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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!

Schedule

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

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Week 36

Dear Parents,
    This week was a culmination of all our learning in math from the beginning of the year to now. We reviewed our math skills, took a practice test for a grade, then corrected any errors. We then took our district CBA on Wednesday. Your child’s score will be reported on his/her report card. 
     In Writing we finished up our animal reports and presented them. These reports were done very independently as the children used a R.A.N. Chart and then took notes to place on their charts. They then wrote a rough draft which was self edited, then wrote their final copy. I will be sending home the report and their poetry books on Monday. These are keepsakes from second grade. I just want to make sure they do not get lost in the end of the year flurry of papers going home!
      In Reading we continued two days of our camping activities, then We read some good literature and wrote responses. On Friday we had watermelon Day where we completed a skills packet and ate some watermelon after reading Watermelon Day.
         In science we began talking about food chains and food webs. We each had a card with a name of an organism on it. We created a food web one by one as we read our cards. We saw how we needed to connect the animals to show where the energy was flowing. We learned that any food chain begins with the sun. We are learning that if something happens to one animal in a food chain, then the whole chain is disrupted. We will continue learning more about this next week.
       In social studies we continue to learn about economics. We’ve been practicing our vocabulary with a matching game and have been given $100 to spend on wants and needs. We are also supposed to set aside some to save. I can’t wait to see those budgets!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Our Leader of the Week!


Camping Fun








Week 35

Dear Parents,
      We have had a fun week of learning at our Camp to Third Grade! It will continue to be camp in our room through next Wednesday! Thank you to all the parents who sent in camping supplies. A big thank you To Kenji and his parents for supplying the tent.
      In math we finished up our economics unit and will be reviewing for our math CBA test which will be taken next week. This will show what math skills learning has been accomplished this year. 
       In Language we are finishing up our researching projects on animals and have been learning that contractions are two words put together with an apostrophe replacing some of the letters.
       In reading we have been reading a different book about camping each day and having fun learning experiences that review our reading skills such as comparing/contrasting, summarizing, predicting and visualizing! It has been so much fun completing our work in a camp like atmosphere! I sent them home with a baggie  of Smores as a treat on Wednesday, but I don’t think many of the bags made it home! :)
       In science we finished up our unit on how the environment can affect both plants and animals. We learned vocabulary like migration, hibernation, dormancy, thrive and perish. We researched affects on both plants and animals in small groups and predicted what affect certain conditions would have on a plant or animal.
        In social studies we reinforced our math economic unit with vocabulary activities, making a wallet and filling it with a new bill we created as well as a debit card, a credit card and a check. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Week 34

Dear Parents,
     We are heading into the last three week period of school. I can’t believe this year is almost over. We are all feeling a bit of summer fever, but please talk to your children about being focused these last three weeks as this is when we do our district end of year testing. This is a chance for your child to show how much he/she has learned this year! 
      In math we finished up our unit on graphing by reading  and comparing the data on both a pictograph and bar graph. We learned how to ask questions to make either addition or subtraction problems to answer them. On Thursday we began our unit on saving and spending money. This will continue into next week.
      In reading and writing this week the children are showing their research skills that have been taught in mini lessons over the last two weeks. They have learned to fill out a R.A.N. chart that organizes what they think they know, what they confirmed they know, misconceptions as well as wonderings they will continue to research. They have learned to organize their collected information into topics, then began to write their rough draft. We will continue this next week as we use our skills to write an excellent research paper in our own words.
      In Science we finished up our unit on life cycles of insects and began our last science unit of the year about how the environment can affect both plants and animals. We had fun realizing that bears only need shelter to hibernate as we watched  bear cam footage and learned that for about seven months during their hibernation a bear's heart slows down to 9 beats per minute. We also learned that they do not eat, drink or go to the bathroom during hibernation. There needs decrease because there is limited food and water. This helps them survive. We also began matching up scenarios how environmental factors may affect an animal’s behavior.
      In Social Studies we continued on reviewing our map skills. We then spent the rest of the week researching famous Americans to create a brochure.
* Don’t forget to send a pillow, a flashlight and any camping gear that you think would help us create a campsite in our room to school on Monday. If anyone has a tent and is willing to let us borrow it/ set it up, please let me know. Mrs. Shahwan has offered to purchase one over the weekend if we still need one. If you could let me know by Saturday, it would be appreciated so that I can get back to her and let her know if one is still needed.