Mrs. Snider's Classroom News


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We love to celebrate birthdays in second grade! Due to the many food allergies, the lower grades are encouraging the celebration to take place without edible treats. Instead we would like to invite you to send in the birthday child’s favorite picture book to be read to the class. If you are available to read the book to our class please contact me to arrange an agreeable time. Otherwise, the birthday child, older sibling, or the teacher will read it to the class. In addition, the birthday child will be able to lead activities of the day and wear a special birthday badge, and a few other surprise things throughout the day. Please feel free to share any questions or concerns you may have regarding birthdays.

Summer birthday?  You can celebrate your 1/2 birthday, or in September or June. Please contact me to make arrangements. 

NOTE: If you are having a party, please distribute invitations via email or snail-mail. We are not able to pass out invitations or thank you notes following the child's birthday party to the class through backpack mail. Thank you for understanding. 


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Our Class read Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell in early October. It is the story of the life cycle of a pumpkin. We have our own little Pumpkin Jack in the classroom.



We are watching it move through the stages toward becoming a seed source for next year's Jack-O-Lantern. Check in with your child to see how our little friend is progressing. 

Decomposing Pumpkin Jack


On December 22, 2023, we transferred our pumpkin to the garden as did they boy in our story. We will wait patiently until spring to see if the seeds will sprout and become new Pumpkin Jacks. This is what happened in the story.  Hopefully it will grow as expected. 



Planting Pumpkin Jack







Our class has been working on building fluency for math facts through 20. There has been big improvement  in the number of problem solved in our 6 minute timed math fact check-in. The Mad Minute has 60 problems to be solved in 6 minutes. 30 problems are addition and 30 are subtraction. The problems need to be solved row by row, not by hopping around to problems that are familiar. It is ok at this point if your child isn't able to finish all 60, but there should be growth seen each week in the number of correct answers that are achieved. 

 We have learned how to add and subtract 2-digit numbers with regrouping. Try to find real-life opportunities in daily life that would apply those skills.  


Writing and reading stories across a theme in each Module has been enjoyable for the students. They have been eager to create written responses to the stories. We have been focusing on starting each sentence with a capital letter and putting a punctuation mark at the end of each sentence. This should be an automatic response. Please encourage your child to proofread what was written for these important components of written communication. 


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