Nonfiction, The Witches, and Guest Teachers


With the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) there is a big push for non-fiction. I actually really love this approach. In my class we have many, many small and large National Geographic books. I also love National Geographic. There are many levels and HIGH INTEREST subjects like Robbots and Sharks. These will give lots of background knowledge to students for our small ants unit, frog life cycle story, and animal reports. We will be asking students to support their ideas with evidence. We all have opinions, but can you support your ideas with facts. I want students to also think about author’s intent. What are we suppose to take away from a text?

Each year I try to add to our collection. The more non-fiction you read at home, the better.

Despite this, fiction is NOT going way. We are currently reading The Witches. Starting today, kids will journal either before or after read aloud. I’m providing them with sentence stems to get their thoughts started.

We also had a nice note from our Guest Teacher yesterday. EVERYONE, please say thank you to the students for being kind to our guest teacher on Monday. “Hey, Mr D. said the class rocked on Monday with the guest teacher. That’s great news!” Please make this a big deal, so that we can change the culture of what students expect when a guest teacher is in the classroom.

See ya tomorrow,

More from Bridges Math


Many days students spend 50% of their time working on paper/pencil math and then spend the other 50% playing games, building, conceptualizing. This is a rotation process.

This allows me to in a way manage two small(er) groups, rather than one large group. I’m able to meet with more students for quick check ins.

PLEASE fill out a form in the office if you would NOT like your child to be photographed for this blog. I try to blur faces or shoot from over the shoulder as much as possible. At the end of the year I will remove any photos with clearly identifiable faces. This is the first year I have used photos on the blog.

Hands On Engagement


A lot of work that goes home is not a clear reflection of ALL that happens in class. Here is a photo from students working with numbers, playing a simple game conceptualizing values in various visual motifs.

More pics on the way…

Curriculum Guide

Hi folks — the link above should bring you to the CCSS (common core state standards). I’m sure you’re following this big shift, but I follow the CCSS when planning. Some parents want to know more about how to work with their child after school. I’d follow this as a road map as it is the most up to date in influencing how we plan. The CCSS is all about students EXPLAINING THEIR THINKING. This is a good thing. It requires higher level thinking. Students are asked to present evidence in how they respond in both reading and math. More on this throughout the year.

Happy Friday,

Passport Club

We’ll have some info coming home with NEXT week’s homework. However, you can check out this website as we will be using Passport Club as an assignment once a month. This is going to be great fun for the kids.

LINK NOT WORKING — you will have to type or copy and paste link. I don’t what is going on with wordpress!!!

Back To School Powerpoint


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Room Rep Contacts

If you would like to receive communication from the Denlinger/Mogi classroom reps this year, please email Cynthia ( or Bonnie ( to be added to the class contact list. The room reps will only communicate with you about classroom activities, volunteer opportunities and relevant school events such as the auction. Participation on the list is voluntary.

A glimpse of second grade reading levels

In this PDF you’ll find some sample texts. The first few pages are what would be considered K and 1st grade stories. The final stories give you a look at what benchmark second grade text would look like, the final stories are getting into third grade.


Homework to download

I’m having some trouble in attachments and weblinks — perhaps it is CHROME. Not sure. Nonetheless, this is a link to a “static” form of homework. IF you lose homework, you can always come back to this version, print it and turn it in.


Beginning of Year Weekly Homework Reading Log and Response Packet

Sentence Stems for Reading Comp


I’ll have lots of post in the first few months of school, trying share tools to extend reading at home. We’ll be using these “sentence starters” in class. Our homework is very similar, but I like how these are brief. Use these to model how to “think” out loud about what you are reading.

Sentence Starters for 2nd Grade Reader Response Notebooks

As a good reader…

-I ask questions when I read.
I wonder if…

-I make and check predictions.
I think that later…
My prediction was right/wrong

-I visualize.
I imagine that…

-I make inferences about the characters.
I think that ___ is brave because…

-I make connections to my life, other
texts and the world.
That reminded me of…

I cite evidence from the text to support my thinking…

“One example is…”
“In the book…”
“I know this because…”


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