Monday, December 31, 2012

Winter Party Joy!

Working With Others

We had a special day with Mrs. Choutka's special ed class. We read the Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett and played a gingerbread game that we created for our special guests.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Lights, Camera, Action

Each week a group of students work hard to bring us great entertainment! Students take on character parts in plays. They practice their fluency using great voices with expression. The actors even make props and work on actions. It's always fun on theater day!

Sunday, December 9, 2012


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Check out our slide presentaion on our geometry work. We enjoyed learning about 3D shapes by creating them.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

I moustache you a question!

While collecting data for our survey we said..."I moustache you a question." After collecting our data we organized it into a graph for everyone to see the results.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Native American Stories

We learned a lot about the Native Americans and the role they had helping the pilgrims. We learned how valuable the land was to them and how they used the natural resources of the land for all their needs. The students paired up to create a story about Native Americans using pictographs for some of the words.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Honoring Our Veterans

Veteran's Day is celebrated in a special way at Wayne School. The students invite our local veterans to have breakfast and a special presentation from the students. Many of our veterans visit our classrooms and talk to the students about their experiences serving our country.

First Mystery Reader

Reported By Emma: We had our first mystery reader! Mrs. O'Connor read two very good books. One was called Skippy John Jones in Spice. The class loved how she made Skippy talk. I know the mystery reader well because she is my mom!

U-46 Planetarium

We visited the U-46 planetarium. It is amazing to view the domed ceiling as the star machine displays the night sky. Our presentation included a look at the planets and how they are positioned around the sun.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Presidential Speeches

The students are learning about character traits. We discussed what traits should our president have. The students ran for class president for the day. In their speech they included their traits that would make them a good candidate for office. The winner spent the day in The Oval Office.

Halloween at Wayne School

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Happy Halloween! It is always a fun day at Wayne! What is your favorite part of thday? The parade, party, or treats?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Voting For President

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Today we voted for president! It's exciting to enter the polls and make your vote count!

Halloween Stories

Happy Halloween! Our class celebrated by writing some stories filled with ghosts, pumpkins, skeletons and bats. We read by flashlight... Sometimes we laughed and sometimes we got the shivers!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Reading With Expression

The girls loved reading the Piggie and Elephant books by author Mo Willems. His style for using speech bubbles and varied text sizes make them fun books to read with expression. The class enjoyed the voices of their fellow students sharing one of the books.

Wayne Garden Club Visit

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Many thanks to the Wayne Garden Club for all the special treats they brought to Wayne.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Writing With Descriptive Words

How lucky I am to have students who are willing to dress up for me to help with our descriptive writing lesson. How many words can you come up with to describe a pirate? The students enjoyed writing about their Halloween costumes and included lots of descriptive words to help us visualize their costumes.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Time and Money

With the new Common Core standards, the students are being challenged to understand more about time and money early in second grade. Students are very impressive with their abilities to tell time to the five minute intervals already! Often during our day we'll freeze and do a time check. It's fun to work with clocks and money.


The students have been asking questions about their reading. Asking questions is a reading strategy that helps you interact with the story and remember important ideas. One student was so excited to see in his Geronimo Stilton book a chapter called Who, What, Where, When, Why. Wow! Questioning done by the author!

Map Creating

We learned a lot of new words in our geography studies and put them into action. We designed maps which included a map key, compass rose, symbols, capital and landforms. We created a fictitious state and capital name.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Book Fair

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Every fall we have a Scholastic Book Fair in our library. This year's theme is All Stars! We were excited to see the new Geronimo Stilton, Magic Fairy and Fly Guy books. There were so many books to see.

Writing Together

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The students buddy wrote silly animal stories. After publishing we enjoyed lots of great stories!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fact Family Monsters

This fact family monster says he's hungry for math! That is a teacher's favorite kind of monster!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Authors At Work

Everyday the students are authors at work who love to write! They write about everything from exciting news in their lives to reports about their learning. They even edit their writing to add some BlInG! How fun it is to grab our red pens and look for places to add words with sound, description and feelings. Once our writing comes to life, our authors are ready to read our publications.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Learning About Insects

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The students have learned a lot about insects. They created a habitat for a mealworm and have been observing its life cycle, structures and behaviors. We enjoyed time outside to research insects in their natural habitat and make connections of the various insects we encountered.

Read Like A Detective

Do you read like a detective? Do you search for clues to best understand what the text is about? Do you reread to be sure you didn't miss anything? Do you look at new words very closely? Do you take notes of important things to remember? It takes a lot of practice to be the best reading detective!

First Days Of Second Grade

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It is a new and exciting year! We hope our blog gives you a glimpse of all the learning that takes place in our classroom! Everyday is a learning adventure in second grade!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Second Grade 2012-2013

Yes! Second Grade Rocks! It is time for a new year and I am so excited! Check in often on our blog to see all the fascinating learning we are doing in second grade!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Our End Of The Year Play

The students put all of their learning from the spring into a play! The play incorporated a message on taking care of our earth, weather, poetry and excellent readers using expression and voice when they read! I am so proud of my class!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Amelia Bedelia Fashion Show

We had our traditional Amelia Bedelia Fashion Show. Our new style creations were inspired by Amelia Bedelia's thinking. Only she would understand a briefcase that is a case covered in mens briefs or a bun in the hair that is good enough to eat. Our sunglasses have lots of suns on them and a ball gown has many balls attached to it. The audience got lots of chuckles from our creations.

Listening Walk

We are on a listening walk. The sounds of the school inspire new ideas for poetry writing. Once we returned to class we created many poems about our school that included pencils sharpening, students talking, doors opening, and teachers teaching.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Perimeter and Area

The students had to use any manipulatives in our room to describe the concepts of area and perimeter. It was interesting to see so many different ideas created!

Writers Fair

Reported By: Hailey and Lorelei
We had a writers fair at school. Everyone in the school had something to share that they wrote. At night we had a sing. All the parents came and listened to it. We also danced. It was a lot of fun!

Mystery Reader

Reported By: Jackson
My dad was a mystery reader! He read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. The class really liked it. My dad's favorite place to read is the sunrrom. His favorite sport is bike riding. He likes to play with me and my friends Salvi and Nick.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Meet Our New Class Pet Freddy!

Reported By: Amber and Nirali
Freddy is a big frog! He's 16 years old. He is slimy and can change from a dark green to a light green. He has very little teeth and won't bite. You can barely see them. He swims very good and needs to stay wet. He is pig kind of eater and you can only feed him eight small bits of food. We also have two turltles and we think they are going to be good friends.

Meet Mrs. Miller

Reported By: Maeve and Salvi
When Mrs. Miller comes to visit she does lots of fun things like education man, copyright math and education pursuit. She read lots of books. Today she read The Sneeches by Dr. Seuss. She also reads pop up books. When she comes she wears a shirt about the book she is reading. Mrs. Fowler's class comes in our room for the visits. Mrs. Miller is a very nice person!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

Reported By: Ryan and Gwyneth
Seuss was not his real name, it was Ted Geisel. He makes funny characters. Some of his best known characters are the Lorax, Horton, and the Cat in the Hat. His most read book is Green Eggs and Ham. We read a lot of of his books in class.

Rockin' Math Facts

Woo Hoo! Got math facts????

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My Day As President

Reported By: Ryan
I was elected class president for a day. I was so nervous at the election. I was tied with Jackson and we had to give our speeches again. I won and got to wear an Uncle Sam hat and sit in the Oval Office. It was fun!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Sharing What We Know

The students worked so hard researching an animal, writing a report, and completing a Power Point that they shared with the class. We learned a lot of interesting facts about animals!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Solid, Liquid, Gas

Reported By: Lorelei
Mr. Jeno came to teach us about solids, liquids and gases. Dry ice is a solid. If you put it in water it will create a gas. He did an experiment with this. A fire needs oxygen to burn. With no oxygen it will burn out. Mr. Jeno also mixed a solid and liquid. He mixed vinegar and baking soda to create carbon dioxide. It was very interesting.

Our Boy Scouts

We have many Boy Scouts in our class. Over the weekend they enjoyed the Pinewood Derby race. It was amazing to see so many creative car designs and how fast they can race.

Inventors and Inventions!

Reported By: Salvi
There have been many great inventions. Some of my favorite are the Ipod, TV and Xbox. We researched a famous inventor. I learned about James Naismith. He created the game of basketball.

Monday, January 30, 2012


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Friday, January 20, 2012

Mystery Reader!

Reported By: Ben
Today my mom came as a mystery reader. I was surprised! She read African Cats. It is a book about big cats like lions, tigers and cheetahs. It was a great book and it is a great movie to see. My class really liked the book.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Three Billy Goats

Reported By: Christina and Jackson
We were two of the goats in the play The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The three goats thought there was a troll under the bridge but they were wrong. They were afraid it might shoot poison darts out of its fingers tips. They felt very silly when they learned it was only a ladybug. It was a hilarious play!

Mystery Reader

Reported By: Mrs. Partyka
I know the mystery reader very well! It was my son Greg! He was home from college and came to meet my favorite second graders! He read a book about Lou Gerhig since he is one of Greg's heroes. Greg enjoyed doing science with the class and remembering what second grade was like.

Spinning Tops

Reported By: Ben
In science we made spinning tops. To make them work you need an axis and equal weight around it. We had fun making different tops for them. It was awesome playing with tops!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Reported By: Nick Z and Zack
In science we learned how to balance our pencil. We had to use special materials. We balanced the pencil tip on a popsicle stick and used wires with clothespins for counterweights.