Mrs. Bernal's Class:  Learning From Home

May 4, 2020

Second Grade Choice Boards and "worksheet" files are emailed home every Friday.  Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

When using Wixie, students should first access Clever in Chrome.  Wixie does not work, or work well, in other browsers.

April 20, 2020

Gravely's Learning From Home Choice Boards for April 20-April 24 begin today!  The choice boards were emailed on Friday.  I also made a Flipgrid video, that your child can access through Clever, to explain the choice board and ways to work with it.  Please contact me if you have any questions.  :)

April 14, 2020

Mrs. Moose, the librarian is having a Virtual Book Fair beginning April 13th and it will run for 14 days. Free shipping on books orders over $25. Free shipping only applies to books.

This week our distance learning plan (reviewing previously covered material) will continue as it has previously.  I encourage you to have your child focus on daily reading and math review.  

Reading can be done with books and magazines that you have at home or through online opportunities (easily accessible in Clever) like Raz-Kids, epic! and MyOn.  (MyOn is a resource that the county has recently provided so your child may need assistance the first time they use the app.)  The Scholastic Learn at Home program  is also a great resource.  We are on Week 3, this week, in that program.

Math review can be done by playing board and card games as well as through online opportunities(easily accessible in Clever)  like DreamBox, GregTang math and ST Math.  (ST Math is a resource that the county has recently provided so your child may need assistance the first time they use the app.)  The Origo At Home program is another great resource.  We are on Week 3, this week, in that program.

Starting next week, we will provide a weekly choice board with review learning options for all subjects.  These choice boards will be emailed and posted to our class web page Friday afternoons for the following week.  As with all of our learning from home activities and suggestions these are optional but strongly encouraged.

Our Zoom class meeting is this Friday at 11:30.  The link and password were emailed to you.

Please have your child bring a book that they have read or a project they've done that they would like to share with their classmates.

I can't wait to see you all on Friday!!

April 3, 2020

Our class meeting is today at 11:30.  I can't wait to see you!!

Today is the last day of our virtual spirit week.  Friday's theme is the desert.  So dress in some desert gear, get out in the sun and read.  Please send any pictures from the week to me by 4:00 today so that I can finish the presentation and get it out to you.  :)

April 2, 2020

Today's virtual spirit week theme is the ocean or pond.  Read a book on a beach towel.  Put some goggles on for even more fun!

Our class meeting is tomorrow at 11:30.  I'll will send the link again in today's email.

April 1, 2020

Today is the third day of our virtual spirit week.  For our rainforest theme, listen to jungle nature sounds and read under an umbrella.

I have added, to the Files and Documents, a 2nd grade math calendar with problems of the day.  This optional activity was provided by our county's wonderful math department.

Thank you for all the emails from students!

March 31, 2020

It looks like we will be able to have one Zoom meeting with everyone in it!  Our Zoom meeting is scheduled for this Friday, April 3, at 11:30.  The information that you will need to get your child signed into the meeting was emailed to each family.  You do not have to have a Zoom account to participate.  

Today is the second day of our virtual spirit week.  The theme today is the arctic so get cozy and snuggle up with a book.  I loved seeing the pictures families shared yesterday of their forest reading!  Please remind your child that PebbleGo is a great resource for nonfiction reading if they're looking for something different.  PebbleGo can easily be accessed through Clever.  (username:  Gravely, password:  school)

One of our former Gravely parents works with nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Manassas.  They are currently finding a very high level of anxiety among their residents about the corona virus and what that could mean for them ... as well as the fact that they are experiencing less visitors because people are keeping their distance.  They are worried about the mental health of these residents right now.  To help with this they are requesting letters, pictures, cards, that they could disperse to their residents to help cheer them and help with their isolation and anxiety.  If your child would like to write a letter, make a picture or a card please include a cheerful message.  (These should be general rather than directed to a specific person.)  Please see your email for the address to send these greatly appreciated cards and notes to.

March 30, 2020

Remember our Virtual Spirit Week this week!  Please send pictures of your child showing his/her school spirit by participating in the fun reading ideas given on Friday (see the Files and Documents).  I'll share those in a document through email each day :).

Also, remember to check out all of the encore teachers' Gravely webpages.  There are STEAM challenges on Mrs. Dickens' page, art ideas on Miss Bonner's page  (You can also find her on Instagram @missbonner_art.), reading ideas on the library page with Mrs. Moose and great pe ideas on Mrs. Haugan and Mr. White's pe page.

Today, second grade is encouraging students to continue reading and practicing math concepts.  Some of the great resources we shared last week included:  DreamBox, Raz-Kids, Epic!, Scholastic ( and Origo math ( with subtraction as their 2nd grade focus this week.

March 27, 2020

Happy Friday!  It looks like it is going to be a beautiful day so I encourage you all to take your learning outside!  You can find a comfy spot under a tree, on your porch or deck and enjoy a good book.  You could write math story problems based on what you see outside and then solve them.  You could write scientific observations from your yard or a creative poem inspired by what you see, feel and hear.  Make sure you also find time to run, jump and play!!

Virtual Spirit Week next week!!  You can see the activity for each day in Files and Documents.

March 26, 2020

I have added a list of optional writing ideas to the Files and Documents on the left.  Students could write in a journal (notebook :)), in Wixie, in PowerPoint, in Sway or on blank paper.  Happy writing!!

March 25, 2020

Today's share is a chart of tech free options (You can find it on the left in Files and Documents).  Feel free to do as many as you like.  I'd love to see pictures or videos of what your children are doing at home!

March 24, 2020

Today, the second grade team is recommending a Scholastic resource for reading and an Origo resource for math.  Both are optional.  :)

Scholastic has created free lessons for you to use at home for remote learning. There are great books included in the lessons which include online and offline activities. Please note that there is a "Dive Deeper" section for students to explore the learning topic in more depth which directs the student to other websites. I have explored some of those sites and they seem safe. Keep this in mind as you use Scholastic to support your home learning.

The math series that PWC adopted this year, Origo, has released weekly plans that families can use to support students’ learning in math.  Each week Origo at Home will release a new week of plans.  They include will include a book to read and discuss together, a short math concept video, activities, games and practice sheets.  There will be extension opportunities included as well.  We’ll let you know each week if the concept Origo is sharing is a review concept or a new concept for our students.  This week's concept is doubling which is a review but with 2-digit numbers.

March 23, 2020

The county has made a "Home Learning" page which includes a suggested schedule and activities that you can use to try to make life a little "normal" for the kids. Here is the link:  Otherwise, you can find this page on under the Academics & Programs tab.


I went in Raz-kids:,  today and "assigned" some optional books to each student. I awarded Bonus Stars to those students who have been reading during our absence so far. I'll continue to check in on Raz-kids to add assignments as needed and award Bonus Stars for hard work. 

I also "assigned" activities on Dreambox for practice with Time and Place Value. As mastery is achieved on these objectives, I will add new optional "assignments". 

March 21, 2020

An additional pacing guide showing the objectives that have already been taught this school year has been added to the File and Documents tab to the left.  We have been informed by the county officials that students should be reviewing already taught objectives so this would be the document to use as you look for topics to review.  Please email me if you have any questions

March 20, 2020
The 2nd grade pacing guide has been added to the Files and Documents section to the left.  The pacing guide lets you know the topics that are to be covered and when they are scheduled through the end of the school year.  You may find this helpful to focus your work at home with your child.  Please email me anytime with questions. 

March 13, 2020

Dear Parents,
Due to the extended school closings, the Second Grade team has put together a list of activities you and your child can do to help support their learning at home.  These are activities we have done and practiced in the classroom. We have included both websites and activities you do not need technology to complete. (Please email me if your child is not able to remember their username or password.  It is the same as the one they use at school.)  These links can now be found in the Useful Links section to the left.   

Clever Website
Go to "all apps" to use: Raz-kids (reading),  Dreambox(math),               Brainpopjr (educational videos), PebbleGo (nonfiction/research)
Login to Microsoft365:   yourchild’                                  Password: your child’s password

In Office365 students can create a PowerPoint or Sway presentation to demonstrate their learning.

Tech Free Activities: 

  • Read books at home (make connections, ask questions as you read, summarize the story, compare and contrast characters)
  • Write in a journal daily  
  • Math skills: count coins, baking to practice measurement, tell time to 5 minutes with an analog clock, practice solving equations/story problems with various strategies                                                                                            

Thank you,       
Second Grade Team