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Welcome to 2nd Grade!

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Ashley Turner

on 23 August 2016

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Transcript of Welcome to 2nd Grade!

Welcome to Ms. Thompsen and Ms. Toomer's 2nd Grade!

Our Classes
Ms. Thompsen & Ms. Toomer
Ms. Young and Ms. Miller
Ms. Stutz and Ms. Turner
-Expand Vocabulary
CAFE- What it looks like:
-A research based program that personalizes each child's reading goals
-Allows students to dig deep into content found in different genres
-Promotes life-long habits of proficient readers.
Daily 5
-Read to Self
-Read to Someone
-Word Work
-Listen to Reading
Structured Writing-
What it looks like:
-Research based mini-lessons from Lori Rog's Marvelous Mini-lessons
-Focuses on the six traits of writing
-The writing process consists of:
-brief whole group lessons
-graphic organizers
-first draft
-one on one conferences
-published work

Writing- Purpose
-Not only do the catchy minilessons promote creativity, children enjoy being able to apply each skill into old and new stories.

-By learning to write, students are able to develop their craft in other areas of language arts, such as reading, listening, and speaking.
- The strategies and language used begins in kindergarten and will continue through 6th grade.

-Handwriting Without Tears
-Cursive begins after Thanksgiving break.
-Quality of handwriting will be assessed on their spelling tests.

5 Distinct Components
-mental math
-teacher directed lessons
-problem solving / model drawing
-independent practice
Singapore Math
Singapore Math- What it Looks Like
-Children learn to apply the concepts taught into real life scenarios
Concepts: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, measurement, time, geometry, and money
-different strategies for problem solving
-concrete, pictorial, and abstract
-base 10 foundation
Singapore Math- Purpose
-Mastery not memorization
-Singapore math focuses on children not just learning but also truly mastering a limited number of concepts each school year. The goal is for children to perform well because they understand the concepts on a deeper level; they are not just learning it for the test.
Reflex Math
Reflex Math- What it looks like:
-Replacing Rocket Math
-Homework - 3 - 4 days each week
-Individualized goals set the pace for each student's progression onto the next level
-We will begin at school, then add to homework

Reflex Math- Purpose
By solidifying basic math facts students can approach Singapore Math concepts with confidence
Daily 5-Purpose
Daily 5 is a literacy management system designed to establish productive habits and stamina, so that each child may become independent, life-long, and excited readers and writers.
Daily 5- What it Looks Like
-Reading strategies and comprehension skills are taught and demonstrated in whole group mini lessons.
-Assessments are based on the application of the comprehension skills taught.
-Through one on one conferences reading goals are individualized to meet each student's needs.

-Children are involved in independent literacy activities.
-Teachers are conferencing with individual students or small groups.
Spelling- What it looks like
-Multi-sensory approach allows children to use their visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning pathways.
-Instruction begins with simple sound/symbol relationships and progresses logically to more complex concepts.
-New spelling rules are introduced on Wednesday
-Tests are given on Tuesdays
-Homework practice will be rule based not word based
Spelling- purpose
-To learn the structure of sounds and words through using a multi-sensory approach.
-Develops independence when writing
-Why random syllables? Each child is learning to spell based on phonetic rules instead of memorization. Random syllables can be found within syllables of regular words. *ket can be found in kettle and basket
Homework- What it looks like:
-Monday-Thursday your child will have a math and literacy assignment
-A weekly pacing guide will be sent home on the first day of each week.
-Please initial each night.
-They are designed to last between 15-30 minutes
- Time varies for each child
Homework- Purpose
To practice and reinforce the skills learned in the classroom
Conscious Discipline
Conscious Discipline - What it looks like
Conscious Discipline -Purpose
To develop relationships with the students
To teach students to manage their emotions and
develop impulse control. Used school wide.
Quick Notes
-Swimming: please label all items and send a sturdy bag with your child
-a change in carpool and play dates requires a note. If late, please e-mail teacher and front office.
-Please sign up to volunteer! Activities include:
-Morning meeting facilitator
-Engineering unit and other special activities
-We collect pop tops for The Ronald McDonald House
-Second Grade Show is March 16th
-Dads and Didgeridoo Day will be October 21st
-Field Trip to the Florida Museum in Gainesville tentative April 21st
Global Studies & Science

-Australia study
-Pollution & conservation
-Global people with an emphasis on character
-weather, water, engineering
-balance and motion
-health and fitness
-life cycles
Science and Global Studies will be integrated into Math, Literacy, and all specials
Morning Meeting
Morning Meeting- What it looks like
-Morning meetings set the tone for the day.
-Children will be gathered on the floor sharing their daily thoughts and feelings.
-Meetings will not only be student centered but also student led.

Morning Meeting- Purpose
To build community, create trust, encourage confidence and communication skills.
-Noticing proper expectations
-Providing students with positive options
-Identifying emotions and learning to respond
-Classroom is a safe place, Peace place is for calming self
-Developing Routines and intrinsic motivation
Home Work
Unstructured Writing-
What it looks like:
-Daily journal writing of their choice:
feelings, stories, comics, letter writing, lists, poetry, and reports
-Building writing stamina
-Access to different writing ideas
-Informal and will not be graded

Schoolwide Connections
JCDS students begin participating in morning meetings as early as PK3 and will continue all the way to 6th grade.
Schoolwide Connections
In early learning, students establish a foundation by learning to read. In second grade we solidify the reading foundation and transition into reading to learn.
Schoolwide Connections
Schoolwide Connections
From Kindergarten to second grade, children will be establishing a foundation in spelling using the multi-sensory approach.
Schoolwide Connection
Children will be expected to write in cursive in the upper grades.
Schoolwide Connections
Each year, the concepts build upon each other and prepare students to tackle increasingly difficult topics.
What Does it Mean to be a 2nd Grader?
7 Year olds:
Cognitive development-
Strong need for routine and closure
Likes to repeat tasks
Enjoys inquiry activities
Not fully able to read without vocalizing, may need to whisper during “silent reading” time.
Social Development:
Frequently changes friends
Resistant to change
Afraid of risks or making mistakes
Have strong likes and dislikes.
Sensitive to others feelings
8 years old:
Cognitive development:
Beginning to master handwriting, handcrafts, computers, drawing
Have limited attention span, but can become engrossed in an activity of their choice.
Can be impatient, and demanding
Can exaggerate their own ability
Cares about the process and the product of their work.
Social development-
Enjoys socializing and sharing humor
Loves group activities and cooperative work
Prefers their own gender
Adjusts well to change, can bounce back quickly from mistakes/disappointments
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