Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy MLK Jr. Day!

Dear 2A,

I hope you're all enjoying this beautiful holiday and 3 day weekend! We had a really great first week back and are so excited to see what 2018 has in store for us. :)

Here is what this week is going to look like in 2nd grade: 

Language Arts: We're moving from Reading Logs to Book Reports! We will be sending chapter books home next week with your child. They will have 3 weeks to finish, reading 20 minutes each night. Thank you for your help with this and please reach out if you have questions.

Grammar: We're reviewing parts of speech and jumping back in with marking and editing sentences to help us prepare us for writing paragraphs!

Literature: We will be reading from our new book, The Cricket in Times Square. If you have not already please send the book in with your child. We will discuss what it is like to move from one place to another. We will also have a group discussion about a time we wanted something really badly and our parents wouldn’t let us have it. We will ask the kids if they were able to talk their parents into it, or if they realized why their parents told them no. We will read chapters 1-3 in the book and discuss characters.

Spalding Words: There will only be 20 words next week since there is no school on Monday.
Tuesday: yesterday, among, question, quest, doctor, size, December, dozen, there (not here), their (they), they're (they are)
Wednesday: tax, number, October, reason, fifth, baking, bake, bowl, cheap (eat)

Math: We are continuing to develop our understanding of multiplication and division and will have a test on Thursday. Keep an eye out for a study guide coming home on Wednesday evening to review with your mathematician!

Science: All living things are made up of microscopic cells. We will describe the relationship among cells, tissues, organs, and systems. Ask me about the body systems at home! What are they and what functions do they perform?

History: We will finish up our lessons on Ancient Greece. We will be learning about three great thinkers: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. We will also talk about Alexander the Great, a brave man who conquered many lands and spread Greek ideas to many new places. 

Have a great rest of your day!


Mr. High

Sunday, January 7, 2018

3rd Quarter, Here We Go!

Dear 2A,

I hope you all had a wonderful Winter Break and enjoyed the holidays with your loved ones! Thank you all so much for thinking of Mrs. Gerhart and myself and sharing so many fun and thoughtful gifts. We feel so honored to have such an incredible group of parents and students be a part of 2A this year. Thank you again!

When we return from break...

Spalding Words 1/8/18:Monday: broke, feel, sure, sugar, least, sorry, press, God, god, teacherTuesday: November, subject, April, history, study, himself, matter, use, thought, personWednesday: nor, or, January, mean, vote, court, copy, act, been, be
Poetry: After the break we will learn a new poem: Smart by Shel Silverstein.

Grammar: Students will be introduced to linking verbs through reading a story called The Three Billy Goats Gruff. We will also review parts of speech through singing our jingles from last semester and classifying sentences.

Writing: We will read a story called The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning.

Literature: We will start discovering the setting of our next book: The Cricket in Times Square! Students will learn about Connecticut and New York, as well as plot points on a map! Please send your child to school with their copy of this novel.

Math: We will pick right back up with some strategies for mental addition and subtraction and have a cumulative assessment over units 1-7 on Thursday. Beginning on Thursday, we will start practicing multiplying and dividing by 4. Pro-tip! Practice skip counting with your child by 2s, 3s, 4,s, 5s and 10s on the way to school or daily to help her/him build their fact automaticity. :)

Science: We will start a new unit on the Human Body. We will begin with learning about the five senses associated with our body and will identify these important systems: skeletal, circulatory, nervous, digestive, and excretory. We will also learn about the significant contributions of Anton van Leeuwenhoek and talk about bacteria!

History: We are jumping right back into our study of Ancient Greece. We will be learning about the ancient Olympic Games on Monday, then continuing our journey in Athens. Ask your scholar about Greek symposiums (a dinner party that included many forms of entertainment). 


Mr. High

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Last week before break!

Dear 2A, 

We're almost there! It's so hard to believe that we are almost through our 2nd quarter and fast approaching Winter Break. We had a great time celebrating our Boxcar Feast! Thank you so much to our class parents for coming in and helping make it such a great time. :)

We'll spend some time these week cleaning out our desks so they can be deep-cleaned over break. Please send in a sturdy bag to have your child store items from his/her desk. 

Here is what our last week looks like: 

Important Dates/Events:Monday 12/18: Boxcar Projects are dueTuesday 12/19 Half day
Wednesday 12/20 Half day!

Spalding: We will review some challenging words from the past but no formal test will happen next week. There will also be no Spalding homework next's okay if you just breathed a huge sigh of relief :-). We will also review commonly missed phonograms during class. 

Writing and Grammar: Sentence markings will be reviewed and important parts of a friendly letter, too!

Literature: Please make sure your child brings their Boxcar Diorama on Monday. They are also welcome to bring home their copy of The Boxcar Children. Please have them bring The Cricket in Times Square to school on January 8th!

Math: For our last week before break, we are going to review math facts to 20 as well some mental math strategies adding ones or tens to a 2 or 3 digit number.

Science: Due to half days we will not start a new unit in Science. If we have time, we will review our Insect Test. After the break we will begin our unit on The Human Body!

History: Before we go on Winter Break, we will be doing a review of Ancient Greece. The unit will continue when we return in January.

Have a great week!


Mr. High

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Almost there!

Dear 2A,

We had a great week in second grade and finally got to see the Alden children meet their grandfather who turned out to be a really amazing man. We've been wrestling with division and multiplication for several weeks now and are going to begin working on our mental math skills again. Please continue working on skip counting by 2's, 3's 4's, 5's and 10's with your child! Here's what this week looks like in 2A: 

Spalding Words:Monday: running, run, rule, carry, chain, death, learn, wonder, pair (two), pear (eat), pare (cut)Tuesday: check, prove, heard, hear, inspect, itself, always, something, expectWednesday: need, thus, woman, women, young, fair, fare (fee), dollar, evening, plan

Literature: Our journey with The Alden Children has come to an end! We will enjoy a Boxcar Feast with our friends and take a final test over our comprehension of this novel. Don't forget about your Boxcar Diorama! These are due on Monday, December 18th.

Grammar/Writing: We will work on friendly letter writing to prepare for our "Secret Student" activity!

Math: We are going to dive into some mental strategies for addition and subtraction! There is an upcoming test on Thursday, so keep an eye out for a study guide coming home on Wednesday.

Science: It will be our last week of learning about insects! We will meet an entomologist who will teach us about how insects can be friends and foes. A study guide will be sent home with your child next Tuesday. Please read it and review so they are ready for their test on Thursday over our creepy, crawly friends (and sometimes foes)!

History: Our Greek scholars will learn about democracy in the city-state of Athens, the first place in the world to have a democratic government. We will also learn about what is was like to grow up in the two most powerful city-state in Ancient Greece: Athens and Sparta. Ask your scholars which they would rather grow up in and why. They are very different places!


Mr. High

Friday, December 1, 2017

Thank you!

Dear 2A, 

First and foremost, thank you all so much for everything you've generously done to celebrate our wedding. I cannot express with words how lucky and blessed I feel to have such a thoughtful group of parents and children celebrate this new chapter in our lives with us. Thank you for everything you've done! 

Here are a few photos from our trip to Regensburg and one from the wedding!

Important Dates for December:
Dec 4-13: DIBELS Testing for our middle of the year benchmark. I look forward to seeing your child's growth in reading!
Friday: Mr. High will be out working on Quarter 2 Narrative Evaluations! I’m really excited to share some comments about your child's progress for this Q2 Report Card with you.
Fri, Dec 15: Boxcar Feast
Mon, Dec 18Boxcar Dioramas are due (Examples Below) :)
Tues, Dec 19: Half Day
Wed, Dec 20: Half Day
Thurs, Dec 21-Fri, Jan 5: NO SCHOOL *We will see you back on Monday, January 8th!

Next Week in 2A:

Literature: Our journey with the four Alden children comes to a close next week as we read the LAST two chapters (12 & 13). You may continue working on your Boxcar diorama at home! Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions at all. :)

Poetry: Please practice one part of The Night Before Christmas at home. Your child will only be graded on their recitation of one part of their choice. We will add in the last part to our class recitation next week.

Grammar: Prepositional phrases are being added to our question and answer flow. We will continue to practice this new skill to solidify our understanding.

Writing: Our excerpt next week is "The Young Man and The Cat" from The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang. We will study the features of this traditional fairy tale.

Monday: holes, hotel, iron, living, live, monkey, myself, noise, pencil, pie
Tuesday: pull, sew (suture), sow (grow), so, steam, thread, thunder, tried, try, vein
Wednesday: except, aunt, ant, capture, else, bridge, offer, suffer, center, front 

Math: We're wrapping up our unit on division and multiplication! We'll have a cumulative test over units 1-6 on Wednesday! We will review the concepts previously covered on Tuesday, but keep a sharp eye out for a study guide that will be coming home on Tuesday night! This will complete our 2A workbook and we will begin working from our 2B workbooks beginning Wednesday.

Science: Insect learning will continue through studying insects that glow and sing (fireflies, grasshoppers, and crickets) and the LARGEST group of insects on earth (beetles)!

History: Students will continue to learn of many of the origins of western culture and influence. We will understand the premise of the Trojan War and learn how Athena is tied to the city of Athens. Ask your child to tell you a fun fact about one of the gods or goddesses and areas of interest in Ancient Greece. 

Happy Friday!


Mr. High

Monday, November 6, 2017

Such a Fun Week!

Hey there 2A!

I hope you all had a wonderful week! We had a great time celebrating Read a Thon/Literature Day and seeing so many wonderful costumes. Thank you to all of our class parents who were able to stop by and support/be a part of our class!

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone for their generosity and putting together such a special day on Friday. Having the wonderful boys and girls in 2A give Molly and I some marriage advice was truly heart-warming and brought so much joy to each of us. Thank you!! I feel so lucky to have such an amazing group of kids and parents as a part of our class and am so excited to begin this new chapter in my life with Molly!

Here are a few important dates as well as our upcoming week's curriculum!

November Events:
Nov 3: Half DayNov 9: Picture RetakesNov 10: No School 
Nov 13: Mr. High Leaves for Germany

Nov 15: Winter Concert
Nov 16: Fire Drill 2:25
Nov 18: Fall Festival
Nov 20: Phoenix Symphony coming to school
Nov 22-24: No School, R & R, Happy Thanksgiving!

Poetry: We will recite Merry Autumn Days in class next week. Please help your child practice at home this weekend.

Literature: We will read Chapters 5 & 6 of The Boxcar Children and have a nice discussion about what treasure means to us. We are also working on reading the scripts from each chapter which has been a lot fun! The kids love being actors :-).

Spalding: 20 words only next week due to no school Friday (Spelling test will be Thursday)
Monday: goes, does, Tuesday, hold, drill, army, pretty, stole, income, bought
Tuesday: paid, laid, said, enter, railroad, unable, ticket, account, driven, real

Writing: Students are practicing how to answer questions in a complete sentence, restating the question in their answer. We will read and narrate (with complete sentences) an excerpt from The Borrowers by Mary Norton.

Grammar: Be sure to ask your child about our SKILL CHECK! "Period, statement, declarative sentence" and "Go back to the verb - divide - the complete subject from the complete predicate" What does it mean? - we hope they can share their new grammar knowledge with you :-) Next week we will continue classifying sentences by using our Question and Answer Flow and we will review singular and plural nouns. We will learn how to revise our builder sentences, too.

Math: We are going to continue with multiplication this week and then jump right into division beginning on Tuesday! 

Monday: wkbk 87 - 91
Tuesday: 100 - 102
Wednesday: 103 - 105
Thursday: Worksheet

Science: The Water Cycle unit will continue through studying different types of clouds, run off, and groundwater.  Can you help us with Science next week by donating cotton balls and/or blue food coloring? Please e-mail me if you're able to. We'd be so appreciative!

History: We are continuing our study of China by discussing the importance of ancestors to Chinese people and how they are honored. You can talk with your children at home about their own ancestors and ways that you might honor them (cooking your great-grandmothers cookie recipe or talking about memories you have of them). We will also take a trip to The Great Wall of China! Your children will learn what a great feat it was to build the wall and they will be able to discuss the reasons it was built.

Have a great week!


Mr. High

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Hey there, 2A!

Good afternoon 2A! :) 

I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend and enjoying this cooler weather. We have a really exciting week ahead of us and here is what's coming up! 

Book Fair: Tomorrow is the Arete Book Fair at Barnes and Noble! Don't forget to bring your voucher! 

Poetry Recitations: Your child will be assessed on their recitation of Merry Autumn Days next week. Second grade will also be reciting Something Told the Wild Geese at our assembly Tuesday!

Read-a-thon Day: Read-A-Thon Day is taking place next Tuesday. Your child may come to school dressed as their favorite classical literature character, scientists, or historical figure. Please remember to fill out this costume proposal before Tuesday. We will have our classroom celebration from 11:50-1:10. Our school Assembly and afternoon buddy reading will take place from 1:30-2:25. Feel free to stop by in the afternoon for any of these events. We'd love to see you there!

Winter Concert: Our Winter Concert is quickly approaching! It will be at Higley Center for the Performing Arts on November 15th. Students’ attire for our performances is NOT school uniform. Gentlemen are expected to wear a plain white collard shirt, black pants, black socks and black closed toed shoes. Solid dark colored vests and ties are optional for gentlemen. Ladies are expected to wear a white top, black skirt, black tights and black closed toed shoes. Please have your 2nd graders at Higley Center for the Performing Arts by 5:00pm.
Please visit or email for questions regarding the concert!

 Here is what we are learning about this week in 2A:

Spalding: Next week we will have 20 words (with review words built in on Tuesday). There will be no Spalding homework assigned on Tuesday evening.
Monday: stream, talks, tiny, words, trust, extra, dress, beside, teach, happen
Wednesday: begun, collect, file, provide, sight, stood, fixed, fix, born

Grammar: Last week we added period, statement, declarative sentence to our Question & Answer Flow. This week we will talk about dividing the complete subject from the complete predicate. Ask your child if they know the difference between an adverb and an adjective!

Writing: Next up in Writing with Ease is a passage from Pilgrim's Progress. We will continue with our weekly procedure of narration, copywork, and dictation.

Math: We will complete our unit on measurement on Monday, and will then be getting into multiplication and division! These two new operations will take quite a bit of practice and may require a lot of encouragement, but rest assured "We can do hard things!" Fact fluency will greatly help your child better understand these concepts! Please continue to practice skip counting with your child by 2's, 3,s 5,s and 10's. 

Science: Our Water Cycle unit will continue through studying condensation and precipitation. We will make a terrarium in class!

Literature: We will read Chapters 3 & 4 from The Boxcar Children. We will also work on writing an essay about courage (one of our core virtues) and making connections (text to text, text to world, and text to self). 


Mr. High