Second Grade News

Miss Zygiel's Class

This Week...

September 12th-16th

Daily 5:

This week we talked about real reading vs. fake reading and what that will look like during guided reading groups. We were able to build our reading stamina to 10 minutes! Next week I will be introducing the Work on Writing rotation in Daily 5.


We finished learning our addition strategies. The goal in second grade is addition and subtraction fact fluency within 20. These strategies are a very important building block for our entire year in math, so we take some time at the beginning to practice. We also did our Moby Max math placement tests. On Friday I sent home usernames and passwords so they can practice Moby Max at home. I also taught the class a math magic game using 10 Friends. I sent home the directions, hopefully you had a chance to play because they sure loved it in class!

Social Studies:

We will be working on Citizenship next week. We will be talking about Rights and Responsibilities in our families, school, communities, and globally. Stay tuned for our Arts Integrated projects in Music and Art classes.


We finished introducing our ten learner traits. These traits are going to be words we come back to throughout the year to guide our learning experiences. Our final project was to create a representation of the trait using KidPics. We partnered up and were given a word. With our partners we had to create something for our own understanding and our classmates.

Dot Day:

September 15th is International Dot Day, based on the book The Dot by Peter Reynolds. In the story a little girl can not decide what to make. A teacher inspires her to just start and her creations take off. The book asks the question how will you leave your mark? On Tuesday, September 13th we joined a live chat with the author and creator of dot through the educational website Discovery Education. We were able to ask questions using our class Twitter page (@HSSD_mirazygi) unfortunately none of our questions were asked but someone watching from Green Bay had a question that was mentioned. After this they had a challenge to make their own Dot using technology or art supplies. Some of the pictures are posted below. It was a super fun day and a great chance to celebrate our own creativity!

Class Website

Take a look at our class website if you have any questions about our classroom!

Seesaw Portfolio

Dear Families -

We are using Seesaw this year! Seesaw gives your child creative tools to capture and reflect on their learning - in real time. Then this work is shared with you. Seesaw will give you a window into each of our classrooms and into your student’s learning process. We will use Seesaw to reflect and grow in all areas of learning. Our students are excited to use this new tool in partnership with the great things our teachers do in their classrooms.

We need your help with Seesaw to ensure success. Last week I sent home a letter with all the directions to sign up. You can download Seesaw’s Parent App for iOS, Android, or use the web to view your student’s learning artifacts. When your child adds new work, you will receive a notification to see, hear and respond to your child’s learning item. You only have access to your own child’s work and all of the content is stored securely.

I am happy to announce this new opportunity for our students. Please contact me with any questions about Seesaw. With your help, we can continue building our school community of lifelong learners. You already received a handout with directions to download and sign up for your child’s Seesaw journal.

Miss Zygiel

If you have not signed up yet, please do! It is a really great way to see student progress and projects that happen throughout the year. If you have any questions about how to sign up contact me and I would love to help you walk through it. It is a new tool for me this year as well, so I am learning right along with you!

Looking Ahead...

20 - Wear your READ t-shirt

4 - PTO Meeting 5:30
7 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - Teacher Professional Development Day
13 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Heritage Hill 8:45-1:30 (Zygiel, Blahnik)
18 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:30
19 - Picture Day (am) - more info to follow
20 - Wear your READ t-shirt
21 - Autumn Classroom Celebrations 2:25 -3:25
25 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:30
27 - NO SCHOOL, Parent/Teacher Conferences 8:00-11:30

Contact Miss Zygiel

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns!