Elm Class Update

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This week in the Elm class (as told by Elm students)

We went to a suburban place.

We took a fancy train.

Project Time

Our trip to the suburban town of Hastings-on-Hudson was a success. We made observations of this type of community and began to consider it's relationship to urban and rural places. Next week we will think about the benefits and challenges of urban, rural, and suburban places and create a mural of these communities.

Hiking at Bear Mountain

Tuesday, June 14th, 9pm

3006 Seven Lakes Drive

Bear Mountain, NY

We will travel by bus to Bear Mountain for a day in a New York State Park. We will enjoy time in Nature and hike in the park.


On Wednesday we shared our published fiction stories with one another. We gave each other compliments for our excellent use of details, dialogue and strong leads and endings.
We began to do some opinion writing this week connected to our recent field trips. Students wrote about if they liked the rural or suburban place better and why. We will continue to develop this skill and consider giving clear evidence that supports our opinions.


This week we started a new non-fiction reading unit. For the next few weeks, second graders will read about a topic of their choice with a partner. Each partnership will read books on the same topic and then share what they have learned with one another. This week we practiced explaining information back to ourselves as we read. Putting this information into our own words helps us prepare to meet with our partner and explain what we have learned about the topic.


We have continued to work on counting T-shirts. This week we introduced new numbers for each type of shirt based on the number we will need for next year. Compass is growing and we will need a lot more shirts. We used a number line to show how we will get to three digit numbers and worked to add numbers together using pictures, equations, and base ten blocks.


Wave Hill Nature Day

Friday, June 10th, 9am-3:30pm

649 West 249th Street

Bronx, NY

We will enjoy a day in nature along with the Oak and Beech class at Wave Hill.

We need chaperones to join us on this adventure. Please let us know if you are interested.

More details to come!