Second Grade News You Can Use

September 15-19, 2014

A Note from Your Teacher

What an exciting week we are having! Yesterday we lounged in our pajamas all day. Today we are sporting our mustaches and we listened to the story The Big, Bushy Mustache. Tomorrow we will hunt for new words in our camouflage and we will meet the author of The Dreamer in chapel. Thursday, we will wear our tye-dye and read A Bad Case of Stripes. On Friday, I hope to see everyone showing their school spirit for Orange and Blue Day. I also hope to see all of you at the football game for Elementary Night. I can't wait to see our Junior Cheerleaders cheer on the Eagles against Jo Byrns. Before the game the PTP is hosting a tailgating party. Join us for that in the Western Hills Church of Christ parking lot before the game. The Scholastic Book Fair will be open before the game as well in the library from 5:00-7:30.

Germs Run Amuck!

We have had many diagnosed cases of Strep in our class. I am being more diligent disinfecting our common areas. We have also recently watched a Brain Pop video on proper hand-washing.
If your child complains of headache, sore throat, or even a tummy ache, please do a fever check before medicating. If there is fever or your child's throat looks suspicious, please have them checked for strep and cleared before sending your child to school.
However, It is possible that we have a carrier in the class who would not show symptoms.
Thank you for helping to keep us healthy!

Dr. Solley is Coming

Dr. Bobbie Solley from Healing Hands International is coming to chapel tomorrow to speak to us about the mission trip to Haiti. Please feel free to join us from 8:00-8:30 if you would like to hear more about it. After chapel, she will be available to sign the book she wrote. Some children bought the book last year. If you would like your child to purchase one tomorrow, send a check for $20.00 made out to HHI or send cash in an envelope.
I have raised ALL the money I needed to go on the trip in October. We will not need to do a fundraiser for this even though the class was eager and excited to help. I am sure we will find other ways to serve and give throughout the year.

Field Trips

We will be going to the Opry House and the Rainforest Cafe on October 15th. A permission slip will go home for this trip on Monday the 22nd. We will also be going to Honeysuckle Hill Farm on October 28th. In the winter, we have a field trip planned with first grade to go to the Capitol, Tennessee State Museum and Bicentennial Park. Then in the spring, we will be going on yet another trip to be announced at a later date. I am so excited to have these opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. Thank you for responding positively to the HoneySuckle Hill Farm trip survey. I was hoping you would want us to go there.

Reading

Our new theme is: Life Science
Stories: Animals Building Homes and Whose Home Is This?
Essential Question: What are Animal Homes Like?
High Frequency Words: animals, bear, know, most, myself, second she, sleep, three, work
(make flash cards for the words your child cannot read by memory)
New Vocabulary: shaped, branches, pond, beaks, deepest, break, hang, winding
Vocabulary Strategies: Base words and Prefixes un- and re-
Grammar: More Plural Nouns
Writing: Informative Writing: Informational Paragraph (We will answer the EQ in this paragraph)

Spelling

Words with common final blend nd, ng, nk, nt, ft, xt, mp
next, end, camp, sank, sing, drink, hunt, stand, long, stamp, pond, bring

Math

We have finally finished learning all about adding with regrouping in the ones place and the tens place. Our chapter two test will be on Friday after we review and practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

Science

We made our models of the earth showing the inner core, outer core, mantle and crust yesterday. We used different colors for each part then we labeled the parts on a note card that our model rests upon. These will come home soon for you to see.
We will be breaking up rocks this week to show how the earth can be changed by forces like water.
One thing we learned yesterday involved fractions and decimals. Ask your child if he/she knows how much of the earth's surface is covered by water? (3/4 or 75% should be the response) Your child should also be able to tell you how much of the earth is covered by land. (1/4 or 25%) Your child may also be able to draw a model showing this information.

Social Studies

We have yet to talk about what Good Citizens do. I hope to cover this lesson on Wednesday.
Today, we read a book written by a friend of mine. He was only in second grade when he wrote this book. The book took us on a tour of the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Jefferson Monument. It was a non-fiction book with many great facts. We learned a great deal about touring Washington D.C.. More importantly, we learned that we, too, can be authors.