Welcome to the blog for Bethlehem Lutheran's 2nd grade!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Book Orders and Informative Writing

Book Orders:
January book orders are due Thursday, January 17.  Let me know if you need the class activation code!

Informative Writing:
2nd grade started a writing assessment today, and I'm sure you'll hear about it!  We're focusing on historic Americans who impacted our country.  I printed off biographies for each of the historic Americans, and the 2nd graders started reading about them and writing down questions that they could answer with the information provided.  Many of them were excited to learn about their American!  We'll be going through the whole writing process (prewrite, draft, revise, edit, and publish), and the students will be consulting their prompt and rubric while they write.  I'm excited to see their finish products!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Indoor Olympics

We need volunteers for our Indoor Olympics event, coming up on Friday, February 1!  Scan the code below for more information, and to sign up!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Back to the Normal Routine

Our first full week has started, and we're diving right back into second grade!  We did a spelling pretest today, looked at our memory work for the week, and have added quarters and half-dollars to the coins we are counting.  We also finished reading our story "Marching with Aunt Susan," which is a historical fiction book that recounts Susan B. Anthony's work for women's suffrage.  We'll also be picking up with social studies again, now that our heavy science unit is done.  It's going to be a busy week!

Encouragement and tips for those struggling with counting coins:
Counting coins is a tough concept for 2nd graders!  It requires them to not only identify the coins and how much they're worth, but also skip count by multiple denominations in the same problem to come up with the total.  Luckily, most 2nd graders are motivated and intrigued by money!  Sometimes the best way to practice counting money is by doing just that--counting money!  Try giving your student a small handful of coins.  Have them arrange the coins in order from greatest to least, then work with them to count the money.  For students who need extra practice to master the concept, or even just to feel more confident in their abilities, having someone there to check their work immediately is the best way to learn.  It will also foster your relationship with your student.  As an added bonus, making the coins the student's reward for working so hard on extra math can be extra motivation!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Christmas Program Details

Our Christmas program is on Tuesday, December 18 at 2 PM and 7 PM.  The students should wear Standard of Dress at the 2 PM performance; a tthe 7 PM performance, they can wear Standard of Dress or dressy Christmasy outfits.  Please remember that sweaters should go over tank top dresses. 

Arrival for the 7 PM performance is 6:30.  Please send your child to their classroom.  Gym doors will open at 6:30 for seating.

Below please find the diagram for our new gravel overflow parking.  Enter by the access road by the east wing.  Exit by the gravel road leading out to the neighborhood behind the school.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions!  We're looking forward to sharing the Christmas story with you in a fun, exciting, and new way!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Gift Exchange

Second grade is having a gift exchange on Wednesday, December 19, the last day of school before Christmas break.
In order to participate, each student will need to bring 1 gift (either a book or a school supply), wrapped and with their name on the “From” section of a gift tag.  Please limit your spending to $5 on the gift.  We will randomly exchange the gifts on the 19th, so please make sure the gifts are not gender specific.
Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!
  Mrs. Picker

Monday, November 26, 2018

Upcoming Events:

Extra Credit Due:
The extra credit (reading and flash cards) from Thanksgiving break is due tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27.  If your child has lost their paper, you can e-mail me with the number of days they read and/or did flash cards and I'll give them credit for it. :)

Picture Retakes:
Picture retakes are tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27.  If you would like your child to retake their photos, please send the complete picture packet back with them tomorrow.  It would also help to let me know that they'll be doing retakes--it's not always on 2nd graders' radars!

CBC Blue Ladder Players:
The Columbia Basin College Blue Ladder Players will be here on Friday, November 30 from 1:00-1:30 PM in the gym.  You're welcome to join us!  It's always a fun time and a great experience!

2nd Grade Ice Cream Party:
The 2nd graders will be having their Fall Fest ice cream party on Friday, November 30, right at the end of the day.  It should be a fun time to celebrate their fundraising accomplishments!

Thursday, November 15, 2018


Today we learned about regrouping 10 ones into 1 ten.  This is what most of us learned as "carrying the one."  The focus in education now is for students to learn why the equation is how it is and how it works, rather than just memorizing equations and formulas.  Because of this focus, we begin by using workmats and showing our addends in tens and ones, then grouping together 10 ones and moving it into the tens spot.  Step-by-step directions are below, along with pictures of each step.  I assured the class that this is what you learned growing up, but with the emphasis being on deeper understanding of the mathematical concept.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Step 1:  Show the addends on the workmat (we did this with two different colors today in class).

Step 2:  Write down how many tens and how many ones are on your workmat right now.  Decide if you need to regroup (you regroup when you have 10 or more ones).

Step 3:  Regroup, if needed.  Circle 10 ones and move them over to the tens.  Remember to create that ten in the tens column.

Step 4:  Write your answer.

About Mrs. Picker

Mrs. Rebekah Picker grew up just across the river in Hermiston, Oregon. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon ion 2010 with a degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education with a minor in Professional Church Work. In May of 2014, Rebekah received her Master of Education degree from Heritage University. This is her ninth year at Bethlehem. Rebekah is married to David, who works as a sales representative in the Tri-Cities area. She also has a daughter and a son. Fun fact: Rebekah is a mirror-image twin, meaning that she is right-handed and her identical twin is left-handed.