Monday, December 21, 2015

Winter Party

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Check out our pictures from our Polar Express Party. Thank you parents for making our afternoon so fun!

Friday, November 27, 2015

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The students were so excited to perform for our Fun, Family, and Thanksgiving show. The students have enjoyed practicing their voices using expression and volume for our classroom plays each week. Our holiday performance made the students feel like real performers.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Learning About Owls

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As part of owl studies the students took apart an owl pellet. They understood how an owl catches and eats its prey. They identified the prey by matching the bones found in the pellet to a chart of rodent and bird bones.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Halloween

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Thank you parents for all your planning! Our party was so much fun! We lucked out with a beautiful day for our parade and enjoyed celebrating together in our classroom!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Fall Book Fair

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Thank you parents for supporting our book fair! The students loved seeing all the new books! Our classroom received many new books because of our sales. I chose two sets of books for our guided reading time. One is on sharks and the other on rocks. I can't wait to teach with them!

Fire Safety

Thank you Mrs. Mueller for teaching us about fire safety! We learned what are the main things that cause fires and what to do if one happens. Mrs. Partyka was reminded to check her smoke detectors!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Pumpkins With Adjectives

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After reading The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin by Margaret Wise Brown, the students had to create a pumpkin with an adjective in mind. It was fun to see funny, aggressive, cranky, and pretty pumpkins. The designs were very creative and decorated our room for the holiday!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Mystery Reader

Thank you Mrs. Moyer for being our first mystery reader! We loved The Book With No Pictures! It was a fun visit!

Communities

We are learning about communities in class and the students are very good at telling you about an urban, suburban, or rural community. They created their own suburban community and had to decide what to include in it. Many wanted extra parks for kids to play and a school located near their houses.

Book Reccommendations

Can you convince someone to read a book? My students can! After reading Snake Camp by George Edward Stanley these students created a poster and gave a summary and book rating of the book. Many chose to read it!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Reading With Expression!

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Our first reading lesson was learning how to read with expression. We practiced using our voices when reading what the characters are saying. The Piggy and Elephant books by Mo Willems are great stories to practice expression. The students chose to be one of the characters and enjoyed acting our the stories.

Back To School!

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It is a new year in Mrs. Partyka's second grade! We are very excited for new learning adventures! Check out our pictures of our first week of school!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

End Of The Year

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It was an amazing year and one I will miss very much! Enjoy the final pictures of the year...

Monday, May 25, 2015

Amelia Bedelia Fashion Show

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Our second graders learned what idioms are. They also enjoyed reading Amelia Bedelia books and laughing at how Amelia Bedelia takes everything literally! As a housekeeper she is an excellent cook but not so good at directions. When told to "dress the chicken" she put clothes on it! It is a second grade tradition to have an Amelia Bedelia fashion show with "literal outfit creations." Check out our video to see what the fun is all about!

cricket

Thank you to the Patel and Barot families for teaching us how to play cricket! I think we have a new passion in room 3!

Genius Projects

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Watch our slide show to see how we created our genius projects!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

wax museum

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Our first graders read a fiction book and identified the character traits of the main character. They chose one of the characters from the book to dress up as and tell about the story. The second graders chose a history maker and read various biographies about their famous person. We learned a lot from each other on the day of our wax museum presentation.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Young Authors

Reported By: Riley and Emma- The Writers Fair was on March 20th. It was a sea adventure and our table said we take a bite out of writing. It had a giant shark. We researched and wrote animal books and created another book at home. Everyone could see our books at the fair. The Scholastic Book Fair was in the library. An author who wrote "Good Night Construction Site" came to talk to us. It was a very fun event!

Science

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Reported By: Arman- In our class we learn a lot about science. We have been learning about how things balance and move. We made many paper spinner designs and learned how an object rotates around an axis. We saw how air resistance keeps items from falling too fast. We also made spinning tops, wheel and axis systems, and rollercoasters.

Trip Around The World

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Reported By: Ben and Gavin- We had a performance about Kenya, Africa. We made an ABC book with facts about the country. We sang a song about the animals you see there. We also performed a play about Bamusa and the monkeys. We wore cool glasses and safari hats. It was fun performing for our families and visiting the other first grade classrooms.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Class President For The Day

The students learned about many of our presidents. They also brainstormed character traits that make a good leader. They were challenged to write a speech that told of their traits and why they would make a good class president for the day. Our winner wrote a speech that got many votes and a day in Mrs. Partyka's "Oval Office."

Math Olympics

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Our Math Olympics was a fun way to practice measurement, data collecting, and place value. The students all earned medals as they are all math Olympic champions!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Valentines Day!

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It was a fun day in room 3 as we passed out valentines, dipped treats in the chocolate fountain, and created many crafts. Thank you parents for helping us celebrate the holiday in a fabulous way!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Guided Math

We use guided math in our classroom. Before each new math unit the students are assessed to see what they know and grouped so they can be challenged at their level of learning. They work together to practice new skills and learn a variety of strategies to problem solve.

Expert Writing

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During the month of January the students wrote nonfiction books about topics they are experts on. Some of the books were about different sports, owning a pet, and girls scouts or boy scouts. The students chose different papers and nonfiction features to use. The students included labels, pictures with captions, and a table of contents. They were so excited to complete chapter books for the first time!

Teaching About Fables

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My students were challenged to independently work together to assign parts to a play, practice with the group, and create props. They performed the plays that were all based on fables. They taught the class about the moral and the character flaws in their plays. After, they had to come up with examples of the morals that could relate to our lives.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Rock Researching

The students are learning that rock is an earth material and a natural resource. In the pictures the students are investigating the properties of a river rock mixture. They are using screens to sort the mixture into pebbles, gravel, and sand. They will learn later that the smallest particle is silt which can be used to make clay.

Friday, January 2, 2015

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Our winter party was so much fun! The students enjoyed the Polar Express morning. They arrived in pajamas and boarded the classroom train for a morning of reading, math, and writing all about The Polar Express. In the afternoon the students enjoyed hot cocoa, the snowball game, snowball fight, crafts, and the snowman dress up contest. It was a wonderful celebration.

Ready, Set, Action!

We love to act in our classroom. Each week a new group is learning a play and practicing to use their most expressive voices. It is performed for the rest of the class to enjoy.