Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Respectful or Disrespectful? That was the Question:

During Character Counts our class was working with Miss Bentz on what disrespectful behavior looked like and what respectful behavior looked like. Here is a picture of the class showing Miss Bentz that the list they created as a group was not one showing respectful behavior.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Field Day

Field day was AWESOME!!!! Mrs. Erexson even played capture the flag! What a great day! 

Bison Ranch

Cook's Bison Ranch was a lot of fun. We learned a lot about how the Native Americans would have used different parts of the bison in their everyday life. They also had the opportunity to feed the bison treat pellets. What a GREAT afternoon! 

STEM Boat Building

Group boat building for part one of our field trip was a success! 

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement has been such a great educational opportunity for our kids. On our last session Mrs. Carpenter gave each kid a goodie bag and their certificate for participating in the program. We learned a lot and a wonderful time during JA. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Music Program


All of the kid's hard work paid off Monday night at the music program. They looked awesome all dressed up and on stage! I was so proud of all of them! 

Mayor Handshoe


What a lovely time we had when the mayor came to visit with our class last Friday. She was so patient with all of our questions and told the kids a lot about being the mayor and her role in the community. Thank you Mayor Handshoe  for taking the time to come out to school and talk to us today! We appreciate all you do for us in the community!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Homemade Candy Jar

So I used my artsy craftiness to make Miss Panelli a candy jar for a going away present from the class. It turned out pretty good if I do say so myself! I had all the kids put their fingerprint (gumball) on the bottom of the jar. Their name is written next to their gumball. It will be something she can take to her future classroom to always remember the group of kids that she worked with during her student teaching! We will miss her a lot! Good luck Miss Panelli!  

And they fly away...

 We set them free! It was neat to see them fly away after observing them in the classroom for so long. It was sad but neat all at the same time! We hope they will be happy in the great outdoors! 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Butterfly Project Update

The Caterpillars are growing and moving along in this picture. 

Here the caterpillars have started to move into their "J" shape. This is where they will make their chrysalis. 

All of them are currently in the chrysalis state and we are waiting on them to hatch! 

Area and Perimeter

Kids were able to show their knowledge and understanding of area and perimeter this week. They were able to do this by making colleges of different areas and perimeters. Students were to choose a card out of the box and then show their understanding by creating what the card said. Each and everyone of them did a GREAT job! 

Friday, May 1, 2015

JA 5-1-15

Today in JA Mrs. Carpenter talked to the kids about voting. The kids had a make believe scenario presented to them. They walked through a decision tree about the pros and cons of the three ideas presented and then they were given the opportunity to vote. Each student then got to wear a I Voted sticker. Unfortunately we did have some kids that marked more than one item on their ballot so it didn't count in the voting process. 

NEU Convo

Monday we had Dr. Corbin come in and talk to the school about what it takes to become a doctor. The kids were able to find out what classes Dr. Corbin took in college and about how many years he had to be in school :) 

Monday, April 27, 2015


I saw this mantra on line and I LOVE it! I think that it embodies a lot of things that I have tried to teach the kids this year. Our room has been a place that it is ok to make mistakes because that is how we learn! Such a great thing for everyone to remember!!! EVERYONE MATTERS! 

STEM Swing Set Activity

What a fun activity for the kids. They were given a task that had the requirements from the picture above. The slideshow is what they came up with! They did a GREAT job!!!!! Way to go! 

Monday, April 20, 2015


What a fun night! The kids all loved their chance to DUNK Mrs. Erexson! I lost count at 22....I went in several more times after that! Some of these kids have GREAT aim! 

Junior Achievement

JA on Friday was an activity that involved making doughnuts. The kids had to work in groups to make donuts. They had to add the milk, flour, eggs, and filling for each doughnut. Each doughnut then had to go through quality control to see if it would pass inspection! What a fun activity for them to learn about working for a business. Many groups tried to hurry to make as many as they could as fast as they could and were pretty disappointed when their doughnuts didn't pass quality control. 


We had a great turn out for the awards ceremony. I am very proud of the kids for all of their hard work in trimester 2. Kids received awards for art posted in Fame, at the library, perfect attendance, all homework being turned in, and then in third grade for honor roll. One student in each classroom also receives a character counts award. Keep up the great work everyone! 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Dance Convo

Tuesday we were treated to a convocation from the Fort Wayne Dance Collective. They were brought in by FAME. The Fort Wayne Dance Collective put on a performance about outer space. It was a GREAT performance. They got some students involved throughout the dance and we had two of our second graders participate. Reece and Alexis were out there at two different times. They did a wonderful job! 

Thursday, April 16, 2015


The kids had a great time being surgeons with this assignment. They were to cut apart words and make the contractions. What a fun way to practice their contractions!  

Monday, April 6, 2015

Butterflies KWL

One of my favorite units in second grade is just beginning and I am not going to be taking the lead on the unit! What a great opportunity for Miss Panelli to be leading this unit with your second graders. I just ordered the caterpillars today and so they will be arriving soon! We will be studying caterpillars and watching them change into butterflies. The butterfly life cycle is so AWESOME to watch! I hope we are in school when the the butterflies hatch from their chrysalis!

Today the kids started the unit with Miss Panelli by doing a KWL chart. They were able to post what they thought they already knew, and what they wanted to know about butterflies. 

Spring Pictures Money/Pictures DUE

Spring pictures are going home today....the PICTURES or MONEY is due back by April 14th. Let me know if you have any questions. 

March Book-It

March Book-It

Congratulations to the following winners of the March Book-It. They had 100 mins or over for each week of March. 

Austin, Jordan, Garrett, Ryker, Ashley, Aiden, Alexis, Natalie S., Nathan, Bruno, Reece, Natalie M., Rae, Dylan, Lucas, and Deegan

They each received a coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

March Guest Speaker: Kaleigh Schrock

Kaleigh Schrock, captain of the Fort Wayne Komets came to talk to our school today. He talked about respecting others, always trying your best, and never giving up. It was really neat to listen to him talk to the kids about how you should always be learning and that no matter how old you are that you will always continue to learn! 

Spirit Winners


This year's Wayne Center carnival will be April 17th. Mrs. Erexson will be in the dunk tank during the time of 6:30 to 7:00. Make sure you come and buy your tickets for a chance to dunk her :) 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Fact and Opinion

Kids are showing their knowledge of fact and opinion using their iPads. First they were to take a picture of something at home. Secondly, they were to write two facts and two opinions about the object in the picture.

Weather Project Rubric

Rubric for Weather Research Project

The graphic organizer is filled in with relevant information. (Description, Location/Time of Year/Season, How it Begins, Capabilities, interesting facts)
The graphic organizer is mostly filled in with relevant information. There might be some information that is off topic or in the wrong place.
The graphic organizer has many open spaces. There is not a lot of information on the page. The information that is on the page is not necessarily relevant to the topic that is being researched.

There is a title slide on the project with a clear title, and author.

There is a title slide on the project. It might be missing either a title or the author.

There is no title slide. Or there is a title slide without a title or an author.

There are three informational slides.

There are at least two informational slides.

There is only one informational slide.
Slide One:
·         There is a title or main idea
·         There are at least 3 facts about the main idea.
·         There is at least one picture and no more than two pictures.
Slide One:
·         There is a title/ main idea but it doesn’t match the  information on the page.
·         There are less than 3 facts
·         There are more than 2 pictures.
Slide One:
·         There might not be a title or it might not match the information on the page.
·         Facts don’t have anything to do with the topic
·         More than 2 pictures or no pictures at all.
Slide Two:
·         There is a title or main idea
·         There are at least 3 facts about the main idea.
·         There is at least one picture and no more than two pictures.
Slide Two:
·         There is a title/ main idea but it doesn’t match the information on the page.
·         There are less than 3 facts
·         There are more than 2 pictures.
Slide Two:
·         There might not be a title or it might not match the information on the page.
·         Facts don’t have anything to do with the topic
·         More than 2 pictures or no pictures at all.
Slide Three:
·         There is a title or main idea
·         There are at least 3 facts about the main idea.
·         There is at least one picture and no more than two pictures.
Slide Three:
·         There is a title/ main idea but it doesn’t match the information on the page.
·         There are less than 3 facts
·         There are more than 2 pictures.
Slide Three:
·         There might not be a title or it might not match the information on the page.
·         Facts don’t have anything to do with the topic
·         More than 2 pictures or no pictures at all.

Font/Color/Size is easy to read by the audience

Font/Color/Size is a little difficult to read by the audience.

Font/Color/Size is very difficult to read by the audience.

Very few mistakes (less than 5) in the conventions

Few mistakes between 6-10 in the conventions

11 mistakes or more in the conventions

Fun Fraction Math

The class used Fruit Roll Ups and cookies to create fractions. It was such a fun way to show their understanding for halves, thirds, and fourths. 

Friday, March 13, 2015


We started having spelling homework every night this week. We will be continuing with this from here on out. Your child WILL HAVE spelling homework Monday-Thursday. (This means they will have a paper spelling assignment to turn in to class.) 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Week 27
Week 27 has been flying by! I can't even believe that we are in week 27 already. The kids have been doing some really cool things this week! 

The kids are working on a research project about weather. This has been a great way for us to wrap up some Science standards! The kids have been doing such a great job with their research! I am so excited to choose a couple to share with the school board next Wednesday! 

Dictionaries are such a hard concept for kids. We have been working with the kids on working in an actual dictionary. We are doing a great job at beginning to navigate around the dictionary. 

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Curtis Smith

Wayne Center was treated to a guest speaker during our No Excuses convocation on Friday. Our kids were given the opportunity to hear from chief meteorologist, Curtis Smith. I was very proud of our second graders and how they acted during the convo! What a great experience! 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Creating Weather Veins

Creating weather veins was so much fun! Mrs. Munk's Science lesson was all about introducing the kids to different types of weather. This is going to be such an exciting unit for not just the students but for me as well!

How is Homework Changing?

How is homework changing? I-pads are going home on Tuesday night for kids to do their homework. This creates a lot of different possibilities instead of just paper/pencil. I wanted to share with you some of the items that have been turned in by our class. I have been very proud of many of my second graders. They are doing a Great job on the work they are doing! 

The kids were given a sheet of multiplication story problems and they were asked to pick only a certain number of them to complete. A drawing app was to be used to draw out a picture to solve the problem, and then answer the problem. These students not only have their picture, answer, but they also remembered a unit. 

Another example was a response to reading example. Students were asked to take a picture of the book they were reading at home. Then write five sentences about what was happening in their book. They were asked to follow a rubric to ensure getting the most points possible. 

I can't wait to see what they do next week! I just love watching them work with technology! 

Student Teacher

Starting Monday we will be welcoming a student teacher, Miss Panelli, to our classroom. Miss Panelli is coming to us from Trine University and we are very excited to have her joining our classroom. If you have any questions, please let me know. 
I know that I am quite behind in my postings and I do apologize for that. Hopefully you will all forgive me. 

I wanted to make sure I shared about the awesome experience our students were able to participate in. At the end of January our students and staff had a great opportunity to meet the Olympic gold medalist,  Lloy Ball. 

Lloy came to talk to Wayne Center during our No Excuses convocation. He talked to the kids about perseverance. He made sure that he talked to them about how hard work, dedication, and setting goals can get you where you want to go in life. He even brought with him his gold medal that he won in the 2008 Olympics in Russia. 

I hope that my students will always remember that as long as they work hard and put in the effort, that they can achieve great things!  

Tech night in second grade was a great success. It was really neat to see the kids working with their parent to do an activity. Mr. Yoder taught the kids how to use an app called Shadow Puppet. What a great tool.

The hour ended with a game of Kahoot trivia! We have quite the competitive group of kiddos in second grade! Even thought not everyone could "win" the game, I think everyone had fun!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Upcoming Family Technology Night: 2nd Grade

Family Technology Night: 2nd Grade Wayne Center Elementary

When: February 10, 2015     4:30-5:30 p.m.

Where: Wayne Center Multi-Purpose Room (Room 404)

Join Us: Mr. Yoder and the 2nd grade teachers will be holding a “Family Technology Night” where students and caregivers will share in a fun techie project involving their school issued iPad. Mr. Yoder will share some tidbits of information about digital citizenship.

Tin Caps Reading Program

Today starts the Tin Caps Reading Program!

Beginning Date: Week of Jan. 26th
Ending Date: Week of March 6th

Your child will need to turn in their weekly reading log with 120 logged reading minutes. This will make them eligible for a free ticket to the Tin Caps game. 

Our school game is on April 24th! It is always a fun time as a class and school!

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Moon Phases

Mrs. Munk has been reviewing the phases of the moon with the kids. How the moon is positioned in relevance to the sun and earth in order to get a "new moon" or a "full moon" and each of the phases in between! What a great way to end our lessons than by making the phases out of Oreos!!!!

Spelling City

This week our class will be able to start using the full benefits of Spelling City in class and at home. If you have never heard of Spelling City is a website that can be used to study spelling/vocabulary words. They also have an app that we can use in class on our i-Pads. 

A class subscription to the program was donated to our classroom (I can't thank them enough). The kids will be able to access all of the games the program has available, take practice tests, tests, and much more. They can use it anywhere as long as internet access is available. The web address is listed below. You can also go to and search for me as the teacher.

Your child's username and password is the same username and password they have for their Eastnoble accounts. You can find those in the back of their agenda books :) If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask! This will be a great resource for studying their spelling words in a variety of ways!!!