2nd Grade 101 2014-2015
S.O.A.R. Binders(Students Organized and Ready) • Daily Behavior Log-initial every night • Reading Log Emails are sent home weekly with an attached newsletter….if you are not getting them please go to your home access center and check your email address!!
Behavior Plan Our goal is to have a classroom that reinforces positive behavior. *A letter(s) will be crossed off if a student has his/her binder signed during the day. Students are given many chances to redirect their behavior before a binder is signed. *At the end of the six weeks, if a student is on N or U, he/she will have to miss the Eagle in Flight celebration. The letter a student is on at the end of the six weeks also corresponds to their behavior grade on the report card.
“Eagles in Flight” • Qualifications: • Passing all subjects on report card • All assignments turned in are complete, on time, and represent a desire for QUALITY • Assumes responsibility for appropriate behavior by following our Social Contract
Pick up The final bell rings at 2:45 pm. If you would like to pick up your child prior to 2:30 pm, you must go to the office and sign your child out. The office will then call the classroom and have the child sent to the office with his/her things. ** Please send a note with your child if their mode of transportation changes. If you forget to send a note, please call the office PRIOR TO 2:30**
Snacks • Since the brain works better when fed frequently we have a morning snack. Snack time is around 9:30 a.m. Water is the only drink allowed. • Students are responsible for bringing their own snack • Snacks should be healthy • Remind your child they are NOT allowed to share snacks, especially with the risk of food allergies.
Report Cards/ Progress Reports You will only be able to access your child’s grades online – unless you request in writing to have a hard copy. Visit the home access center and log in to view your egrades.
Routines & Rituals • “The Pit” – James Nottingham, Dr. John Edwards http://sustainedsuccess.blogspot.com/2009/06/learning-pit.html
Notebooks • Used across all content areas • Purpose is to set goals, track progress, and show our thinking in multiple ways • Due to this, less work will be coming home; however, you are free to come up and look at these at any time.
Math Workshop • Goal – To create independent problem solvers • 1st Twenty Days expectations • Workshop Model: • Opening • Work Period • Closing New TEKS & Textbook Adoption this year
Social Studies The “Big Idea” in social studies is good citizenship. We will examine the impact of various historical figures by asking: • What many qualities do leaders/Good citizens share? • In what ways do leaders/good citizens solve problems? • How do leaders/good citizens shape communities? • What are the many ways to be a leader/good citizen?
Reader’s Workshop Goal – Reading with Meaning (Comprehension) Becoming lifelong readers. • Workshop Model – Mini Lesson, Work Period, Closing meeting • Small Group Instruction • (Guided Reading Groups/Book Clubs) • Reading Homework • BOY (beginning of the year) reading DRA text level 16/18 • MOY (middle of the year) reading DRA text level 20 • EOY (end of the year) reading DRA text level 28 .
Haslet’s Reading Program • Purpose: To encourage student’s love of reading • Structure, timeline, and incentives to be revealed at the Hall of Fame assembly on Friday, October 3rd.
Writer’s Workshop The goal in second grade is to learn that details convey meaning directly and indirectly. Students will be writing first draft compositions and revised compositions to increase their conventions, word choice and writing fluency skills. Workshop Model Mini Lesson Work Period Closing meeting BOY (beginning of the year) writing stage between stages 5-8 EOY (end of the year) writing stage between stages 6-8
Science Inquiry • We want our students to experience science in a real way. • 2 PBL’s (Problem Based Learning) • We will use life experiences and experiments. • Many experiments are open-ended, in addition to doing them at school they can also be conducted at home, resulting in different outcomes. • Outdoor learning center
Homework • Reading homework: 20 minutes a day. This could include library books or guided reading book practice. • Spelling homework: new words will be reviewed in class starting on Mondays and tested on Fridays. Words for the entire 6 weeks will be given at the beginning of each grading period. • Math homework-practice addition and subtraction fact fluency
Volunteers • We can use HELP in & out of our Classrooms • In the class • Reading Buddies • Classroom Reader • Math Buddies • Outside the class: • Volunteer to help with sorting and cutting materials that can be done at home. • Making copies for the class once a week. Please make sure you have filled out a district Volunteer form so that you can work with students.
?’s • PTA Meeting starts at 6:00 in the cafeteria. • Thank you for your support of the 2nd grade team.
Thank you for attending our presentation. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to contact us! Cari Shank firstname.lastname@example.org Mandy Smiley email@example.com Jill Swanzy firstname.lastname@example.org