Dear Second Grade Students and Families,
READING: Your child will be reading from the second grade Reading Street series, Tacoma School District's adopted literacy curriculum. Students will be reading a weekly story (along with other leveled readers/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 former 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, November, and December, we will be learning about physical science with a kit called Balance and Motion. Our earth science unit focuses on rocks and soil during the months of January, February, and March. Finally, we'll be exploring life science using the FOSS Insect kit 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 plus 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).
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!
Let me know what you think! You can email me by clicking the "Contact the Teacher" tab to the left.
Second Grade Teacher
Class Phone: 571-3951
Office Phone: 571-4000
This website was last updated on December 6, 2013