Friday, September 30, 2016

More Fun With Inferring

We are continuing to work on inferring the meaning of text and unknown words in class.  We had some fun this week making inferences about pictures and mystery animals!  We also read some animal poems and looked carefully for clues so we could infer what animal the poem was about.  Ask your child about this!

Another fun game was reading clues and looking at pictures. The students had to make  inferences about what they read and check their answers by using the iPads to scan a QR code!

In writing, we learned how to revise and edit our stories.  It was fun to work with an "editor" to make our writing better.

It was a fun week!

Thursday, September 22, 2016


We have been working on making inferences when we read for a couple weeks now.  We learned that we need to use our schema and text evidence to make a good inference.

Check out the fun video below to see Kermit the Frog and Cookie Monster play a mystery box inferring game! :)

Word Sorts and Writing!

We have been working hard on sorting words according to their word family.  Every Monday, the kids get a word sort that is a "good-fit" for them.  They cut out the words and sort them according to the word patterns they have.  The students practice reading and sorting their words every day and on Fridays they glue them down and we check their progress.

We have also been working on writing personal narratives or small moments about our lives.  We learned how to add transition words to put our story in order and make it more interesting.

We have some hard workers in this class!

Friday, September 16, 2016

International Dot Day!

September 15th was International Dot Day!  This special day correlates to the book The Dot.  We read this book in class and then made our own dots on a special paper. We use the Quiver app to make our dots come to life. 3D!  It's really cool!  If you want to do this at home, the app is free. You can visit their website to download a few free pages and then use the free app!

Visit their website here to download some free pages to use with the app!

We also created our own large "dots" for our Dot Day tree!

Click below to see the author of The Dot read aloud to you!

Here's The Dot song!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Our First Two Weeks

We are already very busy in class and working so hard.  Here is what we have been doing...

Practicing Metacognition: Thinking about our thinking when we're reading!

Playing some word games to study our words for the week!

We learned how to find good-fit books and how to read with a partner.

We also learned how to use our ActivExpressions to practice words and text in answers about our picture of the day. This was fun!

This week were studying genres and we took some time to sort some real books into the correct genres! They did great!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Welcome To Second Grade!

Welcome!  I'm new to Austin Elementary, so here's a little information about me!

I'm excited to be teaching at Austin!  I have been teaching for 17 years.  I taught first grade for 10 years,second grade for 5 years, and 3rd grade for two years.  I'm excited to be back in second grade here at Austin!   I also love to teach reading and writing.

I am married and I have two kids.  My daughter Alayna, is almost 13 and my son Brayden is 10.

Here are a few of my favorite things:
*Taking Pictures
*Camping and Hiking

 I'm excited to start a great school year.  I know we are going to learn SO much and have a great time.  I will use this blog A LOT throughout the school year to share information and fun stuff we are doing in class, so take a minute to bookmark or follow this page and check back often!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Summer Reading!

YOU MADE IT THROUGH 3RD GRADE!  YES!  I hope everyone had a great school year and I hope you all enjoy your summer. 

Your end of the year gift from me is the awesome book: The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo.  I hope you will take some time this summer to read it.  It's a great book by a great author!  I would love to hear what you think about the book and if you read any other great books this summer.  Please email me and let me know!  I plan to read A LOT of books this summer too! I'll let you know what I read that is awesome too!

Here's a quick book trailer that gives you an idea of what The Tiger Rising is about:

Click below for some more information about the book and some questions to use while reading. (Talk about the book with your family!!)
If you like this book, you might like some of Kate DiCamillo's other books too! Look at the list below that shows a few of her books!

Want to know even MORE about this author?  Click below to see her website!
Enjoy your summer!!!