• Week 8

    Posted by Jamie Wheelbarger on 10/11/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a great week. 


    This week in reading, we started our nonfiction reading unit. The students are learning so many new things from their books and using their reading time to really dig deeper into their books and ask questions about their reading. They are really into nonfiction so far! We also learned all about the importance of visualizing while reading/listening to a story. We would start our read aloud with the saying "close your eyes and VISUALIZE!" (thanks, Marlow!!) and the students would use their five senses to picture the story in their heads. They had a lot of fun with this!


    We launched our endangered animal PBL in Science this week. The students are SO excited to work on this over the next couple of weeks! They learned all about habitats and know the four components of a habitat (food, water, shelter, space) and what will happen if an animal is taken from its habitat. They learned about what it means to be endangered and what it means to be extinct, too. 


    The students are still working hard on their Epic Build projects! They are excited to share them with you on October 22nd from 9:35-10:00. Please join us in our classroom so that they can show off their hard work. We have to share our class set of chromebooks with another second grade class, so we will not have our projects ready to show until 9:35 and will have to give them back at 10:00. We will only have our projects ready to present during those 25 minutes. 


    We wrapped up our 10 more, 10 less, 100 more, 100 less unit this week and tested yesterday. We will begin rounding on Tuesday. 


    Earlier this week, I sent out the fall conference sign-up. If you have not yet signed up for a conference, please do so here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080f4baea72aa5f58-fall1

    Also, please remember that this is only a 15 minute window to discuss your child's progress during the first quarter of second grade. If you need more time, we can schedule another time after your conference to discuss things in further detail, but it is important that we stick to the 15 minute timeframe. Also, I completely understand that things come up last minute and you may not be able to attend your conference, but PLEASE let me know either through the Remind app or an email if this is the case so that I am prepared. 


    I hope that some of you were able to attend the Watch Dog Dad orientation last night. We are looking forward to having our WDD back! 


    Remember, no school Monday, October 14th!


    Have a great weekend! See everyone Tuesday!


    ~Mrs. Wheelbarger 

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  • Week 7

    Posted by Jamie Wheelbarger on 10/6/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Happy Sunday! I hope everyone is enjoying this fall weather!


    Last week, we wrapped up our comparing numbers unit and started our 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, 10 less unit. We will continue with 10 more, 10 less this week. 


    The students worked on their fluency and expression in our Fall themed shared reading poem, 'Pumpkins'! 


    We finished our first unit in Readers Workshop on Friday and will begin Nonfiction this week. They did more practice with making connections and will start vizualization next. 


    The students have almost finished their first practice round of making their own mazes in Scratch. They are having so much fun with this and are really trying to create challenging mazes. Mark your calendars for our first Epic Build-October 22!


    We started learning about animal habitats this week and discussed the differences between nonliving and living things. We will continue with this unit for a while in Science while we begin to incorporate our next PBL into this unit. 


    Thank you to everyone who came out for the Bear Crawl Friday night! It looked like so much fun was had by all!


    Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!


    ~Mrs. Wheelbarger 

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  • Week 6

    Posted by Jamie Wheelbarger on 9/27/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a great week. 


    This week in Readers Workshop, we reviewed the importance of reading beginning and ending parts of a word in a snap. We also talked about how it is important to switch around the sound the vowels make if the word doesn't sound right. The students learned all about connections {text to self, text to text, text to world, and text to media} and made their own connections with our read alouds.


    In writing, the students learned about interrogative, declarative, and exclamatory sentences. They are working hard to remember these big, fancy words! Next week, we will work on making 'super sentences', adding more adjectives and detail into sentences to make them even better. 


    In Shared Reading & Social Studies, the students learned about Helen Keller and Cesar Chavez. Ask them what they know-they are experts on both of these amazing people! We will begin Science next week. 


    The students have been working hard on their mazes in Scratch. They are still practicing before we do the real thing for their Epic Build projects. 


    In math, we compared three digit numbers. The students identified if numbers were greater than, less than, or equal to other numbers. They did really well with this! 


    THANK YOU to everyone who donated goodies for the local firefighters! Your generosity is so appreciated and we know the firefighters are going to be so grateful!


    Please click on the following link for more information about the Bear Crawl next Friday! 



    Upcoming dates:

    Oct 3 - Wear House Colors


    Oct 4 - PTO's Bear Crawl


    Oct 22 - First Epic Build Showcase


    I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 


    ~Mrs. Wheelbarger

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  • Week 5

    Posted by Jamie Wheelbarger on 9/22/2019 2:30:00 PM

    Happy Sunday! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. 


    Last week was another great one in room 14. In reading, the students continued building their stamina and are growing so much as readers. We will continue with fiction for a couple more weeks before moving to our nonfiction unit. 


    In Shared Reading & Social Studies, the students learned all about four very important national symbols-the Bald Eagle, the Washington Monument, the Statue of Liberty, and the American Flag. 


    We will spend a couple more days reviewing Scratch in coding, and then will start working on their first Epic Build projects. 


    In math, we continued with place value. The students learned about word form, standard form, and expanded form of a three digit number, as well as the value of those digits. Next week, we will move on to comparing three digit numbers (greater than, less than, equal to). 


    Thank you so much to everyone who has been helping their child with homework the last couple of weeks. Their homework is really important and a great review of what they're learning in math. If there is ever an issue with homework, please let me know. 


    Upcoming dates:

    Sept 26- Family Hike Night- 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Oct 3 - Wear House Colors

    Oct 22 - First Epic Build Showcase


    See everyone tomorrow!


    ~Mrs. Wheelbarger

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  • Week 4

    Posted by Jamie Wheelbarger on 9/13/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Happy Friday the 13th! I hope everyone has had a great week. 


    This week, the students dug deep into their first Reader's Workshop bend: Readers Grow like a Beanstalk! We discussed how much they are going to grow as readers this year. They are SO excited!


    In writing, we started our complete sentence unit. They identified complete and incomplete sentences and were able to correct incomplete sentences to make them complete. 


    The students logged onto their Scratch accounts this week with their new passwords-yay! We will start coding next week. 


    In social studies, the students learned new vocabulary words to describe good citizens: self-reliance, self discipline, and responsibilities. We will be working on these things in second grade!


    We wrapped up our ordinal number/even & odd unit in math today. They took their assessment this morning and we will begin place value next week. 


    Upcoming events:

    Sept 18 - Back to School Night for Kindergarten Parents

    Sept 19 - Wear House Colors

    Sept 26- Family Hike Night- 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Oct 3 - Wear House Colors

    Oct 22 - First Epic Build Showcase


    I hope everyone has a great weekend!


    ~Mrs. Wheelbarger 




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  • Week 3

    Posted by Jamie Wheelbarger on 9/6/2019 2:30:00 PM

    Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you have had a great week. 


    This week in Reading, we continued reviewing readers workshop expectations and did independent and partner reading. Next week, we will begin our first readers workshop unit-Second Grade Reading Growth Spurt. 


    The students learned all about ordinal numbers this week in math. Next week, we will do even and odd numbers. 


    They have also been working so hard on their PBL projects-making iMovies about how to be good citizens all around the school. They did a lot of planning before filming their videos and have been working so nicely together in their groups. 


    Next week, the students will take a MAP® Growth™ test from NWEA® on a Chromebook. We give them MAP Growth tests to determine their instructional readiness level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year in reading and math. It also helps drive my instruction and identify where needs are stronger. If you have any questions, please let me know! 


    Upcoming dates:

    Sept 10 - Spirit Day- Wear Summer/Vacation T-shirt

    Sept- 12 - Wear House Colors

    Sept 18 - Back to School Night for Kindergarten Parents

    Sept 19 - Wear House Colors


    I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!


    ~Mrs. Wheelbarger 



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  • Week 2

    Posted by Jamie Wheelbarger on 8/29/2019 2:30:00 PM

    Hello and Happy THURSDAY! Remember-no school tomorrow! :)


    We have had a great week here and have jumped right back into some of our workshop routines. The students practiced their stamina in independent reading this week and did some book shopping for books of interest. They completed some awesome activities that went with our read-alouds, too. 


    The students made their very own reading and writing goals this week and they are so excited to start tackling those goals! I was so proud of them as they came up with such wonderful things that they want to work toward. I LOVE this group of kids and their excitement for learning so much!


    Our good citizenship unit is well underway and the students have been practicing being good citizens in the classroom, in specials, at recess, on the bus, in the hallways, and in the bathrooms. 


    The students set and practiced entering their strong passwords yesterday, and I sent home an index card in their red folders yesterday with their passwords on them. They type in their lunch number first, then their password. Please let me know if you have any questions about the passwords. I also sent home a picture from the first day of school-that is yours to keep :) I printed one for the goal bulletin board and one for you all to have. 


    We got to know our friends a little bit better this week with our "Brown Bag It" sharing activity! It was so awesome to learn new things about our friends in the class! 


    Thank you to those of you who have sent in a check for the Scholastic magazine subscription for your child. I am still missing a few, so please, if you have not already done so, send in those checks made out to Scholastic for $6.00.


    Important dates:

    Friday, August 30-no school

    Monday, September 2-no school

    Thursday, September 5-PICTURE DAY! :)

          *even though Thursday is usually house color day, students can skip this for picture day to wear their finest clothes ;)


    I hope everyone has a SAFE and HAPPY holiday weekend! See everyone Tuesday!



    ~Mrs. Wheelbarger



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  • Week 1!

    Posted by Jamie Wheelbarger on 8/23/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Happy Friday! We have had a GREAT first couple of days here!


    We have spent yesterday and today revisiting classroom and school rules here at Round Hill. We have also done some reading, some writing, some drawing, some graphing, some adding, some coloring-a little bit of everything! 


    I will not be sending Friday folders home today because we don't really have much to go home. I will send them home next Thursday, since we do not have school Friday. 


    Please remember to send a check for $6.00 for the Scholastic magazine subscription! It should be made out to Scholastic. Also, in their take home folders, you will see a brown bag with directions stapled on the front. The kids can tell you all about what they are going to do!


    Remember, no school next Friday, August 30th or Monday, September 2nd!


    I hope that everyone has a great weekend!


    ~Mrs. Wheelbarger 

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