Classroom News
Below are some key informational points about your child's second grade classroom: 

Daily Schedule:
9:00-9:40 Shared Reading
9:40-10:00 Word Work
10:00-11:00 Guided Reading Groups/Daily 5/WIN
11:00-11:40 Writing
11:45-12:15 Lunch
12:20-12:45 Recess
12:45-1:55  Math
1:55-2:35 Special
2:35-3:05 Content
3:05-3:25 Homework Block

Specials Schedule:
Day 1:  Library
Day 2:  Gym
Day 3:  Music
Day 4:  Art

Throughout the day your child will be working on a variety of reading, math, and writing skills.  A brief outline of each area is listed below.

Guided Reading Group:  Your child will be working within a small group setting with a teacher focusing on using reading strategies to help decode text, sight words, and comprehension skills.  We practice using our text to help us answer comprehension questions.  We also use this time to help build fluency with our reading.

Shared Reading:  This portion of our day is a whole group lesson on reading.  We focus mainly on one reading skill each week such as main idea, story elements, sequencing, character traits, etc.  We use classroom sets of books for this time during the day or the use of nonfiction articles.  We are utilizing a new reading program this year called Wonders.

Writing:  This portion of the day corresponds with our reading time.  We are also using Wonders for this time block as well.  We write in response to our stories, and we also have genre writing such as friendly letters, personal narratives, etc.  Your child will have a mini-lesson, independent writing time, and one on one conference or small group time with the the teacher during this time frame.

Content:  During our content time your child will learn new science and social studies concepts.  We focus on life cycles, physics of light, aquatic ecosystems, and balance and motion.  We also incorporate map skills and local history into this block.

Word Work:  During this time we work on a variety of skills such as prefixes, suffixes, antonyms, synonyms, homophones, etc.  We also work on our high frequency words  at this time.  We also work on our spelling words and the phonics skill that our words are focused on for a specific week.  This may be short vowel sounds, long vowel sounds, word families, etc.

Math:  We use the Everyday Math 4 program with our kiddos.  We work on a variety of math skills throughout the year.  The skills will be seen in their HomeLinks each night.  Students also take weekly math facts quizzes.  Students need to be able to master addition and subtraction facts by the end of second grade.

WIN:  During this time students are practicing and applying a lot of the reading and writing skills taught throughout the day.  We do extension activities during this time to give extra practice for these skills.