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This Week: Now and Ben

posted May 10, 2015, 7:19 PM by Jason Brunken

This week, Grade 2 will be reading about Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin (Ben) Franklin is a very important figure in American History. He is considered one of the Founders of America for his role in gaining independence from Great Britain and helping to write the Constitution. He was much more than that though. He was a man of science, an inventor, a writer, a publisher, and a philanthropist. He, in fact, invented or improved some things we see everyday, like public hospitals, flippers (for swimming), and vitamins. This week we will be reading a fun little book called Now and Ben which looks at how Ben Franklin has affected our lives today. I know the kids will enjoy learning from this little story. When we finish, the kids will think of their own inventions and make a poster for them.

We will also be practicing spelling, vocabulary, and grammar (prepositions) this week. Please see the weekly handout below to learn more about what we are covering. There will be a spelling test on Friday, so please help remind your child to study. Our writing focus for this week will be on figurative language, specifically similes and metaphors as a lead in to our poetry unit.


This week: Two of Everything

posted May 1, 2015, 7:57 PM by Jason Brunken

Two of Everything
This week, we are reading a Korean folktale called Two of Everything. It is a cute little story that teaches students that nothing is ever free. Everything comes with a price. The students will be practicing vocabulary and possessive nouns and pronouns this week. We will read Two of Everything on Thursday, and on Friday there will be a spelling test and time for students to finish their stories and pen pal letters.

The handout for this week is posted below. A spelling test will be on Friday. Please help your child study.


This Week: The Signmaker's Assistant

posted Apr 17, 2015, 8:10 AM by Jason Brunken

This week Grade 2 is reading The Signmaker's Assistant by Tedd Arnold, author of the great Huggly and Fly Guy series. It is a story about a boy who is a signmaker's assistant in a town. Everything works well for the boy until he gets the ideas of making funny signs. Unfortunately his funny signs cause lots of trouble, and he has to fix the problem in the end. Kids will be aking their own signs about reducing, reusing, and recycling this week. Itf we have time, I hope to make our own silly signs for the classroom like they saw in the book.

There will be a spelling test on Friday. Please take some time to review the vocabulary and spelling words below with your child. Grammar will cover the use of commas in proper nouns this week. There are some review problems in the handout below.


This Week: Schools Around the World

posted Apr 12, 2015, 12:56 AM by Jason Brunken

This week in Grade 2 we are reading the very interesting nonfiction piece called Schools Around the World. This is a book about how children all over world go to school. It gives children a fantastic insight into how the cultures and traditions of different peoples change how they go to school. Also, it helps kids expand their understanding of their world and see that while all schools are different in some ways, in many others, they are very similar. I know the kids will learn a lot from this reading selection.

This week we will also have vocabulary, grammar, reading, and spelling/phonics practice. Please take some time to review the spelling and vocabulary words with your child using the weekly handout sheet below. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Students are still finishing their fantasy stories which I hope to have posted up on 6F when they are done. Please come in and see them.


This Week: The Mysterious Tadpole

posted Mar 13, 2015, 8:12 AM by Jason Brunken

This week Grade 2 is reading a wonderfully fun book by Steven Kellogg called The Mysterious Tadpole. This is the wacky tale of a boy who gets a tadpole from his Scottish grandpa. In the end, the tadpole turns out to be much more. This book is a perfect lead-in for our fantasy story assignment which will also begin this week. Starting on Friday, students will begin planning their own fantasy stories. They are excited to get started.

Also this week, students will be practicing their vocabulary, grammar, and phonics. A spelling test will be given on Friday. Please help your students review using the sheet below.


This Week: Dex - The Heart of a Hero

posted Feb 26, 2015, 11:43 PM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Feb 26, 2015, 11:44 PM ]

This week, the Grade 2 class will be reading a wonderful short story about how if you put your mind to something, you can do it. Dex is a common dog, but he wants to be a hero. He's smart enough to know that you can't just become a hero, you have to work at it. Dex immediately exercises, gets stronger, practices some moves, and gains new confidence which, it turns out, is all you need to be a hero. I know the kids will love reading this fin, cute little story.

Below are the spelling and vocabulary words. Please help your child to study and review the words before our test on Friday. Our grammar focus this week will be commas in a series. Use the handout below to help your child review and learn more about what we are working on this week.


Diorama-rama!

posted Feb 1, 2015, 12:12 AM by Jason Brunken

Summary writing.
We have just two weeks of class until Winter Break at Happy Kids. For these next two weeks, the Grade 2 classes will be working on a big, fun project: Story scene dioramas. A diorama is a three-dimensional representation of a scene. Our dioramas will be representations of scenes fro ma story we have read this year. Students will choose their favorite reading selection from this past semester and build a diorama.

The second part of this assignment is to write a summary of the story they choose. Summarizing is an important reading and writing skill. We will be teaching and practicing this skill in the coming week, and students will be required to re-read and summarize a story. When they finish, they will work with their groups to complete the diorama. You can read more about the assignment below.

Also this month, students will work on replies for their pen pals. We received another batch of letters from our pen pals in San Francisco this week. The students are looking forward to telling their long-distance friends all about their upcoming Chinese New Year plans!

Realistic Fiction Stories!

posted Jan 25, 2015, 7:10 AM by Jason Brunken

This week, Grade 2 students are writing their second stories of the year, a realistic fiction story. Realistic fiction is story that has characters, settings, and evens that did not really happen, but could happen. Examples of realistic fiction are the Henry and Mudge books, Nate the Great, and Horrible Harry. The students have already reviewed story writing and will begin prewriting and drafting on Monday. I am excited to see their finished stories. Below is the prewrite sheet we will use to plan our stories.

This Week: Gloria Who Might Be My Best Friend

posted Jan 16, 2015, 6:40 AM by Jason Brunken

This week we are reading a charming sorry about being new and friendship. "Gloria Who Might Be My Best Friend" is actually a short story out of the book The Stories Julian Tells. The Stories Julian Tells is a fantastic story in itself about a boy who tells fantastic tales and ends up in a bit of trouble. Our story, however, is a calmer tale about a new girl who moves into the neighborhood and how she befriends a lonely boy.

This week we will also be exploring the world of realistic fiction more and starting our realistic fiction stories. We will be doing activities to help learn more about the genre, and students will be learning about how to structure and prewrite a realistic fiction story of their own.

As usual, we will be having a spelling test on Friday, practicing vocabulary on Monday and grammar on Wednesday. Please help your child review and practice these skills at home this week. The weekly handout is posted below.


This Week: Luke Goes to Bat

posted Jan 12, 2015, 1:15 AM by Jason Brunken

This week, the Grade 2 classes will be reading Luke Goes to Bat. This story is a realistic fiction story set in the 1950s as baseball was being desegregated. Luke, the main character, dreams of being a baseball hero just like Jackie Robinson, the first black man to play in the Major Leagues. He gets off to a bad start, but learns success comes from trying your best. The story has a great message of not giving up in the face of adversity. There aren't many better role models for that than Jackie Robinson. 

As usual, we will be practicing our vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and reading this week. Below are the spelling and vocabulary words for this week.


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