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This Week: Jellies

posted Nov 15, 2020, 5:22 PM by Jason Brunken

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 8, 2020, 5:02 AM by Jason Brunken

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 2, 2020, 5:01 PM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Nov 2, 2020, 5:01 PM ]

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 16, 2020, 7:28 AM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Oct 16, 2020, 7:29 AM ]

For the next two weeks, the Grade 2 classes will be spending their time writing multi-paragraph replies to our pen pals in Tanzania. We received copies of postcards from Mr. Gaffney'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 to compose a four paragraph letter to their new friends. 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 for conferences.


This Week: Ugly Vegetables

posted Oct 13, 2020, 7:52 PM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Oct 13, 2020, 7:52 PM ]

This week we are reading Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin. Ugly Vegetables is a fun little story about a family that lives in a neighborhood where everybody plants a garden. The other residents of the neighborhood plant beautiful flower gardens, but our main character's mother plants a garden full of Chinese vegetables. The girls is disappointed, wanting a flower garden like everyone else, but her mom insists their garden will be great. In the end, of course, all the neighbors want to trade some flowers for the delicious soup made from the vegetables. 

Grace Lin is a native Taiwanese, but moved to the US when she was in elementary school. She has written many great books for young children, many about her Taiwanese heritage and maintaining that heritage while living in the US. Some of her more famous books include The Year of the DogWhere the Mountain Meets the Moon, and Dim-Sum for Everyone. You can see her other titles here

Students will also be finishing up their pen pal letters this week. Some students didn't have enough time to finish last week..

Below is the weekly handout for this week and the vocabulary slideshow for this week's words. Remember to help your child review the spelling and vocabulary words when you have a chance. y. 



This Week: Teacher's Pets

posted Oct 4, 2020, 10:08 PM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Oct 4, 2020, 10:08 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, I still plan be covering our vocabulary, phonics, grammar, and reading lessons though we may run into next Monday as well. 

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 or Monday next week. The words are getting harder. Please review. Coat of Arms pics are coming soon, but you can see them posted up on the 2nd floor bulletin board at school. Visit them today.


This Week: Diary of a Spider

posted Sep 26, 2020, 6:20 AM by Jason Brunken

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, but due to the short week we will be doing the reading lesson on Monday and grammar on Wednesday. There may be no spelling test on Wednesday before the holiday. 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.



Extension Week: My Family Coat of Arms

posted Sep 21, 2020, 3:00 AM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Sep 21, 2020, 3:00 AM ]

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.


Meet Mr. Brunken

posted Sep 17, 2020, 6:29 AM by Jason Brunken

This week I emailed and sent home a video introducing myself, my teaching, and what's going on in 6th Grade this year. I hope you all had the chance to watch it. If you forgot, don't worry. I'll post it here too for you to see. Remember you can always contact me with questions and concerns. I look forward to meeting all of you at Parent-Teacher Conferences later in October.

This Week: Henry and Mudge Under the Yellow Moon

posted Sep 14, 2020, 6:24 PM by Jason Brunken   [ updated Sep 14, 2020, 6:24 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 will have a video posted later this week introducing myself and the class instead of our usual Meet the Teacher event. Stay tuned.


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