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    Contact Information: Please email me at lgerding@jacksonsd.org should you have any questions or concerns.

    Thank you for a wonderful year in second grade. It has been a pleasure getting to be your teacher and I have truly enjoyed working with you all this year. I am so proud of you for working hard at home and I cannot thank you enough for your support and patience every step of the way. We made it through Remote Learning!

    Have a safe, relaxing, and fun summer! Please make sure to set aside some time to practice your fast facts and do some summer reading. The information for summer reading from our librarian, Ms. Palme, is linked below. Thank you so much again for such an enjoyable year and best of luck in third grade. Come visit me next year!!

    Switlik Summer Reading: Please see the following links below for more information regarding summer reading. The first link outlines everything and the second link is Ms. Palme walking you through it all in a video.

    Newsletter link:

    Video Link:


    Free Sites for at Home Learning

    Covid-19 Time Capsule: 


    Books, Authors, and Illustrators

    Storyline Online: Watch famous actors and actresses read picture books aloud.

    Storytime with Ryan & Craig: Fun, engaging read-alouds from two actors

    Kate Messner: Author Kate Messner shared videos from authors and illustrators, reading aloud and talking about their work.

    Jarrett Krosoczka: Illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka is sharing art lessons on his YouTube channel.

    Emily Arrow: Librarian Emily Arrow shares singalongs with music and stories on her YouTube channel.

    Story Time From Space: Astronauts read stories from space


    Freckle- Literacy AND Math 

    • We use this daily during WIN time. The Literacy side is great for practicing skills we learn in Fundations, Reading/Writing Workshop, and the Math side is great for reinforcing math concepts and fast facts. 

    EPIC Books

    Many companies have kindly offered free subscriptions to their programs and one of them is EPIC, which is an online library that provides us access to over 35,000 eBooks, Learning Videos, Quizzes, and more for K-5 students. This is awesome for our students to provide access to new books on their grade level (since I'm sure we're already in need of some new books to read)! See the picture below for instructions for logging in on a laptop/chromebook or on a smartphone (Android/iOS). Our class code is agr9614.

    EPIC Login Info

    Scholastic News Weekly Magazines

    • Students have access to current and previous Scholastic News Magazines. Please click on the link above, click login, I am a student, and use the code gerding1920 to login.
    • Students can explore any magazine, and watch videos, learn vocabulary cards, and play games that go along with it!


    Open Library: Awesome, free digital library.  You just make an account and you can borrow books for 2 weeks.  The format is just like having the book in your hands. This is great if you are in need of more books to practice for independent reading.

    K5 LearningFree, printable stories (fiction & non-fiction) with vocabulary and comprehension questions at the end. Different grade levels are available for different leveled readers. 

    Raz-Kids and Headsprout

    • Raz-Kids and Headsprout are offering the chance to create free parent accounts.
    • Click on the link above. Then scroll down to the bottom to where it says Raz-Kids or Headsprout and click "Start Subscription."
    • For the question "Are you signing up for a classroom or home?" click "family or home." Then click "new customer."
    • Fill in your name, zip code, email, occupation and the rest of the information it asks for, then create a username.
    • An email will be sent asking you to confirm your account and then it should bring you to the Raz-Kids home screen.
    • If you click Resources, you can explore leveled books or series, and there is also an assessment section as well. The process is the same for Headsprout.

    Read Alouds/Educational Videos

    Check out this cool video of Eric Carle Reading the Hungry Caterpillar!


    Spring Videos: 

    Spring Video

    The Science of Spring!


    Pearson Math Website Login Information

    These are the directions which will help you access our math workbook we use for daily lessons and homework, and also allow students to play around on games, reinforcing previously learned skills from this year. *If you are having trouble viewing this document please login to your child's Google Account. Their login information is in their planners, and students have practiced logging in during computers, so this is something they should be familiar with.* Pearson Envision Math Games- link directly to games on Envision

    Xtra Math- Fast Facts Practice for Addition and Subtraction

    • All students have an account set up and login pins can be found in student planners. Students who have not yet set up their accounts at home, a directions sheet was sent home in take home folders for you to set it up.


    • Used often in computer class and great practice for foundational skills.

    Freckle- Literacy AND Math 

    • We use this daily during WIN time. The Literacy side is great for practicing skills we learn in Fundations, Reading/Writing Workshop, and the Math side is great for reinforcing math concepts and fast facts. 

    Additional Sites

    Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/

    • Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.

    • New episodes will be posted each weekday at 1:00 p.m. ET and then remain online to be streamed afterwards.  Check back each weekday for new LUNCH DOODLES!

    Mystery Science

    • Fun and engaging lessons geared towards remote learning.


    • Sing, Dance, Workout, Fitness, Mindfulness Movement Breaks.

    Art Hub for Kids

    • Art tutorials and drawing videos.


    Story Place: Video storytime activities in Spanish

    PBS Kids Spanish Games: Play educational games in Spanish

    Free Sites for Distance Learning

    Wonderopolis: Every day this site shares a new wonder, submitted by kids, and the answer, in an article with a video.

    National Geographic Kids: Games, articles, and videos about animals and nature.

    Mystery Doug: Video science lessons and activities

    Typing Club: Use your time at home to learn keyboarding skills!

    Scholastic Learn at Home: Daily learning projects from Scholastic, geared for different grade levels

    Explore Animal Webcams: Observe animals live on webcams from around the world

    Virtual Museum Tours: Take a free virtual museum tour of a famous place, like the British Museum in London

    Hour of Code: Learn coding skills with an hour of code activity.

    Design Squad Global: Watch PBS Design Squad videos, to learn about science and engineering challenges

    Khan Academy: Free online video lessons in math and other subjects

    Crash Course Kids: Elementary school science videos

    Family Activity Ideas

    Indoor Activities for Kids Stuck at Home: Buzzfeed lists 27 fun activities for kids home from school

    70 Educational Activities: A former homeschooler shares 70 educational activities you can do when you're stuck indoors.

    Podcasts: Listen to a podcast together. Common Sense Media curated this list of best podcasts for kids.

    Cosmic Kids Yoga: Stay active as you practice yoga together.

    Distance Reading Book Bingo: Read together and complete this bingo board!

    Additional Websites

    10 Free Learning Websites for Kids

    Looking for something fun to do at home?

    Non-screen activities:

    Non-screen Activities

    Class Schedule: I am going to be posting our class' daily schedule to try to encourage a routine, which will help make the days go a little more smoothly for both you and your student. The Remote Learning Plans do not follow individual teacher schedules, since it is district wide, but you can try to fill in activities wherever possible, and I will be posting links and ideas for how to fill the extra time in your day. Here is what a typical day in second grade looks like:

    9:00-9:15- Morning Morning (great time to do some morning yoga or reflection)

    9:15-9:55- Math Part 1 

    10:00-10:40- Specials 

    10:45-11:05- Math Part 2 

    11:05-11:10- Snack/Bathroom Break

    11:15- 12:00- Fundations (phonics/sight words/word study practice)

    12:00-12:15- Independent Writing Time (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)/Independent Reading Time (Thursday and Friday)

    12:15- 12:45- Lunch

    12:50-1:10- Recess

    1:15-1:45- WIN (centers that help review skills students need additional help with/Chromebook time)

    1:50- 2:30- Reading Workshop/Independent Reading Time (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) and Writing Workshop/Independent Writing Time (Thursday and Friday)

    2:30-3:10- Social Studies/Science

    Try to incorporate our special areas into your routine as well!

    Monday (Music)- Listen to music, sing, dance, watch some sing alongs, or encourage students to play instruments if you have any at home. GoNoodle is a great place to go to for singing and dancing videos!

    Tuesday (Gym)- Do some yoga (students have been taught many poses and stretches), go for a walk around your block, play games in the backyard, do some warm ups (jumping jacks, push ups, etc.), or visit the workout videos on GoNoodle (channels such as Fresh Start Fitness and Zumba Kids are great for physical activity).

    Wednesday (Library)- Read a book, find read aloud videos of your favorite books online, research a new topic. Visit our librarian, Lori Palme, her website for more safe search links.

    Thursday (Art)- Color, draw, paint, create. The students love doing videos on Art Hub for Kids https://www.artforkidshub.com/. We started doing these when learning about American Symbols during Social Studies and the kids were very engaged!

    Friday (Computers)- If you have access to Microsoft Office or Google programs, encourage students to play around with typing using different fonts, or maybe creating a slideshow about one of their favorite things. Mr. Autenreith has been working with the students this year on logging in to their google accounts and practicing these skills. Visit the Switlik main page for more fun sites for students to access on the computers.











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