Mrs. Hamilton's 2nd Grade Class

December 4, 2015

November Student of the Month

Congratulations to Chase and Ryleigh for showing safety during the month of November! This month we will be focusing on the trait of self-control! Self-control can be difficult for students during the holidays. Please encourage your child to do their best every day!

Hamilton County Humane Society Passion Project

Please make sure that you check your email for details about our class project on the Hamilton County Humane Society!! We are looking for parent volunteers to help us sell hot chocolate next week and for donations as well!! Please take a look at my email and help us out if possible!! We appreciate it!!
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Gingerbread Town (a fictional community, much like Fishers) has been hit by a major icing storm and the entire town was destroyed. Using what students know about communities and economics they are being asked to rebuild the community. Students will work in small groups to recreate a business out of a shoe box, that would benefit the Gingertown community. Students will be challenged to work within a set budget to get the business up and running, all while learning about opportunity cost, scarcity, and trading! This will be a project that we continue to work on over the next few weeks!

Other Exciting News!!

Gingerbread House Decorating

***Volunteers are needed next Monday, December 7th from 2:20-3:30 to help divide out all of our gingerbread candy and materials that we will be using on the 16th. Please let me know if you are able to volunteer. You must have a background check and watch the anti-bullying video in order to volunteer!***

We will be decorating gingerbread houses on Wednesday, December 16th from 10:45-11:30. A permission form and ingredient list was sent home today in your childs green folder. Please return the permission form by Friday, December 11th. Don't forget to send $2.00 in as well!! Students will not be able to participate without a permission form. Don't forget that all parents are invited to attend! Please indicate on the permission form if you will be attending. We hope you will be able to join us for this fun event!

Icing for Gingerbread Houses

Each student will need their own container of white icing (any brand) to decorate their gingerbread house. You may send it in as you purchase it. Please write your child's name on the container. Thank you!

Hour of Code

Next Week, we will be participating in 'Hour of Code'! The 'Hour of Code' is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. Look for pictures and more details in next week's newsletter!

Gingertown PBL!

Do you or a family member own or work at a small local business in our community? We are looking for a speaker to talk with 2nd graders about the importance of small businesses in our community! If this is something you are interested in, please let me know! Thanks in advance for your help with this project!

Holiday Gift Idea!

During the past couple months, 2nd graders have had the opportunity to learn and practice skills through the use of OSMO! If you have never heard of it, check out the link below. We have used it to help with fact fluency, to help with spelling, and for problem solving. It is an accessory that attaches to ipads. With the use of the ipads camera, it allows students to practices skills in a more engaging way! I thought I'd pass along the suggestion to you! Visit for more info!


Mrs. Hopper is in need of donations for Makerspace in the Library! She will gladly take anything that you could use to make arts and crafts out of! Some examples would be: construction paper, markers, glue (liquid and stick), felt, duck tape, toilet paper tubes, scissors, tape, etc....basically anything that you could use to create things with your imagination!! Thanks so much for your help with this!!!

Lost and Found

If your child is missing an item (coat, lunchbox, etc.), please remind him/her to check the lost and found table located in the cafeteria. Many lost items are piling up just waiting to be found! You may wish to label any items sent to school with your child’s name in order to make locating lost items easier.

Important Information for Next Week!


Next week will be Week 2 of homework!

Mark your Calendar!

  • December 7th: Volunteers needed to pack candy and materials for the students to use
  • December 14th: 5:30-7:30 Family/Pizza Night for our Humane Society project
  • December 16th: Gingerbread House Decorating from 10:45-11:30
  • December 22-January 5: Winter Break

Next Week's Specials

Monday 12/7- Day 4: P.E.

Tuesday 12/8- Day 5: Music

Wednesday 12/9- Day 6: Art

Thursday 12/10- Day 1: P.E.

Friday 12/11- Day 2: Music

Class Library Checkout!

Our next class library checkout day will be Tuesday, December 8th, but remember, your child may bring his/her books back at anytime. We will find a time for him/her to visit the library individually to get new books!

We are Learning...


Next week in reading we will continue to focus on informational text. Students will learn that when reading informational text, they may need to approach their reading differently! We will discuss that the author of an information book may be an expert and is trying to teach the reader something new! We will learn to become experts on using the table of contents, and the glossary!


We are currently working on addition with and without regrouping. After break we will move into subtraction with and without regrouping!


We are starting to introduce nonfiction writing and what types of features go into a nonfiction book! What types of characteristics are common of nonfiction books vs. fiction book. After break we will be working hard on our nonfiction writing! The students have been working hard creating their table of contents, brainstorming, and writing their books.

Word Study

Word study in 2nd grade includes spelling, phonics, and vocabulary development. We are focusing on 13 new vocabulary words for the next 2 weeks. Those words are: income, profit, economics, need, want, resources, tragedy, effect, design, supply, scarcity, opportunity cost, and surplus!

Social Studies:

We will continue our study of economics. We have also started our Gingerbread PBL!Students will describe how people in a community use productive resources, create a variety of businesses and industries, specialize in different types of jobs, and depend on each other to supply goods and services.