Thursday, April 17, 2014

Moody Gardens!

We had a great day at Moody Gardens yesterday!  We learned so many great facts about ocean life!
 
We started our day with a tour through the aquarium! 
 


 
 

 
 
 
Then, we watched the IMAX movie about sharks!  It was AMAZING!
 
To end our day, we played the "Let's Make a Seal" trivia game!  Team Wagner did GREAT!
 


 


 
 
 
 
It was a very fast, but fun trip!
 
Thank you so much to LEAF for funding this trip!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Field Trip!

We had a beautiful day for our field trip to the George Ranch!  The kids were GREAT and I think they had a fun day!

We started off our field trip with Mr. Jones at the prairie house.  We learned about how they used cotton, how they cooked their food over the fire, and how they survived on the prairie. 






Then, we toured the Ryon 1860's home and even visited with Cookie at the chuck wagon!




We  also visited the HUGE tree house!  So neat!


 
 
We ended our day at the cowboy show.  It was fun to see the cowboys at work!
Look at that BIG longhorn!



 
 
We had a great day at the ranch!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Abbreviations

This week we have been working on reading and writing abbreviations. We made a study guide book to help us out. The kids used the book to quiz a partner...that was a big hit!





We also played abbreviation tic-tac-toe!












In writing we started working on non-fiction stories. This week they wrote a how-to story. They all did great! Ask your child what they wrote about!

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Reading Restaurant!

Thank you so much to all of you that attended our Reading Restaurant!  We had a great time serving some awesome books.  I hope you enjoyed the night and your kids are excited about the books they chose!  I discovered that I'm not cut out to be a waitress...so I'm going to stick to teaching! :)

Here's a few pictures from the night!
 




 


 
 
 
 
Wow...waitressing is hard work!
 
Thank you so much to LEAF for funding this event!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Chatterpix Summaries

Last week we used an awesome new app to create summaries!

 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chatterpix-kids-by-duck-duck/id734046126?mt=8
 


This is a FREE app.  It is so fun and easy to use!  Ask your kids about this.  To view our Chatterpix summaries, click the video below!


Friday, February 21, 2014

READING RESTAURANT!!

We are so excited for the Second Grade Reading Restaurant!  This is an event for 2nd grade students and their families only.  All second grade students will choose 3 books to read and take home.  All the books are FREE!!  (This event was funded by a LEAF grant.)


I hope you can attend!  Here are the details:
 
When: Thursday, February 27th at 6:00
Where: Velasquez Cafeteria
 (park in the back of the school and enter through the cafeteria doors.)
Who: 2nd grade students and their parents



Here's a few pictures from the Reading Restaurant event that we did last year!


Look at all the books you will have to choose from!!
 
There will be picture books, chapter books and many non-fiction books!
 
The 2nd grade teachers will be the waitresses! 
 
 
I hope to see you all there next Thursday!  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Learning Main Idea!

This week we are learning about main idea!  Everyone is doing great with this so far!

Here is what we learned...

Things to look at to help determine the main idea:
1. title
2. headings
3. captions
4. Picture clues
5. Text clues
6. Repeated words
7. First sentence of a passage/ last sentence of a passage
(Ask your kids about this...they should know every answer on this list!)
 
We refer to these notes to help us figure out the main idea!
 
 
 
 
To practice figuring out the main idea, we played a few games.  We used main idea bags to determine the main idea of the pictures in each bag.











We also played a sort game. This time they had to sort the words (details) into groups and decide what the main idea of each group should be.