2008-2009 Electronic Newsletter for Second Grade

The second grade students have been working on a variety of projects this year. I would like to share our work with you. As we work on the Internet, I have taught the students to find the links through a website called delicious. If your children would like to use the websites at home, they should be able to click on the All Tags link on the right side of the screen and navigate to the 2nd-grade link. They may need your help finding a website. I have included notes for each website to help you help them.

Saint Michael Delicious account

There is a link saved to send your name to Mars on a computer chip. We did not do this in class. You may use the link with your child if it is of interest to you. My whole family is sending our names to Mars on the 2011 mission. As a parent, you may be interested in creating your own Delicious account. You can save bookmarks and open them on any computer.

As the year progresses, I work on many different projects with the second grade students. You may click here or click on the word Second on the left side of the screen to see my plan for the year.

My programs of choice in the second grade are Kid Pix, Word, and Kidspiration. These allow me to show the students how to use many different tools while we practice concepts being learned in the classroom. In KidPix, we continued learning more ways to use the options in the program to create projects. In Word, we have practiced typing one space between words, pressing return to get to the next line, using the delete (backspace) key to erase mistakes, and writing paragraphs. Kidspiration allows the students to create charts to organize their thoughts.

Once the students complete the project for the week, they may use their choice of several educational games. They enjoy A to Zap!, Thinkin' Things 2, JumpStart Kindergarten Advanced, Reading Blaster Ages 5-7, and Math Blaster Ages 5-7.

The students are working on a major project about adjectives with several classes around the globe. We have made great use of the Activboard as we explored the use of adjectives in books, the work of last year's second grade students, and images drawn in class. You can learn about the project on the Monster Project wiki. Your child may enjoy showing you their monster and what they redrew for their partner. We will be reflecting on the work in April.

We recently enjoyed watching a video of the book Make Way for Ducklings through Discovery Streaming. The students used our Activote devices to show their comprehension. We won these devices with the CDWG/ Discovery prize. We used Google Earth to travel the path of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard. You can download Google Earth for free.

One of the projects we completed in preparation for the monster descriptions was completed in Kidspiration. The children chose a favorite food attempted to think of five adjectives for each of the five senses to describe the food.

Earlier in the year, the students had an opportunity to test our new tablet PCs. We will use them again before the year ends.

The school has a Flickr account to store photos taken throughout the school day. Please take some time to enjoy the photos. Click on a blue word (tag) to see that collection of images.