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    Second Grade Curriculum Overview 2018-19






    Ms. Call’s  Goals...

    • I will help your child develop a love for learning
    • I will help your child learn to make positive choices
    • I will provide a caring and positive environment where your child can grow
    • I recognize that students learn through various styles, and I will do my best to meet every student’s needs
    • I will do my best to make learning relevant and fun! J


    Curriculum Overview

    (please refer to EPS District site for more in-depth info.)

    Reading/Literacy Block:

    Second graders read a variety of nonfiction and fiction stories throughout the year. After they are assessed in September, they will be placed in flexible needs based groups.  Second graders will be exposed to different genres as well as different forms of text. Children will participate in guided reading (explicit, direct reading instruction), and read aloud (being read to). Students will work in the district adopted REACH for Reading program, and provide readers with interesting text to develop and improve their reading strategies, phonics, grammar, fluency, and comprehension. Students also have the opportunity to take online comprehension tests in the classroom on books they read through the AR (accelerated reader) program. They are assessed via anecdotal observation, benchmark reading (DRA), and individual AR goals.



    In Second grade we test students on phonics and high frequency words from the REACH for Reading program. Although they are expected to practice words weekly, we emphasizes application of words in real world writing.  Students are expected to practice the words from the “preview” sheet in a variety of ways. Each Monday students write their list of spelling words to study. Spelling achievement tests are given at the end of the week. Student’s spelling with be evaluated based on how they apply their spelling skills to their everyday writing, as an indicator of how they are mastering the expected second grade words.  These tests will be scored and sent home for review.



    Students write every day in class. Writing spans across the curriculum and is applied in math, science, reading and social studies. During writing workshop, students will generate ideas and plan their writing. Children will be encouraged to write drafts using multiple sentences. Their writing will be both narrative (personal recount stories) as well as expository (writing to inform). Students will be evaluated on the traits of a strong writer: ideas, voice, word choice, fluency, conventions, organization. In the spring, they will opportunity to present published stories to their peers. You can help your child by pointing out their personal experiences that they could write a story about and having discussion about what they could write.



    Students will be learning math using a hands-on, problem solving approach featured in the enVision math program. Children are encouraged to use higher level thinking skills in learning the math processes and concepts. They will work individually, in partners, and in groups to solve problems. A very important part of the program involves children being able to write or explain verbally how they approach a math problem.  Students are evaluated based on daily work performance, end of the unit tests, and their achievement of math fact timing goals.


    Math concepts to work on at home, in the car, at the grocery store etc:


    • Writing numerals to 120
    • Use comparative language (e.g., less than, more than, equal to) to compare numbers to 120
    • Count by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s to 120
    • Read and write three digit numbers such as 549 or 932
    • Count forward and backward, from a given number that is less than 120
    • Show relationships between addition and subtraction using objects and acting out math equations or math story problems
    • Use addition and subtraction strategies for up to 3 digit numbers. (ex:  125+227, 512-12)
    • Read a clock with hands to the hour, the half hour, quarter hour (both digital and analog)
    • Play the games that are sent home from the enVision math program and practice math facts via Xtra math.com


    In enVision, homework is an extension of classroom work. Sometimes it offers review and practice of work done in class, preparation for upcoming activities, and/or games that revisit work from earlier units. Homework is usually sent home at least once during each unit. Often times the homework consists of playing a math game with your child and therefore it is not necessary to turn anything back in. Just have fun letting your child teach you the game!

    *This year, students have access to i-Ready for added practice.  Please refer to the i-Ready flyer in the take home fliers.  There is also a link on the Whittier Website under “Students”.


    Social Studies:  

    Throughout the year students focus on community building skills with their peers, and understanding the routines and rules around them.  Students also learn about current events through our non-fiction children’s magazine, Time for Kids. Much of our Shared Reading literature opens up discussion on diversity and the world around us. Our Counselor will also be coming in to conduct lessons during the year on social skills.  Students are evaluated based on participation.



    We will be teaching three major “FOSS” units this year in science. They are:

    • Weather and Air
    • Butterflies
    • Engineering



    Students have 3 expectations for homework:

    1. Nightly Reading (20 minutes with an AR book)
    2. Spelling (practice 12 words in different ways)
    3. Math (extra math online fact practice, i-Ready, unfinished daily work)


    *Students do not need to return any sheets unless teacher has indicated so on page.  Periodic “seasonal” projects will be sent home.


    Specialist: 10:05-10:43 or Friday:10:59-11:27


    The schedule rotates each week between classes: Please refer to the SPECIALISTS calendars in your take home fliers.


    Lunch/Recess- 12:05-12:45

    Early Dismissal Lunch time- TBD

    Social Skills:  It is normal for kids to have conflicts with their peers over the course of the year, and it is important for your child to feel confident using the problem solving techniques of “I” message (ex: I feel sad when you grab that paper, please stop.”)  The teacher’s role is to assist with peer problem solving and ensure a safe, secure environment.  If your child expresses a concern about an issue at school, please bring it to the teacher’s attention as soon as possible (via an email, phone call, or note) so that it may be addressed in a timely manner.  Sometimes, waiting until a week has passed can cause confusion, as students may not remember specific details of what happened. Please also note that issues that arise at recess may not be brought to my attention by a recess supervisor until the following school day.

    Although the day is busy, students should know that they can always talk to me if they feel their efforts to solve problems haven’t worked. Some appropriate times to speak to me individually are:  first thing in the morning, during morning recess, before lunch (in the cafeteria), or at pack up time.  Remember that keeping an “open mind” on both sides until more information is gathered is the first step to conflict resolution.

    As issues that require in-depth attention arise during this year, I prefer to speak with you directly either in a face-to-face conference or a phone conference rather than via email, as sometimes things can be misconstrued.



    Students follow a positive behavior model in our class which focuses on frequent teaching of desired behaviors, and positive recognition.

    • Each week students who have been able to keep their behavior clip in the “Ready to Learn” or higher section all week will be able to receive a “wildcat paw stamp” on Friday.  If students need a reminder for disruptive behavior they “clip down” (warning), and if they need additional redirection they clip down to teachers choice which can include missed recess minutes, a written plan and/or parent contact.  They will be expected to complete a PRIDE written plan explaining what they did, and what they will do better. 
    • WOW tickets- school wide reward system to acknowledge “Whittier Way” behaviors.  Students who clip up will receive WOW cards which will be placed in a bucket for a prize drawing by the office 1x per week.
    • If it is a serious issue, the notice will be sent home for you to sign and return to Ms. Call, or if there is chronic disruption in a given period, you will be receive a plan to sign and return.  More serious or unresolved behaviors may warrant a direct move to teachers choice and an immediate loss of recess, parent contact and/or office referral (refusing to comply, physically harming someone).


    Students also have the opportunity to help their class or table group earn “Wildcat Links” towards a whole class  reward.


    Class meetings are held on a weekly basis to recognize positive behaviors students see in their peers, share happy memories of our learning, discuss “Whittier Way” characteristics through role play and stories, and problem solve together about issues in a safe non-blaming way.  We keep a “class meeting notebook” for the purpose of students who need to communicate their issues they may need help with, but that are non-emergency.  Students who need immediate help problem solving should feel free to speak with me directly.   It is always best for me to know about issues sooner rather than later as it can be difficult to remember problems that may have occurred a week or more prior.


    To support at home, I ask you to “check-in” with them often to see if they have been keeping their card “ready-to-learn” and check their hand on Fridays for a Wildcat paw stamp.  Some parents choose to set up a reward at home for a positive behavior report from school.  Please refer to the Whittier handbook for specific school policies. 


    **Students who do not use class time wisely during work time may be expected to go to “recess club” to get their work finished.


    Lunch: You are welcome to come have lunch with your child in the cafeteria periodically (no need to notify teacher).  Please make sure to sign in at the office first.  If purchasing lunch, they will take their money/check directly to the cafeteria, so it is helpful if it is in a labeled bag or envelope.  Students are not allowed to share lunch/snack items with their friends (this includes PTA popcorn days), and any snacks for the class must be approved through Ms. Call prior to bringing them in.  Students who have food sensitivities should keep an alternate snack from home in the class cupboard.



    It is best to notify the office directly when your child will be absent or has an appointment.  There is no need to write a separate note or send an email to Ms. Call for this reason, unless your child will be gone for an extended period of time.  Any missed work will be saved and sent home when your child returns.  It is parents’ discretion for makeup work to be completed in the event of illness, but it is not a requirement for the class.  Also, I typically do not prepare “vacation” work as class lessons are subject to frequent changes.  I encourage students to keep a journal of events, read, and practice math facts if time allows during missed days.


    Students will be walked directly out to the ramp each day.  It can get congested in front of the school during this time, and students are expected to say “goodbye” to me when they see the person who is picking them up.  For each student’s safety please write a note and/or contact the office if there is a change in a student’s after school pick plan.  Students who are not picked up promptly will be walked to the office to wait.  Please call the office if you are running late. I cannot wait for an extended time with them as I often have meetings to attend after school.



    The volunteer schedule will be sent by the start of October.  In order to volunteer within the school or chaperone on a field trip you must have a current district volunteer form on file.  These take about two weeks to process, and are good for three years.  You will need to register to be a parent volunteer online through the District website.  Please note, that there are specific time slots/days for volunteering which is based on convenience and minimal disruption to our daily routine.



    Students are invited to bring a snack from home or to eat something left over from their lunch box during our afternoon Read Aloud.  My only request is that the snack be of nutritional value (no candy), and preferably spill-free

    I allow students to keep a water bottle (no flavored water) at their desk and take drinks at “switch times” only.  If their bathroom use becomes problematic, I may ask that they decrease how much they are drinking.


    Home Communicator Folders

    Please be sure to check these every day for daily work and other notices.  Papers that go home should be emptied from folders/backpacks and kept at home unless it is indicated that it should be returned.  Much of our classwork is completed together and checked as a class, so it usually will not have a “score/grade” on it. Tests will have a score at the top, and go home at the end of our units. I do check folders for any notes from home, but I may not get to it until lunch, so if there is anything that needs immediate attention, please email (preferable) or call the office to let me know. 


    Remember that Whittier place great importance on the AR (Accelerated Reading)  Program.  In order for your child to meet their monthly AR goals, they should be checking out an AR book in their range from the library.  If they meet their goal early, then they can use that extra time reading high interest books that may not qualify as AR.  You will receive students AR levels and their monthly point goal before October. They may only check out a classroom book one at a time and trade it out once they have taken an AR test on it).  If a classroom book is lost, I simply ask that you replace it with a comparable book from home or book order book so that our library doesn’t diminish. 



    We love birthdays in Room 111!  We sing to the birthday person and they get a sticker, certificate, bookmark, a pencil, and a choice from our class treasure box. They also get their name announced during Whittier morning announcements.


    *Whittier policy does not allow us to pass out birthday invitations or personal presents at school unless everyone in the class is invited/involved. You can meet students before or after school to arrange invite distribution if you choose. Thank you for helping us to avoid hurt feelings! 


    Show and Tell Days

    “All About Me” days are on Fridays (or Thursday, if no school Fri.).  Items from home should be brought in the box on their designated day. Students have opportunities to “share” informally with the teacher or students during our daily opening, class meeting, or at their lunch recess time.  Throughout the year students will also have practice sharing assigned seasonal “home” projects. It is common for kids this age to want to share toys/items from home however please remind them that unless it is their special sharing day these things should remain at home.  If a toy mysteriously makes it way to school and is a disruption to their learning it may go in my “June bag” and they can have it back at the end of first grade or their parent may write me a note to have it back.


    I will send home a presentation guide in the “All About Me” box.  Please help your child practice presenting at home before their special day.  We use “All About Me” to practice both our listening skills and our oral speaking skills. 

    Helpful Hints for Primary Parents:

    • Have your child to school on time (by 8:30) We earn a class prizes for this!
    • Sign your child in the office if they are tardy.
    • Help empty backpacks and return his or her “Communication Folder” daily. I don’t do backpack checks. Papers come home daily.
    • Help your child plan a quiet time each day/night to do homework and sign the homework sheet when your child has completed the homework and gone over it with you.
    • READ. . . read to your child, read together, listen to your child read, and talk about what you read!
    • TALK…..ask specific questions about your child’s day: Instead of “How was your day?” try “what story did Mrs. Call read?” or “Who did you play with at recess today?” Try focusing on a “High AND Low” so that discussion is balanced.
    • Read the weekly class news emails and check the Whittier PTA/NEWs for whole school events/reminders.
    • Making sure that your child is wearing suitable clothes for school (ex: gym shoes on P.E. days, coats with hoods on cold and/or rainy days, etc).
    • Each child should know how to tie his/her own shoes for second grade.
    • Nose picking-please review with your child how to use a tissue to itch/wipe their nose, they may be asked to sanitize their hands if this is a problem.
    • Girls-If your child wears a dress/skirt to school, please have them wear shorts underneath, as we do a lot of floor sitting during lessons.


    Family Communication: 


    Email is the best way to reach me as I check it before/after school.

    *note that urgent, absence, or after school/early pick up notices should be directed to front office staff as I may not receive the message in a timely manner. 

    425-385-4300 (you may leave a message for me at the front office or they may forward the call to my voicemail)


    I look forward to a great year of learning with your child this year!