Second Grade

What If? Dreaming Big

Posted by Erika Bakker, 2nd Grade Teacher

As I help students develop their writing skills, I often have them play with the question, “What if?”.  The children usually ask the question on their own.  It comes naturally.  I help them linger there for a while.  “What if?” is the gateway to all sorts of fun.  We go on long and silly tangents, making long lists of wild possibilities. 

Several months ago, the second graders enjoyed hearing the story called “The Littles” by John Peterson.  In the story, a family of very small people live in the walls of a house.  The Little family watches the Bigg family, borrowing small things, feasting on leftover crumbs and often helping to solve Bigg problems – all without being seen. 

Second Grade Iditarod: Dogs, Mushers, and Nancy's Notes

Post by Erika Bakker, 2nd Grade Teacher

There are fourteen children in second grade, and Nancy Colón would have loved each one of them. They are a cheerful bunch, smart and sweet. They are hard workers who also enjoy being a little bit silly.

These children and I spend time together each day, doing our spelling, reading books, writing down ideas, practicing double digit addition. A lot of what we do follows Nancy’s plans. The children have learned about apples and our skeletal system and how to spell ‘because’. These lessons all come from her big binders of second grade activities.