Trail Blazer News

May 23rd-27th

Special Days

Reporter : Betsy and Camron

This week, we have been having some special days to celebrate the end of our second grade year. On Monday, we had a field trip to the nature center. On Tuesday, the puppeteer that we have been working with came, and we had a rehearsal for our puppet shows. On Wednesday, we had animal day. We shared our love of animals by sorting our stuffed animals. We also wrote books and shared about them. On Thursday, we had express yourself day. We expressed ourselves by creating lots of different forms of art. On Friday, we had Fairy Tale Friday. We dressed up as a fairy character, read some fairy tales, and created art based on fairy tales. A beanstalk even grew in the classroom! This has been a very exiting week.

Field Trip to the WNC Nature Center

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Shadow Puppetry Rehearsal

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Animal Day

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Express Yourself Day

We discussed various elements of art: color, value, texture, etc. Then, we listened to different classical music pieces and used the elements of art to express the emotion of the songs.
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Fairy Tale Friday

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End of the Year Fun!

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Classroom Awards and Picnic

We would love for you to join us for classroom awards (selected by their peers) on Tuesday, June 7th at 10:00 a.m. in our classroom. We will have a family picnic outside (weather permitting) following the awards time to continue our celebration at 11:15ish. We would appreciate your support if you are willing to help. Students will either purchase lunch at school or bring a lunch from home, but we can supplement their lunch with some exciting picnic options. Please join us by packing a lunch for yourself. Click HERE to go to the sign-up page.

Important Dates


  • Tuesday, May 31st, Second Grade Shadow Puppet Performance in the gym at 1:30.
  • Tuesday, June 7th Classroom awards ceremony and picnic
  • Wednesday, June 8th, Last Day of School (Early Release)

Thank you, Katie, for being our mystery reader this week!

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What We are Learning

Reading: We learning about how reasons support specific points an author is trying to make as we read nonfiction books about animal life cycles.


  • RI.2.8 - Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a grade-appropriate text.


Writing: We currently writing poetry, but we will transition into nonfiction writing about life cycles next week.


  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.3
    Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.



Fundations: We will continue Unit 15 on Monday. We are focusing on double vowel syllable

  • RF.2.3 Know and apply grade -level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding.


  • RF.2.3. Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.


  • RF.2.3. Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one syllable words.


Math: We are focusing on measurement.


  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.A.1 Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.A.2 Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two measurements; describe how the two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.A.3 Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.
  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.2.MD.A.4 Measure to determine how much longer one object is than another, expressing the length difference in terms of a standard length unit.



Science: We are focusing on the life cycles of plants and animals.

  • 2.L.1 Understand animal life cycles.

  • 2.L.2 Remember that organisms differ from or are similar to their parents based on the characteristics of the organism


Social Studies: We are starting a unit on economic concepts culminating in a student-led classroom "town" with various good and services for sale.


  • 2.E.1 Understand basic economic concepts.