2nd Grade News: 11/3

Ask your 2nd Grader:

  • How did the actions of the American Indians and early Americans impact the prairie in the American West?
  • What are some spellings you’ve learned for the long i sound? Can you list words with those spellings?
  • What is the difference between a common and proper noun? Can you give some examples of proper nouns?
  • Can you arrange these numbers (501, 478, 564, 341, 314,1,000, 470) in order from least to greatest? Greatest to least? What is your strategy for deciding the order?
  • How is sound produced?


What 2nd Graders Are Learning Next Week:

ELA (English Language Arts):

  • Wit and Wisdom Module 2: The American West
    • Essential Question: What was life like in the West for early Americans?
    • Learning Goals:
      • Use words and illustrations to determine a text’s essential meaning.
      • Express understanding of how the American Indians and early Americans impacted the prairie in the early American West.
      • Categorize topic-specific vocabulary to make real-life connections between words.
      • Understand and apply correct structure to an informative paragraph with a topic statement, evidence, and concluding statement and include text-specific words and phrases that enhance meaning.
      • Identify real-life connections between the concept of impact and topic-specific vocabulary.
      • Use a wonder-wheel with question words to ask and answer questions about a text.
      • With support, identify and explain the purpose of frequently occurring irregular plural nouns.
  • Tennessee Foundational Skills:
    • /ue/ (long u) sound spelled u_e, ue, u
    • /aw/ sound spelled aw, au, augh
    • Singular and plural nouns
    • Synonyms and antonyms
    • Ask and answer questions about stories in the student reader.



  • Fractions


Social Studies/Science (We will rotate between science and social studies every two weeks.)

  • Science: Sound
    • Exploring Vibrations and Pitch


Important Information:

  • The book fair is next week! We highly encourage families to use the Literati Book Fair ONLINE gift cards. Gift cards are a safe and secure alternative to cash. You can add funds to your students’ gift card account. Then, when they come to the fair, we’ll look up their name and use their online gift card. No cash or physical card needed! Please help us make the fair run smoothly by utilizing this fabulous tool (taking your child’s piggy bank cash and adding it to the online gift card would be especially helpful) Buy gift cards here: or use the QR code.
  • Our American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge is fast approaching, and we would like to recognize our students and family members who have been directly impacted by heart disease and/or stroke. Over half of all adults in the U.S. have cardiovascular disease and we want to recognize, honor, and remember those in our school community that have been affected. If you are interested in recognizing or honoring your student or family member who has been impacted during our event, please follow the link and submit the online form NO LATER THAN Tuesday, November 7th, 2023. More information on this amazing event will be coming home soon in your child’s Friday folder.
  • Our first field trip is coming up on November 16th. We’re headed to TPAC! Permission slips were sent home this week. Please pay your child’s field trip fee if you have not already done so. Please follow the instructions listed below to make the payment.


To pay for field trips:

  1. Go to and click “Register.”  If you already registered last year, then you would just log in at this point.
  2. Once registered, you will be able to add your students. Go ahead and add all your PPE students for future field trip payments!
  3. In order to add a student, the first question is: Type in the School Board name and select one from the list. Ours is “Metro Nashville Public Schools”
  1. The rest of the questions are just your student’s information!
  2. Once your students have been added, you will see “Items” listed across the top.  When you click, you should see all of your children’s names and what field trips are available for payment.
  3. Please email if you have any problems!


Dates to Remember:

  • Book Fair: November 6th-9th
  • Grandfriends Day (K-2): November 8th
  • No School: November 10th
  • Progress Reports Issued: November 14th
  • TPAC Field Trip: November 16th
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 22nd-24th
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