November 17

Research and Information Literacy

In Computer Class this week students began working towards meeting Concept 2: (Processing) of Strand 3 (Research and Information Literacy) of the Arizona Educational Technology Standards. These relate to locating, organizing, analyzing, and evaluating information from a variety of sources and media.

We used Kids’ Infobits on the Arizona State Library Archives and Public Records webpage to learn more about bees and spiders. You may search through Kids’ Infobits from the DAZL website by clicking here:

These are free (and fun!) databases for students and parents to search together. Your students enjoyed browsing the various types of resources (articles, images, video) and having text read to them by machine reader.

~Ms. Hawes

November 8

Spooky Fun

Here’s a shout out to our 2A Room Parents!  We had a great Halloween celebration with yummy snacks and fun activities.  Thanks to Helen, Calline, and Helena for planning and hosting our party.

October 27

Grandparent’s Day, Yay!!!

What a lovely day!  The students and Grandparents enjoyed each other’s company.  We shared our “Eating the Rainbow” STEM project and the kids read their personal narratives to the grandparents.  They also had fun showing off their desks and our classroom projects!



October 15

Fall Break

Hello 2A Families!

I hope you had a lovely Fall Break.  Here are some photos of our days before break.

We enjoyed a great play from Live Theater Workshop.  Rooting Tooting Red Riding Hood.

Emilio presenting his Cultural box…..

Having fun on the playground….

See you all soon!  Don’t forget Grandparents’ Day this Friday 10/20.


October 1

Freddy Friday!

The happiest dog alive!

We had a blast on our Freddy Friday.  The kids worked so hard to earn this time.  Some chose to read to Freddy, many made him cards, and others just loved him.  What a great way to end our week!

October 1

Fall is here!

Hello 2A Families!

Your children are working hard!  Please be sure to have your child show you and read to you his/her personal narrative!  We have been reading children’s literature examples of personal narratives and brainstorming “small moments in time” in each of the students’ lives.  After the students listed events from their lives, we used a graphic organizer to begin our stories.  Each student enjoyed reading his/her draft to other classmates before editing with Ms. Allen.  The final drafts are wonderful, complete with illustrations!  Enjoy.

Thanks for all your support with our Family Cultural Boxes!  It was great to learn more about one another on Friday.


September 18

Stick to the facts!!! (addition and subtraction facts, that is!)

Happy Day 2A Families!

We had a productive week.  As a class, we are working on not only being kind with our classmates, but being kind to our teachers by being respectful and being good listeners.  As you all know, it is so important for the kids to listen so that they can follow directions and hear what is being instructed or explained.  It would be great if you would help support these goals by talking to your child about what it means to be a good friend / classmate and to be a good listener.  (I know you already do this!  Let’s just reinforce these goals as a team.).

The children are very busy in class.  We are reading the stories together, in small groups, and with partners.  You have probably seen the weekly reading tests come home and I am excited to see how much they have improved!  Next week we will read a folktale Dona Flor.  The kids will also think about the story element, cause and effect.  You will see cause and effect writing on our display board coming soon!

Math, math, math!  PLEASE practice math facts at home.  Use the xtramath website for great fact practice because it is timed and gets the kids used to being accurate with speed!  There is also a fact practice section on Moby Max.  Good old fashioned flash cards work as well!  We are working on subtraction this week.  Our lessons will include subtracting 3 and 4 digit numbers with regrouping and checking subtraction accuracy with addition.  It is important the students understand the relationship between addition and subtraction as well as the reason we regroup (borrow and carry) in order to figure the correct answer.  Some of us are reviewing place value and some of us are exploring logic and multiplication.

Scientifically, we will begin learning about matter: Solids, liquids and gases.    I look forward to introducing our STEAM news to the students.  Please click on the link in our blog to see more information.  Dylan, Sophie and Angelo our first STEaM reporters on October 6th.  They will receive the STEAM folders a week ahead of the due date.

The class is also discovering more and more about our community.  I would like to have parents come into our classroom to share a little bit about your job and how it impacts our community.  Monday and Wednesday afternoons between 1:30 and 2:45 are the best times.  Let me know if you would like to come share.  We only need about 20 minutes of your time.  Thanks!

This Wednesday is NOON DISMISSAL.

Ms. Allen

September 2

2A on our way!

Hello 2A Families!

We are well on our way.  The students are learning our classroom rights and responsibilities and have earned 13 stars.  When we reach 25, we have a Fun Friday!  We are busy with classroom jobs, daily math, writing projects and a lot of reading about friendship, communities, and families.

Thank you for coming to Curriculum Night.  Don’t forget to let me know if you are interested in being a room parent for our class this year.

I will send home the Culture and Community packet Tuesday so that you can work on the family tree.  It is due Monday, September 11th.

Please take a moment to look at the STEAM current events page on my blog.  Two times a year your child will be asked to find an exciting science, technology, engineering, art and/or math current event and write a small report to present to the class.  I have included a link to the current event guide and the schedule for this school year.  In addition the the aforementioned items, you will find websites I recommend to find wonderful STEAM happenings and events.

Have a super Labor Day Weekend!

Ms. Allen

Here we are working on our Scholastic News – mapping!