Mrs. Walls

Welcome Parents/Guardians/Families and My Second Grade Students. You will find helpful resources and additional classroom information here.
4/20/2020 Update: Google Classroom Check in at 11:30-12:30 will continue. Currently, schools are scheduled to reopen Monday, 5/18/2020. Please continue to check into Google Classroom each school day and to continue completing assignments under "Classwork, " on Pearson Realize, GOMath and on Mystery Science. Links to Mystery Science are posted to our Google Classroom page.
5/18/2020 Update: As per Governor Murphy, Schools will Continue to Be Remain Closed and our Classroom will continue to be Virtual until the End of the School Year, Wednesday, 6/17/2020.
2020-2021 School Update:  Schools will reopen April 22, 2021.
During this Virtual Classroom Time, you can contact me by:
Please see the following suggested schedule. It is similar to the classroom schedule we followed each day.
8:30-8:45  *Enjoy a Healthy Breakfast.
8:45-9:00 Log into Our Google Classroom for any Additional Information. Check in and say Hi! 
9:00-9:30 Work on our Interdisciplinary Subjects. (Health/Science and Social Studies)
9:30-10:15  ZOOM MEETING on Monday and Wednesday OR Brain Break!! Its time for Art, Physical Education or Music Draw a picture. Work on some Floor Exercises. Listen to or Sing your Favorite Song!
10:15-11:15  GOMath Time
11:15-11:30 English Language Arts:  Sonday Program. Continue to work on letter/letter sounds.
11:30-12:30 English Language Arts:  Get Ready to Read and Read and Comprehend. Log onto Google Classroom for our Read and Comprehend session held daily Monday-Friday.
12:30-1:15  *Enjoy a Healthy Lunch.
1:15-1:45 Small Group. Continue to Read a Favorite Book (Use your bookmark and Reading Log). Visit, Our Librarian's, Ms. Duarte's  Virtual Library, Log onto Clever or Pearson for Additional Activities
1:45-2:45 English Language Arts: Writing. Continue to draft, edit, revise and publish your writing pieces.
2:45-2:55 Organize all of the work you have completed today and set it aside for the next At Home School Day! Give yourself a Pat on the Back for Working so Hard Today!
*Reminder: Breakfasts and Lunches are being distributed daily.

All Jersey City  Children under the age of 18, regardless of the school they attend, can pick up free breakfast and lunch at the same time, at the school nearest their home between 9:00am and 12 noon.  
‘s Audible also launched a free collection of audiobooks for children that can be streamed on users’ desktops, laptops, phones, and tablets
  • Some of the available stories are :
  • A.A. Milne’s “Winnie the Pooh”
  • “Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter”
  • Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”
  • “Aladdin”
  • “Grimm’s Fairy Stories”
  • Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre”
  • Emily Brontë's "Wuthering Heights”
  • Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”
  • Jules Verne’s “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea"
  • Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”
  • Willa Cather’s “My Ántonia"
Short brain breaks during work time have been shown to have real benefits. They reduce stress and frustration and increase attention and productivity. The key is to take them before fatigue, distraction or lack of focus set in.
Here are some of the many helpful resources that our guidance department, Ms. Cardinali & Mr. Zayas has made available to students, parents/guardians and teachers.
For additional resources join our PS#23 Google Classroom.
The Sonday System is a comprehensive line of materials designed to help educators provide multisensory reading instruction to students from pre-K through 8th grade reading levels. Using proven Orton-Gillingham methods, the Sonday System is simple, quick to implement and highly effective.
English Language Arts:  Sonday Program. Continue to work on letter/letter sounds.
Here is a link to their Parent Empowerment Pack- 

The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world's largest early childhood education association, with nearly 60,000 members and a network of 51 Affiliates. 

The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child™ in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children's success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to plan how we—as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation—will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.






Rainbows are a symbol of Hope and Motivation.

In celebration of the Week of the Young Child beginning

April 13th nationally, in Jersey City Public Schools April 20th, please join the New Jersey Early

Childhood Community in creating Rainbows of Hope and

Smiley faces and display them on your windows!

Let’s celebrate our youngest learners!

Spread messages of Hope through this crisis!






Please send a picture of your reading log/list of books that you have read to
Six Flags is giving a FREE pass to all students who have logged their reading hours. You can use your pass as soon as the park opens again.
Email all pictures of the books read by Wednesday, April 23rd. :)
Good Morning Second Graders! Today is Friday, May 1st, 2020.
All of you have worked extremely hard this school year, especially during these challenging times. So today is officially FUN FRIDAY!!!!
Non of the work posted today is mandatory, required or graded. It is just for fun!!! ENJOY!
1. CLEVER and MyOn: I have assigned 5 SUPER FUN Books on MyON.
If you need a reminder about how to log onto CLEVER, the how to letter is attached.
The recommended book titles are:
The Kids Guide to Classic Games
The Kids Guide to Magic Tricks
This or That Animal Debate
Easy Animal Origami
Superhero Cook Book
(All of these title are saved to "MyList" or can be found through the MyOn Search Button)
3. Arts and Crafts. There are over 100 Spring Craft Ideas on this website.
4. Go Noodle Bear Breathing: I have shared a GoNoodle video. It is posted under 'Classwork" in our Google Classroom.
5. Today is officially SCHOOL LUNCH HERO DAY!!!!! We are celebrating the professionals in our Cafeteria who continue to serve our PS #23 Community during these hard times.
Please make a picture with a small Thank You note included for Ms. Michelle. We will give her our thank you drawings when schools reopen.
I hope you enjoy these activities. You can take picture and email or text it to me. I will post all pictures on Google Classroom.
Mrs. Walls
TO ALL STUDENTS on 5/7/2020:

Please join PS #23's Virtual Classroom, if you haven't already. 
Once you have joined, let me know and I will give you additional Kickboard Points for TEAMWORK.

:) Mrs. Walls
We're Here for You.
All of us here at the Jersey City Free Public Library hope you and your family are staying safe and well during this difficult and uncertain time.
Throughout this crisis period, we've all had to adapt to circumstances that are changing quickly. Here at the Library, we are adapting so that we can continue to provide our patrons with ways to enrich their minds and nurture their curiosity.
We've helped parents navigate the at-home learning landscape and provided valuable distance-learning resources to people of all ages in our community. We’ve offered help with job searching and career planning to the many people in our community who are suddenly facing unemployment. We are stepping up our efforts to provide critically needed resources to small businesses, nonprofits, and arts groups that are confronted with an uncertain future.
You need your local Library more than ever, and you can depend on us now.
We are going to use Class DoJo for the rest of this 2019-2020 School Year.
Our district is suggesting that one of the ways students can submit their paper packets is electronically. Class DoJo is a great way to do this. (However, I am also accepting paper packets via email and Google Voice Text.- Send them whatever way works best for you.)
Class Dojo, in addition to Kickboard, will be another way for your families to see the points you earn for attendance and other classroom incentives such as participation.
Here are directions on how to upload your child's packet:
Please accept your Class Dojo Invitation. You can interact with Class Dojo from a computer or your Smart Phone. If you need the class code, just email me. :)


Why Do We Celebrate Memorial Day?

Memorial Day is more than a long weekend or a day off of school. Unfortunately, the true meaning of Memorial Day tends to get forgotten as Americans celebrate the holiday by having grill outs, going to the beach or taking advantage of great shopping deals.

However, Memorial Day has the word memorial in it for a reason. Memorial means to remember an important something or someone in a special way. In this case, Memorial Day is a holiday that is meant to honor the men and women who have died while fighting for their country. This includes, but is not limited to, the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard military men and women. You can choose to honor a specific loved one who lost their life in service, or honor the entire group as a whole.

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Good Morning PS#23 Hawks!

As the weather continues to warm up, the Farms by my home are in full swing.
They are working hard to grow the food that will eventually make its way to Jersey City and to your Family's Table.
Katie Donaldson, of Donaldson's Farms, shared a great video with me yesterday.
Take a look and let me know what you think!
Here is a question to ponder as you watch this video.
Why do people often say, : "NO Farms, NO Food"?

Mrs. Walls


The Adventures of Taxi Dog
by Debra Barracca, Sal Barracca, Mark Buehner (illus.)

Jim, a New York City taxi driver, rescues a stray dog and dubs his new pet Maxi. Maxi accompanies Jim in his taxi and meets all sorts of people. With each new passenger, Maxi makes a new friend -- and even helps Jim get tips! The text is written in a bouncing rhyme, and Beuhner's paintings capture Maxi's doggy personality and Jim's geniality. Can you find the cat in every picture?


Amelia Bedelia (I Can Read Book Series)
by Peggy Parish, Fritz Siebel (illus.)

Meet Amelia Bedelia, the unflappable maid who does everything literally. With her purse on her arm and hat firmly on her head, Amelia Bedelia follows instructions to a T: Change the towels? Nothing a pair of scissors can't do! Dust the furniture? That's when the perfumed dusting powder really comes in handy. Dress the chicken for dinner -- well, do you want a boy chicken or a girl chicken? Amelia Bedelia's well-meaning gaffs cause readers to chuckle but her employer to fume -- it's a good thing she's such a good cook!

The Case of the Spooky Sleepover, Jigsaw Jones Mystery #4
by James Preller

Ralphie Jordan can't sleep. Something is making spooky noises in his room at night. It's a perfect case for Jigsaw Jones, who pieces together all the ghostly clues.

Chicken Soup with Rice, A Book of Months
by Maurice Sendak

"Each month is gay, each season is nice, when eating chicken soup with rice." It's nice in January, April, June, and December -- here's the every-month dish for everyone to remember.

Flat Stanley
by Jeff Brown, Steve Bjorkman (illus.)

Stanley Lambchop is a nice, average boy. He leads a nice, ordinary life. Then one day a bulletin board falls on him, and suddenly Stanley is flat. This turns out to be very interesting. Stanley gets rolled up, mailed, and flown like a kite. He even gets to stop crime. He's flat, but he's a hero!

The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein

A little boy befriends a tree. Loving and generous, the tree provides everything she can for him -- fruit, shade, a place for a swing -- throughout the boy's life. He, in turn, takes from the tree without noticing the sacrifices she makes. It isn't until he's old and infirm and gratefully rests on her stump that he understands all she has done. This powerful parable is fitting for all age groups.

The Great Kapok Tree A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest
by Lynne Cherry

A man walks into a lush rain forest and starts chopping down a huge kapok tree. Lulled by the heat, he sits down and soon falls asleep. The forest dwellers approach, each whispering in his ear a reason to keep the tree standing. Suddenly, the man wakes up, and for the first time notices the beauty all around him. Will he still chop down the tree? The beauty of Cherry's art helps to convey an important message in this environmental tale.

Is Your Mama a Llama?
by Deborah Guarino, Steven Kellogg (illus.)

A young llama is curious -- are all his friends' mamas llamas? Each animal tells Lloyd facts about its mother, and Lloyd -- along with young readers -- guesses what kind of animal each mother is. The rhyming text and illustrations give hints, and preschoolers will enjoy yelling out the answers, which are revealed by turning the page.

Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, Junie B. Jones Series #12
by Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus (illus.)

Frustrated because the rules for her class's Pet Day will not let her take her dog to school, Junie B. Jones considers taking a raccoon, a worm, a dead fish, and other unusual replacements.

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
by Kevin Henkes

Lilly the mouse adores her teacher, Mr. Slinger -- until he takes away the purple plastic purse she was proudly showing off to her class. Lilly is so angry she draws a nasty picture of Mr. Slinger and slips it in his bag. At the end of the day, Lilly gets her purse back and inside is a sympathetic note and a bag of treats. As in all his other books, Henkes shows an incredible sensitivity to children's feelings.

Martha Blah Blah
by Susan Meddaugh

When the current owner of the soup company breaks the founder's promise to have every letter of the alphabet in every can of soup, Martha, the talking dog, takes action.

Mrs. Katz and Tush
by Patricia Polacco

In this special Passover story, Larnel Moore, an African-American boy, and Mrs. Katz, an elderly Jewish woman, develop an unusual friendship through their mutual concern for an abandoned cat named Tush. Together they explore the common themes of suffering and triumph in each of their cultures.

by Janell Cannon, Jewell Cannon

Stellaluna, a little brown bat, is accidentally dropped by her mother. The helpless baby falls smack into a nest of fledglings and is immediately accepted as one of the family. Stellaluna tries to fit in but keeps acting unbirdlike, hanging upside down and wanting to fly at night. By chance Stellaluna is reunited with her mother and finally learns to be a proper bat.

Tonight on the Titanic, Magic Tree House Series #17
by Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (illus.)

The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie away to the decks of that ill-fated ship, the Titanic. There they must help two children find their way to a lifeboat -- while they are in danger of becoming victims of that tragic night themselves.

You Can't Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown
by Paula Danziger, Tony Ross (illus.)

Amber Brown has survived third grade -- even though her best friend, Justin, moved away. Now she's heading to London with her Aunt Pam -- and then to Paris. Before she gets there, Amber finds out she has chicken pox. Amber Brown is a kid with problems. Now that she can't go to Paris, how will she convince her dad to move back in with her mom?

Zelda and Ivy
by Laura McGee Kvasnosky

Zelda and Ivy are sisters with a flair for the dramatic. Whether they're performing a circus act, fashioning their tails in the latest style, or working wonders with "fairy dust," their exploits are described with wit and charm in a very special trio of stories exploring the intimate dynamic between an older and younger sister.



Good Afternoon PS#23 Hawks,

Kyle and his team from Alstede Farms, in Chester NJ, filmed a special Virtual Tour of their beautiful farm just for Our School.
Take a tour of their Farm to see the Farm Animals, Bee Hives, Acres of Crops and Sunflower Gardens!

Alstede Farms:

Video Link:

Below is a list of resources for Grades PreK-8. They include fun activities and resources!

:) Mrs. Walls
Good Morning PS#23 Hawks!

I have one last Virtual Tour of a Farm for you. This one comes to you all the way from Hackettstown, NJ. Katie Donaldson ( enthusiastically agreed to film a 15 minute Spring Tour of her Family Owned Farm. This Northern NJ Farm has hundreds of acres of fresh fruits and vegetables.

This video will show you how food grown an hour away from you and your family makes its way to your local markets. It also features adorable ponies, their farmer's market, strawberry fields and so much more! Enjoy!

Mrs. Walls
Are you ready to learn how to draw a snowman that looks a bit more real?
Here are a few tips that will make all the difference in the world.
How to Draw a Snowman
A basic flat snowmen is fine when you are just learning how to draw circles, but after that, why not try to make him look like he has some dimension? It just might be easier than you think.
This snowman uses two of the Elements of Art to add some realism to his body.
First, the LINES of the scarf and hat show that they are wrapped around a round head, and not flat circle.
Second, the edge of the body and hat have a VALUE change in that they are a bit darker and look like shadows. Together they add up to a snowman that looks like he could dance off the page.
  • Drawing paper
  • Black marker for tracing Markers
DIRECTIONS Time needed: 1 hour.
  • Draw a circle for the head.
  • Add a larger circle underneath.
  • Draw even larger circle underneath.
  • Start hat with sideways “S”.
  • Draw top hat above the head.
  • Start scarf around neck.
  • Draw the scarf ends.
  • Add a face.
  • Add arms and buttons.
  • Erase gray lines.
  • Trace, color and add shadows.
President's Day is officially Washington's Birthday. Over time, we now recognize George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and all of the past Presidents who have served our Country.
Please see this link for a fun Video, Craft and Book Suggestions to make you President's Day super fun!