Making Number Strings with Dominoes

We had fun adding strings of numbers using dominoes.   Continue reading

STEAM Lab Visit September 7, 2017

This week, in Social Studies, we have studied communities. What we learned was carried over to our visit to the STEAM lab. Each group built an item that might be in a community. They then had to identify if it would be found in an urban community, suburban community, or a rural community. The class improved their teamwork skills while completing the projects. We had great results!

Photo #1: This group built a water park which would mostly be found in an urban area. It includes  a pool and a hotel.

Photo #2: This group built a chocolate factory which could be found in a rural or urban area. It includes a round area to mix the chocolate and tubes to carry the chocolate through the factory.

Photo #3: This group made a hotel with three diving boards at the pool. This would be found in rural, suburban, or urban communities.

Photo #4: This group made a school. The school has a class with children and a teacher. Flowers are on top of the school. The playground has spinning monkey bars.

Creating Math Foundations

It may look like play, but the students are building a strong math foundation.


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Welcome 2016-2017 2nd Grade Class

20160811_121304_Burst01We are off and running. You can tell that we have already been busy! I’m looking forward to a  year of fun learning!


Magic Pot

The children enjoyed seeing you at Math Parenting Day. Magic Pot is a game that we play to help us learn our double facts. Try it at home.

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Welcome to Mrs. L. Brown’s 2nd Grade Class 2015-2016

Hello, welcome to the 2015-2016 HES school year! I hope that you really enjoyed your summer break. I’m looking forward to meeting you at Meet the Teacher Day on August 11th 8:00-8:45 a.m. If you have your supplies you may bring them on Meet the Teacher Day. If you pre-purchased supplies, they will already be in the room.

The 2nd grade supply list is located on the school website:




Student Expectations in Mrs. L. Brown’s Class (Parents please review these with your child):

Never give up – Always try hard. You will learn from trying things that are a bit difficult.

Be willing to listen to others – You will not always agree with what others have to say, but be respectful and not rude to those with whom you disagree.

Be honest – We all make mistakes. Owning up to whatever you do will be very helpful in our classroom. There are consequences for good behavior and bad behavior. We like the good consequences better.

Be willing to learn – Learning new and different things will prepare you for the future.

Outstanding behavior – Everyone enjoys being around people that are peaceful and fun. You cannot do your best if you or others are disruptive in class. You will have time for play, only at the appropriate time.

I know it’s a lot to think about, don’t worry, you will have a great time in 2nd grade!!!

Math is Fun

We don’t just watch the  plants grow all day. We actually learn math too. Wow, it is fun!!!!

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Transplanting the Beans

The beans have now been transplanted. We’ll keep an eye on them and see how things go (grow).

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Growing! Growing! Growing!

We’re out for break, but I checked on the beans Friday. They are surviving and looking great!

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Studying Plants

We are figuring out how plants take in water. We used celery and food coloring to show where the water goes in a stalk of celery.



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We are wondering what will happen to dry beans if they have water and sunlight. One bag of beans is only getting sun and no water.



American Village


We really enjoyed American Village!

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Our Field Trip to Children’s Theatre

Wow, we had front row seats to see The Wizard Of Oz. The students had a wonderful time! Ask lots of questions to see what they remember. If you can, watch the movie version at home so that they can compare (What was the same? What was different?) the play and the movie.

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Tens Go Fish


Tens Go Fish is a great game to practice making tens. Practice this game or the others nightly.

Tens Go Fish

Make 10

Here is another math game to practice at home. Use the primary cards that were sent home with Plus 1 or 2 BINGO.


Make 10

Collect 25

Parents, here is a great way to practice counting coins and trading coins with your child. We will practice in class, but it’s even better practice for home.


Collect 25

Welcome to 2nd Grade 2014-2015

Welcome to 2nd Grade and Mrs. Brown’s 2014-2015 class!

I hope that you had a great summer. If you are like me, I wish it were a little longer, but we will make the best of it. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and your parents.

So what can you expect for this year? Well, lots of fun learning. I love to learn new things and I hope that you will too. Some things may be easy for you and some things might be a challenge.  Everyone learns differently, and we can learn from each other. The key is to never give up!

What if I don’t know anyone in the class? That’s OK. We will all get to know each other. By the end of the year, you will know each other very well.

What kind of teacher is Mrs. Brown? I’m consistent. We will make rules for the class during the first few days. One rule that I will suggest is: work at work time, play at playtime.  You will be expected to follow all the rules. That will not be hard to do at all. Just remember “The Golden Rule,” treat others the way you want to be treated. There are consequences for whatever we do. If you follow the rules the consequences are that you will be fine. If you don’t follow the rules the consequences are that you will get a conduct mark and or lose a privilege.

I hope to see you all on Meet the Teacher Day, Wednesday, August 6, 2014 8:00-8:45 a.m.  Come to the cafeteria first for a few comments from Ms. Cooper, and then proceed to the classroom.

Parents, please plan on coming to Parent Academy August 21, 2014 6:30-8:00 p.m. This is for adults only so that I can give you more details about the school year. Bring your questions with you, and I will do my best to answer.

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I'm getting the classroom ready for you!

I’m getting the classroom ready for you!

Welcome to 2nd Grade at Helena Elementary School!

Another Great Teacher Appreciation Day

You are making me feel so loved! Thank you!

Also, a big thanks to HES PTO!

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Many Thanks!

You are all so awesome! You have really made me feel special this week. The birthday flowers and gifts were wonderful on Friday. Then, to start Monday off with flowers… Oh My! Yes, I was truly surprise to see the chips and 7-ups on Tuesday! Thank you so much!

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January 17th News

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The December 16th newsletter is posted. Enjoy the break!

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