Second Grade News

February 23 - March 14, 2016

The Second Grade Team

Olivia Claiborn: Ext. 325

Ana Owens: Ext. 322

Lakeshia Peters: Ext. 323

Anne Yarbrough: Ext. 324

Spring Observations

Please remember that your child's spring observation is just around the corner. You should have received an email with a date and time for your child's color group. If you have questions or need more information, please contact your child's homeroom teacher.

Literacy - State Research

Students are hard at work using books, websites, and other resources to find out important information about their state. This project reinforces the understanding of informational text features and will introduce research skills.

Students will be using their state research as a means to explore:
  • Locating Information - Where can I look to find what I need?
  • Identifying Keywords - How do I jot down the important words from a passage in an informational text?
  • Note Taking - Which information is important and which information can I leave out?
  • Bibliographies - How do researchers remember which resources they used?
  • Evaluating Information - What information from my research stands out?

We will also be focused on geography and social studies terminology such as:
  • Regions of the United States
  • Landmarks - both man-made and nature-made
  • Symbols
  • Landforms
  • Climate


Save The Date! Your second grade tour guide will be sharing facts and sampling delicacies from their state at school with their partner on Tuesday, April 5. Parents are invited to participate. We will also need assistance with both set up and break down. More information to come!

Cursive Reminders

As we being to learn cursive letter formation at school each classroom, we are reminding all students that all independent work needs to be done in print. PLEASE remind your child that we do not use cursive on homework and that we are all writing our names in print until the end of second grade. Thanks for your support in this.


Everyday Math Unit 8 will focus on fractions of regions and collections of objects, as well as relationships between fractions. While the focus of the unit is on fraction notation and equivalencies, multiplication and division concepts will be touched upon.


· Equal Parts of ONE

· EXPLORATIONS: Exploring Fractions, Multiplication and Division, and Volume

· Collections of Things

· Equivalent Fractions

· Equivalent Fractions Using Fraction Cards

· Comparing Fractions

· Fraction Number Stories

Vocabulary: ONE, fraction, denominator, numerator, equivalent, equivalent fractions

The Fraction Song

(Tune of On Top of Spaghetti)

On top of a fraction,

What you will find

Is the numerator

Up over the line.

Then on the bottom,

Look and you’ll see

Is the denominator

Waiting for me.

IXL at home:

U.1 Equal Parts

U.2 Halves, thirds, and fourths

U.3 Identify the fraction

U.5 Parts of a group

U.6 Fraction word problems

U.7 Compare fractions using models

U.10 Fraction models equivalent to whole number

iPad Apps for math facts


Quick Math – Multiplication Table and Arithmetic

Math Monsters

Math Fact Master

Operation Math

Marcy Cook Tiles Addition/Subtraction Combo

Marcy Cook Tiles Multiplication/Division Combo

SATs classes

Environmental Science with Mrs. Cauley
Second graders continue their rock study and are still observing changes in their crystal experiments in their 2nd grade shared space science cart. Some crystals take a long time to develop!

Our students now are focused on rocks, their origins and the different ways they can change over thousands and millions of years resulting in sedimentary, igneous or metamorphic classifications. Through use of center activities, the class compares different rocks by attributes such as color, appearance details like streaks, specks etc., hardness vs. softness and the always fun, does it float in the bucket of water? Some do! Later in the month they will “become rocks” and experience the rock cycle by a toss of dice. They will experience how and where earth movements change their locations and how many places they might travel inside or on our earth as a rock. Some “rocks” are stuck in the same place for thousands of years!

Science with Mr. Burton
Second grade students have been learning to program using MIT-created SCRATCH programming. Now that students have learned to make basic programs that control their sprites on the screen, we’ll add to SCRATCH by using Lego WeDo motors and sensors as well as the Makey Makey circuit board. Students will make computer programs and/or physical creations that can be controlled with sensors and circuit boards.

Technology with Mrs. Ogden

Second grade is beginning to explore Tinkercad! This CAD program allows students to use 3D objects they have explored in math to create new things. We will be using Tinkercad to create objects for printing in our 3D printer! This design process is an important part of the engineering process. As we are working in Tinkercad at school students are encouraged to practice with the Tinkercad tutorials at home. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve created!

Families, thank you for working so quickly to set up your child’s account. I truly wish I could take care of all of it at school, however COPPA dictates how we proceed with Tinkercad. I do feel that Tinkercad is the best tool for our 3D printing adventures. Because this CAD program already has the 3D shapes created, students can focus on creating their visions rather than manufacturing the basics, and hoping we got the measurements correct while doing it.

Are you searching for a website to help enrich your child’s learning at home? Check out my educational blog to find a list of educational websites and apps that can help reinforce 2nd grade skills at home:

Media Center with Mrs. Vermillion
Academic Vocabulary in the Library. Word learning grows as students encounter words across various texts and context. Lower school teachers and the librarian are introducing academic words with a description, explanation, and example of the meaning. The students restate the meaning in their own words. For example, “Describe what you see in this picture.” “Summarize what this story is about.” “Compare and Contrast these pictures.” Processing these academic words in enough different formats over time, and the words become as automatic as who, what, why, how, and where. (Marilee Sprenger)

Important Dates

  • March 2 - Read Across America Day
  • March 4 - Scholastic Book Orders Due
  • March 14 - Parent Observations (Literacy w/ Mrs. Owens) - Blue and Green Groups
  • March 17 - Parent Observations (Literacy w/ Mrs. Claiborn) - Red and Yellow Groups
  • March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
  • Week of March 21 - Spring Break
  • Tuesday, April 5 - Second Grade State Fair

Ask your child...

  • What does research mean?
  • What is a bibliography?
  • What are some things about your state that make it unique?
  • What are some questions you still have about your state?
  • What is a fraction?
  • What is the numerator? What is the denominator?
  • Sing the Fraction Song.
  • Where was your favorite place on earth when you were a rock? Tell me about your adventures as a rock.