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2nd Grade news
The first few weeks of second grade have been fast and furious. We have been busy learning all about our classroom expectations. One of our favorite things about second grade so far is the class hamster Coconut. Having a classroom pet lends itself to integration across all subjects (e.g. "How much does our hamster weigh?" "What adjectives describe our hamster?" "What does our hamster need to survive?"), instills in students a sense of responsibility, and is proven to lessen classroom tension.
I’ve enjoyed getting to know all of my new students over the past few weeks! I’m looking forward to a wonderful year together.
My class has been studying the life cycle of butterflies. We received our 6 caterpillars on April 6th and we released our 6 butterflies on April 28th. THEY ALL SURVIVED. We had several weeks to observe their cycle of life. We charted their progress along the way. It was neat to see how long they stayed in each stage. The kids enjoyed learning all about the different types of butterflies and their anatomy. We compared the differences between moths and butterflies. We learned some interesting facts! We had a fun release party and sent our butterflies on their journey. We celebrated with butterfly snacks and a fun game! I hope you enjoy our pictures.
Second grade has had a busy semester so far. This year our class adopted the Texarkana Police and Fire Departments for our community service projects. Recently we have been working on giving the local firefighters a fiesta! One of the many positives things about St. James Day School is that we focus on the whole child. We do not just educate the mind, but the body and spirit as well. One thing that is important to me is to teach my students about giving to others and showing appreciation. As you can see from the pictures, we really enjoyed baking goodies for the local fire departments to enjoy!
The weather has been beautiful lately so we decided to take our math outside. We are working on regrouping in math. What better way to practice than in the beautiful sunshine with chalk? I love that we are able to take our lessons outdoors at St. James Day School.
"The best classroom is roofed by the sky" -Margaret McMillan
Second grade has been busy learning all about landforms. We completed a research project in computer class. My students were required to find information on the landform they were assigned. They made a PowerPoint, informational poster, and a 3-D model. We presented the information to our family and friends. We’ve enjoyed learning new information about landforms. Enjoy our pictures!
This week we had a spelling unit review of words that have been studied in Unit 2. You might wonder why spelling is so important. It aids in better reading and comprehension for students. It helps students make a connection between letters and sounds. I have seen great improvement in reading over the years due to studying spelling patterns. Enjoy the pictures of my class using shaving cream to practice words one day!
Second grade has been learning about teamwork the past few weeks. What does teamwork look like? How do you get along with everyone? How do you handle conflict within a group? We have had many discussions of ways we can help each other each day. We are learning to voice how we feel to others and to take responsibility for our own actions. I have seen an improvement in our conflict resolution skills.
“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.”
-James Cash Penney
“Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.”
“We cannot accomplish all that we need to do without working together.”
"Unity is strength. . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved."
Second grade traveled to the Crater of Diamonds State Park last week for a school field trip. We’ve been studying pebbles, sand, silt, and soil in science throughout the past few weeks so a trip t the Diamond Mine was a must. Although it was wet and muddy, the kiddos had a wonderful time digging and exploring at The Crater of Diamonds in Murfreesboro. Unfortunately our group did not find a diamond on Thursday. However, we still had a wonderful day together! : )
Enjoy the pictures from our trip!
The Texarkana Texas Fire Department came out to St. James Day School this afternoon to teach us about fire safety. Don’t be surprised if your child comes home asking to check the batteries in the smoke detector. : )
Second grade worked on thank you notes this week to give them. We are grateful for everything they do to keep us safe.
Hope you enjoy our pictures!
Our class has been studying Pebbles, Sand, Silt, and Soil over the last few weeks. Today in the science lab we made our own edible soil.
Our soil consisted of 4 layers: humus, topsoil, subsoil, and bedrock. We used vanilla wafers, Oreos, chocolate chips, chocolate wafers, pudding, and yummy gummy worms!
Ask your child about our soil unit this weekend to see what we have been learning. : )
What is the difference between sand and silt?
Why is soil important?
What is weathering?
Why do plants need nutrients?
What is a natural resource?
We had so much fun making our edible soil today!
I hope you enjoy the pictures!
Enjoy a few more pictures!
Our second grade year has started and we are all having a blast! I have enjoyed getting to know my class over the last few weeks.
We are getting used to the pace and routines of 2nd grade!
We started our first unit in reading this week! Our theme is teamwork and we have had lots of discussions about what teamwork is all about.
In science we jumped into our Foss Unit of Pebbles, Sand, and Silt. The 5th grade class invited us to observe their landform project this afternoon. WOW! It was neat to watch how their canyons formed. We really enjoyed pairing with Mrs. Jordan’s class.
Meet our class pets....
We have two fish – and a hamster named Coconut!
I am looking forward to a wonderful year with my 2nd graders!
My students have been working hard on publishing a book! Our topic was Life in 20 years . . . My students wrote about how their life will look in 20 years. Where will they live? Will they get married? Have children? Work? They even added some advice for themselves in 20 years! I am proud of their hard work through this process. I know these books will be a treasure for years to come! Not many 3rd graders can say they have published a book! : )
Hope you enjoy our pictures!
We have been busy in 3rd grade!
Over the last few weeks, my students have been working hard on publishing a book. We have worked through the writing process in order to make our book the best it can be. We created illustrations for our writings and they are amazing. Our topic of writing was Life in 20 years! We sent our book to the publishers and CAN”T wait to receive them. What a fun experience this was for all of us!
Our Spring Musical was a SUCCESS! I am so proud of all of the hard work done by all.
We have also been working hard on our biography project!
Our biography project consists of the following:
A 5 paragraph paper
Timeline of Important Events
Sketched portrait of person researched
Research from internet and book sources
Presentations - They will dress up like the person researched, make a tri-fold board filled with information, display items that relate to their person, and present information to others.
Our Biography Walk through the Lower School Commons will take place on Thursday, May 12th at 1:00. Feel free to come by and see what we have learned!
We are looking forward to this fun day!
The 3rd grade classes at SJDS went to Little Rock, Arkansas on Wednesday! We had a wonderful time touring the Capitol of Arkansas and the Clinton Presidential Library.
While we were at the Capitol, we received the privilege of meeting Ms. Wheelchair America 2016, Dr. Alette Coble-Temple. She is eager to serve the community and provide mentorship for successful living with a disability across the nation. Her platform PRIDE: Parental Rights Includes Disability Equality is to transform social response, advance public policy, and strengthen community collaborations for people with disabilities in their quest of parenthood. She was amazing and I’m grateful we got to meet her on Wednesday! We learned about the House and Senate and how they operate at the Capitol. We ventured down to the Treasury and held $400,000!! We enjoyed touring the Capitol of Arkansas.
The Clinton Library was next on our list. We ate lunch on the patio with all of our friends! After lunch, we started our tour of the Clinton Library. We learned all kinds of information about Bill Clinton and his journey as President. Our favorite part of the tour was the Oval Office. We took pictures and even got to sit in the President’s chair! : )
Despite the traffic on the way and coming home, we had a WONDERFUL trip to Little Rock! The best part was sharing these great memories with our friends!
Hello! : )
3rd grade has been busy collecting dog and cat food for our local animal shelter! We collected and delivered 58 bags of dog food!!
We worked hard to reach our goal of 50 bags of food. We hope our furry friends will enjoy the food we collected!
Way to go 3rd grade!!!
Our Gala class project this year is to construct a doghouse! We started the project with blessing the doghouse by writing scripture and encouraging words on the walls of the house. We voted on a a paint color and below you will see the color that won the most votes!
We started painting the walls and roof this week! After spring break, we will put the doghouse together! We will use wood glue, hammers, nails, and even a nail gun (which we are REALLY excited about).
Below you will find pictures of us getting starting on our project. Stay tuned for the completed project! : )
We know the lucky pup with feel the love poured into their new home!
Today in math we made array cities to practice our multiplication tables! They turned out absolutely beautiful and they were SO much fun. With this activity, we integrated many subjects into one. We also strengthened our fine motor skills by cutting the tiny windows!
I can’t wait to hang these beautiful array cities!! Come by soon and see our hard work in the Lower School. ☺
See you soon!
Have a Happy Valentine's Day!
This week in environment the 3rd graders were responsible for creating their own business. They were put into groups and they had to agree on what type of business they wanted to create. They had to come up with productive resources. Which consisted of natural resources, human resources, and capital resources. They had to come up with a budget. How will your business make a profit? We learned that advertisement is very important for businesses. What types of advertisements will your business use?
It was really amazing to see their talents and personalities shine through the businesses they came up with! They presented their businesses on Thursday afternoon. We had fun learning about different aspects it takes in order to run a business.
Happy New Year!
This past week in class we have been studying Story Elements. They consist of the characters, setting, plot, theme, conflict, and resolution in a story. Ms. Propp’s class and mine combined and got into groups to complete this assignment. There were 6 groups that were assigned a book to read and they were to determine what the story elements were. As a result, we had a fun filled Friday acting out our skits with the story elements.
These are the stories assigned to the groups –
Little Red Riding Hood
The Three Pigs
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The Emperor’s New Groove
Jack and the Beanstalk
The students were able to bring clothes and props to use during their skits. Their skits were VERY impressive! They blew us out of the water! We all loved this approach to learning story elements this week.
Hope you enjoy our pictures! : )
Our third grade classes finished our Native American unit with class presentations. The presentations consisted of all the research that was found on our tribes. The students enjoyed learning about Native Americans and they were sad to finish the unit!
Snowy (our classroom elf) arrived last week and has been keeping a close eye on us.
We will finish our Pippi Longstocking novel this week and we will celebrate by comparing the book to the movie!
Candlelight is Tuesday, December 15th at 6:00! Our students have been working so hard to prepare for a wonderful program! They sound beautiful and I CAN'T wait to see them preform on Tuesday night.
Over the last few weeks our 3rd grades have been learning about Native Americans. Each student drew for a tribe and they researched using the internet and a book source. They were required to answer the following questions about the tribe they were assigned. What dwelling did your tribe live in? What types of material did they use to build their dwelling? Where did your tribe live? Where do they live now? What pieces of clothing did they wear? What jobs did the men and women do? What type of tools and/or weapons did they use? What type of food did your tribe eat and why?
Our students also constructed dwellings! I was so impressed with their work and creativity. We even had a lady come to our campus to talk about the reservation she grew up on. She brought all kinds of toys she had made when she was little. She shared stories of her childhood with us. She even brought letters from a 3rd grade class that lives on a reservation!! We got to write back and share some of our experiences with them. What a fun way to learn about the Native American culture. On Thursday and Friday the 3rd graders will present their Native American research to the class. I can’t wait to hear all the information found on our tribes.
Our 3rd grade classes adopted the Texarkana Animal Care and Adoption Center this year for their service project. We have been busy spotlighting animals. Which consists of making a poster of all of their pet care information and speaking in chapel about our furry friend. Guess what? One of the animals we spotlighted got adopted!! : )
We made homemade dog treats and bagged 190 bags full of treats for the animals at the shelter. We also held a drive in order to collect used blankets, rugs, pillows, and towels so that our furry friends will be nice and cozy this winter! The total number of items collected was 180. I am so proud of our students and all of their hard work!
Our third grade classes have been working hard on How-To papers here at SJDS. I let my students choose what topic they wanted to do for their paper. At the end of our unit we presented our How-To's to the class!
Our How-To Topics
How to clean a hamster's cage (and how to tame a hamster)
How to rollerblade
How to fold an envelope
How to make a banana split
How to make muffins
How to fix your hair in braided pigtails
How to make an origami cup
How to throw a forcing fast ball
How to make a smoothie
How to make a fruit smoothie
How to make energy balls
How to ride a ripstik
How to make a pizza
We had so much fun learning about everyone's topic. Hope you enjoy our pictures! : )
We have had such a wonderful week here at St. James! The weather has been beautiful. In fact, it was so beautiful that we decided to go outside one morning to read our weekly story. We are reading stories from our Friendship Unit with open court. This week our story was The Tree House. It was about two girls that showed compassion and forgiveness to one another. We decided to act out our story after we finished reading. It was neat to see the children using their bodies to portray the main idea of the story. Our class loved getting out of their seats and outside to enjoy the weather! : )
"The best classroom is roofed by the sky" -Margaret McMillan
Hello! : )
We have been busy in 3rd grade this week. We have been learning about the different parts of speech in language arts. We started our landform unit in social studies. Our 3rd graders learned about each different type of landform and this week we will jump into learning more about each one. We are working on addition and subtraction in math. This week we will be working on telling time by the minute.
Our class learned about September 11th this week. We observed Patriot Day and talked about what our nation went through on 9/11 fourteen years ago. We paired in groups to make posters of remembrance for the ones that were lost on that day.
I was so happy to see everyone on Tuesday morning. : ) We have had a wonderful first week in 3rd grade!
Our class has been getting to know each other this week. We made all about me posters that are hanging in our room. Come by and check them out!
Meet Coconut Romano - Our classroom hamster
I am looking forward to a fun filled 3rd grade year!!
The past few weeks have been pretty amazing in 2nd grade! We have been learning all about our butterflies as we have watched them emerge. The students have learned about the life cycle and completed several activities where they have had to apply their knowledge. We learned about the red liquid that comes out of the pupa when they emerge. It is called meconium and it’s a waste product that drips from the butterfly after it emerges. The butterfly’s wings take about 1-2 hours to dry before it can fly. Did you know that the temperature has to be at least 55 degrees outside in order to release them? The butterfly will borrow heat from our bodies to warm itself up to 68 degrees. It must be at least this warm to fly.
We charted their day-to-day progress throughout our time with them.
We released them into our beautiful world and wished them the best of luck on their journey.
Our Chrysalis Activity
We took turns wrapping each other in toilet paper in order to experience what it is like for a butterfly to emerge out of its pupa stage. The kiddos loved being able to feel what it’s like to be a butterfly. What fun!! ☺
In 2nd grade we have been busy learning the life cycle of butterflies. We ordered our caterpillars and have watched them change into pupas. We observe them each day and have charted their progress thus far. They were caterpillars for 10 days. They have been pupas for 3 days so far. We predict they will have 6 more days in the pupa stage!! We can’t wait to see if our predictions are correct. It has been so much fun learning the different stages of life for these little critters. We can’t wait to see our beautiful butterflies emerge!
Mr. Bradley came up to help us make birdhouses for the Gala project for our 2nd grade class project. We made 5 birdhouses that will serve as a bird hotel for the birds. We learned how to use a hammer, nails, and wood glue. Our birdhouses are AMAZING and we can’t wait for you to see them!!
Hope everyone had a happy Spring Break!
We have been studying the Presidents of The United States in class. Our students researched and wrote an informative paper on their president. We had presentations on Friday and they did an excellent job. I enjoyed learning all about our different presidents!
Abigail – Ulysses S. Grant
Emma – Grover Cleveland
Jon – James Buchanan
Raney – Herbert Hoover
Saxton – William Howard Taft
Molly – James Monroe
Chance – Franklin Pierce
Alex – James Madison
Maddie – Theodore Roosevelt
Charlie – Franklin Pierce
Paige – Andrew Johnson
Aimee – Zachary Taylor
Carolina – Benjamin Harrison
We wrapped up our unit on soil here in 2nd grade! I was so impressed with how much my students learned! We learned all about the 4 types of soil.
Humus – decayed plants and animals on the top layer of soil
Topsoil – top layer of soil that provides support and nutrients to the plants
Subsoil – the middle layer of soil, which is a combination of soil and rocks
Bedrock – the bottom layer of soil, which is made up of rock
Ask your student to tell you all about our fun adventure with soil. ☺
Our Valentine Party was a success! We decorated cookies, estimated how many sweethearts were in a package, and we did a relay race! Everyone had such a great time celebrating LOVE! ☺
Grandparents’ day was another success. I am so proud of my class as well as Mrs. Joyce’s third grade class. We did our presentation on rocks and minerals. Our students pantomimed and verbally taught us about rocks. All of the students here at St. James worked really hard on our program and I think it was absolutely precious!
We can’t believe January is over! It flew by, probably because we have been engaged in fun learning. ☺
We are learning about metamorphic, igneous, and sedimentary rocks in science! We did several edible science lessons to teach us about the different ways that rocks are formed.
In language arts we are learning about prefixes and suffixes, and synonyms and antonyms.
In math we are exploring and learning much about money. Do you know how many ways there are to make a dollar using coins? There are lots of ways! We have been busy learning how to count money with coins and dollar bills!
We made birthday boxes for Watersprings Ranch. Each bag was filled with supplies to have a birthday party! The kids enjoyed decorating cards/bags and filling them with all kinds of birthday goodies.
We have several upcoming events to add to the calendar!
Friday, Feb. 6th – Show & Tell at 1:00.
Tuesday, Feb. 10th we will not have chapel. (no dress uniform)
Wednesday, Feb 11th – 2nd grade Valentine Party at 1:30.
Thursday, Feb. 12th – All tests for the week will be given early!
Friday – Feb. 13th – Grandparents’ Day – Early Dismissal
Please send your child in their dress uniforms.
I’m looking forward to a fun week! ☺
Hello all! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We did some really fun activities throughout the month of December.
Here are some highlights of December:
Word Study -We studied/preformed cumulative spelling tests 1 & 2. We had a cumulative vocabulary test with Wordly Wise for lessons 1-9.
Social Studies/Writing - The students presented their Research Projects on Christmas Symbols. They were required to have a visual, write a paper, and present their research. They were graded on relevance to topic, basic writing mechanics, and the organization of their presentation. My students did amazing and I am so proud!
Math - We worked really hard on our addition and subtraction fact fluency. We studied word problems and even created our own word problems as a class.
Writing - We filled out applications to be one of Santa’s reindeer. We wrote about our family’s traditions during the Holiday season.
Candlelight was absolutely beautiful!! I’m very proud of my class and all of the St. James Day School students for working so hard. It truly summed up what Christmas is all about!
Our elf Snowy arrived from the North Pole. She was frozen when she arrived to SJDS. Ms. Kandice brought her to us from the office. Talk about a wonderful surprise!!! We enjoyed observing Snowy while she was here with us. We kept an Elf Journal and we would write an entry on her new spot each day. The children LOVED finding her and writing about her! It was so fun experiencing their excitement and reading their creative writing.
We ended the year with crockpot hot cocoa and Christmas donuts!
The first semester has been such a wonderful experience! My students have grown in all aspects of a whole child throughout this year.
Thanks for all your support. I am looking forward to a great 2015! ☺
Book Character Day
WOW! What an awesome day! All of Lower School dressed up as book characters. The kids had a great time sharing their favorite parts of their books. We paired with Mrs. Bowen’s class for a Halloween house decorating contest. We were very impressed with all who participated. Mrs. Joyce’s class came over that afternoon and we read Skeleton Hiccups. We did a literacy activity, where we constructed a skeleton out of q-tips. It was an exciting day for all involved.
Book Character Day Pics
More Field Trip Pics
More Field Trip Pics
Field Trip Pics
This year St. James has asked each classroom to choose an organization to work with throughout the year. Our 2nd grade classes have chosen Watersprings Ranch in hopes to make a difference for the children in need. This week 2nd grade had the privilege to talk to Kristen Draper, a caseworker from Watersprings Ranch this week! She did such a great job talking to the students about the ranch and the children there. To learn more about their organization visit their website - http://watersprings.com/
Reminders for next week:
Wednesday – Field Trip to Little Rock ☺
*Please wear dress uniforms
Friday – Charlotte’s Web
*Please wear dress uniforms
We are looking forward to a fun filled week!!
WOW! This week flew by. What an awesome day we had in 2nd grade today. The Texarkana Firefighters came to our school to do a presentation on fire safety. The students learned lots of fire safety tips to help in an emergency situation. After the presentation the students went outside to check out their fire truck! We appreciate all of the men and women in our community that protect us each day and night. We wrote thank you notes this afternoon to let the firefighters know how much we appreciate their dedication to our town!
More fire prevention pics
This week we wrapped up our Apple Unit. In this unit we learned about the life cycle of an apple and we did an experiment to find out how to keep apple slices from turning brown. The students had fun observing the different types of apples emerged in liquids. We made homemade applesauce on Thursday to celebrate the end of our unit.
Our Apple Experiment
WOW! What a busy and exciting week we have had in 2nd grade.
In math we have continued learning about number knowledge. We have explored what numbers come next, before, and in the middle of a sequence. We have worked hard with three digit numbers this week.
We did our apple investigations and learned quite a bit about different types of apples. We learned that one thing is the same—THEY ALL FLOAT! We will continue learning about apples next week when we explore the life cycle of an apple.
We also talked about 9/11 and what happened on that day 13 years ago. The students completed a Patriot Day book in remembrance.
We studied the “short o” and “short e” in spelling this week. I was very pleased with their spelling tests. We started Lesson 2 with vocabulary this week. The students did several different activities throughout the week to prepare for a comprehensive test on Friday. They did wonderful and I am so proud.
We had two birthdays this week – Maddie and Abigail! Happy Birthday!
Thanks for all of the hard work this week! I hope that you all are getting settled into the school routine. I am enjoying 2nd grade so much. Please contact me if you need anything at all.
Show and Tell Pictures - Friday, September 12th
Teddy Bear Parade Pictures
We have had another great week in 2nd grade.
This week we have eased into our curriculum. Friday we took our first spelling test on the “short a” and “short i” words. We did reading pre-assessments this week that consisted of a list of sight words, a short reading passage, and a comprehensive multiple choice quiz. In math we explored number knowledge and worked with numbers and the hundreds chart. The students enjoyed a hands-on activity yesterday where they had to list the numbers from least to greatest on a sentence strip.
Today we enjoyed the Teddy Bear Parade that Primary II did around campus. Our 2nd graders were amazing cheerleaders and supporters!
Please make sure to initial your child’s behavior chart each day.
Don’t forget to bring your apple to school on Monday, September 8th for our science project!
Our first show and tell will be on Friday, September 12th.
Hope everyone has a fun weekend!!
Mrs. Romano’s 2nd grade class has had a WONDERFUL first week! I have enjoyed getting to know every student and their fun personalities. I am blessed to have all of these amazing students in my class this year!
Our class has had a fun and eventful week!
We started the week off by reading Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School. We did several activities that went along with the book and the children seemed to really enjoy it.
We’ve learned about the Writing Process and have spent time revising and editing our work this week.
We worked on our “All About Me Posters”. We got to know all our classmates and our teacher. We presented our “All About Me” posters on Friday!
We also had a birthday this week. Happy Birthday, Charlie!!
Parents please remember to initial your child’s behavior chart daily. Don’t forget we are out of school Monday, September 1st for Labor Day. Enjoy your weekend!!
Dress uniforms on Tuesday, September 2nd.
I’m looking forward to a great year! Please let me know if you need anything at all.