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Back-to-School-Night Documents

Parent Reading

Yardsticks by Chip Wood

7 Keys to Comprehension by Elin Oliver Keene

Strategies That Work by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis

Reading With Meaning by Elin Oliver Keene

The Price of Privilege by Madeline Levine

Comprehension Going Forward by Elin Oliver Keene

Treat Your Children Well by Madeline Levine

Second Grade Websites

Mrs. Katy Motes - Room 13 Website

Character Counts
Character Counts


Welcome to 2nd Grade in Room 13!!

I look forward to seeing all of you at Back to School Night on August 31, 2017.

The schedule is:

5:30-6:30 3rd, 4th, 5th grade presentations

6:30-7:00 Introductions and Welcome in the Multi-Purpose Room (EVERYONE)

7:00-8:00 K, 1st, 2nd grade presentations

Please join me in Room 13 at 7:00pm!


Special Events

Monthly Highlights

Reading Comprehension Strategy: Schema

- Making Connections Between New and Known Information.

- Text to self connections remind the reader of something that happened in his or her life.

- Text to text connections remind the reader of something that happened in another book they have read.

- Text to world connections remind the reader of something they know about in the greater world context through the news or from knowing about history.

Why are these connections important?

- They can help the reader understand character motivation and behavior.

- They can help the reader make predictions.

- They can help the reader better understand the context.

- They can help the reader ask essential questions about what they are reading.

- They can help the reader become actively engaged in the story.

- They can help the reader emphasize with characters and situations.


Homework Packets: Expect a Homework Contract every Monday; it needs to be returned on Friday.  This gives your child a choice of when to complete his/her homework that week.  Homework is sent home as a review of previously presented material.  There will be some "at home" projects due throughout the year.  Book Reviews, science projects, Star Student, etc. assignments with be sent home only after I have presented the process and given expectations in class.

Hot Pencil Program: Students complete up to 40 math fact problems each night.  If your child's goal is met, he/she moves onto the next letter.

District Homework Policy for Second Graders: 20 minutes a night, excluding reading log times.  If your child is spending more than 20 minutes a night, please see me so we can discuss and possibly modify.