Please visit the APS Link for Enrichment Activities. Dr. Bodie ssnr a sample schedule for weekdays for the children.
Parent Letter March 27th
It’s Friday! We’re getting a little silly at the Barth’s house.
Check out our fun read aloud from Mo WIllems. The book is called I Love My New Toy. Click the link for the read aloud here. Sarah and Brendan make their read aloud debuts in this video.
Sarah read as Gerald and Brendan read as the Squirrel! Enjoy!
In an effort to share social emotional resources with the community, the Stratton social workers have created a social and emotional Instagram page. The page is @stratton_sel
Thanks for sending your photos and videos. I love seeing what you are up to each day. Our Instagram page is grade2rocks2019
Mr. Holland, our music teacher, created a couple of resources for enrichment. Check out the links below.
Presentation for Grades K-2
Presentation for Grades 3-5
I miss the children each day. Please stay in touch and keep sending your photos!
Letter to Parents March 25th
March 25, 2020
I have just received word about returning to school on May 4th . It is sad to know that I will not be seeing the students until this time. However, I understand the importance of taking steps to ensure the health of our community members and those around our country and the world.
I have attached a link to a new read aloud of the story Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems. Click the link here: Nanette’s Baguette. We have read other Mo WIllems books in class. The children love his stories. Take a look at Mo’s LunchDoodle’s series.
If you are interested in ordering books from Scholastic Book Clubs click the link to order books: Scholastic Book Clubs. The books are now being delivered to students’ homes. Our class activation code is LN2NV.
Many thanks to the parents who created a new second grade writing Facebook group. This is a private group. The description and link are below.
Calling all Stratton 2nd Graders!
We know you have opinions and we know you've been learning how to write about them! Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays check here for a new "Would You Rather?" challenge. Write your 5-sentence response and post a video of yourself reading it, or post a photo of your writing. We'll see which side of each debate wins based on numbers of responses in favor of each!
Please let me know if you need passwords/log-in information for DreamBox or Raz-Kids. It’s great to see so many students engaged in these programs.
Thank you for sending your videos, photos and emails. They make my day! I look forward to staying connected with you!
Letter to Parents March 23rd
March 23, 2020
I hope this email finds you well and that you are healthy and enjoying this time with your loved ones. The Barth family is doing well. The kids are reading some great books and are working on DreamBox during the week. Chewie (our cute three year old dog) has enjoyed being home with us and giving him extra walks and attention.
I will be sending emails to stay connected with our class community. I am here to support you in any way possible. Please reach out to let me know how you’re doing. I have enjoyed seeing the photos and videos that families have been sending. With permission, I have been posting some photos and videos to our Instagram page: Grade2Rocks2019.
I have recorded a read aloud for the children. Click this link: https://honceoui.wistia.com/medias/qck2u9uqr4
(This is my first time reading a story on camera, so please be patient as I was a bit camera shy.)
The name of the book is Mudball which is written and illustrated by local author Matt Tavares. Matt visited Stratton in 2017. Check out Matt’s website.
DreamBox is available for the children. The lessons follow the Common Core. Please let me know if you need any assistance in logging in. https://play.dreambox.com/login/wgj3/norcrosss
The classroom code is: 87873
If your child plans on making a video for Mrs. Connors Handwashing Challenge, please email me the clip and I will post it to our Instagram account.
Our science coaches sent an email to families sharing some of the fun projects that students across the district have been doing. Also included are some ideas that your child could do at home. I’ve looked at some of the pictures and videos - they are amazing! Feel free to send any pictures or videos to Sarah Huber. Her email address is on the site.
This is the link to Strattons reading teachers webpage. http://letsreadstratton.weebly.com/ Here you will find a link to texts that your son or daughter can read at their just right reading level. Please let me know if you have any questions. I have seen some great results on Raz-Kids! Please continue to have your child read the books and then take the comprehension questions.
Thank you to Chrissie Collins for setting up the Marco Polo app for our classroom! If you and your child would like to join this casual/informal video chat group, the link is https://onmarcopolo.com/groups/xWLtflAPhN2t/grade-2-mrs-barth
I look forward to staying in touch with you all.
Please let me know what I can do to support you and your family!
Letter to Parents March 19th
We hope this email finds you well during this unusual time. First and foremost, we want you to know that we miss seeing your child everyday as well as miss being in the classroom. Teaching for the three of us is a major part of our lives; we are thinking about all of you and we want you to know that we are here for you.
We have been working online with administrators and curriculum leaders this week. We will be available online from 8:20-2:30 most days. We will be off for the next three Fridays as they have been designated as “snow days” for most classroom teachers at Stratton. We hope you have had a chance to take a look at the enrichment site that was sent out to families. We want to help you navigate the site, answer any questions or suggest specific practice activities for your child. So please do email us these questions!
Together, as a Stratton community, we will get through this challenging time. Please take time to take care of your social emotional health as well. We are happy to support this area as well.
We would love to hear how you are spending your time. Please pass along fun antidotes or pictures of some of the things you have been doing at home!
As Bono from U2 says in the song One, “We have to carry each other.”
The Second Grade Team
March 13th Letter to Parents
March 13, 2020
We hope you are doing well and staying healthy. During the week, the children showed perseverance and kindness. This week has been eventful, to say the least, and it was remarkable to see how the children stayed focused and supported one another.
We did have a great program from Eversource called Watts-Ville visit Stratton. You might have seen the bag of treats the students received! Second graders were very excited to play and learn. It was impressive to see how much they already knew about “being green” and ways to help our Earth!
Throughout these next two weeks, please let us know how we can assist your child.
Here is a quick look at some of the topics we have been focusing on in school. Feel free to use the links in this email as well as our good friend, GOOGLE!
In FUNdations for Mrs. Doherty’s class, we have been focusing on the double vowels that make the long /e/ sound, which includes: /ea/ as in “eat,” /ee/ as in “jeep,” and /ey/ as in “key.” There are three other ways that the long /e/ sound can be made which we have also been discussing: /e-e/ as in “safe,” /e/ as in “me,” and /y/ as in “baby.” In one of the pictures attached, you can see a list of words that you could have your child practice. You could also Google words with the long /e/ sound and have your child spell them. On YouTube, you can find educational videos that support this concept. The Resource Folder from the beginning of the year has more information about Unit 11.
In FUNdations for Mrs. Barth’s class, students have been working on the long /a/ double vowel. This vowel includes: /ai/ as in “bait” and /ay/ as in “play.” There is a picture attached with a list of words that your child can practice spelling.
In writing, we are working on sharing our opinions about books - characters, favorite parts, pictures as well as lessons learned. The second graders have been using words like in my opinion, for example, and because to share their ideas. We have been focusing on writing about books, but over this break, you child could write their opinions about anything!
In the class they have a journal which they enjoy writing about their lives. Feel free to have them write about some of the things they have been doing. We focus on answering the 5 W’s in our writing - who, what, where, when and why.
In science for Mrs. Barth’s class, second graders are working on Pebbles, Sand and SIlt in the Foss Curriculum. Visit the Foss Website / FOSS Science for activities.
In social studies for Mrs. Doherty’s class, second graders are studying the continent of North America. We have been identifying major landforms (longest river, mountain ranges, highest peak) as well as locating the oceans that surround North America. Some things that can be done at home to support this curriculum is to look at a map, locate and name all seven continents as well as the five major oceans. YouTube has plenty of wonderful videos that share some of the major landmarks in North America and around the world.
Take a look at the following continent video.
In math, students are working on place value: ones, tens and hundreds. Second graders have been making combinations to 100 (e.g. 67+33=100); this activity can be done in terms of coins as well. Adding or subtracting 10 or 100 is another activity students have been playing. You can practice with any of the games that have been sent home in addition to using the QR code for access to the games online. There is a picture attached of the QR scan. We are in Unit 5.
Second graders are fortunate to have individual DreamBox accounts. In class, students use this app for 20-30 minutes everyday. The school code is: w g j 3 / n o r c r o s s s (do not put the spaces between the letters). Students login and passwords have been sent home, but please let us know if you need that information.
In reading, second graders have been looking for playful and fun language (literary language) in their fiction books. Literary language includes: alliteration (Sally sold seashells), comparisons (smilies and metaphors) as well as idioms (I am feeling blue. It’s raining cats and dogs). As your child reads, they can be on the look-out for literary language and figure out what it means.
Students also have their accounts for Raz-Kids. Please let us know if they need logins and passwords. Raz-Kids
Here is another link that has many activities for students that will support their reading work. www.letsreadstratton.weebly.com
The children are invited to use BrainpopJr
The username for BrainPopJr/BrainPop is: stratton and the password is also stratton.
Please refer to the Google Doc which was sent out on Monday (3/9) for additional information.
We hope your child takes time to enjoy the additional reading time and we hope that they enjoy free-play!
Phew, that sure is a lot! We are available if you have any questions or comments.
We look forward to hearing from the children when we return. Give them our best! Stay happy and healthy.
Cari Doherty and Julie Barth
Information for Parents
Math: Practice math addition and subtraction facts to 20 using facts you know, doubles, and combinations for ten. Write a story problem and solve it.
Math Games from our TERC Curriculum
Writing Activity: Second graders are currently writing about their books. Your child has had lessons on writing about characters, favorite parts and illustrations in their books. They have been writing opinion letters to each other about why you should read a book they have read based on these ideas.
These videos align nicely with the work we have been doing in class. You could have them tell you about it. They could write an opinion letter at home about a book or any topic they feel strongly about.
Reading: Curl up with a good book! Go outside with a good book!
Classroom Code: 87873
If your child needs their password and username, please email me.
I love staying connected between the classroom and the children's homes. I look forward to posting often this year! Feel free to leave comments!