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Such a fun day!  Do you see any book characters you recognize?
As you can see above we celebrated Read Across America Day by dressing as some of our favorite book characters.  We had a great time and we read a lot of fantastic stories! 
We have begun our third round of  Reading Idol.  This time the students are reading from the book Tacky the Penguin.  This is one of our favorite picture books and we have all grown to love the antics of Tacky.  I am adding the videos as soon as they perform (now that we have the Ipads to video performances) so a few performances are already available.  Here is the link to my YouTube page where you can find your child's performances.  By the end of this week we should have all performances completed and attached and we will be ready to award the next Reading Idol!
The Ipads are in use in our classroom this week.  We are learning how to properly care for them so that they will last a long time and help our brains grow.  Students have the task in the next few weeks to explore the apps I have added.  They will then they will write a persuasive paragraph to convince me of which apps they think I should buy after the trail period.  I can't wait to read what they think of the apps we are trying out. 
We have our Parent Innovation Station Night on Thursday from 6-8:00.  We hope to see you there!
We are working hard to learn addition and subtraction of two and three digit numbers.  We are also beginning a unit on geometry and fractions.  Any extra work at home with be helpful as these are difficult skills to master. I have begun to teach the students songs to help with these math concepts.  The link below is a video of my class last year singing the multiplication songs that we will be learning in the next few weeks.  We are already pro's at the 2's and 3's and we LOVE our subtraction song!  Here's the link:
 Ms. Rutledge will be taking over and teaching full time in March.  I will always be in the room working with groups and individual students and continuing to be available.  Ms. Rutledge is doing a wonderful job and is a fantastic addition to our class.  
 Second Grade is a SMASH! Love these silly faces!
Nelson Superhero Family!  Silliness!
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