Mrs. King's 2nd Grade Class

May 1, 2015

We'll miss you Mr. Willis!

Today we said good bye to seeing Mr. Willis in our class each day. Thank you SO much to all who donated items for the basket we put together for him. He was beyond grateful for the gift, and is very excited to begin the next journey of his career! We will miss him dearly, but know he is ready for a classroom of his own!

Telling time!

This week we learned to tell time in 5 minute intervals. We also learned how to tell time to the quarter hour using the words quarter after, half past, and quarter till. This is a very difficult concept for students! Please help by working on it at home as well!

Plant Life Cycles!

Thursday we invited a Master Gardener in to help us learn about plant life cycles. She taught students how plants rely on animals to complete their life cycle and also taught students the motions to help them remember each part of the cycle! It was such an amazing experience and so cool to learn from an EXPERT!

Pizza Party Volunteers

Please let me know if you are able to volunteer at our annual 2nd grade pizza party on Wednesday, May 27th. We need volunteers to help setup, serve, and clean up. Volunteers will need to arrive at 11:15. Thank you in advance for your help! Volunteers will need to have a background check on file, as well as completed the anti-bullying webinar!

Spirit Days Next Week

Next week students are encouraged to participate in Teacher Appreciation Week by "Rising UP to Excellence!"
  • Mon., May 4- Wake UP! Wear your favorite pj's and rise UP to high five behavior!
  • Tues., May 5- Batter UP! Wear a baseball hat or baseball team gear!
  • Wed, May 6- Giddy UP! (normal clothing today!)
  • Thurs., May 7- Dress UP! Dress up for your teacher and give her a hug!
  • Fri., May 8- Cardinal UP! Wear your TCE spirit gear!

Popsicles for Puppies!

Ms. Vetter's First Grade class will be selling popsicles at recess on Friday, May 8th. Please see the attached flyer for more information!

Late Yearbook Orders

The PTO is accepting late yearbook orders. The extra books will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. In order to have your name put on the list, you will need to pay for the book. The price of the yearbook is $20.00, and checks should be made payable to TCE PTO. Checks will be returned if there isn't a book available. Please contact me if you are unsure if you have ordered a book.

Important Information For Next Week

Week 2 of homework!

Our next Words Their Way spelling test and Wordly Wise Vocabulary quiz will be Friday, May 8th.

Mark your Calendar!

May 22nd: Field Day

May 25th: No School Memorial Day
May 27th: 2nd Grade End of the Year Pizza Party
May 29th: Last Day of School

Next Week's Specials

Monday 5/4- Day 2: Music & Library

Tuesday 5/5- Day 3: Art

Wednesday 5/6- Day 4: P.E.

Thursday 5/7- Day 5: Music

Friday 5/8- Day 6: Art

We are Learning...

Reading: We will continue our unit on becoming experts through reading nonfiction! Students will use comprehension strategies and informational text features to understand informational texts. We will learn how to compare and contrast information from different sources on the same topic and deepen our understanding by asking questions.

Math: We are learning about time, data, and graphs. Students are learning how to tell time in 5 minute intervals, and to the quarter hour using the words: quarter after, half past, and quarter till! We will also learn how to make and read bar graphs, line graphs, and pictographs!

Writing: We will continue our nonfiction writing unit. Students will write informative/explanatory text in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section. Students will be taking notes from different resources as they research and gather information for their book.

Science: We will begin our unit on Engineering. Students will be asked to think like scientists in order to design a tool that meets a specific need. The materials for the tool must be reusable so they will use 21st century skills (collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking) to create innovative uses for previously used materials and objects.