Learning for the Week of August 6-10, 2018

We accomplished a great deal this week!

1. Some of the children know how to unpack completely without any reminders. Others are still working toward independence. I’m sure they will have it by the end of next week.

2. We finished our writing samples for all three genres: Narrative, Informational, and Opinion.

3. We also completed the Reading Inventory or the Foundational Reading Inventory.

4. We learned how to pick “Good Fit” or “Just Right” books based on: Purpose for reading, Interest, Comprehension, and Knowledge of most words on the pages of the books.

5. We began learning how to represent numbers using Base-Ten Blocks and to add and subtract numbers within 10 using Base-Ten Blocks.

6. We continued showing that we are caring (IB Learner Profile) by holding the door for the person behind us whenever we walked through a doorway.

7. We learned how to do Number Talks in second grade. The kids are doing a great job with Number Talks!

Upcoming Week

We will continue to practice our routines and procedures as well as learning new procedures.

We will continue to work on adding and subtracting using Base Ten Blocks within 10 and also explore other strategies.

On Tuesday we are going to have our Media Center Orientation and then the children will be allowed to check out books. They need to memorize the number on the front of their agendas so they can check out books. Once they have learned their numbers they may check out up to three books at a time.

We will have to assess some children for reading levels in the upcoming week before we can form guided reading groups.  Mr. Zohn and I will also assess each child’s level phonemic awareness to guide our small groups formation for phonics instruction.

In writing, our focus will be on Narrative Writing this quarter. We will begin by creating Heart Maps, which will contain ideas for writing topics when the children have difficulty deciding what to write about.

We will also catch up on our investigation of  matter.

The children enjoy the flexible seating options I’ve made available to them. If you’d like to help me provide more children with a new flexible seating option, please check out the Wish List I created on Amazon.


delivery address: Teasley Elementary School, 3640 Spring Hill Parkway, Smyrna, GA 30080

Please remember that we are a Nut-Free Classroom. Do not send peanut butter snacks or sandwiches to school. One of our classmates is extremely allergic to nuts. Thank you!

Also, please remember to put any money you send to school in an envelope and write your child’s full name, my name, the amount of money enclosed, and the purpose of the money on the front.  Per CCSD policy, I am not allowed to handle any money. Thank you to those of you who have been doing this. 🙂

If you have any question or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me: [email protected]

Learning for the Week of August 1-3, 2018

The first three days of school have been filled with getting to know new teachers and classmates, learning new routines and procedures, and remembering old routines and procedures for the school building. We practiced what to do during a fire drill. We also created hallway people to “hold” our displayed work this school year. The likenesses the children created to hold their work are quite good! The children also completed their first writing sample for Narrative Writing. Mr. Zohn led the children in moving to GoNoodle when it was too wet to go outside for recess. We learned the definition of “classify” and practiced classifying ourselves as boys or girls and by the way we are dismissed in the afternoon. We learned that “classify” is another word for “sort”.

In the upcoming week, we will classify things in the classroom as being a “solid”, “liquid”, or “gas”.
During the upcoming week we will also complete writing samples for Informational Writing and Opinion Writing. The purpose of these writing samples is so I can see what the children remember about writing for the three genres before we getting started with writing in second grade. The children will also complete a pre-assessment on Unit 1 material in Math. Again, this is to see what they recall from first grade and to guide me as I plan instruction. Hopefully, by the end of the upcoming week or next week, we will complete the Reading Inventory and Math Inventory, which will provide me with information to help guide my plans for instruction.

I sent each of you an email request to join our class email group. Look for it in your email.

As I’m sure you noticed at Open House, I am introducing flexible seating in my classroom this year. It will give the children a chance to move as they work, which will help them maintain focus for a longer period of time. I have already purchased some materials for this purpose, but I am sharing a link to my Amazon wish list with you. If you would like to help by making a purchase, I would greatly appreciate it. I have included the school address so you can just have it delivered to the school.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me: [email protected]


delivery address: Teasley Elementary School, 3640 Spring Hill Parkway, Smyrna, GA 30080

Learning for the Week of March 26-30, 2018

This week we are finishing up our review of Narrative Writing. The children have produced interesting personal narratives. They enjoy sharing them with the class.

We will continue to work with 2-dimensional shapes this week. Our focus will be on partitioning shapes into halves, thirds, and fourths.

This week our focus will be asking and answering questions before, during, and after reading to further our comprehension.

Social Studies
The life and contributions of Jimmy Carter will be our focus this week.

Upcoming Events
Tuesday, March 27th, 5:00-8:00pm
Friday, March 30th, Dress Down for $1
April 2-6, 2018 Spring Break

Learning for the Week of February 12-16, 2018


We are still working on writing opinion pieces. The children have been choosing their own topics and enjoying sharing their finished pieces with the class.


This week we are continuing to work on one- and two-step word problems, adding and subtracting within 100, and adding and subtracting two 3-digit numbers.


We will compare and contrast two versions of the same story this week.

Social Studies/Science

We will finish learning about Jackie Robinson and begin learning about the Sun and other stars.

Learning for the Week of February 5-9, 2018


We will continue to write Opinion pieces this week. Last week, the children shared the first opinion pieces they wrote about their favorite restaurants. This week, they will chose the topic of their next opinion piece. We will continue to work on Adjectives.


Our attention will turn to solving one- and two-step word problems within 100 this week.


In reading, we will explore folktales and compare and contrast their characteristics with fairy tales and fables.

Social Studies

Jackie Robinson will be our focus this week.

Upcoming Events

Friday, February 9th – International Night 6:30-8:30

Learning for the Week of January 15-19, 2018


We will review producing and expanding sentences this week and begin working with adjectives. We will also talk about fact and opinion.


We will work on adding and subtracting two 3-digit numbers within 1000 this week.


This week we will continue asking and answering questions about a story. We will use graphic organizers to help us.

Social Studies

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will continue to be our topic of discussion this week.

Upcoming Events
Friday, January 19th – BINGO Night – 6:15 p.m. in the Café

Tuesday, January 23rd – Willy’s Spirit Night

Learning for the Week of January 8-12, 2018


This week we are focusing on producing, expanding, and rearranging complete simple and compound sentences. We will also continue to talk about fact and opinion.


We will begin working on adding up to four 2-digit numbers and adding and subtracting within 1000.


We will work on asking and answering questions as we read this week.

Social Studies

Martin Luther King Jr. will be our focus this week.

Upcoming Events

Today, Tuesday, January 9th – ASP Open House for Enrichment Programs 4:00-6:00pm

Thursday, January 11th – PTA general meeting 8:00 am in Media Center

Friday, January 12th – Dress Down for $1

Monday, January 15th – Dr. MLK Jr. Day – No School


New Homework Plan

Hi, Everyone,

I want to let you know that beginning this week, I will no longer assign homework for the children other than requiring them to read 20 – 30 minutes each day. After researching the idea, I have decided, along with many in education, that reading, pursuing other interests, and just playing and being children is a better use of their free time. The children work hard enough during the school day and deserve to do other things with the time they have left in their day. If you feel strongly about supplementing your child’s learning, you can still let them work on Raz-Kids and MobyMax or create practice for them, but there will be no more Spelling Homework or Math Homework sent home.

Here is a link to an article explaining the ideas behind no homework: