• 2D Update 10-15-21

    Posted by Mary Dombrowski on 10/15/2021 1:00:00 PM
    Greetings, 2D Families πŸ˜Š
    Here is the latest from our classroom:
    • We worked on consonant digraphs (ch,tch,sh,th,wh) this week.
    • We read the entertaining book Alexander who used to be Rich Last Sunday and re-told the story in our own writing. We included introductions, transition words, and a conclusion. 
    • We learned about why jellyfish sting and compared them to other fascinating Cnidarians. 
    • We are getting better and better at reciting Robert Frost's poem Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening. Have your child recite a stanza (or even a few!) at home.
    • We learned several different strategies for adding 2-digit numbers. Ask your child to show you one of the strategies at home.
    Updates and Reminders:
    • Due to Covid restrictions, we no longer allow students to ride on any bus other than their own. Thank you for your understanding.
    • There will be no school on October 21st and October 22nd next week.
    • Picture Retakes are on November 17th.
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  • 2D Update 10-8-21

    Posted by Mary Dombrowski on 10/8/2021
    Greetings, 2D Families,
    Here is the latest from our classroom:
    • We continued our work with Venn diagram comparisons this week.
    • We wrapped up our study of verb endings. Now we will work at using appropriate verb tenses in our writing. 
    • We sat under a maple πŸ tree and wrote fall books with introductions, repeated lines, and conclusions. We will be sharing our fall books with one another in the coming weeks.
    • We learned about the physics behind throwing a ball. βšΎ
    • We made leaf rubbings and we learned about why leaves change color in the fall. 
    • We worked on 2-Step word problems this week. Next week, we will start our unit on 2-digit addition.
    Coming Up:
    • To celebrate Halloween, πŸŽƒ we will have a school-wide PJ day on Friday, October 29 (no costumes) with classroom/grade level activities to celebrate.  A BIG Thank you to the PTA for providing treat bags for all students again this year. We ask that parents not send in food for the class. Thank you!
    • There is no school on October 21st and 22nd for teacher training days.
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  • 2D Update 9-30-21

    Posted by Mary Dombrowski on 9/30/2021 1:00:00 PM
    Greetings, 2D Families, 
    Here's the latest from our classroom:
    • We started our unit on graphing and data collection. 
    • We worked on the word endings es, s, ing, and ed this week. 
    • We continued our writing of narratives this week. We are working hard at using powerful story starters. Here are a few examples: In the beginning...; One day in the fall...; It all started...; On a cold winter night... etc.
    • We are learning to recite the poem, Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost.
    • We compared and contrasted children from different countries πŸŒŽ and different ways of life with our book Children of the World.
    Updates and Reminders:
    • Please follow the link below to the MCPS Infinite Campus Parent Portal to update your students annual permission forms. These forms will need to be completed ASAP as the district will disable your students use of their online accounts on October 11th if we do not have your permission to continue computer use on file. Thank you! 


    • School picture πŸ“Έ day is Monday, October 4th.
    • To celebrate Halloween, πŸŽƒ we will have a school-wide PJ day on Friday, October 29 (no costumes) with classroom/grade level activities to celebrate.  A BIG Thank you to the PTA for providing treat bags for all students again this year. We ask that parents not send in food for the class. Thank you!
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  • 2D Update 9-24-21

    Posted by Mary Dombrowski on 9/24/2021 1:00:00 AM
    Greetings, 2nd Grade Families! β˜€
    It was another great week in 2D. Here's the latest from our classroom:
    • We learned how to use onomatopoeia words in our writing.
    • We read and re-read a book called Snowshoe Hare's Winter Home and we learned how to diagram and summarize the important parts of a narrative: characters, setting, conflict and resolution.
    • We learned new subtraction strategies and practiced applying our strategies in word problems.
    • We are reading in-depth letters and profiles of children around the world. We are using this text to compare our characters, identify the main idea in a text or paragraph, and determine an author's purpose.  
    • We focused on consonant blends in word work this week.
    • We learned the continent song this week. It is sung to the tune of "Pop Goes the Weasel" Have your child sing it for you at home!
    • We took a fantastic field trip to MCT and saw the play "Somebody Catch My Homework." It was a great performance and the kids loved it!
    • Just a friendly reminder that we will be taking a field trip to the PEAS Farm πŸŒ±on Monday, September 27th at 8:30 am. Please have your child dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes. We will leave promptly at 8:30, so an on-time school arrival would be great!
    Enjoy this beautiful weather! 
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  • 2D Update 9-16-21

    Posted by Mary Dombrowski on 9/16/2021 3:00:00 PM
    We are starting to pick up speed academically as our routines become more automatic.
    Here's the latest from our classroom:
    • We wrapped up our study of addition strategies and we'll dive into subtraction strategies next week. Have your child show you different addition strategies at home. 
    • In Writers' Workshop, we are learning to read like writers and find inspiration from the books we read. Author Cynthia Rylant (author of the Henry and Mudge series) is teaching us wonderful strategies for our own writing including the following: repeated lines and word patterns; detailed imagery and lists of examples; transition words like "suddenly" to grab our readers' attention. We are becoming a wonderful community of writers!  
    • We focused on long vowels for two weeks. Next week, we'll dive into consonant blends. 
    • We are learning to identify the characters and setting in a story and we're learning to describe how a character responds to a change or challenge. 
    • We learned to compare deciduous trees to evergreen trees. 
    • We learned to recite the poem Who Has Seen the Wind? by Christina Rosetti  and we're learning the poem Trees by Joyce Kilmer.
    • Tuesday is library book check out day.
    • Reading logs are due on the last day of the week. Your child can just let me know if they need to turn it in late.
    • Picture day is October 4th. 
    Thank you for all of your wonderful support at home!
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  • Welcome to 2D!

    Posted by Mary Dombrowski on 8/19/2021 7:00:00 AM

    Welcome to our 2D Blog!

    Every other week, I will post a classroom update on this blog page.

    I look forward to getting to know your 2nd grader this year!

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  • 2D Update 5/20/21

    Posted by Mary Dombrowski on 5/20/2021 3:20:00 PM
    Greetings 2nd Grade Families, πŸŒ·
    Here's the latest from our classroom:
    • We compared a non-fiction text about taking care of the earth πŸŒŽ to a fictional piece about the same subject.
    • We described a character's response to change in our new book called Meadowview Street.
    • We started our  πŸ“ measurement unit last week. We're learning to compare units of measurement, compare object lengths, and measure large and small objects.
    • We are working on the "tion, ture, and ion" spelling patterns.
    • We started theater with Miss Darci this week. 
    Reminders and Updates:
    Library BooksπŸ“— : Please have your child return all library books to school. Thank you!
    Last Weeks of School Dates:
    • Friday, May 28th: No School
    • Monday, May 31st (Memorial Day)
    • Wednesday, June 9th: Early Release:  Last Day of School
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  • 2D Update 5-6-21

    Posted by Mary Dombrowski on 5/6/2021 3:00:00 PM
    Greetings, 2D Families, πŸ˜Š
    What a beautiful week of spring weather! πŸŒ±
    Here's the latest from our classroom:
    • We created birdhouse prototypes and seed dispersal models in our latest Mystery Science explorations. 
    • We learned all about bees in our latest Farmer in the Classroom lesson.
    • We have been writing lovely poems and learning all about poetic tools such as alliteration, metaphor, onomatopoeia, and more. Ask your child all about Haiku and Cinquain poetry.
    • Speaking of poetry, we have been learning to memorize and recite poetry. So far, we have learned the following poems: Who Has Seen the Wind? by Christina Rosetti, A bird Came Down the Walk By Emily Dickinson; Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening By Robert Frost, and we started Afternoon on a Hill by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Have your child recite some poetry for you this weekend! 
    • We have been working with inflectional endings and vowel teams in our spelling practice.
    • We just finished our latest non-fiction book club book called 68 Ways to Save the Planet Before Bedtime. Ask your child about the text features in this fun book and have them share some simple tips with you at home. 
    • We have been learning to add multiple 2 and 3 digit numbers. 
    Have a great weekend and a beautiful Mother's Day! πŸŒ·
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  • 2D Update 4/23/21

    Posted by Mary Dombrowski on 4/23/2021 2:00:00 PM
    Greetings, 2D Families! πŸ˜Š
    Happy Earth Week πŸŒŽ 
    What a great week of learning and discovery in 2D!
    Here's the latest from our classroom:
    • We are studying 3 and 4 digit subtraction. We're using our place value knowledge to solve our equations.
    • We created a Venn diagram comparing our pioneer informational text to a pioneer narrative. Miss Dacia, our Native American specialist, read us a narrative written by a Sioux child during Western expansion.
    • We wrote Earth Day  stories.
    • We kicked off our poetry unit by writing concrete poems. Next week, we will write Haiku poetry.
    • Did you know that some mosquitos can be pollinators? Did you know that there are over 4,500 species of bees? This week, we took a virtual field trip to the Missoula Insectarium and we dove deep into the amazing world of pollination. Ask your child to tell you the 3 clues that help you determine whether or not an animal is a pollinator. 
    • In celebration of Earth Day, we took a sensory walk and recorded entries in our nature journals. 
    • We memorized our latest poem: Trees by Joyce Kilmer
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  • 2D Update 4/12/21

    Posted by Mary Dombrowski on 4/12/2021 6:00:00 AM
    Greetings, 2D Families! πŸŒ± β˜€
    Here is the latest from our classroom:
    • Our latest text called Pioneers of the West is teaching us all about westward expansion in the United States. We're learning to describe the connections between historical events and we're learning to use text features to help us to find information.
    • We will be using our westward expansion knowledge to write narratives next week.
    • We studied prefixes this week.
    • We wrapped up our study of 3-digit number comparisons and we're diving into skip counting with larger numbers. We're also using the Xtra Math app to practice our math fact fluency.
    • We learned about cows with our (virtual) Farmer in the Classroom this week.  Ask your child how many stomachs a cow has and the ratio of cows to humans in our great state of Montana!!!
    • We learned about how robins build nests this week. Ask your child about what happens in each of  the 5 steps: Find, Gather, Weave, Adhere, and Sculpt. We also learned about the reasons behind the male robins' persistent true song this time of year. Ask your child about its importance.
    • We completed a Mystery Science challenge on animal classification this week. Ask your child what they learned.
    • We started memorizing a new poem this week: A Bird Came Down the Walk by Emily Dickinson.
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