Welcome to 2nd Grade! My name is Roni Hawkins and this is my fourth year teaching 2nd grade at Jefferson Elementary. I began teaching in 2000 in Hays, MT at the Hays/Lodgepole Junior High. I also taught 5th grade in Browning before returning to my hometown to be close to family. Prior to moving into 2nd grade, I worked with the Indian Education For All team for the district. My husband Zach and I have two boys. Andrew is a 3rd grader at Bryant Elementary and Eli will be starting Kindergarten this year!
In this classroom we will have lots of fun, become wonderful writers, create amazing artwork, and learn a lot!
We will strive to always follow our Jefferson Universals!
Check out our new flexible seating in 2nd grade! Students now have more choices of where they sit in the classroom. Students can choose whether to sit, stand, kneel at a low table, or sit on the floor to do their work. The idea of flexible seating is to allow students to decide for themselves where they will learn best. As long as they are engaged and working, they get to decide where they are sitting! So far it is working great and the students enjoy being in charge of their learning!
Today we had our first art lesson with Mrs. Sielbach. Here is what she had to say about our lesson:
Children are creative builders, architects and artists! In this art lesson students build “houses with blocks and translate their buildings into drawings. Color is added with primary colors of oil pastel, which students blend to create many other colors. Students cut out their houses and add them to the community. This lesson reinforces knowledge about shapes and color mixing, as well as giving students an opportunity to creatively express ideas about houses and communities.
Today we had a great time working with our kindergarten buddies in Mrs. Putnam’s class. We learned what makes a leave green and why it changes color in the fall. Then students worked with their buddy to identify characteristics of their leaf such as size, shape, color, and the number of veins. After students completed their information sheet and “named” their leaf, they got to create their own leaf using a coffee filter and water colors which will be put together in a buddy tree display in the hallway. It was a great way to finish off our Monday!!
Below is the link to the brainpop video we watched about 9/11.
Today in class we learned about 9/11 and what happened on this historic day. Students watched a short video which explained what happened, looked at a few pictures from the day, wrote a reflection piece, and created an art project which reminds us to always be tolerant of those who are different than ourselves. While this is a very tough topic and event for 2nd graders to understand, my message to them and focus of the lesson was to always “Remember Tolerance”. Please take a moment to reflect with your child about this event as I imagine they may have more questions or thoughts that they may wish to discuss further. I have included the link for the video we watched as well as some pictures of our project we completed.
Today was a big day in 2nd grade! We have members of the Helena Brewers Baseball Team visit our classroom and spend some time with us! Players Payton Henry, Jose Gomez, Karsen Lindell, and pitching coach Rolando Valles talked to the kids about baseball, answered questions, and visited with them about the importance of reading! They also played Heads Up 7-Up and Red Light-Green Light with the kids! It was a very fun visit for the kids! Here are some pictures for you to enjoy!