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Classroom Book a Day

Classroom Book a Day (CBAD) is my favorite activity during the school year. I love celebrating books every day with my students and giving them a visual remember of the books we have read and how many more there are too come.

This is the fifth year that I have participated and I am thankful to Julian Hiese for creating and expanding this interactive way to promote read alouds across all grade levels. You can find out more about her initiative at Each year, it has been amazing to see how more classrooms are participating as well as how Julian has grown classroom book a day.

In second grade, we read A LOT of picture books during the year. However before CBAD, I didn’t really keep track. I had a basic idea of the books I had read based on units or new book purchases. I am amazed each year, the impact documenting our read alouds has had on classed. This year, I started having students vote for their favorite weekly read aloud. The winning book gets a star added to the cover on the book.

The empty chart is ignored by most students at the beginning of the year. Slowly, the rows fill up and by winter break students begin to notice and discuss how many books we have read.

“Hey, I forgot we read I Want my Hat Back! I can’t believe the bear did that.”

“There is another book about Little Elliot. I saw it in the library. Maybe, Ms. Turman will read that too.”

These conversations happen more frequently as the spaces fill up and students notice that we have read The Bad Seed, The Good Egg and The Cool Bean. They discuss the titles and how the characters in the books change. I believe as the school days progress these conversations will become more frequent and deeper and students will continue to intrincially apply the lessons that we are learning throughout the day.

My teacher brain wants to point out how much they have learned this year and praise them for using their skills but my reader heart holds back and just enjoys the conversations and is happy knowing that they are growing readers – excited about books. It’s a nice reminder that they really are paying attention even when it doesn’t look like it.

I love that CBAD is part of our class community. I hope that they will continue to revisit the books in the years to come even if they don’t have a poster to remind them.

If you would like more information on Classroom Book a Day. Check our Julian’s website. There is also a Facebook Group and search Twitter posts for the hashtag #classroombookaday.

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New Phonics Program Launches in December

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2nd Grade Phonics Mascot “GUS”

Today, we took our last word study test for the year. On December 9th, we will

introduce a new program similar to our Reading and Writing units, called Phonics Units of Study. What does this mean? No more word study homework. (Word Study journals will be coming home.)

Students in kindergarten and first grade have been using the Phonics Units of Study.  We are extending this program into second grade. The Phonics Units of Study lessons use singing, pretending, inventing, talking, writing, and spelling – all centered around phonics.  These lessons empower our students with skills that help make them stronger readers and writers.  

I am so proud of the work students have done with word study the first half of the year. I know the skills they have learned so far will help to support the work they will now do in the Phonics Units of Study.

Please let me know if you have any questions as we get into these new phonics units in the coming months.

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Weekly Preview

Hope you have had a great 3-day weekend. We have a busy week as always. I can’t believe that we are ending the first quarter of school. Please check Parent Vue (PVUE) for new grades since our conference and let me know if you have any questions.

Fiction Comprehension
Fiction Fluency
Decoding Words
Addition & Subtraction
Strategies (Quiz this week)
Addition & Subtraction Facts
Habitats PBL


We will begin designing our habitats for the PBL this week. Students have the option to make a Powerpoint/Google Slide presentation, a shoebox model or a poster. If you have an extra shoebox to send in that would be greatly appreciated as we have several groups that have selected this option. Also, students are able to bring materials from home to use on their project. Please let them know whether or not something needs to be returned home at the completion of the project.

Parent Conferences

I am finishing the scheduled conferences this week. If you did not schedule a conference and would like one, please contact me. I am also available during the school year to schedule a conference when needed.


Thank you to those that have signed up for the STEM fair. I am excited to have several students particpating this year and looking forward to their projects. It is not too late sign up for the fair. Just to clarify, the fair to open to projects that use science, technology, engineering or math. Projects are not required to follow a specific method and it is open to student creativity.

Citizenship Project

Our class project to spread kindness around the school is coming together. During the week of November 11th (World Kindness Day is November 13th), the class will perform several community service projects to make our school better and help out those that normally do to the job.

World Kindness Activities

  • Clean up around the school with Mr. Jorge
  • Sponsor the PTA coffee cart and deliver coffee to teachers and staff
  • Share ways to be kind inside and outside of school with students
  • Letters and cards to say thank you to all staff.

We are looking forward to these activities and brighten everyone’s day.

Class Party

The class party Fall Party is Friday, November 1st. The party starts at 12:45 and ends at 2:00. Thank you to all that have volunteered to help with supplies and in the classroom. We are looking forward to a great party.

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Weekly Preview

Happy Autumn! I can see the leaves starting to turn but the weather lately makes me think twice about Autumn really being here. Please make sure to dress children for the weather and classroom. The outdoor temperatures are cold in the morning and warm/hot in the afternoon.

ReadingMathScienceSocial Studies
Fiction Comprehension
Fiction Fluency
Decoding Words
Skip Counting
Odd & Even
Addition & Subtraction

Snack Reminder

Just a reminder that we are NUT FREE classroom. Students may not be eat items containing nut products in the classroom. Nut products are fine for lunch in the cafeteria.

Parent Conferences

Parent Conferences are continuing. If you would like to schedule or need to reschedule your conference, please let me now. Interpretors are available if you need one.


The Potowmack Elementary STEM Fair is being held on November 19th. The registration form was sent home in Purple Folders last week. Detailed information and an example were sent home in a Connect Ed. If you need more information please let me know. I hope you will consider participating. In addition to student entries, there will be hands-on STEM stations and a Parent Tech Help stations to answer questions you have about online school resources. Please let me know if you need a registration form.

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Weekly Preview

Happy Autumn! I can see the leaves starting to turn but the weather lately makes me think twice about Autumn really being here. Please make sure to dress children for the weather and classroom. The outdoor temperatures are cold in the morning and warm/hot in the afternoon. Our classroom can be chilly so students may need a sweater or jacket.

ReadingMathScienceSocial Studies
Fiction Comprehension
Fiction Fluency
Decoding Words
Comparing 2 and
3 digit Numbers

Grading and Papers

We have finished several of our beginning of the year units so you should have seen more papers come home with grades. I wanted to review the process since back to school night seems like a long time ago. Papers should be coming home regularly now, so please make sure to empty purple folders regularly.

The assignments are scored on a 0 – 4 scale with 3 being the score that demonstrates mastery of the materials covered. To receive a 4, a student must complete the challenge questions correctly to demonstrate application of the concepts covered.

If there are any questions regarding how something was scored, please let me know. I am happy to review papers with you.

World Kindness Day

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November 13, 2019

Our citizenship project the class chose is to celebrate World Kindness Day in our school. The students want to do something kind in areas of the school. They have planned to help clean up around the outside of the school, put together treats for the teachers & staff and post kindness messages to encourage and help their peers. Instead of just celebrating on the 13th, activities will be spread across the entire week. We are looking forward to spreading some kindness and brightening everyone’s day.

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International Dot Day-ish

Excited to share Peter H. Reynold’s book, The Dot with a new group of second graders this year. It is always a great activity to build community and discuss how we make our mark. After reading the book, we looked at a few examples on the Celebri-dot website.

First, students designed their dot.

Then, we used the QuiverVision Quiver app to explore our dots in a 3D augmented reality.

Students were excited to create their dots and are looking forward to framing and presenting next week.

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Weekly RoundUp & Preview

Looking forward to a great week and kicking off our new science standards. Please let me know if you have any questions.

I love how popular Class Dojo has become. It has been a great communication tool. Please make sure that any dismissal or absence information is also communicated to the front office.

Word Study

Week 2 Activities

Word Study homework is Week 2 Activities. Homework assignments should be recorded in daily planner. The complete list of activities is included in the Word Study Journal. Students receive 2 sets of words, one kept at school and one kept at home. If you need additional sets of words, please contact me

Scientific Investigations

We are excited to begin our first science unit of the year. – Scientific Investigations. This unit focuses on building skills and habits that we use during our science units this year. This week, students will be completing hands-on activities while they learn to investigate like scientists. Students will have opportunities to bring in supplies for some activities.

Changing Seasons

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The weather is changing from day to day this time of year. We try to go outside as much as possible. Please make sure to send your child to school with weather appropriate clothing.

Hope everyone has a great week!

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RoundUp & Preview

Happy Sunday! I hope you have had a great weekend. I am looking forward to our first 5-day week. We have had so much fun and learning so far. In this post, you will find a roundup activities for last week and to a preview of the upcoming week.


This is the first week students will have homework in Reading, Word Study and Math. Please be sure to check purple folders daily and remove items in “Keep at Home”. This will help to insure that the correct papers are returning to school daily.

Word Study

We will begin our word study groups this week. Students receive 2 copies of their word sorts each week. One copy stays in school and the other can stay at home. If you need additional copies, please let me know. Remember that we are on a 2 week rotation, so we will not be testing this Friday but next Friday.

We have practiced the homework assignments so students are familiar with the process and have examples in their word study journals. Please date each nights homework assignment. You can find explanations and examples in the this document. It is also available from the class website under Study Guides & Homework.


Ordinal numbers was our first math unit which we finish this week. Our next unit, Place Value reviews the place value concepts from first grade and adds the hundreds place to those concepts. Please review the study guides sent home for information related to concepts.

Social Studies

Students are working hard on their citizenship unit. This week, students vote on a class project to improve or strengthen the community around them. I look forward to announcing our class project.

Classroom Book A Day Last Week

It is soooo hard to pick a favorite.

PBIS Assembly

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Beginning of School Recap

It has been a fun first 6 days of school. We are getting organzed and starting our first units of 2nd grade in Math, Reading, Writing and Social Studies. I am looking forward to an exciting year.


This year, we are learning how to use planners. Students will be learning to keep track of homework, tests and events in their planners. It is helpful if planners are checked at home as I will be checking in school to help students build the habit. Students are encouraged to mark homework when completed. I use a stamp when I check planners for completion.

Computer Safety

Student passwords were changed last week. There are passwords for LCPSgo, Learning A-Z and IXL. This information will be recorded in their planners so it may be secure but also available at school and at home.


LCPS Go is a single login system and the location for apps available to students. The link is . If using a tablet, the classlink app may be required for download. Please let me know if you need assistance accessing resources on non-school devices.

Classroom Book A Day

Books read last week. Students voted for their favorite.

We will read and discuss many books this year. This year, we will be tracking one book each day and tracking on a chart. During the year, we will be able to revisit the books we have read and compare them. I am looking forward to great discussions.

Purple Folders

Please remove papers each day that do not need to return to school. At the beginning of the year, there are forms coming home from the PTA and school that need to be reviewed and returned to school if necessary. Checking folders daily, ensures that the necessary materials are seen and not lost amid the student work. I appreciate your effort to help maintain the folder as a communication method between school and home.

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August 27, 2018 – Class News

This Week We Studied…

Class Rules, Routines and Expectations. 

Behavior Logs should be kept in the “Return to School” side of the purple folder. Please review with your student and discuss behavior expectations. 

Ask Your Child to Tell You About…

Drako – Our Class Pet

Our 4 Class Rules that support Respect, Responsibilty, and Effort. (Please review with your child and discuss your expectations for school as well.)

  1. We only speak when we have permission. 
  2. We stay in our spaces unless we have permission.
  3. We participate in class activities. 
  4. We are respectful to everyone.
Coming Up Next Week…

We will be learning routines for Word Study Homework, Reading and Math Workshop. We will also begin our Scientific Investitgations Unit. 

No Test This Week.  Please look for the Scientific Investigations Study Guide coming home. 

We will begin Reading Homework next week by Reading 20 minutes each day.