Whitcomb Class News

  • May Newsletter 2019 


    Content Areas

    Language Arts

    We are continuing our Daily 5 routines during our reading time.  We are finishing our lessons on the Mystery genre.  In this unit we focused on character traits and the Who, What, Where, When, and Why of a story.  We will end this unit by learning about inferring as we read.  Being able to infer is a vital skill for comprehending a text.  Our next and last genre study will be on historical fiction.  Our mini-lessons will focus on Expanding Vocabulary.


    In writing, the students have been working on a non-fiction writing project, an All About book.  They each picked an animal that they were interested in.  They are using what they know about the features of non-fiction text to write these books.  They will include a table of contents, headings, drawings with captions, a glossary, fascinating facts, and diagrams.  When this project is done, we will have completed our non-fiction writing units. We will finish the year out with a  poetry writing unit.  The students will learn about different kinds of poems and have fun writing their own poems.

    Spelling/Words Their Way

    The students will have their last spelling test on Friday, May 10th. I have put these new words on our website.  After this, we will spend time learning vocabulary strategies which will help us prepare for the upcoming NWEA test.



    We are finishing up Unit 8 in math.  This unit focused on 2-D and 3-D shapes.  The students also learned how to partition (divide) rectangles into smaller, equal parts.  Another concept the students learned, to get them ready for multiplication, was making equal groups, and drawing arrays.

    Unit 9 will focus on fractions, multi-digit subtraction, and counting money.

    Please continue to encourage your child to practice their math facts at home.  They can use the XtraMath program online or flashcards, or whatever works for them.  Let me know if you would like me to send home extra math fact practice homework sheets.  I would be happy to do this.  I may do this anyway for those students who are working on addition and/or subtraction facts.


    Social Studies

    We continue our History lessons.  The students are learning about Ann Arbor’s History.  We are focusing on how schools and transportation have changed since the 1800s. 

    Our last Social Studies unit is about Civics. Our field trip to Meadowbrook Park will be a nice way to kick off this unit.  The students will be seeing what improvements need to be made to the park. 


    We continue our Life Cycle lessons by looking at the life cycle of a butterfly. We have caterpillars in our room and are observing them as they go through the stages of their life cycle.  We have also planted various seeds and are watching them grow.  The students will bring their pea plants home next weekend.  We will be planting our other plants in the Lawton Garden.


    Our last science unit is on Rocks.  The students will learn about the 3 main categories of rocks and how they form.  They will also learn about fossils.  Our field trip to the Gravel Pit on May 31st will be a nice extension to our science unit.

    Happy Birthday!

    Avery Nylander May 12th

    Teddy Vlasak May 13th


    Summer Birthdays

    If your child has a summer birthday and would like us to celebrate it in class, just pick a day in June, let me know, and we’ll be happy to celebrate with your child.

    NWEA Testing

    We will soon be taking the Spring math and reading NWEA tests.  The upper grades are finishing up the M-Step tests and then we will start the NWEAs.  We will be testing on Tuesday, May 28th at 10am and Thurs., May 30th at 10am. Please have your students here on those days if at all possible.  Also try to make sure they have a good night’s rest and breakfast on those days.  Thank you!

    Talent Show

    The 2nd Grade Talent Show will be on Thursday, May 16th at 6pm.  Parents, grandparents, etc. are invited to come and watch. We are looking forward to a great show!

    Important Dates:

    May 16th:  Bike to School Day

    May 16th:   2nd Grade Talent Show, 6pm

    May 22nd:  Early Release Day

    May 23rd:  2nd Grade Performance 6pm

    May 27th:  No School, Memorial Day

    May 28th:  NWEA Test AM

    May 30th:  NWEA Test, AM

    May 31st:  Field Trip to Gravel Pit AM

    May 31st:  Ice Cream Social, Evening

    June 6th:  Field Day, PM

    June 12th:  2nd Grade Picnic PM

    June 14th:  Last Day of School, 1/2 day

    Parent Input Forms

    Please remember to fill out the Parent Input Form as soon as possible if you haven’t done so.  We will use these as we begin making class lists for next year.  Please put anything on there that you want me to consider for next year.  I don’t hold conferences to discuss teacher requests as the teachers are only given the task of creating balanced classes.  We don’t assign the students to a certain teacher, our administrators will do this part of the process.

    2nd Grade Picnic

    This will soon be planned by our room parents.  Please expect an email shortly with more information and a sign-up for donations and volunteer opportunities.



    Thank you to everyone who donated items for our classroom this month!


    *Also remember to save Box Tops!