• April is here....

    Posted by Sherrie Harris on 4/4/2024

    Dear 2-H Families,                                              

    April has arrived and our class is definitely looking forward to continued spring-like weather. We can’t wait to see new growth and all the colors that accompany it.

     

    Language Arts: Our new unit of focus is centered around, “New Ideas and a New World”.  The past few weeks, we read, John Chapman & Johnny Appleseed. Please have your student share details about the historical fiction story and biography we enjoyed reading together. Currently, our phonics focus is the “oooo” sound. This common spelling pattern includes- oo, ue, ew, ui.  Finally, we’re having fun playing around with words that fall into the “Onomatopoeia” category. (Words that sound like their meaning)  Onomatopoeia Video  Please look for onomatopoeia examples in today’s mail.

     

    Math: This week, we’ve been organizing data into tables and line plots.  Ask your student which way they prefer to document and analyze data. (table or line plot?)  Also, we've been revisiting 3 digit addition & subtraction. I'm happy with the class growth, even compared to last month. 🌟 

     

    Seed Science: We’re cruising along nicely in our seed unit. We planted individual radish cups last week. We also started a prediction experiment that involves radish seeds with ample soil & water, minus direct light. Please ask your student about the results so far. Our next lesson involves determining how much light & sun are needed for specific plants found all over the USA.

     

    Spring Break Newspaper: Each student wrote a little article about what they did over spring break. We compiled the articles & created a newspaper to allow classmates to read the work of others.  You’ll see your child’s article in today’s mail.  😊 

     

    I hope April has started out great for your family….      

    Sherrie ….  😊                                                                  

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  • Almost Spring Break.....

    Posted by Sherrie Harris on 3/11/2024

    Dear 2-H Families,                    

    Hooray, hooray, it's almost Spring Break.... ☀️ I’ve included a quick version of what’s happening in Room #102.

     

    Language Arts: We’re currently reading an awesome native American story titled, “Morning on the Lake”. We’re recapping parts of the story that caught our attention and are writing and illustrating to represent them.

     

    Math:  Measurement continues to be our focus, but we’ve also added in setting up line plots to represent given measurement data. We really like how easy it is to obtain information from line plots.

     

    Seed Science: We started our study of seed distribution. Our 1st experiment involved flying 3 seed-pod prototypes. We evaluated whether or not the seed could escape the “Zone of Darkness”.  We also dissected seeds to identify the seed coat, cotyledon, and embryo. This week, we'll experiment with a variety of seeds to determine whether the seeds can be relocated by air, water, or animal fur. We Love Science!!

     

    Parent Teacher Conferences:  I’ll begin holding conferences tomorrow. Each conference will be student led. I’m looking forward to visiting with you and your 2nd grader.

     

    Reminder:

    Early Out: On the 14th, we’ll dismiss at 11:00 to allow for afternoon conferences.

    Spring Break:  March 15-24th. School resumes on the 25th.

     

    Have a happy day!

    Sherrie ….  😊                                              

     

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  • 2-H tidbits....

    Posted by Sherrie Harris on 2/22/2024

    Dear 2-H Families,                                              

    Hooray, Hooray, it’s 2nd grade mail day! You’ll find many great samples to enjoy. Have fun talking with your students about their workThis newsletter includes a few important dates for the month of March…..  Conferences and spring break are right around the corner.

     

    Language Arts: We’re wrapping up our unit, “Facing Challenges”. We were all very interested in the story, “Danger Earthquake”. We had many great conversations about this topic! Currently, we’re finishing up, “Disaster Alert”. This book highlights tornadoes, floods, sinkholes, volcanoes, and bushfires. The class found many of the facts to be fascinating! This unit may encourage a few students to become future scientists in the various fields. 🤩 

     

    Math:  We’ve surely enjoyed the shift from 3 digit addition and subtraction to measurement. We’ve practiced measuring with inch & centimeter rulers. Plus, we’ve had fun using flexible measuring tapes. We’re also learning about feet and yards. Please ask your student to measure away at home as well. You’ll find they are really good!

     

    Parent Teacher Conferences:  It’s that time of the year to begin thinking about our 2nd conference date. I’ll set aside conference slots March 12th-14th..  Please look for an email next Thursday to choose a time-slot that works best for your family. Conferences will be held in my classroom. Each conference will be student led. I’m looking forward to visiting with you once again and allowing your student the chance to highlight their learning in room #102.

     

    Desk Pet Challenge:  Holy moly! Today, each student had the opportunity to select a desk pet to take care of, for the rest of the year! Students will earn coins for great classroom work, being a super friend, helping others, completing homework and so on. Each week, I’ll open a desk pet store for students to purchase items for their selected pet. Please ask your student about it. They were ALL super excited to begin this challenge!! 

     

    Reminder:

    Early Out: On the 14th, we’ll dismiss at 11:00 to allow for afternoon conferences.

    Spring Break:  March 15-24th. School resumes on the 25th.

     

    Hope your week is wrapping up well!

    Sherrie ….  😊                                                                             

     

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  • February Fun

    Posted by Sherrie Harris on 2/8/2024

    Dear 2-H Families,                                              

    Just this past Tuesday, we reached our 100th day of school. We had a great time reminiscing about day 1, day 10, day 50 and so on. We’ve covered a great amount of material, strengthened relationships, made new friends, and have discovered new interests together. We have such a great learning community in Room 102. I’m so proud of my class! Here’s what we’ve been up to the past 2 weeks. 😊

    Language Arts:

    We’re enjoying our unit, “Facing Challenges and Change”.  Last week, we began the unit by reading, Tornado. This book had us on the edge of our seats. After a tornado struck a rural area, a small family realized that a doghouse dropped in their backyard. Little did they know, the doghouse had a black lab inside. Please ask your student to tell you all about the story, Tornado. Today, we completed a reading selection titled, Seek the Sun. This story took place in 1966 and is based on true events. Please have your student share details, plus have them describe what a tatami mat looks like. Finally, we’ve been practicing adding er est to base words to help make comparisons. The spelling of these words can be tricky. 

    For example: big=bigger     happy = happiest    

     

    Biography Posters: All individual posters have been shared. We gained awesome knowledge from each presentation. I’m super proud of the effort my students displayed, while completing this project.

     

    Math: We’ve shifted from 3 digit addition to 3 digit subtraction. We’re working hard to make sense of the stack and subtract method. We’ll practice 3 digit addition and subtraction continuously throughout the year. But, it’s also time to focus on measurement. Beginning next week, we’ll begin measuring in inches and centimeters. This is a super fun unit that provides the class with lots of hands-on opportunities. 

     

    Valentine Party: I’m looking for a few families to help provide treat items for our Valentine Party on the 14th. We’ll enjoy strawberries and whip cream after valentines are opened. If you’re interested in supplying an item, please let me know. (We'd like 2 cans of whip cream and 4 containers of washed strawberries) Thanks so much! 🧡

     

    2 Reminders:

    No School Monday the 12th due to teacher in-service day.

    No School Monday the 19th due to President’s Day.

    Wishing you all a happy February!

    Sherrie ….  😊                                                         

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  • Starting Out Strong.....

    Posted by Sherrie Harris on 1/12/2024

    Dear 2-H Families,                                               I hope this newsletter finds you all doing well as 2024 takes off! Tomorrow will be our 84th day of school. Wowza, this means we only have 6 more days until we’re officially ½ way through 2nd grade. Please enjoy reading the newsletter to help provide a snapshot into our classroom.   

    Language Arts: We’ve had fun reading about “change makers” in the world. The book we read highlighted students that thought of clever ideas to make a positive change and how they put their ideas into action.

    *Short Paragraphs: We engaged in short paragraph writing as students brainstormed & wrote about ways they could possibly make a small change as well.  Please look for these paragraphs in today’s mail. I was so pleased with the variety of ideas.  

     

    Math: This week we’ve been practicing writing 3 digit numbers, expanding them (468 = 400 + 60 + 8) and comparing them too. (439 < 698)

    We’re also knee deep in reviewing math concepts from the past. This will help prepare the class to complete their winter diagnostics. I’m super pleased with their recall and progress so far this year!

     

    Science: We’ve continued our study of “Solids”. We have been using the following properties to describe solids. (rough, rigid, transparent, pointy soft, colored, flexible, smooth, hard, flat) Please ask your students about using mini screens to sort out all the ingredients of a soup mix and creating boats to float. These were both hands on experiments. It was so fun to watch the class create & discover! Next week, we’ll engage in activities that center around liquids. We LOVE SCIENCE!

     

    Homework: As we kick off 2024, I’d love to see students stay the course and make sure to read at least 100 minutes per week to an adult.  We are really taking off with fluency & comprehension. The “at home component” is crucial for continued growth.  I appreciate your commitment, and definitely see the direct result of consistent at home readers! THANK YOU  

     

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

    Please remember we have the 16th off in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King.

     

    I hope you’ve all had a positive January start! 

    ….  😊                                                                   

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  • Happy Almost 2024.....

    Posted by Sherrie Harris on 12/14/2023

    Dear 2-H Families,

    It’s crazy to think that the New Year is inching closer & closer….The months have flown by and we’re all looking forward to a delightful holiday break. Please take a look at the areas of study that have helped us wrap up the month of December.

    Language Arts:

    *Letter Writing: To continue the practice of letter writing, each student chose a teacher that they wanted to write a special letter to. The effort was awesome and I can definitely say that all recipients thoroughly enjoyed them. Please look for a copy of your child’s letter in today’s mail.   

    *Text features: We’re having fun identifying text features within informational textWe searched for text features in the book, “Althea Gibson”. Please click on the Link to find out about Althea. We also used "Montana Outdoors" magazines to practice identifying text features. You'll see a copy in today's mail. Please take a look at the photo below to give you an idea of the text features we’ve studied.

    *Opinion Writing: We followed the “Writing Process” and created wonderful opinion papers centered around the Seasons. Have fun reading your child’s paper, and please ask them about the steps we took to guide us with the writing process. To see the writing process, click the Link

     

    Math: 

    *Clocks: Holy moly we’re getting good at telling time. Please encourage your student to frequently tell the time throughout the holiday break. We’ll hit the ground running in January by pulling apart 3 digit numbers. 372 = 300 + 70 + 2 Shortly after, we’ll begin adding 3-digit numbers. 

     

    Marble Jar Celebration: Next Wednesday, we’ll celebrate by wearing pj’s, bringing along a furry friend, viewing a holiday movie, and enjoying hot chocolate. Way to go 2nd Graders! 🌟

     

    Week of spirit: To help wrap up the year, Rattlesnake school will participate in spirit week, beginning the 18th. Please click on the LINK to access the fun information.

     

    This newsletter wraps up the 2023 portion of 2nd grade. But, boy do we have so much more to look forward to as we welcome in 2024. Thank you for all your support AND have a lovely holiday break with your family! 🧡                                                                          

     Sherrie H.  

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  • December is here :)

    Posted by Sherrie Harris on 11/30/2023

    Dear 2-H Families,

    The 1st day of December will soon be upon us. This year has cruised right along, and in fact, were 1/3 of the way through 2nd grade. Tomorrow marks our 60th day of school.  Wowza!! As a reminder, please look in your child’s backpack for their mail folder. Have fun talking with your student about their work samples.   

     

     Language Arts:

    *We’re practicing letter writing this week. To help introduce letter writing and to review the idea of “persuasive text”, we read the funny story,

     "I Wanna Iguana" to set the stage. The story is packed with mini letters that are written between mother & son.  Please ask your student to tell you the 5 parts of a basic letter. (date, greeting, body, closing, signature) In today’s mail, you’ll find a letter that your student has written to Santa. You’ll get a kick out of them! We’ll practice our letter writing skills throughout December. 

     

    Math: 

    *Coins-coins-coins: We’re cruising along in our coin unit and have been memorizing coin poems all week. Check to see if your student can recite the poems for a penny, nickel, dime, quarter.  Soon, we’ll practice purchasing “store items” using exact coin amounts. We’ll also try our hand at adding up multiple products. Students will practice using dollar bills and coins in this activity.

     

    May your December begin calm and full of good health….

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  • Harris News

    Posted by Sherrie Harris on 11/14/2023

    Dear 2-H Families,

    November is cruising along nicely. Thank you for making time to talk/meet with me last week! I always have a great time getting to know all my families.                                                                                            

    Language Arts:

    *The next few weeks, we’ll engage in creating contractions and pulling them apart. I’ll be looking for the use of contractions in your child’s written work as we finish up 2023.   

    *We finished an “informational” selection titled, Money MattersPlease ask your student to share a few details about what we learned, as we read the book together.  

    *We've been focusing on information that we read and also determining if the information is an OPINION or a FACT. 

     

    Math: 

    2 digit subtraction- We’re firming up our subtraction strategies, and just today, we started our coin/money unit. Our first focus will be to identify pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. Secondly, we’ll begin adding up a mixture of coins. Please challenge your kiddos to practice adding up coins at home. Please remind your students to begin adding with the largest coin amount. We’ll practice coins all through December. 

     

    Thanksgiving Break- Next week, we’ll have class Monday & Tuesday. Thanksgiving break begins Wednesday. School resumes on the 27th. Wishing you all an enjoyable time off with family & friends.

    Take Care….  😊                                      

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  • Harris News

    Posted by Sherrie Harris on 11/2/2023

    Dear 2-H Families,

    Holy Moly…… Tomorrow marks our 40th day of school. Wow! October is wrapping up fast and soon our 1st set of conferences will take place.  I look forward to sharing your child’s successes with you, and also providing information about what’s to come as the year progresses! Please click on the conference Link to pick a date & time for your child’s conference. There's a variety to choose from.  🍂

    Language Arts:

    **We’re practicing the 3 sounds of ed - “d, t, ed”  For example:  turned      pushed     counted   

    **We wrote and shared mini Jack o lantern stories. Each week we focus on a specific writing assignment in which we write, revise, edit, and share.

    **We’re having fun focusing on “author’s purpose” this week. Did the author write to entertain, inform, or persuade? We’ve had great conversations regarding this topic.

    **Our class completed a compare/contrast activity centered around the nonfiction story, “Friends Around the World”.  We used Venn Diagrams and rubrics to focus our learning. I’ll share this activity during conferences.

     

    Math: 

    2 digit addition- We’re feeling confident in our strategies and will continue to practice. (A picture representing our common addition strategies can be found at the bottom of the email.)

    2 digit subtraction- Just this week, we began subtracting 2 digit numbers. So far, we’ve practiced subtracting using the following methods: Quick Draw & Open Number Line.

     

    Halloween- On October 31st we’ll have our Halloween celebration at the end of the day. We will celebrate with costumes, ghoulish parfaits, and spooky activities. Please remember that a full face mask is not allowed and all weapons need to be kept at home.  Please send your child with his/her costume in a bag, the morning of the 31st. 🎃

    Whew….  That was A-LOT, thank you for taking time to read "Team Harris News" every two weeks!

    Take Care….  😊                                                                              

    Sherrie H. 

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  • October is here.....

    Posted by Sherrie Harris on 10/5/2023

    We’re cruising into October and I’m happy to say that we’re also cruising with our academics. Have fun using the topics highlighted below to encourage your student to share about our classroom happenings.

    Language Arts:

    We’re practicing the use of consonant clusters such as:                       

    st   fl   br   pr   bl   br   cr   gl   sn   sm   gr   pl   tr   fr   cl   sp

     

     * We completed the adaptation of our Snowshoe Hare stories. Each student created and presented their mini story to the class. Please look for your child’s story today. I must say, I was super pleased with our first attempt at mini books.  Way to go 2nd graders! 🌟

     

    Math: 

    Organizing data- Last week we had a great time organizing data into bar graphs, picture graphs, and tally charts. You’ll see a sample of our work in today’s mail.

    2 step story problems- This week, our class did a great job identifying and solving the 2 steps needed in order to solve lengthy story problems.

    2 digit addition- Next week, we’ll begin 2 digit addition.  Yippee!!

     

    Halloween- On October 31st we will have our Halloween celebration at the end of the day. We will celebrate with costumes, ghoulish parfaits, and spooky activities. Soon, I’ll ask a few volunteers to contribute specific food items to create our ghoulish parfaits. Please remember that full-face masks/makeup are not allowed and all weapons need to be kept at home.  Please send your child with his/her costume in a bag, the morning of the 31st. 🎃

    FYI: No School October 19 and 20th - Montana Education Association Conference 

    Have a happy day….  😊                                                                                                                        

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