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Carrollton, Texas, United States
Welcome to my blog! My name is Beth Carpenter! I am a 2nd grade teacher at Coyote Ridge Elementary. I majored in Early Childhood Education and have taught for 18 years. I have taught grades K- 3 which gives me a unique ability to know where my second graders fit within those grades. Teaching is more than a profession to me, it is a calling. I love to help light the fire of curiosity to help all my students become life long learners!


Math 7:45-9:15 Writer's Workshop 9:15-9:55 Reading Whole Group 9:55-10:40 Enrichment 10:40-11:30 Lunch/Recess 11:30-12:30 Guided Reading /Rotations/Word Work 12:30-1:30 Science 1:30-2:15 Social Studies 2:15-2:45 Pack/Stack/Dismiss 2:45-2:55

Friday, March 9, 2018

Week 25

Dear Parents,
       What a great week we had! We had lots of great learning opportunities as we got ready for open house. It was great to see the faces of your children as they shared all their hard work. Their faces showed pride as they showed you how much they have grown in their learning this year. For those of you who couldn’t make it, all their hard work will be coming home tonight in their pocket. As we take down the displays that were up, they too will go home so your child can add it to their collection of work from second grade.
        In math we began learning about fractions as equal parts of a whole. We then talked about one of the parts, then moved on to more than one part. Today we talked about 4/4 as equal to a whole. When a fraction is representing all of its parts it is talking about the whole thing.
        In language we began by mapping out an imaginative story on a multi flow map. We then picked our characters, setting, and event from over 30 choices of each. We then began weaving them into imaginative stories using sensory words to describe our setting. After Spring Break we will be creating our own characters, setting and event to be woven into another imaginative story.
         In reading we have been learning about folktales and all the characteristics of the seven different kinds. We have been comparing and contrasting different versions of the same story. We have been delving into the characteristics, thoughts, words, and actions that create a character. We made connections to self, other texts, and to the world. We took a comprehension check on Friday.
          In science we finished graphing our weather, learned more types of weather as well as the different types of clouds. We looked at our weather chart and looked for weather patterns. We noticed the warmest and coldest days we graphed. We realized that the weather impacts our daily;y lives from the clothes we choose to wear to the activities we plan to do. Checking weather predictions will help us plan correctly.
           In social studies we learned our cardinal and intermediate directions. We made a compass rose with all the directions and used it to answer questions.

I hope you all enjoy Spring Break with your families! Stay safe and have fun!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Week 24

Dear Parents,
             We had another great week of learning as we are gearing up for open house next Thursday from 5:30-7:00.You may come at any time and stay as long as you wish. The children have worked hard so far this year and would love to share that hard work with you. This week choices for a spring conference will be going home. This Spring conference if you choose to have one will include your child. He/she will be presenting his/her leadership notebook. I then will be catching you up on your child’s progress so far this year and their middle of year assessment scores. Please send your conference choices back as soon as possible as I will schedule you on a first come, first scheduled basis. You may also choose to sign up for a time during open house.
               In math we finished up our unit on number sense for numbers up to 1,200. This also included problem solving. Our next unit up will be fractions! In language we finished up our biography reports and posters. I saw a lot of growth in each child’s ability to decide what was important information and what was interesting. Sometimes they came to the conclusion that some of each helped shape that person’s life. The presentations went very well. They learned to speak up, speak slowly, and give their report with fluency. The reports and posters will be on display at open house.
                In reading we began a two week unit on folktales. We are learning that there are many different kinds of folktales like fairy tales, fables, legends, pourquois,  trickster tales, and myths. We are learning the difference between these kinds of stories and are identifying the themes within them. They have really enjoyed it so far!
                  In science we concluded our unit on objects in the sky and are beginning our unit on weather. We will be tracking the weather for nine days and be making observations such as wind speed, temperature, cloud cover, and precipitation. We will be learning about the seasons and the weather that changes in each. We will also learn that knowing the weather helps us know how to dress each day.
                  In social studies we were studying landforms. We learned what they were and completed a flip book showing five of them. We then designed our very own continent and added 7 landforms in or around it. We had to create a map key so that those landforms could be identified. These too will be displayed at open house. The timelines were presented on Friday. Not only did your child gain important knowledge about what a timeline is, but they have a wonderful keep sake. These precious projects will also be displayed at open house.

*Spring pictures went home on Friday. Please choose what you would like to purchase- send in the money, extra pictures with money, and/or the picture pack if you do not wish to buy any.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Week 23

Dear Parents,
            This week flew by! In math we were working on our number sense up to 1,200. Your children were able to compare numbers as greater than, less than, or equal to each other by comparing their place values. They also ordered numbers and could look for a pattern of numbers going up in a series. They provided missing numbers in a series as well and also solved word problems involving numbers to 1,200.
             In writing they dug deep into their research of their famous American. Most are finished with their rough draft and are writing final copies. A few are beginning to work on their poster for their presentation next week.
             In reading we read Henry’s Freedom Box and discussed the mood of the story. There were several feelings we felt as we read what happened to Henry and his family. We were angry, surprised, shocked, and sad. We finally felt happy that Henry found a way to be free like the birds he watched. We took a comprehension check to finish out the week. We also worked on a research pyramid of a famous African American as it is Black History Month. The children are interested in the lives of people who make a difference. We are learning that we all can make a difference no matter what age we are.
              In social studies we are studying the Earth. We looked at globes, and maps of the Earth. We are learning about the seven continents and four oceans. I am challenging each student to learn their names. They may be able to earn some cash for their efforts. We will be learning about all the different landforms.
              In science we finished up learning the 8 phases of the moon and were looking at how the sun moves across our sky. We learned terms like orbits and rotates and that the sun is really stationary, it is the Earth that is moving.
               It has been a very rainy week and we are hoping for the sun to come out as they are pretty tired of indoor recess! Have a great weekend!

*Look for directions to a special timeline project. The directions are in a gallon zip lock bag. Ten index cards and two sentence strips are what was given. A picture needs to be attached to each year. If you don’t have photographs or cannot print any out, your child may draw a picture for each year to get full credit.These are due on 2/28.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Week 22

Dear Parents, 
                   This may have been our busiest week yet, packed with learning, fun and new experiences! In math we completed our unit on counting money and economics! We are circling back around to place value this coming week as we look at numbers up to 1,200.
                    In writing we began a three week unit on research as we dug into our famous American of choice and began our rough draft. Part of the process was deciding which facts were important and helped shape the life of that famous American. There is a difference between an interesting fact and an important fact.
                    In reading we learned to summarize a story using the beginning words somebody, wanted, but, so, and then.  It was a challenge to try to summarize Helen Keller in twenty words or less. They did a good job for their first exposure to this higher level thinking activity!
                    In science we began studying the moon. We tracked the phases over the next month. We will be learning the names of the phases of the moon and also be taking a look at how the sun moves in our sky.
                     In social studies we revisited our personal, and two school goals to make sure we are on target. We learned about George Washington as we read a Scholastic News to understand why he was important and that Presidents Day honors our important leaders of our country. We celebrated Chinese New Years on Friday as we learned about how the Chinese celebrate this holiday. We ate noodles with chop sticks, had a fortune cookie and made a banner with Chinese symbols of choice!
                     A special thank you to Mrs. And Mr. Massingale for buying the items needed for our Valentines Day party and helping your children have a lot of fun on this special day. Thank you for your kind cards and gifts. It warms my heart to know that I am making a difference in the lives of your children.
                    Another thank goes our to Mrs. Wall, our school technologist, who set up google hang outs for the second graders as we got to know children from another state, shared Valentine jokes, danced together to a go noodle song, and exchanged virtual valentines.
What a week we had!

* . Congratulations to our new leader of the week Kais! 

*Look for directions to a special timeline project in your child’s take home folder. The directions are in a gallon zip lock bag. Ten index cards and two sentence strips are what was given. A picture needs to be attached to each year. If you don’t have photographs or cannot print any out, your child may draw a picture for each year to get full credit.

Julian was our Leader of the week.

We celebrated Chinese New Years!

We told each other Valentine jokes!