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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

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Week 17

Dear Parents,
           The children were eager to get back to learning! We continued three digit subtraction with and without regrouping. We used our part/part/whole strategy to help us figure out word problems. We even solved two step word problems and took our assessment on Friday. 
           In language we wrote a short, nonfiction narrative piece telling about a New Years resolution, why we chose that resolution and how we plan to accomplish it. We learned what pronouns are and that their order in a sentence matters. Then we wrote an imaginative piece where we used pronouns as we pretended that our family lived in a snow globe.
          In reading we read the story Penguin Chick , a nonfiction story and focused on identifying the main ideas and supporting details. We also practiced matching up details to their main idea. Our Comprehension check for this story was on Thursday. We read a Scholastic News Article and completed a comprehension check.
          In science we finished up our unit on rocks, after describing rocks, watching information videos, reading about rocks, writing about rocks and finally taking our assessment on Friday.
          In social studies we began a unit about U.S. Landmarks. We learned what landmarks and memorials are, watched videos about many of them, then were set loose to research more about landmarks of interest to your child. Each child is to pick 5 landmarks and create a brochure telling a few facts they researched about each. Books, the computer and print outs from the internet are being used in this project. This project will continue into next week.
         We are welcoming a new student, Jamahal to our classroom this week. We now have an even twenty students. We are all looking forward to getting to know him better in the upcoming weeks.
          Congratulations to our new Leader of the Week, Kais. We celebrated his qualities that make him a leader and a good example for other students in our room.

I am also requesting that all children bring in 4 more large glue sticks, two large pink erasers, a new box of 24 crayons and more number 2 pencils as our supply is getting low. Thank you for your help.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Winter Party was a success!

Week 16

Dear Parents,
           This week in math we continued working on subtracting three digit numbers with regrouping. We also are working on solving two step problems. An example will go home in your child’s coyote folder on Thursday. A homework page with two step problems went home on Monday. We will review after break for a couple days, then take our assessment over these types of problems.
          In writing we created a paper snow man, then wrote a past tense paper about how we made that snowman. We wrote in the present tense in our journal as well in the future tense as we guessed what we all will be doing over winter break. We learned that in our writing we should pick a verb tense and be consistent throughout the writing by sticking with whatever tense we start with.
         In reading we read holiday books, worked on comprehension activities, wrote off the books, and created art work to go along with each of them. We had pajama day on Tuesday , had hot chocolate, a gingerbread man and watched the Polar Express. If you got to come to our holiday party, the halls were decked with your children’s hard work. Our room mothers Tennille Massingale and Anam Rajappa did a wonderful job buying all the supplies, decorating our room, providing engaging activities that were so much fun and made your child’s winter party something to be remembered. All their hard work is greatly appreciated. Check out our blog to see some pictures of the fun!
          In Science we observed, sorted and learned about all types of rocks. We recorded our observations about our pet rock. Thank you for sending in a rock or two for your child’s science activity. Partnering with me in your child’s education makes all the difference!  
         In social studies we reflected on our leadership notebook and finished up some unfinished habit practice sheets. We have  our annual sing a long on Thursday. Don't
I forget Thursday is also an early release day!  Students are released at 11:45. We recommend packing on this day as it will be difficult to get the whole school through the lunch line in such a short time span. 

        I hope you all have much fun, love, and perhaps a little rest over the Winter Break with your friends, family and loved ones! I truly appreciate all the wonderful cards with your kind messages, as well as your thoughtful gifts. It is my pleasure to guide your sweet children each day. That is the greatest gift of all.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Week 15

Dear Parents,
           We began three digit subtraction with regrouping. The class did well overall switching back to subtraction after doing two weeks of addition. It has helped that they are learning their subtraction facts and recording it in their math logs. Thank you for all your help at home. I am seeing a big difference in the time it takes for them to figure out the problems.
           In language we wrote a winter acrostic and used the computer to type it out, using various fonts of different sizes and inserting, as well as sizing, the picture to wrap around the text. We also wrote a poem about saying goodbye to Fall and hello to Winter. We learned that creativity is a leadership skill! We also had fun turning a scribbled line into a picture, then writing about it.
           In reading we compared two Gingerbread Man Stories. We looked at their story structures to see how they were alike and different. We began reading holiday books as a book a day for five days. This will finish up next week.
          In Science we had several discovery lessons where children could observe objects to see if they spin, roll, or slide. We sorted objects according to their movement. We finished up the unit with an assessment on Thursday. Next up: Rocks! We began the unit by sorting the rocks we brought in on Friday.
           In Social studies we continued with our Leader in me activities by using our creativity to make a picture out of a squiggle line. We also gave affirmations to our classmates. We all feel good when we celebrate the gifts those around us have! We are thinking Win-Win! Our new Leader of the Week is Julian!