Thursday, November 2, 2017

October Update



Upcoming Dates:
  • Thursday, October 4th- Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 8-12th- Fall Break
  • October 15 or 16th- Vision & Hearing Screening
  • October 25th- Legend Family Trunk or Treat 5:00-6:00
  • October 31st- Halloween Breakfast Parties 8:45-9:30 and Costume Parade 9:30-10:00

Curriculum Update:

READING:
We will wrap up our first Lucy Calkins Unit: Reading Growth Spurt after fall Break and begin a new Unit called Becoming Experts. This unit is devoted to reading Nonfiction. 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
  • Notice and learn about the difference between fiction and nonfiction
  • Notice, learn and question
  • Identify “What is this book teaching me?”
  • Characteristics of Nonfiction (text features)
  • Building knowledge of unknown words
  • Strategies for solving unknown words
  • Adding info across books
  • Retell topics not just books
  • Lifting your level of thinking
WRITING:
We will be wrapping up our Narrative/Small Moment Writing Unit after fall break. Student have written several stories up to this point. We will choose a piece to edit, revise and publish. We will:

  • Collaborate a partner to help make a story better (revise by listening)
  • Word choice- make our readers be able to visualize our story
  • Revising and editing rough drafts
  • Fix conventions
  • Use word wall to fix spelling
  • Fix and Fancy up our writing
It has been absolutely delightful to hear the narrative stories students are writing about their special memories!

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.
HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH MATH
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SOCIAL STUDIES:

We are completing our unit on Civics this week. Students identified what our Roles, Rights and Responsibilities are in various parts of the school and playground. During our Technology Time with Mrs. Fleet we learned about an App called Adobe Spark. Students then collaborated with a partner to create a video describing one pace in our school. Please look at your child’s Seesaw account for the video.

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 3 - No School (Labor Day)
  • Thursday, September 20th- Digger Dash
  • Friday, September 21st- No School (Professional Learning for Teachers)
  • Thursday, September 27th- Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Thursday, October 4th- Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 8-12th- 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
  • Recording our thinking while reading
  • Stopping, thinking, and retelling a story to check for comprehension
  • Reading more and more to continue growing
  • Strategies to use when words are tricky
WRITING:

Our first writing unit is Narrative Writing. During this unit students will write short stories based on true events from their lives. By the end of the unit students will be able to:
  • 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
Conventions are a big emphasis:
  • Capital at the beginning of each sentence, for the word ‘I’, and proper nouns
  • Punctuation at the end of each sentence
  • Quotation marks when using dialogue
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).
Communities - We are exploring how communities change, reasons for living in a specific community, and the different types of communities.

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.  We have one daughter, Cheyenne, who will be two years old in December!


I received my Bachelors Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Providence College in Rhode Island in 2012. I am also a certified Reading Specialist, after receiving my Master's Degree in Reading Education in 2017. This will be my seventh year of teaching and I am so excited to continue at Gold Rush!


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” on Monday, August 6th!


Sincerely,
Mrs. Steinher

October Update

Upcoming Dates: Thursday, October 4th- Parent Teacher Conferences October 8-12th- Fall Break October 15 or 16th- Vision & Hearing ...