## Mrs. Jennifer Epstein

Welcome to Second Grade, room 002 to the following students: Weston, Lillian, Jessica, Zoey, Henry, Destiny, Taj, Ethan, Faye, Juan, Olivia, Nannette, Roman, Daliya, Miguel, Jocelyn, Mason, Jaden, Marisabella, Jaseilly, Evalise, Cameren, Mick, Julia, Jolyn, Karolina, Natalie, Samantha and David Specials: Monday-Music/Second Step Tuesday-Library/Media Wednesday-Art Thursday-PE Friday-PE 2nd Grade Class SyllabusWelcome Parents! 2nd grade is such an important year to lay a strong foundation for your child’s school success. 2nd grade is a critical time for academic and social growth. Academically, it is a year to focus heavily on foundational skills that will provide a successful future. Reading and Math are the main focus in our curriculum. In reading students are expected to read double their words per minute rate to 90 wpm by year’s end. Achievement in this area will enable them to read more challenging text as they continue through school. In math, math skills (addition, subtraction, word problems, place value, time, money etc.) and fluency with math facts will be a critical aspect to being successful. The textbooks we use with our curriculum are Math in Focus textbook and Workbook, Time for Kids/Studies Weekly Social Studies, Science:Scholastic News/Science Weekly, Vocabulary: Wordly Wise The following is a condensed curriculum version of what your child should be able to do by the end of second grade. This is not a complete list of standards taught in second grade, but gives you an overall understanding of the goals: Reading/Language Arts/Readers WorkshopCurriculum: Lucy Calkins The reading/language arts program includes reading, writing, listening, speaking, and research skills. The reading program includes phonics and comprehension skills. The writing program includes written comprehension, handwriting, grammar, and spelling skills. Research skills help students use information from books, technology, and observation. By the end of second grade, your child should be able to: - Apply word attack skills
- Identify main idea & details
- Compare & contrast
- Identify plot, setting, and character
- Determine cause and effect
- Draw conclusions and predict outcomes
- Use the glossary and the table of contents of a book
Writing: Writers Workshop Curriculum: Lucy Calkins Writer's Workshop is an interdisciplinary writing technique which can build students' fluency in writing through continuous, repeated exposure to the process of writing. The goal is to create students with confidence and fluency in the writing skills that will be necessary for secondary and post-secondary education. By the end of second grade, your child should be able to: - write a personal narrative
- write descriptive paragraphs
- write opinion pieces
- write persuasive essays
- use correct form when writing a letter
- recognize that words can have more than one meaning; and
- identify various types of literature
MathematicsCurriculum: Math in Focus The focus in mathematics is to learn and use basic facts and to understand mathematical concepts. Students study patterns, relationships and functions, numbers and operations, probability and statistics, and geometry and measurement. The goal is for students to be proficient in basic skills, develop conceptual understanding, and be skillful problem-solvers. By the end of second grade, your child should be able to: - Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
- Add and Subtract within 20.
- Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication.
- Understand place value. Understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens and ones; e.g., 706 equals 7 hundreds, 0 tens, and 6 ones.
- Count within 1000; skip-count by 5s, 10s, and 100s. Read and write numbers to 1000 using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form.
- Compare two three-digit numbers based on meanings of the hundreds, tens, and ones digits, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.
- Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.
- Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
- Measure and estimate lengths in standard units.
- Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve word problems involving lengths that are given in the same units.
- Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication. Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members.
- Use addition to find the total number of objects arranged in rectangular arrays with up to 5 rows and up to 5 columns;
- write an equation to express the total as a sum of equal addends.
- Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.
- Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately.
- Generate measurement data by measuring lengths of several objects to the nearest whole unit, or by making repeated measurements of the same object. Show the measurements by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in whole-number units.
- Draw a picture graph and a bar to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph.
- Reason with shapes and their attributes. Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes. Partition a rectangle into rows and columns of same-size squares and count to find the total number of them.
- Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc… and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Use appropriate tools strategically.
Science: NGSSCurriculum: Science Weekly/Scholastic News There are three inquiry-based units of instruction in second grade. Students use inquiry skills such as observing, classifying, measuring, inferring, predicting, and conducting investigations to learn science concepts. By the end of second grade, your child should explore a variety of concepts in the life, earth, and physical sciences, which include: - Air & Weather: Know and apply concepts that describe the features and processes of the Earth and its resources.
- Know and apply concepts that describe properties of matter and energy and the interactions between them.
- Compare large-scale physical properties.
- Identify components and describe diverse features of the Earth’s land, water, and atmospheric systems.
- Identify and describe patterns of weather and seasonal change.
- Measurement: Know and apply concepts that describe properties of matter and energy and the interactions between them.
- Compare large-scale physical properties of matter.
- Know and apply concepts that describe force and motion and the principles that explain them.
- Identify examples of motion.
- Identify observable forces in nature.
- Animals & How they Live: Describe and compare characteristics of living things in relationship to their environments.
- Describe how living things depend on one another for survival.
- Forces & Motion: now and apply concepts that describe force and motion and the principles that explain them.
- Identify observable forces in nature.
- Identify examples of motion.
Social StudiesCurriculum: Science Weekly/Scholastic News Students use a variety of process skills relating to history, government, geography, and economics. These include chronological thinking, organizing and explaining information, analyzing and interpreting data, conducting research, and communicating orally, graphically, socially, and in writing. By the end of second grade, your child should be able to: - Explain the concept of neighborhoods, their origins, changes, and diversity
- Identify local communities and points of interest
- Describe changes in transportation and communication
- Identify groups and individuals who have influenced and contributed to our heritage
- Explain ways the United States and other countries are alike and different
- Recognize Illinois and United States symbols and leaders
- Explain the need for leaders and laws, define associated terms, and
- Identify leadership qualities
- Demonstrate cooperation and responsibility
- Construct simple maps using scale, cardinal directions, and map symbols
- Identify the earth’s resources and their importance
- Compare rural, urban, and suburban communities
- Identify various businesses and their roles providing services or goods to the community
- Explain the difference between government services and private enterprises
Assessments:- REACH: Reading assessment given twice a year, fall and spring evaluates student’s comprehension and written skills.
- Math NWEA testing student skill (individual)
- DIBELS testing phonemic awareness and fluency (one on one)
- TRC testing student reading and comprehension skills (one on one)
- Weekly Assessments Spelling, Reading, Math Quizzes, and End-of-Unit Math test
Grading: Rubric for Daily Assignments 5 point scale 5-A Independent Excellent no errors 4.5-A Independent Excellent minor error 4-B Independent some errors 3.5-C Multiple errors /Completed with some help 3-D Complete assignment with teachers help 2.5 Below F needs extra support 10 point scale Average Category Weight 100-90= A Assessments 40% 89-80=B Assignments 30% 79-70=C Participation 20% 69-60=D Homework 10% 59-Below=F Projects 35% (some subjects may have different weights) Rules for Student BehaviorOne major goal in school is to encourage the development of self-discipline. A classroom management plan offers guidance in making good decisions and taking responsibility for one’s actions. Effective classroom management provides a safe, nurturing environment for students. This fosters academic, emotional, and social growth throughout the year. Rules: 1. Listen carefully and follow directions. 2. Raise your hand before speaking. 3. Be kind and respectful to others. 4. Please keep your hands and feet to yourself. 5. Always do your BEST! Classroom Behavior ManagementClass Dojo or Point system: A behavior communication system between the teacher, student and parents. Students are awarded points daily for various good behaviors and points are taken away when classroom and school rules are broken. Students track their points and make a weekly goal to earn points for the following week. HomeworkMath and Spelling homework is given every night. Homework assignments are to be turned in the following school day. Classwork is to completed and turned in at the assigned time. No late homework or class work will be accepted, unless the student is absent or other arrangements are made between the student, parent and teacher. (The amount of days your child is absent is the amount of days they have to make up the work.) Communication:- The efficient way to contact me through email jmgedeon@cps.edu or www.classdojo.com. You can also find monthly information through Hitch Happenings.
- Weebly: http://www.hitchschool.org/mrs-jennifer-epstein.html
- Parent conferences are available upon request.
Online Resource to help your child at home*Mathletics.com (students need a user name and password) Free Reading, Math, & Homework Help *http://greatminds.net/support/parents *http://eurekamathhelp.piqua.org/student-math-resources/second-grade-resources *Frontrowed.com *http://xtramath.org *http://www.starfall.com *http://www.henryanker.com *http://www.turtlediary.com * http://pbskids.org/lions/stories * http://pbskids.org/arthur/games/unmatching/index.html * http://www.gigglepoetry.com/ * http://www.funbrain.com/brain/MathBrain/MathBrain.html * http://www.switchzoo.com/ * http://www.earobics.com/gamegoo/gooey.html *https://www.studiesweekly.com/online/resource |
I Hello, my name is Jennifer Epstein and I'm excited to be teaching second grade this year. For a lot of you, this will be your second or third year with me thanks to our time in preschool.
During my free time I love to run (so I can eat bad food and go on cool running vacations), travel by getting lost, spending many hours on Pinterest pinning things I will never make, scouring Target for great deals and exploring new places. I recently became a new mom to an adorable little girl named Kate. In addition to my little girl I also have two fur babies, Whidbey, my black lab and Finley, a mean cat. I have a wonderful husband named Jonathan who is also a runner and loves to travel and explore new places with me. I'm excited to grow and learn with you this school year. If you ever have any questions you can email me, write me a letter or call and leave a message. ## 2nd grade newsletterMrs. Epstein’s NewsletterReadingThis upcoming week we are going to compare and contrast stories. We have a new vocabulary book in which we are learning new words and how to use them in sentences and learning that they may have more than one meaning. Spelling-2 syllable wordsList A-calves, cacti, children, women, octopi, geese, hooves, halves, mice, lives, elves, teeth, feet, scarves, loaves List B-calves, cacti, children, women, octopi, antennae, oxen, policemen, larvae, shelves, parentheses, quizzes, thieves, vertebrae, vertices. The students will use their "spelling choice" paper for the entire month so please do not lose it. Every day when they come to school, they will show me their spelling homework. If it is not completed, then they will lose points for not having it. Please make sure your child completes their spelling homework every night to help them prepare for the test each Friday. Math-Metric Measurement of LengthScience/Social StudiesS.S.- Science-force and motion Upcoming Events/Homework |