9 months ago
We are going to have a great year!
Links to Helpful Sites
about 1 year ago
ConnectEd - Everyday Math and Wonders Reading
This link takes you to the sign in for our Reading Series Wonders and our Math Series Everyday Math. You child should have received a log in and password from their teacher. They could look up games and books and links to our daily lessons.
Everyday Math Activities
EveryDay Math Grade 2 Activities -All activities/games are organized by lesson for your convenience.
Scholastic Book Wizard
This site will help you look up the reading level of most books. Before you type in the name of the book, choose Guided Reading (A-Z) as the category.
Fun Learning Games
ABCya.com is the leader in free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web. All children's educational computer activities were created or approved by certified school teachers. All educational games are free and are modeled from primary grade lessons and enhanced to provide an interactive way for children to learn.
Learning Games for Kids from PBS
This site is fully interactive and allows the user to sharpen basic math skills, play math-related games and explore new math concepts.
Emphasizes the logic and beauty of math, rather than drills and practice. Provides open-ended and playful explorations of important math concepts through on-line games, off-line crafts and interactive projects. Requires a free MicroWorlds download.
- An award-winning game-based learning tool for vocabulary, spelling, writing and language arts
- A K-12 educational service used worldwide by schools and families
- 50,000 words and 60,000 sentences read by a real person
Interactive Phonics Lessons
Starfall.com opened in September of 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read with phonics. Our systematic phonics approach, in conjunction with phonemic awareness practice, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development.
This game is similar to our Make-a-Word activities at school.
Its a witty word game that challenges you to whomp the adorable gophers and spell as many words as you can from a given set of letters.
This is the place to come if you want to curl up with a good cyber book or just play a game.
Magic School Bus Page
What are Ms. Frizzle and her class doing now? This site encourages you to work with many aspects of the Magic School Bus Adventures.
LOOK IT UP!
Reference suggestions for looking up information on anything:
- Bartleby.com http://www.bartleby.com/
This searchable collection of reference books, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction allows young researchers to find just what they need.
- Fact Monster.com http://www.factmonster.com/
Find information about a variety of subjects ranging from weather facts to homework help to quizzes and games.
- Little Clickers http://littleclickers.com/
Easily navigated site by the editors of Children's Software Review that enables users to locate links on various subjects. Search engines are also built in to the site.
- Merriam-Webster Online http://www.merriam-webster.com/
Aside from the wonderful access to the dictionary, this site offers words games and a word for the day.
- Reference Desk http://www.refdesk.com/
A wonderful starting place for Internet users, this site attempts to organize a multitude of sites into a useable index.
- Semantic Rhyming Dictionary http://www.rhymezone.com/
You can use it to write bad poetry or even good poetry. Using the three query functions described in this site, you can find words that rhyme with, almost rhyme with, or sound exactly the same as a certain target word.
- A Web of Online Dictionaries http://www.yourdictionary.com/
Provides an easy-to-use search engine for words and the results are quite detailed. Also offers 400 different language dictionaries.
- Writing a Basic Essay http://lklivingston.tripod.com/essay/
An essay can have many purposes, but the basic structure is the same no matter what. You may be writing an essay to argue for a particular point of view or to explain the steps necessary to complete a task. Steps to guide you in writing an essay.
OUR DAILY SCHEDULE 2017-18
about 1 year ago
8:15 -8:35 Breakfast: Breakfast will be available every morning for any student in the classroom. The breakfast is $1.30 daily. If your child qualifies, they can get a free or reduced ( $.30) breakfast.
8:30-8:40 Morning Routine: Attendance, lunch count, calendar, pledge
8:40-9:25 IE: During this time, we will work on small group activities while some students leave the room for Title Reading or Math groups, Speech, or other specialized classes.
9:25-10:10 Specials: Specials classes are on a a five day rotation. The order of the specials always stays the same but the day they fall on is different. I will send a calendar home each month with a schedule. Our schedule order is MPSCA (the order stays CAMPS, but we have Music on day one). Music, Phys Ed (Gym), STEM (engineering, science), Computers, Art.
There are a few students from our class in a combined class that goes by a different schedule. I will hand out a calendar. The order is still CAMPS, but they have STEM on day 1.
10:10 Snack: Please send a small healthy snack and drink each day to help your child stay energized. We will be having snack in the morning since we have late lunch. Students receiving free lunch are not provided a snack by the school. All students need to bring their own snack. Students are allowed to have water bottles at their desk. If it becomes a distraction, the bottle will have to stay in their cubby.
10:25-12:15 Language Arts:
Our reading series is McGraw Hill Wonders. The series is published by the same company that distributes Everyday Math. We are very excited to use the series that includes much more reading and writing material for the students.
Reading: For each Chapter we will read stories from our Reading hardcover book. We will also read small books that are leveled to each child's ability. Every six days we will have a test covering reading comprehension, the skill and vocabulary words. The day of the test, we will receive the spelling and vocabulary words for the next week’s story. (This year, we will not be grading and counting ALL of the tests for the report card.)
Phonics: In each story we will learn (or review) a phonics skill; a different sound each week. For example, we might have the /oo/ sound like in true, too, flew.
Spelling: Each story will also have 15 Spelling words. We will have a pretest a day or two after receiving the words and a post test on the day of the Reading test. Anyone with everything correct on the pretest does not have to take the post test (this applies only to Spelling).
Grammar/ Language: Grammar is included in the every day lessons. The first chapter includes identifying complete sentences, types of sentences, nouns, and plurals (adding -s or -es).
Writing: We will be completing daily writing assignments, as well as writing and drawing in a personal journal.
12:15-12:45 Lunch: Please send lunch money in an envelope with your child’s name and ID number.
12:50-1:15 Recess: Recess is always outdoors, except for rain or extreme cold. Please dress your child appropriately.
1:15-1:30 D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read): Students will read independently for 10-15 minutes each day in school. They should also read, or be read to, at home. A calendar will be sent home each month to keep track of their reading. If the student returns the calendar to school they will be rewarded for participating in the program. Students will also receive a calendar that stays in school. I will stamp the calendar each day if the student is reading quietly and following the rules. At the end of the month, the students with a stamp filled calendar will receive a reward. (Absent days are not counted.)
1:30-2:40 Everyday Math: At the beginning of each unit (chapter) the students will bring home a “Family Letter” that includes an overview of the unit and a page on how to help with homework in that unit.
Please keep the “Family Letters” for reference while doing homework. The letters will provide homework hints throughout the school year.
Along with our Math series, students should memorize the Math facts so they can immediately answer a simple addition or subtraction fact such as 6+5=11. This is a very important skill that must be mastered in second grade.
2:40-3:10 Cursive Writing or Social Studies/Science are not tested but we will discuss many topics in these areas throughout the year.
3:10-3:20 End of the Day Routine: Each student will be given a homework folder and agenda notebook to take home each night. They will be given time to copy the homework assignment from the board and place the homework book in their folder. Homework is a small written review of the work learned in school. Please be sure it is completed neatly, in pencil, and returned the next day.
Please check and empty your child's folder every night.
over 3 years ago
Please check and empty your child's folder every night.
Thursday Folder: V V Cougar folders will be sent home every Thursday. All important information from the school will be placed in this folder. Please return the folder the next day. Also return important papers as soon as possible. Homework and corrected work will be in the student’s daily homework folder.
Handwriting: Cursive writing will start in November. By the end of the school year, we will be doing all of our work in cursive writing.
Test Envelopes: A large clasp envelope with student tests will be sent home weekly. Please sign and return tests in envelope as soon as possible. I try to send tests home the day after the Reading test. However, I do not always finish correcting the tests in time. Please be patient. (If you have any questions about the tests, please send a separate note so it doesn’t accidentally get filed with the tests.)
Birthdays can be celebrated in school. If you are bringing a treat for the class, please send in a note sometime before so we can plan time in our schedule. Summer birthdays can be celebrated in April or May before school ends.
Behavior: Students are expected to show “Cougar Pride” at all times during the school day. Students begin the day with their clip on the Cougar Paw Behavior Chart. If good choices are made, it remains on the paw and the student is given Cougar Cash at the end of the day. Each time a student does not make a good choice, his/her clip is moved on the chart with consequences: 1st move - Warning, 2nd move - think and discuss meeting with teacher. Two think and discuss meetings within a certain time result in a red letter sent home to be signed by parents. If the child continues to make bad choices, the student is sent to the principal, and Mrs. Kishel will call home.
Notes: Please send a note for any bus changes or early dismissal.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your child. Communication is very important to me. I know that if we work together, your child will have a very successful year!
Call me at the school, 570-489-7579, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
about 1 year ago
Please read at home with your child every night to help increase their fluency and comprehension. The students will be bringing home a little book to read each night. Students should be reading on their level, the alphabet level letter is on the top of the parent signature sheet. Our goal is to have the students advance to different levels throughout the school year. Let's keep reading and watch those levels rise!
Students will bring home an ID# and password for the Reading and Math website www.connectED.com McGraw-Hill to practice Reading and Math skills and play games that will help with skills.
We will be having quizzes on addition and subtraction facts throughout the year.
****Along with our Math series, students should memorize the Math facts so they can immediately answer a simple addition or subtraction fact such as 6+5=11.
This is a very important skill that must be mastered in second grade.
Our Reading Program is called Wonders. The students have two very large Reading books that will be kept in school. They will be bringing home smaller books to practice reading. Spelling and Grammar homework will be sent home weekly.
For each Reading Unit we will be on a 6 day cycle. Since we will not be covering all of the material in a week, the tests will not always be on a certain day of the week (ex. Friday).
A sheet with all of the following week's Spelling and Vocabulary words will be sent home on the day of the test. The sheet will list the dates of the Spelling pretest and Reading test.
For each Unit the sheet will list:
*The stories and concepts that we will cover in class.
*15 Spelling words. We will have a pretest two days after the students receive the new list. If your child gets 100% on the pretest, they do not have to take the Spelling test at the end of the Unit.
*Vocabulary words that your child should be able to read and define.
*High frequency words that your child should be able to easily read.
*Oral vocabulary that your child does not have to read, but should be familiar enough to tell what the word means if it is used in a sentence.