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This Week: Now and Ben and more

posted Feb 19, 2020, 6:11 PM by Jason Brunken
Welcome back! It's been over five weeks since I have last seen the kids in class. I'm so happy to see everyone back and healthy for the first week of classes of the new year. Due to the three weeks that have been cancelled, we are changing up our plan for Grade 2 a bit from what was originally scheduled. A new calendar has been sent home to tell you all about what is coming up.

The first two weeks back, Grade 2 is reading 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 write a short poem about Ben Franklin too.

The practice materials for spelling, grammar, and vocabulary can be found below (weekly handout and vocabulary slideshow). Also this week, students will be watching video responses form their pen pals to the letters we mailed out last semester. The kids will work on making their own videos this week, probably to be recorded next week sometime.



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