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Independent Reading

One of the goals of independent reading is to help students feel confident with their reading ability. This is accomplished by reading on a level they feel comfortable with. All of my students have been assessed and given their own independent reading level. Using the link below you can find a list of books that are arranged by grade and reading levels (A-Z).


Reading A-Z

This is a fabulous website that provides your child with the opportunity to read books at their reading level.  Your child will be expected to read daily as part of their homework so this is one great resource that can be used for daily reading.  Please help your child read at least 30 minutes daily to reach level "N" by the end of this school year.




Word Study

In order to become fully literate, students must have the ability to accurately recognize words and adequately use written words to convey meaning. Word Study is not only one of the most enjoyable components of Balance Literacy but the most powerful. With Word Study students' reading ability dramatically improves as students use meaningful games and activities to discover and master new word patterns. This component of Balanced Literacy is based on phonics, sight words, spelling patterns and vocabulary, it's a way for students to manipulate and fully examine words. Your child will be bringing home a list of spelling words weekly that have been introduced in class.  Each night of the week your child is expected to do a different assignment using these words to ensure that these words and the spelling patterns are mastered.

There are many great websites that allows you to use your own word list to practice spelling words, here are a couple you can try:


Classroom Wish List


Copy Paper

Lysol Wipes

Paper Towels

Ziploc baggies



Glue Sticks





Mrs. Setka

Welcome to Second Grade
Welcome to Second Grade

Writer's Workshop

 This year students will be doing lots of writing during “Writers Workshop” in our classroom. We will explore many different genres of writing and study the craft of well-known authors to improve our own writing skills. 


Writing Standards:

  1. Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.

  2. Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

  3. Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

Math Workshop

The Math Workshop structure is used to differentiate instruction. It consists of grouping students based on ability and having them rotate through different stations.


Math Rotation Stations: Once students have been divided into groups, they rotate through different stations during our daily math period.  Students are typically at each station for 15 minutes. 


 Work With Teacher: At this station, students sit close to me and engage in an interactive lesson that is geared to their needs.


Independent Practice: Students are at a desk during this rotation, working on problem solving strategies in their math journal.


Math Games: At this rotation, students play games that help them practice the concepts they are learning in each unit.  Students usually play the games with a partner or  in their group.

Science Lab

Investigation and Experimentation

Scientific measurements are always associated with units, and grade-two students learn to measure and record length in meters and centimeters, weight (mass) in grams and kilograms, volume in liters and milliliters, and temperature in degrees Celsius. Students also learn that scientists use tools to extend their powers of observation. Simple magnifiers and microscopes can be used to reveal exciting and sometimes surprising microstructures and properties of common objects, such as sand and cloth. Making careful sketches of what is observed under the magnifier is an important method by which students can communicate their observations.



Engineering Design-Making Towers

Students of the Month


How Do You Get to Be Citizen of the Month?
Daily GREEN Behavior! Students who follow school rules, follow directions, stay on task, complete all assignments (including HW) AND are  role models for all students.

What is a Star Student?
Trying Your Best All the Time!
It will usually be the students who follow school rules, follow directions, stay on task, complete all assignments (including HW) AND have shown great progress during the month.


Behavior System
Behavior System

Weekly Homework


Students are responsible for picking up, completing, and returning homework  Monday-Thursday. Assessments are usually given on Fridays to make sure your child has plenty of time to study throughout the week. Students are also asked to read 30 minutes a day Monday through Friday (and also encouraged to read during the weekends for additional practice) as part of their homework.The more your child reads, the sooner they will move through the reading levels (4-6 weeks per reading level). They are to return their completed cover sheet on Mondays.


Weekly homework:

1. Word Study Practice

2. Math Practice

3. Fluency Practice

4. Reading Log (read for 30 minutes)



Common Core State Standards

Common Core Assessments

Common Core District assessments in Reading/Writing and Math will be given throughout the year. The new assessment in Reading/Writing is to assess reading through writing. Students are expected to read passages and respond to them by answering text-dependent questions in an essay format. This new assessment is aligned with the Smarter Balance State Assessment.  The math assessment will be assessed through problem solving and explaining. Students will be expected to not only answer word problems but to explain in words how they got their answers. We will  practice these skills in class and I would appreciate if you did the same at home. The more practice students get, the better the outcome will be.

Smarter Balance Assessment

Starting the 2013-2014 school year,  our 3rd -5th graders are expected to take the new Smarter Balance Assessment. This new assessment is taken on the computer instead of the traditional paper and pencil.  Therefore, we are encouraging you to give your children as many opportunities as possible to practice typing skills on the computer. The following are some free websites where your child can practice his/her typing skills.