Mrs. King's 2nd Grade Class

January 8, 2016


This week we began learning about matter. We learned the 3 types of matter and discussed some of the properties in each! Students then acted as atoms in each a solid, liquid, and gas!
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How to read nonfiction!

This week we had a lesson with Mrs. Hopper on how to dig in deeper when reading nonfiction. Mrs. Hopper reviewed with students that nonfiction is read differently than fiction. It's not necessarily meant to read from front to back, that its okay to skip around to find the specific information they are looking for. This was a great introduction into our informational text unit!
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A message from Mrs. Curran

Cardinal Parents,

On Thursday, January 14 at 6:00pm our Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Combs, will be joining us at our PTO meeting to talk more about how HSE21 and the 1:1 iPad roll-out will work for K-4 elementary grades. Next year all students in HSE (including our Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students) will use an iPad at school as a tool for learning. Please join us at this meeting to learn more. We will meet in the library. Our PTO will provide childcare in the gym.

We will have some fun prizes available for those in attendance, as well. We look forward to seeing you January 14 at 6:00pm.

Family S.T.E.A.M night!

Get excited and mark your calendars for our first TCE FAMILY S.T.E.A.M. NIGHT on Friday, February 5th from 5:30-7:30pm. STEAM is an educational term to describe real world opportunities for students to learn with science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. At the TCE FAMILY STEAM NIGHT, TCE students and their family members of all ages are welcome to come and participate in a variety of unique, educational STEAM experiences. Participants will travel as a family (children with their adults) to share in the learning process! Pizza will be available in the cafeteria for families to purchase. More details will be forthcoming! We hope you plan to be there!

Choir Club

Choir Club information was sent home this week. If your child is interested in joining the Choir Club, the slips are due next Monday, January 11th. This is an optional club that will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays before school at 8 a.m. in the music room. No auditions! (Possible lottery depending on the size of interest). Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, January 19th. The club will meet for 5 weeks and will have a small performance on February 23rd at 6 p.m. for friends and family to enjoy what we've learned! Please email if you have any questions!

A message from Miss Meyer in the Art room

The artists in first and second grade are working hard on their student choice animal paper mache projects. We are running low on the following items. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Newspapers, masking tape rolls used, any small plastic container ex: butter bowl, sour cream etc.

Thank you for your help and supporting the arts!


Next week will be week B of our homework.

Mark your Calendar!

  • January 15: 1/2 day Teachers Professional Development students dismiss at 12:01
  • January 18: NO SCHOOL- MLK Jr. Day
  • February 5: Family S.T.E.A.M night

Specials After Break!

Monday 1/11- Day 6: Art

Tuesday 1/12- Day 1: P.E.

Wednesday 1/13- Day 2: Music

Thursday 1/14- Day 3: Art

Friday 1/15- Day 0 - No Specials

Class Library Checkout!

Our next class library checkout day will be Friday, January 15th, but remember, your child may bring his/her books back at anytime. We will find a time for him/her to visit the library individually to get new books!

We are Learning...


We will continue to study nonfiction texts. We will be learning how to gather information from informational texts so that we can become experts on a topic. We will be comparing and contrasting different books on the same topic as we read.


We will continue working on subtraction with and without regrouping!


This week we began thinking about our upcoming young author books. We have spent much of this year reading books in the Magic Treehouse Series. Our class is now going to follow the same pattern as Mary Pope Osborn's books, and write their own Magic Treehouse books! This week students began brainstorming all the places they might want to travel to in their story! We will eventually be using a green screen app to put each student in that place or time period!


We will continue our study of matter. Students will be studying the properties of solids, liquids, and gases.

Word Study:

Word study in 2nd grade includes spelling, phonics, and vocabulary development. We will be focusing on 13 new vocabulary words. Those words are: matter, solid, liquid , gas, property , mixture , solution , reaction, evaporation, matter, mass, condensation, and dissolve.