Mrs. Kesler's 2nd Grade Class Newsletter

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Friday, December 5, 2015 - General News

Happy December! It's hard to believe that it's December already; this year has just flown by!

  • Please see check your email for an email from me about the next two weeks of school. :-) **Not to be viewed by your child please.**
  • Our Unit 3 Math test will be on Friday, 12/11.
  • Spelling lists went home on Thursday for List #14. Our test will be on Thursday, December 10th.
  • Brrrrr! The weather is getting colder; please be sure to send your child with outerwear they will be comfortable in. The children go outside for recess everyday (except on the extremely cold days).

Below are some wonderful web based resources (educational games) for your child.

Also, check out our 2nd Grade Google page, where you can find what we're doing in class (curriculum), homework, MORE pictures and what's coming up! Check them out!!




Next week:






Unit 3 Math Study Guide to go home

P.E. & Music




Unit 3 Math Test

Music & Library

If you have questions or concerns, I can be reached either by email at elizabeth_kesler@ipsd.org or telephone at 630/375-3544. If you do not hear back from me right away, please know that I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible (this may be after school). If there is an emergency, please call the school office.

Have a marvelous weekend!

Week 14 & 15 Spelling Lists

Spelling List List 14: sea, would, night, know, before (Test will be on 12/10)

Spelling List 15: sound, winter, after, paper, same

English and Language Arts (ELA)


For reading last week, we began reading "The Emperor's Egg", and continue to read Meow Means Mischief. We are focusing on how characters change, questioning, and continue to explore cause and effect. The vocabulary words for "The Emperor's Egg" are: Flippers, Hatch, Miserable, Slippery, Waddled, Horizon, Dinner, Important, Stay, Seem, and Nothing. You may wish to ask your child to explain what each vocabulary word means and to give you a sentence using the words.

Word Study

In the last week the children learned about "Y" as a vowel. In Grammar the students began learning about pronouns and reflective pronouns (ourselves, himself, herself, myself, etc.). We also reviewed adverbs and adjectives.


For writing, the students continued to work on personal narratives; their writing is about memories of special people and places in their lives. Last week we added special objects to their lists of things to write about. Ask your child, what three strategies they learned to help them when writing a personal narrative.

Reading and Word Study


In the last two weeks in Math we continued to practice +10, -10, +100, -100, sums of 10, number stories and began number comparisons.

The students learned to identify and write numbers in different forms. Ask your child what the expanded form is for the number 235; what is the written form? What is the unit form? How about the standard or number form?

Making the largest number using place value!

Social Studies

We concluded our American history unit in Social Studies. In last two weeks we learned about the first Thanksgiving, the American Revolution, slavery, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, The Drinking Gourd, and the Westward Migration. Ask your child why Harriet Tubman was important. What was the "drinking gourd" and what was it used for?

Next week we will begin our next Science unit on mealworms. Keep an eye out for a letter regarding the possibility of your child bringing home a new "pet".

2nd Step

In Second Step we continued to identify how people are feeling, using empathy. We also explored what it means to respect different preferences. We continue to practice focusing attention with eyes, ears, and brain, ignoring distractions, and using self-talk to help us focus.