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April 3, 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. 


I have uploaded the PowerPoint of all your learning this into the Files and Documents. Check it out! Super Cute!

Happy Spring Break everyone! Enjoy your "free time" next week!

April 2, 2020

I've heard from 9 families regarding ability to log into Microsoft Office 365. If you have not replied to me with a yes or no, please do so now.

Here's a little reminder on how to access Office 365.
Go to    https://www.office.com/

Every PWCS student has access to Office 365 with their own credentials (not a parent email). Each student was assigned a username and password at the beginning of the school year and used it almost daily during the school year.

Students will type in their username followed by @pwcs-edu.org

Example: corsinla30@pwcs-edu.org

Student will type in their password. In most cases this was corsini followed by a number.

By going into Office 365, you're child will have access to Dreambox, Raz-kids, Wixie, PowerPoint, Sway, and all of the other Apps that PWCS has included.

Ocean/Pond is our topic today for Spirit Day! Don't forget to send pictures showcasing you and your learning!

Zoom meeting tomorrow at 11 AM! Bring one activity that you have done related to Ecosystems this week to share in our meeting. 

April 1, 2020

April is Math Awareness Month. To celebrate Math, I have added a calendar of daily math activities for your child to work through this month in the Files and Documents tab to the left. Feel free to do any of the activities on any day during April, just check them off as you do them. These are pretty quick activities that can easily fit into the morning academic time on the daily schedule I uploaded yesterday.

Thank you DJ, Pippa and Reagan for sending pictures of your learning! Keep them coming. Continue enjoying your Ecosystems focus this week!

Please send me an email to let me know if your child is able to access Microsoft Office 365. Make sure to respond with yes or no, I don't want to assume one way or another. Our instruction might be moving toward the use of a platform accessed through Microsoft so it's important that I know if you have access.

March 31, 2020

Don't forget today's ecosystem for Virtual Spirit week is the Rainforest. Please send me some pictures of your reading celebrations! I only received one picture for yesterday's Arctic theme. I need many more to make a class PowerPoint!

Based on a parent request, I have taken the Suggested Schedule for Home Learning from the Prince William County Schools Home Learning webpage and incorporated our 2nd grade resources into the academic and creative times. I have highlighted the additions I made to the schedule. You may find this useful as you implement learning in your home.  See Files and Documents for the schedule.

Here is a special writing opportunity for your child. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities 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. A former Gravely parent, Anne Young, is asking for our help by making cards/letter for the residents.  These cards/letters should not be directed to a particular person, just ask your child to create something general with a cheerful message.  An appropriate greeting might be something like Dear Friend.  Also, Anne wants these to be mailed directly to her, not a specific facility.  At the moment, they are closely controlling any mail and packages that they get.  So, Anne is planning to collect them and properly sanitize everything according to their codes before handing them out. Thank you to all that participate in this beautiful act of kindness!  Anne's address is:

    Anne Young

    4023 Latham Drive 

    Haymarket, VA  20169

Note: There is a School Board meeting on Wednesday so hopefully we get further instructions on what Virtual Learning will look like through the end of year.
March 30, 2020

It's Virtual Spirit Week! Today's focus is the ARCTIC. Grab a blanket and snuggle up to read about the Arctic. PebbleGo https://www.pebblego.com/ is a great site to read about the Arctic. Don't forget to send me pictures for the class PowerPoint!

Scholastic https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html and Origo https://www.origoslate.com/html5/36611 have Week 2 lessons up and ready for you to start.

Don't forget the assignments on Dreambox and Raz-kids. For students to get the maximum benefit, Dreambox recommends 20 minutes daily. Make sure to read for 20 minutes daily, too!

Our Encore teachers and Resource teachers have included activities on their class pages. Don't forget to check those out! Miss Bonner has art activities, Mrs. Dickens made a Flipgrid of STEAM activities, and Mrs. Osborn has shared some great extension activities. https://gravelyes.pwcs.edu/classes.

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!!!

Next week is Virtual Spirit Week! See the flyer in Files and Document for more information.
Monday ➢ Forest – read in a tent or homemade fort
Tuesday ➢ Arctic – get cozy and warm while reading
Wednesday ➢ Rainforest – find jungle music and read under an umbrella because it gets rainy in the rainforest
Thursday ➢ Ocean/Pond – read on a beach towel with goggles and pretend you are near the water
Friday ➢ Desert – dress like you are in the desert and read outside in the sun

March 26, 2020

Writing Ideas:

 Types of writing we have done in class this year:


  • Personal narrative: a true story about something that has happened to you.

    Topic ideas:

    • A special memory
    • A trip with your family
    • A birthday party
    • A sad memory
    • A time when you made a mistake that you learned from
    • A field trip
    • Your favorite activity we did at school


  • Fiction story: A made-up story about anything you want!


  • Opinion: In second grade, opinion writing consists of one paragraph with a hook, a topic sentence with a clearly stated opinion, at least three reasons, and a conclusion that restates the opinion.

    Topic ideas:

    • Favorite _______ (animal, color, food, etc.)
    • Should second graders get more recess?
    • Convince your parents to let you get a pet.


  • Non-fiction paragraph: A paragraph about a nonfiction topic that students know a lot about.

    Topic ideas:

    • Animals
    • Hobbies
    • Sports
    • Food
    • Places


  • Research writing: A longer non-fiction piece where students must do some research to become “experts” on their topic.PebbleGo.com is a great resource for research.

    Topic ideas:

    • Habitats
    • Animals
    • Sports
    • Hobbies
    • Any other nonfiction topic


  • How-to/process writing: A how-to explains the process to accomplish a task, using transition words (first, then, next, last, etc.).

    Topic ideas:

    • How to make a recipe
    • How to do a craft
    • How to succeed in second grade
    • How to play a game
    • How to help around the house


  • Retelling a story: This can be used after reading a fiction story.You can retell three ways:
    • Summarize the story using transition words (first, then, next, last)
    • Retell the beginning, middle, and end
    • Retell the story elements (characters, setting, problem, solution)


  • Poetry: We have learned about writing descriptively and using different types of poetry.Students can write:
    • 5 Senses poems
    • Color poems
    • Shape poems
    • Diamante poems
    • Haikus

 Other fun ideas students can use when writing in their journal:


  • Comic strips
  • Poems
  • Songs
  • Lists (favorite things, groceries, to-do, etc.)
  • Recipes
  • Chapter book
  • Diagram with labels
  • A Venn Diagram to compare and contrast two things
  • Letters/emails to friends or family members (or your teacher!)
    • If you’d like to send me a letter:
    • Lisa Corsini 13945 Gary Fisher Trail Gainesville, VA 20155 (seal with tape or a sticker please!)

March 25, 2020
I uploaded a calendar of non-tech activities in the Files and Documents tab to the left. There are lots of super fun activities that will get your child thinking and keep the learning going. Enjoy!

March 24, 2020 (part 2)

Mrs. Travis, Liam's mom, set up a Flipgrid for the class to use to communicate. It's a fun way to share what you're doing with videos. Go on to the site and share what you're reading right now. The password is Gravely2020. Thanks Mrs. Travis!

March 24, 2020

I uploaded a video message and some pictures of how I've been keeping my brain busy, in addition to READING of course. Check them out in the Files and Documents tab to the left.

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. http://www.scholastic.com/learnathome


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 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. https://www.origoeducation.com/athome/

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: http://www.pwcs.edu/cms/One.aspx?portalId=340225&pageId=41506907.  Otherwise, you can find this page on pwcs.edu under the Academics & Programs tab.


I went in Raz-kids, https://www.kidsa-z.com/main/Login,  today and assigned 5 or 6 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. I am only able to make two assignments at a time so as mastery is achieved on these objectives, I will add new assignments. 

March 21, 2020

An additional pacing guide showing the objectives that have already been taught this school year has been added to the Files and Documents section to the left.  We have been informed by county officials that students should be reviewing already taught objectives at home 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. Email me anytime with questions.

March 13, 2020

Dear Parents,

Due to 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. All students have a Microsoft 365 account so you just need to Google “Microsoft 365” to access the website.

  • Websites:      Clever:           https://clever.com/in/pwcs
  • Login to Microsoft365:      yourchild’susername@pwcs-edu.org

                                      Password:      your child’s password

  • Go to all apps to use:         Raz-kids          (reading)

                                                              Dreambox      (math)

    www.brainpopjr.com  login: gravelyes

                                            password: seadogs

    www.pebblego.com    login: gravely      (research)

                                            password: school

    www.raz-kids.com       login: lcorsini   (leveled books)

           password: wolves  


    In Office365 students can create a Powerpoint or Sway presentation.

    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      
  • Students are welcome to email me to let me know what’s going on. Unfortunately, PWCS only offers emails for students in grades 3 and up so they will need to use a parent email. I will be checking email regularly and will respond to emails.  I’ll be missing everyone and would love the emails…video messages are always fun, too!      corsinla@pwcs.edu                                                                               


Thank you,  

Ms. Corsini and the Second Grade Team