A WARM WELCOME TO THE 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR!!!
Spring fever has hit our class. Although we have fewer than 20 school days left in second grade, I want to utilize every moment for learning. I want your child REALLY prepared to be a successful third grader! Chatting during instructional lessons and not putting forth our best effort in educational activities detracts from learning. Please speak with your child about the importance of listening and doing their very best.
In WRITING, students have selected an animal to research and become an expert at. We have been busy reading to learn all we can about our animal.We will be publishing "All About" books detailing our knowledge. Students will be learning about nonfiction text features, note taking, and how to compose a 5 sentence paragraph as they complete their animal project.
Our brains have been working SUPER hard to master 3-digit SUBTRACTION WITH UNGROUPING (or "borrowing" as many of us called it). Yes, it is a tough concept for second graders! One thing I've noticed is that many students need practice with learning their subtraction facts so they are automatic and fluent. Please practice with flash cards or computer programs a few minutes each day so that your child can say/write subtraction facts quickly and accurately. This will make subtraction with ungrouping so much easier for your child. Also, we continue to practice counting a variety of coins up to the value of $5.00. Additional practice at home would be beneficial for everyone. Thanks for supporting your child as they become great mathematicians!
Nearly all students in Room 117 reached their first and second trimester AR reading goals. HURRAH! Our third and final AR period runs from March 15th to June 1st. Students retook the STAR test in March and a new goal was established for them based upon their reading grade level and 15 minutes of daily reading. You can track your child's progress toward meeting their new goal by using HOME CONNECT (an informational letter with login/password was sent home; email me if you need a new one). Students also bring home a report with each test that they take (they just need to remember to click print) so you can track their progress.
Our new and final SCIENCE UNIT arrived and we are tapping into our "inner geologist". Our focus will be on Earth Science. We will be learning about earth materials and their properties using a kit called Pebbles, Sand, and Silt. Look forward to a heightened awareness and interest in your child in all things rock and dirt in the coming months.
A HUGE THANK YOU is in order to Makayla M.'s mom, Sarah's mom, Jeremiah's Grandma, and Mrs. Losch (PTA volunteer extraordinaire and mom of Parker in Mrs. Boglione's class) for volunteering to listen to students read and assist them in taking AR tests. If you are able, I absolutely love (and need) classroom volunteers whenever you are available. Please call or email if you'd like to help out! You'll be rewarded with LOTS of smiles!
I'm truly enjoying my students this year! THANK YOU so much for having them ready and eager to learn each day! Your support at home definitely makes a difference in your child's academic success.
May with it's unpredictable weather is definitely here! Please help your child to remember to bring a COAT to school. We do go outside for 2 recesses, weather permitting, each day. Also, our classroom has the reputation of being quite nippy inside when it's cold outside. You may want to encourage your child to wear long sleeves or bring a sweater to school. Wearing a heavy coat in class can make it very difficult to use our best handwriting.
Here is a brief description of some of the curriculum we will be using in second grade:
READING: Your child will be beginning a new reading series in second grade (different from ReadWell which is used in kindergarten and first grade): Reading Street. Students will be reading a weekly story (along with other small books/stories that support the skills and strategies taught in the weekly story). Comprehension skills and strategies will be modeled and then practiced by students using the literature we are reading. Developing phonics/spelling skills and expanding vocabulary are other important components in our reading program. Improving your child's reading accuracy and fluency is a daily focus as well. During the 90-120 minute daily reading block time, students will spend time listening to read-alouds, being involved in small guided reading groups, and independently reading, writing, and learning about words. Students will also have daily opportunities to practice reading books at their "just right" reading level using the Accelerated Reader program. The teaching of reading is integrated throughout all curriculum areas during the school day.
MATH : All Tacoma School District elementary students will receive math instruction using the Math Expressions curriculum. I am very impressed with the depth of mathematical understanding my students have demonstrated using this program. A major component in Math Expressions is "Math Talk". Students are expected to show and explain how they solved problems to their peers. It is important for you to read the MATH PARENT NEWSLETTERS that are sent home periodically.
SCIENCE: During the months of September, October, and November, and December, we will be learning about life science using the FOSS Insect kit. Our physical science unit focuses on balance and motion during the months of January, February, and March. Finally, our earth science unit focuses on rocks and soil during the months of April, May, and June. You can read more about the FOSS Science Program by clicking on the LINKS tab.
WRITING: Students will be actively involved in daily opportunities to learn about writing using teacher modeled and shared writing mini-lessons, followed by independent writing time. We begin the school year with units on learning about the writing process, the expectations of Writers Workshop, and writing spectacular sentences. We begin working on personal narratives (writing about "small moments" important to us) during the months of October, November and December. During the months of January and part of February, students will focus on fictional/narrative story writing. Learning how to write a five or more sentence paragraph will be our writing focus in February, March, and part of April. Students will learn about poetry during the month of April. Finally, in May and June, students will learn about research reports by completing a multi-paragraph report. Throughout the school year, students will have opportunities to compose friendly letters, write "how to" pieces, and write to a prompt (a topic given to them).
I'm so glad that you found my SWIFT web page. I hope you find the information I have included on this site useful. I will be updating it on a weekly basis, usually Fridays, so please check back. If you have any suggestions for other helpful information you would like included on this site, please email me with your ideas. I want to keep you informed of all the great things happening in Jefferson's second grade!
Please check the tabs on the left hand side of your computer screen for current classroom information:
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Find out who the Star Students of the Week and the Students of the Month in Room #117 are and other important school and classroom happenings in this section.
Also, find out which AR Reading Point Clubs your child is in!
DISCUSSION: Students can answer a question posed by the teacher and "chat" with their classmates in this section.
DOCUMENTS: Misplaced your Second Grade Scoop newsletter or Reading Log? No problem! You can download a current issue of our newsletter or a Reading Log in this section. Many other classroom documents are available here.
EVENTS: A year-long calendar listing important school and classroom events is included in this section. This is updated frequently.
HOMEWORK: Weekly homework, spelling, and Reading Log assignments are listed in this section. You may also access and print a current newsletter and reading log in the DOCUMENTS section which also lists daily assignments.
LINKS: Fun and informational websites (for kids and parents!) that enrich and provide additional practice on the skills we are learning in class are included in this section. I'm always finding new ones, so check back often!
CONTACT ME: You may email me with any question or concern any time of day or night in this section! I strive to be prompt in answering my emails.
Just a reminder: our PE DAYS ARE MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS. Students should dress for active play on those days (appropriate shoes and shorts/pants). THANKS!
This website was last updated on May 17, 2013