Traffic Light System
Green: Regularly following class rules
Yellow: A warning was given, and
negative behavior continued
Red: Negative behavior continued
further. Note home.
Rewards students for good choices
Reader’s Workshop- Each student reads books at their
independent reading level (Just Right books)
Our goal for students is not just reading the words;
Slowing down to become thoughtful, active
Growing a love of reading
Preparing students for future academic life of
interacting with many different texts.
Independent Reading, Partner Reading, Book
Clubs, Guided Reading, Read Alouds
The National Reading Panel found that “the single most
important activity for building the background knowledge
required for success in reading is reading aloud to
children.” This applies at home and at school. (Jim
Trelease, The Read Aloud Handbook)
› Equates reading with pleasure
› Expands vocabulary
› Strengthens reading comprehension
› Models fluent reading
› Exposes students to a variety of subjects and
genres that helps build literary knowledge.
› Instills identity of a reader in a child
Nightly “check in” after reading time
› “Read me your favorite part.”
Cozy reading spot
Big Year in Math!
› Fluency with math facts through 20
› 2-3 digit addition and subtraction
› Reading/writing numbers up through 10,000’s
› Telling time to the nearest five minute
› Adding and subtracting money
› Extended/Open Response
Focus on strategy, not algorithms.
› CCSS stress critical thinking, rather than memorization
of pencil-and-paper algorithms.
Spiral Curriculum- mastering 1st -2nd grade skills,
introducing 3rd grade+ concepts.
Play games and talk about math in the real world. Go
grocery shopping together, count change, bake and
Reinforce addition and subtraction facts for the
numbers 1 through 10. The MOST effective way to do
this is through games, not flash cards or workbooks.
Ask your children to explain how they came up with the
Practice estimating to develop measurement sense: Try
estimating the number of windows in your house- then
count and see.
Practice Mental Math (“Start at 37, count by 10s”)
Please, do not teach your child to use the “carrying”
Please, do not introduce the “borrowing” subtraction
These are quick and efficient ways to add/subtract, and
we all learned to subtract that way. However, it often
makes children less flexible with their thinking about
numbers. Children who are introduced to this algorithm
too soon have a much harder time understanding what
addition and subtraction “mean”.
Daily writing time
narrative, informational, opinion, poetry.
Revising and editing taught as important
parts of the writing process
Some invented spelling is encouraged.
Fundations words are expected to be
Writing Celebrations at the end of each unit
› Different types of paper, stationary, blank
books, postcards, envelopes, pens, markers,
Spur writing ideas at home
Notice good writing in read alouds
Share writing with relatives
› “What are you working on in WW?”
Our school will work on units of study in
each area for each marking period.
Units include: Economics and Growth in a
Community, Life Cycles, Neighborhoods
Across Chicago, Force and Motion, Solar
Students will explore content areas through
literacy, art, music, and technology.
Each unit with end with a culminating
activity to celebrate our learning.
› Sharing learning
› Writing for a real audience
› Family involvement
› Archiving student work
› Creation-focused (Movies, pictures, ebooks,
› Integration with Mr. Bartel
The red homework folder AND Book Buddy bag
will be sent home each night.
Nightly homework (unless otherwise noted)
› Reading for 20 minutes (Ask your teacher for an optional
› Any Guided Reading homework (Check Book Buddy Bag)
› Math worksheet
› Fundations practice- due every 1-2 weeks; Work at your
Allow students to attempt homework
independently. Then, go over it with them and
revise as needed.
Not meant to be challenging; Contact teacher
A big part of second grade is transitioning towards
independence. With that in mind, here are some
things that second graders will be responsible for at
Turning in homework and notes from home.
Packing up their folder at school and bringing it back in
Book Buddy Bag + guided reading book
Afterschool schedule (Chess club, etc)
Peak of the Week Journal
Kazoos on Music days
Saying goodbye to teacher at dismissal
Actions- apologies and making it right
A = Exceeding CCSS for 2nd grade/Advanced (90%+)
› Consistently uses major skills or processes with ease and
confidence in completing required grade level and above
› Consistently uses knowledge to skillfully communicate
complicated ideas and concepts
› Consistently completes and turns in accurate, excellent
classwork and homework
B = Above CCSS/Proficient (80-89%)
› Uses major skills or processes with very few errors in completing
required grade level appropriate academic performance
› Demonstrates the ability to use knowledge to effectively
communicate difficult ideas
› Completes and turns in above average classwork and
C = Meeting CCSS for 2nd grade/Proficient (70-79%)
› Demonstrates average uses of major skills or processes
with some errors in completing required grade level
appropriate academic performance tasks
› Demonstrates average ability to use required knowledge
to communicate important ideas
› Completes and turns in satisfactory classwork and
D = Below CCSS for 2nd grade/Basic (60-69%)
› Makes a number of errors when using major skills and
processes required to complete academic performance
› Demonstrates below average understanding of grade
level appropriate content standards, strands, and
› Classwork and homework often have errors and/or are
Please send in a note or email when your
child is absent.
Monitor your child’s absences on Parent
Portal, especially at quarter’s end.
Unexcused absences make students
ineligible for honor rolls.
We start our learning promptly at 8:30.
Please be on time!
On your child’s birthday, a family member is
welcome to come in and read a book to
the class to celebrate.
No food treats, please
Birthday Party Invitation Policy
› Invitations can be passed out at school ONLY
when a whole class is invited (or all girls/all boys).
› Small group invitations should distributed outside
Math Explorations Fridays 11:15-12:15
Mystery Readers Fridays 9:10-9:30
› Pop in and disassemble workbooks for our daily
› Writing Celebrations
› Culminating Activities
Our goal this year is to increase your
child’s confidence and independence in
We want children to love
themselves, school, and learning.
We are building a community of learners
in second grade and we are glad you
are a part of our community!
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newsletters and school information!