Second Grade Rock Stars

Tour News!

People Who Made a Difference Living Wax Museum

Next on tour: Upcoming Events

Coming on Tour Soon:

  • 04/06: Picture Day
  • 04/07: Governance Meeting (4:30-5:30 pm on Pebblewood Campus)
  • 04/06: Impact Meeting (5:30-6:30 pm on Pebblewood Campus)
  • 04/06: WAVE Board Meeting (6:30-7:30 pm on DP Campus)
  • 04/07: Spirit Day: Career Day
  • 04/10-04/21: No School: Spring Break
  • 05/03: Open House Night!
  • 05/04: WAVE Board Meeting (6:30-7:30 pm on DP Campus)
  • 05/20: Mrs. Martin graduates with her Master's degree
  • 5/29: No School
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Our Highlights: What We've Been Rockin' At!

What a busy and fun time we have been having! As you know, we finished up our People Who Made a Difference unit and the students did their best! They gave each other peer critiques and also got feedback from their big buddies before it came to our showcase day. One on the reasons that I love this unit so much is because they learn so much about each other's people almost as much as their own person. There are always such great and interesting difference makers chosen- the joy of letting students have voice and choice!

At the end of the unit, we did a Google Doodle of our person, but instead of it saying "Google" it says our person's name. It was amazing to see student knowledge about their person come out in a different way, as a creative sketch that illustrates their difference maker so well!

In math, we've been learning about everything from shapes to money and time, and even graphing. What better way to graph than to play games while doing it? Rock, Paper, Scissors graphing is so much fun!

In reading, we will begin our Book Club groups when we get back from break. Book Clubs are a great way to get these growing readers discussing their novels in a dynamic way. Students make their top picks for books, get placed in a club, read, do roles, and discuss the book together when we meet as a group. Former Rock Stars always say that Book Clubs were one of their favorites!

As we delve into our next writing time, we will explore both persuasive writing and poetry. So, if you notice that your little one begins challenging you with their opinion and tries to persuade you during this time...I apologize! Hopefully, they have great supporting details and a mind-blowing conclusion, though!

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Rockin' and Rollin' into the Future!

Math: Money, Time, and Shapes. We will also continue to review 3-digit addition and subtraction

Reading: Different forms of writing. We will explore speeches, song lyrics, instructions, and poetry.

Writing: As students finish up their biography books, we will begin learning about persuasive writing and how to support an opinion with supporting details.

Social Studies: We will begin our travel unit and begin exploring the world. Students will be researching one country and trying to persuade someone why they should travel to that country. Students will be presenting their arguments and artifacts on Open House night.

Spelling: Click for the Spelling Word List and Challenge Word List

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Questions to ask your child...

  • What time is it right now? (show your child an analog clock)
  • What is the difference between a 2-dimensional shape and a 3-dimensional shape?
  • Can you explain how to subtract 56 from 213?
  • Can you tell me a story if I give you the main character, the setting, and a problem to begin it?
  • What do you play at recess? Who do you play with?
  • What do you think you are great at?
  • What is your biggest fear?
  • How would you change the world if you could?
  • Have you answered the Math Monday problem? Click Here to answer it!
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Resources and Readings:

  • Did you know that students who can carry a beat are better at reading aloud? Did you know that those who have musical knowledge are better at math as they get older? Especially with fractions! Let the music play! Have your child explore the website Daria to learn about musical instruments and even to learn how to make them!
  • Interested in getting your child to be more healthy? Check out the 5 Healthy Goals website to help with strategies to get your kiddo moving, eating healthier, and reducing their screen time.
  • Starting to think about summer camps for your little computer scientist? Or maybe for your mathematician? Or for your outdoor adventurer? There are a ton! Check out and search. We have a lot of great camps nearby!
  • Interested in a great website with always new articles that have expert parenting tips? Check out the PBS Expert Tips website!
  • Looking forward to another great podcast for your kid? Check out Tumble: a Science Podcast for Kids!
  • While your kid is listening to the Tumble podcast, check out the Parenting Great Kids podcast.
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Contact the Band Manager!

Jen Martin

Second Grade Teacher

Westlake Charter School

Twitter: @MrsMartinsRoom

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Messages that pertain to our class: text @4rockstar to the number: 81010