Class Updates

hello new parents,

Please forgive me. I remember faces, but not names. I just don’t have any room left in my working memory. Anyway, feel free to introduce yourself as…so and so’s mom or dad…throughout the year, especially if I don’t see you often!

This week:

Lots of “getting to know you”


Materials: this is your folder, this is your comp book, blah blah blah

Where stuff is in the class and building

Cleaning up

Read Aloud

A little writing and drawing

Sharing about summer

Writing to 100

Introduction to place value

Recess rules and games

This first few weeks takes a long time to get things settled. I’ll spend a lot of time on how the room operates and we’ll save time later. At the same time, I want to get the kids engaged and interested as soon as possible. And of course, we have to test them too. So far so good.


-reading for 20 minutes

– please check out — I have sent home “PINS” for each student. I have maybe two that don’t have a pin yet. They will have a pin on Monday. If you are already doing xtramath, I might be able to move you into my room. Not sure. R

-next week we will assign a website for typing. This is a great site and will be part of homework weekly.

Thanks and have a great weekend.


Smarter Balance Practice Test (Math)

Hello families,

While we finish up our staff meeting, I thought I’d share what we are looking at. If you click on this link you can weave your way through some Smarter Balance practices tests. These are not for your child to take, rather I’m suggesting you do what we have been doing. These assessments will be very rigorous for most children.

All schools are transitioning to this standardized tests. Your child will be asked to take this assessment in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade.

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!!!

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.


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…”

Help us with the hall! Thanks

Hi folks,

Let’s start the year off right…nice and clean!

Every year when end up with lots of stuff in hallway, jackets papers, trash, etc. If everyone can remind all students to pick up we’ll be doing well. I think in South Korea it’s called “community parenting.” That’s what we need!

We will assign some students to help monitor our hallway cubbies, but it would be really helpful if we all had our eyes on the hallway to help keep it clean, especially during drop off and pick up. Mostly we just need to get those backpacks pushed in.

Please keep an eye on our local lost and found at the end of our cubbies, too.

Thank you!


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