2Hu News

October 2017

Grandparent's Day

Mr. Ratburn, Francine, Prunella, and Arthur. What do all these names have in common? They are all characters from our Grandparent's Day reader's theatre production of Arthur's Teacher Trouble. We first read the book together as a class. Then I told the students that we would be performing this book for their grandparents. The students were then able to volunteer for the different parts they wanted to be considered for in the production. I explained that along with the characters we would have narrators as well, and sometimes the narrators have more to say than the characters. After that, I drew names for the different parts.

We practiced for over 2 weeks. We talked about what we needed to do while we were performing. For example, we don't want to hold our script in front of our face or our grandparents won't be able to see or hear us. Also, we need to speak loud and clear and use expression in our voice.

The students were so excited to perform. On Friday, October 6th, they were finally able to show off all their hard work. They did a phenomenal job! They worked hard, practiced, and were ready. Don't worry about not being able to see this performance; we will be performing for a special parents' presentation the week before Thanksgiving.

Math Module 3: Understanding Place Value

The students have been doing a great job with our first math module. They have learned that there are 10 ones in 1 ten, 10 tens in 100, and 10 hundreds in 1000. They know that 36 tens 4 ones in actually the number 364. They can make their own place value chart and fill it in correctly. They can also make their own number lines and skip count to make a certain number.

I am so proud at how hard they have worked during this first month. We will be testing over Module 3 this week. Next week we will begin our new math module, measurement.

Mystery Science: If you Floated Down a River, Where Would You End Up?

This year, Geneva has adopted a new science curriculum, Mystery Science. It begins each science lesson by posing a question to the students, making them think about their own prior knowledge to make an educated guess. A lot of discussion happens at this point. Then, the lesson continues by showing examples and explaining the answer. Along the way, every mystery also contains and hands-on activity which helps the students better understand the question as well. Each lesson contains a video, which is interactive. Mystery science follows the Next Generation Science Standards. The students love it!


Last week we began our unit about how water shapes the earth’s surface. Our first lesson was called, “If you floated down a river, where would you end up?” We learned how water flows from high to low, and how many rivers start up in mountains or hilly areas, and ultimately flow out towards the sea.


You can encourage your child’s curiosity at home! If you know where your nearest stream or creek is, plan a trip to go visit it! If you’re not sure, look on a map. Once you get there, ask your child if they can figure out which direction it's flowing. Use a map to see if you can figure out where the water's headed.

Fun Fair

Friday, Oct. 27th, 5:30pm

Williamsburg Elementary School

Halloween Parade

Tuesday, Oct. 31st, 1:15pm

1812 Williamsburg Avenue

Geneva, IL