This folder is a very important form of communication between your child, you and me. Please check this folder every night for any important papers that may need to be signed and returned. Your child is responsible for returning this folder to school every day. This folder will contain important papers and homework. On Mondays, your child's folder will contain a weekly newsletter, spelling word list, homework packet and graded papers.
In 1st grade, students often used "sound spelling" to help them become confident writers. Although that strategy is still used for unknown words, in 2nd grade we will transition to using more conventional spelling. Students will be asked to write sentences to show that they can apply spelling strategies from the current week as well as previous lists. This will take the place of "traditional" spelling tests. Sentences will be evaluated based on correct capitalization, punctuation and second grade spelling.
Reading is a very important part of the school curriculum. As with any skill the more a child practices, the better he/she gets. In order for your child to increase his/her reading ability, he/she must practice. I encourage every child to practice reading at home for a minimum of 15 minutes four times a week. Your child will be participating in the Accelerated Reader Program, which is a computer based reading motivation program that is currently in use by more than 73,000 schools across North America.
The program is simple. Your child will …
* read a book from the A.R. book list
* take a computerized test about the book
(answering multiple choice questions that check their recall of story details and events)
* receive a point score
(based on the difficulty level of the book and the number of questions answered correctly.)
* Incentives are awarded for points earned
Your child will be bringing home books from our school library with colored stickers indicating that the book has an A.R. test available on the computer. There are also many A.R. books available for your child to read at school in our classroom library. I would like every child to take 2 tests per week, unless they are reading a chapter book. I recommend that smaller books be read twice and chapter books be finished in one week before testing to ensure comprehension and success.
This program is a big change from first grade. Your child will now take tests on the computer over books he/she has read before he/she can earn A.R. points. This replaces book logs and book reports in previous grades. Please help your child stay motivated and not get discouraged, as it may take longer and be more difficult for your child to earn points toward their goal.
Reading to your child and listening to your child read to you are the most important things you can do to improve his or her reading, comprehension, and fluency. Please take time to read with them and to them. This investment will last a lifetime!
All second grade classes in the district are piloting a new standards based report card this year. This report card is designed to provide more information to parents on how their child is progressing. Second grade learning skills will be rated on a scale of 1-4, according to expectations for the grade level each quarter.
4 (exceeds grade level expectations)
3 (meets grade level expectations)
2 (nearing grade level expectations)
1(below grade level expectations)
You will see these same scores on their class work as it is send home.