Miss Mitchell's 2nd Grade News

December 14th-18th

Events to Remember

Monday Day 1: P.E.

Tuesday Day 2: Computer Lab

Wednesday Day 3: Art

Thursday Day 4: Music

Friday Day 1: P.E.


Monday December 14 - Beef Soft Taco

Tuesday December 15 - Pancakes or Waffles with Sausage Patty

Wednesday December 16 - Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Thursday December 17 - Holiday Meal

Beef Ricotta Lasagna or Veggie Lasagna served with Garlic Toast



Side Salad

Iced Fudge Brownie

Friday December 18 - Cheese Pizza

*Always an option

Turkey Sandwich

Pizza Pack



Specials Schedule:

Day 1: P.E.

Day 2: Computer Lab

Day 3: Art

Day 4: Music

****Wednesday's are Library Checkout days!

Our Schedule

9-9:30 Learning Clubs

9:30-10:45 Math Workshop

10:45-11:15 Lunch

11:15-12:25 Reader's Workshop (Word work)

12:25-1:00 Specials

*1:00-1:20 Wednesdays Library

1:00-2:00 Reader's Workshop

1:50 Snack (Please send in a healthy snack for your child)

2:00-2:25 Recess

2:25-3:00 Writer's Workshop

3:00-3:30 Science/Social Studies

3:30-3:40 Dismissal


On Friday our class will be having a popcorn and movie party! This is my secret surprise! The students have earned some fun!

If your child cannot have popcorn please email me.

If your child cannot watch Inside Out (A Pixar film about emotions) please email me!

We Skyped a Paleontologist

On Thursday we were able to Skype with Paleontologist, Matthew Borths. He works at a University in Ohio. He spoke about fossils of dinosaur, mammals, and birds. He was very interesting! In Reading we have been talking about Barnum Brown the man who discovered the T. Rex! The kids LOVED talking to Matthew! Ask them about it!

Winter Party

It looks like we are all set to receive all of our items! Just remember to send them in! Thank you for your support!



We are using the Mentor Texts about Dinosaurs

By the end of the unit Readers will be able to:

Compare and contrast most important points presented by 2 texts on the same topic.

Identify how nonfiction text can be structured to compare/contrast, describe (procedural), and explain cause/effect relationship.

QUESTION - How do you know?

- Nonfiction narrative Structure- sort and identify

- Informative/ Explanatory

- Compare & Contrast tests

- Ask and answer questions

- Sequence words

- Big ideas (dip in where needed)


- Informative/Explanatory

- Persuasive

- NF Narrative

- Biography

- Procedural

Our end project will include using a web, sequence, and compare/contrast with a partner about Winter Traditions! Start looking through any pictures that could help your student talk about their Winter Traditions!

Word work (Spelling)-


Buddy Study System

Buddy study provides opportunities for children to apply principles for studying a specific list of words in active ways. The purpose is to develop word solving actions so that children can problem solve by working on words in isolation or while reading and writing continuously text. Rapid, automatic word solving is a basic component of fluency. It is important for comprehension because it frees children to focus their attention on the meaning and language of the text.

**There is no grade in spelling. The Buddy System is designed for continuous learning over all curriculum that spelling is applied and learned naturally. The children form this point forward will take their spelling test in their word work notebook in order to keep track of the words they have mastered and the words that they want to learn.

Weekly reading homework:

20 minutes of reading each night plus a reading and math page! Due December 14th.


Non Fiction

By the end of the unit Writers will be able to:

Understand the structure of explanatory and informational text

Write to teach others

Plan and write explanatory and information text that includes an introduction and conclusion

Revise and improve their writing


"Adding it Up and Breaking it Down!"

By the end of the unit Mathematicians will be able to:

Understand the connection between addition and subtraction

Demonstrate the same strategies using both addition and subtraction

Demonstrate how to add and subtract 3-4 digit numbers

Identify when it is necessary to regroup

Write repeated addition number sentences

Identify a total group of objects using repeated addition

Draw/build arrays to show repeated addition

Use repeated addition to solve problems

Solve real world problems involving addition and subtraction of multi-digit whole numbers

Find perimeters given the side lengths or by finding unknown sides

Miss Mitchell

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