Monthly Archives: May 2013

May 13-17, 2013

Computer Lab:

1. Take this survey (a kind of quiz where every answer you give is the right one). Type in your answers and then click to go to the next page.

2. Play the Vermi the Worm game to connect with what you learned at Walden West.

3. Do Math facts in a Flash until it’s time to go back to class.

Spelling Words:

This week you get to choose your Spelling Words! Pick the 15 most challenging words from your list and work with those this week. There will not be a Spelling Test on Friday.


This week, we are working on a project that will show what we’ve learned and share it with others. Details to follow!  

Special Events:

This is Spell-A-Thon Week. We took the test on Monday and will take home the tests on Wednesday. The Spell-A-Thon itself is on Friday. Winners from our class TBA!

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Walden West Field Trip

May 12, 2013

On Friday, our class visited The Abby Sobrato Center at Walden West. We reviewed the stages of the life cycle- birth, growth, death, and decay. We later looked under a microscope at insects in different stages of their life cycle, and compared their shapes, sizes, and attributes. In addition, we went on a nature walk to look for insects in  their own habitat and observed all the different stages of the life cycle, including decay and death. Finally, we thought about trash, and created a “Trash Timeline” that illustrated how long it takes for different types of garbage to turn back to soil on their own.

Our goals were to apply our knowledge of life cycles by connecting with examples in nature, and to think about our effect on their world around us by reconsidering something big that we don’t think about much.

We missed watching some videos due to technical difficulties at the site. As long as you have the correct video player on your computer, you will be able to watch videos, including “Magazines” and “Juice Boxes”,  on this site: PBS Kids Loop Scoops.

We are going to think about all that we learned when we plan and write a report about it on Monday morning! See you then!

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San Jose Museum of Art Field trip on Wednesday

On Wednesday, Ms. Seyan’s and Ms. Won’s classes will board the Light Rail heading to the San Jose Museum of Art! We will leave at 10:00 a.m. and return after lunch.

We will participate in the 2-Part Art program. Students get a tour of appropriate shows at the museum, and then get a chance to create their own works of art!


There is a suggested donation of $8.00 per student, but no one will be refused due to lack of funds.


Please turn in your field trip form by Tuesday if possible. Families, please fill out both sides of the permission form!


Finally, thank you for volunteering to chaperone. Students will be placed in groups with one adult in charge. There is a form chaperones sign for this field trip; you may do so when you meet us Wednesday morning.

Here’s more information about the museum and our field trip:

San Jose Museum of Art

SJMA Educator’s Page

Two-Part Art

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Spelling Bee

Students took home their Spelling Bee fundraiser packets today.  The Spelling Words include  San Jose Unified School District High Frequency Words and words from the National Spelling Bee list of study words for Second grade.

We will start working with the Spelling Words this week, and have class tests next week.

The two spellers who score highest in each class will participate in the school-wide Spelling Bee!

This is a fundraiser. Every class with a 100% pledge rate (every student in the class brings in a pledge, no matter how big or how small) will earn participation in a squirt gun party hosted by Mrs. Doss! Everybody wins. Please only ask friends and family when fundraising, and please don’t knock on any doors!

(Note: If you can get NO ONE to pledge, ask me. I will do it!)

For more resources about the National Spelling Bee or teaching your child Spelling, look below.

National Spelling Bee Students and Parents link

Ten Awesome Ways to Teach Spelling

A long article on teaching spelling

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May 6-10, 2013

Computer lab:

1.  Click on this link:, and visit a site that tells you about a project we will do this afternoon.

When you are done looking at that page, click the “Back” button and come back here.

2. Next, close your browser window and open KidsPics to create your Mother’s Day card. Be sure to include your name and some words for your mother, like: Happy Mother’s Day, I Love You!, or You’re The Best!

Remember to ask me to check your work before you print it.

This week’s Spelling Words:

science, compost, reduce, reuse, recycle, water, animal, Earth, pollution, air, land, soil, worms, garbage, weather

Field Trips:

1. Wednesday, May 8, 2013: San Jose Museum of Art, 2-Part Art 10:00-1:30

2. Friday, May 10, 2013: Walden West/ Sobrato Center, Life Cycles 9:00-1:30

Permission slips must be signed by parents or adult guardians and completed on both sides. We need 5 chaperones for each trip. Chaperones will ride the light rail to the museum and/or the bus to Walden West with the class.

Science Project: Milk Jug Bird Feeders

On Monday afternoon, we will work in groups to make bird feeders out of recycled milk jugs. As we work on the jugs, I want you to think about these questions:

1. Will putting bird food in the Carson Garden affect the birds’ environment? How?

2. Will having food more available in their environment affect the birds’ life cycles? How?

3. How does making the milk jugs into bird feeders affect the jugs’ life cycle? Did you think plastic milk jugs had life cycles??!!??

It’s International Compost Awareness Week! This Friday, your class will be visiting Walden West and learning about compost. Here are two links to get you interested:

Posters designed by kids:

‘Vermi the Worm” game:





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Milk Jug Bird Feeder Project

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May 5, 2013 · 11:41 pm