Second Grade Rock Stars

Tour News!

Angela Lee Duckworth: The key to success? Grit

What is a main factor of success? Grit!

We will be incorporating the growth mindset into our classroom. Please support your child by furthering this mindset at home! One small thing that you can change at home is to tell your child what great effort they showed rather then how smart they are. Also, have your child try to figure out the answer to the math problem by using different strategies to solve it, rather than telling them how to solve it or which strategy they should use. You can check out more about the growth mindset here. See the video to learn what so many scientific studies have proven about success in one's life. Let's help your child to be the most successful that they can be! Interested in more? Check out the duck video at the bottom and think about the questions listed next to it.

Next on tour: Upcoming Events

  • 11/16- Last Day to Sign up on the Portal for a Conference.
  • 11/16- Don't forget to fill out the Pre-Conference Form HERE
  • 11/17-11/21- Parent Teacher Conferences (SIGN UP HERE) Need the Directions?
  • 11/20-11/21- Early Out Days (1:10pm Dismissal)
  • 11/21- Crazy Hat Day
  • 11/24-11/28- No School- Thanksgiving Week
  • 12/18- Talent Show Applications Due (Fill it out HERE!)

Our Highlights: What We've Been Rockin' At!

This week the famous inventor Thomas Edison came to visit! Of course, it wasn't the real Thomas Edison, but we witnessed a wonderful play that told about his life. We also learned some very important lessons. Here are the 4 lessons that Thomas Edison learned that he wanted to make sure that we learned as well...


  1. It's okay to make mistakes (everyone makes them and you will learn from them)
  2. Work hard and play hard
  3. Sometimes you just have to look at things from a different angle
  4. Do what you love and find a way to do it for the rest of your life

Did you know that Edison invented the phonograph when we was deaf? He could tell if his invention worked or not by biting the cone on the phonograph to feel the vibrations of the sound that was played. Pretty amazing! Ask your child some things that they learned about Thomas Edison!

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Writing that tops the charts

Students have been working on writing their very own fractured fairy tales. Students have figured out which fairytale they would like to fracture and decided which of those fairytale elements they would like to keep and which they would like to change. We worked on making our setting relate to our characters, giving them new challenges to overcome, and began thinking about how our character will change over the course of our tale. Next week we will be focusing on adding dialogue to show our character's traits and publishing these writing pieces. I can't wait to read these! They have come up with some great fractured ideas and versions! Ask your child how their version is fractured and from which fairytale they chose to make it fractured from.
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Rockin' and Rollin' into Next Week!

Math: Place Value: Thousands and beginning subtraction

Reading: Fables, Central Message or Moral of the Story

Writing: Writing our own Fractured Fairytale

Grammar: Thesaurus, Synonyms and Antonyms

Conventions: Quotation Marks and Dialogue techniques

Social Studies: Mapping our goals

Spelling: e_e words (long e sounds due to the "silent" or "magic" e at the end)

Which kind of support do you want to be?

Watch the video below (the entire 2 and a half minutes) and keep these things in mind...
  • Does the momma duck give them a challenge?
  • Do they learn and grow?
  • Does she take them on too hard of a path? Too easy of a path? Or just right of a path?
  • Does she let them struggle? Does it help them?
  • Were you thinking like the people commenting behind the camera?
  • How did Momma Duck help them to be successful?
Ducklings vs. Stairs

Contact the Band Manager!

Jen Martin

Second Grade Teacher

Westlake Charter School

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