Curriculum Night Agenda

Reading

•Learning to Read vs. Reading to Learn

•Guided Reading Library

•Comprehension:  Oral discussion but more student response in writing

Writing

•Second grade focus:  Paragraphs

•Each lesson includes models – meaning that the students watch me write.

•Student assignments:  generally they follow this sequence:  brainstorm ideas, draft a composition, and proofread for mechanics.

Spelling

Focuses on the high frequency words needed in writing.  There is a list of all the spelling words for the year on my web page.  (The students’ first spelling test is on their desks.)  There is not a regular schedule to tests – they occur after we finish the lessons for that unit, which typically are five to seven days.

Handwriting

Handwriting Without Tears:  Focuses on large and fine motor skills.

Math

Starting at second grade, the school provides a third math teacher in order to make the groups smaller.  We have made three heterogeneous groups.  Two of the things I enjoy about math are finding the holes in concepts to helps students get past roadblocks and extending a concept to find out how far they can go with it.  Note my web page for basic concepts in the chapters and how to practice them and extend them.

The following are just a few of the concepts in the second grade program:

•Memorization of +, – facts through 18  (see list of facts on desk)

•Equations that require regrouping of two digit numbers

•Story problems:  time to learn how to show work!  They can no longer just say, “I knew the answer in my head.”

•Fractions (spring) a challenging, fun chapter

•Introduction to multiplication and division

•Money/making change (counting up from the price to the amount tendered)

•Time

•Measurement

•Place Value

•Flexible counting

Math Reference Books

On the desk is a math reference book for you to use at home if you’d like.

You can keep it handy and use as a reference when needed throughout the year on various homework assignments.  The number in the book corresponds to your child’s number, so if you choose to take the book home for the year, I’ll record that and then remind you at the end of the year to return them.  Lost books are charged $15.00.

Religion

•The text is on the desk for you to see.

Science/Social Studies

•Communities:  Pike Place Market field trip:  October 15 (about 9:00-12:30)

•Communities:  Comparing/contrasting another country with ours – Kenya

•Maps and Landforms

•Balance and Motion

•Air and Weather

•Scholastic News Magazine

•Endangered Animals:  Field trip to Cougar Mt. Zoo (TBD) and learning to write a simple report in computer class

Assessments and Evaluations

 CTP4

The students will take this standardized test in early October.  It is rigorous.  This is probably the first time the students have taken a standardized test.  Not only will they be demonstrating their knowledge, but they’ll also be learning the process of taking a test, which can be just as daunting as the content itself.  I encourage the students to get lots of rest and eat a good breakfast.

Weekly Reports

These will begin soon.  They are short, half page reports that will come home once a week to let you known how the previous days have been going.  They will mainly include information on behavior, but sometimes might include academics if there is a concern.

 Students’ Daily Work

You can get a quick check on your child’s progress just by looking carefully at the corrected work that comes home.  Below are the basic marks I use on the students’ papers.

Star = fine

√ = incorrect

OK = basically the answer is correct, but as a whole, it could have been more legible or the answer could have been clearer in content

? = I don’t understand what you wrote or I can’t find your answer.

Star on top of √ = originally incorrect, and then the student self-corrected

Red or Green Ink (mainly found in math) =  If you see a lot of this on a paper, it means that the student needed help in order to complete that problem; the student and I worked on it together; the student is not independent with that skill.

Homework

The expectation for second graders is 30 minutes a night – about 15 minutes doing an assignment and 15 minutes reading or writing.  Remember:  just because a child happens to finish an assignment early one night doesn’t mean homework time is over.  They can pick another academic type activity to do:  spelling words, math facts, writing, extra reading, etc.  The goal is to help them learn that there is a 30 minute period each night that is devoted to school.

I’m in the process of changing up the way I assign homework.  I’d like to focus on two week periods of specific things students need, and then do a week that would be a break from that two week focus that would include a variety of other things.  I will start this on Monday, September 23rd.

The students should be able to do the work independently; however, if help is needed, please provide as much as necessary.  I assume that you check in with the student about the homework.

Communications

E-mail

If you use an e-mail to tell me about a change in how your child is going home, expect a reply.  If you don’t receive one, then assume I did not get the message.  You will then need to contact the main office in order for your child to find out a change of plans.

Newsletter

These will be sent on Mondays, usually weekly.

Health and Safety

Thank you for the great job of keeping the classroom a tree nut/peanut free environment.  On my web page, you will find plenty of suggestions for nut free snacks.  I’d like to impress upon you that the safest method is to read the label.

Parent Involvement

 

Room Parent: Kim Adamucci

Parties

•Coordinator:  Hilary Gilkinson

•Halloween (right after the parade in the morning)

•Valentine’s Day

Volunteering

•Classroom: Sometimes the work is light, and at other times it may be heavy.  Most of the jobs are clerical in nature, but there are sometimes jobs that require working with students.  Schedules will be one person at some time during the day, about four days a week.

Attending the training is a prerequisite to helping in the classroom and/or driving on field trips.