Second Grade Teacher
Second Grade Teacher
Second Grade Teacher
The second grade at St. James marks a time of structured transition for the students. It is in second grade that the students transition from "learning to read" to "reading to learn." The classes become more teacher-directed, but still contain centers and hand-on approaches to learning, as well as the use of technology. Instruction is in the form of whole group, small groups, formal instruction, independent work, peer tutoring, and learning centers.
Experiences To Look Forward To
- Christmas Caroling at St. James Place
- Spring Musical
- Bug Collection
Room Mom & Dad
Grade Level Rep
English and Language Arts:
- The ELA program incorporates phonics and spelling. Some phonics topics covered include, but are not limited to: consonants, compound words, contractions, prefixes, and dictionary skills. Various spelling topics include: short vowel sounds, beginning consonant blends, vowel digraphs, diphthongs, and homophones.
- The math program follows "Math in Focus/Singapore Math Strategies." Some skills learned include: number to 1,000; addition and subtraction to 1,000; using bar models (addition/subtraction and multiplication/division); metric measurement of length; money; time; customary measurement; fractions and geometry.
- Science topics include: Life Sciences (insects, dinosaurs, animal habitats), Earth Sciences (landforms, space), and Physical Science (force and motion, light and sound).
- Social Studies topics include: Units of Study (communities, America, Louisiana history).
- The art room is a hub of creativity. All lessons begin with an artist study or study of a technique or style. Then students create work in that style. Students work in a variety of mediums including tempera paint, watercolor, acrylics, oil pastels, pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, and clay.
- In younger grades, students spend time practicing their fine motor skills in cutting, drawing, and painting with large brushes. As students grow, they begin fine tuning their work by adding creative details and using more sophisticated tools to express their art. Over time, students are able to begin focusing on the elements of art and learn specific techniques.
- The goal of the art program is to instill life-long knowledge, skills, and techniques that can be built upon in developing a true sense of appreciation for art for years to come.
- Our Christian Education program meets with all students once per week. During class the children learn about the liturgy, Sacraments, prayer, bible verses, and much more! Our lessons follow the liturgical calendar of the church. Monthly we focus on a different virtue such as thankfulness, truthfulness, kindness, and patience. The Guidance Counselor and I collaborate on these virtues so that the students learn about them from a Christian perspective and a social perspective.
- Our Christian Education program is designed so that the Pre-K 3 through Kindergarten students receive a basic introduction into the topics covered all the way through 5th Grade but every year we build upon what is previously learned.
- Our lessons follow the Liturgical Calendar and include prayers, Parables of Jesus, parts of the Bible/Bible navigation, Miracles of Jesus, and Old Testament study. We also focus on one virtue per month and the School Counselor and I collaborate so that she teaches it from a social perspective and I teach it from a Christian perspective.
- The school counseling program cultivates and encourages the academic, personal/social, and career development of each child, as well as supports every students’ unique gifts through classroom guidance lessons, individual counseling, and small group counseling.
- The Guidance curriculum works in conjunction with the Christian Education curriculum to teach monthly virtues to the students. These virtues are part of the program “Creating Classrooms and Homes of Virtue”. The guidance aspect of these lessons focuses on the social aspect behind each virtue. Some of the virtues that are covered are goodness, tolerance, perseverance, and thankfulness, among many others.
- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade students learn about tolerance, respect, compassion, career education and goal-setting, as well as bulling prevention. Students understand that they should be respectful of everyone and accept others for who they are. Students learn about career paths and the importance of setting goals for themselves throughout their lives. The students also learn the definition of bullying and are able to differentiate between teasing and bullying. They learn how to be an advocate for themselves and others who may be going through uncomfortable situations related to bullying.
- The library is a dynamic, exciting place for exploration, reading, thinking, learning, creating, growing, showcasing student work, and coding on the iPad. The library strives to meet and exceed the expectations of the students, parents and faculty by ensuring a balanced, up-to-date collection of print and non-print resources are available for in-school and home use. Our library follows the professional standards of the American Library Association (ALA) for library instruction and collection development.
- Music at St. James Episcopal Day School is to provide our students with an opportunity to create and respond to music expressively. They will experience a variety of musical styles and genres through performance, technology, imitation and movement in the classroom. Children are taught the basics of music theory along with the works of great composers. It is our hope that they will discover the value and enjoyment of music.
- 2nd Grade will:
- Learn note values
- Be introduced to American Folk songs
- Learn that music has a form
- Respond to music physically and emotionally
- Perform an ostinato
- Recognize orchestral instruments aurally
- Physical Education is more than recess and a time to play. It is a time for learning. One of my primary goals as a physical educator at St. James is to teach every child how and why they should keep themselves healthy and fit throughout their lifetime. Our physical education program provides developmentally appropriate learning experiences that teach children how to be physically active in ways that foster creativity and self-expression, increase physical competence and self-esteem, and promote joy through lifelong physical activity.
- Our physical education curriculum includes a balance of body management, locomotor movement, manipulative skills, and rhythms/dance experiences. These units are designed to enhance the cognitive, motor, affective, and physical fitness development of every child in a safe learning environment.
- We provide experiences that encourage children to question, integrate, analyze, communicate, and apply cognitive concepts.
- Activities are taught throughout the year that allow children the opportunity to work together to improve their emerging social and cooperation skills, thereby fostering an understanding of themselves and the acceptance of others.
- On-going fitness assessments are used to help children understand, enjoy, improve, and/or maintain their physical health and well-being.
- Class activities designed for maximum student participation, success, and fun.
- The Spanish program exposes our students to a world language, providing them with basic receptive and expressive language skills needed to communicate in Spanish as well as respect for other cultures. Physical response activities are used for the students to listen to and carry out spoken commands in a safe and fun environment, where the students feel free to take risks and participate.
- Second grade students learn to express their likes and dislikes, to describe using adjectives, and to combine photos, words, and their voices to create presentations on their iPads. They keep increasing previous vocabulary and add the unit "Community."
- STEM Education at St. James Episcopal Day School is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content of skills of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM behaviors include engagement in inquiry, logical reasoning, collaboration, and investigation. St. James students will participate in STEM activities that are inquiry-based, that involve teamwork, and that involve collaboration.
- In grades Kindergarten through second, the units of study include forces and motion, energy, molecules to organisms, earth's systems, and plants and animals.
- They will learn to investigate by using the scientific method, use tolls to design structures, communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air and other living things in the environment.
- Students will learn to analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each preforms.
- iPad apps and a 3D printer are also used to enhance STEM activities.
Second graders began by creating a tall bed inspired by the "Princess and the Pea," which included different line patterns on each mattress. Students also created their self portrait on paper sacks and showed their knowledge of shape and color by drawing and painting fall leaves.
The children have reviewed the Old Testament stories that they learned last year and have continued to hear the stories of Ruth and Naomi, and Samuel.
In Second Grade, the students and I read the short story "Agree to Agree", which tells the story of some second grade students who learn how to compromise and come to an agreement. The students then had to put the skill of cooperation and compromise to practice in my classroom. They were divided into groups and had to decide what animal to draw on a sheet of paper. They had to cooperate to decide which animal they wanted to draw. It was a great lesson and they all seemed to have a lot of fun!
The first nine weeks in the library was filled with learning and fun. Our second grade students learned about the parts of a book including the front cover, back cover, spine, and call number. Ask your child to tell you about the author and illustrator of the book. The second grade students take library books home in a special plastic bag that has each students barcode for efficient checkout. The library book and plastic bag must be returned each week to receive a new book. If a student in second grade wishes to swap out their library book before their assigned class time, they are always welcome to come to the library from 7:50-8:10 a.m. each morning. If I am not with a class during recess, the library is available for student use.
Second graders learned how to take reading quizzes using the accelerated reader program. The students are encouraged to create a sequence of events while they read to create a story map of the book. A quick way to see if a book has a quiz is to check out arbookfind.com. Parents of second graders, please be on the look out for information on how to keep track of your child’s reading progress through "AR Home Connect."
All of our students were wowed by the wonderful library update! We are so blessed to have such a fresh and renewed facility. If you haven’t stopped by to check out the remodeled library please do so soon! Please mark your calendars for the book fair November 12-17, 2017.
Second graders can identify notes on the treble staff and can use notes to spell words. We have also learned that music has a form, and we identified songs with different forms. We are starting to learn Christmas songs for our program at St. James Place in December.
Second Grade started the year reviewing and practicing basic locomotor skills, pathways and ordinal directions while playing cooperative and invasion games. In our striking unit, we learned about “ready position” and different strategies for the game Newcomb and Four Square. Our new heartrate monitors and "Bring Your Parent to P.E. Week" have definitey been the highlights of the first nine weeks.
Second grade learned greetings and days. They also learned to describe their feelings and the weather. They created a Keynote presentation about different weather conditions and a "Puppet Edu" presentation about feelings.
During the first nine weeks the second graders enjoyed learning all about the "Maker Bot Printshop" app and the "123D" app for 3D printing. They really enjoy meeting with their STEM mentors every month. The students also enjoyed learning about the solar eclipse, and the phases of the moon.
- Second graders spent lots of time working on their mixed media collage for the art show inspired by the play “West Side Story”. Students also explored perspective by drawing and painting a worm’s eye view of a snowman. Finally students love creating their Santa Claus ornaments on oyster shells.
- The students completed lessons on the virtues: Perseverance, Thankfulness, and Faith. The children learned about All Saint’s Day and focused on St. Elizabeth of Hungary. Students created a PicCollage depicting five objects around St. James that they are thankful for, and then they shared their projects with their classmates. We reviewed the 7 Sacraments of the Episcopal Church. Students also learned about the Liturgical Calendar as an introduction to the season of Advent and heard stories of prophets who spoke of the Messiah hundreds of years before Jesus was ever born. We also learned about St. Nicholas, Advent wreaths, and the Nativity.
- In second grade students read the story "How Santa Got His Job" and then filled out a substitute Santa job application. This story goes along with their career development lessons, but puts a fun Christmas twist on it! The story follows Santa as he figures out what job fits his personality the best. The application then asked students to think of a time they had to work through a difficult situation, much like Santa in the middle of the night when he is tired and cold, and reflect about a time they did something kind for someone else. It was great to see their responses during this fun lesson!
- Students in second grade participated in the Hour of Code during Computer Science Week, December 4-10. They learned what a QR code is and how to read one using the ipad. The students were given a bookmark that highlights programs that will allow them to practice this exciting language not just at school but anywhere they have access to a device and the internet. Parents are encouraged to try coding too! Visit https://hourofcode.com/us to learn more. There were 71 second through fifth grade students who were invited to the first nine weeks reading celebration. The students learned how to make slime just in time for Halloween. The next celebration will take place in January. The goal for all of our students is consistent daily reading!
- Second grade students have been preparing for their performance for the residents of St. James Place on December 12. We are singing carols from other countries and learning about how they celebrate Christmas. We are playing the bells and using rhythm instruments to keep the beat in some of our songs.
- Do you know how to do-sa-do, promenade, or allemande left? Your second grader does! In our square dancing unit, students learned how to move with one another in space, and how to work cooperatively with a partner and a group. Students became proficient in active listening skills as they moved efficiently in response to the ‘calls’ or movements of the song. As they became literate in the language of dance, they learned about self-expression and the ability to communication and respond to the expressions of others.
- Second grade learned to describe the position of items in the classroom using prepositions. They created a Puppet Edu presentation describing different of pieces clothing using phrases with the correct noun-adjective agreement.
- The second grade classes enjoyed learning about the layers of the ocean, various types of marine life, and the importance of saving our wetlands in the STEM lab. After this unit of study, we were able to take the second grade classes to the LSU Ocean Commotion event. This provided the students with a day of hands on learning. They were able to touch a shark to feel how their skin is rough. One of their favorite moments was to sit inside a Coast Guard helicopter! When we were leaving LSU were able to watch the same helicopter take off! They were so excited!
- During the second nine weeks we discussed how the pine tree has both a female pine cone and a male pine cone. They were amazed to learn that a female pine cone closes when it is wet to protect the seeds inside. We did an experiment where a pine cone was placed in hot water and cold water and we used the scientific method to make predictions about what they thought would occur. Brady Jones represented St. James at the Knock Knock Museum for the Cane’s Cardboard arcade event. Brady has inspired others to create their very own cardboard arcades. Thank you Brady!
- Second Grade Artists have been busy learning about Jim Dine and his warm and cool colored hearts. They also painted Japanese Cherry blossoms on a vertical panel. Students did a great job drawing and coloring grasshoppers to celebrate spring.
- Second Grade: The students completed lessons on the virtues: Hope and Loyalty. The children learned about the Liturgical Calendar as an introduction to the seasons of Epiphany and Lent. The children have heard stories of Jesus’ miracles including Jesus heals the paralytic and Jesus withering a fig tree.
- In 2nd grade we discussed confidence and what that means. We read the story Are You Confident Today? and talked about all of the ways the book showed confidence. Each student was given the opportunity to talk bout things they are confident in and other areas where they feel they can improve their confidence. One of the main points we talked about was that being confident doesn’t mean that you’re better than others, because nobody is perfect. It means being proud of your accomplishments and things you’re doing well while also being supportive of others. The students were given the task of waking up in the morning and telling themselves, “It’s going to be a great day!” and at the end of the day thinking of all the ways they showed confidence.
- The 3rd 9 weeks started off with the classic story Owl Moon by Jane Yolen. We compared our Louisiana snow days with the setting in the story. In Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, the students used nonfiction books and World Book Online to research the animals in the story. The students may use World Book Online Encyclopedia at home by going to www.worldbookonline.com. The username is sjstudents and password is pelicans. We celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by reading about the life of Dr. Seuss. 2nd graders are encouraged to read everyday!
- 2nd Graders were excited about performing their songs for Grandparent’s Day. They worked hard on their choreography as well. In class they have been learning to spell words using just music notes. It has been a lot of fun.
- First and second graders learned how to jump and turn a long jump rope. As turners, we worked on not letting too much rope touch the ground (because it messes up the rhythm for the jumper). As jumpers, we learned to watch the rope turners arms so we know when to time our jump. We also worked on staying in the middle of the rope and not jumping too high.
- Currently we are working on striking a beachball over a net. Beachballs are light so we need a light touch to maintain control. Getting our bodies underneath the ball and hitting with two hands is best. Hitting with our palms up gives the ball direction to get over the net. Newcomb is a lead-up game to volleyball with similar rules. In Newcomb, however, players can catch the ball or hit the ball over the net.
- 2nd Grade created a Puppet Edu presentation expressing their likes and dislikes about food. They also learned parts of the body and worked with a partner labeling parts of their body using Post Its.
- The second grade classes were very excited to learn all about Louisiana this nine weeks. In STEM we learned all about how the life cycle of a plant works since we grow so many wonderful crops here. We will begin planting our own crops this 9 weeks in our beautiful new school garden. They have enjoyed learning all about the new apple playground app as well. This new app will allow them to code our new Parrot drones and Dash robots.
- Students spent this nine weeks focusing on line, shape, color, texture, and form. They began by creating a Jazz inspired collage in the style of Henri Matisse. Next students created a cubist portrait in the style of Sandra Silbersweig. Then, students explored form by making necklaces out of clay, as well as worked on their collaborative piece to sell at the auction. Finally, students finished by studying fauve artist, Andre’ Derrain and creative a fauvist city scape of Baton Rouge in his style.
- The students learned about the Liturgical Calendar and the seasons of Lent and Easter. Students learned about the events of Holy Week and the Resurrection. They also heard the story of breakfast with the disciples. We completed a series of lessons on the parables and how Jesus used parables to teach us about God and the Kingdom of Heaven. The parables the students learned were: The Lost Sheep, The Prodigal Son, 10 Foolish Bridesmaids, and the Unmerciful Servant. We concluded the Nine Weeks with a lesson on Pentecost.
- The 2nd graders have really progressed in naming the notes on the treble staff. We begin each class period by using our skills to decipher the word spelled with music notes. We have also been exploring different genres of music like opera, jazz and pop.
- The 2nd grade skill unit in the 4th quarter combined jumping, hopping, and balancing. Students learned how to play International Hopscotch, Texas Turnaround, and Escargot. This cross-curriculum unit reinforced sequencial numbering, patterns, and even math strategies. You had to be a good thinker as well as have body control to play well!
- Our last PE unit was the culmination of several skills that were worked on during the year. Students played various dymnamic movement (chasing, fleeing and dodging) games that also required manipulative skills (throwing, rolling, striking and kicking). The two favorites were Catapult and Rock.
- 2nd Grade learned to identify and name places in the community, animals, and family members. They also learned how to write descriptive sentences using the correct noun-adjective agreement. They had so much fun creating a Paper Puppet Movie describing people in their family, a map of a community, and a Keynote presentation describing animals.
- Second grade really enjoyed visiting the Star lab on STEM Day! Mrs. Mercil's, Mrs.Hume's, and Mrs. McDowell's second grade classes have enjoyed using the Morphie app which teaches CAD (computer assisted design). They designed some amazing new inventions as well as tweaked a few inventions that are used today to assist animals. They really enjoyed working with their mentor classes this year.