Mrs. Hofmann's Second Grade

Mrs. Hofmann's Second Grade

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!

We had such a fun morning going back in the past and learning what life was like for the Pilgrims on their journey to America! We learned about their experiences on the ship, the foods they ate, the possessions they brought, and what life was like once they reached Plymouth Plantation. Here are some pictures of your little pilgrims!

We also took some time this afternoon to write about what we are thankful for. I hope you enjoy reading your child's response!

Dylan--I am thankful for my brother because he is a great brother! He is a great videogame master.
Emilee--I am thankful for my grandma because she always does things for me. And buys me things that I like and want. And she also helps me when I need her help.
Darian--I am thankful for my dog and family and dad and friends and my house.
Katie--I'm thankful for my dad and my mom. I'm feeling bad for my mom because she is sick but it does not bother me because I love her with all my heart. I love my dad with all my heart and they are always there for me and he has a good heart and my mom has a good heart too. I can't wait until I get home.
Zion--I am thankful for God because if he weren't alive none of us would be here and family and friends because I would not have anyone to love and without friendship you feel lonely.
Izaak--I am thankful for Sammy because Sammy plays video games with me!
Fox--I am thankful for my dog. He is terrific. He loves to lick my hand. He is very loving. I can't stand his loving! He is very very nice.
Cameron--I am thankful for my family because they sometimes stand up for me and play with me. I'm also thankful for the army because they helped us win freedom.
Jayla--I'm thankful for my family because they're always there for me.
Norah--I am thankful for my family and friends because my family is nice and loving. My friends are nice too. My friends always like to play with me. I am happy I have a lot of friends.
Rohan--I am thankful for my parents because I wouldn't have a home. Plus I couldn't do all the fun activities in the winter like snowboarding.
Lukas--I am thankful for my family because they are always there for me. They keep me safe. They will never let me go for as long as I live. As much as I've been alive I have got loved!
Finn--I am thankful for my baby brother because he is very cute and when I see him he makes me smile.
Meredith--I'm thankful for food because some people do not have food to eat. I like food because it's juicy and good. Food helps me stay alive and I love food because it is very very very good!
Jack--I am thankful for my dog because she loves to play with me and she really likes to play tag with me. She sometimes likes to watch T.V. with me. I love my dog and she likes me too! I am thankful for my mom because she is the one who gave me life. If she did not I would not be alive and I would not be writing this letter. I love my mom and she loves me more!
Logan--I am thankful for my family because they are always nice to me. My brother Garreth loves me so much and when Garreth can he plays with me. My mom cooks so good and sometimes she even lets me help her cook. My mom also lets me do fun activities and they're always fun! I'm also thankful for my dad because he always lets me just sit and talk and relax. Me and my dad like that. I'm just thankful to have a family!
D'Andre--I am thankful for everything. Without everything we would not be here and that's why I am thankful for everything. Without school we would not know anything.
Abigail--I am thankful for my great teacher. She is really nice. I think she's the greatest second grade teacher in the school. She's the best. She is not even mean to anybody. I love her. She has pretty hair too.
Devon--I am thankful for my sister because she makes me laugh sometimes. She also helps babysit me. When she had won homecoming she let me hold her flowers.
Ellie--I am thankful for my dog Georgia because she is very sweet. She always loves to play fetch when I get home from school. I am also thankful for animal shelters because they keep animals safe and they take care of lost animals.
Avery--I am thankful for my family because they look out for me and love me and read me bedtime stories.
Sean--I am thankful for my family. My mom is really nice. My brother is awesome. My dad always plans fun things to do.
Hannah--I am thankful for my mom because she always has yummy food at Thanksgiving. I am thankful for my dad because he always mows the grass when it is too tall. I am thankful for a book called The Night Before Thanksgiving because the children saved the turkeys.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Trash Can Thesaurus (By Dylan)

This week in second grade we did a trash can thesaurus and it is a packet that we write a word in the packet and get a blank piece of paper. You write the word on the blank piece of paper. You throw the paper away and wright some synonyms.
By Dylan

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Symbols (By Finn)

This week in second grad we learned about symbols and Washington monument and how the first   Whitehouse was brunt and how the liberty bell is a symbol .But how cud I forget the statue of liberty. The man that made the statue of liberty was name Frederic. The statue of liberty was packed in 214 crates. Lets talk about the liberty bell. The liberty bell was made in 1752. In 1776 it was rung to celebrate the declaration of independence. Last time it rang was in 1846.Now lets talk about the white house .The white house address is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.                                                  
By Finn

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Our Busy Week!

Between our Thanksgiving performance, Turkey Lunch, and Veterans Day assembly, along with all of the learning that goes on in our classroom, it was definitely a busy week in second grade! It was wonderful to see so many of you Tuesday night for the children's performance! I know my own daughters really enjoyed watching "Mommy's kids" sing, as Kate calls my students! It was also great to see so many of you for the Turkey Lunch. It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost here!

We were very excited to have another Mystery Reader this past Friday! Norah's mother not only read to the students, but also many of the parents who were waiting in our classroom for the Turkey Lunch! She did a fantastic job!

I'm always trying to find new and fun ways to help the kids learn their word study words. This week we did an activity called "Write on the Floor," which your children loved! Before I had a Smartboard in my classroom, I used to use transparencies on the overhead projector to display things for the entire class to see. I had gotten rid of all of mine, but thankfully Mrs. Hebert, our secretary, had an entire box in our supply closet that she was willing to give me! So I gave each child a transparency and a transparency marker and told them to place it on the floor and write their word study words. It really did look as if they were "writing on the floor!" We were learning and having fun all at the same time! :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Star Student (By D'Andre)

This week in second grade we have a new star student her name is Avery. Nice name right and I can’t wait for the new star student I hope it’s going to be me. I will fill papers about my favorite things in the world. I heard it will be a blast becoming STAR STUDENT! On Friday we will choose the new star student.
By D'Andre           

Halloween Party (By Rohan)

Last week in second grade we had a Halloween party! There were a lot of activities which was super good! There was ghost bowling where you bowl with a pumpkin and knock down ghosts which where really toilet paper. That was fun. Anther thing that was fun was skeleton puzzle where they had this paper and bucket and they put all of the parts in two buckets. There was team1 and team2. I was on team1.  Then somebody traced what the real skeleton puzzle would look like if you really did the puzzle on a piece of paper. Then both of the teams lined up in two straight line. Our team won but there no resin to brag about it. That is about it. 

By Rohan  

Sunday, November 6, 2011

We Love Our Mystery Readers!

On Halloween, Mr. Kerwin came in and read One Monster After Another.

On November 4, Mr. Schmidt came in and read The Bicycle Man by Allen Say.

If you would like to surprise your child this year by being a Mystery Reader, please e-mail me and we'll find a date that works for you!

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Doll People (By Ellie)

This week in second grade I’m reading a book called The Doll People. The Doll People is about a doll named Annabelle and she wants to find her auntie Sarah. 47 years ago her auntie Sarah just disappeared one day. One day Norah Kate’s little sister brought her little farm animals into the doll house. She put Annabelle and the rest of her doll family on farm animals. She put Annabelle on a cow with gum hanging from its ear. Chapter six is about where Annabelle goes out of the doll house but before she does Uncle Doll says I’m going with you. Bobby Annabelle’s little brother says me to.  It’s a really fun book to read. Oh… and she finds a spider. She also finds another doll family called the Funcrafts.
By Ellie