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Mrs. Hanna's Second Grade Class
In the weeks to come....
February 18-26 - Vacation Week
February 28 - "Plane Trip" to Africa with KJ
March 2 - Community Read Aloud
March 8 - Miles of Friends at GSB
March 13 - FARMS Kitchen (Africa cooking) 12:30-2
March 17 - Teacher Workshop Day - No School
Guest speakers on Africa this week: Three Lincoln Academy students and Barbara Babb
6th Grade Reading Buddies (Mr. Feltis' Class) and Reading for Fluency with our 2nd Grade Friends!
The Calabash Kids in Mrs. Fake's Room
Miles of Friends at Schooner Cove!
Lots of fun our last week before break!!!
1-30-17 We had some amazing presentations this week about four different countries in Africa. We saw photos, clothing, dolls, and sooo much more. The children are now writing thank you notes to some of the presenters. Many thanks to the Lincoln Academy students and Barbara Babb (a former GSB teacher!) who came in to help us out! We are working hard on our fast math facts these days too. Twice weekly we do a 6 minute timed test on 100 mixed addition and subtraction facts. The kids are improving after only three tests! This is a Common Core goal for us and is especially important because in third grade, they add multiplication and division facts to the mix!! The kids brought home their Valentine's lists since they voted to share cards again this year. I will provide a special snack that day for the whole class!
1-28-13 WOW! Even with an icy snow day, this week felt full and super busy! We got our mid-year NWEAs out of the way, had fluency buddies, Reading Buddies with our 6th Grade friends, starting to learn how to take notes on our Africa videos, started a Swahili dictionary, made African flags, and so much more! We are working on timed addition and subtraction facts to 20 here at school. This is a Common Core standard for Second Grade and is the foundation for them learning multiplication facts next year. We will do timed tests twice weekly..... 6 minutes for 100 facts and are looking for progress, not perfection! Honestly, they have already begun to improve!!!! One student in our class can already do all 100 in LESS than 6 minutes!
1-22-17 We are working on Unit 5 in Math now. Lots of money and place value stuff going on! We wrapped up our maps and are beginning AFRICA tomorrow!! The kids will get to do maps, a Swahili dictionary, paper dolls, writing projects, art projects, question presenters, try drumming and more! We will be reading TONS of books about Africa and watching videos to help us learn about this huge topic! Africa has 54 countries and 2,000 languages so it is a challenge but we will have a great time learning as much as we can is a couple of months!
1-16-17 We spent this past week with a visitor in our classroom! Shania Melvin, a sophomore at UMO was observing me for a class that she will be beginning tomorrow as part of her spring semester. We enjoyed having her with us so much and the kids will miss her like crazy!!
We went to Schooner Cove on Wednesday for Miles of Friends. We took our ipads along and did some research on Maine, focusing on a map of Maine! It was a lot of fun and the kids got so much out of it!!
This coming week, some of the kids will be retaking NWEAs. Students who score below the 50th percentile have to retake it at midyear. All students will take it once more at the end of the year. I will let you know how it goes in the notebook if your child takes it this week.
We all worked on mid-year assessments this week. The kids all did a great job on their spelling words (sight words) and showed great improvements! We also had a math assessment!
We have strep in our room right now too! We are handwashing, table washing and giving reminders regularly but if your child complains of a sore throat, BEWARE!! :-/
1-8-17 We had a busy first week back, but a really good one. We are working on maps..... compass rose, legends, etc. in January as we work toward learning about Africa in February and March. So far, it is going GREAT! We are enjoying the books of Jan Brett since she is our Author of the Month! We are comparing her to other authors we know and love too!
Photos of our Skidompha visit. Thanks to Mark Ferraro for giving us a tour!! Also one last Tennis photo! We will miss Tennis Tuesdays!
Planting Bulbs for Spring!!!
Planting bulbs and Run-Off Models in Science this week!
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone at my home phone (which is also my cell phone) 529-5707. Please only call before 9 PM unless it is an emergency. Thanks and I am very excited about the year to come......it is going to be amazing!