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This Week: Teacher's Pets

posted Oct 8, 2017, 8:33 PM by Jason Brunken

This week the Grade 2 class will be working out of Journeys reading Teacher's Pets, a funny little story about school and pets by Ann Dodds. While it is a short week due to National Day this Monday, we will still be covering our vocabulary, phonics, grammar, and reading lessons. We will also have some friendly letter writing practice on Friday this week.

Below is the weekly handout sheet for this week. On it you will find the spelling and vocabulary words. Vocabulary words are also posted below in the practice slideshow to help you practice. A spelling test will be given on Friday this week. The words are getting harder. Please review.

Our finished coat of arms!

posted Oct 5, 2017, 10:14 PM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Oct 5, 2017, 10:15 PM ]

We finished our family coats of arms last week. After some messy making in the classroom and some great writing practice, I have them posted up on the 2F landing of Happy Kids for all to see. 

The kids did a great job and had a lot of fun making them, and they turned out very nice. I will send them home at Parent-Teacher Conferences, but for now, please enjoy them here online or in person (and all their real live glory) when you come to pick up your child at Happy Kids.

This Week: Diary of a Spider

posted Oct 1, 2017, 3:51 AM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Oct 1, 2017, 3:52 AM ]

This week Grade 2 is moving on in Journeys to Diary of a Spider. This is a wonderful little book by Doreen Cronin that takes a comical look at life through the eyes of a spider (if the spider thought and lived like we did that is.) Ms. Cronin has written several of these books with titles such as Diary of a Worm and Diary of a Fly. Both of those are in our Happy Kids library I believe. She also writes the great "duck books" about a scheming duck on a farm. Click-Clack-Moo is one we will read later this year. You can see a complete list of her books here.

As always we will begin the week looking at our vocabulary words, move into grammar on Wednesday, read the selection on Thursday, and then do a writing assignment on Friday. The spelling test will also be on Friday. Please remember to help your child study for the tests. Below is the weekly handout for this week. On it you will find all of the spelling and vocabulary words along with some grammar practice. You can also find a slideshow for practicing vocabulary below. Please encourage your child to practice.

We finished our Coats of Arms on Friday. They will be posted on the 2F landing of the building for all to see on Monday. I will post a few pictures later this week.

Extension Project: My Family Coat of Arms

posted Sep 24, 2017, 3:23 AM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Sep 24, 2017, 3:23 AM ]

This week, we are taking a break from Journeys and doing our first extension activity: a family coat of arms. A long time ago in Medieval Europe, wealthy families that had land were required to fight for their king as knights. These knights would suit up for battle in full armor making it difficult to tell who was who on the battlefield. So knights could know who was friend and who was enemy, they began wearing their family crest, or a symbol that represented their family. These became known as coats of arms and can be seen today all over Europe and even in the US. Think of coats of arms as logos for a family. They are usually simple in design but capture the essence of what the family is.

Students will be working on their own this week to both create a coat of arms for their family and then write about their family in a paragraph that explains why they made the coat of arms the way they did. I am looking forward to seeing our students coats of arms, as I am sure you will be too. These will be on display for Parent-Teacher Conferences later this month. I will also be sure to post pictures of them when we are done. To see examples of coats of arms used around the world today, see the slideshow below.

This Week: Henry and Mudge Under the Yellow Moon

posted Sep 17, 2017, 6:06 PM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Sep 17, 2017, 6:06 PM ]

This week we pay homage to the arrival of fall by reading another great Henry and Mudge book called Under the Yellow Moon. This story is about how Henry and Mudge are both alike and different in how they enjoy the thrills of fall. So far, Henry and Mudge have been a big hit in class. I know they will enjoy this one too. Also this week, we will be continuing our efforts to learn how to write a proper paragraph. Last week we learned the basics; this week we will practice writing our own paragraphs. 

Below is the handout for this week with the spelling and vocabulary words. I've included a slideshow with this week's vocabulary as well for more practice. Remember, spelling test on Friday so help your child practice and encourage her to read at home.

I look forward to meeting parents this week on Wednesday from 2:30-3:00 for the ASLA Meet the Teacher event.

This Week: My Family

posted Sep 9, 2017, 7:48 AM by Jason Brunken

Hello! This week the Grade 2 classes will be reading My Family by George Ancona. George Ancona is an acclaimed photographer who has made and contributed to many children's books over the years. This week we are reading a book he made about families, specifically his family. This story fits great with our overall family theme this month.

Below is the weekly handout sheet for this week. Please help your child review the spelling words, grammar concept, and vocabulary words this week. I've also posted a slideshow of this week's spelling words below to help you and your child review this week. A spelling test will be this coming Wednesday instead Friday due to the short holiday week.

Soon we will be learning to write paragraphs and begin our journey to becoming composition writers this year, but first this week we are focusing on what makes a complete sentence and continue to practice our fundamental skills.

This Week: Henry and Mudge

posted Sep 3, 2017, 7:16 AM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Sep 3, 2017, 7:16 AM ]

This week, the Grade 2 class will be finishing our postcards to our pen pals and reading and doing lessons related to the first chapter of Cynthia Rylant's first book in her amazing Henry and Mudge series. Students at this age love Henry and Mudge: a boy and a dog who are best friends. The Happy Kids library has seven Henry and Mudge titles. I will encourage the kids to check them out f they enjoy the reading this week.

The selection this week tells the story of how Henry first got Mudge. It is a cute story and easy to read. The kids will enjoy this smooth transition into 2nd grade. Aside from reading, the students will also be practicing short vowels, a list of vocabulary words, subjects and predicates, and sentence writing. There will be a spelling test on Friday, so please help your child review both the vocabulary and spelling words throughout the week. 

I sent home a weekly handout with this information and posted it below to help your child review at home. I have also included slideshows to review the vocabulary lesson for this week. Feel free to use it if you need.

Please email me with any questions. Don't forget, Library on Wednesdays!

Let's get started!

posted Aug 28, 2017, 8:27 AM by Jason Brunken

Happy first day of school! It was exciting to meet my new group of second graders today. I always love the first day of school. The kids are excited and ripe with anticipation. I too am fretting over what my new friends will be like this year. What I love most is showing the kids our new classroom for the year and the new learning spaces I've come up with. Today I got to introduce our Reading Corner, Graffiti Wall, Words We've Found Wall, and much more. I also got to learn a lot about my new friends.

Welcome to those of you coming here for the first time. Please visit often to get updates about what will go in our class this year. Please feel free to contact me anytime if you have questions or concerns. Enjoy these few photos of our classroom.

Thank you!

posted Jun 20, 2017, 2:13 AM by Jason Brunken

I can't believe the school year is done already. Those nine months just flew by. We had a good time this year, and I hope everyone learned a lot. Thank you for all of your hard work and support this year. I will work hard over the summer to make this class even better for my new second graders in the Fall. 

Have a great summer, and don't forget to get some reading done this summer. Suggested reading lists can be found on the Happy Kids website here. Enjoy!

Extension Week: Poetry Book

posted May 24, 2017, 6:45 PM by Jason Brunken   [ updated May 24, 2017, 6:45 PM ]

This week Grade 2 will be focusing our final efforts of the school year on poetry. We've been talking about poetry and figurative language all month and even practiced them a bit. Now it is time for the kids to really give poetry a try. 

Their task this week is to prepare a short book of 5-6 illustrated poems to take home at the end of the week. I hope these poems can be a keepsake and testament to their time in Grade 2 this year. The kids will learn how to write four kinds of poems: rhymed, acrostic, diamante, and shape. They will write at least one of each in their books. Below you can find assignment sheet for poetry book.

Remember, this is the last week of class. Make sure library books are sent home before Thursday. Books that are not returned will be considered lost and you will be liable for a replacement fee.

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