Mrs. LeBrun’s 2nd Grade Class

 

welcome to 2nd grade

Hello!  My name is Jessica LeBrun.  I teach second grade at Evangelical School.

We work very hard in second grade.  I have high expectations for each one of my students, and I try my best to equip them with the tools they need to be successful.

Please enjoy scrolling through the posts below.  They are just a small example of the wonderful things we do in our class.

 

End-of-the-Year Reading Club

As we are wrapping up second grade, my students are participating in a reading club.  They have been split into reading groups, given reading briefcases, and a choice of many different books to read.  Each group chooses a book to read, they discuss the book, take notes about the book, and then finish by completing a comprehension activity of their choice.  The finished project is placed in their briefcase, and then the group chooses a new book to start the process all over again.  The students have enjoyed reading club so much this year that I have had to expand our time from 45 minutes to 75  minutes a day.  They are reading machines! :)

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Reader’s Theater

Every spring my second grade class takes part in a Reader’s Theater.  The students are placed in groups and given scripts to practice.  They are also given random materials to make costumes and props and are put in charge of decorating their own backdrop for their play.  The students spend a lot of time to preparing for their Reader’s Theater.  It is a fun, collaborative learning experience for all!  At the end of the week, the students perform their plays for their classmates.  Then they get to make invitations to take home so they can invite their parents to come watch “the show.”  Below are pictures showing the various stages of our Reader’s Theater:

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Practicing their scripts

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Making masks, costumes, and props

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Decorating their backdrops

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Performing for their classmates

Women’s History Projects

In March, we studied famous women in history.  The students were then split into groups, given a biography to read, and assigned the task of creating a poster that highlighted their famous woman.  This was a great experience for the students in learning how to work together to complete a task.  They had lots of fun and created wonderful posters!

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Fun with Science

We have been studying matter in science.  We have discussed many things about matter, but we are currently discussing how different forms of matter can be combined to make things, such as a building or a bridge.  Students were given the task to create a bridge that would hold a Matchbox car without collapsing.  It was great watching them work together to come up with their designs.

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Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

We did a lot of fun things in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  We decorated birthday cakes (he would be 113 years old if he were still alive), made “Cat in the Hat” hats with our cursive spelling words, and wrote book reports about our favorite Dr. Seuss books.  We then finished the week with a “Snack and Chat” where students partnered up to discuss their favorite Dr. Seuss books while enjoying a snack.

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss! :)

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We love our grandparents!

In honor of our annual grandparents’ lunch, we have written essays describing our wonderful grandparents.

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Fun with 3-Dimensional Figures

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Valentine’s Day Fun

We celebrated Valentine’s Day with a fun party in our classroom.  Each student brought in a special box for their cards and treats.  They were very excited to deliver their cards to their friends’ boxes.  We then played a lot of fun games – one of which involved stacking heart candies as fast and high as they could in a 45 second time period.  They had so much fun and kept begging to play again! :)

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Famous Black American Reports

In honor of Black History Month, our 2nd grade students have written reports about Famous Black Americans.  We have displayed copies of our reports in our hallway, but the original reports with hand-drawn portraits are on display in the kids’ space at the library at Alton Square Mall.

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