Thursday, May 28, 2015

Animal Haikus #resvt

Second graders have been writing many different types of poetry over the last few weeks. This week students focused on writing a Japanese form of poetry called haikus. Haikus have a specific format of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables. Students wrote haikus about animals, then as a class we played a guessing game. The following are the haikus that were created!

Jumping perfectly          
These swimming creatures so cool
Dolphins are awesome. -HW

I like to have milk
I'm cute and I like to snuggle
I have small paws. -MS

They are very cute
From France I cam cute faces
My face is big cute. -TS

I have smooshy face
I can be black brown white grey
I look cute fuzzy. -NF

Use to be wingless
They are very colorful
They collect nectar. -AL

Don't be scared of me
I'm not fluffy that's for sure
I'm not cuddly. -JQ

You won't see me here
I'm not normal that's for sure
I am cute of course. -HJ

A green shell I have
I swim happily in lakes
I walk very slow.-LB

Swinging from the vines
Being happy in the trees
Eating bananas. -CW

Silly and loving
A man's best friend easily
Perfect for a pet. -IB

I don't have any thumbs
I scratch you when I get mad
I can hear very well.-BG

Roaring loud on rocks
I have a lot of warm fur
I have cute babies.-FM

I am like a shark
I lived millions of years ago
I love fish I'm big.-FH

The tops don't sting you
When you touch my bottom-ow!
I am almost slow.-LC

I make lots of webs
I can climb walls and webs fast
Bugs and flies I eat.-LR

Scratching on a post
Staying in the house happy
Rolling in the dirt.-AD

I do not like cats
I do dig holes and bark loud
I can run so fast.-RC
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Golfing field trip June 2nd #resvt

Second grade families,

The second graders will be going on a P.E. related field trip to Cedar Knoll Golf Course on Tuesday, June 2nd. In order for the day to run smoothly, we need about ten volunteers to help run stations. No golfing experience needed! Second grade will be at the golf course from 8:30-11:30; you can just support second grade or stay and support third grade as well.

If you would like to volunteer your time please e-mail: or

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ole! #resvt

On Friday, second grade students had a Mexican fiesta to culminate our social studies unit: It's a Small World/Comparing Cultures. Each student was able to make and eat a taco! We wore our sombreros and enjoyed a pleasant Mexican lunch together! Thank you to all the families that donated the supplies to make our tacos!

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Vermont Red Clover Award-winning book is...

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers.

Yes, the top Red Clover Book choice of RES students also got the most votes all across Vermont. Click here for a list of the Red Clover Award-winning books from previous years.

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Trick Word Tic-Tac-Toe #resvt

Students learned a new way to practice spelling their trick words with Trick Word Tic-Tac-Toe. Each second grader was partnered up and had to choose a different current trick word. Students then had to play tic-tac-toe, but instead of X's and O's they had to spell the trick word! It was a terrific new way to practice our spelling words! Try challenging your second grader at home!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Continent Riff Off #resvt

The boys and girls in Ms. Darling's class accepted a challenge where teams would come up with a song to help remember the names and locations of the seven continents and four major oceans. The boys team collaborated with Mr. Berry and Mr. Arthur, while the girls team collaborated with Ms. Darling. All lyrics, costumes, and dance moves were created by the students! It was quiet a fun Friday afternoon, when teams were able to preform (riff off) their songs for the opposing team! This was strictly a friendly competition, where the focus was on the lyrics! Check out the videos below to see each team's song.

 Girls' continent song
Boys' continent song