this week the second grade students will be taking the Cogat test. This test
is used to assess students for future academic placement. Please make sure
that your son/daughter has a good nights sleep each night this week, drinks
lots of water, and has a great breakfast. While the second graders are taking
this assessment the third graders will be going to visit another third grade
class for readers and writers workshop.
Also, this Wednesday the third graders will be taking their first social
studies assessment. A study sheet went home on Friday to help them study for
the test. The constructive response for this test has the students writing a
piece on which peninsula they would like to live in and why. You may want to
have them practice writing this ahead of time. Make sure they include human
and natural resources, climate, recreational elements.
November 9, 2013
The students have been studying how to write a book review this past week,
with the purpose of posting their own reviews on a blog I created years ago.
Please take a minute to view them. I currently only have two pasted, but more
will be coming.
Would you like to see more photos of our classroom? Follow our class photos
on Instagram! This year I would like to have the children photograph the
special moments in our class. This will be a wonderful way for the children to
use technology and increase their writing skills, by writing captions for
their photos. Find us at- mrskelliesaunders
At this time I have not added any of the children's photos on this site. If
for some reason you would prefer to not have your child's photo posted on this
public site, just let me know.
October 13- I am really looking forward to finishing up the MEAP testing this
Tuesday. All the third graders have left is the morning math section.
Yipppeee! Once again there will be no homework this week, in observation of
the MEAP test. If you would like to do nightly reading, that would be
fantastic. I hope everyone is finding the pumpkin book project as fun as I
hoped it would be. I have been tossing around a couple different book that I
would like to present, but haven't made my final decision. If you would like
to see some examples of other children's work, google image search, pumpkin
book project and there are some fun photos. Remember, this project is due
before Halloween, so that we can present them and display them for everyone to
Kudos to the third graders who finished up day 1 of the MEAP!
Fall is one of my favorite seasons. It is so easy to get caught up in the
changing foliage outside, football season, cider and donuts, and all
preparation for up and coming holidays. I love living in Michigan.
With the new month all of our centers have changed, plus I have added about 20
additional math and language arts activities for the children to enjoy when
they have finished their "must do" work. (There is never a dull moment around
We are so blessed in our class to have the opportunity to have computer lab on
Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings. This week we focused on the lay out
of a keyboard and all of the important keys. The children spent 30 minutes on
keyboarding skills,and all should know the home row keys. We will continue
working on proper keyboarding throughout this month. If you would like to
practice at home, we use the BBC Dance Mat site, it is free and very kid
friendly. This week in technology we will be using the iPads to video record
book reviews. I would love to bundle these for a great presentation. We will
also be preparing a thank you presentation for the PTO, which purchased our
In the area of reading this week, we will be taking the South Lyon Reading
Assessment in second grade and the MEAP in third grade. If someone would be
willing to send in a bag of peppermints, that would be awesome. The children
enjoy sucking on them, and research shows that it helps activate their
concentration. It is really important to get a good nights sleep and
breakfast each morning. With this being said, there will be no homework for
the next two weeks of testing. If you would like your child to keep reading
every night, I would highly support that.
The children are still continuing their work on fairy tales, fables, and folk
tales. Last week we finished up our study of Greek Mythology. I am very
impressed with the deep level of understanding the children showed when we
talked about the theme of the story and the characters traits.
This past week in writing we looked at how authors use emotion in their
writing to hook their readers. We will continue this week look at great leads
and different ways to start pieces.
I would like to apologize for not giving the spelling test last Friday. My
schedule was off due to the new computer lab schedule. Plus we took time to
make salt dough for our land form project. The spelling test will be on
Monday. I am sure the kids will do great.
Speaking of social studies, we used our math measurement skills to measure out
the materials needed to make salt dough. Then with a good amount of hands on
mixing made some great dough to use to make land forms. We did a group
activity with the dough, and then each child made whatever land form they
wanted to have for a finished project. On Monday they will be able to paint
their piece. The third grade students made imaginary islands this week out of
their first initial. They were required to have eight different land/water
forms, a compass rose, and key. The maps came out really cute!!
Some of you may have heard that we have an up and coming activity in our
class...build a community!! Each child will select an element of a urban,
suburban, or rural area. Once they know which element they have, they will
decorate a box accordingly. We will use these boxes to make a large scale
community. The students generated all of the ideas for places, here are a few
that they came up with: electronics store, restaurant, bank, grocery store,
skyscraper, government building, sports arena, cemetery,school, etc...
Today, was our first day using the Chrome notebooks in class. We will be using
these notebooks every Thursday afternoon. If you are interested in helping out
with the computers, please send me an email. Also, if you would like your
child to have their own personal ear buds, please send a pair in and I will
label them and place them in a baggie for their own personal use.
Last Friday we celebrated the beginning of fall and our study of trees and
plants by making applesauce. The children did an awesome job! I would like to
thank Mrs. Hubert and Ms. Kristy for helping us.
This week in school we have continued to study plants in science. On Friday we
will be making homemade applesauce in celebration of fall.
In math we have started working on addition fluency. The children will have 5
minutes to complete 100 addition problems. It is a great idea to spend five
minutes each day reviewing these facts, to keep extra sharp.
In reading, we will beginning our study of fables, folktales, myths, and fairy
tales. I just love this unit and look forward to reading all kinds of new and
This week we will be having our third grade curriculum night.
September 8th- This week we have our second grade open house/curriculum night
on Tuesday, September 10th at 7:00 pm. I hope to see all my second grade
families then. Third grade parents, you I will see you at the third grade open
house in two weeks.
This week we are kicking off our science units. Both second and third grade
have the common theme of plants. This is actually one of my favorite units,
with lots of hands on learning.
Thank you to all of those children that have brought back their All About Me
bags. We will begin the presentations this week. I can't wait to see what
people bring in!
September 5th- Today was our second full day of school and I actually felt
like things were jelling better. This is an amazing group of children, and I
can't wait to get to know each and every one of them.
This week we have began our morning routine. When the children come into the
room they make their lunch choice and begin their morning work. Today we
started cursive in third grade, and a review of our printed letters in second.
As a whole group we reviewed nouns. We will continue our study of nouns into
next week. In addition to this third graders began a vocabulary study.
Everyone has had an opportunity to work with our word work stations. For those
of you that are new, we have 12 plus stations that focus on different
concepts. Some of the stations focus on antonyms, synonyms, ABC order,
prefixes, suffixes, nouns, verbs, etc...
In reading, we have just launched our readers workshop. The children have
amazing focus and stamina!! We are doing a Kevin Henkes author study, and will
use his books to begin our conversation on theme.
Math! Math! Math! For our first unit in math we will be studying place value.
As part of the second grade curriculum, the second graders need to be able to
write their numbers to 1,000. They have been busy little beavers, striving
toward that magic number, 1,000!
All About Me bags came home today. I asked for the kids to have the bags back
by Monday. Each child will be able to share five to six things that represent
them. This should be a fun and informative getting to know you activity. Let
me know if you have any questions.
September 2nd- I will not have the specials schedule until Tuesday afternoon.
Once I have it, I will post it on the website and send it out via email.
August 31st- Third graders will be using planners this year. Read all about
Each student will receive a daily planner. Your child will make entries in
planner each day. These entries will include:
• Daily lessons and assignments. Your child will circle any homework
assignments and put a H.W. next to the assignment to indicate that it should
completed that night and returned the next school day.
• Important dates including: project due dates, test dates, assignment
dates, and other important classroom information.
At the end of each afternoon, we will review our daily activities and an
of the planner page will be filled out in front of the students. Before they
leave I will initial your child’s planner, guaranteeing that they have filled
out relatively well. I look for the date at the top of the planner, important
information, and neatness. Take a moment each day to scan the day’s entry and
sign the assignment book. If you have any questions, concerns, or information
that you would like to pass on to me please feel free to use the
section at the bottom of the planner page. Thank you so much for making this a
School will be starting soon, and I can't wait to see all of you. I hope
everyone had a great summer.