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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, November 21, 2014

Week 13

Dear Parents,
            We had a great week of learning about the first Thanksgiving, comparing it to our Thanksgiving today, and writing “How to Bake a Turkey” papers. The papers turned out really cute and have been made into placemats that went home today.Unfortunately, four were left in our classroom. They will be waiting here after the  break. We have also been learning about three Native American Tribes. We are creating a flip book about their dwellings, modes of transportation and facts about how they lived. 

            I hope you all enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and families!

Shadow Puppets

We will be creating Shadow puppet plays to be viewed at open house in the spring. Here is a sneak preview!

The Big Event

Jacob, Tyler, Helen, and De'Andre helping to support The Big Event!

Prideful Paw Award Winners

Jobin and Sheba

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Marching for the veterans!

Malik reading the letter he wrote to the veterans.

"You're a Grand Old Flag"




Dear Parents,
                Your children did an amazing job at the CRE Veteran’s Day celebration! Malek’s letter to the veterans was read by him to represent second grade. Tyler introduced "You’re a Grand Old Flag” before the second grade sang to give a little background about the song. The entire second grade marched a sequence to honor the veterans. It was a beautiful ceremony! 
                Some students failed last week’s subtraction timed quiz over the flash cards in their math logs. The students have two minutes to do 20 problems. These need to be memorized. Next week I will send home the same subtraction facts as week 11 for the students who still need to master these facts. Please work with your child to help them memorize them so that they can quickly fill in the quiz. I appreciate your help with this.

                We have been learning how to write expository or “how to” papers. We are working on a special gift which will go home with your child next Friday. They are excited about making them! Next week we will be reading and learning about the first Thanksgiving. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Week 11

Dear Parents,
              Week 11 went very quickly! We learned all about Veteran’s Day, who Veteran’s are, and wrote letters and poems to Veteran’s to be given to them before our assembly next Tuesday. The letters your children wrote were very thoughtful! They thought of reasons for thanking Veterans, empathized with them and honored them with their words. It is so touching to hear something so profound come from 7 and 8 year olds. They are ready to perform for the Veterans as well. They have been working together with the other second grade classes to learn a marching routine to be performed at the Veteran’s Day Assembly. Songs will also be sung to honor our Veterans. We hope you will be able to come on Tuesday Nov. 11th at 8:30 A.M.!
            This week we also had a wonderful assembly with the message JUST SAY YES! Two professional football players, turned motivational speakers, visited our school to deliver the message that you should hold on tight to your dreams and don’t let go. Big dreams take a lot of effort. I became a visual for this message as I and Miss Zach were lifted above his head to the delight of my second graders. I will assure you that I held on tight! (picture can be seen on our blog)
            We are also having our annual Stuff the Pantry Food Drive! Many families in our community go without food every day. Let’s show our community how much Coyote Ridge cares by donating canned foods this Thanksgiving Season. We will collect until November 14th
           Any packaged foods will do, but we really need: canned green beans, baking mixes, canned fruit, canned pie filling, evaporated milk, canned yams, chicken broth, canned cranberry sauce, instant potatoes, sugar, and canned corn. 

          Thank you all so much for helping us support our community through such a great cause!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Winners of the science construction challenge!

Week Ten

Dear Parents,
                   We had another amazing week of learning and creating together! Make sure you click on the link below my name to see some of the amazing things we created! The challenge in science was to choose from some materials including pipe cleaners, spaghetti noodles, string, rubber bands, and tape to build a structure that would hold a cotton ball higher than any other groups! The winners are on our blog page. Wednesday was building day. Five groups had the afternoon to construct an area of their choice: Urban Area, Suburban area, or Rural area. The finished products are also on our blog!

                   The report cards are available to view on Skyward. I have attached the directions as well as our weekly newsletter to our weekly e-mail. I know that you will all be proud of your child for his/her hard work this nine weeks! This second six weeks I am giving my students more responsibility to check over their work to make sure all is completed before it is turned in to me. Last nine weeks I would return work that had not been finished and have them complete it before grading. I encourage you to let your child be the one to fill out his/her math and reading logs. The more responsibility we give them, the more they begin to take on naturally on their own.