresses!


We are busy writing our personal narrative drafts and revising as we go! We are studying mentor texts to help us improve our writing. We look forward to sharing some of our writing at our upcoming conferences!

Word Study

Word study in 2nd grade includes spelling, phonics, and vocabulary development. This week during our word study time, we learned 5 new words: waxing, waning, phase, cycle, & orbit. We'll add 5 more words to our lists next Monday!


This week our class is learning about different strategies to solve subtraction problems and applying them to problem solving.


We will continue our unit on Sun and Moon! We will be switching our focus this week to the sun.