Parent Resources

Parents/Guardians,

As I'm sure you've seen, there is plenty of information all across this website that is for you. Aside from the FAQ though, I thought it might be helpful to put some more specific at-home resources in one, easy-to-find place, broken down by subject.

First, however, is a copy of the Welcome to Second Grade packet that was out at Open House. If you did not attend Open House, it was given to your child on his/her first day of school. This packet has important information about our building and about procedures in my classroom.

2019-2020 Welcome Packet.pdf

Math

Assessments

MAP Math

MAP testing is given to all students K-4 in reading and in math. It is given in the fall, winter, and spring. In second grade, the test can actually cover skills learned in grades 2-5 depending on how students perform on the test. Question difficulty changes as students are taking the test. If a student is performing well, questions may start to become more challenging. If a student is struggling with grade-level prompts, questions will back off a bit until finding a comfortable level of challenge. Teachers can use MAP test results to see in which areas students are showing strength, and where they need some extra support.

The MAP math test can cover a variety of skills from addition and subtraction, geometry, fractions, data and graphing, money, time, and so much more. You can read more information about MAP testing here, and even take a practice test here.

Links & Other

At this website you can easily download premade math worksheets for your child, or you can create your own. Everything is free with no signup required! Topics include basic math facts, word problems, time, money, and more.

This is a great place for downloading and printing multiplication flashcards and worksheets. You can also find interactive multiplication games and quizzes for your child on this site, too.

Your child has an XtraMath account with me, but did you know that he/she can practice with this at home, too? Notes have been sent home about how to do this, but e-mail me if you need a reminder.

Infographic above from fortheteachers.org. Click the image to enlarge.

Language Arts

Assessments

DIBELS

DIBELS assessments are benchmark assessments given to all students K-3 to determine whether or not they are on track or at risk for reading difficulty. It is given in the fall, winter, and spring. Teachers use benchmark scores and other data to plan instructional strategies to help students who are at risk succeed. DIBELS scores do not tell you everything there is to know about a student’s reading development and skills, but it does give important information about the overall progress a student is making toward becoming a proficient reader.

You can read more information about DIBELS here.

Name of Benchmark Assessment

First Sound Fluency (FSF)

Letter Naming Fluency (LNF)

Phoneme Segmentation Fluency (PSF)

Nonsense Word Fluency (NWF)

Oral Reading Fluency (ORF)

Grade Level

K

K, 1 (fall)

K (winter & spring), 1 (fall & winter)

K (winter & spring), 1, 2 (fall)

1 (winter & spring), 2, 3

Video Example

FSF

LNF

PSF

NWF

ORF

MAP Reading

MAP testing is given to all students K-4 in reading and in math. It is given in the fall, winter, and spring. In second grade, the test can actually cover skills learned in grades 2-5 depending on how students perform on the test. Question difficulty changes as students are taking the test. If a student is performing well, questions may start to become more challenging. If a student is struggling with grade-level prompts, questions will back off a bit until finding a comfortable level of challenge. Teachers can use MAP test results to see in which areas students are showing strength, and where they need some extra support.

The MAP reading test can cover a variety of reading comprehension- and vocabulary-based skills. You can read more information about MAP testing here, and even take a practice test here.

Links & Other

This website is great for parents that want to help their children become better readers. Here you can find some of the key strategies (along with solid details about each) that we use in the classroom.

A wonderful article about how you can help your children at home with understanding what they are reading.

A great resource with many tips and ideas on how parents can help promote better reading habits for their children.

This is from the Ann Arbor Public School system, and it does a nice job of breaking down what to look for and how to help your child grow at each level of reading A through M.

These first two infographics also came from fortheteachers.org, and show easy ways for parents to help their children at home with reading and spelling. The last one is from April Greer, and is a wonderful infographic (very slightly modified by me just to remove the students' names) about the benefits of reading 20 minutes every night. Click each image to enlarge.

Other

Take a look at the BCSD list of vocabulary terms broken down by grade level.

Sight words are words that should be memorized to help a child learn to read and write. Here are the words that your child should know from grades K-3 in the BCSD.

While this is, indeed, a second grade website, the Third Grade Reading Guarantee will be coming up soon. It is crucial that all parents/guardians know about this statewide initiative and what it means for your child.