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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

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Meet The Teacher is Thursday, August 24th from 5:00-6:00

Dear Parents,
             I am looking forward to meeting you and your sweet children at meet the teacher. You may bring your child's school supplies to drop off that evening. I also hope you can attend our second grade Parent Orientation Meeting which will be Tuesday, August 29th at 5:00 P.M. At this meeting we will discuss 2nd grade policies and procedures. I look forward to a great year!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Week 35

Dear Parents,
                This week in math we continued with reading the information on a graph and did a review of economics with money, spending, saving and lending. We have some very say second graders when it comes to money! In language we were learning about antonyms and synonyms. We had a lot of fun learning about these words with fun games like who has, questions around the room,  matching, and dominos. In reading we finished learning about the many kinds of poetry and wrote some of our own. We finished up today with a poetry picnic! In science we took our assessment on food chains, and shared our habitat boxes. All did a fantastic job! I was really proud of their hard work and how much they learned about their animals. In social studies we’ve been learning about our three branches of government and all of their responsibilities. We created a government tree to help us remember what we learned.

Yearbooks are here! If you ordered a yearbook, it will be sent home Friday, May 12th! We have a limited number of extra copies for sale in the front office. The cost is $30 and checks can be made out to Coyote Ridge Elementary. These are first come, first served. If you have any questions, you may contact Mrs. Watts at wattsbm@lisd.net

  Library books were due Friday May 19th!
May 19th is the last day students can charge a lunch in the cafeteria

Friday, May 12, 2017

Week 34

Dear Parents,
                   The year is winding down as we started the last 3 week grading period. We are learning many new skills in math. This week we focused on measuring with inches, feet, yards, centimeters, and meters. We also began analyzing graphs. In writing we were learning about prefixes, suffixes, and wrote our end of year writing sample to be scored. In reading we filled out some reading packets independently and focused on the different types of poetry. This focus will continue into next week. In science we finished up animal characteristics and began learning about food chains with vocabulary like consumers, producers, herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores. In Social Studies we were learning about our local government, our state government and our federal government. It was a good week of learning although I missed being with my class on Monday and Tuesday while I was giving the STAAR test to 4th graders.
Yearbooks are here! If you ordered a yearbook, it will be sent home Friday, May 12th! We have a limited number of extra copies for sale in the front office. The cost is $30 and checks can be made out to Coyote Ridge Elementary. These are first come, first served. If you have any questions, you may contact Mrs. Watts at wattsbm@lisd.net

  • This is a reminder that The animal projects are due next Wednesday. The children will be presenting on Wednesday and Thursday. We will have a gallery walk to see all the second grade projects. We can’t wait to see how creative your child has been in creating their animal habitat. The reports will be interesting to the class as well. We all love animals.
  • May 19th is the last day students can charge a lunch in the cafeteria
  • Many children have library books out. Please send them back as soon as possible.
  • 3 Week progress reports are available on skyward. If you request a paper copy through skyward one is being sent home. Please encourage your child to finish strong. I have noticed that grades are dropping for some students. Summer fever has struck. Please talk to your children about doing their best each day. We have so much yet to learn in these last three weeks together. :)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Week 33

Dear Parents,
                     I am really enjoying your children this last month of school! They are being so creative with self chosen projects and are doing their best each day. They do have a bit of summer fever, but that is to be expected. In math we were working on time to the minute, area, perimeter and have begun measuring with inches, yards, and feet! There has been lots of movement around the room as our experts measure everything around them! In Reading we read the story Half Chicken and again focused on cause and effect. This is a difficult skill that takes some higher level thinking, but I was impressed with the group working together to figure out the causes and effects in our story,. In writing we have been working on a special Mother’s Day writing project as well as learning about abbreviations and contractions. In Science we continued learning about animal characteristics. I hope you are having fun helping your child plan their animal project! I can’t wait to see their habitat shoe boxes! In social studies we talked about our local government and the upcoming election day in Carrolton! We can’t wait to find out who the new mayor will be!
                     I was so glad that many of you came to Muffins with Moms. It was a a wonderful morning filled with muffins, pictures and smiles. Thank you for coming! I also want to thank you all for the kind notes, cards, gifts, sweets, flowers, and gift cards I received this week. I definitely felt appreciated as I spent the week being spoiled! Lots of extra hugs were the best part. I feel so blessed to be teaching at a school with so many caring children and parents. Thank you all for making this week so special! 

  • This is a reminder that we are a peanut aware classroom as we have a child that has a life threatening reaction to even breathing peanut dust. I appreciate you checking your child’s snacks.
  • I will have a sub in the room on Monday and Tuesday as I was chosen as one of the small group STAAR administrators. I will be upstairs testing 4th graders. We will have PE on both Monday and Tuesday as the Science specials teacher and her room will be used for testing as well. Please have your child wear their PE shoes these days.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Week 32

Dear Parents,
We had another amazing week of learning! In math we finished up our geometry unit and took an assessment on Friday. It went home in your child’s daily folder as we are having another assessment on Monday. In writing we focused on words that sparkle! We have many different projects that we are revising to add the just right words! In reading we read the story   Working in Space . We looked at the graphic features of the story and wrote about if we were an astronaut! In science we finished up our unit on insects as three of our five butterflies came out of their chrysalis. We began our unit on animal characteristics and your child chose an animal for their last home project of the year! They will write a report and create a shoebox habitat. This habitat should have all the things your child’s animal needs to survive in it. An information packet went home in your child’s coyote folder on Friday. In social studies our focus was on Earth Day and how we can take better care of the Earth by doing the three Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle!

·     Our pillowcases are almost finished! A huge thank you to the mothers of Wafa, Sophia, Yuriana, and Dylan who wrote the poems on them and to Mrs. Clemmons for coming in for two straight days to help get all the handprints on each pillow! All that is left is for some children to sign their names.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Week 31

Dear Parents,
        Math this week has been visually challenging. The children were learning about plane shapes and solid or three dimensional shapes. They need to know vocabulary like: faces, edges, vertices, plane shapes, solid figures, plus all the names of these shapes. Sending the homework pages was a way for you to help support the learning of these vocabulary words. In language we talked about the writing trait called voice. We tried to write using different voices, then went back to a current project to see if we could hear our own voice.In reading we read the story How Grounhog"s Garden Grew  and learned more about sequencing of the story. In science we continued with the life cycle of insects and observed as well as watched several different insect life cycles. We even have live butterfly larva that are turning into a chrysalis in our room! We can’t wait to see what kind of butterfly comes out of the chrysalis! We focused on researching famous U.S. Landmarks and symbols and are writing a report on the one of our choice! We can’t wait until the presentations!

*Thank you to the four volunteer writers for my  pillow project! Is there anyone willing to come to school to help with painting hands and making handprints on the pillows? I will start scheduling parents next week as the pillow case poem writer volunteers are sending the pillow cases back to school on Monday! Please let me know as soon as possible if you are available to come help 1 or 2 days next week.