• Movement Performance

    Posted by Laurie Spickard at 4/10/2014
    Today was the last day of our theater work with Ms. Karen Harp - Reed and we did a short performance for Mrs. Milander's class and the guests that could join us.   A letter from Karen should have come home in your child's Take Home Folder.  We did some brain dancing, movement of sea creatures in different habitats, and then told the story of The Rainbow Fish through movement.  Here we are on stage:
     
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    The Rainbow Fish
     
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  • New STEM activities in second grade!

    Posted by Laurie Spickard at 4/8/2014
    Here are pictures of the second graders from Mrs. Spickard's and Mrs. Milander's rooms using the new STEM activities.  It is because of a generous grant from the PTO that we have these super new tools.  Activities in our collection of STEM tools include:  Goldie Blox, Roominate, and and two different Elenco Snap Circuit Boards. You can Google these to find out more information about each activity kit.  Both classes will be working with these STEM tools for an hour each week.  These activities are very engaging and you will see when you look at the pictures how much the students enjoy them!  Thank you PTO!  We love our new tools.  We are engineers and problem-solvers!!
     
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  • Valentine's Day Pictures

    Posted by Laurie Spickard at 2/14/2014
    It was a fun and eventful day in our classroom!  The day began with distribution of valentines, followed by the excitement of opening our valentines.
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    Then we sorted the valentines and used a chart to collect data about them.  We measured the width of our valentines in centimeters and we counted how many had hearts, animals, and candy.  We graphed this data on a bar graph.  It was challenging!  These sheets should have come home in your child's take home folder.
     
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    After lunch the party began and we thoroughly enjoyed the activity stations led by Mrs. Grady, Mrs. Altman, Mrs. White and Morgan's Grandma.  We sewed yarn cards, had face painting, played pictionary, and decorated heart cookies.  Here we are busy at the stations and then enjoying the treats.  Thank you to all of you that sent in treats for our party. 
     
     
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    We had a wonderful day together.  Thanks to all who contributed.  Your efforts were appreciated.  We also shared some valentine joy with the residents at Island Health and Rehab.  Last Friday, we made valentines, with our buddies in Mr. Covert's class, to share with the residents.  We hope it brought some smiles and joy to their Valentine's Day.  Here we are, working with our buddies, to make those valentines.  
     
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  • News from the classroom

    Posted by Laurie Spickard at 1/30/2014
    Happy Chinese New Year's Eve!  It is the Year of the Horse.  This week we have been learning about this holiday.  Here we are constructing dragons.  Hopefully they will be flying in our shared area tomorrow! 
     
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    Yesterday, Mrs. Hopp, one of our art docents, along with Mrs. White, who was the substitute, and Joy Sprague, helped the students construct these lovely stained glass valentines that will be sent to the troops serving our country.  Representative Kilmer's office is organizing this valentine distribution effort and your children's contributions are simply lovely. 
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    Finally, today a group of students worked with Mrs. White to present a readers' theater, Catch the Cookie.  Here are some pictures from that performance.  Notice how engaged the students in the audience are and their appreciation.
     
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  • News and pictures from our classroom

    Posted by Laurie Spickard at 1/9/2014
    Happy New Year!  A huge thanks for all the wonderful gifts and sweet treats you gifted me.  Your generosity is very appreciated.  Here is what is happening in our room:
     
    Reading & Word Work
    I have made some adjustments to the reading and word work groups based on recent assessments.  We continue to work on spelling rules with our word work.  Reading groups are focusing on skills that will improve their reading and/or comprehension skills.  An earlier posting this week discussed the Spelling work, done at home, we are doing in addition to the Word Work we do in class.  Here we are enjoying new library books or other books, from our book baskets, during read to self time.
     
     
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    Math
    We are jumping into a chapter on subtraction of two-digit numbers.  We are beginning to regroup when subtracting.  Please take some minutes to discuss the homework and sheets completed in class with your child.  You will see how the concept of regrouping is being taught.  Students that have mastered the basic math facts (addition and subtraction) are able to work more quickly when we are solving these computations and word problems. Continued work on mastering the basic math facts, will help your child be more efficient and confident when doing math.
     
    Writers' Workshop
     We will continue to expand our writing experience writing different types of fiction and soon we will work on an all about (non-fiction) book.  Today we did prewriting about our favorite holiday memory.  These pieces will be edited, revised, and published with the final typed using Word in the computer lab.  We continue to exchange letters with our pen pals at Ordway.  It is always a great day when we get mail from our pals!
     
    Science
    We continue to investigate Solids and Liquids and their properties.  Here are your scientists comparing small solids to liquids.  
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     Soon we will be mixing solids and liquids, making layers, exploring chromotography, etc.
     
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  • Thanks for coming and Oobleck exploration

    Posted by Laurie Spickard at 12/20/2013
    Thank you for coming to our Poetry Recital.  We really did enjoy sharing with all of you.  We send great gratitude for the outstanding refreshments and a firework goes out to Mrs. Grady for the organization and baking all those extra muffins!   We were pleased to be able to share our Two Voice Poem about Oobleck.  Here are some pictures of the scientists exploring the Oobleck under the watchful eye of Mrs. Grady.
     
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    Enjoy your Holidays and safe travels during Winter Break.  See you in 2014.
     

     
     
     
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  • Using solids to build towers

    Posted by Laurie Spickard at 12/9/2013
    Today we used an assortment of solids.  The challenge was to build the tallest tower.  Some students worked alone, while others worked with a partner.  This is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)  in action!  Here is what your engineers looked like creating to their finished tower.  After constructing, we discussed the properties of the solids that worked best for the base of the tower, etc.
     
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    And the winner of the tallest tower award, goes to Kent.  Congratulations!
     
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    Great job all you second grade engineers!
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  • A new Readers' Theater

    Posted by Laurie Spickard at 11/27/2013
    Today a different group of students presented an A, B, Cs Thanksgiving Readers' Theater,  The performers will be bringing home their scripts to share.  Enjoy the pictures. 
     
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  • Yesterday's Assembly - Native American Storyteller

    Posted by Laurie Spickard at 11/27/2013
    We thoroughly enjoyed the Native American Storyteller, Gene Tagaban,  yesterday.  He kept the entire school engaged for a whole hour! He did much more than tell stories.  He played a most lovely wooden flute and danced the raven dance.  His message was personal power.  Ask you student about, "We are awesome." and "I am a storyteller."
     
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  • Community Time

    Posted by Laurie Spickard at 11/15/2013
    We earned Community Time this week and it was so much fun.  During this time, students choose the activity and whether they want to work with someone or work alone on the activity.  The kids did a wonderful job today!  Here are some pictures from today's Community Time.
     
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