Friday, August 31, 2012

7-Up Sentences

This week we learned how to write 7-Up Sentences during Language Arts.
A 7-Up Sentence is one that is seven words or more, but we discussed the importance of adding quality words and not just creating long, run-on sentences. We did a variety of writing exercises both individually and also working with a small group. 
When we were finished learning about 7-Up Sentences, everyone got to enjoy a refreshing taste of 7-Up as they completed their work. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Learn, We Did

On Friday we had lots of fun celebrating the color GREEN! We piggy-backed on top of one of Kindergarten's color days and all students were encouraged to wear green. We learned about "being green", what it means if someone "is green" and talked about different shades of green.
The grand finale of our day of green was enjoying a very special treat - Yoda Soda - and learning to draw Yoda, which coincidentally happened right after we received a voice mail from the Jedi Master himself! Click the above clip to hear the message.

It was a fun way to finish off a week of hard work and learning!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Observing Intently!
This morning we started our second science experiment of the year. We discussed the the scientific method and began a lab report which we will complete later this week. Our problem today: What happens when we mix epsom salt with water? What happens when the water evaporates? 
Every student got a chance to mix the epsom salt and water solution. They worked cooperatively  preparing the investigation, but worked independently on their hypothesis and the lab report. We are very eager to see what will happen overnight!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

September Scholastic Book Orders

September Scholastic book orders were sent home the 1st day of school. Here is a reminder regarding the online ordering instructions:

Go to and log in using your user name and password.

If it’s your first time ordering online, use the Class Activation Code shown above to get started
  • SIGN UP at On the parent page, click the “Register” button in the “First Time Here?” section. Register for your own user name and password. When prompted, enter the one-time Class Activation Code shown above. This code ensures that your order is sent to me.
  • SELECT the books you’d like to order—choose from thousands of titles—many more than in our monthly flyers.
  • SEND your order to me online by the due date and your child’s books will be delivered directly to my classroom.
If you are interested in ordering, please submit your order by this Friday. Please let me know if you have any questions! 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Picture Day is Thursday!

School pictures will be taken this Thursday. To order online please visit and use the flyer code: 122021

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Classroom Salad

Last week we made a Classroom Salad. This is a photo of the ingredients we used. Each ingredient symbolized something important to the classroom.
After a class discussion, we made the salad and every student got to try it. Then they completed a writing activity about symbolism and classroom climate.
One question: Why do you suppose a rotten banana was one of the ingredients in our Classroom Salad? Did we add it? Please be sure to ask your 2nd grader about the symbolism of the rotten banana!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Curriculum Night

It was so nice to see so many of you at Curriculum Night earlier this week! Here is the presentation in case you were unable to be there or would like to refer back to some of the information.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Getting To Know You!

Every student remember to do the Thursday night homework and brought in a colorfully decorated "Getting to Know You" bag Thursday morning. 
By Friday afternoon each student had presented his or her bag and I think we all learned at least one new thing about our classmates. Graded bags were sent home Friday.