Welcome to Curriculum Night Thank you for joining me this evening. Mrs. Saunders Hardy Elementary 2nd Grade Room:P5 (248) 573-8650 ext. 3622 firstname.lastname@example.org
English Language ArtsA Balanced Approach to Literacy • Listening and Speaking • Reading Aloud • Shared Reading • Guided Reading • Independent Reading • Modeled Writing • Shared Writing • Independent Writing • Word Study
Reader’s Workshop • Mini-Lesson: Reading and comprehension strategies are modeled by the teacher using rich literature as read-aloud. • Independent Reading and Conferring: Students read and apply strategies with text at their own level. At this time, students read independently, work in small groups, or one on one with the teacher. (Conferring) • Sharing: Students reflect on the lesson and make connections with each other by sharing their thinking with the whole class.
Why Reader’s Workshop? • Helping children see connections and make new ones through the workshop format • Application of comprehension and thinking strategies • Although we still teach decoding skills, our main focus is on modeling and teaching children what it is that good readers do • We are teaching children to have a love for reading • Individualized conferences allow us to know the reader and provide individualized instruction
Comprehension Strategies • Schema (Making Connections) • Creating Sensory Images • Asking Questions • Inferring • Determining Importance • Synthesizing
Writer’s Workshop • Mini-Lesson: Writing skills and strategies are modeled by the teacher using authentic writing and teacher think-alouds. • Independent Writing and Conferring: Students write and apply strategies in their own writing. At this time, students are independently writing, meeting in a small group, or one on one with the teacher. • Sharing: Students reflect on the lesson and make connections with each other by sharing their writing with the whole class.
Why Writer’s Workshop? • Program adapted from Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and used in classrooms across the nation. (Lucy Calkins) • Students learn what it is that good writers do. • Writing is authentic and student generated. • Students see themselves as writers. • Students can focus on and apply one teaching point at a time. • Individualized conferences allow students to become better writers at their own level of instruction.
Writing In The Classroom • Personal Narrative • Revision • Editing • Non-fiction Report • Poetry • Writing to a Prompt
Math Workshop • Mini-Lesson: Teacher poses a mathematical problem and shares her own thinking. • Independent Practice: Students use their math schema (prior knowledge) and thinking to justify how they would solve a problem, or to justify their mathematical thinking. • Sharing: Students reflect on the lesson and make connections and discoveries by sharing their thinking with the class.
Why Math Workshop? • Students see themselves as mathematicians. • Students use manipulatives to explore mathematical concepts. • Students learn how to solve problems using multiple processes and solutions. • Students question, discuss, write about and justify their thinking. • Students learn from each other through group work and discussions among peers. • The workshop format allows individualized instruction so that students work and build mathematical concepts at their level.
Patterning and Problem Solving Number Sense and Numeration Place Value Measurement (Length, time, money) Regrouping Geometry (Geometric shapes, symmetry, perimeter) Fractions Graphing Probability Estimation Equal Groups as Multiplication & Division Math In The Classroom
Math Tools in the Classroom • Investigations Series • Calendar • Manipulatives • Math Games • Math Literacy • Supplemental Resources (as needed)
Science • Soil • Magnets • Changes (Solids, Liquids, and Gases) • Air and Weather • Bees Hands-On Investigations and Reflections through the use of science kits
Social Studies • Curriculum centered on the students' community. • This helps students understand the interdependence of people and groups and view of their place and their surroundings. • Geography: • (Maps/Physical and Human Characteristics) • Government/Civics: • (Laws/Rules/Safety) • Economics: • (Businesses/Goods and Services) • History: • (Past/Present) • Core Democratic Values and Public Issues
Spelling • Mastery of no-excuse words • Weekly words focus on a particular spelling pattern • Individual words taken from their writing
2nd Grade Report Card Standards Based Assessment: 4: Exceeds the Standard 3: Meets the Standard 2: Approaching the Standard 1: Area of Concern
Habits Of Mind • Behaviors expected from one another to create a supportive learning environment • Standards for behavior that will be marked on report cards • Metacognition (thinking about your thinking) • Questioning and Posing Problems • Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision • Gathering Data Through All Senses • Creating, Imagining, Innovating • Striving for Accuracy • Remaining Open to Continuous Learning • Responding with Wonderment and Awe • Listening with understanding and empathy • Applying past knowledge to new situations • Thinking Interdependently • Taking responsible risks • Managing Impulsivity • Persisting • Thinking Flexibly • Finding Humor ***Second graders focus on listening with understanding and empathy, and applying past knowledge to new situations.***
South Lyon Assessments SLRA: Fall and Spring (Oct.) (May) DRA: Throughout the year (as needed) SLMA: Mid and End Year (Feb.) (June) Science: 5 units of study Social Studies: 5 units of study All district assessments are secured documents and may not be sent home. I will send your child’s score home. If you would ever like to see the test, please contact me for a conference.
Homework • Set up a quiet study area and schedule a daily homework time. • Work collaboratively with your child to help only as needed. • Read at least 20 minutes each night. Nightly reading is important!
After School Plans & Transportation • Please send a note to school if your child is going home any other way than their normal routine. The bottom of the assignment book is a good place to write notes. • If you are picking your child up early, please check them out through the office and wait for him/her to be called down.
Lunch and Recess Schedule • Lunch and Recess: 12:05 – 12:50 • A second recess may be given as needed.
Conferences FALL • Fall conferences will be on November 11th and 13th this year. • Be sure to sign up for a time tonight.