Welcome to 2 nd grade. Mrs. Yamamoto Mr. Munoz Winston Mr. Squishy Face. Do both 2 nd grades do the same things?. Teacher collaboration Curriculum Lesson planning Activities Homework Field trips. Resource schedule. How to Communicate/Teacher page. My hours:
Interdependence / team learning
Love of learning
Incorporating student interest
Meeting Saint Mark’s curriculum goals
Developing STEM / STEAM
Meeting goals for our students as individuals
For students to understand that ideas and THINKING count!!
Learning to be your best self!
Cheerfulness and joy!
CONCRETE PICTORIAL ABSTRACT
This transition is done in a very deliberate and explicit way
Mastery vs. spiral method
No set groups; flexible groups
Whole class instruction with active learning
Small groups of students working on specific strategies and skills.
If your child can read at the 4th grade level, will I work with them on basic decoding? – no. Will I sometimes have them do shared reading with a classmate who is at a different level? – yes.
When working on ways of engaging with a text or applying a strategy, I will be working with groups of students at different levels of reading fluency.
Use the reading series, directed reading of children’s literature and non-fiction, read-alouds/teacher directed.
Reading A to Z leveled readers; plus Making Connections (expository)
Average reading rate of a 2nd grader – approx. 75 wpm
20 minutes of reading each day does make a difference!!
20 minutes of reading a day
20 x 75 X 356 =
534,000 words in a year
Our reader has improved her reading rate to 90 wpm
20 x 90 x 356 =
657,000 words in a year
5 minutes of reading a day
5 x 75 x 356 =
133,500 words in a year
Our reader has improved her reading rate to 80 wpm
5 x 80 x 356 =
142,400 words in a year
For an adult novel, that would be equivalent to not knowing 20+ words/page.Would you want to read a book in which there are 20+ words/page that you didn’t know?
Please consider content.
Just because your eight-year old can read Lord of the Rings or The Diary of Anne Frank doesn’t mean they should.
Character-developing issues covered:
Verbal Tool Kit
I understand what you are saying. I think I can try it your way.
I understand what you are saying but I disagree.
I will listen to what you have to say.
I want to understand how you feel, but I think we need an adult to help us solve this.
I feel too upset to talk about this right now. Can we try again later?
I am sorry.
I forgive you.
Teach children about the connection between their thinking brain and their emotional brain
Strategies for helping students focus their attention, improve their self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mind-set in both school and life.
Breathing for relaxation, brain anatomy and function, calming/focusing techniques
Packet goes home on Monday to be returned on Friday. Work should be spread out throughout the week.
All homework should meet at least one of these goals
October 16, Wednesday - Underwood Farms
October – Awesome Arachnids on Campus
November – Possible Trader Joe’s field trip
February - Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits
April – Federal Reserve Bank
May - Arcadia Wilderness Park
May – Spanish field trip to Mexican restaurant/bakery
Lice – Pillows, Winston, Long hair, try not to panic!
Please keep sick children home. Don’t stress over missed class work. I will work with you and your child.
I care about your children’s friendships. I make it a point to be present at some of the recesses as an observer.
To know your child
To help develop his or her strengths
To be responsive to his or her needs, interests, and style of learning
To attend to areas of concern
To honor him or her for the unique, wonderful human being he or she is!