Friday, December 16, 2011

Today we learned about how to add to 100 to help up mentally subtract two numbers.  In P.E. we had to skip with the kindergartners.  On Wednesday we get out at 2:00.


December 15, 2011

Today we learned about maps and that some are big and some are small.  We get out at 2:00 on Wednesday, December 21, 2011.


Friday, December 9, 2011

Today we went to the care center.  We read to the residents there.  It was fun and we wished them a Merry Christmas when we finished reading.  In Music we watched part of "The Santa Clause 3".  It was funny!  We have a late start on Monday.

Cataleena and Adrianna

Thursday, December 8, 2011

In Social Studies we learned about the seven continents.  We put them in order from biggest to smallest.  Asia is the biggest and Australia is the smallest.  In Guidance, it was funny when Mr. Clay said, "BOOM!"  There are only 8 days until Christmas break!

Olivia and Brooke

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Today we learned about the globe.  A globe is a model of the earth and shows water and land.  There are 7 continents.  In math we used a hundreds chart to help us add two digit numbers.  It's kind of like a map!  We get out of school at 2:00 on the 21st for winter break.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Today in math we learned how to use mental math to add ones and tens.  We learned that first we add the ones, then we add the tens.  We can't ever have more than 9 ones!  In PE we are starting the push up club.

Jonathan and Braxton

Thursday, December 1, 2011

In Grammar we are learning about verbs.  Verbs are actions words which means it's stuff you can do.  We practiced writing sentences with verbs today.  Don't forget!  The Christmas concert is coming up next Tuesday, December 6!

Today we learned a new math card game called A-Ten-Tion.  It was fun!  We are supposed to say if the number is odd or even.  The first person to get 100 points, wins the game.  In PE Mr. Eaton thought we said "pair of shoes" instead of "parachute"!  We start reading the book "The Mouse and the Motorcycle" today as a whole school.

Susy and Olivia

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

In math we are learning mental addition.  Today we learned how we add the tens first in our heads then add the ones.  In reading our story is "Abuelo and the Three Bears".  There are a lot of Spanish words in it!  In music it was funny when everybody slapped their sides and it made a loud noise!  Our Christmas concert is on Tuesday, December 6, 2011.

Adrianna and Susy

Monday, November 28, 2011

Today we started a new topic in Math.  We are learning about mental math.  We played a card game where we had to make tens.  Our Christmas concert is next Tuesday at 7pm.

Braxton and Diego

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Today we learned about the Pilgrim's trip on the Mayflower.  There were 102 people on the boat and it took 66 days to get to America.  We saw the One Act play this morning.  We went to the 4-6 grade vocabulary fashion show this afternoon.  It was funny!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Today we learned about the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians on the Internet. We learned that they both had to pick up firewood and carry water. The Pilgrims lived in houses and the Wampanoags lived in wetus.

Note from Mrs. Schlickbernd: If you want to check out the site we used for our social studies lesson about the first Thanksgiving, check out the link below!

Tomorrow we are going to the 4th grade's Vocabulary Fashion Show and the One Act play. We are also going to watch the movie Rio!

Cataleena and Brooke
We learned that if you are counting money and you have more than one dollar you need to write an s with a line through it for a dollar sign. You also need to write a decimal and then the cents. There is no school on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.


Friday, November 18, 2011

Today in Math we learned how to count coins AND dollar bills and dollar coins. It was fun! We are also learning the right way to write the dollar sign and use a decimal point. The decimal point means "and". In computer lab we did math games on


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Today we presented our wind catchers in Science. In Guidance we learned about not bullying. We get out at 2:00 on November 23 and there is no school on the 24th and 25th for Thanksgiving break.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Today in Science we made our own wind catchers. It was funny when Ella made a wind catcher hat that looks like a sun!

Jonathan and Brooke

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Today in math we counted coins. We learned that you count coins starting with the biggest amount to the smallest. Important news: Thanksgiving is coming up!


Friday, November 11, 2011

Today we went to the Veteran's Day Assembly in the gym. We learned about soldiers from Wakefield. In Math we played Quiz Show boys vs. girls. The girls won. We have a late start on Monday.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Today in math we learned that you have to write a "c" with a line through it to make a cents sign. We do that so we know it's money. It was funny in guidance when we were watching a bullying movie and Diego shouted, "Stop bullying now!" We have a late start on Monday the 14th and we get out at 2:00 on the 23rd for Thanksgiving break.

Adrianna and Olivia

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Today we learned how to use an ELMO. This ELMO does not mean like the red puppet ELMO. This one is a camera that you can put stuff under and it shows up on the SMARTboard. Cool! It was funny in PE when we were doing the parachute and everybody kept on pulling the parachute when they were not supposed to.

Braxton and Adrianna

November 8, 2011

Today we took a math test about place value, then we played math games. Mrs. Schlickbernd read us the book Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving. It was funny! Thanksgiving is coming up!

Diego and Andres

Friday, November 4, 2011

Today in math we reviewed odd and even numbers and took a practice test about place value. It was funny in Music when we played musical chairs! Remember to bring back your book orders. They are due on Tuesday, November 8.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

In math we learned about odd and even numbers. We discovered that if the ones is even or odd, then the whole row going down on the hundreds chart will be even or odd! It was funny during Guidance when Mr. Clay said, "Hey! Give me my peach!" Some of us have bad weather information sheets for moms and dads to fill out.

Brooke and Adrianna

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Today we learned about South America. Students from Wayne State College came and brought a HUGE map that they laid out in the gym. We had to take our shoes off in order to stand on it. They showed us different parts of South America. In P.E. it was funny when we were playing freeze tag and Christian yelled, "Get Ella!" because Ella was the last one it.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Today we learned that we will have farm pen pals to write to. It was funny when everybody got tickled by their streamers in science. There is no school on Monday, November 7, 2011.

Ella and Susy

Friday, October 28, 2011

Today we played some Halloween games on the SMARTboard to practice our spelling words. We watched a Charlie Brown Halloween movie with Mr. Johnson's class. Today was the costume parade!! There is no school on Monday, October 31, 2011. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Jonathan and Adrianna

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Today Mrs. Schlickbernd taught us about something she learned at her meeting yesterday. She showed a new way to raise our hands. We can't raise our hands until she says the magic word "volunteer". If we know the answer, our hand is open. If we have a question or comment, our hand is closed like a fist. Tomorrow is the costume parade!


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Today we began making our air users in Science. Mrs. Schlickbernd was gone at a meeting all day, so Mrs. Scott was our sub. We don't have school on Monday.

Cristopher and Ella

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

In math we learned that the greater-than symbol wants to eat the big number. It was funny when Mrs. Schlickbernd rang the bell and it scared Adrianna! Tomorrow is wear red day for Red Ribbon Week.

Susana and Adrianna

Monday, October 24, 2011

Today we learned about comparing two-digit numbers. When we have two tens the same, we have to look at the ones. It was funny when it was quiet work time and Ella's lion meowed. The Halloween Parade is on Friday, October 28, 2011.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Today we took our buddy tests on long i words. We learned about writing number words in math. Next week is Red Ribbon Week. We are supposed to bring our favorite stuffed animal on Monday to celebrate Hugs Not Drugs.

Braxton and Andres

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Today we learned about place value and all about ones and tens. We made paper airplanes in science to learn more about air and using air.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Today in science we learned more about air. We made balloon rockets out of a long green balloon, a baggie, a straw and some fishing line. The balloon rockets with two balloons went fast!

Cataleena and Olivia

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

We learned about how air can move a propeller. We learned about proper nouns and common nouns. We corrected a sentence and showed our changes with Sentence Karate moves! We learned a song about nouns. It was very "nouny"! Jonathan in our class won the hot air balloon coloring contest for second graders! Congrats Jonathan!

Ella and Brooke

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Daily 5 and FACE Menu

It won’t be long until you hear about “The Daily 5” and the “FACE Menu”, so I wanted to give you a quick overview of this literacy framework, developed by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, so that you’ll know what your child is talking about.
The Daily Five is a way of structuring our reading block so that every student is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks. These research-based tasks are fun, engaging, and have big impacts on student reading and writing achievement. Each day, the students will receive 2-3 whole group reading strategy lessons. In between these group lessons, the students will work independently on one of the “Daily 5” tasks for 15-20 minutes. During this time, I will provide focused, intense instruction to individuals and small groups of students. Here are the Daily 5 components:

1. Read to Self: The research continually shows that the very best way to become a better reader is to practice, practice, practice! Your child will read books at his/her “just right” level each day, practicing reading strategies from the FACE menu. Reading is FUN!

2. Read to Someone: Reading to someone helps develop reading fluency and comprehension, and it’s FUN!

3. Listen to Reading: Listening to reading helps children develop reading fluency. It also allows them to access texts that they can’t read independently yet. And of course, it’s FUN!

4. Work on Words: Working with words helps children become better spellers and writers. Your child will learn about word families, practice high frequency ‘sight’ words using Wikki-Stix, stamps, bottle caps, and whiteboards, and work on spelling. Working on words is FUN!

5. Work on Writing: Just like it takes practice, practice, practice to become a better reader, it takes practice, practice, practice to become a better writer! During Work on Writing your child will work on writing of their own choice. Working on writing is FUN! We will also have a separate Writer’s Workshop later in the day to work on specific forms of writing.

The FACE menu is a collection of highly effective reading strategies that the students will be taught to use, to help them become better readers. They are organized into four goals:

F is for Fluency: “I can read smoothly, with expression.”
A is for Accuracy: “I can read the words.”
C is for Comprehension: “I understand what I read.”
E is for Expanding Vocabulary: “I know, find, and use interesting words.”

During individual conferences, I will listen to your child read, help him/her pick a reading goal, and suggest a reading strategy that will help. I will provide coaching on how to use the strategy, and then meet back with your child at a later date to see if he/she has been able to use the strategy.

I hope that this brief introduction to the “The Daily 5” and the “FACE Menu” has been helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to answer them.

Mrs. Schlickbernd

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Two more days!

Wow! Can you believe that school starts in two days? I am so excited to meet my bunch of second graders. We are doing to have a wonderful year!

Let me tell you a little bit about me: My name is Sara Schlickbernd (you can call me Mrs. S.) and this is my second year teaching second grade at Wakefield Community Schools. I have been married almost 7 years to my husband, Mike, and we have two amazing kids: Jack, who is 5 and a half and will be a Kindergartner at Wakefield this year, and Molly, who is almost 15 months old. They both keep us hopping!

I have been busy working in our classroom and I can't wait for you to see it! Don't forget to come to "Meat and Greet" on Monday night from 6-7. Come see me and deliver all of your supplies to our room. After that, head to the lunch room to grab supper. The school board is providing hotdogs and hamburgers for all who come to meet their teachers! Get it? MEAT and greet? :)

One more thing: See this blog? This is going to be our classroom's little corner of the World Wide Web. You will be working with me to post about stuff that we're doing in our classroom. I thought moms and dads might like to keep track of what's going on. So make sure to check back often to see what's happening in second grade!

See you soon, second graders! I can't wait to meet you!

Mrs. Schlickbernd