Wednesday, March 25, 2020

April

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Hello families!


What an interesting time this is! I am so thankful to have such a resilient group of students and supportive group of families. We will work through this new and unchartered territory together.

Here is some important information to keep track of:

  • Click here to go to the google site for morning message, check in, and parent resources. This is a home base for all of second grade. It is a great place for supplemental resources, check ins for students, and more.
  • Google Classroom (different from our site) is our home base for our specific learning opportunities and videos. You have done a great job navigating through our google classroom so far!
  • We will continue to utilize Zoom for occasional morning meetings, check ins, etc. I will send out a new invitation for each zoom meeting we have. You don't need a sign in, just click the link I send. Just be sure that students click to turn on both the video and audio features.
  • Email me throughout the day with any questions or technical difficulties and I will see how we can work through them!
Here are some additional links for you:

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

January




IMPORTANT DATES:
  • January 6th: NO SCHOOL
  • January 20th: NO SCHOOL
CURRICULUM UPDATE

READING/SOCIAL STUDIES

As readers, we will be doing an integrated 3 week mini-unit that will help us grow as readers and historians. We will hone all the great non-fiction reading strategies we built in the last unit as we read biographies to learn about important people and how they impacted our world. Determining importance, asking questions as we read, and learning strategies to synthesize our learning will be a big part of our mission as readers. We will also learn to think like a historian, using and creating timelines, examining multiple sources, and considering how a person can impact their community or world. We will be creating some great projects to share our learning towards the end of the month.

WRITING

We will wrap up our Informational Writing Unit during the first few weeks of January, In this final bend, students will plan and write their own “how to” chapter books, incorporating science content, along with strategies to write books that teach. Some of our teaching points will include:
  • Planning with a Table of Contents
  • Drafting and Revising With Feedback
  • Studying Mentor Texts
  • Using Comparison
  • Going Deeper to Incorporate Science Writing 
  • Addressing an Audience with Strong Introductions and Conclusions
  • Editing with a Checklist 

MATH

In Topic 5, students will learn various strategies to subtract within 100. We will build upon previously taught addition strategies to fluently subtract within 100.

During this unit students will be focusing on the following:
  • Using place value (tens and ones) to subtract
  • Using an open number line to subtract tens and ones within 100.
  • Subtracting 2 digit numbers using models
  • Subtracting and breaking apart numbers using mental math and compensation
  • Modeling one and two step problems 
  • Selecting the most efficient strategy to solve a math problem

HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH MATH

Helping your child with math: Click Here
Math Words and Ideas: Click Here
Investigations Game Center: Math Games

WORD WORK/SPELLING
It is so exciting to see the progress students are making in their spelling. Students were given a spelling inventory before Thanksgiving break and some students moved into different groups based on the results of their assessment, weekly spelling test scores, and spelling quizzes. Spelling groups were formed based on their understanding of spelling patterns and their regular application of these patterns in both their spelling tests and daily writing. Please continue to support your child by making sure that their word sorts are practiced daily along with the 5 “No Excuse Words” and challenge word of the week. Using the sorts throughout the week helps your child develop the spelling pattern they are working on for the week.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March







Upcoming Dates:
  • March 4 and March 12 Parent Teacher Conferences
  • March 16 - 20 Spring Break

CURRICULUM UPDATE

READING:

We are in our Reading Unit Called Bigger Books Mean Amping Up Reading Power. During this Unit we built the following charts to anchor our thinking when reading:



We will conclude this unit by launching Book Clubs. Students will understand club member behaviors. They will create a plan, set goals and work together to accomplish their goals.




WRITING: Our current 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:
  • Discover small moments that matter-generating ideas
  • Generate tiny topics for writing
  • Stretch out small moments- learning to plan a story by touching each page and saying what they will write
  • Write a good beginning, middle and end
  • Write with detail: Magnifying a small moment
  • Bring characters to life by using talk, feel or actions
  • Set goals and make plans for writing time
  • Use 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)
  • Choose strong words to help a reader visualize
  • Revise and edit rough drafts
Conventions are always 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: Students are refining their addition and subtraction strategies, including solving story problems, and working towards accurate and efficient strategies that can be generalized to greater numbers. We will continue to focus on the mathematical practices of precision, making sense of problems, and persevering to solve them and constructing viable arguments to explain our mathematical thinking.

We will also begin to investigate graphs and data in conjunction with our Tech project.

Over the next few weeks, students will:
  • Add and subtract one and two digit numbers using models to help them visualize the regrouping concept.
  • Use drawings, equations and models to solve one and two-step addition & subtraction problems.
  • Collect, represent and interpret data using line plots, bar graphs and pictographs.
  • Please continue to review your child’s daily math worksheets and practice fact fluency using the flash cards that were sent home last fall. 
SCIENCE

In science, we will continue our unit on weather. During this unit, students will:
  • Conduct weather experiments
  • Observe changes in weather over time
  • Become familiar with instruments meteorologists use to monitor weather conditions
  • Explore the various types of clouds and the the weather they bring
  • Gain an understanding of the water cycle
  • Gain an understanding of how weather and changing seasons impact people, animals, and plants
  • Gather and analyze data on the weather in different locations and in different seasons
  • Use graphs and models to represent and interpret data
  • Analyzing the ways severe weather contributes to catastrophic events (floods, wildfires, etc.)

Monday, February 5, 2018

February







Upcoming Dates:
  • 2nd Grade Performance: Thursday, February 6th 1st/2nd Grade Specials Program:
    • Graham - 6:15-6:45
    • Munson - 7:15-7:45
  • Thursday, February 20th- 1st/2nd Grade Specials Program:
    • Steinher / Schultz - 6:15-6:45
    • Roon - 7:15-7:45
  • Thursday, February 13th- Classroom Valentine’s Day Parties
  • Friday, February 14th- No School (Professional Development for Teachers)
  • Monday, February 17th- No School Presidents Day
VALENTINE PARTY:
We will have our class Valentine party on Thursday,  February 13th. Children are welcome to create a Valentine’s Day Box to collect Valentines in. Please make sure that the opening on the box will fit a card with candy attached  (if families choose to do that). If your child chooses to make a valentine for students in our class, please make sure that you bring one valentine for every student in the class. A class list will be sent home. Please also be on the lookout for a party SignUp.

1st and 2nd Grade Specials Program:

At Gold Rush Elementary we believe that the arts serve an essential role in helping Our 1st and 2nd Grade Specials Showcase is a way to highlight some of the important learning happening in their specials classes. Each year at GRE the first and second grade students explore a theme during their Art, Music and PE classes and then have the opportunity to share their learning with parents and invited guests. Each performance will last about 30 minutes



Please look for your child's class above and save the date and time.  Since there will be two different performances on each night, parents and students are asked to arrive only 15 minutes prior to the performance. 


CURRICULUM UPDATE
READING:
In this next reading unit, a major focus is on reading fluency as they encounter longer texts.  Students will focus on reading in phrases with appropriate expression, at a just right pace. Students will also pay attention to literary language in texts.  They will notice when an author plays with words or uses comparisons. We will explore some poetry as we dig into literary language. As students encounter longer texts, it is important that they “hold on” to the different parts of the text so they are able to understand the book as a whole.  Continuing to jot thoughts down on sticky notes, sharing ideas with a partner, and rereading are critical reading behaviors. Students will continue to set goals and monitor those goals.   

   
We conclude this unit by launching Book Clubs. Students will understand club member behaviors. They will create a plan, set goals and work together to accomplish their goals. 

WRITING:
We are now moving into 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: 
  • Discover 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:
We are continuing to learn subtraction strategies, with an emphasis on developing fluency to 100.  In addition to subtraction, we will continue to focus on the mathematical practices of precision, making sense of problems and persevering to solve them and constructing viable arguments to explain our mathematical thinking.  Over the next few weeks, students will:
  • Subtract one and two digit numbers using models to help them visualize the regrouping concept.
  • Subtract using partial differences
  • Solve one and two-step subtraction problems.
Please continue to review your child’s daily math worksheets and practice fact fluency using the flash cards that were sent home last fall.  

HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH MATH


SCIENCE
In science, we will begin our unit on weather.  During this unit, students will:
  • Conducting weather experiments
  • Observing changes in weather over time
  • Becoming familiar with instruments meteorologists use to monitor weather conditions
  • Exploring the various types of clouds and the the weather they bring
  • Gaining an understanding of the water cycle
  • Gaining an understanding of how weather and changing seasons impact people, animals, and plants
  • Gathering and analyzing data on the weather in different locations and in    different seasons
  • Analyzing the ways severe weather contributes to catastrophic events (floods, wildfires, etc.)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

September Update






Upcoming Dates

Monday, September 2 - No School (Labor Day)
Friday, September 20st- No School (Professional Learning for Teachers)
Thursday, September 27th- Digger Dash
October 14-18th- Fall Break


Mrs. Holmes will be taking over for Mrs. Steinher on Monday, September 16th!  Please email Mrs. Holmes until Mrs. Steinher returns from leave.

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 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 the 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 our reader of your opinion
  • Choose 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 are wrapping up Topic 1: Fluently Add and Subtract Within 20
During this unit students focused on the following:
  • Math Tools and classroom routines-using manipulatives, number lines, and tens frames
  • Understand if order matters when adding two or more numbers together (commutative property)
  • Adding and subtracting within 20 using a variety of strategies
  • Making 10
  • Doubles or near doubles fact
  • Fact families
  • Counting on
  • Using a number line to count on or count back
  • Bar diagrams
  • Beginning to develop fact fluency within 20
  • Understanding the connection between addition and subtraction
  • Solving addition and subtraction story problems, sharing strategies for solving, and ways to record
During Topic 2: Work With Equal Groups, students will focus on:
  • Even and odd numbers
  • Using arrays to find totals
  • Making arrays to solve addition problems
  • Modeling problems with equations, drawings, and arrays
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 Mrs. Steinher's Second Grade Class!

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

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 family.  We have one daughter, Cheyenne, who will be three years old in December! Cheyenne will also become a big sister in (mid-late) September!

I am excited to have Shay Holmes cover my maternity leave.  Shay is a former second grade teacher who has an extensive history at Gold Rush.  Shay has covered many long term maternity leave positions at our school and she is well versed with Gold Rush's curriculum and practices.  Rest assured that Shay and I will co-teach and plan together closer to my maternity leave to ensure that your child does not miss a beat.  I will send additional communication as we get into the school year.

Please be on the lookout for other emails regarding the beginning of the school year. 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 Tuesday, August 6th!

Warmly, 
Mrs. Steinher

April

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