2nd Grade Class News

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

Week of January 4, 2016

Reader's Workshop

Bigger Books = Amp Up Reading Power

Students will begin a new unit in reading in which we will start to read different types of texts. As they begin reading new books students will be retaught how to read a fictional text with expressive voices with fluency. Later on, they will learn how to read smoothly as well as rereading and using a voice that we believe most resembles our characters.


This week, students will learn more in depth about the r-controlled vowels, er, ir, and ur. Students will learn that these three r-controlled vowels all make the same sound. Examples of these r-controlled vowels within words are:

  • er - her
  • ir - bird
  • ur - burn
Students will learn how to know the difference for when each of these different spellings are used. For example, er is used at the end of a word with more than one syllable instead of ur or ir.

Writer's Workshop

Poetry: Looking at Objects with Poet's Eyes

This week student's will begin their unit on poetry by looking at normal everyday objects with 'poet's eyes'. Students will begin to learn news ways of looking at objects such as a stapler and then writing about it with a type of 'music' that makes their writing fluid and harmonic. Consistent with other units of writing, students will learn these writing moves from mentor authors as they indulge in reading numerous works of poetry.


Reviewing for Our Math Benchmark

Students will review all standards they have learned since the beginning of the year. By the middle/end of January, students will take the County's Math Assessment.

These standards include:

  • Measuring objects and comparing measurement data
  • Using addition and subtraction to solve one and two-step word problems
  • Read and write numbers using base ten blocks, expanded form and word form
  • Place value
  • Skip count by 5s, 10s, and 100s
  • Compare two three-digit numbers using <, >, or =
  • Add and subtract within 100 using addition and subtraction strategies and explain these strategies
  • Recognize and draw shapes

Social Studies & Science

We are beginning our study on weather to kick-off the new year! In particular, students will begin by learning about the main stages of the water cycle (condensation, precipitation, accumulation). They will learn in detail what each of these stages are and how they occur.

Specials Schedule


Monday: Art

Tuesday: Computer

Wednesday: Music

Thursday: PE

Friday: Media


Monday: PE

Tuesday: Media

Wednesday: Art

Thursday: Computer

Friday: Music


Monday: Music

Tuesday: PE

Wednesday: Media

Thursday: Art

Friday: Computer


Monday: Media

Tuesday: Art

Wednesday: Computer

Thursday: Music

Friday: PE

Mark Your Calendars!

January 4th

Student's first day back!

January 18th

Holiday - Martin Luther King Jr Day

January 19th - 20th

No School for Students