Saturday, December 20, 2014


Thank you so much for all of your help and all of the wonderful presents. Our holiday party was super fun. The students decorated gingerbread cookies,played Candy Land, and played games. They had a great time. Thanks so much for your donations and time. I couldn't have done it without you. A special thanks to our room mom Mrs. Dingle for organizing it all. Have a safe and fun winter break. Don't forget the winter reading challenge.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Shapes and the Nutcracker

     This week we had a fantastic field trip to see The Georgia Ballet perform The Nutcracker. The students looked their best and behaved fantastically. They really enjoyed the show and were amazed at how the ballerinas could stand on their toes.

     We have started a new math unit on shapes. Students are responsible for describing shapes according to their attributes-like sides and angles.

Saturday, November 15, 2014


Last week we learned all about heat. Not a moment too soon. Boy, has is it cold outside! In the Science Lab the students saw how heat changes matter by making pancakes. They were also able to see how plants use heat to make food and store energy. They dug up the sweet potatoes they planted last year.  In class we learned how to Close Read and make Think Marks. Please see the pictures below.

We will continue to practice Close Reading and study energy next week. If you are able, please join our class for Thanksgiving lunch on Thursday at 11:00.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Important Dates

We have a lot of special dates and activities to plan for this moth. Please see the following reminders. Hope to see you soon!

November 6th- 5:00-6:00- Munch and Mingle- A Parent’s Guide to Testing. 6:00- PTA meeting
November 18th- K & 5 Thanksgiving Lunch
November 19th- 3rd and 4th Thanksgiving Lunch
November 20th- 1st and 2nd- Thanksgiving Lunch
November 24-28- Thanksgiving Break

Monday, October 27, 2014

Thank you

Thank you so much for a wonderful conference week. The students did such a great job sharing their leadership notebooks with you. I am so proud of them and I know you are too. They have made so much progress already! I can't wait to see what the next 9 weeks brings.

In math we have been estimating and measuring using centimeters. The students had a great time measuring pumpkins . We are using our estimates and  actual measurements to learn a new strategy. The strategy is called adding up in chunks. It is a subtraction strategy. It's very different than the way you and I learned to subtract. Have your child show you! (I added a picture of a sample below in case you need some help;))

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Conferences and Red Ribbon Week

Next week we will be dismissing at 12:30 due to conferences. Please take this into consideration when arranging dismissal. Please bring your child with you to their conference. They have worked so hard this 9 weeks and have a lot to share with you! Next week will also be red ribbon week. Please see the information below.

Red Ribbon Week
October 20-24, 2014
Addison Elementary School

Monday –  1. Students will receive a red ribbon.
2. Announcement of Red Ribbon Week on Gator News
3. Banners @ Front of Building, 400 Hall entrance,
& Cafeteria

Tuesday – Stomp out Drugs! Students will wear mismatched
                   shoes. Stickers will be given to those who participate.

Wednesday –  Take the pledge! Students will sign drug-free pledge
Thursday – Wear red day.

Friday –    Show your school/team spirit. Addison is drug free! Students will wear school spirit wear or sports team apparel.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Compound Word Day!

Compound word day was so much fun! The students did a fantastic job of dressing up in as many compound words as they could. It was a wonderful culminating activity!

This week we opened the mystery box! Inside the students found a ruler,measuring cup,a measuring spoon, a measuring tape, and a piece of string. Can you guess what we will be studying in math next? Measurement! We will begin by using a rule to estimate and measure objects using centimeters and meters.

The Fall festival is coming up on the 17th! Be sure to mark it down on your calendars!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


This week we will begin a new math strategy. It's called doubles. Please help your child memorize their doubles facts. This will help as we apply them to our strategy. Here is a link to a song to help with memorizing those facts. There is also a sneak peek at how the strategy works.

Doubles Rap

Friday, September 12, 2014

Slime and Georgia Regions

This week we had a messy visit to the Science Lab! The students got to make Goop and Silly Puddy. The students got to explore what happens when we mix different solids and liquids. If you would like to make Silly Puddy at home you will need 2 tbs or white glue, 2 tbs of liquid starch, and food coloring. First mix the glue and food coloring, then add the liquid starch, stir and watch the liquids come together. Play with the Puddy so it becomes more solid than liquid. Store in the refrigerator to prevent mold.

So far we have learned about 3 of Georgia's 5 regions. They are  Coastal Plain, Appalachian Plateau,  and the Piedmont. As you have the week off or are traveling for fall break, it would be a great time to explore Georgia's regions with your child! When we get back we finish the regions and move onto Georgia's rivers.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ways to Make Ten

I math we are beginning to learn addition and subtraction strategies. Our first strategy is called Making Tens. Please help your child memorize all of their ten facts. This will be very helpful as we work on using tens to add. Below is a Brain Pop Jr. link and a preview of how we expect students to solve addition problems using Making Ten as a strategy.
Students will use their student ID # and the password read to login

Brain Pop Jr. Tens

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Word Work, Properties of Matter, and Proper Nouns

What a busy week!

In the Science Lab we had some great matter stations. The students explored the properties of solids, liquids,and gases. Back in class we took a closer look at liquids. We had a variety of liquids for them to observe and touch. Including hand sanitizer,glue,oil,and maple syrup.The students choose one of the liquids to describe.

Second graders are responsible for capitalizing holidays,geographical locations, and products. This week we focused on products. They named specific cereals, sodas ,candy, and crackers. The groups worked together to come up with specific products for each category and reminded each other to capitalize.

In class students have the opportunity to practice their spelling words. We call these centers Word Work.They are part of our Daily 3.

Friday, August 22, 2014

RAZ Kids and Our Mission Statement

I have taped your child's RAZ kids login and password on the cover of their agenda. This is an online reading program you can access at home and your child will be using at school. The books your child can access are on their reading level. They can choose to listen to the stories, read to themselves, and take a quiz. If they miss any questions on their quiz they can go back and correct their answers to earn more points.
 For students whose class numbers are  1-13
For students whose class numbers are 14-19

Our class has finalized our mission statement. Please read it over with your child and help them to memorize it.

Picture Day September 9th!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

What I am

Today I sent the words to the song What I am home for reading and practice. We are hoping to sing it for our music teacher soon and guidance counselor soon.

Here is the link to the song . Enjoy!

What I am Video

Friday, August 15, 2014

Open House

Thank you so much for attending Open House on Thursday. I know we shared a lot of information with you. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me or write a note in your child's agenda. If you did not get a chance to sign up for remind 101 here is the info: (Text )

enter this number: (865)622-7787
with this as the message: @43d5ed

This week we visited the Science Lab and the Media Center. In the Science Lab Mrs. Knobbe reviewed the rules and the students practiced using some tools.In the media center students were able to check out 2 books to read and enjoy.

Remember each Friday is Spirit Wear. Please help your child remember to wear green,leader in me shirts,or an Addison shirt. Look for some new and fun ways for your child to show school spirit coming up!