Weeks 1&2- Welcome to Second Grade!!

News & Calendar:

  • “Road to Success” Reading Homework starts officially the 2nd week of school, but you can get BONUS points by starting on Monday, August 25th!  We will be using an online system for keeping track: www.RTSUtah.com.  Please go online this week and use the code for YOUR homeroom to add your student to his or her 2nd grade class (if you don’t remember which teacher you have for homeroom, please check gradebook to look it up, or email/call us before enrolling your student.)

o    Jensen Homeroom code= RTS-5833

o    Pitts Homeroom code= RTS-5834

  • The minimum for 100% reading homework is 5 days a week of reading 20 minutes or more.  Online reading log is due every Fridayfor the PREVIOUS week, so you can either finish filling it out as soon as the week ends on Saturday night, or no later than Thursday night of the following week.  I will not accept reading days logged past Friday of the following week.  If you do not have access to internet, a parent can initial days read using the “calendar” page inside of your planner, and then I will let that student record their days online when they get to school.
  • Speaking of planners, they should come home and back every day, just like the Skyhawk (or other) folder. A parent can initial each day if the parent has read the things we wrote that day.  At the end of the week students receive a “Skyhawk ticket” if they have enough stamps from finishing their planner before the timer goes off AND from parent signatures M-Th.
  • Check the “About our Class” tab for a digital copy of our “Welcome to 2nd Grade” letter.  You will also receive a paper copy at Back-to-School Night this Thursday at 6-7 p.m.
  • Another page we will send home at Back-to-School Night is a “Helping Hands” checklist, where you can let us know if and when you’d like to volunteer inside or outside class.  We TREASURE our volunteers! 🙂


General Objectives for the 1st two weeks:

Students will be able to…

… take a spelling inventory pretest using “Words Their Way.”

… listen attentively to a “Band-Aid” lesson, to understand & explain why a teacher differentiates in the classroom.

… learn how we use ClassDojo in our classrooms to celebrate positive behaviors.

… learn and sing a new vocabulary “Drumming Song.”

… review the math concept of even & odd numbers; answer the question, what makes a number even or odd?

… discover which classroom jobs we have at our in our rooms, and brainstorm which one you’d like to apply for!

… read and practice this week’s poem: “The Apple.”

… do a “quick write” using a picture prompt to give the teacher a pre-assessment of each student’s current writing skills.

… play a math game called “Number Grid Tic-Tac-Toe” to help build number sense.

… review the “7 Habits of Happy Kids!”

… review the 5 steps of the Writing Process, and begin writing a class “Guess the Fib” book.


Objectives from our “Imagine It!” Program:

Students will be able to…

Reading Literature:

… read the dialogue in text using appropriate voices for different characters.

Reading Foundational Skills:

…identify short vowel sounds in one and two-syllable words.

Speaking and Listening:

… follow rules for participating in discussions including listening, asking appropriate questions and staying on topic.

… connect comments to the remarks of others.

… ask questions to better understand the topics and text.

… retell key ideas and details from a read aloud.

… ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information and deepen my understanding of a topic or issue.


Common Core Standards we are focusing on that match these objectives:

RL 2.6:  Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

RF 2.3:  Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

SL 2.1:  Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

SL 2.2:  Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

SL 2.3:  Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.


Mystery Question!

Your student will receive a Skyhawk HERO Ticket if he or she can answer the “Mystery Question” in his or her planner or on a piece of paper sometime before Friday.

What day of the week are reading logs always due? (See above under “News & Calendar.”)


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