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Extension Week: Writing a Research Report

posted Nov 21, 2019, 8:53 PM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Nov 21, 2019, 8:53 PM ]

This week, the grade 2 classes are learning how to research and write an informational text about a main idea. This will be the culmination of a variety of skills the students have been practicing all semester. The most basic of these is paragraph construction. Using topic sentences and supporting sentences to communicate information about a topic. We practice this skill during our pen pal letter extension, but now students are taking that skill to the next level by writing a research report about an animal. 

An informational text has many paragraphs all about a single main idea, or big topic. Each paragraph gives supporting facts in greater detail about the big topic. Learning to organize and write information in this way is a new skill for our students. For this reason we are spending the rest of this week on this assignment to make sure students have enough time to master the skill.

Next week, students will be taking their research reports through the entire writing process. They are beginning by organizing their topics and researching details about their animals. Below you can see the assignment and prewrite sheets the kids will be using to plan their writing. They will write two drafts and revise their work twice before completing the final draft. I know you all will be very impressed with their work. 


This Week: Jellies

posted Nov 21, 2019, 8:50 PM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Nov 21, 2019, 8:51 PM ]

This week in Grade 2 we will be doing the usual, practicing grammar, vocabulary, spelling, reading, and writing. Our story for this week in Journeys is JelliesJellies is a nonfiction book about some of the many kinds of jellyfish that live in the sea. While reading Jellies, we will again be looking at the importance of main ideas and details getting ready for writing our own multi-paragraph informative compositions. 

At the end of the week students will finally be learning to write research reports and choosing their topics for their research reports that they will be working on next week. Next week will be a hard week of writing for the class.

Below is the weekly handout sheet  and vocabulary slideshow for this week. We will have a spelling test at the end of the week. Please remind your child to study the spelling words and help them review the vocabulary as well. 


This Week: Super Storms

posted Nov 11, 2019, 4:37 AM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Nov 11, 2019, 4:37 AM ]

This week in Grade 2 we will be doing the usual, practicing grammar, vocabulary, spelling, reading, and writing. Our story for this week in Journeys is Super Storms. Super Storms is a nonfiction book about some of the most devastating types of storms on Earth: tornadoes, typhoons, thunderstorms, and blizzards. This week marks the second week of our look at nonfiction. While reading Super Storms, we will again be looking at the importance of main ideas and details getting ready for writing our own multi-paragraph informative compositions.

At the end of the week students be doing some more practice with writing an informative paragraph, this time, using information from a book. The kids will work on the skill of paraphrasing what they read. This is a useful skill when doing research as writing down exactly what you read would be copying. Good practice for your child this week would be to read additional nonfiction selections.

Below is the weekly handout sheet and vocabulary slideshow for this week. We will have a spelling test at the end of the week. Please remind your child to study the spelling words and help them review the vocabulary words as well.



This Week: Animals Building Homes

posted Nov 3, 2019, 2:35 AM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Nov 3, 2019, 2:35 AM ]

This week the grade 2 classes will be reading Animals Building Homes by Wendy Perkins. This is a nonfiction book about the different places that animals live. It is a perfect opportunity to get into our next writing project: a research report.

This week also marks the beginning of a new unit. This month, we will be looking at informative writing, namely the research report. Little by little this month, the students will learn the basic parts, organization, and strategies for writing a basic research report. This is a writing skill that will serve them them for the rest of their time at Happy Kids. It isn't the funnest writing assignment, but it is one of the most valuable that I teach this year. I hope all of the students try their best to master it.

Below is the weekly handout for this week and a slideshow to review this week's vocabulary words. Please help your child review the spelling and vocabulary words. We will have a spelling test on Friday.

Extension Week: Letters to Our Pen Pals

posted Oct 20, 2019, 7:09 AM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Oct 20, 2019, 7:09 AM ]

For the past couple of weeks, we have been learning to write a friendly letter. This week, the Grade 2 classes will be spending their time writing multi-paragraph replies to our pen pals in Tanzania. We received letters from our friends in Ms. Suleman's class at United World College-East Africa in Arusha, and it's our turn to write back. We will be applying what we've learned about paragraphs and writing a friendly letter to compose a four paragraph letter to their new friends. We hope to mail the letters out after next week. Below is the assignment sheet given to students to help them write their letters. I know our friends in Africa will be so happy to get these letters.

Remember, Teacher Professional Development Day and Parent-Teacher Conferences are this week, so no class Wednesday through Friday. I look forward to meeting everyone this week.


This Week: Teacher's Pets

posted Oct 6, 2019, 10:12 PM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Oct 6, 2019, 10:12 PM ]

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 the National Day this Thursday and Friday, we will still be covering our vocabulary, phonics, grammar, and reading lessons. 

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. Coat of Arms pics are coming soon. I'll post them later this week.


This Week: Diary of a Spider

posted Sep 28, 2019, 8:30 PM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Sep 28, 2019, 8:30 PM ]

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 will also be wrapping up our Coats of Arms this week. We just have to wrap up the writing. They will be posted on the 2F landing of the building for all to see on by the end of the week. I will post a few pictures later this week.


Extension Week: My Family Coat of Arms

posted Sep 24, 2019, 7:18 PM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Sep 24, 2019, 7:18 PM ]

My apologies for the late post. This week, we are taking a break from Journeys and will do 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 have been 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 16, 2019, 5:29 AM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Sep 16, 2019, 5:29 AM ]

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.

It was great seeing everyone at Meet the Teacher last week. Remember to contact me with any questions or concerns this year.


This Week: My Family

posted Sep 10, 2019, 6:59 AM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Sep 10, 2019, 7:00 AM ]

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 Thursday 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.

Don't forget, Meet the Teacher is this Thursday at 2:30. See you there!


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