Archived Home Learning May 4-May 8


Second Grade Explores Home Learning!

The home learning activities listed below are suggested for the week of May 4-May 8.

New activities will be posted each Monday.

Work at your own pace and

have fun!

Email questions to susan.d’

I-ready log-ins/passwords were sent home with students.  Contact us if you have have difficulty logging in.


Zoom Meetings

We will have two class Zoom meetings at the same time most weeks.

Let’s Zoom on Tuesday, May 5 at 11:30 a.m. and Thursday, May 7 at 11:30 a.m.

Please check your email for the links.


New and Noteworthy

Check out  and click on cameras to watch the peregrine falcon chicks that were born on May 1-3!


Take a Virtual Visit to a National Park at to learn about some amazing places in our country!


Visit the Genesee Country Village & Museum YouTube Channel  to find interesting history videos and activities!


Subscribe to the Rochester Museum and Science Center YouTube Channel to find some exciting videos and planetarium shows.

(Hint:  Check out the video posted on April 1 … it is all about exploring exoplanets!)


Are you a budding scientist?  Go to  to find some find some amazing experiments and activities to try at home!


Want to read Scholastic News?  Go to  Click Log In … Click I am a student … Our class code is coolrain2993


Looking for fun science activities?  Check out the website of the Rochester Museum and Science Center at

Under Science Museum, click on RMSC Virtual Classroom to find science activities aligned with grade-level New York State Science standards.

Under Open for Curiousity, you can find awesome science experiments to try at home!

Under Cumming Nature Center, click on Online Forest School to join Zoom meetings for $4 per class.  (Scholarships are available.)


Visit our three class Padlets … Video of the Day, Word of the Day and Question of the Day.

Find Video of the Day:

Find Word of the Day:

Find Question of the Day:


Did you love last week’s videos?  Do you want to watch them again?

Go to our newest second grade class web page … Archived Padlet Videos


Mrs. Viscardi and Mrs. Payne have created teacher pages on our SKS website

with additional reading and math activities for you to try.  Check them out!


Visit to brush up on your Youth Soccer or Youth Sports and Performance skills.


Have you heard what Winston said today?

Visit our second grade class page, Winston Says …


If you want to listen to Mr. Tauzel, our DOR Schools Superintendent read Mercy Watson to the Rescue!, use these links: 

Chapters 1 – 4:

Chapters 5 – 8:

Chapters 9 – 12:




Morning Prayer … in May, we honor Mary as the mother of Jesus and the Queen of Heaven.


Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.



Jesus Turns Water Into Wine …

Hail Mary, Gentle Woman …

Religion Textbook … pp. 9-13

Please read, write and discuss these pages with a grown-up.



Write About It

In your journal, answer this question:  Why do we pray to Mary?

Rosary – Step by Step …

If you have a rosary, talk about it with your grownup.  Pray the rosary together.

The Rosary Summary Page

Here is a page for you to color to remind you how to pray the rosary.   (If you save it to your desktop, you can print it.)



Here is a page that lists the four types of mysteries that we think about when we pray the rosary.  (You can also print this page to help you remember the mysteries.)



Practice the Ten Commandments

Use the following list to study the Ten Commandments.  Keep practicing!  When you think you can say all ten without looking at the list, you and I will have a Zoom meeting together!  You do not have to say them in order, and you do not have to use the exact same words, as long as you understand what the commandment means.  Do not worry about our meeting.  I will help you if you need it.  Congratulations to Addi, Amanda and Will O.  … they had their Zoom meetings with me, and can say the Ten Commandments!


God’s Perfect Ten

1. Keep God first in your life.

2. Keep God’s name holy.

3. Keep the Lord’s day holy.

4. Love and obey your parents and  guardians.

5. Do not kill … be kind to people and animals.

6. Be respectful in the things you do with your body.

7. Do not steal.

8. Do not tell lies.

9. Keep your thoughts and words clean.

10. Be happy with the things you have … don’t be jealous of others.



Read 20read for at least 20 minutes each day this week

You can read by yourself, read to a family member, read to a pet or to a stuffed animal … OR … you can listen to an audio book (see the K-2 Websites page) … OR … listen to someone read to you!

Don’t forget to talk with a grown-up about what you have read!

I-ready Reading … please try to complete at least 5 lessons this week

You can do more than five lessons, but give each lesson your best effort!

Reading Book

Read Pearl and Wagner, Two Good Friends, pp. 318-341.  Discuss questions 1-3 on p. 338 with a grown-up; answer the writing question in your journal.

Reading Practice Book

Complete pages 103-110.  Check them with a grown-up and leave them in your book for now.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Read … National Geographic Readers: Robots by Melissa Stewart

Assigned to our class in Epic! (  Our class code is … pqq1512.

Read … Ben’s Robot by Robin Stevenson

Assigned to our class in Epic! (  Our class code is … pqq1512.

Video … Real-Life Robots

Compare and contrast real robots and fictional robots.  In your journal, list three things that are the same and three things that are different. 




Reading Book

Write Now: pp. 342-343.  Follow the directions to write a plan the tells how you would make a robot.  First, think about the kind of robot you would like to make.   Check your work using the Writer’s Checklist on p. 343.

Grammar: p. 343.  Review the definition of a verb.  In your journal, list three other verbs that tell actions a robot could do.

Write your teacher an email at least once this week!

You can write more than once!  I love hearing from you … and I promise to write back!

Write in your writing journal at least three times.

Put a date at the top of the page.  Use a new page for each new story or journal entry.

You may write about what you have been doing, write about a funny thing that happened to you, or write a story that you have created out of your own imagination.

Your story may be short or long.  It does not have to be about you.

Try to use powerful words that help your reader understand your story better.

You may want to add to your story when you write the next day.  You do not have to write a brand-new story every day.

Do not worry about spelling every word correctly while you are writing.  After you have finished writing your story, you can ask a grown-up to help you edit and revise.

When you are finished with a story, your grown-up can take a picture of it and send it to me through email.  Your grown-up could also take a video of you reading your story … I would love to hear it!

If you don’t know what to write about … try to use one of the following writing prompts:

  • Where do you think would be the best place to go on vacation?  Why would this be the best place?  Write a description of the location.  Provide so many details and descriptions that the reader can picture it in his/her mind.
  • If you were in charge of planning your next birthday party, what would you do?  Write a detailed description of your party.  What activities would you do?  Describe the decorations, the cake and the guests.
  • Describe your school to someone who has never been there.  What does it look like?  What are some interesting facts about your school?  Do you have a pet or a mascot?  Who is the principal?  Write a description of the location, color, design and the people at your school.



Math Fact Practice

As discussed in our Zoom meeting last week, Miss Hanss has asked us to memorize addition and subtraction facts to twenty.

If you memorize those facts, you will be ready to learn third grade math!  Here is a fun tic-tac-toe game to help you practice addition to fifteen:

Study 20 (study for at least 20 minutes three times this week)

You can study your math binder, practice with flash cards, use Splash Math (Class Code is BXPBPA), or play other math games for at least 20 minutes.  (Practice those math facts!)

Check out 20 Meaningful Second Grade Math Games Kids Will Enjoy at

I-ready Math  (please try to complete at least 5 lessons this week)

You can do more than five lessons, but give each lesson your best effort!

Comparing Large Numbers

Watch this video:

Print and complete this worksheet …. ask a grown-up to check your work.

Three Digit Number WS


Brainpop Jr. Comparing Numbers … watch movie; take easy quiz; take hard quiz; read belly-up

Brainpop Jr Math Assignment … to join Brainpop Jr. and see our assignment, you must create an account.  Directions for setting up your account were emailed to  your grown-up.  Once you have registered, here is the link:


Social Studies

Mother’s Day

There are five activities to do this week.  Try to do them in order.  You can do them all in one day, or you can do one or more each day.

  1. Listen to this read-aloud:  A Chair for My Mother
  2. Watch this video to learn how to write a List Poem:
  3. Print and fill in this story map to brainstorm ideas about your mother … it is okay if your mother needs to help!

Bubble Map WS


4. Use your bubble map to write a list poem about your mother.  Give your poem a title and copy it neatly on this paper:


Spring Writing WS


5. Use this paper to make a card for your mother!  Give it to her on Mother’s Day … watch your Mom smile!



Social Studies Bonus

Genesee Country Village & Museum History Mystery Object #1

Guess the mystery history object!  Watch this video and follow the directions:


Family Project … design and build a robot!

This is a fun family project that second grade does every year.  Even though we are not together in our SKS building, I would like this class to have this awesome learning experience!  Families will have up to four weeks to complete the project.

  1. Read Pearl and Wagner: Two Good Friends  (This is a reading assignment this week.)
  2. Build a family robot.

This is a very open-ended project.  Your family may build this robot out of any materials that you choose. … the sky is the limit!  Given our current social distancing restrictions, any materials that you have around your home will be fine.  Your family robot does not have to be able to actually perform any task, but your student should have an idea of what your robot is designed to do.  Your robot may be any size, but should be three-dimensionalEach robot should have a name, and its name should be clearly displayed on the robot.

Each student is also asked to write a paragraph about her/his robot.  The paragraph should include an opening sentence that introduces the robot, at least three sentences that describe what the robot is designed to do, and a concluding sentence that tells the reader why the robot is amazing.  Please remember that your robot does not actually have to be able to perform a task … it just has to be designed with a purpose in mind.

Your student should write the paragraph so that s/he can read it to the class, but an adult may proofread for spelling, capitalization and punctuation.  The paragraph should be at least five sentences long, and follow the above guidelines.  Typing is not necessary, but an adult can type it for the student if desired.

This assignment is designed to encourage your child to be as creative as possible with planning, materials and developing the purpose of the robot.  (Pearl and Wagner’s robot was designed to eat trash!)

Each student will be asked to present her/his robot at a Zoom meeting.  At the meeting, your student will read his/her paragraph, explain what the robot is designed to do, tell the class about the design process, and answer questions from other students.  If you send a photo of your family robot, I will include it in our Second Grade Robot Gallery web page.

Please remember that your student has up to four weeks to complete this project.  Students may begin presenting robots whenever they feel ready.  There will be no additional science assignments this week or next week, but there will be some the following weeks.  During the week that your student is working on writing the paragraph about the robot, s/he is not required to do any additional writing assignments.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this project.  This project will not receive a letter or points grade, but will be evaluated on whether it meets grade level expectations … I.e. has the student demonstrated enthusiasm, followed the guidelines and put effort into the project.  This is an important project for second grade because it meets so many of the second grade learning standards including planning, problem-solving, presenting and writing.

As with all of our home-learning assignments, we understand that every family’s situation is different.  If your student does the best that your family situation will allow, that will be sufficient.  This project is much more about the experience than the final product.  Have fun together … and we look forward to meeting your robot!