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Ms. Monheiser

Ms. Monheiser's Classroom

February 20th-24th

Hello Wonderful Families,
Hooray for eggs!  We will be spending the next twenty one days observing eggs in an incubator and studying the devlopment of baby chicks inside the eggs.  At the end of the twenty one day incubation period we will have baby chicks for several days.  We are so excited!
The second grade performance is scheduled for February 27th at 7pm it will be located in the gym.  For any questions you may have about the performance please email Mr. Marxen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  Link the to underground railway song that the slaves sang:

Helpful Resources

  • Is your child forgetful?  Does your student struggle with understanding the consequences of his/her actions? Is your kid’s bedroom a hot sloppy mess?  These are all skills associated with executive functioning!  The great news is that there are a variety of family games that can increase your child’s executive functioning in a fun, easy way!  Check out this article for more information:
  • Have you heard of GoNoodle?  This is a website that we use a TON in the classroom, especially on indoor recess days.  There are dozens of fun, silly, engaging exercise videos that are fantastic for those winter cabin fever days.  In addition to great gross motor games, there are learning videos, and social emotional videos designed to give kids ways to calm down and cope.  Parents need an account, but a great majority of the site is free!  
  • Have you heard Prodigy Math?  It is an incredibly engaging online fantasy based math game made for elementary students.  Kids are crazy about it, I’ve known students who prefer it to Minecraft.  Parents need an account, and most of the site is free.  If you’re looking for a way to add to your at-home math practice, this could be a great way to go!  Check it out! -
  • Please check your child's planner and green homework folder each night  both will be found in their green binder.  
  • Please check your child's reading and math teacher's website for updates in their reading and math class.

Important Information

  • Library is on Wednesday.  Please help your child to remember to return checked out books by Wednesday.
  • Please check your child's homework folder each night and initial that they have read for 20 minutes.  
  • Please help your child leave their toys at home.
  • Please feel free to email me with questions you may still have This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • As the temperatures drop, please make sure your student is prepared to go outside and play. We go out if it is above 20 degrees!
  • We are a nut-free classroom


  • Spirit Days are coming to AVA.  On Spirit Days students can wear spirit wear provided by the Foundation along with the rest of the uniform.  These items include t-shirts with the official AVA Wolf/logo.  For example, on a Spirit Day, a student may wear a T-shirt purchased through the foundation along with an approved pair of shorts, pants, skirt....  Other Spirit Wear includes t-shirts or sweatshirts purchased while playing an AVA sport at or an AVA Field Day shirt.  Spirit days at AVA will be on the following dates:

Friday, March 9

Friday, April 13

Friday, May 11

 19  Mon No School














Daily Schedule Room 224

Arrival: 8:15-8:30

Specials (CAMP): 8:30-9:20

Reading: 9:25-10:15

Grammar (Library on Wednesday): 10:20-10:50

 Recess/Snack: 10:50-11:05

 I-ready/Intervention: 11:10-11:35

 Writing: 11:35 – 12:05

 Core Knowledge/ Literature: 12:05-12:20

 Lunch/Recess: 12:20- 1:00

Math: 1:15-2:15 

 History/Science: 2:15-2:45

  History/Science: 2:45-3:15

 Pack-up/Launch: 3:15-3:30


Shurley Grammar

 Chapter 10 

  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Nouns & Verbs
  • 5 Parts of the complete sentence
  • Article Adjective
  • Declarative Senteces
  • Subject
  • Predicate
  • Preposition & Object of the Preposition
  • Subject Pronoun




Chapter 4   Week  1

Story: Alaska: A Special Place

Comprehension strategy: reread
Comprehension skill: compare and contrast
Genre: Expository Text
Vocabulary strategy: prefixes re- dis- un- -less -ful
Spelling Pattern: wr, kn, gn, mb, sc
Vocabulary: eerie, growth layers, lively, location, regions, seasons, temperate
High-Frequency Words: many, morning, through, very, eat, sleep, eat, colors, down, below, dark
Homework: fluency sheet, spelling, read 20 minutes each night 

Please continue reading at home for twenty minutes with your child.  Parents can read too. :) Reading practice is so much more fun for children when it is a shared experience.  The more interest you model in reading the more they will enjoy it and want to do it!  The more they read the better readers they will become!Image



Chapter 11 Money

Big Idea:

  • Children use number lines and roudning mountains to round numbers to the nearest ten.
  • Children learn to recognize bills and coins and their respective values.
  • Children learn to use a dot seperate dollars and cents when writing money amounts in dollars.
  • Children learn to exchange dollars and cents and vice versa.


Civil Rights
Through narrative, biography, and other accessible means, introduce students to the idea that
while America is a country founded upon “the proposition that all men are created equal,” equality has
not always been granted to all Americans. Many people, however, have dedicated themselves to the
struggle to extend equal rights to all Americans. Specific figures and issues to study include:
• Susan B. Anthony and the right to vote
• Eleanor Roosevelt and civil rights and human rights
• Mary McLeod Bethune and educational opportunity
• Jackie Robinson and the integration of major league baseball
• Rosa Parks and the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama
• Martin Luther King, Jr. and the dream of equal rights for all
• Cesar Chavez and the rights of migrant workers


Life Cycles

• The life cycle: birth, growth, reproduction, death

• Reproduction in plants and animals

  • From seed to seed with a plant
  • From egg to egg with a chicken
  • From frog to frog
  • From butterfly to butterfly: metamorphosis 


  • Read 20 minutes :) (sign plannner due Friday)
  • Fluency sheet due Friday
  •  Students really enjoyed playing Oregon Trail here is the link if they would like to play at home: Oregon Trail Classic Game


AVA 2nd Grade Curriculum Map

 This will give you a quick snapshot of what we will be doing for core knowledge through out the year.   

AVA Curriculum Map Literature History Science Writing  Character
Aug/Sept Talk Iktomi Stories, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Bed in Summer
War of 1812 
Map Terms
Continents and Oceans
Summer (Seasons)
 Review conventions of paragraph writing (including spelling, grammar & usage)  Respect
October  Tall Tales, Bufflao Dusk, Windy Nights  Westward Expansion         Rocky Mountains and Appalachian Mountians  
Simple Machines/
Personal Narrative
– How to …

The Emperor's New Clothes,                

The Fisherman and His Wife,          

Something Told The Wild Geese,     Rudolph is Tired of the City

Mississippi River 
Great Lakes    
 Cells  Retelling and Summarizing  Empowerment
December  A Christmas Carol, T'Was the Night Before Christmas, Lincoln, Harriet Tubman  Civil War  Digestive System/ Excretory System   Health Bios  Responding to Literature  Sharing
January  How the Camel Got It's Hump        Seashell  
Civil Rights
North America
 Digestive System/Winter  Persuasive Writing  Patience
February  Greek Myths, Smart, Limericks  Ancient Greece  NA/ Heavy History Month Poetry   Excellence
March  Blind Men and the Elephant,              Tiger, Brahaman, and Jakal         Discovery, Windy Nights  
Ancient India
Central and South America
 Water Cycle  Compare  Compassion
Magic Pain brush, Charlotte's Web, 
Hurt No Living Thing
 Ancient China  Life Cycles/ Spring  Contrast  Spring

 Tongue Cut Sparrow,

El Pajro Cu            Bee! I'm Epecting You           Caterpillars

 Japan Today  Insects  Information Summary  Respect


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