2nd Grade News

Curriculum Information and Important Reminders

Curriculum Reminders

For the Week of April 11th-15th we will be studying:

Math- measuring the area of squares and rectangles

Reading- author study about Robert Munsch

OLC: Spelling, Phonics, Handwriting- Spelling Week 2, -oi pattern words

Writing- correcting capitalization and punctuation in sentences, using appropriate punctuation in a sentence, applying our partner's suggestions in completing the final copy of our research reports

Science- observe, record, and compare how the physical characteristics and behaviors of animals help them meet their basic needs

Social Studies- identify ways people can conserve and replenish natural resources

Stars of the Week!

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Students will be selected in each class on Friday of each week. A letter, poster, and special Star of the Week treats will be sent home on Friday to be worked on over the weekend. Every student will have the opportunity to be Star of the Week in their classroom at some point in the year. We look forward to learning more about all of our 2nd Grade Stars!

Animal Research Project

It is finally here! Animal Project time! We can hear the cheering begin!

This week, we started our Animal Research. During Writer's Workshop time, we will be researching our animals and then write a research paper about our animal. The research/writing part will be done here at school. The animal model will need to be done at home!

Monday, the information about your child's animal model project (in detail) went home in your child's Daily binder explaining when it is due, and what we expect from it. Please read it carefully and let us know if you have any questions!

Also, we HIGHLY ENCOURAGE your child to bring in EXTRA research from home! We would LOVE for them to bring in any info that they find at home, via Internet, or the Frisco Public Library to school to use in their research. The more information they can get their hands on, the better their paper will be! We will be using books and the Internet at school as well to research our animals.

A few websites:





The model is due on April 22nd which is about ONE MONTH away! Right now they are SUPER excited about this project! What a fun time to work together and make a lasting memory with your kiddo!! And we promise they will remember this experience with you!

We cannot wait to see all the final products on April 22nd !

P.S. There are some examples of past projects attached for you to take a look at. This information and pictures will also be under the homework tab on our website.

Look for all Homework to Come Home Every Monday!

This will include:

Spelling List-study the words

Math Word Problems- cut and glue problems into the math homework spiral and solve one each night

Guided Reading Response Journal and Book- Choose 2-3 responses each week to write in the journal.

***Please return the Math Homework spiral on Friday of each week. The guided reading folder and response journal should come to school every day.

Spelling List

Study the Spelling List

You can use the Spelling Activities sent home in the parent email the first week to study these words if you choose to. Please remember that it is important for the students to be able to apply the use of these words in their writing as well.

1. part

2. high

3. air

4. watch

5. farm

6. start

7. broil *

8. boil *

9. soil *

10. point *

11. coin *

12. voice *

Challenge List

1. choice

2. disappoint

Important Dates and Upcoming Events


April 8th- Good Morning Nichols

April 13th- Field Trip to Reedy High School Theater- There will be an email about dress and information for chaperones coming from your child's teacher this week.

April 14th- PTA Meeting and Helathapalooza (see information below)

April 19th- Vaughn Elementary PTA meeting in the Nichols cafeteria at 6:30 p.m.

April 22nd- Good Morning Nichols

April 22nd- Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

April 22nd- School Carnival (more information to come soon)

April 25th- Staff Development- No School

April 26th- Open House- All grades- 5:30-6:30

April 28th- Progress Reports go home


May 2nd-May 6th- Teacher Appreciation Week

May 4th- Walk to School Day

May 5th- PTA Meeting

May 6th- Good Morning Nichols

May 9th-May 11th- STAAR testing

May 12th- Kindergarten Transition Night (you should have received information when you registered you incoming Kindergarten student)

May 20th- Field Day and Good Morning Nichols

May 25th- 8:15-9:00- 2nd Grade Awards Assembly

May 27th and May 30th- No School


June 2nd- End of the Year Parties

June 3rd- 9 Weeks Celebration of Learning


April 14: Nichols Elementary PTA 3rd annual Healthapalooza Health Fair 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

April 11 - 15: Healthy Living Week

Monday, April 11: Bring a Healthy Snack!

Tuesday, April 12: Dress for a GREAT workout day in PE

Wednesday, April 13: Dress up as your favorite athlete or wear your own sports team jersey

Thursday, April 14: HEALTHAPALOOZA NIGHT and special surprise activities throughout the school day!

Friday, April 15: Promote healthy sleep by wearing pajamas for PAJAMA DAY!!!

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Classroom Wish Lists

As we begin the start of a new semester we do start running low on supplies that get used up during the year. If you ever want to check to see what your child's classroom may be in need of feel free to check out the wish lists on our 2nd grade website. We appreciate any donations of extra supplies throughout the year!


Science Vocabulary

Here are the definitions of words that we have been covering in science.

physical characteristics: a feature or trait that can be seen

behavior: the actions of a living thing

basic need: something a living thing needs to survive, like space,nutrients, water, shelter and energy

Math Corner

Have you been wondering what some of our math terms are!? We will put some helpful hints in the newsletter each week to help you out.

Things that we have been practicing related to measurement:

Time- telling time to the nearest minute, A.M. and P.M., knowing the difference between the hour and minute hand

Inches, Centimeters, Yards- finding objects and determining what type of measurement is the most appropriate, estimating measurements, using different tools for measurement

Teacher Contact Information

Mrs. Charmaine Dean- deanc@friscoisd.org 469-633-3950 x63966

Mrs. Jackie McClain- mcclainj@friscoisd.org 469-633-3950 x63967

Ms. Taylor Flaig- flaigt@friscoisd.org 469-633-3950 x63965

Mrs. Megan Allard- allardm@friscoisd.org 469-633-3950 x63964

Ms. Kristen Graham- grahamk@friscoisd.org 469-633-3950 x63963