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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:

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Welcome to 2 nd grade
Welcome to 2nd grade

  • Mrs. Yamamoto

  • Mr. Munoz

  • Winston

  • Mr. Squishy Face

Do both 2 nd grades do the same things
Do both 2nd grades do the same things?

Teacher collaboration


Lesson planning



Field trips

How to communicate teacher page
How to Communicate/Teacher page

My hours:

Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – time varies

Friday 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Please phone or email me if you would like to meet.




(626) 798-8858 (class)

(626) 794-0768 (home)

Goals for 2 nd grade
Goals for 2nd grade:


Interdependence / team learning

Social development

Love of learning

Incorporating student interest

Meeting Saint Mark’s curriculum goals

Developing STEM / STEAM

Cross–curricular connections

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!

Singapore math text math in focus
Singapore Math – Text: Math in Focus

Singapore Math


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This transition is done in a very deliberate and explicit way

Mastery vs. spiral method

Mental Math

Welcome to 2 nd grade

  • Areas of Focus

    • PLACE VALUE!!!!!!!!!

    • Numbers through 100

    • Ten-ness

    • Addition and subtraction of three-digit numbers

    • Multiplication

    • Money

    • Time

    • Math Facts

  • How to help – Lots of practice using concrete math

Welcome to 2 nd grade

  • Math Facts

  • They do need to become fluent. Key to continued success in math

  • Either memorize or become very fast in calculating

    • 4+5 is like 5+5-1

  • There are lots of ways to learn them. We will discuss more as the year progresses.


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)

Matthew effect or why the rich get richer
Matthew Effect Or why the rich get richer

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

Just right books
Just Right Books

  • Aim for no more than about 2 or 3 new words/page

  • Much more than that and the book is too difficult

    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?

Just right books1
Just Right Books

  • Reading books beyond “Just Right Level” does not make better readers.

  • Develop bad habits that follow-through to upper grades and lead to reduced reading comprehension.

    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.

What should they read
What should they read?

Reluctant reader?

  • Try non-fiction

  • Many have text on multiple levels supplemented by great photos and illustrations

    Precocious reader?

  • Try books with old publication dates

  • Content tends to be more appropriate


  • We do lots of writing

  • Major Learning Goals

    • Great sentences

    • Proper punctuation in sentences

    • Able to organize thoughts in both narrative and expository writing

    • Poetry

  • 4-block method of proper paragraph formation

  • Quick-writes about literary analysis

  • Daily Updates

  • Book of Winston


  • Spelling Practice

    • Write each word 3 times.

    • Write each word using one color for vowels and another color for consonants.

    • Write each word using a fancy style of writing.

    • Type each word on the computer or a texting phone.

    • Spell each word using your body to form each letter.

    • Spell each word out loud. Hop on both feet for each consonant and hop on one foot for each vowel.

    • Clap a rhythm while spelling each word aloud. Repeat.

    • Write each word once with your right hand and once with your left.

  • Try to make it fun

Morning meetings
Morning Meetings

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday; ten-ish minutes

  • One way we build a harmonious classroom community

    Character-developing issues covered:

  • Something special to share

  • Exploring an inspirational message

  • How to greet each other

  • Hopes for the day

  • Good wishes for someone

  • Prayer for someone

  • Compliment for someone

  • Silly song or game

  • Relaxation techniques

  • Conflict resolution skills

  • Whatever I (or they) dream up!

Language for solving disputes
Language for solving disputes

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.

Mind up curriculum
Mind Up Curriculum

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.

Several Goals:

  • Additional practice

  • Reinforce new learning and skills

  • Provide opportunity to expand on/go deeper into an activity

  • Develop self-sufficiency in a task

  • Provide home/school connection

  • Teach personal responsibility

    Regular features:

  • Poetry journal

  • Reading log

    All homework should meet at least one of these goals

Field trips
Field trips

Tentative Schedule

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

Critters illness and friendship issues
Critters, illness and friendship issues

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.

My personal goals
My Personal Goals

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!