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Back to School Night. September 27, 2012 Ms. Beatty Second Grade Room 110. Introduction. Welcome Second Grade is a major year of growth both academically as well as emotionally. Encourage risk taking Promote independence Celebrate attempts and achievements. Goals.

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back to school night

Back to SchoolNight

September 27, 2012

Ms. Beatty

Second Grade

Room 110

  • Welcome
  • Second Grade is a major year of growth both academically as well as emotionally.
    • Encourage risk taking
    • Promote independence
    • Celebrate attempts and achievements
  • The primary goal is for your children to feel safe and secure so that they will strive to be the best they can be!
  • Building a classroom community that centers around mutual respect and tolerance is crucial for all children to optimize their learning.
parent teacher relationship we work together
Parent-Teacher Relationship: We Work Together!
  • At home:
    • Well fed before school
    • Arrive on time
    • Backpack and homework checked and emptied
    • Keep children home if sick
    • A HEALTHY snack daily (We are a Nut Free Classroom!)
  • In our class:
    • Safe and comfortable learning environment
    • Planned, purposeful, and organized
    • Identify learning issues objectively
    • Know your child as a student and communicate that to you
  • Combining our efforts:
    • Communicate clearly
    • Support one another
daily routines
Daily Routines
  • Arrival (on time please!)
    • Lunch count
    • Attendance
    • Unpack
    • Hand in homework
    • Copy down homework
    • Do now/morning work
    • Morning message
  • Morning Meeting
    • Calendar
    • Tracking the days
      • (place value, money, hundreds chart)
    • Weekly Poem
    • Wall Words (5/week)
  • Weekly Jobs
    • Each child has a job that changes weekly
motivation for positive behaviors
Motivation for Positive Behaviors
  • Reward Jar
    • Prizes
    • Centers (All subject areas & computers)
  • How Am I Doing Today?
  • How To Be a Super-Duper Second Grader?
  • Bucket Fillers
  • Manners Matter!
  • Be Respectful!
  • Review of classroom learning
  • Independence and responsibility
    • Check off each assignment when finished
  • If homework is not completed, it needs to get finished during recess
    • Special circumstances
  • Child’s best spelling
  • Check HW folder for notes and empty out each night
  • Sign HW notebook and Homework each night
  • Let me know of any difficulties
  • Friday Take-Home Folders—empty out, sign, and return to school on Mondays
  • Friday Book Bags – return to school on Mondays
reading workshop
Reading Workshop
  • Common Core National Standards
  • Instruction
    • Word Attack Strategies
    • Comprehension Strategies
    • Readerly Behaviors
  • Literacy Block – about an hour and twenty minutes daily
    • Teachers College
      • Informal reading inventory and performance assessment
    • Balanced Literacy Instructional Practices
      • Daily read aloud
      • Guided Reading/Strategy Groups
      • Shared Reading
      • Independent Reading and conferencing
      • Partner Reading
      • Poetry
      • Nonfiction Reading
writing workshop
Writing Workshop
  • Writing process
    • becoming independent
    • focus on the process (editing, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure)
    • child’s best work
  • Various Genres
    • small moments, realistic fiction, fairytales, all about (non-fiction), animal research
  • Conferences
  • Ongoing assessment
  • Sharing and Celebrating
word study
Word Study
  • Words Their Way
    • Developmentally based program
    • Formal Assessments 3x/year that will place your child in a group
    • No weekly tests/regular homework (word sorts at home)
    • We use word sorting to understand the patterns in words
    • New sorts weekly, write sentences, games, activities in class
    • Spelling Strategies
    • Word Wall
    • Goal: build transference into daily writing
  • Goal of math instruction is to ensure understanding of concepts and apply to new problem situations.
  • The learner is encouraged to actively experiment with possible solutions using strategies and manipulatives.
  • Inquiry and creativity are encouraged.
  • Word Problems (Mathematics Journal)
  • Math Facts Quizzes
    • Fast Math
  • Homework in math activity book (to reinforce the concepts)
  • Student Handbook is kept at home until June.
social studies
Social Studies
  • Main Units Covered:
    • Communities (urban, rural, suburban)
    • Government (constitution)
    • Famous people, places, holidays
    • Discovering our past
  • Introduction to Geography skills
  • Study Skills
    • reading a text, organizing info, note cards, etc…
  • Trips
  • Projects
  • Current Events
    • Scholastic News
    • ($5.00)
  • The district is using a new science program called the Full Option Science System (FOSS):
    • Engages students through hands-on inquiry
    • Encourages students to analyze and interpret data
    • Uses multisensory methods to maximize information gathering for all students
  • Units Covered:
    • Balance and Motion
    • Air and Weather
    • Animals (not FOSS)
  • Projects
special events
Special Events
  • Field Trips
    • Long Island Children’s Museum (4/4/13)– 50 cents
      • We will take part in a workshop called “Mapping Our World” and then tour the museum. We will eat at the museum.
    • Adams Playhouse (Teacher From the Black Lagoon) (5/3/13) – approximately $17
  • Book Fair
    • October 5th from 9:00 to 9:30 A.M. (class)
    • October 3rd from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. (evening)
  • Picture Day
    • October 9th
  • Classroom Celebrations
    • Thanksgiving – Literature
    • Writing Celebration – Realistic Fiction
    • Expert Fair – Students read, write, and share a topic of expertise
  • Assembly Programs (cultural arts, science)
  • Report Cards
    • Each child is evaluated based on the NY State Standards.
  • Birthday Parties
    • Celebrated once a month for all birthdays in that month
    • No favors
    • Parents do not come in to celebrate—school wide policy
    • Mrs. Valentine, Mrs. Wagner, and Mrs. Meyers are our class parents
      • They will notify you in regards to our monthly birthday celebration. Parents are asked to send in cupcakes, juice, and paper goods to the office before 10:00 A.M. We are a Nut Free Classroom.
      • October Birthday Celebration: October 12, 2012
  • Library Books
    • Due back to school every Day 4
  • Gym Days
    • Wear sneakers
thank you for coming
Thank You for Coming!
  • Home-School connection
    • Contact me with any questions, concerns, etc…
    • I can be reached at 516-792-4500
  • Sign-up sheets
    • P-T Conferences
    • Guest Reader