Jan 30, newsletter 2017


Newsletter  Room 203

Week of 1/30/17

The Burroughs 2nd grade physical education classes are planning a field trip to Lake Harriet. We will go ice fishing on Friday, February 3, 2017. Our class will fish from 9:30 - 10:30. The cost for the trip is $5.00. Students will receive ice safety instruction and a fishing lesson. If you have questions please contact  Lowell Peterson or Peter Hill. I have sent the permission slip home 1/26/17.


This week students will read and explore fairy tales. Fairy tales are stories that range from those originating in folk lore to more modern stories defined as literary fairy tales.

Common Elements of Fairy Tales: 1. Afairy tale begins with once upon a time...  2. Fairy tales happen in the long ago. 3. Fairy tales have make believe in them. 4.  Fairy tales have clearly defined good and bad characters. 5. Royalty is usually present in a fairy tale. 6. Fairy tales have a problem that needs to be solved. 7. Fairy tales have happy endings. 8. Fairy tales usually teach a lesson.

Reading homework includes reading 20 minutes each night.  The 20 minutes should include time when you read to your child and when your child reads independently.  A student needs to read 95% of the words correctly to be at an independent level.  Use the five finger rule.  If they miss five words on a page they need an easier book.  


Students will study the long /e/ sound at the end of a word written with y.


Students will discuss the elements of fairy tales. We will explore how ethics get developed, and how a culture teaches ethics using fairy tales.


Students will add and subtract numbers mentally from 100 and 1,000. They will add and subtract 99, 98, and 97 to two and three digit numbers.

Students will explore symmetry. They will use miras to find and draw symmetry.

Please complete pages 107 to 110 in the Extra Practice book.  Students will keep the book at home and tear out the completed pages. They can return the completed pages.  Do not work ahead in the book! I will give you different math homework if you want more! 

Math Homework:  Students need to memorize the addition and subtraction facts to 20 and multiplication facts for 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10 by the end of the year.  Start practicing and take it slow! 

Social Studies:

Students will learn the physical features of the United States.


Students will observe a variety of solid objects. They will describe properties of the objects and develop vocabulary in order to communicate their thinking about those properties.