Mrs. Graham's 2nd Grade


  • January 4th: NO SCHOOL - Teacher professional development

  • January 5th- Full in person Learning begins

  • January 18th: NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day



In this next reading unit, a major focus is on reading fluency as they encounter longer texts. Students will focus on reading in phrases with appropriate expression, at a just right pace. Students will also pay attention to literary language in texts. They will notice when an author plays with words or uses comparisons. We will explore some poetry as we dig into literary language. As students encounter longer texts, it is important that they “hold onto” the different parts of the text so they are able to understand the book as a whole. Continuing to jot thoughts down on sticky notes, sharing ideas with a partner, and rereading are critical reading behaviors. Students will continue to set goals and monitor those goals.


We will wrap up our Informational Writing Unit during the first few weeks of January, and celebrate all of our hard work as informational writers!

Then, we will move into Narrative Writing. During this unit students will write short stories based on true events from their lives. By the end of the unit students will be able to:

  • Discover small moments that matter-generating ideas

  • Tiny Topics- using a notebook to remember topics for writing

  • Stretching out small moments- learning to plan a story by touching each page and saying what they will write

  • Writing a good beginning, middle and end

  • Writing with detail: Magnifying a small moment

  • Bringing characters to life by using talk, feel or actions

  • Setting goals and making plans for writing time

  • Using checklist to self assess and plan for next parts

  • Close Reading: Looking closely at how mentor authors write and trying it

  • Collaborate a partner to help make a story better (revise by listening)

  • Word choice

  • Revising and editing rough drafts

Conventions are a big emphasis:

  • Capital at the beginning of each sentence, for the word ‘I’, and proper nouns

  • Punctuation at the end of each sentence

  • Quotation marks when using dialogue


We are continuing to learn subtraction strategies, with an emphasis on developing fluency to 100. In addition to subtraction, we will continue to focus on the mathematical practices of precision, making sense of problems and persevering to solve them and constructing viable arguments to explain our mathematical thinking. Over the next few weeks, students will:

  • Subtract one and two digit numbers using models to help them visualize the regrouping concept.

  • Subtract using partial differences

  • Solve one and two-step subtraction problems.

Please continue to review your child’s daily math worksheets and practice fact fluency using the flash cards that were sent home last fall.



It is so exciting to see the progress students are making in their spelling. Students will be given a spelling inventory to check in on their word work progress. Please continue to support your child by making sure that their word sorts are practiced daily along with the 5 “No Excuse Words” and challenge word of the week. Using the sorts throughout the week helps your child develop the spelling pattern they are working on for the week.

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

Dear Families,

Welcome to 2nd Grade at Gold Rush Elementary! My name is Catherine Graham I am so excited to be your child's teacher this year! I am excited to learn and grow with you this year! See the "About Me" tab to learn a little bit more about me!

My goal as your child’s teacher is to foster a love of learning while valuing individuality and striving to meet the needs of each student. I am committed to ensuring a quality of instruction that is both developmentally appropriate and challenging for each student. I am very excited to meet you and your child.

I also believe that in order for success to occur the student, parents, teacher and the school must collaborate to provide an optimum learning experience. I look forward to forming a partnership with you that is positive and supportive. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please feel free to contact me via email

These changing times may be causing a lot of uncertainty. Through it all, I want you to know that I am here for you. I am here to support your child and to support you. With your partnership, I know we can make this a great year!

I look forward to meeting you and your child!

Catherine Graham

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