Mrs. Cason Graves
2nd Grade Spotlight
662-429-9117 ext 1306

Spotlight this week: March 30-April 3rd

Activity 1: Plant Parts - Roots

Basic parts of most all plants are roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds.

The roots help provide support by anchoring the plant and absorbing water and nutrients needed for growth. They can also store sugars and carbohydrates that the plant uses to carry out other functions. Plants can have either a taproot system (such as carrots) or a fibrous root system (such as turf grass). In both cases, the roots are what carries the water and nutrients needed for plants to grow.

Roots help to absorb nutrients from the soil. Take a look at Case 2: Soiled Again

Try doing Case 2: Soiled Again of The Great Plant Escape! Learn how soil can help (or not help plants)

Activity 2: Adaptations of Meat-eating plants


Watch Dr. Bionics show on Carnivorous plants.


When you finish think/discuss:

How are carnivorous plants different than regular plants?

Why do carnivorous plants eat insect? (this is their adaptation)

How might pesticides (sprays that kill insects) affect a carnivorous plant?



Activity 3: Bugs Beware!


On GetEpic read Meat-Eating Plants: Toothless Wonders, as you go through try to find different text features (caption, headings, diagrams, bold print words).  Choose your favorite meat-eating plant. Write down facts about this plant. You will use this to make your BEWARE poster project!


Make a “BEWARE” poster for your plant. You will want to include: how it  catches insects, what it looks like, and where you can find them! (Take a look at my example) Make sure to create an illustration and give your plant an infamous outlaw name! Can’t wait to see your ideas J


Activity 4: Thinking about carnivorous plants


Listen to Brains on! Podcast about carnivorous plants. Before you begin, get a sheet of paper, pencil, pen, crayons etc.

As you’re listening draw or write what thoughts or questions you have. If you don’t need to doodle, Don’t! Its all up to you. Just make sure to listen J

Share your doodle notes through remind. What questions do you still have? What did you learn new in the podcast? Was anything surprising to you?


Activity 5: Green Thumb Guide


Choose a carnivorous plant and create a “Growing Guide” for other owners. What will the plant need?


*If you’re interested in learning about growing different kinds of plants check this out:

Go to this article on Green Fingered George


Activity 6: Carnivorous Creations


Choose a type of carnivorous plant: pitfall traps, flypaper traps, bladder traps, pitcher traps, snap trap, or lobster trap. Need a reminder about each one?


 Create a brand new type of carnivorous plant! You can use whatever art materials you have at home! Want to make it 3d? You can use paper plates, cups, coffee filters, or whatever you have available. On your creation make sure to include:

Name of your new plant

Where it can be found

How it catches its prey

Make sure to take a picture and email or send through remind! I will post them to my website for everyone to see!


Chess: If you need a account (they’re free) message me on remind. My new remind is @ h228b92 to 81010


Spotlighters: I know you are all in different places. Some of you know chess from playing at home. This is a site that will allow you to play (if you’re ready) or helps you to learn new pieces. Even if you do know the pieces, going back over the videos is always a good idea!


If you do know all of the pieces, I suggest you try puzzles! They are will put you in the middle of a game and ask you to figure out the best move from there. Some are simple but some are very challenging!


Review of pieces:








Beware Bugs!

Important Information:


   This week I've continued with our plant adaptation unit. I have divided this week up into activities rather than a list. These activities are optional and can be done in any order. My goal was to keep this simple, while still reaching all my different learners. 

     I plan to send challenges via REMIND every week. Sometimes I will challenge students with a logic puzzle or brainteaser. Other times challenges may come from an online activity and these sites can be found below. Students who reply with the correct answer (or challenge me and win at a game of chess) throughout the week will be listed on my website's Brag Board!


In an effort to consolidate my Remind, I apparently deleted my Spotlight group! So sorry for this mistake! Please sign up for new group by texting @h228b92 to 81010 



*If you need a code to access Epic, please send me a message. I'll happily send my code!


* Make sure you are following us on Facebook: HHES Spotlight! We are sharing a variety of activities there as well!


* Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! Also, please feel free to send me pictures, videos or messages! I would LOVE to see what y’all are working on each week!


Thank you,

Mrs. Graves



Websites to check out:


Brains on! (One of the best science podcast for kids in elementary!)


Growth mindset-  (this is a WONDERFUL website!)


Virtual field trips-


For little scientists-






Challenging classroom review-











About Mrs. Graves…..

My name is Casey Graves and this will be my 10th year in the crazy and wonderful world of teaching. I earned my degree in Theatre and Elementary Education at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. Last year, I completed my masters in Curriculum and Instruction at Christian Brothers University. I have been both a 3rd and 2nd grade teacher and joined the Spotlight community last year. I’m very excited to get to work with these bright and talented students. I’m a teacher who enjoys trying new things that interest and challenge my students.

I’m married to Logan Graves who teaches Biology at Lewisburg High School. We are major animal lovers and have a housefull! We have 3 dogs- a lab (Baloo), a pug (Olive), and a very cranky cocker spaniel (Lady). 


HHES: (662) 421-9117



Weekly Activities

                               Brag Board

              These kids solved my weekly brainteaser!! Way to go!!

Clay W.                                                Brooks S.


                 Gracen V.


                                     Landon F.


                                                           Kopper S.



The Pleasant Hill Arts Center field trip has been canceled.

Welcome to Spotlight!

I am excited to start the 2019-2020 year! Please take a look at the information below.

Important Info:

Your child will come to my classroom for Spotlight on their designated day. They will go to activity (P.E., Music, Art, Library, Computer) with their class. Students are encouraged to bring a lunchbox on Spotlight day because we will be having lunch in our classroom. If students are unable to bring a lunchbox they will pick up a tray in the cafeteria and bring it to the Spotlight classroom. 


NEW 2nd grade class schedule:

Monday: Dove and Word
Tuesday: Waldheim, Williams, and Oakley
Wednesday: Richardson and Burns
Thursday: Donovan and Perrett
Friday: Minor and Thyer


Spotlight students will have a folder that will periodically travel with them to and from Spotlight. The folders will be used to send home permission slips or important information throughout the year. At the end of each unit, we will place all of your child’s unit work in this folder. Please look carefully at any information, permission forms, etc. that may be inside. Any type of permission form or money for me should be sent through this folder.

If you need to reach me, please call the school’s number (662) 429-9117

Or email me by clicking the "Contact" button at the top of the page.



2019-2020 Spotlight Units

Microscopes and Masterpieces:

Looking at Science through Art

Throughtout this year your child will be exploring a variety of science topics while experiencing different kinds of art and artists. Students will develop an understanding of themselves and the interrelated connections between humans and their environments.

Unit 1 (First 9 weeks)- Taking a Look at Our Selfies

Students will be looking at self-portaits and examining the history of how this art developed over time into the now famous “selfie.” Students will be completing multiple intelligence inventories and learning about their preferences and strengths. We will also be researching different systems within the human body while explaining how our body does the strange things that it does (i.e. hiccups). This will culminate in the students working together to create a “Body Bizarre” project in which they work to analyze, research, and construct a demonstration of how these strange processes occur. 

Unit 2 (2nd 9 weeks)- The Artistry of Adaptations

Students will explore the structural, behavioral, and physiological adaptations of animals from all over the world. They will examine the works of George Seurat to understand the techniques of Pointilism (using dots to create a picture) and develop their own original artwork to demonstrate the structural adaptation of camoflauge in nature. Students will also do a book study on the Lorax and examine the affects humans have on animal species. 

Unit 3 (3rd 9 weeks)- Still Life in Motion

Students will disect and investigate the parts of a plant while exploring the works of Georgia O'Keeffe. Students will create their own “bee’s eye view” of a flower. Along with this, we will examine a variety of unusual plant adaptations (carnivorous, heliotropic, aquatic), identifying connections amongst different varieties and comparing these to well known pieces of art. In groups, students will select a particular plant species to research and create a 3 panel piece of art that will be a “Still Life in Motion” demonstrating the movements of a plant. 

Unit 4 (4th 9 weeks)-  Flight of the Pollinators

Students will be listening to and analyzing the well known musical piece “Flight of the Bumblebee.” Along with this, students will study the ways a variety of insects produce sound. They will investigate insects’ contribution to rhythm and beat. They will research different pollinators and their crutial role in plant survival. The students will participate in the Bee Cause Project which supports the development of ideas for promoting the honeybee population in the U.S. They will identify the problem, research possible options, and develop potential solutions for solving the depletion of the honeybee population.


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