Thursday, November 2, 2017

October Update



Upcoming Dates:
  • November 7-  No school, Election Day Professional Learning for Teachers
  • November 6th - 17th- Food Drive -Click here for flyer
  • November 8th & 9th- GRE Math Workshop for Parents - Click here for information
  • November 13th-17th Book Fair - Click here for information; Click here to volunteer.
  • November 15th- Celebrations of Learning/Thanksgiving Feast (Grade Level Schedule to Come)
  • November 20-24-  No school, Thanksgiving break


Curriculum Update:


READING:
During Reader’s Workshop students are working on the following:
  • We continue to build our stamina to be able to independently read for longer periods of time.
  • Making connections
    • Text to Self - “This reminds me of a time…”
    • Text to Text - “This reminds me of a book…”
    • Text to World - “This reminds me of something I saw when…”
  • Schema - Background Knowledge
    • As learners, we more readily understand new ideas and concepts when we connect them to what we already know.  Students discuss and think about current schema that they have around different concepts or ideas in books.  They are then able to better understand what they are reading and learning about!
  • Monitoring comprehension
    • Thoughtful readers recognize when they become distracted and when they are reading carefully.
    • Students record thoughts and ideas as they read.


WRITING:
  • Discovering small moments that matter-generating ideas
  • Tiny Topics- using a notebook to remember topics for writing
  • Stretching out small moments- learning to plan a story by touching each page and saying what they will write
  • Writing a good beginning, middle and end
  • Writing with detail: Magnifying a small moment
  • Bringing characters to life by using talk, feel or actions
  • Setting goals and making plans for writing time
  • Using checklist to self assess and plan for next parts
  • Close Reading: Looking closely at how mentor authors write and trying it
  • Collaborate a partner to help make a story better (revise by listening)
  • Word choice
  • Revising and editing rough drafts


MATH:
We are currently in Unit 2: Attributes of Shapes and Parts of a While
During this unit students will be focusing on the following:
  • Identifying, describing, sorting, comparing  and drawing 2-D and 3-D shapes.
  • Learning vocabulary for shapes.
  • Understanding equal parts of  a whole.
  • Partitioning shapes and using fraction vocabulary.
  • Continuing with fluency within 20.
  • Describing a rectangular array of tiles in terms of the number of rows, the number of tiles in each row, and / or the total number
Some math vocabulary we use in Unit 2:
  • Polygon
  • Vertex
  • Angle
  • Quadrilateral
  • Pentagon
  • Hexagon
  • Octagon
  • Angle
  • Right angle
  • Arrays - rows, columns
  • Congruent
  • Fraction - and fraction related vocabulary (halves, thirds, fourths)


SCIENCE:
  • Explain how weather and changing seasons impact people, animals, and plants
  • Gather and analyze data on the weather in different locations and in different seasons
  • Analyze the ways severe weather contributes to catastrophic events (floods, wild fires, etc.)


WORD WORK/SPELLING:

  • Your child has had several weeks of getting into our routine of Word Work and Spelling. Please continue to practice these words with your child (see yellow word study page in homework folder). The idea is that your child learns to identify the pattern (through sorting) but is also able to accurately spell the words as well. So far, the children are making good progress!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017



Upcoming Dates:
  • Thursday, October 5th- Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 6th Crazy Hair Day (Make a donation to  hurricane relief fun to wear crazy hair)
  • October 9-13th- Fall Break
  • October 16-18 Fund-Raiser at the Chicken Shack
  • October 31st- Halloween


Curriculum Update:


READING:
  • During Reader’s Workshop students are working on the following:
  • We continue to build our stamina to be able to independently read for longer periods of time.
  • Recording  and sharing our thinking while reading


WRITING:
We are continuing our Opinion Writing. During this unit students will be writing letters to share ideas about books (opinions).
  • Students have many letters written in their writing folders.
  • Students are using a checklist to reflect on their writing and engage in the revision process
By the end of the unit students will be able to:
  • Write about an opinion (likes or dislikes) and give reasons why
  • Have a good beginning in which you state your opinion and set reader up to expect the writing to convince them
  • Connect parts
  • Have different parts, a lot of lines about each part
  • Have at least two reasons
  • Have an ending that reminds reader of your opinion
  • Chose words that would make your reader agree with your opinion
  • Conventions are a big emphasis in second grade as well:
  • Capital at the beginning of each sentence
  • Punctuation at the end of each sentence


MATH:
We will be wrapping up our first Investigations Unit right after Fall Break.  We will then begin Unit 2  Attributes of shapes and Parts of a Whole.
During this unit students will be focusing on the following:

  • Identifying, describing, sorting, comparing  and drawing 2-D and 3-D shapes.
  • Learning vocabulary for shapes.
  • Understanding equal parts of  a whole.
  • Partitioning shapes and using fraction vocabulary.
  • Continuing with fluency within 20.
SOCIAL STUDIES:
  • Civics- Roles, Rights and Responsibilities of responsible community members.
  • During this unit we described important characteristics of a responsible community member. We learned that people can express their ideas respectfully within a community. We also explored the idea that responsible community members influence the rules, policies, and laws in their communities (including classrooms).
  • Students created a Spark Video, which was uploaded onto SeeSaw. With a partner, they created a video detailing the roles, rights, and responsibilities in one area of the school. Be sure to connect to SeeSaw to view your child's hard work!!


WORD WORK/SPELLING:

  • Your child has had several weeks of getting into our routine of Word Work and Spelling. Please continue to practice these words with your child (see yellow word study page in homework folder). The idea is that your child learns to identify the pattern (through sorting) but is also able to accurately spell the words as well. So far, the children are making good progress!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

September Update


Upcoming Dates:
  • Monday, September 18th- Conference Sign Up Opens
  • Friday, September 22nd- No School (Professional Learning for Teachers)
  • Wednesday, September 27th- Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, September 29th- Digger Dash
  • Thursday, October 5th- Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 9-13th- Fall Break

Curriculum Update:

READING:
During Reader’s Workshop students are working on the following:
  • Learning the routines and rituals that will make Reader’s Workshop successful
  • Choosing Just Right Books- Books that we can read most of the words without difficulty or can use strategies to figure out the hard words
  • Building our stamina to be able to independently read for longer periods of time
  • Identify and discuss story elements- character, setting, problem, solution and identify beginning, middle and end in stories
  • Recording our thinking while reading

WRITING:
Our first writing unit is Opinion Writing. During this unit students will be writing letters to share ideas about books (opinions). By the end of the unit students will be able to:
  • Write about an opinion (likes or dislikes) and give reasons why
  • Have a good beginning in which you state your opinion and set reader up to expect the writing to convince them
  • Connect parts
  • Have different parts, a lot of lines about each part
  • Have at least two reasons
  • Have an ending that reminds reader of your opinion
  • Chose words that would make your reader agree with your opinion
Conventions are a big emphasis in second grade as well:
  • Capital at the beginning of each sentence
  • Punctuation at the end of each sentence

MATH:
Our first Investigations Unit is called: Coins, Number Strings and Story Problems. During this unit students will focus on the following:
  • Introduce Math Tools and classroom routines-using Number Lines and The 100 Chart
  • Understand if order matters when adding two or more numbers together
  • Adding and subtracting within 20 using known facts to solve problems
  • Begin to develop fact fluency within 20
  • Compare two quantities
  • Coins
  • Time
  • Solve addition and subtraction story problems, share strategies for solving and ways to record

SOCIAL STUDIES:
Civics- Roles, Rights and Responsibilities of responsible community members.
During this unit we described important characteristics of a responsible community member. We learned that people can express their ideas respectfully within a community. We also explored the idea that responsible community members influence the rules, policies, and laws in their communities (including classrooms).

WORD WORK/SPELLING:

Each student was given a spelling inventory to identify areas of strength and areas to work on. Students were then divided into groups based on their unique needs. Each week your child will come home with a list of words based on a spelling pattern. Please practice these words with your child (see yellow word study page in homework folder). The idea is that your child learns to identify the pattern (through sorting) but is also able to accurately spell the words as well.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Welcome to Second Grade!

Welcome to Mary Beth Steinher’s Second Grade Class!


I hope that everyone is having a happy and healthy summer break!  I am looking forward to getting to know my second graders and families this new school year.  I believe a strong, positive classroom community, while fostering a love of learning, is essential for a successful school year.  Throughout the year, I strive to meet the needs of all students, ensuring instruction is developmentally appropriate and rigorous.


I am originally from New York, but have made my way out west along with many of my family members.  I met my husband, Bryan, in South Dakota and we moved to Colorado to be closer to our family.  Our daughter, Cheyenne, was born this past December!  She is such a joy and we are loving being parents for the first time!


This will be my sixth year of teaching and I am so excited for it to be at Gold Rush!  Prior to this second grade teaching position, I taught second grade at Northridge Elementary in Highlands Ranch for two years.  Before that, I taught for three years in South Dakota.  I received my Bachelors Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Providence College in Rhode Island in 2012.  This year I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Literacy from Black Hills State University.  


I am looking forward to our year together and to meeting you and your second grader!  I hope to see you at “Meet the Teacher”!


Sincerely,
Mrs. Steinher

October Update

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