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Welcome, Second Grade Families! MSS Back to School Night September 18, 2014. Contact Information. Room #114 School Phone – 769-0144 ext. 66247 E-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Cell Phone – 856-430-8320. A little bit about Mrs. Battaglia. Grew up in Salem County
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MSS Back to School Night
September 18, 2014
In 2nd grade the children will engage in both a shared and guided reading environment. This is called Balanced Literacy. During our shared reading time the children will be reading stories and books in whole and small groups. These stories and books are most likely on a second grade reading level, although we do read texts below, and above the children’s reading levels too. We will be using a variety of texts to practice reading, fluency, phonics, and comprehension skills.
For 40 minutes every day, all second graders will be part of small, teacher-led reading groups to set personal reading goals and develop individual reading skills. Children may work with other teachers, and will be grouped with children from other second grade classes. During this time ,small groups of students come together to read a new series, explore a topic, or work on a particular reading strategy. In addition to meeting with their small group teacher, children will spend 20 minutes practicing their skills and strategies by reading independently. Small groups may change throughout the year depending on each child’s progress and individual reading needs. Small group reading is the time that we focus on independent reading levels and challenge the students with books they should be able to read by themselves. This is also the time where we challenge our excelling readers above and beyond typical grade level expectations, and help our struggling readers get the small group assistance they need to move forward in reading.
We use the Rebecca Sittonprogram. The 2nd grade students will be able to spell 130 words by the end of the year. Each Monday we learn 5 new words and add them to our word wall. On Friday we will have a word test. The children will also see the words they learned in 1st grade on their word tests as a way to review and maintain the spelling of those words. Our language lessons focus on skills such as nouns, verbs, possessives etc. and reflect the Common Core Standards.
We will be working on many hands-on science units this year. Our 4 main topics of study are Monarch Butterflies, plants, soils, and dinosaurs. We have our own science kits and they are full of
hands-on discovery learning
activities. We also incorporate non-fiction reading and writing into our Science units!
We will start our study of America by learning about Native Americans and Colonial America. We also touch on the Revolutionary War as well as famous Americans and traditions. This year we culminate our yearlong theme with the 2ndGrade Patriotic Program in June. This is an amazing show, so don’t miss it!
We have S.T.E.L.L.A.R. on Day B. In this class students will get library books and work on various projects throughout the year integrating technology with our already existing curricular units.
We are lucky to have a Spanish teacher! In a few short weeks, Mrs. Miles will start introducing the Spanish language to our students. This is a fun class! Students learn the basics of Spanish through songs, dance, games and activities.
-Beginning this week, Friday folders will be sent home every Friday.
-All graded work for the week will be included
-Please look through the work and sign the folder
-Please leave work INSIDE the folder – all work will be returned at the end of each trimester.
We will have a snack time each morning.
Each week, one student will have the opportunity to be our “HERO OF THE WEEK”
Students receive the “Hero Bag” on Thursday – complete their poster over the weekend
Monday – share poster
Tuesday – Bring in 3 items in the “Hero Bag” to share
Wednesday – Parent Letter
Thursday & Friday – Acrostic Poem Poster
*See handout in folder for more detailed directions and schedule for the year.
*There is also a “Hero of the Week” tab on our website
Parent Volunteer forms (Tier I) should be returned as soon as possible, but please no later than 9/23.
Tier I – activities within the classroom/school (parties, Fair Day, etc.)
Tier II – class trips –Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA.
Final lists for activities will be established and sent home on Monday, September 29th. At that point if you are going on the class trip you can begin to fulfill the Tier II requirements.
You may be overwhelmed and feel as though you need a HUG. RELAX! In Mrs. Battaglia’s & Mrs. Wolf’s Class, parents and teachers STICK together. Hopefully, tonight’s information has been a LIFE-SAVERand has left you feeling like a real SMARTIE!
Thank you for coming tonight!
It’s going to be a great year!