Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Great Poem Race!

Second Graders continue to work on their fluency by reciting a special poem as many times as they can each week.  Below you will see the most recent winners.  This group combined read to 250 people!  The group picture includes all students who read their poem to ten or more people.  They are the "Ten and Up" Club.


Second Graders can Make A Difference!

On a windy, cold day 6 Second Graders set out with the Canal View Service Learning Club to honor several veterans living in our community.  It all started with a few students wanting to give back to our community.  After several attempts at creating a community service project, they landed with the Service Learning Club.  This group of 4th and 5th Graders welcomed our 2nd Graders to work with them on a project.  The group met several times to create signs and gifts for the Veterans.  The also prepared songs and poems to recite for the Veterans upon their visit.


Great Job to those who made a difference by giving a special thank you to those who served our country.  




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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

 Here is a sneak peek into the week of November 14th. Next
enjoy viewing some fun we had this week getting ready for Thanksgiving.


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A visit from the author Tedd Arnold

Canal View was very lucky to have a visit from the author Tedd Arnold. The Canal View Parent Association supported the efforts to bring him to our school community. The excitement began to build weeks before his arrival as we read his books, visited his website and began to form questions we wanted to ask him.


It was truly a learning experience for all. You will find enclosed small clips of everyone sharing their favorite part after Tedd Arnold's presentation.


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Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Great Poem Race

How can you improve your fluency?  How can you become a better reader?  How can you better understand what you read?

Join the Great Poem Race!  

Each week we start a new race.  Just read the poem to as many people as you can and you could be the winner. 


You can read to:  Mom, Dad, friends on the bus, friends at school, teachers at school, family and neighbors.  You can even call friends or family on the phone!  If you read to at least 10 people you can be in the "10 and Up Club!" 

10 and up club for week 1!

The winner for week 1!

10 and Up Club Week 2!
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Winner for Week 2!

Peek into our week - More from November 4th

I didn't take many pictures this week.  But I did find some pictures from last week that I did not post.  Please enjoy our adventures.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

A "Toast" to the Authors in Second Grade

Mrs. Marsh's Class got together with our class to celebrate our writing.  We completed our first unit of writing small moments.  We celebrated by serving toast and sharing our pieces with a partner.  Here is a sneak peek.




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Weekly Newsletter - November 4th

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

We packed our suitcase for October!

The month of October we traveled to Australia to meet Mem Fox!  We enjoyed several of her books!


At her website, we got to listen to her read our favorites!  One interesting fact we learned was that Mem was not her original name.  She didn't like her name and changed it when she was young.  She has kept Mem ever since.  

Where will we go in November?

Weekly Newsletter - October 28th

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Peek into our week - October 24th


This week we had a little harvest fun! We split into three groups and mixed up with Mrs. Marsh's friends to do an activity. We still have one more rotation to do on Monday. Enjoy the pictures!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

It's Not Magic!

This week we learned about Physical Changes. A physical change can affect the size, shape or color of a substance. We started out with BTB mixed with water. No we are not drinking it!  We are mixing in Carbon Dioxide or the air we breath out. It turned GREEN!





When we added a mixture of vinegar and water it turned yellow!




Finally, we added water and baking soda and it turned back to BLUE!

Peek into our week - October 14th

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekly Newsletter - October 6th

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Canal View Open House / Curriculum Night

Thursday Evening from 6pm-7:30pm is Canal View's Open House / Curriculum Night.


Please bring your child to visit the school and view what we have been working on since school began.


We are also conducting "Parent University." Teachers have volunteered to conduct small sessions on different topics to help educate parents on items that involve their child's education.


I am teaching a class on "How to read aloud with your child." This will be held from 6:35pm-6:55pm in the library. Please feel free to attend.


I will not be in my classroom at that time, but you are still welcome to visit the classroom. I have arranged another faculty member to be in the classroom while I teach at the "Parent University."


I hope you can stop in to view all the exciting things we have been working on.


Mrs. Wiggs

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Peek into our week - September 30th

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Special Notes

You know it is a good day when you are given an addressed note, taped together for privacy with the penmanship of a child!


Weekly Newsletter - September 30th

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Weekly Newsletter - September 23rd

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Friday, September 23, 2011

What is a scientist?

Our first science unit is discussing the scientific method.  We all realized that we already think like scientists!





Peek into our week - September 23rd

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Who Will We Visit Next?

The anticipation builds as I bring the old suitcase to the carpet. Revealed inside is an author we will get to know. This month it is Kevin Henkes! Several books he has written are packed in the suitcase, waiting for us to read.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Newsletter for Week of September 16th

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Does the shoe fit?


Selecting a book that is "just right" for young readers is not easy.  Using shoes gave us the perfect connection.  This week we used shoes to show how one book does not fit everyone.  In addition, your interests reflect the type of shoes you have in your closet.  When we choose a book there is so much to think about first!













Thursday, September 15, 2011

Our Class Promise

The first few weeks are so much about creating a learning community.  We spent several days working on our class promise.  After reading several books, we identified rules we would like for our classroom.  Each student then picked one rule that they wanted to work extra hard on this year.  The results were wonderful!




Saturday, September 10, 2011

Weekly Newsletter

I am happy to present our first newsletter of the year. Each week a newsletter will be published on my blog. It is intended to provide more information on what we are learning in school. In addition, look for important parent information to help connect you with your child's education.

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

First Week Of Second Grade

We had a great time meeting new friends! To help easy our nerves we read First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg and then enjoyed some "Jitter Juice" to chase away the butterflies. We also shared our favorite book with a buddy. Preview the slide show for close up moments.


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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Stop In & Drop Off

Friends and Families are welcome to join us for Canal View's first annual Stop In & Drop Off session.  Drop off school supplies, visit with old friends and meet new ones.  We have letters offering advice from last year's second graders too.  If you can't visit, here are some pictures of what you will see.

Tuesday, September 6th
2pm-3:30pm




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Friday, August 19, 2011

Starting a new year!

The feeling is bitter sweet as we approach the end of summer and I begin to prepare for a new arrival of students.  Unlocking the empty classroom is no fun.  With coffee and new packages from Target, I face the challenge of unpacking, rearranging and designing the perfect spot for the next 10 months.  Here is where I start: