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This is the last set of vocabulary words for this school year! Aren’t you amazed at all they have learned!

During the week of May 29th students will be reading a story from KIds A-Z called history of the Bicycle. The vocabulary words for this story are:

bicycles – two-wheeled vehicles that people ride by pushing pedals with their feet

design – a plan that shows how to build, make, or assemble something

frame – a structure that gives strength and shape to an object

gear – a toothed wheel that is part of a machine

invention – a new device or process

pedals – parts of a bicycle that are pushed by one’s feet to make the bicycle move forward

During the week of May 22nd, students will be reading a non-fiction selection called The Power of Magnets. The vocabulary words for the story are:

attracts-pulls toward

code-a system of letters, symbols, or signals that have special meaning and are used to send messages

current-electricity that flows in a certain direction

electricity-an electric current that is used as a source of power

force-the strength or energy that moves an object

invisible-unable to be seen

repel-push away

During the week of May 15th students will be reading a non-fiction story called An Insect’s Life Cycle.  The vocabulary words are:

Insect Life Cycle

insect – a small animal that has six legs and three body parts

life cycle – a series of changes an animal goes through during its life

larva – a worm-like stage

silk worm – moth larva that makes silk thread

During the week of May 8th students will be reading a non-fiction story called Butterflies and Moths.  The vocabulary words are:

migrate – to move from one place to another

metamorphosis – the process of changing from one form to another

invertebrates – animals that do not have a backbone

exoskeleton – the hard, outer shell of insects

chrysalis – the stiff case around the pupa of a butterfly

pupa – a stage in an insect’s life when it is changing from a caterpillar to an adult

During the week of May 1st students will be reading a story called Princess Pooh.  The vocabulary words are:

throne – a chair that a king or queen sits on

allowance – the amount of money that is given to someone every week

hammock – a hanging bed

chore – a job you do around the house to help clean

icky – something that does not feel good

braces – something used to help people that cannot use their legs to walk

During the week of April 24th students will be reading a non-fiction selection about George Washington Carver. The vocabulary words are:

crops – plants grown for food or other uses

famous – well known

invented – created, designed, or built something that did not exist before

professor – a college or university teacher

slave – a person who is legally owned and completely controlled by another person

soil – the top layer of the ground in which plants grow

No vocabulary for the week of April 17th. We will be studying different kinds of poetry!

During the week of April 3rd students will be reading a story called My Earth Day Birthday.  The vocabulary words are:

environment  –  the natural world

pollution – harmful substances in the air, water, and soil

recycling – the collection of certain types of waste to be used over again

resources – supplies of something valuable or very useful

reusable – able to be used more than one time

During the week of March 27th students will be reading a story called Swimmy.  The vocabulary words are:

escaped – got away from or broke out

swift – fast or moving or acting quickly

anemone – a type of garden plant that has white, purple, or red flowers

swaying – moving slowly from one side to the other

fierce – having an intense, violent, or wild nature

marvel – something that is amazing

No vocabulary words for the week of March 20th unless your child’s teacher says otherwise. Each class is reading and investigating a different non-fiction book this week!

During the week of March 13th students will be reading a story from our reading series called Lemonade for Sale. The vocabulary words for this story are:

announced – made something known to many people

arrived – came to a place

glum – gloomy or sad

members – those who belong to a group

rebuild – make something again

For the week of March 6th, students will be reading Magic School Bus Solar System in anticipation of the StarLab visiting the following week. The vocabulary words are:

orbit – to travel around the sun or other object in space

atmosphere – the gases around an object in space

planet – a large round object in space

planetarium – building projecting the heavens inside the dome

solar system – the collection of planets and their moons that orbit around the sun

asteroids – celestial bodies smaller than planets

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Special activities will be happening all week in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd. No vocabulary words this week (week of February 27)!

During the week of February 20th, students will be reading Presidents’ Day.  The vocabulary words for the story are:

birthday-the date on which a person is born

combine-to mix two or more things together

honor-good character, virtue, and integrity

celebrated-rejoiced or honored

holiday-a day of celebration for a law or custom

president-someone who has the highest position in an organization

During the week of February 13th, students will be reading Why Abe Lincoln Grew a Beard. The vocabulary words for the story are:

beard – hair that grows on the cheeks and chin

fashions – popular or current styles

regret-to feel sadness or guilt

eager-excited and interested

necessity-something that one must have or do

suggestion – an idea often to persuage

During the week of February 6th, students will be reading a tall tale called John Henry. The vocabulary words for the story are:

levers – control arms that can be used to operate a machine

locomotive  – a vehicle that acts as a large engine to push or pull railroad cars along tracks

railroad – a set of metal tracks on which a train travels

fire – to end a person’s job

hire – to agree to pay someone to do a job

drill bit – a metal cutting tool used to make a hole in something

During the week of January 30th, students will be reading a non-fiction selection called Sounds All Around Us. The vocabulary words for the story are:

communicate – to make known

pitch – highness or lowness of sound

sensitive – easily damaged

sound waves – waves made when something vibrates

vibrates – moves back and forth rapidly

vocal cords – membranes in the throat that produce sound when they are vibrated by breath

During the week of January 23rd, students will be reading a non-fiction selection called Helen Keller. The vocabulary words for the story are:

braille – a system of printing using raised dots to represent letters

disabilities – conditions that limit a person’s ability to do something

inspiration – a good influence

sign language – a communication system of hand, face, and body

movements

senses – functions of the body, such as sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing

overcome – to win a victory over some challenge or obstacle

During the week of January 16th students will be reading a non-fiction story called Ruby Bridges Goes to School.  The vocabulary words are:

segregation –keeping apart

marshal – federal officer

brave – full of courage

tenants – people leasing rental property

allow – to give permission

During the week of January 2nd students will be reading a fiction story called The Three Little Pigs.  The vocabulary words are:

The Three Little Pigs:  The Wolf’s Story

ordeal – an experience that is very unpleasant or difficult

sturdy – strongly made

quaint – an old-fashioned or unusual appearance that is attractive

delirious – not able to think or speak clearly because of a fever or illness

desperate – very bad or difficult to deal with

During the week of December 12th, students will be reading a fiction story called Cinderella Penguin. The vocabulary words for the story are:

vain – too proud of your own appearance or achievements

cellar – the part of a building that is entirely or partly below the ground

blink – to open and close your eyes very quickly

delicate – easily broken or damaged

intent – the thing that you plan to do

joyous – showing great happiness

During the week of December 5th, students will be reading a fiction story called Best Wishes, Ed from one of our reading books. The vocabulary words for the story are:

climbed – to go up

couple – two of the same sort considered together

drifted – to be carried along by air or water

half – either of two equal parts

message – communication from a person to another person or group

notice – to point out

During the week of November 28th, students will be reading How Glooskap Found Summer. The vocabulary words for this story are:

thaw – become warm enough to not be frozen anymore

defeat – win a victory over

chant – repeat the same words over and over

spirits – supernatural beings

bloomed – produce flowers

capture – the act of catching

During the week of November 14th, students will be reading Best Friends’ Club. The vocabulary words for this story are:

allowed – to permit

leaned – to cast your weight to one side for support

president – someone who has the highest position in an organization

promise – a statement telling someone that you will definitely do something

rule – a statement that tells someone what is or is not allowed

whispered – words spoken very softly or quietly

During the week of November 7th, students will be reading Hugs for Daddy from Kids A-Z. The vocabulary words for this story are:

cymbals – brass plates banged together to make music

instruments – objects used to play music

military – the armed forces of a country

salute – to make a sign of respect to a superior officer

tracing – a drawing of the outline of an object

uniform – special clothing worn by members of a group

During the week of October 31st, students will be reading Arthur Writes a Story from their reading books. The vocabulary words for this story are:

decided – to determine or settle

float – to move gently along the surface of water

important – valued highly

library – a room where books are kept

planet – a large round object in space

proud – pleased or satisfied with oneself

During the week of October 24th, students will be reading the Reading A-Z book called To The Pumpkin Patch. The vocabulary words for the book are:

patch (n) – where pumpkins grow

stream (n) – small flow of water like a small river

crooked (adj) – not straight

collected (v) – gathered

disobey (v) – do not obey

wheel barrel (n) – a one-wheeled vehicle with handles at the rear that is used to move small loads

October is Fire Prevention month so in honor of all firefighters, students will be reading a book from Reading A-z called Firefighters during the week of October 17th. The vocabulary words for the book are:

fire-retardant – helping to slow down fire

inspect – to check closely for problems

prevent – to stop something from happening

skyscrapers – very tall buildings

stories – the spaces between each floor and ceiling in a building

During the week of October 10th we will be reading the story titled A Letter for Amy.(Remember this a a short week. Only 3 days to practice!) The vocabulary words for this story are:

candles (n) – was pillars with wicks to be lit by flame

corner (n) – the point where two lines meet

glanced (v) – looked at very briefly and quickly

repeated (v) – did or said something over and over again

special (adj) – unique, extraordinary, regarded with affection

wild (adj) – not tame

 

For the next 2 weeks we will be reading stories about Henry and Mudge. These are great beginning chapter books for second grade. Students will be talking about varies story elements including character, setting, and plot.

parents (n) – fathers and mothers

different (adj. ) – not alike and not similar

searched (v) – looked to find something

weighed (v) – was equal to a named heaviness

hundred (n) – ten times ten

worry (v) – to feel trouble

 

Have you read Officer Buckle? If not you are missing out on his safety tips and a great friendship. This week (September 19) students will be reading the story Officer Buckle. As they read they will be learning the following vocabulary words:

accident (n) – a sad, unexpected event in which people may be hurt

audience (n) – a group of people gathered to hear or see something

cheered (v) – shouted with happiness or encouragement

slip (v) – move suddenly from a position

station (n) – a building or place used by an organization

wipe (v) – to clean or dry something by rubbing it

 

During the week of September 12th we will be reading the book called Mexico in honor of the Mexican Independence Day. The vocab words are:

Mexico

cactus (n) – a desert plant that usually has spines instead of leaves

canyons (n) – deep valleys with steep sides that are usually formed by rivers

chile peppers (n) – the fruits of the pepper plant, which are often used to make spice seasonings

deserts (n) – areas of land that do not usually get much rain

fireworks (n) – devices that produce light, sound, and smoke when lit, often used for celebrations

parades (n) – people or vehicles moving forward at a regular pace during celebrations or ceremonies

 

We will be reading the non-fiction book, Heroes of September 11th, during the week of September 5th.The vocab words are:

Heroes of September 11

elevator (n) – platforms that carry people and things to another floor of a building

emergency (n) – a sudden and very serious situation that requires immediate reaction

heroes (n) – people known for brave acts that help others

rescue (v) – to save from danger

ruins (n) – the remains of an old or destroyed building or other structure

wheelchair (n) – a chair with large wheels attached that is used by a person that is disabled or very weak

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Welcome back, second grade readers! We are so excited to introduce the first story for the 2016-2017 school year…… a selection from our reading book called Ann’s First Day. The vocabulary words for the story are :

hurry – move faster than usual

carrots – orange-colored roots of a plant, eaten as a vegetable

homework – a school assignment to be done at home

shy – not comfortable around other people

lucky – having or bringing good luck

crawls – moves very slowly

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During the week of May 23rd students will be reading a fiction story called The Three Little Pigs.  The vocabulary words are:

The Three Little Pigs:  The Wolf’s Story

ordeal – an experience that is very unpleasant or difficult

sturdy – strongly made

quaint – an old-fashioned or unusual appearance that is attractive

delirious – not able to think or speak clearly because of a fever or illness

desperate – very bad or difficult to deal with

During the week of May 16th students will be reading a non-fiction story called An Insect’s Life Cycle.  The vocabulary words are:

Insect Life Cycle

insect – a small animal that has six legs and three body parts

life cycle – a series of changes an animal goes through during its life

larva – a worm-like stage

silk worm – moth larva that makes silk thread

During the week of May 9th students will be reading a non-fictionstory called Butterflies and Moths.  The vocabulary words are:

migrate – to move from one place to another

metamorphosis – the process of changing from one form to another

invertebrates – animals that do not have a backbone

exoskeleton – the hard, outer shell of insects

chrysalis – the stiff case around the pupa of a butterfly

pupa – a stage in an insect’s life when it is changing from a caterpillar to an adult

During the week of May 2nd students will be reading a story called Princess Pooh.  The vocabulary words are:

throne – a chair that a king or queen sits on

allowance – the amount of money that is given to someone every week

hammock – a hanging bed

chore – a job you do around the house to help clean

icky – something that does not feel good

braces – something used to help people that cannot use their legs to walk

During the week of April 25th students will be reading a story called Swimmy.  The vocabulary words are:

escaped – got away from or broke out

swift – fast or moving or acting quickly

anemone – a type of garden plant that has white, purple, or red flowers

swaying – moving slowly from one side to the other

fierce – having an intense, violent, or wild nature

marvel – something that is amazing

During the week of April 18th students will be reading a story called My Earth Day Birthday.  The vocabulary words are:

environment  –  the natural world

pollution – harmful substances in the air, water, and soil

recycling – the collection of certain types of waste to be used over again

resources – supplies of something valuable or very useful

reusable – able to be used more than one time

During the week of April 11th students will be reading a non-fiction selection about George Washington Carver. The vocabulary words are:

crops – plants grown for food or other uses

famous – well known

invented – created, designed, or built something that did not exist before

professor – a college or university teacher

slave – a person who is legally owned and completely controlled by another person

soil – the top layer of the ground in which plants grow

During the week of April 4th students will be reading a non-fiction selection from Big Universe called Earth by Derek Zobel. The vocabulary words are:

altitude – the height above sea level on earth

atmosphere – the gas around on object in space

glaciers – huge sheets of ice found in cold parts of the earth

gravity – the force that pulls objects toward each other

orbit – to travel around the sun or other objects in space

tides – the changes in sea level caused by the pull of the sun and moon on Earth’s oceans

During the week of March 28th students will be reading a story from KIds A-Z called history of the Bicycle. The vocabulary words for this story are:

bicycles – two-wheeled vehicles that people ride by pushing pedals with their feet

design – a plan that shows how to build, make, or assemble something

frame – a structure that gives strength and shape to an object

gear – a toothed wheel that is part of a machine

invention – a new device or process

pedals – parts of a bicycle that are pushed by one’s feet to make the bicycle move forward

During the week of March 14th students will be reading a story from Big Universe called Rainforests. The vocabulary words for this story are:

canopy – a thick covering of leafy branches formed by the tops of trees

resource – something that has value or is useful

tropics  – the hot and wet area near the equator

understory – the layer below the canopy made up of small trees and bushes

During the week of March 7th students will be reading a story from our reading series called Lemonade for Sale. The vocabulary words for this story are:

announced – made something known to many people

arrived – came to a place

glum – gloomy or sad

members – those who belong to a group

rebuild – make something again

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!!! No vocabulary words this week while we enjoy Dr. Seuss book after Dr. Seuss book!

During the week of February 22nd, students will be reading about George Washington in a story called George Washington: A Life of Self-Discipline. The vocabulary words for the story are:

colonies – territories settled by people under rule from their home country

constitution – the system of principles that govern a nation

government  – a system of control and direction for a group of people

militia – the military force of each colony

revolution – the overflow of a government

surveying – to determine the boundaries of an area of land

terms – measured amounts of time

During the week of February 15th, students will be reading about Abraham Lincoln in a story called Abraham Lincoln: A LIfe of Honesty. The vocabulary words for the story are:

civil war  – the war in the United States between the northern states and southern states

debate – a discussion or argument with two sides

frontier – the edge of exploration

ideals – a standard of excellence

right – something which a person deserves to have

slavery – the state of a person being the property of another person

During the week of February 8th, students will be reading a tall tale called John Henry. The vocabulary words for the story are:

levers – control arms that can be used to operate a machine

locomotive  – a vehicle that acts as a large engine to push or pull railroad cars along tracks

railroad – a set of metal tracks on which a train travels

fire – to end a person’s job

hire – to agree to pay someone to do a job

drill bit – a metal cutting tool used to make a hole in something

During the week of February 1st, students will be reading a non-fiction selection called Sounds All Around Us. The vocabulary words for the story are:

communicate – to make known

pitch – highness or lowness of sound

sensitive – easily damaged

sound waves – waves made when something vibrates

vibrates – moves back and forth rapidly

vocal cords – membranes in the throat that produce sound when they are vibrated by breath

During the week of January 25th, students will be reading a non-fiction selection called Helen Keller. The vocabulary words for the story are:

braille – a system of printing using raised dots to represent letters

disabilities – conditions that limit a person’s ability to do something

inspiration – a good influence

sign language – a communication system of hand, face, and body

movements

senses – functions of the body, such as sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing

overcome – to win a victory over some challenge or obstacle

During the week of January 18th, students will be reading a non-fiction selection called How Things Are Different. The vocabulary words for the story are:

  1. gas-matter that freely changes shape and size; often it can be seen
  2. liquid-matter that keeps it size but takes the shape of the container
  3. matter-anything that takes up space
  4. shape-how something looks around the outside
  5. size-how big or small something is
  6. solid-matter that keeps its shape and size

During the week of January 11th, students will be reading a non-fiction selection called Martin Luther King, Jr. The vocabulary words for the story are:

civil rights – legal, social, and economic rights that guarantees freedom and equality for all citizens

equality – the condition in which everyone has the same rights

segregated – kept apart based on group differences, often race

boycott – a refusal to buy or take part in something in order to force change

protest – an action to express strong disagreement or disapproval

violence – force that hurts or destroys

During the week of January 4th, students will be reading a non-fiction selection called The Power of Magnets. The vocabulary words for the story are:

attracts-pulls toward

code-a system of letters, symbols, or signals that have special meaning and are used to send messages

current-electricity that flows in a certain direction

electricity-an electric current that is used as a source of power

force-the strength or energy that moves an object

invisible-unable to be seen

repel-push away

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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