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  • January 4th: NO SCHOOL - Teacher professional development

  • 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.


Upcoming Dates:

  • Thanksgiving Break (no school): Monday November 23rd-27th

  • Remote Learning: Monday, November 30th - Thursday, December 17

  • No School December 18 - Teacher Work Day

  • Winter Break (no school): December 21st - January 4th

  • School resumes Tuesday, January 5th

Curriculum Update:


It is so exciting to see the progress students are making in their spelling. Please continue to do the daily practice activities with your child. The important thing is that your child learns to identify the pattern (through sorting) and transfer the pattern into their daily writing.


Prior to Thanksgiving Break we wrapped up our Envision topic on addition. In Topic 4, students built upon previously taught addition strategies to fluently add within 100.

During Topic 4 students focused on the following:

  • Using place value (tens and ones) to add and subtract

  • Using an open number line to add tens and ones within 100.

  • Adding 2 digit numbers using models

  • Adding and breaking apart numbers using mental math and partial sums

  • Modeling one and two step problems

    • Selecting the most efficient strategy to solve a math problem

In Topic 5, students will learn various strategies to subtract within 100. We will build upon previously taught addition strategies to fluently subtract within 100.

During this unit students will be focusing on the following:

  • Using place value (tens and ones) to subtract

  • Using an open number line to subtract tens and ones within 100. (Scroll down for a sample.)

  • Subtracting 2 digit numbers using models

  • Subtracting and breaking apart numbers using mental math and compensation

  • Modeling one and two step problems

  • Selecting the most efficient strategy to solve a math problem

Resources to help your child with math:

Helping your child with math: Click Here

Math Words and Ideas: Click Here

Investigations Game Center: Math Games


Students are growing knowledge as they read non-fiction text. The following are skills that students are learning and practicing in this unit of study (scroll down for charts):

  • Paying attention to details

  • Putting the parts of one text together

  • Asking questions

  • Thinking of what a section and a book are teaching

  • Reading several books on a topic to grow knowledge

  • Noticing parts of the texts that go together

  • Spotting differences between texts on the same topic

  • Retelling topics

  • Looking out for keywords and using the whole page to figure out what they mean

  • Looking for and using text features to support understanding

  • Rereading like an expert


We are currently in our Informational Writing Unit. Students have planned and wrote their own chapter books on topics they are experts on. Some of our teaching points have included:

  • Planning with a Table of Contents

  • Drafting and Revising With Feedback

  • Studying Mentor Texts

  • Using Comparison

  • Addressing an Audience with Strong Introductions and Conclusions

  • Editing with a Checklist

Upcoming Dates:

  • October 5-7 - Return iPads AND chargers to school

  • October 8 & 9 - Asynchronous Learning → Planning day for teachers

  • October 12 - 16 - No School (Fall Break)

  • October 19 - Return to full time in person learning

Curriculum Update:


We wrapped up our first Lucy Calkins Reading Unit, Growth Spurt, last week and are currently in a small Mini Unit Called: Readers Get to Know the Characters. We are studying characters and story elements closely.

During Reader’s Workshop students will be working on the following:

  • We continue to build our stamina to be able to independently read for longer periods of time.

  • Choosing Just Right Books- Books that we can read most of the words without difficulty or can use strategies to figure out the hard words

  • Recording our thinking while reading

  • Scooping our words together to read fluently

  • Stopping, thinking, and retelling a story to check for comprehension (asking who & what questions)

  • Strategies to use when words are tricky

  • Identify “What is this book teaching me?”

  • Studying characters actions, thoughts, feelings and personality traits

  • Identifying story elements - setting, problem & solution


We will continue our Opinion Writing Unit this month. Students have written several letters stating an opinion with reasons and examples. They have enjoyed choosing their favorite books and characters to write reviews.

In our opinion writing unit students have focused on:

  • Collaborating with a partner to plan writing

  • Writing to convince our readers

  • Using evidence to support our opinions

  • Using precise words to describe a character

  • Using transition and linking words to strengthen our writing

  • Writing conventions including punctuation, capitalization and spelling

  • Editing and revising using a checklist


Last week, we wrapped up our Topic 2.

During Topic 2: Work With Equal Groups, students focused on:

  • Even and odd numbers

  • Using arrays to find totals

  • Making arrays to solve addition problems

  • Modeling problems with equations, drawings, and arrays

We will be starting our third Envision topic.

In Topic 3, students are learning various strategies to add within 100.

These strategies include:

  • Add tens and ones on a hundreds chart

  • Add tens and ones on an Open number line

  • Break apart numbers to add

  • Add using compensation

  • Practice adding using strategies


  • Review the independent practice pages with your student

  • Practice fact fluency using the flash cards that were sent home


Each student was given a spelling inventory to identify areas of strength and areas to work on. Students were divided into groups based on their unique needs. Each week your child will come home with a list of words based on a spelling pattern. Please practice these words with your child. The idea is that your child learns to identify the pattern (through sorting) but is also able to accurately spell the words as well.

Welcome to 2nd Grade!

Hello families!

Welcome to 2nd Grade! See the "About Me" page (click the side bar) for some background on me!

I hope that everyone had a happy and healthy summer break​ ​given the crazy times we are living in! I am looking forward to learning with my second graders and families this school year. I believe a strong, positive classroom community, while fostering a love of learning, is essential for a successful school year. Throughout the year, I strive to meet the needs of all students, ensuring instruction is developmentally appropriate and rigorous.

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!

Here are some important links to help you get ready for the year:

  • Sign-Up Genius for optional Meet the Teacher Times - if you would like to meet with me virtually, this is an option! Please email me or indicate in the comments if you would prefer a virtual meeting so I can set this up. Otherwise, I will meet you at our meeting spot outside of the school!

  • Online Scheduler for Student Orientation Day - the GRE link is not live yet. Jenny Brown will send out communication regarding this, but this is the link you will end up using.

  • Supply Lists (Please bring supplies to your child's orientation day)

I look forward to meeting you and your 2nd grader!