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New Items for this Week:  November 21-22


Dear Parents and Students,


 It was wonderful chatting with everyone at parent-teacher conferences these past 2 weeks.  I am very thankful to be able to be your child's teacher this year. Next week is only a two day week. There is no school Wednesday Nov. 23- Friday Nov. 25. I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Tuesday the 22nd we will watch Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, if you would like to send in an extra snack for your kiddo to have during the movie that would be great.


Mondays are library please remember to have the kiddos put their library books in their backpacks. 



Thank you to the parents who have donated snacks to the classroom!  So helpful! Thank you! Every Friday the kiddos come home with a new reading log to record minutes read each night in their "newly created comfy cozy book nook"! Please return the reading log each week on Friday mornings. I will give a small treat to each kiddo for being responsible and returning each reading log. 


If you haven't already please sign-up for the Remind 101, a direction page is in the Meet and Greet packet.  It is a great quick way to send messages to all parents. 



Please see the homework section for updated math homework .   

The second grade teaching team decided that we will send home the whole  unit of math homework at once and as the students complete each homework page they can bring it back to school the next day.   


  Please follow in the homework section of this website for what homework lessons will need to be turned in when. Each lesson has a follow up homework lesson to be completed at home.  The backside of each homework page is a review page that is your choice if you would like your child to complete that page.  Then the homework page can be turned in the following day to school after completion. 


  The kiddos have had fun writing small moment stories and fiction stories about turkeys and Thanksgiving. They are excited to create their own turkey out of construction paper to go with their stories.  We will be continuing our first writing unit dealing with small moments and narrative writing pieces. We have also begun beginning paragraph writing with non-fiction texts. We will go over Johnson Pride Principles and what that looks like in our 2nd grade classroom. In Reader's Workshop are lessons are reading longer and stronger and comprehension strategies such as checking for comprehension by asking: 1. who did I just read about and 2. what just happened, and learning to give the book a Sneak Peek, before reading.  In Phonics, the students will continue to learn and practice spelling words with r-controlled vowels, vowel teams and trigraphs. We will also be doing some lessons on writing conventions next week dealing with punctuation and capitalization.  Next week we will continue our first science unit on Matter and What is a Scientist? Students will investigate what a scientist is and what they do. Students learned that scientists ask THICK questions and they wrote a thick science question from our nature walk. They will next figure out how to answer that question as a scientist and what tools they will need. 


We will continue Unit 2 in math. The unit 2 homework packet came home in the daily Red Johnson Folder for Unit 2.  Unit 2 math concepts are:  place value, adding 2 digit numbers, money and fluency for addition within 100.  It would be very helpful if some extra practice could be done at home if time on coin recognition and counting a combination of coins. 


 Our Specials this next week are as follows:



Monday November 21:  Music  3:15-4:00 

Library every Monday 12:30-1:00

Tuesday November 22: Art 3:15-4:00

Wednesday November : 3:15-4:00

Thursday November :  3:15-4:00

Friday November :   3:15-4:00


Second grade curriculum slide show



Please sign-up for our classroom Remind Page.  The information and directions are in the meet and greet packet.  I send a lot of important last minute messages or reminders throughout the year, so it is wonderful to be able to connect with you in an instant. 


Please see the class calendar as it has lots of important dates for up-coming months! Also please see the homework page for directions for math homework dates. 



Mrs. Michelle Bickel





"In teaching others we teach ourselves"  - Proverb