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Welcome to Second Grade!
It's going to be an exciting year!


PTA Membership
Congratulations to our class for being the first to get 100% participation with PTA memberships!  Your membership money goes toward assemblies, field trips, school beautification, school supplies, and teachers' grants.  Thank you!
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.  Warm fuzzy points will be recorded digitally.  Students will cash in for rewards at the beginning of each month.  There are four levels of rewards: 50, 100, 200, and 300.  All warm fuzzy points will reset to zero at the beginning of the month to give the students a fresh start for the new month.  Any warm fuzzy points 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 invitation for class updates.
Google Classroom
Google Classroom (GC) is the online educational platform that we will use in second grade.  Even before the pandemic, our class used GC to develop their tech skills.  Through this platform, students are able to watch linked videos, complete assignments and assessments, leave private questions and comments on their work, and view teacher feedback such as grades and comments.
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, CAFE, & Writer's Workshop
California Journeys is a balanced literacy program that incorporates interactive read-alouds / shared reading, reading mini lessons, word study, and writing. 
Our class also incorporates the science of reading through lessons in phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension.  CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand Vocabulary.  The CAFE Menu will be used to help students grow into successful readers by teaching them specific reading strategies.
Writer's Workshop by Lucy Calkins
Unit 1 - Narrative
Unit 2 - Information
Unit 3 - Opinion
Language Arts is also supplemented with Learning A-Z and Lexia Core5 which can be accessed through Clever.
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 Splash Math which can be accessed through Clever.
SCIENCE ~ Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
1st Trimester: Physical Science
2nd Trimester: Life Science
3rd Trimester: Earth Science
SOCIAL STUDIES ~ Social Studies Alive
Unit 1 - Geography and Mapping Skills: People, Places, and Environments
Unit 2 - Economics: People Who Supply Our Goods and Services
Unit 3 - Families Today and in the Past
Unit 4 - Biographies: People Make a Difference
Unit 5 - Government Institutions and Practices
Unit 1 - Skills for Learning
Unit 2 - Empathy
Unit 3 - Emotion Management
Unit 4 - Problem Solving
Arts & Innovation
Physical Education
Vocal Music