• April News - 4/09/21

    Posted by SHAYNA GRUENEWALD on 4/9/2021 3:00:00 PM

    Class News 4/9/2021

     

    Upcoming Events

    4/19 - Scholastic Book Orders due

    4/23 - Spell Check #7

     

    Scholastic Book Club

    If you are interested in ordering books from the Scholastic Book Club, you may do so online.  Books can be shipped to your home.

    Here is a link to the book order flyers.  https://scholastic-clubs.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?i=697883

    Here is the website address.  https://clubs.scholastic.com/home 

    The class code is H2VGX.

     

    Seven Habits of Happy Kids (by Sean Covey)

    Did you know that we are learning about and practicing seven habits that can help us live happier lives?  So far, we have learned and are practicing these habits:

    • Be proactive.  You’re in charge
    • Begin with the end in mind.  Set goals; have a plan.
    • Put first things first.  Work first, then play.

    Soon to come:

    • Think win-win.  Find solutions where everyone is happy.
    • Seek first to understand.  Listen, then talk.
    • Synergize.  Work as a team.
    • Sharpen the saw.  Take care of yourself.

     

    Character Traits

    As a district, we are learning about and practicing eight character traits that can help us be strong learners and great citizens.  It is part of our “Community with Character” initiative.  

    So far this year, Buchanan has focused on these district-chosen traits:

    * Be Respectful – be thoughtful of people and things

    * Be Responsible – do what you need to do, and take care of things you use

    * Have Grit (don’t quit) – keep trying

    * Have Empathy – think of how others feel

    * Have Integrity – make the right choice, even when no one is looking

    * Have Confidence – believe in yourself

    These district-chosen traits will be a focus later at Buchanan:

    * Be Mindful – be “in the moment”, focus on what is most important right now

    * Be Reflective – think about how things went, make a plan to keep going or make a change

    In addition to the district-selected character traits focus, Buchanan has also had two special focus areas this year:  kindness and safety.

     

    English Language Arts (ELA)  

    Focus/Unit:  Author Study


    This week:

    • We read more Kelly Di Pucchio books.  We read Grace for President, Dog Days of School, and Everyone Loves Bacon.
    • We think Kelly DiPucchio wrote about things that were important to her during her life.  Maybe she had a friend who ate a different kind of sandwich (The Sandwich Swap).  Maybe when she learned about presidents of the United States she thought about how there hadn’t been any female presidents (Grace for President).  
    • Identified the story elements (main characters, setting [where and when a story takes place], problem, and solution) for stories.   
    • Did a ​​cereal box book report project.  Students chose one book from our ELA unit​.  They wrote an ​​opinion about the book​, and told several story elements: characters, setting, problem, and solution​. 

     

    Math  

    Focus/Unit: Assessments & Unit 8: Geometry and Arrays

     

    This week we:

    • Learned that shapes have attributes.  Attributes are properties.  For example, here are some attributes (properties) of triangles:
      • 3 sides
      • 3 vertices (corners)
      • 3 angles (inside the shape at the corners)
    • We learned parts of words have special meaning.  For example, “tri” means 3, “penta” means 5, and “hexa” means 6.
    • Polygons are shapes with 3 or more straight sides.  Sides of polygons only connect at the ends.  The sides do not cross.  Polygons are “closed” shapes.  This means that there is no opening.  To help students better understand polygons, we talked about dog pens.  A polygon is like a fenced area for a dog.  There is one “inside” area for the dog to play in, and there are no “openings” for the dog to escape.
    • Learned that some shapes have more than one name.  These shapes are special.  
      • All 4 sided shapes are quadrilaterals.  
      • 4-sided shapes that have 4 right angles (square corners) are rectangles.  
      • A 4-sided shape that has 4 same-length sides is a rhombus.
      • 4-sided shapes that have 4 right angles AND 4 same-length sides are squares.
    • So, a 4-sided shape (quadrilateral) that has 4 right angles (rectangle) AND 4 same-length sides (rhombus), is a quadrilateral, a rectangle, a rhombus, AND a square.  It is a very special shape! 

     

    Link to Second Grade End of the Year Standards (Click here for the link.

    https://www.livoniapublicschools.orgHPage/10857 

     

    Link to Resources for Home (Click here for the link.

    https://www.livoniapublicschools.org/Page/10859 

     

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

     

     

     

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  • March News - 3/26/21

    Posted by SHAYNA GRUENEWALD on 3/26/2021 3:00:00 PM

    Class News 3/26/2021

     

    Upcoming Events

    3/29 - 4/2 - Spring Break

    4/23 - Spell Check #7

     

    Seven Habits of Happy Kids (by Sean Covey)

    Did you know that we are learning about and practicing seven habits that can help us live happier lives?  So far, we have learned and are practicing these habits:

    • Be proactive.  You’re in charge
    • Begin with the end in mind.  Set goals; have a plan.
    • Put first things first.  Work first, then play.

    Soon to come:

    • Think win-win.  Find solutions where everyone is happy.
    • Seek first to understand.  Listen, then talk.
    • Synergize.  Work as a team.
    • Sharpen the saw.  Take care of yourself.

     

    Character Traits

    As a district, we are learning about and practicing eight character traits that can help us be strong learners and great citizens.  It is part of our “Community with Character” initiative.  

    So far this year, Buchanan has focused on these district-chosen traits:

    * Be Respectful – be thoughtful of people and things

    * Be Responsible – do what you need to do, and take care of things you use

    * Have Grit (don’t quit) – keep trying

    * Have Empathy – think of how others feel

    * Have Integrity – make the right choice, even when no one is looking

    Our next focus will be:

    * Have Confidence – believe in yourself

    These district-chosen traits will be a focus later at Buchanan:

    * Be Mindful – be “in the moment”, focus on what is most important right now

    * Be Reflective – think about how things went, make a plan to keep going or make a change

    In addition to the district-selected character traits focus, Buchanan has also had two special focus areas this year:  kindness and safety.

     

    English Language Arts (ELA)  

    Focus/Unit:  Author Study


    This week:

    • We read more Patricial Polacco books.  We read Mr. Lincoln’s Way, The Keeping Quilt, and Some Birthday.
    • We think Patricia Polacco wrote about people that were important to her during her life.  She wrote about a teacher, a principal, her mom, her brother, and her ancestors.
    • We read another Cynthia Rylant book, The Great Gracie Chase.
    • We read a book by Kelly DiPucchio, The Sandwich Swap.
    • Identified the story elements (main characters, setting [where and when a story takes place], problem, and solution) for each story.  Students are now identifying these story elements independently.  This is great to see!
    • Identified lessons in several stories.  Students are beginning to independently identify lessons in the stories we read.  This is great to see!

     

    Math  

    Focus/Unit: Assessments & Unit 7: Whole Number Operations and Measurement & Data

     

    This week we:

    • Took the unit 7 assessments.
    • We used measurement data from unit 7 lessons to create line plots.
    • We determined the maximum, minimum, range, median, and mode on our line plots.  
    • We will begin unit 8 lessons after spring break.

     

    Next Focus/Unit: 8: Geometry and Arrays

     

     

    Link to Second Grade End of the Year Standards (Click here for the link.

    https://www.livoniapublicschools.orgHPage/10857 

     

    Link to Resources for Home (Click here for the link.

    https://www.livoniapublicschools.org/Page/10859 

     

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

     

     

     

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  • March News - 3/18/21

    Posted by SHAYNA GRUENEWALD on 3/18/2021 3:00:00 PM

    Class News 3/18/2021

     

    Upcoming Events

    3/19 - Report cards are available in Parent Connect

    3/19 - No school for students

    3/23 - Unit 7 math assessments

    3/26 - Spell Check #6

    3/29 - 4/2 - Spring Break

      

     

    Cereal Boxes (repeated from prior weeks)

    Students will each need a cereal box for an activity in our next ELA unit.  Please keep this in mind as you are finishing boxes of cereal over the next week or so.

    • Please write your child’s name (on the inside flap of the box) and send the box to school as it becomes available.
    • If you have an extra box that you could donate for another child to use, please send that box too.  Thank you!

    Thank you to all the families who already sent in a cereal box with your child’s name written inside the flap!

     

    Seven Habits of Happy Kids (by Sean Covey)

    Did you know that we are learning about and practicing seven habits that can help us live happier lives?  So far, we have learned and are practicing the first 2 habits:

    • Be proactive.  You’re in charge
    • Begin with the end in mind.  Set goals; have a plan.

    Soon to come:

    • Put first things first.  Work first, then play.
    • Think win-win.  Find solutions where everyone is happy.
    • Seek first to understand.  Listen, then talk.
    • Synergize.  Work as a team.
    • Sharpen the saw.  Take care of yourself.

     

    Character Traits

    As a district, we are learning about and practicing eight character traits that can help us be strong learners and great citizens.  It is part of our “Community with Character” initiative.  

    So far this year, Buchanan has focused on these district-chosen traits:

    * Be Respectful – be thoughtful of people and things

    * Be Responsible – do what you need to do, and take care of things you use

    * Have Grit (don’t quit) – keep trying

    * Have Empathy – think of how others feel

    We are now focusing on this trait.

    * Have Integrity – make the right choice, even when no one is looking

    These district-chosen traits will be a focus later at Buchanan:

    * Have Confidence – believe in yourself

    * Be Reflective – think about how things went, make a plan to keep going or make a change

    * Be Mindful – be “in the moment”, focus on what is most important right now

     

    In addition to the district-selected character traits focus, Buchanan has also had two special focus areas this year:  kindness and safety.

     

    English Language Arts (ELA)  

    Focus/Unit:  Author Study


    This week we:

    • Read more Mo Willems’ books.  We read Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late.  We read We Are in a Book.
    • We read more Tomie dePaola books.  We read Tom and Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs.  These books are about characters that we met in the book 26 Fairmount Avenue!  These people were Tomie’s grandparents!
    • We have found a lot of evidence to support our idea that Tomie dePaola wrote about his childhood!  These books were about his family members.
    • We began learning about Patricia Polacco.
    • We read a Patricia Polacco book, Thank You, Mr. Falker.
    • The main character in the book Mr. Falkner was Trisha.  We are wondering if this is a story about Patricia Polacco’s childhood.  Did Patricia Polacco write books about her childhood too?

     

    Math  

    Focus/Unit: Assessments & Unit 7: Whole Number Operations and Measurement & Data

    This week we:

      • Finished unit 7 lessons.
      • We learned more about graphing data.  We made line plots.  Line plots are similar to graphs.  They just have Xs above the items instead of pictures or bars.  
      • We learned some vocabulary words (statistical items) that are used to describe data.  Here are some vocabulary words we learned:
        • Maximum (the largest data reported)
        • Minimum (the smallest data reported)
        • Range (the difference between the largest and smallest data reported)
        • Mode (the most popular data reported - more people had this as their number)
        • Median (the middle number)
      • Example, given 5 measurements of students’ wrist sizes (in centimeters):  12, 14, 14, 15, 16.  
        • The maximum is 16.  This is the largest number that anyone reported.
        • The minimum is 12.  This is the smallest number that anyone reported.
        • The range is 4 (16 - 4).
        • The mode is 14.  Two people reported 14 as their data; all the other numbers only got reported by 1 person.
        • The median is 14.  We calculate the median by eliminating the largest and the smallest data again and again.  With our example data, we first would eliminate the 16 and the 12.  Next we would eliminate the 15 and one of the 14s.  We would be left with a 14.  So 14 is the middle number in the data set.
      • We will continue to talk about these important statistics items each time we make graphs and line plots.
      • We estimated the size of our wrist in centimeters and inches.  It was challenging, but we did a good job moving our fingers around our wrist to estimate.
      • Mrs. Gruenewald used a flexible tape measure and measured all the students’ wrists in centimeters, and students noticed how close their estimates were.  This was exciting!
      • We learned about shapes during our math explorations.  We learned vocabulary for describing the properties of 2-dimensional shapes.  Here are some of the vocabulary words we learned:
        • Sides
        • Vertices (corners)
        • Angles
        • Right angles (square corners)
    • We will be learning more about shapes (geometry) in unit 8.
    • We will take the unit 7 assessments early next week.

      

    Link to Second Grade End of the Year Standards (Click here for the link.

    https://www.livoniapublicschools.orgHPage/10857 

     

    Link to Resources for Home (Click here for the link.

    https://www.livoniapublicschools.org/Page/10859 

     

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

     

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  • March News - 3/12/21

    Posted by SHAYNA GRUENEWALD on 3/12/2021 11:00:00 AM

    Class News 3/12/2021

     

    Upcoming Events

    3/19 - Report cards are available in Parent Connect

    3/19 - No school for students

    3/26 - Spell Check #6

    3/29 - 4/2 - Spring Break

      

     

    Cereal Boxes (repeated from prior weeks)

    Students will each need a cereal box for an activity in our next ELA unit.  Please keep this in mind as you are finishing boxes of cereal over the next week or so.

    • Please write your child’s name (on the inside flap of the box) and send the box to school as it becomes available.
    • If you have an extra box that you could donate for another child to use, please send that box too.  Thank you!

    Thank you to all the families who already sent in a cereal box with your child’s name written inside the flap!

     

    Seven Habits of Happy Kids (by Sean Covey)

    Did you know that we are learning about and practicing seven habits that can help us live happier lives?  So far, we have learned and are practicing the first 2 habits:

    • Be proactive.  You’re in charge
    • Begin with the end in mind.  Set goals; have a plan.

    Soon to come:

    • Put first things first.  Work first, then play.
    • Think win-win.  Find solutions where everyone is happy.
    • Seek first to understand.  Listen, then talk.
    • Synergize.  Work as a team.
    • Sharpen the saw.  Take care of yourself.

     

    Character Traits

    As a district, we are learning about and practicing eight character traits that can help us be strong learners and great citizens.  It is part of our “Community with Character” initiative.  

    So far this year, Buchanan has focused on these district-chosen traits:

    * Be Respectful – be thoughtful of people and things

    * Be Responsible – do what you need to do, and take care of things you use

    * Have Grit (don’t quit) – keep trying

    * Have Empathy – think of how others feel

    We are now focusing on this trait.

    * Have Integrity – make the right choice, even when no one is looking

    These district-chosen traits will be a focus later at Buchanan:

    * Have Confidence – believe in yourself

    * Be Reflective – think about how things went, make a plan to keep going or make a change

    * Be Mindful – be “in the moment”, focus on what is most important right now

     

    In addition to the district-selected character traits focus, Buchanan has also had two special focus areas this year:  kindness and safety.

     

    English Language Arts (ELA)  

    Focus/Unit:  Author Study


    This week we:

    • Read more Tomie DePaola’s books: The Popcorn Book, The Art Lesson, and several chapters in 26 Fairmount Avenue.
    • We noticed that some of the characters in 26 Fairmont Avenue were also in another book!
    • We began learning about the author Mo Willems.  
    • We read Mo Willems’ book My New Friend Is So Fun!

     

    Math  

    Focus/Unit: Assessments & Unit 7: Whole Number Operations and Measurement & Data

     

    This week we:

    • Learned about personal reference units.  Personal reference units are parts of our body that are close to the size of standard measurement units.  We use our personal reference units when we estimate lengths.
    • Ask your child to show you his/her personal reference unit for:
      • A centimeter … the width of 1 finger
      • A decimeter (10 centimeters) … the width of our hand from the thumb to the other side of the hand
      • A meter … our arm span
      • An inch … the width of 2 fingers
      • A foot … from our elbow to our fist
      • A yard … the length of our arms in the DAB position
    • We learned that when you measure larger things (or larger distances) you use bigger units.  
      • We estimated and measured the length of our room in yards.
      • We estimated and measured in meters too!
    • We measured objects with two different units: US customary and metric units.  For example, we measured our desks in both inches and centimeters.

     

    Link to Second Grade End of the Year Standards (Click here for the link.

    https://www.livoniapublicschools.orgHPage/10857 

     

    Link to Resources for Home (Click here for the link.

    https://www.livoniapublicschools.org/Page/10859 

     

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

     

     

     

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  • March News - 3/05/21

    Posted by SHAYNA GRUENEWALD on 3/5/2021 3:00:00 PM

    Class News 3/5/2021

     

    Upcoming Events

    3/12 - Half day for students (dismissal at 12:20) note the time change, End of Trimester 2

    3/19 - Report cards are available in Parent Connect

    3/19 - No school for students

    3/26 - Spell Check #6

    3/29 - 4/2 - Spring Break

       

    Read-In

    Students enjoyed wearing pajamas and reading their special books with their stuffed friends.  Thank you for helping your child prepare for this special event!

     

    Cereal Boxes (repeated from last week)

    Students will each need a cereal box for an activity in our next ELA unit.  Please keep this in mind as you are finishing boxes of cereal over the next week or so.

    • Please write your child’s name (on the inside flap of the box) and send the box to school as it becomes available.
    • If you have an extra box that you could donate for another child to use, please send that box too.  Thank you!

    Thank you to all the families who already sent in a cereal box with your child’s name written inside the flap!

     

    Seven Habits of Happy Kids (by Sean Covey)

    Did you know that we are learning about and practicing seven habits that can help us live happier lives?  So far, we have learned and are practicing the first 2 habits:

    • Be proactive.  You’re in charge
    • Begin with the end in mind.  Set goals; have a plan.

    Soon to come:

    • Put first things first.  Work first, then play.
    • Think win-win.  Find solutions where everyone is happy.
    • Seek first to understand.  Listen, then talk.
    • Synergize.  Work as a team.
    • Sharpen the saw.  Take care of yourself.

     

    Character Traits

    As a district, we are learning about and practicing eight character traits that can help us be strong learners and great citizens.  It is part of our “Community with Character” initiative.  

    So far this year, Buchanan has focused on these district-chosen traits:

    * Be Respectful – be thoughtful of people and things

    * Be Responsible – do what you need to do, and take care of things you use

    * Have Grit (don’t quit) – keep trying

    * Have Empathy – think of how others feel

    We are now focusing on this trait.

    * Have Integrity – make the right choice, even when no one is looking

    These district-chosen traits will be a focus later at Buchanan:

    * Have Confidence – believe in yourself

    * Be Reflective – think about how things went, make a plan to keep going or make a change

    * Be Mindful – be “in the moment”, focus on what is most important right now

     

    In addition to the district-selected character traits focus, Buchanan has also had two special focus areas this year:  kindness and safety.

     

    English Language Arts (ELA)  

    Focus/Unit:  Author Study


    We began our new ELA unit this week.  We:

    • We began the unit with a “taste of reading.”  Students had the opportunity to sample 5 author’s books.  Our class sampled Laura Numeroff, Cynthia Rylant, William Steig, Mem Fox, and Mark Teague.  Students looked at the cover, listened to a few pages read aloud, and decided if they would be interested in reading each book.
    • We learned a bit about Tomie DePaola and the books he’s written.  
    • We read Strega Nona, and students have already asked about reading another book by Tomie DePaola that is titled the name of a character in Strega Nona.  
    • We will be reading and looking for evidence to answer the essential question, “How does an author’s experience shape what they write?

     

    Math  

    Focus/Unit: Assessments & Unit 7: Whole Number Operations and Measurement & Data

     

    This week we:

    • Took the unit 6 assessments.
    • Took special trimester 2 assessments next week.  
    • Used combinations of 10 to figure out missing addends.  Ex.  43 + __ = 50.  We know that 3 + 7 = 10.  So, we know that 43 + 7 will get us to the next ten, 50.  Therefore, 43 + 7 = 50.
    • We learned that we can use combinations of ten to help us add 3 or more numbers.  Ex. 7 + 5 + 3 = ?  We know that 7 + 3 = 10.  So, we can add 7 + 3 to get 10.  Then we can add the 5 to get 15.  Therefore, 7 + 5 + 3 = 15.

     

    Link to Second Grade End of the Year Standards (Click here for the link.

    https://www.livoniapublicschools.orgHPage/10857 

     

    Link to Resources for Home (Click here for the link.

    https://www.livoniapublicschools.org/Page/10859 

     

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

     

     

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  • February News - 2/26/21

    Posted by SHAYNA GRUENEWALD on 2/26/2021 3:00:00 PM

    Class News 2/26/2021

     

    Upcoming Events

    3/1 - Read-In (March is Reading Month kick-off activity)

    3/1 - Unit 6 Math Assessments

    3/5 - Spell Check #5

    3/12 - Half day for students (dismissal at 12:40), End of Trimester 2

    3/18 - Report cards are available in Parent Connect

    3/19 - No school for students

    3/29 - 4/2 - Spring Break

      

     

    Read-In (Monday, March 1st)

    We will kick off “March is Reading Month” with a class read-in.  

    • Students are invited to wear pajamas that day.
    • Students are invited to bring books from home (school appropriate, of course) to read during our special event.  Please be sure that your child writes his/her name inside the cover of the book (a sticky note would work too).
    • Students are invited to bring a small stuffed friend to read with during the event.

     

     

    Cereal Boxes

    Students will each need a cereal box for an activity in our next ELA unit.  Please keep this in mind as you are finishing boxes of cereal over the next week or so.

     

    • Please write your child’s name (on the inside flap of the box) and send the box to school as it becomes available.
    • If you have an extra box that you could donate for another child to use, please send that box too.  Thank you!

     

     

    Seven Habits of Happy Kids (by Sean Covey)

    Did you know that we are learning about and practicing seven habits that can help us live happier lives?  So far, we have learned and are practicing the first 2 habits:

    • Be proactive.  You’re in charge
    • Begin with the end in mind.  Set goals; have a plan.

    Soon to come:

    • Put first things first.  Work first, then play.
    • Think win-win.  Find solutions where everyone is happy.
    • Seek first to understand.  Listen, then talk.
    • Synergize.  Work as a team.
    • Sharpen the saw.  Take care of yourself.

     

      

    Character Traits

    As a district, we are learning about and practicing eight character traits that can help us be strong learners and great citizens.  It is part of our “Community with Character” initiative.  

    So far this year, Buchanan has focused on these district-chosen traits:

    * Be Respectful – be thoughtful of people and things

    * Be Responsible – do what you need to do, and take care of things you use

    * Have Grit (don’t quit) – keep trying

    We are now focusing on this trait.

    * Have Empathy – think of how others feel

    These district-chosen traits will be a focus later at Buchanan:

    * Have Confidence – believe in yourself

    * Be Reflective – think about how things went, make a plan to keep going or make a change

    * Be Mindful – be “in the moment”, focus on what is most important right now

    * Have Integrity – make the right choice, even when no one is looking

    In addition to the district-selected character traits focus, Buchanan has also had two special focus areas this year:  kindness and safety.

     

    English Language Arts (ELA)  

    Focus/Unit:  Researching & Writing Informational Pieces


    We researched to answer the question, “How do beavers build and use a home?

    • We read a magazine article and watched a Wild Kratts video to find facts to help answer the question.
    • First, we made a plan of how to use our graphic organizer.  We decided to collect facts about building in one section, and facts about using in another section.
    • As we found facts in our reading and video watching, we added the facts to our graphic organizer.  We wrote phrases (not complete sentences).  This approach helps us to not accidentally copy the “big author’s” exact words (plagiarism).
    • After collecting a lot of facts for both parts of the question, we wrote topic sentences for the detail paragraphs:  building and using.  We write these on our graphic organizer.
    • Then, we wrote an introduction (one sentence) and a conclusion (one sentence).  We wrote these on our graphic organizer.
    • Finally, we wrote our final piece of writing (four paragraphs) on lined paper.
    • We learned about indenting paragraphs.
    • We learned how to turn facts that are phrases into complete sentences (by adding a few words).
    • We did all of the reading, research, note taking, and writing the final piece together.

     

    We researched to answer the question, “Who was Abraham Lincoln and why was he important?

    • We read several biography books and collected facts to help answer the question.
    • First, we made a plan of how to use our graphic organizer.  We decided to collect facts about who in one section, and facts about why he was important in another section.
    • Again we wrote facts as phrases (not complete sentences).
    • After reading two books cover to cover, we focused our research by reading only the chapters that were likely to help us find facts to answer our question.  We used the Table of Contents to help us decide which chapters to read. 
    • After collecting a lot of facts for both parts of the question, we wrote topic sentences for the detail paragraphs:  building and using.  We write these on our graphic organizer.
    • Then, we wrote an introduction (one sentence) and a conclusion (one sentence).  We wrote these on our graphic organizer.
    • Finally, we wrote our final piece of writing (four paragraphs) on lined paper.
    • We learned about indenting paragraphs.
    • We learned how to turn facts that are phrases into complete sentences (by adding a few words).
    • We did the reading, research, writing topic sentences, writing the introduction, and writing the conclusion together.
    • Students did their own note writing for the facts this time.  We paused, and I helped them spell words.
    • Students turned fact phrases into complete sentences by themselves this time.

     

    Turning phrases into complete sentences is a challenging concept for many students.  They would benefit from extra practice at home.  For example, we had a fact about Abe Lincoln that said, “tall.”  Students turned this into a complete sentence by adding the words “He was.”  The complete sentence was “He was tall.”

     

    We will begin a new ELA integrated unit next week: Author Study.

     

    Math  

    Focus/Unit: 6 Whole Number Operations and Number Stories

     

    This week we:

    • Added double-digit numbers using the Partial Sums strategy.  Here is how that strategy works:
      • Think of the expanded form of each number.  Ex.  28 + 73 = ?  20 + 8 = 28; 70 + 3 = 73
      • Add the tens.  Ex.  20 + 70 = 90
      • Add the ones.  Ex. 8 + 3 = 11
      • Add the sums (the parts) together.  90 + 11 = 101
    • Learned used ballpark estimates to help us reflect on our answers and be sure they made sense.
    • We modeled arrays.  Arrays are rows of things where each row has the same number of things.  We wrote repeated addition number models (the number in each row) to tell the total number of objects in the array.  For example, 

     

    X X X X X This array has 3 rows of 5 objects.  There are 15 objects in all.

    X X X X X

    X X X X X

     

    5 + 5 + 5 = 15 This is the repeated addition number model for this array.

     

    We will be taking the unit 6 assessments next week.

    We will take special trimester 2 assessments next week.  The special trimester assessments check up on concepts that were assessed on unit 4 and unit 5 assessments, but aren’t also assessed on unit 6. 

     

    Look for PDF attachments to the 2/26/21 class news email.  These resources explain and demonstrate the strategies that students have been taught for addition.

     

     

    Link to Second Grade End of the Year Standards (Click here for the link.

    https://www.livoniapublicschools.orgHPage/10857 

     

    Link to Resources for Home (Click here for the link.

    https://www.livoniapublicschools.org/Page/10859 

     

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

     

     

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  • February News - 2/16/21

    Posted by SHAYNA GRUENEWALD on 2/19/2021 3:00:00 PM

    Class News 2/19/2021

     

    Upcoming Events

    3/1 - Unit 6 Math Assessments

    3/5 - Spell Check #5

    Mid-March - End of Trimester 2

    3/29 - 4/2 - Spring Break

      

    Winter Field Day

    The weather cooperated, and students enjoyed Winter Field Day on Thursday.  

    • Students worked in groups to make snow sculptures.  After talking as a class about some ice sculpture possibilities, students decided as a group what shapes they would make.  The snow was really not packing snow, so a few groups changed their plans when they realized.  This was great problem-solving!  In the end, there were mountains and hills, a mountain range, a valley (with a river), and a volcano!  It was impressive to see students using what they learned about landforms during the Earth’s System’s ELA unit for this activity.  They really learned a lot!  
    • Students participated in some tug of war activities.
    • Students played hockey.
    • Students pulled each other in sleds.  It was fun to see riders helping move the sled along by using their hands to push.  What a great way to work together to go faster!
    • Students enjoyed hot cocoa when they came inside.  Thank you for that special treat, Buchanan PTA!

     

    Many winter field day pictures were posted on Twitter.  Did you know that you can see my Twitter posts on my class website?  They are on the right-hand side of the screen on my Welcome page.  Check out the posts!  (Click here for the link.)   https://www.livoniapublicschools.org/domain/1929

     

     

    Seven Habits of Happy Kids (by Sean Covey)

    Did you know that we are learning about and practicing seven habits that can help us live happier lives?  So far, we have learned and are practicing the first 2 habits:

    • Be proactive.  You’re in charge
    • Begin with the end in mind.  Set goals; have a plan.

    Soon to come:

    • Put first things first.  Work first, then play.
    • Think win-win.  Find solutions where everyone is happy.
    • Seek first to understand.  Listen, then talk.
    • Synergize.  Work as a team.
    • Sharpen the saw.  Take care of yourself.

     

      

    Character Traits

    As a district, we are learning about and practicing eight character traits that can help us be strong learners and great citizens.  It is part of our “Community with Character” initiative.  

    So far this year, Buchanan has focused on these district-chosen traits:

    * Be Respectful – be thoughtful of people and things

    * Be Responsible – do what you need to do, and take care of things you use

    * Have Grit (don’t quit) – keep trying

    We are now focusing on this trait.

    * Have Empathy – think of how others feel

    These district-chosen traits will be a focus later at Buchanan:

    * Have Confidence – believe in yourself

    * Be Reflective – think about how things went, make a plan to keep going or make a change

    * Be Mindful – be “in the moment”, focus on what is most important right now

    * Have Integrity – make the right choice, even when no one is looking

    In addition to the district-selected character traits focus, Buchanan has also had two special focus areas this year:  kindness and safety.

     

    English Language Arts (ELA)  

    Focus/Unit:  Earth’s Systems (Landforms)


    We continued our study of landforms this week.

    • We learned about ways that people try to reduce water erosion.  Here are some strategies we learned about:
      • Put piles of rocks on the shore.
      • Put bags of sand along the water’s edge.
      • Put in metal sea walls.
      • Put in concrete walls.
      • Put in brick walls.
      • Put in wood walls.
    • Sometimes more than one strategy is used.

     

     

    Math  

    Focus/Unit: 6 Whole Number Operations and Number Stories

     

    This week we:

      • Added double-digit numbers using strategies.  Here are some of the strategies we are using.
        • Hop on a number grid.
        • Use an open number line.
        • Draw base ten blocks for each number.  Then  count the base ten blocks.
        • Use mental math.  Add the tens.  Add the ones.  Then put the parts together.
      • Learned how to make and use ballpark estimates.  Ballpark estimates are number models with friendly numbers (nearest 10s).  We use ballpark estimates to help us decide if our answer to the actual problem makes sense.

     

    • Example 24 + 58 = ?

     

      • Ballpark estimate:  20 + 60 = 80      (20 is the closest 10 to 24; 60 is the closest 10 to 58.)  So, we are expecting an answer close to 80.
      • Solving the actual problem with base ten blocks:  l l . . . .     l l l l l . . . . .  . . . 
      • Answer to the actual problem: 82
      • Does the answer make sense?  Yes.  Our actual answer was only 2 away from what we expected (our ballpark estimate).
    • We will be learning pencil-and-paper strategies for double-digit addition soon.  For now, students should be using the strategies listed above to solve problems.
    • Some children are struggling with finding the nearest 10 to a given number.  You can help your child practice finding the nearest 10 at home.  Here is how:
      • Write down a 2-digit number (example 48).
      • Help your child hop up to the next 10 (in this case 50) on a number grid.  He/she should keep track of how many hops it takes.
      • Help your child hop back to the previous 10 (in this case 40) on a number grid.  He/she should keep track of how many hops it takes.
      • Ask your child which took less hops (hopping up to the next 10 or hopping back to the previous 10).  That is the nearest 10.

     

     

    Link to Second Grade End of the Year Standards (Click here for the link.

    https://www.livoniapublicschools.orgHPage/10857 

     

    Link to Resources for Home (Click here for the link.

    https://www.livoniapublicschools.org/Page/10859 

     

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

     

     

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  • February News - 2/12/21

    Posted by SHAYNA GRUENEWALD on 2/12/2021 3:00:00 PM

    Class News 2/12/2021

     

    Upcoming Events

    2/15 & 2/16 - No School (mid-winter break)

    2/18 - Winter Field Day @ Buchanan (weather permitting)

    3/5 - Spell Check #5

     

    COVID Protocols

    As you know schools have COVID protocols that must be followed at school this year.  These are not my personal classroom rules.  These are protocols that have been put into place by the school district and other higher-level organizations.

    • Students are expected to wear masks, and remove them inside the school building only to take drinks and eat.  
    • Students are supposed to be sitting at their desks when they eat.  Wandering around the room without masks is not permitted.  Some children are struggling with these mask protocols.  
    • Students are not permitted to share materials.  This means they should not be touching other students’ desks, papers, crayons, etc.
    • Students are to have increased personal space.  They are not permitted to be touching each other, leaning on other students’ desks to have conversations, etc.
    • Students need a lot of reminders about these protocols.  Could you please review these protocols with your children at home?

     

    Winter Field Day (2/18) … repeated from prior week

    If the weather cooperates, we will have a winter field day at Buchanan on Thursday.  Mrs. Berg-Grant is planning several fun outdoor snow activities for students to enjoy.  Please help your child to remember snow gear (boots, snow pants, hats & gloves) so that they will be prepared for the snow activities and can enjoy them.  Thank you!

     

    Students will participate in teams of 5 students.  This week team members agreed on a team name (just for fun).  We have these teams:  Cheetah, Tic Toc, Snow Kids, and Dyno Nuggies.  Ask your child which team he/she is on.

     

    iReady “My Path” Lessons

    All students have now completed the mid-year iReading reading and math assessments.  Each student’s “My Path” has now been updated to reflect the most recent assessments.  Students should resume doing 40 minutes of iReady instruction at home each day (20 minutes of reading and 20 minutes of math).

     

    Character Traits

    As a district, we are learning about and practicing eight character traits that can help us be strong learners and great citizens.  It is part of our “Community with Character” initiative.  

    So far this year, Buchanan has focused on these district-chosen traits:

    * Be Respectful – be thoughtful of people and things

    * Be Responsible – do what you need to do, and take care of things you use

    * Have Grit (don’t quit) – keep trying

    We are now focusing on this trait.

    * Have Empathy – think of how others feel

    These district-chosen traits will be a focus later at Buchanan:

    * Have Confidence – believe in yourself

    * Be Reflective – think about how things went, make a plan to keep going or make a change

    * Be Mindful – be “in the moment”, focus on what is most important right now

    * Have Integrity – make the right choice, even when no one is looking

    In addition to the district-selected character traits focus, Buchanan has also had two special focus areas this year:  kindness and safety.

     

    English Language Arts (ELA)  

    Focus/Unit:  Earth’s Systems (Landforms)


    We continued our study of landforms this week.

    • We continued to read books and collect facts to help answer our essential question “How does our environment influence our lives?” and our scaffold questions: “How can I describe a landform?” and “What is everyday life like near this landform?”
    • This week we learned about islands and caves.  Students did independent research on one of these landforms (their choice).  
      • First, students read books and articles independently and took notes on their graphic organizer.  
      • Then, I read aloud books and articles to allow students to focus on the concepts (and not worry about decoding the words).  Students asked me to stop after a paragraph if they wanted to write down facts that they heard.  
      • After that, students shared facts that they had recorded in each of the boxes of the graphic organizer.  This gave classmates the opportunity to add facts to their own organizers.  
      • Finally, students used their notes to write an informational piece about a landform.
    • We will wrap up our Earth’s Systems lessons next week.

     

    Math  

    Focus/Unit: 6 Whole Number Operations and Number Stories

     

    This week we:

    • Collected data and made a tally chart, picture graph, and bar graph.
    • Solved comparison number stories.  For example, Fido lives on the 17th floor.  Frisky lives on the 9th floor.  Who lives on the higher floor?  How much higher is that floor?  We use a Quantity-Quantity-Difference diagram to keep track of the information we know and what we are trying to figure out.  We put a “?” in the place of the thing we are trying to figure out.  
    • Chose the best diagram to help solve number stories.  Depending on the number story, sometimes a particular diagram fits with the story better.  Here are the diagrams we choose from: Total-Part-Part, Start-Change-End, Quantity-Quantity-Difference.
    • Solved height and length number stories.  We used the same diagrams to help us organize the information we knew and what we were working to find out.

     

     

    Link to Second Grade End of the Year Standards (Click here for the link.

    https://www.livoniapublicschools.org/Page/10857 

     

    Link to Resources for Home (Click here for the link.

    https://www.livoniapublicschools.org/Page/10859 

     

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

     

     

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  • February News - 2/05/21

    Posted by SHAYNA GRUENEWALD on 2/5/2021 3:00:00 PM

    Class News 2/5/2021

     

    Upcoming Events

    2/9, 2/11, or 2/18 - Winter Field Day @ Buchanan (weather permitting)

    2/15 & 2/16 - No School (mid-winter break)

    3/5 - Spell Check #5

     

    Winter Weather Gear

    All students had boots on Monday This was a great way to start the week!  Many students forgot to bring gloves (or mittens) all week long.  Maybe keeping a pair of gloves in the coat pocket would help? 

     

    Please remember that we go outside when it is 15 degrees or higher.  This is really cold for bare hands.  Maybe a checklist or picture by the back door would help your child to remember to bring gloves to school every day? (Winter gear coloring pages are attached to this week’s Class News email if you would like to try that strategy.)

      

    Winter Field Day (2/9, 2/11, or 2/18) … repeated from prior week

    If the weather cooperates, we will have a winter field day at Buchanan on a Tuesday or Thursday.  Mrs. Berg-Grant is planning several fun outdoor snow activities for students to enjoy.  Please help your child to remember snow gear (boots, snow pants, hats & gloves) so that they will be prepared for the snow activities and can enjoy them.  Thank you!

     

    Students will participate in teams of 5 students.  This week team members agreed on a team name (just for fun).  We have these teams:  Cheetah, Tic Toc, Snow Kids, and Dyno Nuggies.  Ask your child which team he/she is on.

     

    Valentines Day (repeated from prior weeks)

    Sadly, we are unable to share paper valentines and goodies this year.  If your child would like to make VIRTUAL valentines (emails or even video messages) please encourage them to share greetings that way.  Note: this is a school-wide policy.

      

    Character Traits

    As a district, we are learning about and practicing eight character traits that can help us be strong learners and great citizens.  It is part of our “Community with Character” initiative.  

    So far this year, Buchanan has focused on these district-chosen traits:

    * Be Respectful – be thoughtful of people and things

    * Be Responsible – do what you need to do, and take care of things you use

    * Have Grit (don’t quit) – keep trying

    We are now focusing on this trait.

    * Have Empathy – think of how others feel

    These district-chosen traits will be a focus later at Buchanan:

    * Have Confidence – believe in yourself

    * Be Reflective – think about how things went, make a plan to keep going or make a change

    * Be Mindful – be “in the moment”, focus on what is most important right now

    * Have Integrity – make the right choice, even when no one is looking

    In addition to the district-selected character traits focus, Buchanan has also had two special focus areas this year:  kindness and safety.

     

    English Language Arts (ELA)  

    Focus/Unit:  Earth’s Systems (Landforms)


    We continued our study of landforms this week.

      • We continued to read books and collect facts to help answer our essential question “How does our environment influence our lives?” and our scaffold questions: “How can I describe a landform?” and “What is everyday life like near this landform?”
      • This week we learned about glaciers.  We learned:
        • Glaciers start at the top of mountains and move very slowly downhill.
        • Glaciers can break apart when they reach the ocean.  This is called calving.  It creates icebergs.
        • Glaciers can be across flat land.  These glaciers are called ice caps.
        • Glaciers can break apart boulders.  
        • Glaciers drag sand, dirt, and rocks along their paths.  This erodes the land.
        • Glaciers melt very slowly.
      • We are using nonfiction text features to help us understand the information in nonfiction texts.  Here are some of the nonfiction text features that we are identifying and using:
      • Headings
      • Bold print
      • Pictures (photographs and drawings)
      • Maps
      • Captions
      • Glossary
      • Table of Contents
      • Index
    • We have found the table of contents and index to be really helpful when we are looking for specific information.  These text features help readers to go straight to the pages where the topic is mentioned.  It saves a lot of time and is especially helpful when readers don’t have time to read the entire book.

     

    Math  

    Focus/Unit: 5 Addition and Subtraction

     

    This week we:

    • Solved change stories.  For example, the temperature was 25 degrees in the morning.  It was 30 degrees at recess.  How much did the temperature change? 
    • We use a change diagram to help us keep track of the information we know and what we are trying to figure out.  We put a “?” in the place of the thing we are trying to figure out.  This helps us keep track of what “answer” we need to report.  For example,  in the above example, we know the beginning and ending temperatures.  We are working to figure out how much the temperature changes.  We use the number model 25 + ? = 30 as we are figuring out the answer.  The answer is + 5 degrees.  It is the number that goes where the “?” symbol is written in our number model.
    • Took the unit 5 assessments.
    • We will begin unit 6 lessons next week.

     

    Link to Second Grade End of the Year Standards (Click here for the link.

    https://www.livoniapublicschools.org/Page/10857 

     

    Link to Resources for Home (Click here for the link.

    https://www.livoniapublicschools.org/Page/10859 

     

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

     

     

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  • January News - 1/29/21

    Posted by SHAYNA GRUENEWALD on 1/29/2021 3:00:00 PM

    Class News 1/29/2021

     

    Upcoming Events

    2/4 - Unit 5 math assessments

    2/5 - Spell Check #4

    2/9, 2/11, or 2/18 - Winter Field Day @ Buchanan (weather permitting)

    2/15 & 2/16 - No School (mid-winter break)

     

    Mid-Year iReady Assessments (repeated from last week)

    Most students are finished taking iReady reading and math assessments now.  They should be able to access the “My Path” lessons again.

     

    Winter Field Day (2/9, 2/11, or 2/18)

    If the weather cooperates, we will have a winter field day at Buchanan on a Tuesday or Thursday.  Mrs. Berg-Grant is planning several fun outdoor snow activities for students to enjoy.  Please help your child to remember snow gear (boots, snow pants, hats & gloves) so that they will be prepared for the snow activities and can enjoy them.  Thank you!

     

    Valentines Day (repeated from prior weeks)

    Sadly, we are unable to share paper valentines and goodies this year.  If your child would like to make VIRTUAL valentines (emails or even video messages) please encourage them to share greetings that way.  Note: this is a school-wide policy.

      

    Character Traits

    As a district, we are learning about and practicing eight character traits that can help us be strong learners.  It is part of our “Community with Character” initiative.  

    This year, Buchanan has already focused on these district-chosen traits:

    * Be Respectful – be thoughtful of people and things

    * Be Responsible – do what you need to do, and take care of things you use

    We are now focusing on this trait.

    * Have Grit (don’t quit) – keep trying

    These district-chosen traits will be a focus later at Buchanan:

    * Have Empathy – think of how others feel

    * Have Confidence – believe in yourself

    * Be Reflective – think about how things went, make a plan to keep going or make a change

    * Be Mindful – be “in the moment”, focus on what is most important right now

    * Have Integrity – make the right choice, even when no one is looking

    In addition to the district-selected character traits focus, Buchanan has also had two special focus areas this year:  kindness and safety.

     

    Class Expectations

    We are working on being respectful and attentive learners.

    • We are working on having “quiet” hands (not moving things around in a pencil box or desk) when someone is talking.  This is especially important these days as we are all wearing masks and voices are a bit muffled.
    • We are working on looking at the speaker (teacher or student sharing an idea).  Looking at the speaker helps us to remember our current focus.

    We are continuing to work on becoming responsible learners.  Here are some of the things we are working on:

    • Following directions right away.
    • Getting started right away with tasks.
    • Turning in completed work promptly.
    • Keeping our work area neat (including under and around our desk).   
    • Cleaning up right away after lunch.  

     

    English Language Arts (ELA)  

    Focus/Unit:  Earth’s Systems (Landforms)


    We continued our study of landforms this week.

      • We read books and collected facts to help answer our essential question “How does our environment influence our lives?” and our scaffold questions: “How can I describe a landform?” and “What is everyday life like near this landform?”
      • We are learning how to take notes like a researcher.  This week we read books about mountains and volcanoes.  We are keeping track of facts about:

     

    • What the landform is like  (Example, mountains are tall, with steep sides, and peak at the top.

     

      • How the landform is created (Example, mountains are created when Earth’s plates crash, and when lava cools and hardens.
      • Famous examples of the landform (Example, Mt. Vesuvius, and the Rocky Mountains)
      • What people can do if they live near the landform (Example, hike, do snow sports, etc.)
    • We learned that informational writing has 4 important parts: introduction, supporting details (facts and definitions), transition words, and a concluding sentence (wrap up).  Most students are now able to independently name the four parts.
    • As a class, we have written information pieces on mountains and plains.  We learned that as you write you keep going back to your notes to get facts to include in the writing.  We also learned that our writing is easier to understand when we organize our facts as we write.  We try to stick with one category (what it is like) and tell all those facts in that category before moving to another category (what people do on/near the landform).
    • As a class, we have read a number of books and articles about mountains, volcanoes, and plains.  Students will be doing independent reading and research next week on different landforms.  The goal will be for students to independently find at least one fact for each of the 4 categories.

     

    Math  

    Focus/Unit: 5 Addition and Subtraction

     

    This week we:

    • Counted coins.  We count the most valuable coins first (quarters), then count on (by 10s for dimes, by 5s for nickels, and by 1s for pennies) to determine the value of coin collections.  
    • Showed coins that totalled a given cost.
    • Practiced showing/telling the way you can represent a given amount with the fewest number of coins.  For example, 52 cents could be 2 quarters and 2 pennies, 5 dimes and 2 pennies, 10 nickels and 2 pennies, 52 pennies, etc.  Using 2 quarters and 2 pennies only takes 4 coins.  That is the way to represent 52 cents with the fewest number of coins.
    • Calculated change.  
    • Added and subtracted 10 or 100 using mental math (thinking, not writing anything down).  We use our understanding of place value to do this.  For example, 235 - 10 = ?  We know the digit 3 is in the tens place.  We also know that when you subtract 10, the tens place will get smaller by 1.  So, 235 - 10 = 225.

     

    We will finish the unit 5 lessons next week and take the unit assessments.

     

    Link to Second Grade End of the Year Standards (Click here for the link.

    https://www.livoniapublicschools.org/Page/10857 

     

    Link to Resources for Home (Click here for the link.

    https://www.livoniapublicschools.org/Page/10859 

     

    Have a wonderful weekend! 

     

     

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