Tuesday, October 11, 2011


It has been a while since we have posted! We need to get back to it! We just finished up our Fall Break, and now we are are back to learning! Many of us went different places over the break. We would like to tell you about it! Miss Leach went to the zoo. Take a look at some of the things she saw!

Miss Leach Visits the Zoo on PhotoPeach

Songs for Review

Here are some songs we have been using to review after the break!


Two Vowels Go Walking

We hope you enjoy!

*We are also studying butterflies... so we hope to have some facts to share with you soon!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Dear Charlotte the police officer that came is related to Braxton in our class. We had a great time! Love Laurel and Sophie.

More answers

Dear Tamika we are Layne and Jaxon. We have 440 kids in our scool.It is still Summer & very hot. We have lots of fun books in our Library. It is very big and decorated with Dr. Seuss.

Dear Anthony and Libby - We have 20 kids in our class.

More answers - Megan

Arman - We have lots of hallways in our school. Is that what you meant by halls?

Ethan - At recess we play on the monkey bars, slides, eagle's nest. We also like to play red rover. We have fun at lunch. We eat lunch and have Lunch Bunch with Mrs. Spencer. Mrs. Spencer is our librarian. We eat while she reads Clementine. It is fun to read. We have fun eating in the room.

Lucy - The cat's name is Pokey.

Bailey - There were 5 baby kittens.

From Megan in Miss Leach's Class

Monday, September 12, 2011

Magic E

Did you know that an e at the end of the word can change the way it sounds? Sing along with the video we watched in class today! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx6-xxkodS8

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Our Special Guest

We were so excited to have a special guest come read to our class today! Chief Mike the Police Chief of our town came and read Officer Buckle and Gloria to us. We had the chance to ask him some questions. Here is what we learned:

Sophie - Always keep your shoes tied.
Laurel - We learned to follow the cop's safety rules.
Jaxon - Never stand on a swivel chair.
Damien - He had a taser gun.
Layne - You should aways stick with your buddy.
Cameron - He said a taser gun feels like a whole body cramp.
Megan - Always obey the rules and laws. Never lie to a cop.
Bailee - Cops can also be arrested if they break the law.
Heaven - I learned that cops carry extra bullets.

Thanks to Chief Mike for coming in!! We really enjoyed it!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Voki Central

Hello! Please visit our NEW Voki Central page. Laurel and Layne made our first Voki for us. They want to help you understand what the word cabin means.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Voki - Odd/Even

Check out our Voki. We wanted to explain to you why we thought 17 was an odd number!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

PLACE VALUE SONG Click on the link to hear the song we have been singing to help us with place value!

We have been learning so many wonderful things! In math this week we have been learning about comparing numbers, writing numbers in expanded form, odd and even, and ten more/ten less than a number.

Take a look at us working hard!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Star Student

Our Start Student for the week is Cameron! Yesterday he brought in his new kittens to share with us. We really enjoyed their visit!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Read to Self

Today we worked really hard on the first part of our Daily 5. First, we came up with a list of things we think every student should do during Read to Self.

Our goal is to become better readers.

We think the students should:
*track their reading
*read the pictures, words, and retell
*use a quiet whisper voice
*stay in one spot
*pick a spot where you won't talk
*keep your eyes on the book
*get started RIGHT AWAY
*pick a "just right" book
*read the WHOLE time

We think Miss Leach should:
*work with reading groups
*help children
*listen to children read

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Reading Fluency

Today we took our first fluency tests of the year. We now know our starting points, so we will be working really hard to meet our fluency goals! Each child brought home a practice fluency passage today. Please make sure they practice each night and sign off on the goal tracking sheet. The students will bring home a new passage each week. READ READ READ!!!!

**Great Job to Sophie and Cameron...both of them took an AR Test today! WAHHHOOO!

Monday, August 15, 2011


Today we learned how to choose books that are "just right" for us as a reader. Finding a "just right" book is so important, because reading these books will help you grow as a reader. We used IPICK to help us remember how to choose a "just right" book.

I choose a book.
Purpose - Why do I want to read it?
Interest - Does it interest me?
Comprehend - Am I understanding what I am reading?
Know - I know most of the words. (5 finger rule)*If you miss more than 5 words on the first page the book is a too hard.

We decided that books are like shoes.

There are many different kinds of books, but you must look for what interests you and what your purpose is. We would not wear rain boots to the beach, and we wouldn't wear shoes that were way too big for us either. Shoes have to fit just right to serve their purpose. Books are the same way. We must find books that fit... JUST RIGHT BOOKS!

**Everyone is doing a great job with their money. We even had a few students figure out today that they could pay their $15 for recess with three $5 bills! :) GREAT JOB! (We had been paying with one $10 and one $5.)

Friday, August 12, 2011

First Week

We have had a WONDERFUL first week of second grade. We are already doing so much learning and thinking. Today we learned all about a calendar. Did you know that you can keep track of important dates using a calendar? We made sure to write down all of the birthdays for this month on our own calendars. We also learned what it means to be a growing writer. We are going to be practicing these skills next week as we write in our writing journals. We are now experts at making math journal entries! We write down our thinking in math. The journal is a great way for us to keep track of what we have learned in math. Ask your student how to make a math journal entry. What do we always start with? (That is right! The date and the time.) Students also began earning Winn Bucks today. Every person earned at least 20 dollars today! Way to go! We are saving up for some great prizes and treats. We can't wait until Monday! We are hard workers. We have so much to learn!

Congratulations to Sophie for already getting a 100% on an AR test! Waaahhoo!

*Miss Leach's Class

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wonderful First Day!

Hello! We had a wonderful first day of 2nd grade! Don't forget to check the Twitter update and ask your child what he/she learned today. Also, if you click on Shelfari, under the Links, you can see the books that we read together in class today. I really enjoyed having the students today, and I am already looking forward to tomorrow! Feel free to leave us comments on our blog, or ask us questions. We would love to hear from parents, families, or friends!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Counting Down!

It is almost time to begin our school year! I hope you all are just as excited as I am! It was great to meet so many of you at Ready Fair. I am looking forward to meeting the rest of you on Wednesday! The class schedule and supply list have been added to the Class Documents. You can find class notes/letters and such under this link.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Prezi - Learning at Home

PARENTS and FAMILIES - Take a few minutes to watch this presentation on why you are SO IMPORTANT to your child's success.

Learning at Home

This presentation will remain under the Links sections for easy reference later.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Parent Survey

Please take this quick survey to let me know how you feel about helping your child with homework. The survey results are completely anonymous. I would like to find out what I can do to assist parents in the area of student homework help.


Together we can help your child succeed.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Blog into a NEW school year!

Blog? What is a Blog? According to Hot Blogging: A Framework for Blogging to Promote Higher Order Thinking, “A blog, short for weblog, is an easily editable webpage with posts or entries organized in reverse chronological order” (Zawilinski, 2009, p.650). We will be using blogs in our classroom this year to organize our thinking, communicate with others, and practice and display our writing skills. Technology is vastly growing all around us, and we have to get our students ready for the up and coming technological world. Blogging is a way to get your second grader familiar with technology and incorporate it within their writing and sharing.

Our class blog will start off as a place where you, as parent or family member, can keep track of what your child is learning in class. Projects and activities will be posted or linked through our blog. Feel free to leave us a question or comment! I am sure your child will love to answer you from school. Your child will also be using the blog to share his or her thinking about reading. Students who are reading the same book will have a special place on our blog to “talk” about their book. They will be welcome to log on at home to add to their thinking. Students often formulate new ideas from combining the thinking of others with their own.

The article Writing Re-launched: Teaching with Digital Tools talks about how the way we as a society view writing is changing. “News stories are an integration of words, images, audio, and website links. College applications are all online, and some schools are beginning to accept videos in place of essays. A friendly letter is more likely composed on a smartphone than on stationary” (Heitin, 2011). I want my students to begin to feel comfortable writing online and become published writers. Students will learn the writing process, but it will be more engaging for them to practice those basic skills through technology. After doing some reading blogging with students last year, I myself discovered that they were more motivated to write about their reading. It was fun to them and was also exciting for those that came behind them to read their writing and leave a comment. Little did the students know that leaving a comment and reading a comment received were also READING AND WRITING! My students put their focus into their writing instead of the fact that they had to write. With students writing online, not only do the parents get a chance to see and comment, but as the teacher I can see conversations between my students and conversations between students and parents. Through blogging I have a digital record of their growth over time.