March 2018


Hello Everyone!


Happy March!

The children will be bringing home the directions for making the Leprechaun Traps. We have changed our system and we now do the traps at school. I am sending the information and scoring rubric home today, and then more information will follow. I may need an extra set of hands or two, once we start putting them together. Please let me know if you would be willing to or able to come to school on Wednesday, March 14th at 12:00 to assist us in our project. We will work from 12-1:15 and then the children will be going to Top 20.

We will be having our next Class Mass on Wednesday, March 14th. Mass is at 9:45.

I am sending home a book order and the book-it calendar today. The book report this month will be a Book in a Bag. The children need to tell me which book that they will be reading and then do the report. The reports will be due on March 28th. The book can be one of his or her choice appropriate to their reading level.

We are all finished with the Star Student celebrations. However, if you were not able to come in or share something with us during your child’s week, please contact me and we can arrange for something. For example, if you would like to come in at all and talk about your profession, hobby, passions or crafts. We will fit it in our schedule.

  1. will be starting the Junior Achievement program, when we return from Spring Break. Someone from the community comes in to teach us about Needs and Wants and jobs in our community. This goes well with our Social Studies standards.

Happy Spring!

God bless you and your family.


Mrs. Cheryl Wilma


Special Dates:

Spring Break: March 4-9

Our Mass on Wednesday, March 14th

Leprechaun Traps: March 12-16, help needed on Wed. March 14th at 12:00 PM

Easter Break: Thursday, March 28, 29 and April 2nd


Screen shot 2013-02-18 at 9.48.05 AM.png Screen shot 2013-02-18 at 9.48.05 AM.pngSecond Grade Science Exploration

How to Catch a Leprechaun

(Minnesota Academic Standards in Science, The Practice of Engineering,,,

It is time for all second grade students to put on their thinking caps, and get ready to capture the elusive Leprechaun! If you plan carefully, and design a trap that is clever and creative, maybe you will be the lucky student to snare one of the little people.


Leprechaun Trap Project Timeline


Friday, March 2: Student information letter goes home. Leprechaun Trap planning begins at school.


March 5-9: Spring Break


Monday-Tuesday, March 12-13: Materials are gathered and organized at school


Wednesday-Thursday, March 14-15: Construction of traps at school. (Volunteers will be needed)


Friday , March 16: Traps set up for the night at school.


Monday, March 18:. Traps go home.




Family support is needed!


This is a big project based unit, and there are several ways that families can help students be successful as they experience the world of engineering.

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• materials for the traps, including, but not limited to:

-shoeboxes for base structure

-string, yarn, light weight chain, small rope

-masking tape, duck tape, double stick tape, double stick foam adhesive squares

-beads, old jewelry, play coins, all things shiny

-tacky glue

-glitter, tissue paper, sparkling or shiny papers and fabrics

-cardboard tubes

…anything that has potential for incorporating into a trap design is welcome. All materials will be placed into a central supply to be shared with classmates after they are done using it.


Construction assistants will be needed ________________________________________________________________

Extra hands needed for hot glue guns, or assisting students when their design has more challenging

assembly requirements.






leprechaun2.jpg leprechaun2.jpgHow your project will be graded for Science:


Design (Engineering)

10 points





The trap looks like a Leprechaun can get in and not be able to get out again. There is something shiny that will make a Leprechaun want to come in.


6 points





The trap shows the leprechaun could get in, but could also find a way to get out. There is only a little bit of something shiny to make him want to come in.


2 points


The trap does not show how the leprechaun could get in, and would be easy to get out of. There is nothing shiny to make the Leprechaun come in.




5 points


The trap is constructed so that most of the moving parts work, and it is strong. The trap is crafted with care and looks clean and neat.



3 points


The trap is constructed so that you understand how it should work, and is able to stand alone. The trap is finished, but shows that some work was finished fast or messy.



1 point

The trap does not work, and does not show how it should work. The trap has trouble standing up, and was not crafted with care.




5 points



The Engineer speaks loudly and clearly. They are able to explain how the trap works, and answer all questions.


3 points


The Engineer speaks loud enough for most of the class to hear. They are able to tell a few things about their trap, and can answer most questions.


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1 point

The Engineer speaks so softly that no one can hear. They do not tell how their trap works, and are not able to answer any questions.



  Final Score







Name ____________________________________________________________

How to Catch a Leprechaun

Draw a plan for your trap. Think about how the Leprechaun will enter, and what can you do to keep him from getting out again.


























Show your plan to a classmate, someone in your family, a teacher. What do they think could make your plan better? Do they see a way for the Leprechaun to escape? Write here ideas to help improve your design:


What materials will you need to start building your trap:



Contact: Cheryl Wilma