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  • Welcome to Second Grade!

     

    Thank you for taking time to visit our class webpage.  Here is where you will find information regarding our daily procedures as well as our most up to date classroom news and happenings. Also, on this site you can find several links to many amazing online resources.  Please take the time to explore these resources with your child as they are a great way to extend classroom learning at home. 

    Meet the Teacher:  

    My name is Christy Woosley and I live in Elizabethtown with my husband Brian and son Austin. Brian is a partner with Stiles, Carter and Associates, CPAs, and Austin is a fifth grade student at Helmwood Heights Elementary.  This is my second year teaching. I have a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University and Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of the Cumberlands. I love to travel and my favorite destination is Walt Disney World. I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve been! I also love reading and writing.  

    I am excited to have the opportunity to work with your child.  I am eager to make this year meaningful and successful.  I plan to work hard to guarantee that your child will be challenged with appropriate learning opportunities. I hope that you will always feel welcome in our classroom!

                         

    • Daily Schedule

      7:15 - 7:45  Morning Meeting (Breakfast and Morning Work)

      8:00 - 8:30  Writing (Composition and Grammar)

      8:30 - 9:15  Related Arts (Music, PE, Drama and Library)

      9:15 - 10:15  Math 

      10:15 - 10:45  Social Studies/Science

      10:45 - 11:30  Whole Group Reading

      11:30 - 11:55  Lunch

      12:00 - 12:20  Wellness

      12:20 - 1:50  Small Group Centers

      1:50 - 2:05  MIRP (Independent Reading)

      2:05 - 2:20  Dismissal Procedures

       

      • Literacy First

        In our classroom we will be using a reading program called Literacy First.   This research-based process is nationally recognized and will allow me to help all students experience reading success.  Some of the components of Literacy First include:

        ● Walls that Teach Activities

        ● Phonological Awareness/Oral Language Activities

        ● Fluency (choral, partner, and echo reading etc.)

        ● Vocabulary Development

        ● Small Flexible Group Activities (i.e. phonological awareness, word study activities, word/picture sorts, reading comprehension skills, decoding skills, verbal reasoning activities, and strategic reading tools)

        • Math Workshop

          • Common Core Standards Based
          • Interactive Math Journals
          • Problem Solving with Real Life Connections
          • Mental Math Strategies
          • Hands-on manipulatives and games
          • Differentiated learning groups

          • Social Studies and Science

            Social Studies units will consist of various thematic units throughout the year that draw on history, culture, geography, citizenship, financial literacy and social awareness. Also, daily students are encouraged to work and play cooperatively and to solve social problems in an acceptable manner.

            Science will also be taught through integrated thematic units and hands-on inquiry. Children will explore their world through investigation, guided practice and the scientific method. Units will include instruction and investigation in a variety of scientific topics.

             

             

            • Spelling

              Second graders are encouraged to use their knowledge of letter sounds as temporary spelling. As the year progresses, your child will be expected to move toward more conventional spelling and will be held increasingly more accountable. Spelling patterns taught will include short vowels, long vowels, blends, digraphs, dipthongs, and multisyllabic words.  Our goal is for your child to be able to recognize spelling patterns and consistently use them in his/her writing. Your child will also be taught to transfer the spelling patterns of known words to new words that have the same pattern. For example, if the Word Wall Word was "at", your child will learn transfer words like "sat", "mat", "fat" and "that." Your child will also be taught high frequency sight words throughout the year.

              • Homework

                •Homework will be written in the agenda.  All homework is due on Friday.
                •Spelling – One spelling assignment due on Friday but it is expected that students will study their spelling words each night.  A spelling pretest is given on Thursday, and students must score 8/8 which is 100% mastery. If the student doesn’t master the list on Thursday, the student will take the whole test on Friday.
                • Reading log – Your child will be required to read at least 20 minutes each night and write the title of the book on their reading log.  Parent/Guardian signature is required.  Your student will be required to complete the reading comprehension activity on one of the books.
                • Math  - One math assignment will be sent home each week (usually on Tuesday) and returned on Friday.
                • Online Resources

                  Spelling City - This website allows students to practice their word study words.

                  Blabberize - This website allows students to created an animated picture of themselves. This is a great for practicing fluency.

                  Wordle - This website allows students to be creative with their word study words.

                  Sumdog - This website include fun and educational Math and Reading games.  

                  Flocabulary - Check out this fun site where your child can improve their vocabulary skills by watching hip hop songs and videos.