Language Arts-The skills we have covered include the best ways in selecting a “good fit” book, connecting text to self, expanding vocabulary, using prior knowledge, using context clues, making a mental image, launching word work, listening to reading, working on writing, and increasing reading stamina.In writing, the 2nd graders are continuing to write their own personal narrative stories and have expanded on their own friendly letters while writing to their new Flat Stanley pen pals. They are excitedly waiting for the Flat Stanley exchanges. I have been in contact with a second grade teacher in Australia.In grammar, we have covered different types of sentences, such as commanding sentences, asking sentences, exclaiming sentences and the appropriate end marks for each kind of sentences. We have also been working on the naming and action parts of each type of sentence. The mechanics in writing that we’ve discussed in class are prewriting, drafting, editing, revising, proofreading and publishing.Math-Topic 1 included understanding addition and subtraction. We are now on topic 2 of addition strategies. Lessons include adding 0,1, and 2, adding doubles, adding in any order, adding 3 numbers and making 10 to add. The last lesson includes problem solving by drawing a picture and writing a number sentence.
I will receive weekly updates on each student’s growth and progress. Remember that logging onto the website and completing a section takes only about 20 minutes. This can become a daily routine at home after the school homework is completed. Please let me know if you have any questions about logging into the site.
We have read Flat Stanley and are logged into a teachers’ website that connects other classrooms around the world who are interested in sharing their culture with exchanging class “Flat Stanleys.” The second graders have written their pen pal letters to a classroom of second graders in Australia. The children are eagerly waiting for the other Flat Stanleys to arrive at KeithSchool!
Our Native American unit is beginning and we will be learning about different American Native American groups throughout the semester. We will be taking a field trip to the Burpee Museum later on in the semester and visit the Native American exhibits.
“Cultures in our Classroom”
I am inviting second grade parents to come into the classroom and talk to the students about their heritage and cultural background. Please let me know when would be a convenient time for you to do so. This doesn’t have to be an elaborate presentation, but a way that the children can help understand the diversity in our classroom and the different cultural beliefs and backgrounds in our second grade classroom.
Important Dates to Remember:
Wednesday, September 19-Picture Day
Friday, September 21- Parent Social at Rockford Country Club The senior class will be offering babysitting for those interested parents.
Friday, October 11-Monday, October 14-No School; Long Fall Weekend
Thursday, October 31- Halloween classroom party immediately following the Lower School Halloween parade
Friday, November 1- Parent/Teacher Conferences
B.S. in Elementary Education from Rockford College
M.Ed. in Reading from Northern Illinois University
Carol is the second grade teacher in the lower school. She has 18 years of experience including 15 at Keith where she has also taught first grade and kindergarten. She is a member of Phi Delta Kappa and in her spare time loves to read, garden, and travel with her husband and daughter.