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1st and 2nd Grade News

During the first week of school, we have been spending time going over classroom procedures and getting to know each other.  We have a couple new students that have joined our class this year.  Students were quick to make friends with them and make them feel welcome at SCS!  I can tell we are going to have a PAWSome year!

First and Second graders have been off to a PAWSative start! We spent the first few weeks of school learning new routines and practicing the skills that we will need to make the classroom run smoothly.  During Math, we split into grade level groups and complete work accordingly.   During Language Arts we split into smaller groups to be able to work even closer to students needs.    Students also have a chance to choose between Read to Self, Read to Someone, or Listen to Reading-in which students will be able to listen to books on CD/tape or on the iPad.  Soon we will be introducing Word Work-in which students will have a chance to practice spelling in a fun way.   We completed a science unit on Senses.  Each day we explored one of the five senses.  Students enjoyed hands on activities such as sound boxes, guessing what smells were, and tasting different foods!


At the beginning of October First and Second graders were excited to welcome two new students to our class! We spent some time getting to know our new friends and teaching them the routine and rules in our classroom. We have been reading many different books during Language Arts and have been focusing on the setting and story elements. Students have been practicing retelling a story focusing on the beginning, middle, and end. This is done through pictures, sentences, or a combination of both. We have also added Word Work to our daily choice. Students have a chance to practice spelling in a fun way. In Science, we completed a plant unit with the focus on apple tree life cycles and pumpkin life cycles. We have now started a Social Studies unit on Communities.

First and Second grade has had a busy November! We were sad to see our two new students move away, but excited to welcome another new student to our class! We are very happy to have Alexis join us! We spent a little time getting to know our new friend and teaching her the routines and rules of our classroom.

In Math, we second graders have continued to learn about place value to 100. We have practiced different strategies to add 2 double digit numbers. Most of the strategies have focused on mental addition or using the 100’s chart to add. In addition to the lesson of the day, students are reviewing the skill learned from the day previous, playing a math tub game that is focused on skills we are learning or have learned, and have either math games or independent iPad time. We will soon be practicing mental subtraction strategies. First graders have continued to practice addition to 20. We have learned different strategies, such as adding doubles and doubles plus one.

In Social studies, we completed a community unit. We learned about what makes up a community, how there are different types of communities and who our community helpers are. Students were very excited to share what job they want when they grow up!

During Language Arts time, some groups have experimented with making iMovie book trailers.  We were very excited with the outcome and are anxious to make more!  

Turkey Slime 


December sure has flown by!  First and second graders have been learning about the three states of matter.  We have started performing various experiments to learn more about this.  We will continue learning about matter after the break.   

In Math, second graders have practiced different strategies to mentally add and subtract 2 digit numbers.  We have started learning how to add 2 digit numbers with regrouping.  In first grade, we have been practicing subtracting numbers from 20.  Students are starting to see the relationship between addition and subtraction and how learning addition facts helps with subtracting.  

In Language Arts, we have read various different versions of the “Gingerbread Man”.  We have now started to write our own gingerbread stories.  Students have become very creative with stories including  “The Gingerbread Reindeer”, “The Gingerbread Pirate”, “The Gingerbread Kid”, and many more!  We are hoping to finish them up before break and are excited to bring them home!  

We have also been busy doing some holiday crafts. Students have really taking their time on the projects and are excited to bring them home to their families. I hope that you have a relaxing and wonderful holiday!


Holiday break was just what first and second graders needed. They have come back ready to grow and learn!  We have been reading, reading, reading and the growth is evident!  Recently we read “If All the Animals Came Inside” by Pinder.  After reading the story we brainstormed what it would be like if all the animals came inside the school.  We then made our own class book titled “If All the Animals Came Inside the School”.  Students were very excited about this and put a lot of effort into their writing and illustrations.  Be on the lookout for a copy of the classbook to be coming home. I am sure your student will be excited to read it to you!

In Math, first graders have continued practicing subtracting numbers from 20.  We are now learning about counting and number patterns to 120.  In second grade we are learning about double digit subtraction with regrouping.  I encourage students to keep practicing subtraction facts at home.  This will make subtracting larger numbers a lot easier!  

In Science, we are finishing up our unit on the states of matter.  When we came back from break Mr. Frizzell came in and did a science experiment involving matter.  Students were very excited to make Coffee Dough and our classroom smelled pretty good too!  Recently, we did an experiment with solutions.  Make sure to ask your child all about it!


We started February off with the 100th day of school! First and second grades joined the kindergarten class for an afternoon of activities.  We started the celebration with students sharing their 100th day collections.  Students built with 100 legos, stacked 100 cups, drew pictures of what they have been told 100 times, and used an app to see what they would look like in 50 years.  We ended the afternoon with a 100th day snack.  

In Social Studies, we have been learning about maps. Students learned an easy way to remember the order of directions by remembering the saying “Never Eat Soggy Waffles” or “Never Eat Shredded Wheat”. We also spent some time learning about our city, state, country, and continent.



March has been a very busy month for first and second graders!  In the beginning of the month it was Read Across America week. During this week we had Mrs. Coats come in and read to us.  

In Math, first graders have been adding and subtracting tens from two digit numbers. second graders have continued to practice adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers. We have now started exploring shapes.   Second graders will soon find shapes around the room and described different properties of them.

In Science, we have been learning about motion and energy!  We have done many different hands on activities to explore this topic.  We experimented with ramps. In small groups, we used ramps to race cars and also spent some time building different ramps.  Most recently, we learned that the strength of the force applied to an object affects the motion.


April has flown by! We are hoping that the later vacation will bring us warmer weather!

In Math, first graders have been learning about measurement.  First graders have used different objects such as cubes, paper clips, and straws to measure different objects.   They especially liked getting to move around and measure different furniture in our classroom. They are now learning about telling and writing time to the hour.   Second graders spent most of the month exploring shapes. They learned about plane shapes and solid shapes. They then described different properties of them. Second graders are now learning about money.  They will be practicing counting money, finding different ways to make an amount, and adding and subtracting different amounts of money.

In Language Arts, we have been reading different fairy tales, folktales, and fables.  Students have enjoyed comparing different versions of fairy tales. We have also spent some time reading poetry.  Students will have a chance to be creative and write their own poetry!

In Science, we have been learning about landforms.  Students have researched the various types of landforms and are creating a 3 dimensional diagram of what they have learned.  I am very excited to see how creative students will be when completing these projects!


First and Second graders have spent the month of May learning about plants.  We have read many books, watched short video clips, and have wrote about plants, trees, and seeds.  We created grass heads and have been making predictions about how tall our “hair” will grow! Students read about sunflowers and green bean plants.  They then had a choose of which to plant. We plan to plant them outdoors in our classrooms garden box.

In Math, second graders have  spent a few weeks learning about measurement.  We learned how to measure first using different objects and then with rulers.  Students practiced measuring to the nearest inch, foot, centimeter, and meter. We will soon be learning about telling time and graphing. First graders have spent some time learning about time and are now learning about shapes.  Soon first graders will learn about simple fractions.

Now that the weather is warmer and not rainy we having been trying to get outside more often.  Often we will go for a walk or have an extra shorter recess in the afternoon. We are hopeful that the nice weather is here to stay!