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Welcome to Second Grade!
It's going to be an exciting year!
PTA Membership
Congratulations on earning 100% participation!  Everyone in class brought in $8 to join La Ballona's PTA!  Your membership money goes toward assemblies, field trips, school beautification, school supplies, and teachers' grants.  Thank you!
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.
Classroom 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
Our class uses a free and safe messaging product to keep you up-to-date with what is happening in the classroom and at school.  Simply accept the text invitation for class updates.  Please note that you cannot text a reply to the whole class.  If Mrs. King texts you individually, you will be able to text a reply to her.  If Mrs. King texts you in a group message, everyone in that group will be able to see your text.
Students will have homework everyday - a simple half sheet with language arts on one side and math on the other.  (Students should also be reading for at least 20 minutes per night.)  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!
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 our links and click on Content Standards for Second Grade.
LANGUAGE ARTS ~ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt California Journeys, The Daily 5, & Writer's Workshop
California Journeys is a balanced literacy program that incorporates interactive read-alouds / shared reading, reading mini lessons, word study, and writing.
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 RAZ Kids A-Z.
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.
SCIENCE ~ Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Physical Science
Life Science
Earth Science
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
CCUSD Elementary Visual Arts Program
Second Step
Symphonic Jazz Orchestra's "Bach to Bebop"
Vocal Music