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Second Graders Shine Bright

Sharing is Caring!

The sharing component of the Responsive Classroom approach provides ongoing practice in respectful interaction. It enables students to explore ideas and feelings with each other in a safe way. Sharing allows students to discover the ways in which they’re alike, as well as the ways in which they are diverse! It also allows students to pay attention, empathize, listen, and reflect on/to each other’s experiences.

I've included our sharing schedule again for the year. On your child’s scheduled day please encourage them to share meaningful experiences. Your child may accompany his/her share with an item that may go along with the experience. However, not every share must include an item to show. Please use the following topics to help:

  • How do you feel about_______________________________? (school town, or national event)
  • What’s one accomplishment you feel proud of?
  • What’s one thing you like to do when you’re not in school?
  • If you could change one thing in the school what would it be?
  • What person do you most admire?
  • Share about a time when you showed courage.
  • Share about a time when you made a mistake.
  • What’s something you are looking forward to?
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?

Morning Meeting Share Schedule:

Day 1: Lauren, Pierce, Norah

Day 2: Alyssa, Sean, Sophia

Day 3: Eamon, Kaitlyn, Max

Day 4: Ben, Matthew, Maggie, William

Day 5: Michael D., Morgan, Chase

Day 6: Manus, Kate, Michael S.

Journey's Jargon-Lesson 2


This cycle the theme is Families. We are looking at many different kinds of families to understand the Target Skill-Compare/Contrast. We will push one step further in asking ourselves Questions-Target Strategy as well.


We are using what we learned last cycle-subjects & predicates to help us recognize what a sentence is. We will be looking for run-on sentences as well as complete sentences.

You can find Lesson 2 Home Letter HERE.

The Parent Pipelines can be found HERE.


We have completed the Orientation and just about Unit 1! I'm happy to report that we are getting used to the different routines/activities and the lessons are becoming smoother as well as predictable. We learned to "tap" each sound, use new handwriting lines, and have done many different dictations of sounds and words.

The Units run about 10 school days in length. The children will have their first assessment on Monday. There is nothing you have to do at home for this assessment. We've been doing plenty of practice during our 30 minute Fundations block.

Unit 2 will begin on Tuesday, October 6. I will sending home the first set of Fundations homework on Tuesday. There will be an introduction letter, the homework (with directions & DUE DATE), and a handwriting cheat sheet. We are really working on transitioning to these new handwriting lines. They are all doing a wonderful job at school and I'm expecting them to show the same neat handwriting on their homework.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this new program or the homework.

Writer's at Work

We are in full swing in our first unit of the Lucy Calkins Writer's Workshop. The units are organized in "Bends" and we've just completed our first "bend" of Narrative Writing. The last few weeks we set up the expectations, organization, and began writing many narrative-small moment stories. The lessons have helped guide the children to use description while writing, create powerful endings, and evaluate their own writing to create a goal. We have these goals posted in our classroom to remind us what we are striving for. We will keep you posted on our writing as "Bend 2" unfolds.

Math Moments

We closed out Unit 1 late this week reviewing number grid puzzles, using a calculator to skip count, and finding equivalent names for numbers. Math Explorations continue in 2nd grade and we explored addition facts with dominoes, base-ten blocks, and temperature. The children took the Unit 1 Assessment yesterday.

Unit 2 will begin with simple addition number stories. We will spend a great deal of time finding the pertinent information, creating a number model, solving, and writing the sum using units. We will be using a few different websites and iPad apps that target addition number stories. The WEBSITES and iPAD APPS can be found HERE.

Just a reminder-math homework will be Monday-Thursday and DUE the next school day. The homelinks workbook that was sent home in the early part of September is the math homework 95% of the time. It is noted as "HL 2.1", for example, in their agenda. If you have any questions please let me know.

Stellar Scientist

Our Soil Unit continues!! We have learned about different elements of soil, and created compost bags that we will be watching over the next five weeks. We made observations about each element of soil: what they look like, smell like, sound like, and feel like. We created an attribute chart for the different characteristics of each soil. Students have been enjoying this unit, especially creating the compost bags containing worms!

Assessment Folder

Our class will be taking a variety of assessments throughout the year. In trying to streamline getting them home and signed an assessment folder has been created. This folder will come home about once a week. You might possibly find: Journey's Reading Assessments and Math Assessments. Please sign each assessment in the folder and return the entire folder, including the assessments, by the end of the week.

Upcoming Events

Parent Visitation

Tatem will be welcoming parents this year Tuesday, October 13 from 9:00-11:00 and Wednesday, October 14 from 1:00-2:30 for Parent Visitation. You may visit your child in our class or in one of their specials on those days and times. Our classroom/day will run like a normal day so please check our schedule for those two days. You can find it HERE.

Please Mark Your Calendars

  • 10/5-10/9-Week of Respect
  • 10/5-Wear BLUE to show support "Stomp out Bullying"
  • 10/6-Fall Enrichment Begins
  • 10/8-Community Meeting-2nd Grade Presenting
  • 10/10-Tatem Trailblazer 5K
  • 10/13 & 10/14-Parent Visitation Days
  • 10/31-Halloween Parade & Party