Second Grade

Columbus/Explorers Newsletter


We journeyed to the far ends of the earth this week as we discovered America with Christopher Columbus (Christibal Columbo). We read about Christopher Columbus's life and discovered many interesting, new facts. We created a higher level prewriting web using these facts. Our webbing exercises are getting more complicated and much more organized. Webbing started with apples and just listed lots of facts. Then our bear web organized the facts we came up with. This week I gave them specific information and they had to decide how to organize it. We can tell you by looking at the web how many paragraphs and about how many sentences we might write for a report.

Second graders had an eye-opening experience learning facts about Columbus that were contrary to things they had heard when they were younger. He wasn't quite the nice guy they had thought. We looked at the perspective of the Taino tribe on San Salvatore were he landed and how he treated them by reading the book, Encounter, by Jane Yolen.


Chapter two of our math books works with rows and columns, arrays, and odd and even numbers. This is a short review chapter and will be completed quickly. Everyone is doing great on timed math facts tests. Getting these simple facts memorized will help when we start regrouping. One less thing to figure out.

Social Studies

Creating giant maps of the continents and oceans of the world were lots of fun. Our continents and oceans study included learning about the correct location for the seven continents in relation to each other. We also learned about cardinal directions on a map using a compass rose, and how to use a map key. The second grade cartographers did a grand job! We included using the Continents and Oceans app to help us. We also discussed some other important explorers and their routes around the world including reading about the Vikings who actually explored North America.


One of the most thrilling parts of the week was finishing the final copies of our City Stories. Hurray! They are great stories! Look for them displayed next week in our hallway. We will start our culmination project with our city next week, which will be for each second grader to make a movie of the city with the Lego Movie Maker program. Everyone is super excited about starting their movie.

We also finished our review of all the manuscript/printed capital and lower case D'Nealian letters. Next week we start cursive. Really, really exciting!


Our Kindergarden buddies came to visit today. It was the first time for them to come to our room. We welcomed them by teaching them a couple poems about apples and bears that we learned in the last two weeks. The rest of the time we taught them to play Dominoes. Second graders learned to play this week as the math workshop at the end of our first math chapter. It makes us feels so grown up to be the big buddies this year!

Nature Center

Thursday, Oct. 26th, 10am

This is an online event.

Nature Center Outreach Program

The Nature Center is coming to visit and they are bringing raptors to share with us. Please make sure your permission slip is in to the office. There are extra slips in the office, if you need one. Thank You!

Halloween Party

Friday, Oct. 27th, 8:15am

4221 East Milham Avenue

Portage, MI

Our Halloween party will be on Friday morning, October 27. Please send your child dressed in their costume. We will have a morning assembly that everyone is welcome to attend. Second graders will change out of their costumes at the end of the morning. If you could include a change of clothes in their backpacks as to not ruin the costume for the carnival and trick or treating. There is a sign-up On sign up genius for our party if you would like to contribute.