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Welcome to the Second Grade Curriculum Night! Miss Barsotti Mrs. Malock Mrs. Oldaker DON’T FORGET TO SIGN UP FOR A CONFERENCE TIME! (Sign up sheets and handouts are in the hallway.). General Expectations. Students are expected to follow the school rules.

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Welcome to the Second Grade Curriculum Night!Miss BarsottiMrs. MalockMrs. OldakerDON’T FORGET TO SIGN UP FOR A CONFERENCE TIME!(Sign up sheets and handouts are in the hallway.)

general expectations
General Expectations
  • Students are expected to follow the school rules.
  • Students are expected to be respectful towards children and adults.
  • Students are expected to arrive at 8:40 in the morning and 12:50 after lunch.
  • Students are expected to leave all toys at home unless notified by teacher.
  • Students are expected to keep essential items in lockers (backpacks, coats, art shirts, and lunches).
classroom expectations
Classroom Expectations
  • Raise a hand to speak.
  • Listen carefully and follow directions.
  • Work quietly and use time wisely.
  • Contribute to the group in class discussions.
  • Complete work on time and give it their best effort.
  • Take care of school materials.
  • Be bully-free!
  • Follow the Washington Way!
additional information
Additional Information
  • School Safety – Lunch/After School Dismissal
    • We cannot send your child home with someone else unless we have written consent.
  • No toys allowed in school. Balls for recess are permitted except for footballs.
  • Birthday Celebrations
    • Guest Readers
    • Edible treats are not allowed.
    • Alternatives – pencils, erasers, small school supplies
  • Personal Invitations – Invitations are not allowed to be passed out in school. This will help alleviate any hurt feelings.
lunch program
  • Three menu choices: one hot entrée, garden salad, or chicken wrap (M,W,F)/bagel (T,TH)
  • Students will not pay with cash during lunch. There is a basket in the office to collect money.
  • Students have ID cards that we keep at school.
math programs
Math Programs

We will be using a combination of two math programs: Investigations and ScottForesman. Using a combined approach helps to meet the needs of all learners.

investigations program inquiry approach

Investigations is a complete K-5 mathematics curriculum. It is designed to help all children understand the fundamental ideas of number and operations, geometry, data, measurement, and early algebra.

  • Components of this program are:
    • 4 units are being used at each grade level
    • Activity-based program focusing on conceptual understanding
    • Teacher as facilitator
    • Student-centered to encourage creative thinking
    • Students develop and articulate their own problem-solving strategies
    • Students participate in engaging games that reinforce their understanding of important mathematical concepts and skills
scott foresman direct instruction
SCOTT FORESMANDirect Instruction
  • Scott Foresman helps students develop conceptual understanding and skills through step-by-step instruction.

Components of this program are:

* Traditional text focusing on procedural understanding

* Teacher-centered

* Learn, Check, Think About It, Practice Learning Cycle

* Problem solving, technology, and manipulatives integrated into lessons

language arts harcourt brace
Language ArtsHarcourt Brace

Integrated Approach

  • Various Genres
  • Reading Comprehension Skills and Strategies
  • Story Vocabulary and High Frequency Words
  • Phonics/Decoding
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics
  • Listening and Speaking
  • Viewing
  • Content Areas
  • Study Skills
six exciting themes
Six Exciting Themes
  • Being Me
  • Helping Hands
  • Our World
  • Imagine That
  • Neighborhood News
  • Travel Time

Supplements Include: Leveled Readers, Classroom Library, Trade Books with Literature Activities, Poetry, Textbook, Literature Strand (includes read alouds and student novels) and books independently chosen by the students to read.

Harcourt Website – Password = beck

the mixed up chameleon by eric carle
The Mixed Up ChameleonBy Eric Carle

Comprehension Skills and Strategies

  • Main Ideas and Details
    • Identify main idea and its supporting details.
  • Reading Strategies
    • Self monitor as they read
    • Check for Understanding
    • Think about words
    • Think about what they read
  • Responding to Literature
the mixed up chameleon vocabulary spelling
The Mixed Up ChameleonVocabulary/Spelling
  • Story Vocabulary Words – a list is sent home prior to each story to practice
  • High Frequency Words – Included in the spelling list
  • Every Monday, the students are given a spelling pretest. If your child spells all of the words correctly, he/she is to practice spelling the vocabulary words as a challenge.
  • The spelling test consists of spelling words and dictated sentences. The dictated sentences are made up of high frequency words, former spelling words, and words with familiar patterns.
the mixed up chameleon phonics and decoding
The Mixed Up ChameleonPhonics and Decoding
  • Initial and Final Consonants
  • Phonograms –id, -ide
  • Think about Words
    • Identify word parts
    • Use picture clue and the context of the story to figure out a word
writing workshop the writing process
Writing Workshop The Writing Process
  • Prewrite – Planning to write
  • Write – First draft (known as rough draft)
  • Revise, Rewrite, and Edit
  • Publish – Write a good copy and share
  • Writing Genres
    • Personal Narrative
    • Informational
    • Procedural
science and social living
Science and Social Living
  • Social Studies Program
    • Social Studies Alive!
  • Mt. Lebanon Neighborhood and Community
  • Map Skills
  • “Miranda” Here’s Looking at You
  • Plant Growth and Development – ASSET
  • Changes – ASSET
  • Character Education
spanish teacher mrs brown twice a week 25 minutes
SpanishTeacher – Mrs. BrownTwice a week – 25 minutes
  • Generate Enthusiasm for Language
  • Promote Global Awareness and Cross-Cultural Understanding
  • Support Academic Content Area Instruction
  • Meet World Class Foreign Language Standards
  • All letters must be relearned in slant print. Slant print prepares children for cursive writing. Printing must be done two spaces high. Assessment includes: letter form, size, spacing, control, smoothness, alignment, and slant.
  • Daily writing must reflect students’ abilities.
  • Cursive writing will begin when students are ready
  • Various math and reading practice games that correlate with our programs
  • Student Writing Center
  • AlphaSmarts
  • Internet
  • Document Cameras
  • Study for weekly spelling and vocabulary assessments
  • Complete daily math homework
  • Study math facts
  • Read nightly
  • Complete unfinished work
  • Rewrite messy papers
grading scale
Grading Scale

93% & above – Outstanding

84% - 92% - Good

83% - 76% - Satisfactory

75% and below – Experiencing Difficulty

  • Math
    • Chapter Tests
    • Math Facts Tests
    • Teacher Selected Assignments
  • Reading
    • Theme Skills Tests
    • Holistic Assessments
    • Teacher selected/created pages (Practice book)
  • Language
    • Dictated Sentences
    • Theme Skills Tests
    • Holistic Assessments
  • Word Skills
    • Theme Skills Tests
    • Holistic Assessments
  • Spelling
    • Weekly Spelling Tests
      • Pretest and Posttest
  • Handwriting
    • Handwriting lessons and daily writing
  • Writing Process
    • Holistic Assessments
    • Writing Workshop Assignments
    • Teacher chosen writing assignments
Thank you for coming!

Please make sure you sign up for a conference!