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How to Survive a Reading Emergency!


I love to read!  I especially love to read books on how to become a better teacher.  One of the books I have read is called, Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller.  Donalyn Miller is a language arts and social studies teacher from Texas who has wonderful ideas and ways of teaching reading.  I was so inspired by one of the sections of the book that we have tried it in our classroom for the last 3 years and I thought we would try it again this year.  We started first by talking about times we have had to wait for something.  Here is what we came up with:

  • at home
  • family members house
  • in bed
  • in the car
  • in our classroom
  • at the doctor/dentist office
  • an amusement park (waiting in line)
  • grocery shopping (waiting in line)
  • at a restaurant
  • library (waiting in line)
  • waiting to go into P.E. or music class
  • waiting for our teacher to pick us up from a special
  • on the playground at recess

After we made our list, we then talked about all the time those activities took up and realized some were 10 minutes and others were 20-30 minutes.  That is a lot of time.  What if there was a way to cure our boredom from waiting and learn/have fun at the same time? Oh wait…there is! 🙂 In her book, Donalyn Miller talks about always carrying a book with her everywhere she goes.  By doing so she avoids what she refers to as a reading emergency.  She and her family never want to be in a reading emergency and always have books stashed either in a purse, backpack or car.  This way, whenever there is a transition period of time they are bored, they can pull out a book and escape to another world.

So let the challenge in our classroom began.  We are carrying a book with us everywhere we go.  That way if we are ever in a reading emergency, we have a book.  I’m even carrying around a book with me just like the students.  I told them if I was going to give them this challenge, I also had to take part in it right along with them. Today before P.E. we were a bit early, but we had our books, so no time was wasted.


I also challenge the students to try this at home.  Where are places you can have books readily available so families don’t have to hear: MOM I’M BORED!  We can’t wait to see how this challenge goes and the impact it will have on our reading and writing ability.  Better readers are better writers!  Here’s to our challenge and good luck.  Feel free to let us know how the challenge is going by leaving a comment on our blog.

P.S. Donalyn Miller has two books: Reading in the Wild and The Book Whisperer.  These are great reads for parents too.  While she does offer a lot of classroom ideas, most can be varied to work with your families reading life at home.  It also can spark ways you and your family can support your child’s literacy development.  Check them out!

The Pitzer Post!


2P Class Logo~*The Pitzer Post*~

August 22-26, 2016

In this weekly post, you will find information about the academic content and special events happening in the upcoming week. 

  • The reading and writing lotus diagram will give you a dashboard view of the next week’s Reading Theme skills
  • I will post a copy of the Math in Focus home letter from the chapter we’re learning, as well as other ways you can support your child. (Math test dates will be posted, but please be aware these can be subject to change based on our rate of learning and understanding.)
  • Our Second Step target skill for the week will be shared so you can check in with your child on how they are using that at home and school!
  • I will also include reminders of upcoming events that affect your child.
  • Finally, I’ll be sharing some photos of the week and reflecting on some celebrations as well!

I hope you find this to be valuable information as you communicate with your child about their week of learning!

Literacy (Reading & Writing)

Click the link to view our upcoming theme skills!
Theme 1 (week one)
Phonics Words: chart, graph, phone, thick, trash, hop, I, checkup, chef
Sight Words: our, hill, watch, sister, fun
Vocab Words: cabin, visit, memory
Grammar Skill: Simple Sentences


We will begin Chapter 1: Numbers to 1,000.

Chapter 1: Place Value
: hundred, hundreds, thousand, standard form, word form, expanded form, greater than, less than, greatest, least, more than

  • Use base-ten blocks to recognize, read, and write numbers to 1,000
  • Count on by 1s, 10s, and 100’s to 1,000
  • Use base-ten blocks and a place value chart to read, write, and represent numbers to 1,000
  • Read and write numbers to 1,000 in standard form, expanded form, and word form
  • Use base-ten blocks to compare numbers
  • Compare numbers using greaten than and less than
  • Compare numbers using the symbols for greater than and less than
  • Order three-digit numbers
  • Identify the greatest and least number
  • Identify number patterns

This chapter will be the core of our math learning this year and will give us vital skills we that will come up again in future chapters.  Please view the home letter to see our chapter objectives, as well as activities you can do to support your child at home!


Second Step

Next week we will take our pre-assessment to see what skills we remember from last year.

Upcoming Events

Monday, August 22, 2016 

  • Lunch: Chicken Patty
  • “cabin” vocab notecard comes home, due Tuesday

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 

  • Lunch: Nachos Grande
  • “visit” and “memory” notecards come home, due Wednesday

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

  • Lunch: Cheese Omelet
  • PLCs Early Dismissal at 2:15pm
  • Asha in the Attic story comes home, due Thursday

Thursday, August 27, 2015

  • Lunch: Chicken Sticks
  • Phonics Words Practice Paper comes home, due Friday
  • Dunlap Days Family Night

Friday, August 28, 2015

  • Lunch: Cheese Pizza

 Celebrating Our Greatness!

  • Earned a ton of Pitzer cash for our ROYAL behavior
  • Finalized our mission statement and classroom goals for the year.  Check out on our Plan on the Page:
  • Laughing and giggling during our Royal Read Aloud.  Sideways Stories from Wayside School is hysterical.
  • Seeing Mrs. Pitzer’s and our class reading log on Goodreads
    • These logs can be accessed year round on the front page of the blog on the far right hand side
  • 1st Annual CUP CHALLENGE! Collaboration with our peers is vital to success.
  • Book Tasting: This was our chance to “taste” books in our classroom library and make a list of books we are excited to read this year complete with tablecloths on our tables.
  • 2nd grade is something to tweet about!  Please be sure to follow us @PitzersLearners and check out some of our hashtags: #2Procks, #2Preads, #2Pwrites. #2Pmath, #2Pwonders, #dgsroyals
  • Royal Purple Pen! We use a purple pen to revise our stores and help our readers create images in their mind.
  • Reader Dudes: who we think about when we write.  Great writers constantly think about their audience and purpose

Second Grade in Pictures

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Seussville: Preseason Footage!


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

It’s Monday! What are you learning?!


Greetings Seussville Alumni! I miss you already and I hope your summer is off to a relaxing and wonderful start.  Summer is such a perfect time to recharge our batteries, enjoy the sunshine, and slow down a bit.  It is also an excellent opportunity to continue learning.  Even though you aren’t coming to the classroom every day, you are still learning and might not even realize it.  It might look a bit different but can be just as much fun AND help you develop the lifelong learner habit.

Summer is one of the times when I am able to catch up on professional development (learning for teachers).  I came across a blog post and some tweets last week that inspired me and I just had to share them with you.

1. #IMWAYR (It’s Monday! What Are You Reading): This is a hashtag on Twitter where people from all over the world are sharing what they’re reading every Monday. This of course got the gears in my brain thinking.  How could I incorporate this over the summer?  PADLET! One of the very best things you can do this summer is read.  Read every day.  Read all types of books and texts.  Then share your reading with others.  Start your very own reading challenge.  Will you try to read every Caldecott Medal winner book? Or is there a series of books you have been anxiously awaiting time to dig into?!  What better time to do that then NOW!  Here’s how it will work: every Monday during the summer, head on over to our #IMWAYR Padlet.  Post a picture of what you are currently reading.  Then write the title and author and perhaps what you love about it or if you recommend this book to others and why.  Your picture should include you and the book in whatever creative way you choose!  You could even give a brief summary (What makes a really good summary?) or a short book review (Who can remember how to organize one?).  Then if you are ever stuck on what to read next, head on over to the Padlet for some fresh book recommendations.  You never know when a surprise guest might post on our Padlet too! 🙂

2. Summer Reading…Reado: Are you wanting to read this summer but aren’t sure where to even start?! Have no fear READO is here! I created a Summer Bingo (READO) card.  In each tile is a type of book you can read.  Be sure to check out the bottom of the card for fun prizes.  If you decide to compete for the prizes, please sign the bottom, have your parent(s) sign it, and return it to school on August 17, 2016 (the first day of school!)

Summer Reading Bingo Card

3. #KidsWritingLife : I was reading a blog post the other day that inspired me and reminded me that just because it is summer, doesn’t mean our writing lives should stop. They also mentioned a book I had never heard of before called The Scraps Book by Lois Ehlert.  In this book the author talks about what inspired her to create art and write books.  She even shares some of her brainstorming techniques and story inspirations.  This book was by far the coolest book ever and I just had to share it with you too.  Check out the video I created of it below:

After you have watched the video, I want you to think about your own writing life.  What are things that inspire you?  What objects do you have that you could turn into a story?! Have you found a new treasure, made a new memory, or created something amazing? What can you collect or look for outside that could become your next great writing piece?  Take what you learned during the school year, inspiration from The Scraps book, and head over to our #KidsWritingLife Padlet every Monday and write! It can be about any topic, any genre, and be as long or as short as you want.  I recommend trying all different types of writing this summer and encourage you to write about science, math, social studies, nature, vacation, and the world around you.  Feel free to include media (pictures/videos) too if you wish.  Please make sure to have a title and include your name on each piece. You learn to write better by reading.  You learn to read better by writing. Reading and writing work together to improve your ability to think.

Kids Writing Life Blog Post Inspiration

4. Xtra Math: Remember the 3rd grade teachers sent this home with you before summer vacation! Fact fluency is a vital part of your math success so the more practice the better.

5. Symbaloo: Remember your Log-In cards also went home this summer too. Please feel free to use any of tiles on the Symbaloo page to continue learning at home.

Last but certainly not least, make sure to take some time to relax, play, sit in the sun, draw with chalk, blow bubbles, take a walk, ride your bike, laugh, eat popcorn, have a movie night, and enjoy your family.  I miss you but I’m look forward to interacting with you on our Padlets!  Happy reading, writing, and math fact practicing!

Seussville Review 2015-2016!


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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The Pitzer Post!


2P Class Logo~*The Pitzer Post~

May 16-23, 2016

In this weekly post, you will find information about the academic content and special events happening in the upcoming week. 

Literacy (Reading & Writing)

We have completed all 16 themes of our reading and writing curriculum! WHOO! I am so proud of all of our hard work this year.  We have learned the following:

Vocabulary Words:
We learned 96 vocabulary words this year:

cabin, visit, memory, tradition, relatives, generation, rely, role, member, identity, sibling, symbol, fascinate, exploration, journal, measure, calendar, interval, daily, orbit, position, solar, ray, rotate, crossing, rural, build, purpose, social, urban, reside, route, state, journey, boundary, terrain, essential, wheel, machine, reduce, labor, effort, attract, magnet, object, operate, field, effect, result, vote, wait, government, duty, election, contribute, police, volunteer, participate, influence, emergency, nourished, farming, maintain, bounty, various, produce, freight, consume, distribute, available, taste, range, interest, earn, increase, value, browse, spend, market, business, prepare, provide, obtain, wages, droplet, puddle, cause, stage, transform, precipitation, fresh, careless, amount, critical, parched,  and drought

Your child should be able to define each word and use it in a sentence correctly!

Phonics Patterns
We have learned 62 patterns this year:

digraphs (ph, th, ch, sh), short vowels, ake, ine, oke, ute, ail, ain, ay, eed, ea, eat, oat, ow, ue, ui, or, orn, art, ir, urn, air, eer, ear, ore, are, ire, oom, ew, au, aw, awn, alk, all, ood, ook, ank, ink, unk, ice, age, arge, oil, oy, ound, out, ow, contractions, kn, wr, dge, tch, adjectives with er and est, prefix un, suffixes (ful, less, er, ly), plurals ( s, es), plurals (y to an i and add es), y plus er & est, verbs (ending in ed), verbs (ending in ing), and compound words

Your child should be able to spell and read words correctly with the above patterns!

We learned 8 genres this year in writing:

personal narrative, expository (informational)/observation log, letter, biography, opinion/response to literature, story (realistic, fantasy, humorous, fable, mystery, fairy tale, and folktale), poetry and procedural text!

Your child should be able to explain what each type of genre is, provide examples of books and write text that would fall into to one of these genres!

We were also able to get to 40 minutes of guided reading stamina! WOW!  Next week, we will review what we have learned in creative and neat ways!


We wrapped up shapes and lines this week.  Be sure to ask your child about creating shape monsters and our Geometry HyperDoc!

Wow we were able to complete 15 chapters in math this year! In those chapters we learned the following concepts: Place value to 1,000, addition with and without regrouping to 1,000, subtraction with and without regrouping to 1,000, bar models, multiplication, division, balanced equations, metric measurement, money, fractions, time, picture graphs, lines & surfaces, shapes & pattern.

The most important skills to take away from second grade are the first four concepts listed.  Those are skills your child should have mastered or be very close to mastery.  We also learned stamina.  We sometimes have to try, erase, try, erase and try again.  It is hard but when we apply what we have learned and use our critical thinking and problem solving skills, we can do wonderful things!

Next week will be spent reviewing our skills in fun and engaging ways!


Field Trip!

On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, all second graders will be traveling to the Linden Hills Dairy Farm in Peoria, IL.  This field trip was one of the ones you paid for before winter break and we thought we send out some more information now that it is scheduled!

Our literacy series actually has given us a wealth of background knowledge on farm life. It is because of that, we thought what better way to bring that to life then by traveling to an actual working farm.  The bus leaves at 8:30am and will return by lunch!

Since we are traveling to a farm, please have your child consider the weather that morning and wear something that they will be comfortable in.  Please have your child wear tennis shoes or some sort of closed toed shoes as we will be walking a lot all over the farm.  This will be so much fun and students will have a chance to see dairy cows up close and personal!  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 16, 2016 

  • Lunch: Cheese Burger
  • Box Tops Due
  • DVMS Music Assembly 1:30pm

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 

  • Lunch: Chicken Nuggets
  • Field Trip to Linden Hills Farm in AM (please wear closed toed shoes suited for lots of walking)
  • Board of Education Meeting 7pm DHS

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

  • Lunch: Grilled Turkey Burger
  • Visitors can join us for our last reading camp beach front style! 9:30am-10:00
  • Followed by the premiere of our end of the year movie

Thursday, May 19, 2016

  • Lunch: Hot Dog
  • 5th Grade Rocket Launch @ 9:30am on the baseball field!
  • DGS Laps for Life (Packets are also Due)

Friday, May 20, 2016

  • Lunch: Cheese Pizza
  • 2nd-5th grade awards program @ 9am
  • St. Jude Fundraiser 5pm-8pm

Monday, May 23, 2016

  • Lunch: Sub Sandwich
  • Last Day of School!
  • Dismissal at 1pm

Celebrating Our Greatness!

  • Wrapping up our reading, writing and math curriculum
  • Realizing just how much we have learned this year
  • Teaching 2Z how to use the Chromebooks, HyperDocs, Google Drawing, and Padlet
  • Earning super improver stars!
  • Creating our own compound word poster in Google Drawings
  • Reflecting on our 1:1 experience
  • Taking our last STAR reading test for the year
  • Trying very hard to be a ROYAL even when no one is watching

Second Grade in Pictures!

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I’ve Got a Golden Ticket!


“But there was one other thing that the grown-ups also knew, and it was this: that however small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance is there. The chance had to be there.”  ~ Roald Dahl

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25 lucky second graders experienced Chocolate Day 2016 today!  Since we had finished reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, what better way to celebrate then by bringing this book to life.  We started off our morning the luckiest kids ever because we each got a GOLDEN TICKET!  Then it was off to the classroom to sign a very important contract which was our ticket into the chocolate factory.  We practiced writing procedural text by drawing our own version of an everlasting gobstopper followed by, writing the steps on how to draw it.  For added fun, we switched our directions with another classmate who had to try to draw our gobstopper.  We learned yet again, how important it is to have clear detailed directions!  It was neat to see how our friends interpreted our gobstopper directions.

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Next, we taste tested all different kinds of chocolates: white chocolate, dark chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate and milk chocolate.  After tasting, we used adjectives to describe what they looked, smelled and tasted like.  There was something very familiar about semi-sweet chocolate and something very gross about unsweetened chocolate so be sure to ask your child all about it!  There was even one chocolate that changed flavors as we ate it.  Check out our list of adjectives below

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Then we finger painted with chocolate syrup. WE COULD EAT THE PAINT! It was sticky fun and we loved it.

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Right before lunch, we got to use a chocolate fountain to dip strawberries, bananas, pretzels and marshmallows.  Mr. Pitzer even showed us how the chocolate fountain worked.  Special thanks to all the parents who donated money and or supplies!

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Finally we ended our day with Fizzy Lifting Drinks (root beer floats) and watched the old movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate” Factory.  We practiced our comparing and contrasting skills and were able to find similarities and differences even Mrs. Pitzer didn’t think about.

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What a fabulous day of learning and fun! What was your favorite part about chocolate day and why?  Can you tell us in the comment section?  Is there anything you would change or make better for next year?

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Oh the Places We Went in 2015!


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!

All Aboard The Polar Express!



The bell rings for all those who truly believe.  What a magical Polar Express Day!  May you always believe in the magic of Christmas!

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What did you enjoy most about your day and why?! Can you tell us in the comment section?!

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Grinchmas Greetings!


During this holiday season, we want to spread KINDNESS in 2nd grade.
Just like the Grinch, we want to grow our heart and choose kindness!

So, take on the Grinchmas Challenge of 2015!! Celebrate and record your kindness using the Bingo sheet coming home today!  You can also read more about the Grinchmas challenge here and find the Bingo sheet here! We’re also going to try to fill up our Grinch here at school with hearts for good deeds!

Grinch Hearts

If the opportunity arises, capture your good deed with a photo and (with an adult!) share it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #DGSGrinchmas. You can also email me your photo and I can share it on our class Twitter page for you! Let’s spread the love!

Bingo Card

To celebrate our kindness kickoff, wear green to school tomorrow (Tuesday, December 1st!)

“Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!”
-Dr. Seuss

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