Mrs. Burke's Class

Welcome to Mrs. Burke's Second Grade Class at Studley Elementary!

Class News:

  • See May/June Second Grade Star News below.
  • Field Trip Permission Forms are due by May 18th. Field Trip is on Friday, June 8th.
  • Gym is on Monday and Tuesday. Remember to wear sneakers on those days.
  • Please return library books to school by Wednesday.
  • Thank you to all that have signed up for Xtramath at home, let me know if you need help.

Heritage Projects and Continent Brochures

Second Grade Star News!


Studley students are Responsible, Respectful, and Safe!

Upcoming Events:

We are combining our May and June calendar of events so you can prepare for the end of the year activities. We appreciate all you have contributed this school year, from Kleenex donations to attending school functions to helping with homework and beyond. Although the PTO is not collecting Super Reader Calendars for May or June, please have your child continue to read each night. It is still a part of their nightly homework and will only benefit them as they move toward the next grade.

Wed., May 2 April Super Reader Calendars are due.

Thurs, May 3 PTO Meeting in the Studley library. 6:30 pm

Thurs., May 17 Second Grade Science Day, run by our STEAM coach Mrs. Marcet.

Monday, May 7 Permission slips go home for field trip to Capron Park.

Friday, May 18 Permission slips for the Capron Park field trip are due.

Thurs. May 24 Fun Run (formerly known as Walk-a-thon)

Monday, May 28 Memorial Day, No School

Wed, May 30 Field Day at Studley

Thurs, June 2 Field Day – Rain Date

Thursday, June 7 Mrs. Kleinebreil and Mrs. Hebert’s class take walking field trip to Capron Park Zoo. 10:30-1:45. We will eat lunch at Capron Park.

Friday, June 8 Mrs. Burke and Mrs. Glynn’s class take walking field trip to Capron Park Zoo. 10:30-1:45. We will eat lunch at Capron Park.

Thurs, June 21 Early Release (1/2 day of school) 8:45 to 12:30. (student drop off 8:30-8:45)

Last day of school for students in grades 1-4.


As we begin May, we will be wrapping up our unit on Responsibility. Students will read Horace and Moris, but Mostly Dolores as they talk about being responsible neighbors, friends and family members. We will then read a humorous fiction story called the Signmaker’s Assistant and will learn about making responsible choices and how to make things right when they make a mistake. In writing, students continue to work on opinion writing. Students are learning include both reasons and details in order to express their opinion. We will also continue working on narrative writing focusing on writing complete stories with entertaining beginnings, elaborative detail, main event and a conclusion.

Later in the month and into June, we will complete an Author’s Study on Tomie dePaola. Students will focus on the following essential questions:

*Where do writers get their ideas?

*Why read multiple books by the same author?

*How do illustrators help readers to understand the words and ideas?

*How can I explain my opinion about a text?

During the first week of the author’s study, students will read and compare Tomie’s autobiographical books as we discuss how Tomie gets many of his ideas from his own life. We will focus on story structure and how illustrations and text combine to help the reader understand the story. During the second week, we will read books that focus on the characters of Strega Nona and Big Anthony. Students will compare and contrast these books focusing on characters, setting, major events and central message. For our culminating activity, students will choose a favorite book and write a book review expressing their opinion about the book.


As we wrap up the year we will be completing two science units. The first is on balance and motion. Students will be conducting experiments to learn about how to make an object more stable, how to make a spinner and how to make a helicopter drop faster. Mrs. Marcet is organizing a Science Day for second grade that will focus on how friction affects objects movement. Our final unit will be on erosion. Students will learn the effects of wind and water movement on the Earth’s landscape.


We are working on Unit 8 of our Everyday Math program.The students are exploring 2- and 3- dimensional shapes and their attributes. Attributes of a 2- dimensional shape include the number and length of their sides, number and sizes of the angles and whether or not there are parallel sides. Attributes of 3- dimensional shapes include the number, shape and size of the faces.

In this unit students will also be analyzing sides and angles of shapes, along with decomposing (taking apart) and combining shapes to create new ones. These skills are the basis for future work in third grade for area, volume, symmetry and congruency. Students will be asked to partition rectangles into rows and columns of same size squares while exploring strategies for determining the total number of objects in equal groups and rectangular arrays. This is the foundation for the study of area and the basis for multiplication understanding needed for third grade.

Skills modeled and practiced in this unit include:

· Counting strategies to find the total number of objects arranged in a rectangular array.

· Writing equations to express the total in an array as the sum of equal addends.

· Recognizing, identifying and drawing shapes having specified attributes.

· Sorting of shapes according to attributes.

· Identifying 2- and 3- dimensional shapes.

· Partitioning shapes into 2, 3, and 4 equal shares using the vocabulary of halves, thirds, fourths, half of, a third of.

· Describing the whole as 2 halves, 3 thirds and 4 fourths.

Books that support this unit:

Shape Up! Fun with Triangles and other polygons, David Adler

Cubes, Cones, Cylinders and Spheres, Tana Hoban

Shapes, Shapes, Shapes, Tana Hoban

The Silly story of Goldilocks and the Three Squares, Grace


Captain Invisible and the Space Shapes, Stuart J. Murphy

Not Enough Room! Joanne Rocklin

Do Anytime Activities:

Pick a 3-digit number. Have your child count by 1’s, 5’s, 10’s and 100’s to practice skip counting.

Use household items (toothpicks, marshmallows, straws and twist ties) to construct 2- dimensional and 3- dimensional shapes. Challenge your child to create and name specific shapes based on attributes you specify. “Make a shape that has 4 parallel sides, 3 sides and 3 angles, 4 sides with one right angle. Encourage your child to partition a 2- dimensional shape into 2 equal shares with extra toothpicks or straws.

Contact Information:

Ruth Burke