Trail Blazer News

May 23rd-27th

Life Cycle Puppet Shows

Reporter : Betsy

Evan: My experience with the life cycle puppet shows was very exiting. I was a little nervous at first, but I got used to doing puppetry. I think that this was a very good experience for me


Fern: I'm used to doing puppetry, so this experience was normal for me. I was a little nervous because I had never done puppetry professionally before but soon I got used to doing it.


Addie Katherine: I have never done puppetry before so this experience was very weird but exiting at the same time. I learned a lot about the life cycles of animals. I also learned that puppetry can be very inspirational.


***Please join us Thursday, May 26th at 1:30 p.m. in the gym for our Shadow Puppet Performance. ***

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Wish List: Items that we currently need.

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End of the Year Fun!

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Classroom Awards and Picnic

We would love for you to join us for classroom awards (selected by their peers) on Tuesday, June 7th at 10:00 a.m. in our classroom. We will have a family picnic outside (weather permitting) following the awards time to continue our celebration at 11:15ish. We would appreciate your support if you are willing to help. Students will either purchase lunch at school or bring a lunch from home, but we can supplement their lunch with some exciting picnic options. Please join us by packing a lunch for yourself. Click HERE to go to the sign-up page.

Happy Birthday, Evan!

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Important Dates

  • Saturday, May 14, 5K for the Boys Running Group
  • Thursday, May 19, Potluck of Learning & Community Drum Circle from 5:30-8:00
  • Friday, May 20, Spring Book Fair begins
  • Monday, May 23, Second Grade Field Trip
  • Thursday, May 26th, Second Grade Shadow Puppet Performance in the gym at 1:30.
  • Tuesday, June 7th Classroom awards ceremony and picnic
  • Wednesday, June 8th, Last Day of School (Early Release)
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Thank you, Scott, for being our Mystery Reader this week!

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What We are Learning

Reading: We learning about how reasons support specific points an author is trying to make as we read nonfiction books about animal life cycles.


  • RI.2.8 - Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a grade-appropriate text.


Writing: We currently writing poetry, but we will transition into nonfiction writing about life cycles next week.


  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.3
    Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.



Fundations: We will continue Unit 15 on Monday. We are focusing on double vowel syllable

  • RF.2.3 Know and apply grade -level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding.


  • RF.2.3. Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.


  • RF.2.3. Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one syllable words.


Math: We are focusing on measurement.


  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.A.1 Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.A.2 Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two measurements; describe how the two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.A.3 Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.A.4 Measure to determine how much longer one object is than another, expressing the length difference in terms of a standard length unit.



Science: We are focusing on the life cycles of plants and animals.

  • 2.L.1 Understand animal life cycles.

  • 2.L.2 Remember that organisms differ from or are similar to their parents based on the characteristics of the organism


Social Studies: We are starting a unit on economic concepts culminating in a student-led classroom "town" with various good and services for sale.


  • 2.E.1 Understand basic economic concepts.
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