Wednesday, May 29, 2013

     We have worked very hard this year learning to read.  We've built vocabulary, practiced fluency,  and learned to comprehend and use the information we've read.  Much of this work, however, can be lost over a lazy summer.  A few minutes each day of summer reading can keep a student's skills sharp.
     We are fortunate to have a fine library here in our town.  Your student will find many interesting and entertaining books to choose from.  Newspapers, magazines, and e-books are readily available.  Which to choose?
     You can make use of the "five-finger rule."  Open up to any ordinary page of the book.  Have your child read this page to you.  If your child makes five or more mistakes, this book is hard.  Your child can read this book with you.  If you child makes one mistake or no mistakes, this book is easy.  Your child can read this book to practice reading smoothly.  If your child makes a few mistakes, this book is on your child's level and will be good practice over the summer.
     Summer is a time of great joy and pleasure.  Add twenty minutes of reading to each day.  September success can bring great pride and pleasure too.  

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Theme Days for Last Week

Day 1 Camping Day!!

We are having theme days in second grade for the last week of school. Our first day is a camping theme day. We had different rotations between our three second grade classrooms.

We had s'mores (we used graham crackers, chocolate frosting, and marshmallow fluff) and watched  Upstream Magic School Bus Video!

We made a "How To" on how to make s'mores.

We watched a camping read aloud called "A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee" Read Aloud Video and focused on the great vocabulary and then did a word scramble with camping words!

Camping Word Scramble

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


Title: Hoosier Family of Readers...A note from Superintendent Glenda Ritz
Teachers, I hope you have let your students know about Indiana's Hoosier Family of Readers summer reading initiative. Please show your  students the IDOE web page While on this web page, it would be great if you could demonstrate to students how they have access to 3,000 online books (free) through an IDOE partnership with MyON. The goal for the initiative is for students to identify their Hoosier Family of Readers and read each day throughout the summer.  A reading family can be any combination of caring adults and children.  IDOE is partnering with over 164 organizations including libraries, Boys & Girls Clubs, scout troops, schools, churches, United Way and other non-profits state wide.  Organizations are being empowered to include reading within their summer programs. In addition, our summer nutrition programs will feature an Eat & Read opportunity in many locations.

School Name: Hoosier Family of Readers, Indiana Department of Education
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Password: read