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EMAIL: blathrop@lafsd.org

BVE Office 927-3550 Classroom Extension 5026

Attendance Line 925-927-3550 ext. 3554

 

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Bev Lathrope

WELCOME TO SECOND GRADE!

 

This is going to be an exciting and enriching year for each student. Information on various segments of our curriculum appears below:

 

Readers Workshop:

The structure of this teaching model is that each session begins with a mini-lesson on a reading strategy, students practice the strategy with the teacher and then are released to practice the strategy as they read independently. The lesson wrap-up consists of some kind of a share, a preview of the next day's lesson or possibly an additional layer to the day's lesson. Students will be reading, keeping a reading log during various parts of the year, using post-its to record their thinking, and writing in reading notebooks about ideas they are growing from their reading.

 

Writers Workshop:

The structure of this teaching model is the same as Readers Workshop, but the content changes. Lessons are focused on all aspects of writing -- idea development, organization of writing, grammar/spelling/punctuation, elaboration, craft, and more. Our goal is to help students become independent, confident writers. Students will write small moment narratives, fiction stories, poetry, information pieces, and opinion pieces.

 

Math Workshop:

The workshop structure continues in math instruction. Students participate in number talks, have many different opportunities to share their strategies for problem solving and to learn a variety of different ways to combine and separate numbers so that they can use the strategy that works best for them, keeping in mind that we are working towards efficiency. 

 

Science:

Every other week students have one hour of science instruction from our grade level science specialist. The alternating weeks include a 45-minute literacy lesson. Students also have the opportunity to become stewards of our school garden through their science instruction. The science curriculum is focused on the Next Generation Science Standards. Students will study matter, earth's systems, ecosystems, and engineering. In addition to the lessons offered by our science teacher, Mrs. Peirce, many additional lessons, explorations, and study opportunities will be offered in the classroom.

 

Technology:

We are sharing a cart of Chromebooks with two other classrooms, so student access to technology is much more frequent than in the past. Students will be using computers to learn about all of the tools in Google Apps for Education (Docs, Slides, Drawings, etc.). We will also be coding, using Raz Kids, keyboarding, using Reflex Math, and using Lexia. As the year progresses, we will add additional tech activities.

 

Art:

Our LPIE Art instructor is Sally Dunne, and she visits us about every other Friday throughout the year for a 1-hour lesson. In addition, we are exposed to lots of different art media through classroom activities that include drawing, painting, weaving, and much more. 

HELPFUL LINKS

Scholastic Book Orders

Scholastic.com/readingclub

Class Code: 1I4QY

EROSION

BIOME VIDEOS

John Muir

LANDFORM LINKS

BAYS 

 

HILLS 

 

SWAMP

 

GULF

 

PENINSULA

 

FJORD

 

ISTHMUS

 

PLATEAU

 

DELTA

BOOK TRAILERS

LISTEN TO A STORY

MATH PRACTICE