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Follow the latest happenings in Grade 2 below.

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.

This Week: Now and Ben

posted May 24, 2017, 6:43 PM by Jason Brunken

Sorry for the late post. Last week, Grade 2 read 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.

The practice materials for spelling, grammar, and vocabulary can be found below (weekly handout and vocabulary slideshow). It's too late to practice, but you can review in case you feel you missed something. We did a little preparation work for this week's Poetry Writing project as well.

This Week: The Mysterious Tadpole

posted May 2, 2017, 7:35 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. You can watch a short animated version of the book here. This book is a fun fantasy story assignment which will help us review story structure as students continue to work on their fantasy stories.

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 and vocabulary slideshow below.

This Week: Two of Everything

posted Apr 23, 2017, 8:05 PM by Jason Brunken

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. It also asks a good question. What would you do if you had a pot that copied anything you put inside it? Students will get an opportunity to ponder this question after we finish reading. We will also continue our exploration of fantasy stories and folktales.

Also this week students will practice vocabulary, spelling, grammar (possessive pronouns), and story structure. The handout and vocabulary slideshow for this week are posted below to help you practice. A spelling test will be on Friday. Please help your child study.

This Week: Half-Chicken

posted Apr 16, 2017, 4:40 AM by Jason Brunken

This week we are reading a folk tale translated from Spanish, Half-Chicken. The story tells of a chicken who was born only as half-a chicken. He doesn't die though. He goes on to do some amazing things and goes on amazing adventures. Folktales are stories that began long before written history. We often don't know the authors and they provide outlandish explanations for everyday things. In this case, why are there weather vanes on top of houses? The kids will have to wait to read to find out.

This week we are getting back to normal after the Expo and studying our vocabulary, spelling, and writing. We will be working on our next story this week too. Students are preparing their fantasy stories that we hope to finish the first week of May. Please remind your child to study the spelling words. I have posted the weekly handout and vocabulary slideshow below to help. We will have a spelling test on Friday.

Extension Weeks: Once Upon a Time

posted Mar 26, 2017, 3:10 AM by Jason Brunken

These next few weeks, Grade 2 is working on project called "Once Upon a Time: What is a fairy tale?". This project is a culmination of a lot of learning the kids have done this year. In pairs, students select a fairy tale that they as a group love. We have been studying story elements since January, now students will need to take what they know and teach about their fairy tale by writing a summary, a persuasive paper about why they love the story, illustrate a scene, and describe the different elements of the fairy tale. A condensed version of all of this will be put on a display board the students will present.

The culmination for this project will be their presentation. On April 13 at the ASLA Student Expo, each group will present their hard work to parents of the ASLA Program. The kids are working hard this week and next to get ready. See the student handout below for all the details about this project.

This Week: How Groundhog's Garden Grew

posted Mar 13, 2017, 7:44 AM by Jason Brunken

This week the Grade 2 classes will be reading the cute fantasy tale How Groundhog's Garden Grew by Lynne Cherry. The tale tells of how Groundhog, a vegetable thief, is taught how to plant and grow a garden by his neighbor, Squirrel. During the process, we the reader learn all about how to plant and care for a garden. In the end, Groundhog has a lush garden full of food that he shares with everyone as a way to say thanks for letting him "have" their crops.

Below are the spelling and vocabulary words for this week. Please help your child to study and review the words before our test on Friday. Our grammar focus this week will be irregular verbs. Conjugating irregular verbs is very difficult for English language learners. The weekly handout and vocabulary slideshow are posted below. Please help your child practice. We will review identifying important events fro ma story and putting them in the correct sequence. Later we will apply this knowledge to writing a summary of a story. 

This Week: Dex - The Heart of a Hero

posted Mar 5, 2017, 6:52 PM by Jason Brunken

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: The Heart of a Hero. 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. What helps him ultimately succeed though? It's his unwavering confidence in the belief that he CAN be a hero no matter what others tell him. That confidence ultimately inspires others to better themselves, including someone he least suspects. I know the kids will love reading this fun, cute little story.

Below is this week's handout with the spelling and vocabulary words. Please help your child to study and review the words before our test on Friday. I've also posted the vocabulary slideshow to help with practice at home. 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.

This Week: The Signmaker's Assistant

posted Feb 27, 2017, 11:36 PM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 11:36 PM ]

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. We will be making our own silly signs for the classroom like they saw in the book this week.

Our writing focus for this month will be writing a story summary. Story summaries give the main ideas and a few details about a book in a single paragraph. This week we will practice more with identifying story elements and important events from stories before practicing writing a summary next week.

There will be a spelling test on Friday. Please take some time to review the vocabulary and spelling words below with your child. The Weekly Handout and vocabulary slideshow for this week are both posted below. Grammar will cover the use of commas in proper nouns this week. 

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