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Seussville Review 2016-2017

May24

Dear Families;

I give you back your child, the same child you confidently entrusted to my care last fall.  I give them back, inches taller, months wiser, more responsible, and more mature than they were then.  Although they would have attained this growth in spite of me, it has been my pleasure and privilege to watch their personality unfold day by day.  I give them back reluctantly, for having spent nine months together in the narrow confines of a classroom, we have grown and we shall always retain a little bit of each other.

Ten years from now if we met on the street, your child and I, a light will shine to our eyes, a smile to our face, and we shall feel the bond of understanding once more, this bond we feel today.  We have lived, loved, laughed, played, studied, learned, and enriched our lives together this year.  I wish it could go on indefinitely, but give them back I must.  Remember that I shall always be interested in your child and their destiny, wherever they go, whatever they do, whoever they become.  Their joys and sorrows I’ll always be happy to share.

Thanks for your support and all that you have done to make our year complete! Check out our year as a Seussville citizen in our video below.  Here’s to a successful year of learning and for the many more successful years to come.  Remember Dr. Seuss says, “Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened!”

What was your favorite part of second grade?  What did you enjoy learning the most?  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!

Oh The Places We Went in 2016!

December31

Happy New Years Eve! It is hard to believe that it is almost 2017. Here’s a look back on the Seussiness we enjoyed in 2016.  What will 2017 bring us?  What are your goals for 2017?  Did you make any resolutions?  If so what are they?  I can’t wait to see everyone on January 5th and I hope you had a well deserved holiday filled with relaxation, family, friends and fun!

Hooray! Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!

October21

Second Graders you all deserve a bow,
We thus declare a holiday-
It starts exactly now,
Because you’ve done so splendidly
In ever sort of way,
This day forever shall be known,
As Diffendoofer Day!

What a wonderful day in second grade land today.  Mrs. Pitzer and Mrs. Weiss were inspired by the book Hooray for Diffendoofer Day by: Dr. Seuss, Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith, so much that they recreated the day.  The book is all about a school (Diffendoofer School) that is different-er then the rest.  They study things such as smelling, laughing and yelling.  One day they have to take a special test and they are worried they won’t pass because they are different.  If they don’t pass they will have to go to dreary Flobbertown.  You do not want to go to Flobbertown because everyone there does everything the same.  However, once the test is passed out they see that they were taught how to think and they pass with flying colors. They have a celebration with pizza, milk and cake.  They then decide to have a special holiday to celebrate their success!

Our Diffendoofer Day began at morning meeting where Mrs. Ellis, er Mrs. Lowe, introduced the school to some crazy second grade teachers. Then it was off to study the same subjects they study at Diffendoofer School:

1.)      Yelling: Mrs. Pitzer’s mom came in and students learned about sound.  They learned how to make noise that was loud and quiet.  They also learned how to change the loudness and pitch of a sound.  Finally they were able to use instruments and their voices to be noise making machines.

2.)       Laughing: Students read and laughed at so many Laffy Taffy jokes.  Then they picked their favorite one to illustrate and write about.

3.)      Listening: Students had to listen carefully to Halloween noises and try to write down as many sounds as they heard as well as draw a picture of the images they created in their minds.

4.)      Tying Knots: In this subject, there were bins filled with; twine, string, shoelaces, fabric, craft loops, yarn and curling ribbon.  The goal was to try to make something entirely made out of knots.  Students discovered which objects tied the best, which objects tied the worst, and that there is more than one way to tie a knot.  We could even wear our creation all day!

5.)      Noodle Poodles: Spaghetti noodles, spirals, shells, fettuccine, elbow macaroni and more were available for us to make a poodle out of noodles.  We then got to name our poodle and write something fun about it that we wanted other people to know.

6.)      Smelling: *sniff* *sniff* we tested our smelling skills by sniffing 8 different smells.  We had to try to figure out what the smell was and describe the smell using juicy adjectives.  We then picked the best and worst smells.  Some of the smells included: grape Kool-Aid, onion, vinegar, pumpkin, popcorn, chocolate and cinnamon.

Next it was time for science class by making robotic rats out of soup cans and foam balls.  We got to decorate our rat however we wanted adding pipe cleaners, washers, bolts, buttons, googley eyes and sticky foam pieces. It was so fun to create our robotic masterpiece.

After science, we drew pictures upside just like the art teacher Mr. Breeze who drew pictures hanging by his knees.  We sat under the tables and drew the life cycle of our robotic rats!

Finally our day ended with some mathematics fun.  We traveled through the following math centers:

1.)      Math Bingo: We played bingo for prizes but we had to find a problem that matched the number given.  We had to really think and practice important skills such as fact families and fact fluency.

2.)      Math Games: There were so many games to choose from: Tanagrams, Optical Art, and tricky puzzles.  It was neat to see that math can be in board games too!

3.)      Candy Corn Math: First our estimation skills were put to the test by trying to figure out how many candy corns fit in the jar. (571 pieces!) Then we used candy corns to measure objects and determine which objects were longer and which were shorter.

4.)     Eggo Math: Students worked with a friend to race to 1,000.  They used an egg carton to shake buttons to see what numbers they would land on.  Next, they added those numbers by practicing their regrouping skills.  They then kept a running total to try to get to 1,000 first.

We also could not have had a day like this without parent volunteers and donations of all kinds. Thank you to Mrs. Michanicou, Mrs. Fleming, Mrs. Feuchter, Mrs. Badawi, and Mr. Glover for volunteering your time to help us learn in so many differen ways.  Thank you also to all who donated to making this a day to remember!

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Here’s to a wonderful day filled with so many activities that allowed us to think AND have fun! Please feel free to share your favorite part of the day in the comment section.

Seussville: Preseason Footage!

August9

Attention soon to be Seussville Citizens:

Second grade will be “Seussified” with all the “thinks you can think!”

Feel free to let your creative juices flow.

Embrace your inner Seuss.

Become a skilled collaborator.

Sit back, relax, and get lost in your favorite book while snuggled up on our classroom couch.

Be a part of the enchanting transformation of a butterfly.

Multiply and divide your way to mathematician status.

You’re famous! Learn to sign your autograph in perfect cursive.

Concentrate on improvements that will grant you Seusstastic learner status!

You won’t just be the MVP…you’ll be a hall of famer!

Let the experience begin!

Your Mayor of Seussville,

Mrs. Pitzer

Seussville Review 2015-2016!

May18

Dear Families;

I give you back your child, the same child you confidently entrusted to my care last fall.  I give them back, inches taller, months wiser, more responsible, and more mature than they were then.  Although they would have attained this growth in spite of me, it has been my pleasure and privilege to watch their personality unfold day by day.  I give them back reluctantly, for having spent nine months together in the narrow confines of a classroom, we have grown and we shall always retain a little bit of each other.

Ten years from now if we met on the street, your child and I, a light will shine to our eyes, a smile to our face, and we shall feel the bond of understanding once more, this bond we feel today.  We have lived, loved, laughed, played, studied, learned, and enriched our lives together this year.  I wish it could go on indefinitely, but give them back I must.  Remember that I shall always be interested in your child and their destiny, wherever they go, whatever they do, whoever they become.  Their joys and sorrows I’ll always be happy to share.

Thanks for your support and all that you have done to make our year complete! Check out our year as a Seussville citizen in our video below.  Here’s to a successful year of learning and for the many more successful years to come.  Remember Dr. Seuss says, “Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened!”

What was your favorite part of second grade?  What did you enjoy learning the most?  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!

Second Grade 2016

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Oh the Places We Went in 2015!

January1

Wow! It is hard to believe that it is 2016. Here’s a look back on the Seussiness we enjoyed in 2015.  What will 2016 bring us?  What are your goals for 2016?  Did you make any resolutions?  If so what are they?  I can’t wait to see everyone on January 4th and I hope you had a well deserved holiday filled with relaxation, family, friends and fun!

The Life Cycle: Seussville Style!

September18

We recently wrapped up our science unit on the life cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly.  In order to celebrate, I created this video to highlight our fascinating exploration!  Can your child tell you each stage and how this insect transforms in each one?  What was their favorite part of this science unit and why?  Please leave your comment in the comment section.

Seussville: A Legendary Preview!

August7

Attention Soon to be Seussville Citizens:

Second grade will be “Seussified” with all the “thinks you can think!”

Feel to let your creative juices flow.

Embrace your inner Seuss.

Become a skilled collaborator.

Sit back, relax, and get lost in your favorite book while snuggled up on our classroom couch.

Be a part of the enchanting transformation of a butterfly.

Multiply and divide your way to mathematician status.

You’re famous! Learn to sign your autograph in perfect cursive.

Concentrate on improvements that will grant you Seusstastic learner status!

You won’t just be a rock star…you’ll be a legend!

Let the experience begin!

Your Mayor of Seussville,

Mrs. Pitzer

Seussville in Review!

May27

Dear Students;

It is hard to believe the second grade is quickly coming to an end.  We have learned so much and have had an absolute blast in the process.  I am so very proud of each and every single one of you for all your hard work, dedication, creativity, progress and suessey-ness.  As you take your next step in your elementary school journey, know that I am always right down the hall and I look forward to watching all the wonderful things that will happen to you!  Also know that no matter where your journey takes you, I will always be excited to hear from you.  You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes and you can steer yourself any direction you choose!  Show your third grade teachers all the amazing things I was able to see this year, be a good friend and an excellent listener.  This summer make sure to play, relax and keep on reading!  I just know that you will.  I will never forget you and just know that YOU ARE going places. Today is your day! You’re off and away!

Dear Parents;

I give you back your child, the same child you confidently entrusted to my care last fall.  I give them back, inches taller, months wiser, more responsible, and more mature than they were then.  Although they would have attained this growth in spite of me, it has been my pleasure and privilege to watch their personality unfold day by day.  I give them back reluctantly, for having spent nine months together in the narrow confines of a classroom, we have grown and we shall always retain a little bit of each other.

Ten years from now if we met on the street, your child and I, a light will shine to our eyes, a smile to our face, and we shall feel the bond of understanding once more, this bond we feel today.  We have lived, loved, laughed, played, studied, learned, and enriched our lives together this year.  I wish it could go on indefinitely, but give them back I must.  Remember that I shall always be interested in your child and their destiny, wherever they go, whatever they do, whoever they become.  Their joys and sorrows I’ll always be happy to share.

Thanks for your support and all that you have done to make our year complete!

Check out our year as a Seussville citizen in our video below.  Here’s to a successful year of learning and for the many more successful years to come.  Remember Dr. Seuss says, “Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened!”

What was your favorite part of second grade?  What did you enjoy learning the most?  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!

One Perfectly Poetic Day…

May2

Seussville Proudly Presents: Poetry Cafe 2015 the Movie!

Staring: The Seussville Citizens, Mayor Pitzer, and distinguished guests!

 

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