Welcome to Second Grade M rs . N az li Igh an i, M rs . S an n a R obin so n, an d M rs . El iz ab et h Tuck er Shanghai American School, Pudong Campus - September 2012
Welcome to Second Grade Shanghai American School inspires in all students: A lifelong passion for learning A commitment to act with integrity and compassion The courage to live their dreams M rs . N az li Igh an i, M rs . S an n a R obin so n, an d M rs . El iz ab et h Tuck er Shanghai American School, Pudong Campus - September 2012
OverviewIntroductionsExpectationsCore SubjectsInterdisciplinary UnitsGrade Level AssessmentsHomeworkVisiting Your Child’s Classroom
Our GoalFor each student to experience success in anenjoyable and challenging educationalatmosphere.We view education as a partnership between theteacher, student and parents.
Reading WorkshopOur balance literacy program includes read-aloud,shared, independent, and guided reading opportunitiesin different genres. Each student reads at their independent level Each student selects ‘just right’ books for classroom and home readingIt is important to understand the focus is not the levelof reading, but on gaining meaning from readingto prepare students for a future academic life ofinteracting and understanding all texts.
Your children will...Not just decode text, but learn strategies that help them: Think Understand Interact Reflect Infer SynthesizeTo obtain these strategies children need to slow down andbecome thoughtful readers.This slowing down gives children time to refine strategies andbecome more active, fluent readers.
Writing WorkshopWriter’s workshop is an exciting program designed to developstudents’ love of writing, while incorporating prewriting, writingand revision skills.We encourage our students to learn that the process of writing isas important as the end product and that writing is a useful,everyday tool to communicate.Writers Workshop Units: Small Moments & Personal Narratives Realistic Fiction Nonfiction and Research Poetry Persuasive Writing
Word StudyEach student will work at their own level, learning wordsthrough meaningful and enjoyable discovery activities.Activities call for active problem solving, encouragingstudents to discover what they know about a new word andhow it is similar to words they already know.Weekly word study activities: Monday - Open Sort where students explore and sort words Tuesday - Explicit teaching of the word study pattern Wednesday - Practice of patterns Thursday - Exploring new words that follow the pattern Friday - Review and assessments
Everyday Math Learning Corporation University of Chicago School Math ProjectThis is an enriched mathematics curriculum that empowers studentsto understand mathematical content far beyond simple arithmetic.The emphasis is to develop more meaning to math by integratingdata gathering, analysis, probability, geometry, patterns and algebra.Mathematics becomes part of the ongoing classroom routines, outdoorplay, and the spare transitional moments that occur every day.What will you see being sent home: Family Letters - sent home at the beginning of the unit Home Links - homework for reinforcement of concepts or skills Family Math Game Kit - pick up in the kit in your child’s classroom Assessments - sent home at the end of each unit Challenging Math Games - posted on classroom websites
Science and Social StudiesMe As An Eagle - All About MeOur Cool School - School CommunityWonderful Weather - Air & WeatherContinents and Oceans - GeographyCelebrations Around the World - CultureGravity in Motion - Balance & MotionOur Solar System - Planets, Sun & MoonPlentiful Plants - Life ScienceMarket - Goods & Services
The Virtues ProjectUsing the Language of the Virtues as a framework for‘Shaping our Character’ SEEING – the virtues in each student, maybe in a glimmer of possibility or brilliant gem HEARING – our students call on our own kindness, compassion. SPEAKING – with the power of virtues such as tact, love and gentleness. ACTING – with the virtues, to model the virtue we are helping each other to cultivate
Assessments Rubrics Peer Assessments Self Assessments Ongoing Anecdotal Notes Checklists Independent work Group Work Common Assessments Tests and Quizzes Oral and Visual Presentations
HomeworkPurpose: Reinforce skills and concepts Extend educational opportunities beyond the walls of the classroom Develop independent learning habitsTime: Homework should take no more than 20 minutes Classroom teacher - 10 minutes Language Learning Block Teacher - 10 minutes Occasional collaborative family projects will be assigned on weekends
HomeworkHomework Suggestions: Designated Time - With your child, decide on a specific time for homework to be completed everyday Designated Space - With your child, decide on a quiet, comfortable spot for homework to be completed everyday Supplemental Homework - Family field trips, board and card games, activities posted on classroom websites, practice workbooks, after school activities, etc...
Reading GuidelinesGrowing readers in second grade should bereading 15 to 20 minutes each nightReading is not considered homework Reading with or to a parent, sibling or grandparent Being read to by a parent, sibling or grandparent Reading independently
Parent VolunteersParent Volunteers Classroom parties and activities - room parents will notify you of events Helping teachers and teaching assistants with the preparation of materials Attending Field Trips - being responsible for a group of studentsWe encourage parents not to work directly in their child’sclassroom on a regular day. Previous experiences have shownthat children whose parents work directly in their classroomoften become distracted and rely on their parents for assistance.Lunch with Your Child: You are welcome to have a speciallunch with your child. However, you may only dine with yourchild in the MS/HS cafeteria. If your child would like theirfriends to join you, please enjoy lunch in the ES cafeteria.
Important School Websites Elementary School http://teachers.saschina.org/espudong Mrs. Sanna Robinson http://teachers.saschina.org/srobinson Mrs. Nazli http://teachers.saschina.org/nighani Mrs. Elizabeth Tucker http://teachers.saschina.org/etucker
Visiting Your Child’s ClassroomMrs. Nazli Ighani - Room 121 (diagonal from this board)Mrs. Sanna Robinson - Room 120 (across from this board)Mrs. Beth Tucker - Room 136 (behind from this board)