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Welcome to Second Grade!
It's going to be an exciting year!
Classroom Agreements
1)  Try your best.
2)  Follow directions without comment.
3)  Use sign language, and wait to be addressed.
4)  Treat others with respect.
5)  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.  During distance learning, the warm fuzzy points will be recorded digitally.  Students will cash in for rewards at the end of each month.  There are four levels of rewards: 25, 50, 100, and 200.  All warm fuzzy points will reset to zero at the end of the month to give the students a fresh start for the next 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, Room 15 students 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.
Our weekly planner will post to GC every Sunday.  Students are encouraged to refer back to this planner each day to help keep track of assignments and linked Zoom meetings.  Assignments will post to GC from 4-5 PM the day before the students are to work on them.  This will allow families time to preview the instructions and learning activities ahead of time if they choose.
Students will earn one warm fuzzy point for each completed GC assignment that is submitted on time.  They are encouraged to view their submitted assignments on GC to verify completion, to see their grades, and to read any compliments and/or learning tips left on their work.  Work that is completed incorrectly due to regular errors will receive credit.  In many cases, students will be allowed to try again and resubmit for a higher score; check the private comment section for these opportunities.  Work that has not followed instructions will not receive credit and will be returned for completion.  Examples include but are not limited to typing in random words in text boxes or not completing all pages / slides.  Let's aim to complete all work on time each day with our best effort!
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.
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 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)
1st Trimester: Physical Science
2nd Trimester: Life Science
3rd Trimester: Earth Science
SOCIAL STUDIES ~ Houghton Mifflin
1st Trimester: Unit 1 - People and Places & Unit 6 - America's Government
2nd Trimester: Unit 3 - Ways of Living & Unit 4 - People at Work
3rd Trimester: Unit 5 - America's Past & Unit 2 - Places Near and Far
Unit 1 - Skills for Learning
Unit 2 - Empathy
Unit 3 - Emotion Management
Unit 4 - Problem Solving
CCUSD Elementary Visual Arts Program
Symphonic Jazz Orchestra's "Bach to Bebop"
Vocal Music