2nd Grade Class News

Mrs. Gaudette, Miss Holden, Mrs. Karstaedt, Mrs. Mitchell

Week of February 8, 2016

Writer's Workshop

Matching Structures to Feelings

In our most current poetry writing, students have learned about how to write poems using different structures. These structures include a list poem and a conversations poem. This week, students will learn how convey the feelings of their poem through these different structures. Lastly, during the end of the week, students will learn about writing poems from different perspectives. They will look at the following mentor text as the one below.

The Angry Crayon

I am black.

I am only good for outlining.

I am green.

I can make trees!

I am black.

I am only good for outlining.

I am yellow.

I can make gold.

I am black.

I am only good for outlining.

I am red.

I can make red roses.

I am black.

I am only good for outlining.


You make the night sky!

You can make black cats!

You can make tires!

I am white.

I am only good for paper.

Oh dear.

Not again!

Reader's Workshop

Understanding Literary Language

We will continue to discuss literary language this week as we analyze phrases within the text Come On, Rain! One piece of text says "sizzling like a hot potato" - students will learn how to analyze this comparison to discover the author's purpose and meaning of it.

Later in the week, students will practice reading with a partner to emphasize these literary elements as well as 'performing' to bring their characters to life.


In unit 11 of Fundations, students will begin to learn about our next set of vowel teams ea, ee, and ey. These all make the sounds of a long e. Students will continue to learn about how we recognize and mark up these these within words.


Partitioning Circles

2.G.3 Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc., and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape.

This week students will continue to learn about partitioning shapes into equal parts. Last we week learned about how to partition a rectangle using rows (horizontal) and columns (vertical). While we will put rows and columns on hold for a bit, students will learn vocabulary such as halves, thirds and fourths as they learn how to divide circles into two, three and four equal parts. This is the beginning of fractions for second graders that will later build upon in third grade.

How might you practice this at home? Perhaps you have a pizza for dinner, ask you child to partition it into two, three, or four equal pieces.

Science & Social Studies

2.H.1.3 Compare various interpretations of the same time period using evidence such as photographs and interviews.

Remember all those old pictures we all keep of our mothers, fathers, and even their mothers and fathers? The black and white photographs that we compare and think about saying "my how times have changed..." This week the students will focus on these changes using old photographs. In particular they will compare and contrast photos of kids from decades ago and later in the week they will learn about the differences of classrooms today from classroom's of the past. We are looking forward to an eye opening experience as students learn and interpret the changes that have occurred over the past years.

Specials Schedule


Monday: PE

Tuesday: Media

Wednesday: Art

Thursday: Computer

Friday: Music


Monday: Computer

Tuesday: Music

Wednesday: PE

Thursday: Media

Friday: Art


Monday: Music

Tuesday: PE

Wednesday: Media

Thursday: Art

Friday: Computer


Monday: Art

Tuesday: Computer

Wednesday: Music

Thursday: PE

Friday: Media

Mark Your Calendars!

February 22

No School

February 29 - March 5

Read Across America Week ... More details to come!