Day 16 (Day 1 Week 4) Learning from home: We are teaching and they are learning

Teachers are working harder and longer and in different ways. Their creative problem solving is unparalleled.
Their teaming has strengthened and deepened.

The Second Grade Team gave me permission to post their learning plan for this week. Please join me in thanking them for this gift.

Materials needed for the day

Synchronous Meetings for Morning Meeting

      • Mrs. Riley and Mrs. McLean’s Sched
      • Ms. Spits’ and Mrs. Jacobs
      • Miss Leonard and Miss Snyder
      • Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Rountree


Reader’s Notebook:  Memoirs of a Hamster

        • Continue reading Memoirs of a Hamster, and after Night 13 stop and jot the main idea or event that happened 
        • Finish reading Memoirs of a Hamster, and after Night 14 stop and jot the main idea or event that happened 
        • Post your stop and jots into Seesaw for your teachers to see!

Independent reading:

        • Read any good-fit book for at least 20 minutes. Remember to stop and jot the main idea after each chapter to keep track of comprehension! 

Writing and Word Work

In your Reader’s Notebook or on lined paper, write a Powergraph to answer the question below using text evidence to support your answer. 

In Memoirs of a Hamster, what problem did Seymour face and how did he deal with it?

        • Include examples from the text to support your answer
        • Use different transition words from Transition Word List
        • Post a picture of your work into your SeeSaw journal to show your teachers

Word Work: Sort Day

        • Cut out Sort 41 from your Words Their Way workbook. You can also print it out here.
        • Sort the words. Do you notice a pattern? Can you figure out the rule? (Hint, look at the sorting grid on the next page of your Words Their Way book for help!)
        • After you’ve sorted, check your work here. Watch this short video that explains when to use -tch and when to use -ch and access the rule sheet here.
        • When you’re finished, read your sort aloud and then put the words back in your sort baggie. (You can throw away your au/aw words!)


Problem Solving – 3 Act Task:
(modified from @GFletchy’s Downsizing Tomatoes)

        • Watch the videos below and follow the directions from Miss Leonard. 
        • You need to watch them one at a time and in order.
        • Use this recording sheet to show your work. 
        • After Act 1 and Act 2, you will answer the corresponding questions on the recording sheet.

Act 1:

Act 2:

        • Do not watch Act 3 until you are ready to see the answer!

Act 3:

Dreambox 10 – 20 minutes or complete this math challenge.

Parents, if you need an answer key, click here.

Additional Math Resources for the week:
If you need a review of an addition or subtraction strategy, click on the links below. There are recordings of sample problems being solved using different strategies that will help if you need a review or if you are feeling stuck.

Extra Math Choices for the Week: 


Peanut Butter in a Cup – Moose Tube | GoNoodle

World Languages


        1. Phrases of the Month for French and Spanish (listen, repeat, and read the phrases of the month) Practice at home!
        2. Canción: (Click on the link. Listen, sing along and practice the song).

        3. Go to Seesaw.  Listen and read-along  the story “Sebastian va a las montañas”.

Complete the worksheet (attached on template) based on the story. 

             Here is the worksheet, if you would like to print it. 


        1. Bonjour Vidéo from Madame (Watch and repeat the food vocabulary)
        2. Phrases of the Month for French and Spanish (listen, repeat, and read the phrases of the month) Practice at home!
        3. Sebastien Story 
          1. Listen to the story or Read the story. Then, Go to SeeSaw to complete the extension activity. 
          2. Check which clothing Sebastien put into his suitcase and draw the items he actually has in his suitcase.


Time for a virtual field trip!

We will be practicing a new form of observational drawing that is called gestural drawing. While observational drawing is used for drawing real-life objects that are still, (like our shoes) gestural drawing is used for drawing objects that are NOT still. Like animals!

Watch Miss Nina practice her gestural drawing here:

And see her “finished” drawing here:

Remember that gestural drawing is JUST for practice! There should be no beautifully polished works of art at the end of this process.

Check out the links below to find your own animal to draw:

        • April the Giraffe in New York: (Look for the videos with a red “LIVE” symbol in the corner.)
        • Georgia Aquarium Webcams: (This link starts you off with the beluga whales, but you can choose from other cameras by scrolling under the video.)
        • San Diego Zoo:  (The penguins from this option is the video Miss Nina uses in her lesson)

And that is just Monday!

If you want to see the full week’s worth of plans, activities, videos, and more, you can check it out here.

And… that is just one grade-level of the nine grade-levels in our school.


If teachers are at home, are they teaching?

Yes; yes they are!



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