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:
*Reading!
*Taking Pictures
*Cooking
*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!!!

Field Day!

We had lots of fun at field day this year!  Here are a few pictures from the day!

Water relay!

Sack Races!


 
Pizza Box Relay



Balloon Pop!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wildcat Run

We had a great time at the Wildcat Run yesterday! Everyone did a great job!













 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Have a Great Summer!

I have really enjoyed this school year getting know everyone.  What a great group of kids!  I hope everyone has a super fun summer!

View the video below to see some pictures from our year!

video

Friday, April 29, 2016

STAAR Ready Week

Next week is our last week to review and prepare for the STAAR test!  STAAR testing days are May 9th (math test) and May 10th (reading test).

To get ready, we are having a STAAR ready week to review. Every day next week we will dress up for a little motivation as we practice every day. The students will have opportunities to earn prizes for their hard work.  Look at the list below to see what to wear each day!


Day
Dress
Wording
 
 
 
Monday 5/2
Sports Theme/Warm Ups
Working Out The STAAR
Tuesday 5/3
Nerd Day
It is Cool to be a Nerd Make Sure to Read Every Word.
Wednesday 5/4
Camo Day
Hunting for Great Strategies
Thursday 5/5
Pajama Days
Put the STAAR To Bed
Friday 5/6
Black Out Day
Black Out the STAAR


The kids have been working so hard and I know everyone will do great!!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Context Clues

Next week we will be reviewing context clues in reading class. Check out this short video about context clues below!


 
 
 
 Review this page about the different types of context clues we have been learning about. Click the title to download and print at home.
 
 

Then, review these guidelines that go over strategies to help you find the meaning of unknown words. Click the title to download and print at home.



 
We have been working hard on synonyms, antonyms, and homophones too. This will help you with the context clues questions.  Here is our homophones list for you to review.