2nd Grade News




Classroom Orientations:
Susan and Mary Beth's Classroom Orientation Slide Show can be found here

Sally and Brittany's Classroom Orientation Slide Show
Click here to view.

Link to "2nd Grade Adventure PE" is here.


(Updated 3/6/19)
Thank you to:

* Kellam Eanes, Kathleen Kitt, Jennifer Van Lue, Shonnie Lavender, Erin Derham, and Tara Theodossis for volunteering for Ms. Sally and Ms. Jessica's Jan Brett celebration!
* Lisa Zanzig, Jennie Brown, Lilian Haddas, Lauren Sowers, Julie Goodman, Kathleen Kitt, and Kellam Eanes for sending in supplies for Ms. Sally and Ms. Jessica's Jan Brett celebration!
* Liz McLamb, Todd Walker, Amanda Ashton, and Mary Beth Tanner for driving to AMOS for Susan and Mary Beth's class.
* The Kitt family for donating healthy snacks to Ms. Sally's classroom.
* Waker-Hanning family and Goodman family for bringing in tissues!
* Kati Swinney for being Susan and Mary Beth's Scholastic Coordinator!
* DeAnn Albrecht for being Sally and Brittany's Scholastic Coordinator!
* Liz McLamb, TJ Derham, Jason Watkins, Debra Tracy, and Carter Sowers for helping with enrichments.
* Justin Arnall, Betsy Archer, and Brittany Keeler, and Amanda Ashton for helping in Susan and Mary Beth's classroom. 
* Jennifer Van Hue and Jennifer Van Lue for cleaning the classrooms.
* The Love family for washing cloths for Sally's class.
* The Daniel Robinson for washing cloths for Susan's class. 
* The Love family for donating dry erase markers and hand sanitizer.
* The Sowers family for the book donation and Martin-Eanes family for the map donation.
*  Shonnie Lavender, Nancy Park, Lisa Zanzig, and Rick Telford for helping in the classroom.

Trimester 2. Updated on December 3, 2018

This trimester, we will be doing the following:

Language Arts:

Reading and Comprehension: We continue to use EL Education Skills Block for decoding (reading)  and encoding (spelling). These skills naturally will support every student with their reading and writing. Students will be regularly assessed on their letter sound recognition (decoding) and ability to correctly spell the letter sounds (encoding) in differentiated groups.  Decoding and encoding progressions will be recorded and ongoing. We also continue to work on fluency and comprehension with the Daily 5 and CAFE reading and comprehension program. We will assess your child to determine their middle of year reading level in January. With that information, we will again form differentiated Skills Block groups to support your child in their continued reading and comprehension growth in a small group setting.

Writing: We use the 6+1 Traits of Writing as a framework for our writing program. Students learn to or organize their writing, expand word choice, create voice, and strengthen writing conventions. Our second trimester introduces letter writing format, informational writing skills, and poetry. All second graders will continue to write a reflections in their service learning journals throughout the year. We also begin teaching cursive later in January! We ask that the students not try to write cursive on their own until they have learned the proper formation of the letter families.

Math: We continue to use the new Investigations 3 curriculum. This second trimester continues Unit 3,  How Many Stickers, How Many Cents?: Addition, Subtraction, and the Number System 2. In this third unit, students revisit addition and subtraction story problems, investigate even and odd numbers, and begin to make sense of counting by groups and place value (tens and ones). Work on addition combinations continues as students achieve fluency with the Near Doubles. Each unit is concluded with a cumulative assessment.Work on addition combinations continues as students achieve fluency with the Near Doubles. Unit 4, Pockets, Teeth, and Guess My Rule; Modeling with Data, means that students will engage in all the phases of data analysis as they pose questions, collect and sort information, and make representations of data as a way of sharing their findings with others. They work with Venn diagrams and line plots, and they read and interpret a variety of representations of numerical and categorical data. Students are also assessed on fluency with the +10 addition combinations. In our 5th unit, How Many Tens? How Many Hundreds?: Addition, Subtraction and the Number System 3, students  will continue to work on addition and subtraction fluency within 20. They will also expand their previously learned foundation of using place value understanding and properties to add and subtract. Students apply their work with place value as they play games that involve composing and decomposing 100 and solve addition and subtraction problems to 100. There is continuing work on developing coin equivalencies and combinations, developing visual images of numbers, and telling time. Unit 6 is called How Far Can You Jump? Linear Measurement. During this investigation students will estimate and measure lengths in standard units. Later in this unit, students will relate their knowledge of addition and subtraction to length. Each unit, as well as each trimester, is concluded with a cumulative assessment. Please click on the link on the sidebar to connect to math games and activities to support what we do in our math lessons and daily work.

Expedition:  In December we have a mini-expedition called Appalachian Traditions. During this month, students learn about our Appalachian area and culture and examine and compare their own holiday traditions. We even learn clogging and how to make corn husk dolls! Our guiding questions are:

  • What is Appalachia?

  • What are Appalachian Traditions?

In January we do another month long mini-expedition all about the author/illustrator Jan Brett. This in-depth author study with help students explore how an author conducts research for a book and how illustrations can give additional information about a story separate from the text.

In February, we start our second major expedition, Whatever the Weather. Topics we explore are weather, scientific method, measurement, weather report writing and presentation, and weather folklore. Each student will research, write and present a report about a weather phenomenon and will conduct weather experiments. Our guiding questions are:

  • What is weather and what makes it change?

  • How is weather used in stories?

  • How do meteorologists measure, predict and report the weather?

Second graders will share their weather research projects and presentations with you during Exhibition Night!


Habits of Scholars: We follow the school "habit of the month" progression as well as focusing on one habit per trimester. Our second grade habit of the month is Compassion and Gratitude. We introduce these through our weekly class meetings and weave the language and learning targets throughout the academic content and school day. Additionally, the students will use the language and learning targets of the habits for goal setting. The monthly learning targets for these habits in second grade are:

Self Regulation - December

  • I can name tools to help me self regulate.

  • I can know when I need to use a self regulation tool.

Collaboration - January

  • I can tell how to work well with others.

  • I can work well with others.

Curiosity and Courage - February

  • I can ask questions to learn more.

  • I can try new things.

Perseverance - March

  • I can stick with something that is challenging.

  • I can learn from my mistakes.