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Mrs. Heinlein

"Elementary School community is an environment of excellence in teaching and learning where students reach high academic standards and learn to be self-motivated, well-rounded citizens.” 

2016-2017

Welcome to
Mrs. Heinlein’s
Second Grade Class Webpage




Welcome to 2nd grade! As an alumni of Edgemere Elementary, it is great to be back in the community. I graduated from Towson University in 2009 with a bachelor in Early Childhood Education. I am also certified in Special Education and I am currently earning credits to get my masters in Human Resources and Instructional Technology. This is my 7th year teaching; I spent 4 years in Kindergarten here at Edgemere and this is my 3rd year in 2nd grade. I enjoy spending time with my husband and dog bandit, reading, and anything to do with Disney.  
GO RAVENS!

          
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go."
-Dr. Seuss

Schedule
8:50-9:15- Arrival & Morning Work
9:15-9:30- Calendar Math
9:30-10:15- Social Studies, Science, Health
10:15-11:05-Specials
11:10-12:15-Math
12:20-12:40-Recess
12:45-1:15-Lunch
1:20-1:50-Phonics

1:50-2:20-Reading
2:20-3:20-Centers
3:20-3:35- Pack up and dismissal

Specials Schedule-3rd Quarter
*Monday- Library (books due)
*Tuesday- Vocal Music
*Wednesday- Gym
*Thursday- Art
*Friday- Art

Classroom Rules & Expectations
In our class, we follow the Edgemere Elementary Pride:
            Persist with all tasks
                                      Respect my teachers, peers, and myself
Interact kindly
       Do my best always
       Enjoy our diversity
    We have a behavior chart in the classroom and every student has their own clip. They have the chance to move up and down the levels. Each night, I will color the dates block on the Monthly calendar the color your child was on at the end of the day. Please sign the calendar every night. As a class we can earn cubes to get a class prize! These are the different behavior levels:

Behavior
Our class will be using Class Dojo this year. ClassDojo is a behaviormanagement tool for the classroom. Each student has a profile – complete with their own avatar – to which teachers can assign positive and negative points (or 'dojos') throughout the lesson. Students will use the following point system for behavior at the end of the day:

5-6 points= Student went above and beyond and had an amazing day!

3-4 points= Student had a great day and was focused on learning.

0-2 points= Student is determined to come to school ready to do their best the next school day.  


Here is what to come in the 3rd Quarter:

 

Reading


Unit 4- Unique:
In this unit, Unique, students will explore a variety of literary and informational texts about and from different cultures, environments, genres, characters, and subjects. The quality of uniqueness will be explored as students make text connections and compare and contrast the unique qualities of two texts. Throughout this unit, students will use a combination of new and known skills and strategies to organize their thoughts and learning. There will be opportunities for students to work collaboratively as they develop a range of oral and written communication.

Unit 4m- Mysteries: In this unit students will be introduced to the mystery genre and will explore vocabulary specific to mysteries such as, mystery, clue, hunch, motive, suspense, solve, guilty, innocent, detective, sleuth, evidence, plan, case, consequence and suspect. Students will read self selected mystery books in a series while they continue to develop and strengthen their application of literary standards RL 2.3, 2.5, 2.6. Students will expand their knowledge of academic vocabulary that includes major events, problem/solutions, plot, introduce/introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, conclude/conclusion, action, and point of view. Character development and structure of the genre will also be explored. Students will apply their knowledge of characterization to help them as they begin to understand and acknowledge the differences in the points of view of the characters. The culminating event targets writing standard W2.3. Students will be asked to use their knowledge of the mystery genre to write an original mystery story.


 

Math

Unit 5:

The focus of this unit is number patterns. Students construct, describe, and extend number patterns by understanding relationships and skip counting patterns. They are able to extend repeating patterns and determine the position of particular elements in the pattern. Students create tables and charts to represent and extend patterns. Second graders begin to understand the concepts of ratios and equal groups through a series of activities involving counting the number of rooms on each floor of a building. Students also discover ratio relationships using pattern blocks. 

 

 

 Writing

During the quarter, we will work on extending sentences by adding detail.  Students are asked to go back to the story and add detail from what they read to support their main topic. We are working on the following skills:
*Main Topic/details
*Story Map
*Plot
*Beginning, Middle, and End
Please practice spelling at home by sounding things out. Students are working on restating the question in their answer.


 

Events Coming Up!

Here are a couple of things to look out for:
*1/13-1/2 day for students 
*1/16-No school for MLK Day
*1/17-No school for teacher professional development day
*1/26-Report cards go home.
*1/30-2nd Quarter Awards Assembly
*2/10-PTA Sweethearts Dance 6-8 pm
*2/13-PTA Meeting - 6 pm
*2/14-Valentines Day
*2/17- 1/2 Day for Students
*2/20-No School-Presidents Day
*3/10-PTA Game Night- 6-8 pm
*3/13-PTA Meeting - 6 pm
*3/17-St. Patrick's Day
*3/21-Class Picture Day
*3/31-1/2 Day for Students-3rd Quarter ends

Resources

Link to the BPCS Parent Webpage- http://www.bcps.org/parents/

Link to our Facebook Page- http://www.facebook.com/EdgemereElementary

Link to the schools Twitter account- @Edgemere_BCPS

Link to check your child’s progress- http://www.bcpsone.bcps.org

Link to check your child’s behavior on Class Dojo- http://www.classdojo.com

Link to our class Twitter account- https://twitter.com/Mrs_Heinlein  



Here's to a great year! Please refer to your child's take home folder every night. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at aheinlein@bcps.org or call the school at 410-887-7507.