Curriculum Night




    Introductions of  Mrs. Barkley


    Butterfly Garden and trip


    Fees for Second Grade




    Schedule - A Day in the Life of a Second Grade Student


    Grade parents Introduction - 

    Homework is given on Monday and is returned on Friday


     Spelling homework


    Scholastic news


    Facts practice using flash cards for facts 


    Notes to school need to be on a separate piece of paper to be turned in to the notes basket


    Birthdays are celebrated at lunch 


    Star Student – Goes home in the Tuesday Packet before the Monday it is due. 


    Procedure Overview – On the website – Given out as a hard copy at Open House


















    Reading instruction focuses on the following areas:


     Comprehension – Do students understand what they read?   Students are encouraged to employ a variety of strategies to check for their understanding   by retelling who and what happened as they read, as well as how the author tells the story or relays information.  We use the CAFÉ Menu from the Daily Five Reading Instruction. 


    Accuracy – Do students read the words correctly? We will work on phonics skills to help with accuracy, as well as learn strategies to improve fluency.  As they read students should ask themselves, “Does the word look right, sound right, and make sense?” We call this cross checking.   If not, they should go back and re-read. 


    Fluency- Do students read smoothly and with good expression?  We work on this by reading and rereading.  We listen to more experienced reader and practice. 


    Expanding Vocabulary – Do student pay attention to new and interesting words from the stories they have read and do they use them in their oral and written language? 


    Students will be exposed to a lot of poetry and we will have a March Madness poetry competition with brackets.  Each child will memorize a poem and then present it to the class. 


    Read Aloud:  I read a lot of books during reading instruction to the children modeling each day the CAFÉ strategies.  There are many books that will entertain, challenge, and enrich our content area studies.  Please read to your children at home even if they are able to read independently.  You can read above their instructional level and help them by modeling.  They will be exposed to vocabulary that might otherwise be out of their reach. 


    Share CAFÉ menu

    Parent Pipelines will be sent home as we study strategies

    IPick for selection of books









    Writing Instruction


    Daily Five Writing:  This writing is the writing we put in our journals.  We have been working hard to create lists to pull from when writing in our journals.  Some examples of the ideas listed are lunch behaviors, our names, scary experiences, the best and the worst things that have happened to us. 


    Process Writing:  Process is more like a workshop approach.  We have mini lessons and then create a piece of writing that goes from draft, to edits for meaning and conventions, and finally to the published work.  The types of writing taught in second grade are narrative, expository, and persuasive.  Last year we produced tri-fold brochures about science and social studies topics.  We also wrote to President Obama and tried to persuade him to visit us.  He wrote us back but no visit.




    As you can tell from Tuesday packets, we have already been working on our facts practice.  I am trying to find out where your child is in their quest to memorize their facts.  By the time they leave second grade, they need to know facts to 20 in addition and subtraction.  We have also been working on problem solving.  The students need to know how to solve problems with the result unknown, the change unknown, and the ending unknown.  They need to use math talk to explain how they got their answers.  We are learning multiple strategies to use when solving problems.  Vocabulary is also a big part of math.  We use math journals for problem solving and for vocabulary. 



    I use guided math in the classroom.  On Monday, I teach whole class and set us up for the week. I will use literature and hands on to introduce and enrich math units.  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, we have math rotations lasting 20 minutes a round that involve seat work, small group teacher instruction, work stations, and problem solving.  Friday will be assessment day.  From assessments, I will know what needs to be focused on the next week.  The groups for math will change based on need. 












    Social Studies


    We have started the year working on good citizenship and how to work together in a community.  Travel logs are ready to be mailed out, and I encourage you to participate in this project.  We receive postcard from all over the world, and it makes our study of geography so real.  We will study government, economics, geography, and historical timelines.  One of our book reports will be a biography that involves a timeline.  Mrs. Deyton does a fabulous job of walking us through Scholastic News each week.  The magazine follows our curriculum and teaches social studies and science current events.  It also teaches the reading skills for nonfiction text and the graphic organizers are excellent and will help your child with TRC assessments and organizing data. 





    Science in second grade is so exciting.  We have our own butterfly garden to use, go to the All-a- Flutter Butterfly Farm in Greensboro, watch Monarch and Painted Ladies go through the butterfly cycle.  We also study weather, matter, sound, and genetics.  Special speakers come to enrich our study as well as Mrs. Lester’s science lab.  Our last quarter writing requirement will use a science topic.


    Book Reports


    The first book report is simple and will involve narrative text and character traits.  The second book report will be a biography and your child will get specific instructions on what to read and how to present.     




    Questions and dismiss for CogAt meeting in the music room