Grade 2 – Mrs. Riedner

2019-2020 School year

1/17/2020  This week we ended our Technology unit in Science class by building bridges and testing their strength like an engineer would do. We build 3 different bridges, and we found out the last bridge which had the most support held the most weight. In Math we began a unit on 2 digit subtraction. We learned several methods to subtract and regroup as needed. We will continue learning more about these processes next week. We enjoyed reading about monarch butterfly migration and bikes of yesterday and today in our Super magazine. The theme of this magazine is Go! Go! Go! WE ended our week with our first e-learning day on Friday due to weather.

1/10/2020  This week, we finished a Science unit on technology. We learned that engineers use a process to design new technology to meet human needs. We also learned that technology affects our everyday life and it affects the environment around us. In Math this week, we explored counting quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies as well as adding dollars to those coins. We began learning to decode and spell words with kn or wr and to read and understand the meaning of words that use the prefixes re and un in reading class.

12/13/2019 The second graders have been having fun measuring length in Math class. We are using the metric system to measure in centimeters and in meters. We have also been estimating the length and then measuring to see how close we get. It was a busy week going to skating for PE class at the Lee Community Center, and wrapping up our Advent project. With the donations we received from the second graders and their families, we were able to donate 4 complete Christmas dinner boxes to help families that might not be able to have a Christmas dinner. We also made Nativity crafts with Brody’s Mom this week.

12/06/2019  The second graders are learning to measure line segments and shapes with a centimeter ruler. We also found the perimeter of the shapes we measured. We are making Native American dioramas depicting what different regions life was like long ago. This week we also participated in an Advent prayer service and St. Nicholas visited our classroom!

11/22/23 We have had lots of fun completing our swimming lessons this week. In Math we worked on counting money using dollars, dimes, and pennies and adding 2 digit money amounts. We have also been learning about the Native American cultures of people from 5 different regions of the U. S. We compared how the land of each region affected the lives of the people living there. In Reading, we completed writing an informative report after taking notes on a nonfiction article about an animal. We are looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with our families and counting our many blessings.

10/31/2019  We had fun with our pumpkin investigations this week. In small groups we predicted how tall our pumpkin was, how many seeds it had in it, and if it could sink or float. The most surprising result for each group was how many seeds there were in each pumpkin. The number of seeds ranged between 260 and 580.
Once our seed were dried, we grouped them by tens and counted how many we had. In Reading, we read a nonfiction article in our Super magazine about unusual traits of insects. We read about the leaf bug that looks like a leaf, the bombardier beetle that can spray boiling hot poison when it’s scared to name a couple. We had a great time dressing in our costumes and parading around our school block.

10/11/2019  This week we went to the Post Office and mailed our letters. We also had a little impromtu tour of the back rooms and we got to see where they sort the mail. In Social Studies we began a unit on maps. We will continue to learn about different types of maps and the purpose of a map key and a compass rose. In Reading this week we began our small group book clubs. We are enjoying reading our fiction stories and completing activities that go along with the them. We wrapped up our week by celebrating Grandparents Day. Many grandparents joined us for Mass, lunch and our music program and reception. We had a great time!

10/4/2019  The second graders visited SWELL this week. We enjoyed learning about Autumn and doing fun activities with Ranger Randee. In Science we have been learning about the steps to a scientific investigation. Those steps include observing, making a hypothesis, testing and recording results and drawing conclusions. We will use these steps as we preform investigations in the future. Thursday was bring your bible to school day. We read passages from the Gospel of Mark and learned a little about finding these passages on our own. In Religion class we discussed two 2 main parts of the bible, the old testament and the new testament.

9/27/2020 The second graders enjoyed going to Bonanza Education Center this week. We did a pollination activity to help us understand how plants are pollunated. We also looked for signs of Fall on our hike and played a camoflauge game. We learned a bit about glaciers, and made rivers in the sand showing how the melting glaciers flowed to lower levels. We also enjoyed playing with the new parachute. It was a great day! In Math we have been working with solving comparison word problems by drawing comparison bars. We also are continuing to work on learning our addition basic facts. Friday we dressed in orange and black, had our faces painted and got to watch the Homecoming parade.

9/20/2019  This week we finished up our reading reviews and began our first book in Superkids. We also started reading our first Super magazine. The theme is: What’s New? We read articles about new ice cream flavors such as cactus, chocolate garlic, lobster and bacon and eggs. Do any of these sound good to you? We also read about Japanese farmers that grow square watermelon by placing the baby melons in glass boxes; and about skateboarding terms that skateboarders use such as tweak, bail, and slam. We found out that most skateboarders like to personalize their board by painting designs on them. We picked our favorite design out of 32 that were pictured in our magazine. In Math we are continuing to work with addition facts and to solve word problems using drawings and equations. We are looking forward to going to Bonanza next week.

9/13/2019     The second graders finished up our bus safety this week. We also got to practice jumping out of the back of the bus in case of emergency. We also continued learning more about bees. We completed a bee booklet with facts about bees and we talked about the bee life cycle. In Math we are focusing on the count on strategy, the make a ten strategy, counting by twos and odd and even numbers. We have also been doing xtra Math to practice our addition facts. We are reviewing long vowels in reading and are enjoying reading about the Superkids adventures. Did you know the Super kids look older than they did last year? They have grown up just like we have.

9/6/2019    Our first week of second grade is now complete! We have enjoyed getting back together with our friends and getting to know what second grade will be like. We listened to several beginning of the school year books read by Mrs. Riedner including one of her favorites, First Day Jitters. We have a bee theme this year and we are using this theme to describe the Ways to Bee in school as well as learning about bees and their life cycle. We started with a fun team building activity called Saving Fred. (a gummie worm ) Reading about our Superkids friends and getting started with some Math facts have also been a part of our school day.