Second Grade Rock Stars

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Researching our Person who made a difference in the world

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Next on tour: Upcoming Events

  • 01/23- Progress Reports Go Home- sign one of them to return and keep the other.
  • 02/05- WAVE Meeting at 6:30pm
  • 02/06- GATE Application Forms due into office
  • 02/07- My Princess and Me Dance
  • 02/13- Spirit Day: Twin Theme
  • 02/13- Talent Show from 6:00-8:00pm at the NP3 gym
  • 03/17- Our Living Wax Museum- People Who Made a Difference Showcase
  • 05/07- Field Trip to IMAX Esquire Theatre
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Reminders

  • Progress reports went home on Friday. Please make sure to read the comments written in each section on what to work on with your child and also sign and return the copy. I have also attached a brief overview of how they are doing on 100% words, addition and subtraction problems, and reading of words.
  • Please make sure to check the box for a conference if you would like to meet with me before our next scheduled conference time.
  • Please make sure that your child is reading every night and that you are checking over their homework to make sure they are understanding how to do it. I appreciate your partnership in your child's learning!
  • If your child does not have a book on their person, please make sure to help them get one or let me know, so I can make sure they have one.
  • Mrs. Battin will be back on campus! Make sure to say hi to her if you seen her and welcome her back!
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Our Highlights: What We've Been Rockin' At!

This week we began researching about our people and diving into what information is important. We have our research organizers that have little pockets for each area of research and as we find information on our person that is important, we write it down on an index card, put the source on the back of the card, and then place it into the right pocket. Students got a general idea of what information might be important the week before by listening to our famous people presentation. Check out the picture above to see the 5 people they learned about. (Yes, I was Jane Goodall. Note to self...never go blond.)


We have also began learning about what information is really important and how to summarize a biography. We learned about the W's and H. Those 5 W's (who, what, where, when, why) and H (how) are pretty important to understanding a person and also help us to summarize what they did and why they are important. For instance,

Who: Jane Goodall

What: was a famous scientists that made some amazing discoveries about chimpanzees and human behavior

Where: in Tanzania, Africa

When: from 1934 to the present

How: She studied chimpanzees

Why: because she believed that chimpanzees were misunderstood and that there is more to animals and nature than humans know about.

That turns out to be great sentences that help us summarize our person....

Jane Goodall was a famous scientists that made some amazing discoveries about chimpanzees and human behavior in Tanzania, Africa from 1934 to the present. She studied chimpanzees because she believed that chimpanzees were misunderstood and that there is more to animals and nature than humans know about.


Students will be practicing this skill more, as well as looking at what character traits their person (and others) have/had. We will also look at how to infer (look beyond the text) to better understand our people and what traits they have/had.

Rockin' and Rollin' into Next Week!

Math: Subtraction and Addition

Reading: Non-fiction Text Features, character traits, inferencing, and researching using reliable sources. Check out our Biography Symabloo!

Writing: Informative paragraphs, main idea, topic sentence with supporting details

Grammar: possessive and plural possessive nouns, prefixes and suffixes

Conventions: Commas, apostrophes, and quotation mark rules

Social Studies: People Who Made a Difference

Spelling: Long vowel sounds (ay words 01/26-01/30) (oa words 02/02-02/06)

Contact the Band Manager!

Jen Martin

Second Grade Teacher

Westlake Charter School


Remind 101:

Simply text: @rock2nd to the phone number: (925) 338-8054