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Welcome to Room 15!
It's going to be an exciting year in second grade!
 
 
 
PTA Membership
Congratulations to Room 15 for having 100% participation in the PTA!  What a great show of support for an organization that does so much for our school.  Way to go!
 
 
Emergency Bag
In preparation for an emergency, all La Ballona students will need to bring an emergency bag filled with the following:
 
- one sweater or sweatshirt
- one small box of crackers
- two pop-top containers of protein
- two small cans of juice
- two packages of dried fruit
- two pint-sized bottles of water
- one family photo
 
Be sure your child's first and last names are written on the bag.
 
 
Room 15 Agreements
1)  Try your best.
2)  Follow directions without comment.
3)  Use sign language, and wait to be addressed.
4)  Be prepared for class, and stay on task.
5)  Treat others with respect.
6)  Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
7)  Have a good attitude. 
 
 
Warm Fuzzy Classroom Management System
The warm fuzzy classroom management system was created to reward students for good choices and to hold students accountable for their less desirable choices.  Students will store their warm fuzzies in cups (generously donated by Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf) on their desks and will cash in for reward coupons at the end of each month.  There are four levels of coupons: 25, 50, 100, and 200.  All cups will be emptied at the end of the month to give the students a fresh start for the next month.  Any fuzzies not spent will be recorded for future use.
 
 
Parent Updates
Room 15 uses a free and safe messaging product to keep you up-to-date with what is happening in the classroom.  Simply accept the text invitation for class updates.  Please note that you cannot text a reply to the class reminders.  If Mrs. King texts you individually, you will be able to text a reply.
 
 
Homework
Room 15 students will have homework everyday - a simple half sheet with language arts on one side and math on the other.  Homework allows students to practice and reinforce what is learned in school.  Although homework is your child's responsibility, I encourage you to make sure he/she completes all assignments neatly and carefully.  Each day, students who turn in their completed homework on time will earn a warm fuzzy; students who do not will owe a warm fuzzy.  Students who have a perfect homework record for the whole week will earn one additional sparkly warm fuzzy!
 
 
Curriculum
In accordance with the Common Core State Standards for Second Grade, the following curricular areas will be covered this year.  To view the standards in detail, please go to Room 15's links and click on Content Standards for Second Grade.
 
LANGUAGE ARTS ~ The Daily 5 & Writer's Workshop
The Daily 5 is a framework for structuring literacy time so students develop habits of reading, writing, and working independently.  Students select from five authentic reading and writing choices, working independently toward personalized goals, while the teacher meets individual needs through whole-group and small-group instruction, as well as one-on-one conferring.  These choices include: Read to Self, Work on Writing, Reading to Someone, Listen to Reading, and Word Work.
 
Writer's Workshop by Lucy Calkins
Unit 1 - Narrative
Unit 2 - Information
Unit 3 - Opinion
 
Language Arts is also supplemented with Scholastic Spelling for homework.
 
MATHEMATICS ~ Guided Math & Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI)
The second grade math topics are as follows:
 
1st Trimester - Patterns, Odd/Even, Basic Addition & Subtraction, Place Value to 100, Early Algebra, 2-Digit Addition & Subtraction
 
2nd Trimester - Place Value to 1000, 3-Digit Addition & Subtraction, Money, Time
 
3rd Trimester - 2-Dimensional & 3-Dimensional Geometry, Fractions, Measurement, Data & Graphing, Multiplication
 
Math is also supplemented with MIND Institute's ST Math Program.
 
 
SOCIAL STUDIES ~ Houghton Mifflin
Unit 1 - People and Places
Unit 2 - Places Near and Far
Unit 3 - Ways of Living
Unit 4 - People at Work
Unit 5 - America's Past
Unit 6 - America's Government
 
SCIENCE ~ Scott Foresman
Life Sciences - Plants and Animals in Their Environment, Animal Life Cycles, All About Plants
Earth Sciences - Rocks and Soil, Fossils and Dinosaurs
Physical Sciences - Forces and Motion, Sound
 
HEALTH
Character Counts
 
ART
P.S. Arts
 
MUSIC
Symphonic Jazz Orchestra's "Bach to Bebop"
 
 
Accelerated Reader
Accelerated Reader (AR) is an online reading program.  Each student will be assessed using AR three times this year to determine his/her grade equivalent reading level (GE) and zone of proximal development (ZPD).  The GE is the level a student can read and comprehend by him/herself.  The ZPD gives a reading level range in which a student should be reading to be challenged without being frustrated. 
 
First, the student will need to determine whether or not a book is appropriate for his/her reading ability.  To do this, look up the book on www.arbookfind.com BEFORE reading the book to ensure it is in the student's ZPD.  Second, the student will read the book (Home Reading).  Third, the student will take an AR quiz in the classroom or computer lab.  Finally, the student will get immediate feedback for his/her reading comprehension performance.
 
For every picture book a student successfully reads with a 70% or higher, he/she will earn a warm fuzzy.  For every chapter book a student successfully reads with 70% or higher, he/she will earn a sparkly warm fuzzy.  Parents are encouraged to monitor their children's reading every night!
 
Isabella successfully read 100 AR books during the 2014-2015 school year - WOW!