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Our Class Schedule

over 3 years ago

8:30-8:40 Morning Routine: Attendance, lunch count, calendar, pledge

8:40-9:25  Specials: Specials classes, now called Encore classes, have been changed to a four 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.  Music, Phys Ed, Library, Art.

9:25-10:10 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.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.  

By Pamela DiGregorio

Useful Links

over 3 years 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 theri 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 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

 Cool Math

This site is fully interactive and allows the user to sharpen basic math skills, play math-related games and explore new math concepts.

 Math Cats

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.

 Spelling Games

  • 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 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.

 Word Whomp

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.

 Goodnight Stories

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.


Reference suggestions for looking up information on anything:


  • This searchable collection of reference books, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction allows young researchers to find just what they need.

  • Fact

  • Find information about a variety of subjects ranging from weather facts to homework help to quizzes and games.

  • Little Clickers

  • 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

  • Aside from the wonderful access to the dictionary, this site offers words games and a word for the day.

  • Reference Desk

  • A wonderful starting place for Internet users, this site attempts to organize a multitude of sites into a useable index.

  • Semantic Rhyming Dictionary

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

By Pamela DiGregorio


over 3 years 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 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.  

We have started our new Reading Program, 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.  


By Pamela DiGregorio