The Daily Five (or literacy station time) is one of my students’ favorite times of the day! During this time, each child is independently engaged in meaningful literacy activities. These activities are research-based, and in addition to increasing student achievement and success in reading, the children also develop a love for books! We begin our ninety minute reading block with explicit whole group instruction, each day focusing on phonics, comprehension strategies, and vocabulary skills. The students are then assigned to“travel groups” and they travel with the same group throughout station time. During the Daily Five, the kids read and write independently while I provide focused, intense instruction to small groups of students. The students move to new stations every 15 minutes.
The Daily Five station choices in our classroom:
• Independent Reading
• Writing about Reading
• Buddy Reading
• Listen to Reading
• Word Work
The first 20 days of school we will work on building our reading and writing “stamina,” learning the routines and behavior expectations of the Daily Five, and building our classroom community. I will also spend time learning about my students’ strengths and needs as a reader to ensure their success. During the first 20 days, we will review how to pick “Just Right Books” or books each child can read independently. During literacy stations, the kids will spend a majority of the time reading books they enjoy and are interested in, which research supports as the number one way to improve reading!
Mrs. Daig’s Star Student
The schedule below is for “Mrs. Daig’s Star Student”. Each week a different student will bring home a portfolio box labeled “Mrs. Daig’s Star Student. It will be sent home on Fridays and returned on Mondays.* Your child may fill the portfolio box with items that pertain to him/her. Students are asked to bring items to school that are meaningful like a postcard of their summer trip to Hawaii, a piece of rose quartz from a quarry they once visited, a favorite doll that Grandma crocheted or a picture of their family. Items will be shared throughout the week and returned home on Friday. *If a students’ share week is shortened due to a holiday, workshop or snow day I will make arrangements in my daily schedule for an extra share time for that student. Please choose 5 items. Please select items that fit in the box. Items too large or heavy may break the box. *Due to a large class some students will double with others. ALL students will have the same equal share time.
Due to confidentially purposes, please see the hard copy schedule with names that will be in your child's Weekly Tote on the first week of school.
Homework will begin TBD. Second graders will have “weekly” homework packets. I will send packets home on Mondays and they are due the following Monday. If your child lives in two homes I will send a homework packet to both homes so the child doesn’t have to bring their reading or math log back and forth. Please help your second grader complete the weekly reading log and return it on Monday. Second graders should not be spending more than 20 minutes a night on homework. If you find your child is laboring over an assignment or taking longer than 20 minutes please STOP! Please don’t hesitate to have your second grader stop the assignment. Frustration and tears are not my goal in sending homework home. The purpose is to practice and reinforce skills that were already pretaught. It would be very helpful if the adult jots a quick note stating if they helped the child on an assignment or the child stopped due to confusion or meltdown. This will help me in planning a “good fit” packet with work that is more at your child’s ability level. Second graders will have one Daily 5 activity and a reading log in their weekly homework packet. Please don’t feel that your child needs to complete both assignment PLUS read every night. Help your child develop a routine to complete their work. Your child created a “Do Not Disturb” homework monkey to hang on the doorknob to help create a good homework environment. Homework is due the following Monday so students can work around their busy schedules. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.
The ABC's of Mrs. Daig's Grade 2 Classroom 2018-2019
Art: Our art time is on Mondays from 12:55 to 1:35.
Mr. Gaffius is our art teacher.
Authors: During the year we will talk about various authors and read as many of their books as we can. My second graders will also become authors and publish books that they will be anxious to share with you!
Author Share Journal: Once a student publishes a writing piece he/she will bring it home along with the Author’s Share Journal. The Author’s Share Journal is a spot students and parents can share thoughts and ideas about the shared writing piece.
Birthdays: We celebrate all birthdays. The birthday boy/girl is our birthday leader, wears a special birthday crown, has a special birthday chair, receives a special gift, and a special birthday book from his/her classmates. We also read Dr. Seuss’ special birthday book! Birthdays are SPECIAL!
Book Bags: Each student will receive a book bag during the 3rd trimester. These book bags will be used to take Mrs. Daig’s library books and/or reading group books home. A book journal is kept in the bag. Your child will be expected to write or draw about the book/s that you have read together and any response you would like to share about your shared reading.
Book Orders: I try to send out book orders monthly from Scholastic, Carnival, Troll, and Trumpet Club. I would like to give you the opportunity to purchase books at great rates. You are under no obligation to buy any books but if you choose to purchase, please send in the book slip/s with a check made payable to the club. Please place the money and slip inside a sealed envelope and address with your child’s name, title it “Book Club Money” and amount enclosed. If you would like to purchase books as a gift just enclose a note and I’ll contact you when they arrive.
Best Time to Discuss Your Child’s Needs:
If you need to meet with me to discuss your child’s needs/concerns PLEASE make an appointment and I will make sure to have the time and privacy to meet with you. While children are walking down the hall or when other parents/staff are in the hall is not an appropriate time to discuss concerns. Your child’s concerns are private and should be discussed in a private place. I will do my best to schedule appointments to fit your schedule. Thank you for your patience and understanding!
Good Behavior Reward Letter: We have a “Reward Word” earn a letter in our classroom. If I eye spy the class working as a team or being respectful listeners or working on following the rules then they earn a letter to help build a reward word! When we earn all of the letters in the special reward word we can trade them in for a special reward! The class will vote on what kind of reward they would like… a Stuffie Day? …Pj Day? Wacky Day? Backwards Day? I LOVE rewarding good behavior and hard work!
Cards: Students can earn Positive Note Cards for displaying positive values such as responsibility, respect and safety. When a student is recognized they are given a card.
Discipline: Please refer to the student handbook. In our class we are all responsible for our actions and we take control. We are all leaders!
Deb Daigneault: My name is Deb Daigneault. Students call me “Mrs. Daigneault” or “Mrs. Daig”. Adults may call me Deb.
Daily 5: Children work on 5 components during the Daily 5 Block- Work on Writing, Word Work, Listen to Reading, Read to Self, Read with a Buddy. Children work on these tasks while the teacher works with individual students/groups.
Dismissal: Students are dismissed at 3:15 every day EXCEPT Wednesdays. Students will be dismissed at 2:15.
Donations: Our class would LOVE donations of the following: old board games to transform into Daily 5 games, stickers, tissues, baby wipes to wash tables, gently used books, three ring notebooks, and I’m sure throughout the year I will be posting other items in my weekly newsletter.
E-mail: My e-mail at school is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Experience: I have 24 years of experience in education. I was an education technician in a k-6 setting for 2 years and then graduated to a Title One Teacher in a K-1 setting for 1 year before coming to Poland Community School. I began teaching in 5th grade and taught for 2 years before moving to 4th grade for 3 more years. I also taught 1st grade for 6 years. This is my 10th year in 2nd grade and I love it! I am pleased to be working with a talented, fun-loving, energetic, caring- awesome team!
Friends: You will make many friends in our classroom and also on our Primary Team too!
Fun: We learn lots of new things in fun and exciting ways! We do a lot of hands-on activities in math, we learn about language through our daily message, math calendar daily common core jumpstarts, shared reading, poems, reading and writing! We learn how to become fabulous readers and writers too!
Field Trips: Our class will go on educational field trips that pertain to our units of study like “Wolfneck State Park”!
Guidance: Mrs. Koerner is our spectacular guidance counselor. During the year she will take small groups and discuss a variety of topics like: friendship, bullying, conflict resolution, etc. Sometimes when we need a shoulder to lean on or someone to listen to our problems Mrs. Koerner or Mrs. K is always willing to help us out will a little TLC!
Garden of Compliments: Students who are complimented by staff members or other adults earn flowers for our window box. The compliment is written down on a paper flower and placed in our flower box called, “Our Garden on Compliments”.
Goals: EVERY student (and teacher too) develop goals that they would like to focus on throughout the year. My second graders will set goals 3 times during their grade one career and collect evidence in the form of worksheets, projects, charts or even pictures to add to their portfolios to show progress towards their goals!
Gym: Wear sneakers on gym day!
Our gym time is on Wednesdays from 12:55 to 1:35.
Mrs. Printup is our gym teacher.
Happy: It is very important to me that my students are happy each and every day. When a child is happy I know they are excited about learning!
Hermit Crab: Mr. Crabs is a special hermit crab. He is special because he is our class pet. Mr. Crabs is an old gentle crab. He enjoys the quality care and company of his grade 2 friends. Students take turns every week caring for our pet crab. Once in a while students give Mr. Crabs a special snack of fruit or vegetables. Mr. Crabs looks like a hermit crab but acts like a monkey! Watch him and find out why!
Help: I am always looking for help with preparing materials for our classroom, field trip chaperones and donations. I will let you know what I need in my weekly newsletter, “The Daigneault News”. Please look for the volunteer sigh up sheet. We greatly appreciate whatever you can do!
Homeroom: Our homeroom number is 175.
Homework: Your child will have homework in second grade. Weekly math assignments and reading logs will be sent home on Mondays and due the following Monday. Please refer to the homework log for more detail and expectations. All returned log minutes will be recorded on our “Reading Challenge” bulletin board. If your child is spending more than 20 minutes please let me know and I may have to adjust their work to better fit their program. My second graders are responsible students. They need to be responsible and complete their homework and pass it in on time!
Home-School Folder: Students need to bring a folder to school that can be used as a Home-School Folder. Items to be sent home or to school will be placed in the folder to ensure they get to and from home and school without getting lost or destroyed-- hopefully!
Illness: If your child is ill or has a doctor’s appointment and will miss school please contact the office and myself. I have an absent folder with the missed assignments for your child. I will also include books, pencils, etc. so your child can complete the assignments at home. The absent folder with all completed assignments is due to me no later than one week from the day of absence. If your child is absent their twin will sit in their chair for the day and keep us company. The twin will collect all absent work in a special folder.
Invented Spelling: At the early stages of writing, children will use invented spelling. These approximations are accepted in primary classrooms. Listening to the letters in a word and writing it the way it sounds is how first/second graders start to write. As the year progresses I do require students to spell certain words correctly. More information will be sent home about our spelling program, “The Rebecca Sitton Spelling Program”. It’s amazing to watch students grow in this area from August to June! It’s a very exciting process!
Jobs: Every second grader has a special job in the class! Jobs are rotated every week throughout the year so every child has the opportunity to have each job several times.
Kind: We are kind and respectful to everyone and everything!
Line Leader: Our line leader is a very special person. I will choose a line leader from the name jar every day except on birthdays. On birthdays the birthday girl/boy will be the line leader. The line leader is a responsible second grader and serves as a role model for appropriate line behavior. They carry our special stop and go signs as a visual reminder!
Learning “Daily 5” Activity Carts: We have three learning “Daily 5” carts we use during our Daily 5 block time. Students work on a variety of FUN educational activities that fit their program while the teacher rotates through the Daily 5 schedule and works with individuals/groups.
Library: We go to Library every week to choose a book/s to bring home. Library is on Thursdays from 12:55 to 1:35. Students are encouraged to choose one book that they can read and/or they want someone else to read to them or to look at. Our librarian’s name is Mrs. Bartlett. Don’t forget your library book on library day!
Potato Head Reward System: We have three tables in the classroom where children sit for seat work. Occasionally, during working time I look for an on task table. The on task table is the quietest on-task table. The on task table will add a potato piece to their table Potato Head. Once the Potato Head is fully assembled the entire table will recieve a reward!
Lunch: Our lunch is from 11:55 to 12:25 daily. Students go to recess before lunch. Please make sure your child has a healthy lunch and drink every day. If you are purchasing a delicious school lunch please send payment to school on the first day of the school week. Please put money in a sealed envelope with the following information clearly labeled on the front: Student’s name
Please place the envelope in your child’s Weekly Tote and return to me. Homeroom teachers record and send all money to the office. If you have a confidential note for the kitchen please write your child’s name, Daig 2, and write CONFIDENTIAL. That way I will not open the envelope and I’ll send it directly to Mrs. Heath in the kitchen.
Math: Our math program is called Everyday Math. We have math every day. We practice math when we do calendar, we do a Daily 3 math rotation where everyone meets with the teacher, works on skills work at the blue tables and completes a fun hands-on skills game on the rug. I have the flexibility to help students individualize their program to better meet their needs. A “Popcorn Pre & Post Check” is a new tool for teacher assessment purposes to help check in daily with each child. The checks are common core aligned and used for planning appropriate lessons for each child.
Math Backpack: At some point in the year a math backpack will go home with your child. In the backpack will be a common core and/or Everyday math activity for you and your child to do at home. The backpack will go home for one night and returned the next day so we can continue it throughout the class. I will change the activities when all the children have had a chance to share it with their families at home. Please encourage your child to take extra good care of the math backpack and materials inside.
Morning Message: We read a morning message every day at the start of our morning meeting. The morning message in is a friendly letter format and begins with the date, weather, daily greeter/s, and some cool, awesome, super-duper fabulous blurb about what we will be doing that day.
Morning Meeting: We have a morning meeting to kick off our day in the right direction. We begin by reading our morning message, greeter/s greet everyone with one of their handshakes or verbal greetings (Greeters usually invent super cool greetings!), share important news, and do a whole group activity.
Music: Grade two students will have music on Fridays with Mrs. McFarland or Mrs. Mac for short. Be ready to sing up a storm!
New: Second Grade is a new experience for both you and your child. Every year is a new experience for me too!
Open House/Classroom: This year we are having open house before school opens. I’m looking forward to a great year with a great group of first graders and their families! Throughout the year children will be bringing invitations home to invite parents to various “open classroom” functions such as: Author’s Tea and The Learning Showcase. Please feel free to visit our classroom and check out our great work!
Mr. and Mrs. Peterson: As part of my writing program, I have two stuffed bears, Mr. and Mrs. Peterson. Mr. and Mrs. Peterson have their very own backpacks and journals. Mr. and Mrs. Peterson will take turns visiting families and your child will journal about Mr. or Mrs. Peterson’s adventures. Your child will share Mr. or Mrs. Peterson’s adventures during our share time. Please make sure to treat Mr. or Mrs. Peterson and their backpacks nicely so they can visit all of their second grade families!
Progress: Please don’t hesitate to contact me about your child’s academic or social progress. Progress reports and report cards will be sent home 3 times during the school year and parent-teacher conferences will be held twice throughout the year.
Practice: Second Graders PRACTICE a lot! We practice line up behavior to Daily 3 Math rotations! We strive to do our very best!
Questions: If throughout the year you have any questions please ask. If I don’t know the answer I will do my best to find out!
Reading: Second graders love to read! We read and learn how to read every day. As the year progresses children learn to read for other purposes such as research! Don’t forget to read every night! If you don’t have a brother or sister to read with ask Mom or Granddad or even your pet hamster! Everyone loves to read a good book!
Recess: We have recess every day from 11:25 to 11:55. Please dress accordingly. Students may bring an extra set of clothes for “just in case”. Please label all clothing. Students may store items in a bag in the classroom.
Reading Buddies: Our class and Mrs. Plante’s fabulous 6th graders get together once every two weeks. Together the 2nd and 6th graders read and work on writing skills as they complete a variety of activities like “A Buddy Interview” to “Reading Logs”. We are thinking of also adding math buddies or writing buddies this year as well ! We love our 6th grade buddies! We are now calling our buddies "Learning Buddies" and we do more than READ!
Snack Time: We have a 15-minute snack break every day. Please make sure your child has a healthy snack and drink. I do not encourage trading or sharing due to allergies and special diets. Sometimes students forget their snack or it gets squished or explodes in their bag! I understand situations such as these do happen so every month or so I will ask for a donation of crackers and juice that can be on reserve for those emergency situations. If your child has a food allergy please let me know. Please refrain from peanut/nut products. Please read all labels because some products may not APPEAR to contain peanuts, peanut flour or peanut oil or nuts. Let’s keep ALL students safe and healthy!
Stuck in the Mud: When a student is stuck on an assignment or needs help (after they used their other resources) they sit on the “Stuck in the Mud” mat and that is my QUIET visual that I need to interrupt my reading group to help a student who is stuck!
Spelling: We use the Rebecca Sitton Spelling Program.
Star Student of the Week: Every second grader will become the Star Student of the week. The star student will select 5 things that “TELL” something about themselves. Like a crochet purse would tell others that I love to crochet. Or a blue ribbon from the fair would tell others that I raise cattle. Or picture I drew would show I enjoy drawing. This is a time to share about you! In addition to sharing objects, your child will create a poster. Once a star student has shared, each classmate will write and illustrate a page about the star student. All pages will be bound into a special book. At the end of the year each star student will have their very own book about a special star--themselves!
Teachers: Other teachers on the 1-2 primary team are:
Mr. Gurney (grade 2), TBA (grade 2), Ms. Jackson (grade 1), Ms. Conley (grade 1),, Miss Hughes (grade 1), and ME! Mrs. Daigneault (grade 2)
Your child will have contact with these teachers at recess and lunch EVERY day.
Time Keeper: A new student is chosen every day to be our time keeper. The time keeper rings the bell at specific times during the day.
Theme Time: We learn about cool and interesting science and social studies topics during Theme Time. We have our tool like scientist briefcases to treasure boxes like explorers! Sometimes we get together with other primary classes to work and learn together!
Treasure Box: If you have any Burger King, McDonald’s, or Wendy’s toys you want to discard we would love to have them for our treasure box. Our treasure box is used for various reasons such as: trade up time during reading group, class reward, or for being special!
Update: My weekly update is called, The Daigneault News and it will be sent home every Friday. All-important information will be sent home in your child’s weekly folder. Please remember to return the weekly folder every Monday!
Variety of Reading Materials: We will be reading BIG BOOKS, small books, predictable books, rhyming books…everything under the sun!
Weekly Tote: Your child will bring a folder home each Friday called a Weekly Tote. Important papers are enclosed. Please remove all papers and send the Weekly Tote to school on Monday.
Writer’s Briefcase: This is a briefcase that has all the necessary materials to write special letters or stories. The briefcase contains: a variety of cool paper, pencils, crayons, and markers.
Wiggle Worms: Students love our fun 1 minute exercise learning worms! Each worm has a particular exercise like “Twists” and the math task like “count by 5’s starting at 20 and ending at 55”. When I see the need to wiggle I draw a card from the worm jar!
Word Vine: When we learn a new word from our teacher read books (or other literature too!) the word is added to a leaf and attached to our growing word vine. It’s nice to learn the meaning of words and share other words that are similar in meaning! We LOVE to see our word vine grow around the room!
Walking Word Wall: In our room we have a “walking” word wall in addition to our mini dictionaries. Students can ask for help on how to spell a word and I can write it in their mini dictionaries. Usually, other children want the same word too! After a word is written in the mini dictionaries the students may write the word on an index card and add it to the “walking” word wall for others to borrow. Students take the set of cards to the work space, copy the word and then return the cards to the hook.
Xmas Vacation: Xmas vacation is a very fun vacation because it is full of so many exciting days. We leave school in 2018 and return in a brand new year…2019!
You: You and I, together, can make this an exciting year for your child!
Z is the last letter of the alphabet! Second Grade will ZIP by so quickly! You will watch your child grow this year not only academically, but also socially, emotionally, and physically into a special third grader!