Welcome to Mrs. McClain's 2nd grade class!
We are going to have an awesome 2020-2021 school year!
Listen to Mustn'ts, child, listen to the Don'ts.
Listen to the Shouldn'ts, the Impossibles, the Won'ts.
Listen to the Never Haves, then listen close to me.
Anything can happen, child, Anything can be.
The single most beneficial practice your child can do for homework each evening is reading. Students should read for 15-20 minutes a night. This can be independent reading, you reading to your child, your child reading an online book, or reading a book together. All of these are excellent practice. I will have a monthly reading log to be turned in.
To access Pearson Ready Gen texts that we are reading in class:
Visit the Student Technology Portal and click on Realize.
**Please refer to your child's take-home folder for homework each night.
**Math homework should be expected Monday-Thursday nights.
For copies of Math Homelinks please click the link below.
Students should also practice the spelling words, high-frequency words, and vocabulary words that are sent home on the practice sheet. It is not required that your child practice all the lists each night; rather, take a few minutes to ask your child to spell some of the spelling words, read some of the high-frequency words, and define a couple of vocabulary words.
Spelling tests are taken every 1.5-2 weeks (test date will always be written on the top of the spelling list, and included in the weekly newsletter.)
Sight words will be tested in the same way they were in 1st grade. Students will work through mastering the sight word lists at their own pace. You will be given a sight word folder to keep at home for practice, and parents will notify the teacher (via the All Star Reader half-sheet form) when the child is ready to test on the words.
Please understand that the first weeks of school will be some typical beginning of the year activities, such as getting to know you, classroom culture, friendship, technology procedures, zoom rules, etc. We will try to stick as close to the live/work times as we can.
Spencer Pointe: (815)462-7988
Please feel free to send a note to school with your child.
Please be aware that the way in which you contact me is most often how I will respond. If you need to reach me during the school day, the best way is by e-mail. I will check my e-mail about twice a day.
Reading/Writing: This year we will use the Pearson ReadyGEN reading series which is an integrated literacy program that accelerates learning for students by presenting modeled reading with authentic text. Lessons include a Close Reading routine where students will learn how to approach complex texts by citing evidence from the text, exploring key ideas and details, and analyzing text structure. ReadyGEN uses a generative approach to vocabulary instruction where words are taught in clusters, with a focus on key words that are critical to understanding the text. Throughout the year, students will practice informative, narrative, and opinion writing in response to text. ReadyGEN also offers interactive anchor texts, digital publishing tools, and game-based online activities to increase student engagement while building literacy skills.
Grammar: We will cover sentence structure, capitalization, punctuation, prefixes, suffixes, synonyms, antonyms, and contractions.
Spelling/Phonics: We will be using the ReadyGEN spelling/phonics program which focuses on spelling patterns. Students will work at school and at home on a given spelling pattern during each unit of study. Students will be tested about every 1.5-2 weeks on 12 spelling words that fit that pattern. Students have additional opportunities for practice in the classroom that will include: workbook pages, creating sentences, ABC order, word patterns, etc.
Our math program is called Everyday Math. Throughout the year, students will be working on whole number operations, patterns and rules, probability, place value, time, money, measurement, geometry, fractions, and problem solving.
We cover the following topics in Science:
*Plants and Animals
*Properties of Matter
*Forces and Motion
* We cover the following topics in Social Studies:
*Maps and Geography
* 50 States* Landforms
Click the picture below for our class newsletter!
Remember, you can access most of the websites you need from the main student hub. Click here: ---> Student Technology Portal
The Student Technology Portal is where you can access Powerschool, McGraw Hill (Everyday Math,) the Cloud, and Pearson Realize (Ready GEN Reading.)
Students use Reflex Math several times per week in class to gain fluency in addition and subtraction facts (by playing fun math games!), but your child may also be asking to play at home. Click Login in the black bar in the upper right corner. Teacher username is 122juliemcclain. Click on McClain's Class 19-20. Click on your child's name. Password is nlsd + your child's 5-digit ID#. (nlsd00000)
Click on Kids Login. Teacher username is jmcclaink. Click on your child's name. Password is nlsd + your child's 5-digit ID#. (nlsd00000) Click on Your Assignment so that your child can listen to, read, and take quizzes on fiction and nonfiction books at his/her independent reading level.