Second Grade News You Can Use

December 1-5, 2014

A Note from Mrs. Graham

Thanksgiving Praise and Worship was wonderful. If you were able to come, I hope you were able to discuss with your child all the blessing we have that we sometimes take for granted. Jimmy Wayne's speech and songs reminded us to be thankful for our families who love us and take care of us. It also encouraged us to look for those who may need help and to take action in a loving and patient way to improve someone's else's life.

We have filled our money can for the Timothy Hill Children's Home. We have even collected more than our can will hold. I will be counting the money this week and sending a check to New York for those at risk youth who reside at the ranch. I am so proud of the generous response of your children to improve the lives of those children in New York.

Our tree is up and decorated thanks also to your children. They were eager to begin decorating our room for the holidays. We will be having a Christmas Party on December 15th. It may be at another location. Stay tuned for details!


Story: Mr. Tanen's Tie Trouble (realistic fiction) and The Jefferson Daily News (Informational Text)

Comprehension Skill: Story Structure and Understanding Character

Comprehension Strategy: Infer/Predict

Fluency Skill: Rate

Phonics Skill: Base Words and Endings -ed and -ing

New Vocabulary: received, account, budget, disappointed, chuckled, staring, repeated, fund

Writing: Narrative Writing: Story Paragraph


We will continue to work on multiplication and division using Real-World Examples at the beginning of this week. We will move into learning our multiplication tables for 2, 5, and 10 using the skip counting method and the dot paper method.

There will be a test over Chapter 5 on Wednesday. There will also be a pre-test for Chapter 6 on Wednesday.


Our goal for handwriting is to finish reviewing and practicing our manuscript letters so we will be prepared to work on learning our cursive letters after Christmas break.


Changes for American Indians

Words to Know: immigrant, germs, disease, symbol

The students will learn about the impact of explorers and settlers on American Indians and how things changed as communities grew.


Animals: Students will learn that many different kinds of animals live in different environments on Earth. They will learn that many animals use plants for shelter. They will also explore the life cycles of animals.

People: Students will understand that people have different systems that perform different functions--circulation, digestions, respiration;etc.---and will recognize the parts of the body that are associated with those systems.


We will be catching up on some stories from last week before moving onto this week's stories. Last week, we were to learn of the time when David made Solomon King and about Solomon's request for wisdom and his building of the temple. These stories are in the first nine chapters of I Kings.

This week we will learn about Solomon's downfall and death from I Kings 11. We will also learn of the Israelite kingdom dividing in I Kings 12.

Memory Verse: Fear God and keep his commandments for this is the duty of all mankind. Ecc. 12:13


Our list words this week are base words with -ed and -ing endings. The extra 8 words are the vocabulary words that we are working on in reading. Only the list words are on spelling city this week.

running, clapped, stopped, hopping, batted, selling, pinned, cutting, sitting, rubbed, missed, grabbed

received, account, budget, disappointed, chuckled, staring, repeated, fund