Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello December!!

The second graders have some exciting events happening during the month of December.  First of all we are asking for any parents who would like to share their holiday culture, tradition,  or customs please let us know.  We will invite you in to chat with the children.  This will allow us to get to know a variety of different cultures.

Secondly, in the spirit of giving for the holiday season, we will be starting an Acts of Kindness awareness.  Please see the description below.  We are looking forward to seeing how kind everyone can be to each other.

Acts of Kindness

With the holiday season upon us, we have been talking with the children about “giving”.  We have let the children know that giving is not necessarily connected with material objects but more importantly, giving of oneself in acts of kindness.  We are encouraging the children to perform at least two acts of kindness every day: one at school and one at home.

The homework for the next few weeks will be to record the acts of kindness on the attached sheet.  Please sign the sheet each day and have your child bring it in their homework folder.  This way they will be able to share their acts of kindness with us and we can discuss the true meaning of the holiday season.

Happy Holidays,
Mrs. Tigges, Mrs. Lewis & Ms. Stone

Goodbye November!

It is hard to believe that the first term of school is over and we are heading into December!!

November has been an exciting month.  Not only did we do all of our regular reading and math activities, we introduced the writing genre of personal narrative.  The children have been working on writing a well organized story about our vocabulary parade.  They wrote exciting beginnings to their pieces to grab their readers attention. Exciting vocabulary, strong details, transition words and a bold ending completed the personal narratives.  The children are working on publishing their pieces to become part of their writing portfolios.

Also, this month we had bus safety. Officer S. from the Burlington Police Department spoke with the children about the proper way to wait at the bus stop and how to cross in front of the bus. Then we headed out to the buses to learn all of the emergency exits.  Jumping put of the back door was the highlight!

We also wrote fall sense poems, published them in our Google accounts, sponge painted leaves to put the poems on and hung the colorful leaves on our beautiful fall tree designed by Jazmine's mother.

The second graders all brainstormed things they were thankful for.  The wrote their thoughts on turkey feathers to enhance our pod 3 turkey and also made cute turkeys to hang under our tree.  If you come for conferences this week you will see our wonderful display.

Lastly, on the half day before Thanksgiving, the children participated in some wonderful Thanksgiving stations.  They worked in groups of four or five, with at least once child from each grade 2 homeroom.  The children did reading, writing, math, social studies, and art activities to celebrate Thanksgiving with their friends.

Enjoy the pictures below to get a quick glimpse into your child's learning community!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Vocabulary Parade Video

Enjoy our Vocabulary Parade Video.  We hope you enjoy it and maybe even learn some new words.
The Second Grade Team

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Second Graders Adopt a Tree

The children in rooms 17 & 18 have been learning about trees.  Last week the children were put into Tree Journal groups: a group of four children to work together.  We went out to the playground and each group found a tree to "adopt".  The groups had to write down some data such as date, time and weather.  Also, they did some measuring of their trees. (The photos below are when we were learning how to use the tape measures.  The children had to measure around each other's heads and various other items around the room.) In addition, the groups had to use the thermometer to record the temperature in Fahrenheit and Celsius.  Then the scientists has to write their observations of the trees and draw a well detailed picture of their tree.  While the children were doing all of their research on their tree they had to observe any animals they were able to see.  One group insisted they saw a deer in the woods, however, that was not confirmed by any other sources.  We will continue to monitor our classroom trees throughout the seasons.

Mrs. Lewis: Medical Leave

We wanted to inform you that Mrs. Lewis will be taking a short medical leave starting on Friday, November 6th.  A note was sent home by Mrs. Johnson on Friday however we wanted to be sure everyone knew.  Mrs. Lewis is planning on returning the Monday after Thanksgiving.  Mrs. Smith, the permanent substitute, will be filling in for Mrs. Lewis during her leave.  If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.  Please be advised Mrs. Lewis may not be responding to emails during her leave so any issues that need immediate attention can be addressed to Mrs. Tigges or Mrs. Johnson.   or

Our Vocabulary Parade was a huge success!!

On Friday, October 30th Fox Hill School celebrated our first Vocabulary Parade.  All of the students in grades 1-5 came dressed as their vocabulary word.  There were costumes such X-ray, recycle, hibernate, imagination, egghead and vision.  
The second grade team of teachers along with the permanent substitute dressed with word emotions from Inside Out including joy, fear, disgust and anger.  We were covered with synonyms for each of our emotions.
We all met in the gym to "parade" our words in front of all of our friends.  Each child came up to the microphone to announce their word to the audience.  
As Mrs. Johnson mentioned, we all got to see over 350 new words.  
Once we got back to the room we took a picture of each child in their costume for the photo to become a part of their portfolio and also took a video of the child introducing their word and explaining the definition.  The short video will be uploaded to each child's Google Drive.
We can't wait until next year to have our Vocabulary Parade again!