Huddle Newsletter

Second Grade Edition 2014-15

LMSVSD - Welcome Back Second Grade Teachers!

This newsletter is written specifically for you -- the Second Grade teacher. I've gathered all the information that is pertinent to you to have in one place. I hope you will bookmark this newsletter or print it out to keep for future reference.

District Resource Teacher Directory:

Assessment - Tracy Olander x6370

BTSA (Regular Ed) - Leah Saunders x6403

BTSA (Special Ed) - Brooke Noble x6420

Cross Curricular CCSS - Ani Asaro x6427

Cross Curricular CCSS - Kristin Gentile x6398

English Learners - Linda Michaud x6306

Language Arts (Elementary) - Tammie Babbitt x6357

Math Resource - Beth Rackliffe x6304

Media Services - Janice Gilmore x6465

Technology - Noelle Suffield x6359

If you need Focus wall materials - contact Nancy Steiger x6387

Did you know?

Everyday Math has a Common Core bridge - the password is CCSS

Online curriculum resources, logins & passwords

Houghton Mifflin Reading, Medallion Edition

user name: firstnamelastname

password: teach 411

Everyday Math

username: your old district email address (it will still work)

password: you set it yourself, we commended using info411

Have you transferred to a new school? You can change your school yourself from the Games menu

If you need or want to re-register, the registration code is 8332E0A6

Science AND History/Social Science

Pearson's new Online Learning Exchange (OLE) was launched this Fall. This is the new digital path to access all of your Scott Foresman programs. You can activate your account here

Your school code is:49-51-90

Fill in your information and click on Subscriptions to see your resources.

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Find time for these five lessons in 2014-15

Visit Common Sense Media to find the lesson plans and materials for the five lessons below. Each lesson will take approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour.

Privacy & Security

Powerful Passwords

Students explore reasons why people use passwords, learn the benefits of using passwords, and discover strategies for creating and keeping strong, secure passwords.

Relationships & Communication

My Online Community

Students explore the concept that people can connect with one another through the Internet. They understand how the ability for people to communicate online can unite a community.

Information Literacy

Things for Sale

Students examine product websites and understand that the purpose of the site is to encourage buying the product. Students learn methods used to promote products on these sites.

Relationships & Communication

Show Respect Online

Students explore the similarities and differences between in-person and online communications, and then learn how to write clear and respectful messages.

Relationships & Communication

Writing Good Emails

Students learn how to communicate effectively by email, taking into account the purpose and audience of their message, and the tone they want to convey.

Have students take this assessment after you've completed these lessons: UNIT 3 ASSESSMENT

How to use Destiny

Access Destiny from home or work to reserve videos, DVDs, art prints, or core literature.

Quick start instructions for using Destiny.

Three resources for you

Classroom Libraries

Many teachers like to purchase books for their classrooms that will serve as a mini-library right in their room. These books might be purchased with Scholastic Book Club points, at garage sales, or through discount online sites like Sometimes parents offer to purchase books for your classroom. Here are some recommendations for books that you might consider adding to your classroom library that will balance your fiction with nonfiction and also align with the common core and next generation science standards.

Literary Nonfiction:

Science – Examine literary elements

The Eagles are Back by Jean Craighead George RL 3.2

Hello, Mama Walleroo by Darren Lunde RL 1.9

How the Meteorite Got to Museum by Jessie Hartland RL 3.5

Jimmy the Joey by Susan Kelly RL 2.9

LEGO Man in Space: A True Story by Mara Shaughnessy RL 2.4

The Long, Long Journey: The Godwit’s Amazing Migration by Sandra Markle RL 2.4

My First Day by Steve Jenkins RL 2.4

Social Studies – Add depth to important topics

Eight Days Gone by Linda McReynolds RL 3.1

Henry and the Hannons: An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution by Don Brown RL 3.3

Jazz Age Josephine by Jonah Winter RL 2.4

Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman RL 3.3

Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson RL 3.5

Noah Webster & His Words by Jeri Ferris RL 2.8

Informational Texts:

Science – Promote critical thinking using charts, connections and diagrams

Animal Hibernation by Jeanie Mebane RL 3.3

Exploring Earth’s Surface by Ronald Granger RL 2.2

Exploring Rocks and Minerals by Greg Roza RL 2.0

How Do Eggs Hatch? by Elena Hobbes RL 1.6

How Do Seeds Sprout? by Evan Rhodes RL 1.5

If You Plant a Seed: And Other Nature Predictions by B. Hoena RL 2.7

True or False? Weather by Daniel Nunn RL 2.3

Why Do Seasons Change by Ryan Stark RL 2.1

Why Does the Sun Set? by Violet Miller RL 2.2

Social Studies – Great for primary source, perspectives and comparing/contrasting

Continents in My World by Ella Cane RL 3.5

One Land, Many Cultures by Maureen Robins RL 2.9

Then and Now by Mary Lindeen RL 2.6

What Would You Do With an Atlas? by Susan Kralovansky RL 2.8


Earth Science

Earth’s Water by Desmond Hume RL 2.5

Fearsome Forces of Nature by Anita Ganeri RL 3.7

Water by Ellen Lawrence RL 3.3

Life Science

Animal Homes by Angela Wilkes RL 3.0

Baby Animals … by Bobbie Kalman RL 2.4-4.4 (5 books in series)

Harsh Habitats by Anita Ganeri RL 3.8

Step-by-Step Experiments with Plants by Shirley Duke RL 1.7

What Lily Gets From Bee: And Other Pollination Facts by Ellen Lawrence RL 3.8

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Real reading

Beginning in 2nd grade, students should be exposed to newspapers.

It's free! And you can print from it or show it on your big screen.

Union-Tribune NIE

Math Library Books

Don’t forget your school library has the following titles that align with your Everyday Math curriculum. Many of these titles are on the Math Resource shelf and aren’t allowed to circulate to students. As this is the last year of this math adoption these books will be integrated into the main collection in June 2015.

Wait ... there's more!

Reading Level Assessments

Is it time to start those running records again? There have been changes to the reading level assessments. If you happen to lose one of the reading record forms, student reading sheets, or the chart of levels and list of books, the entire package has been scanned and you can download all or part of it as a PDF.

District Website

The district website should be frequently used by all teachers. We are trying to put everything there, so that is the first place to start.

Here is a link to the 2nd grade resources

You'll need to login as staff with the password info411.

Janice Gilmore-See

This newsletter is written especially for you by the District Librarian. Please contact us at Instructional Media Services (IMS) with questions or concerns.