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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 17 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 9:15-9:40 Enrichment 9:40-10:25 Reading Whole Group 10:25- 11:30 Lunch/Recess 11:30-12:30 Science 12:30-1:15 Guided Reading /Rotations/Word Work 1:15-2:00 Social Studies 2:00-2:20 Coyote Time 2:20-2:50 Pack/Stack/Dismiss 2:50-3:00

Friday, November 20, 2015

Week 13

Dear Parents,
           We had a great week learning about the first Thanksgiving, comparing it to our Thanksgiving traditions and Writing a “How To” paper about how to bake a Thanksgiving turkey. These writings are so cute because the students get to use their imaginations or write about what they’ve noticed while walking through the kitchen. They created a Thanksgiving mat with their writing on it that could be the center piece of your table. We also learned how to be a “TURKEY”! Their small books will be coming home today. Encourage your child to be a turkey over the break. We have been having fun exploring magnets and learning how they are part of our every day life. 
         Last night at the PTA meeting we celebrated our two Prideful Paws, Milan and Katie! Your child’s art was on display for you to enjoy or purchase the framed picture.
          We had a wonderful field trip yesterday! Thank you to Mr. Garrett, Ms. Newman, Jihyun Sung, and Hong for chaperoning! Look on our blog for all the above pictures!
            I hope you all enjoy this break with your families! I will be reflecting on all I have to be thankful for … working with your wonderful children each day is a big part of that. Partnering with you to make a difference makes me Thankful as well! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Field Trip Fun










Art Show




Prideful Paws





Friday, November 13, 2015

Week 12

Dear Parents,
                We had another great week of learning. Our class continues to grow as good citizens as we are earning Coyote Coupons throughout the school! Our Veterans day Assembly was a success. The students of CRE honored our veterans at an assembly by singing, poetry writing, and letter writing. Each grade level performed their own song. Two classes from second grade used streamers and a routine, taught them by Coach Pacio, to amaze the audience. Krisha Poudel from our room was chosen to read her Veteran Acrostic to represent the second grade. 
                We had fun reading The Ugly Pumpkin and used many thinking maps to write down our observations about how the character in the story changed from the beginning, to the middle, and the end of the book. We created our own squash character and wrote about a time we felt “squashed’ As the Ugly Pumpkin had felt. We are learning about Native Americans in social studies and using our map skills to see where they used to live before the settlers came. We are learning expository writing, but that is all you get to know right now, as we are making a special Thanksgiving present to take home with us next Friday. A special thank you to Kelci Lundrigan for helping us with these Projects!We are learning about number lines in math and ordering numbers by their values to the thousand’s place. We are learning the signs for greater than and less than. This week has been full of more fun learning opportunities.

Enjoy the weekend with your families!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Week 11

Dear Parents,
               I am so proud of my class! They are earning many Coyote Coupons for their behavior around the school. We are settling in and being good citizens! We are working independently and know the routines. Homework is being turned in on time as your children take responsibility.  Please keep encouraging them as they are doing very well! 
               This week in science we have done experiments with light, heat and sound. Ask your child which experiment he/she enjoyed the most. Our reading story this week was quite difficult as the students were expected to make inferences about the story, using key words like before and after. Most of them were able to find their text evidence to answer the questions. We have been learning about proper nouns and will be adding them to our noun town. We are learning about past, present, and future in our new social studies series as we see how things change over time for communities and people. Thank you for helping your child fill out his/her family tree so that we can add it to our giant tree in the hallway. Bring it Monday if they have not yet brought it to school.

              The best part of last week for me was when a former student of mine came to visit our school. I taught her in a first grade class that I had years ago. She has become an author and has her own You Tube Channel where she teaches about ocean conservation and has many short science videos on marine life. The order form to purchase her books is attached. You have through November 16th to get your order turned in to our school. If you would like to subscribe to her Friends with Fins youtube channel, that helps her out immensely and gets you free access to educational content for your children! Here is the subscribe link: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxnA3JmSg-387paBRM60lnA?sub_confirmation=1 It’s fun ocean conservation and marine science videos! Feel free to share it around to other parents because these videos are great learning tools and the kiddos love them.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Week 10

Dear Parents,
      Thank you for supporting me on another wonderful week of learning! We had many fun learning opportunities this week. We discussed pumpkin facts, including the life cycle of a pumpkin. We also estimated the weight, the circumference as well as how many seeds were inside a real pumpkin. We were all surprised to find out there were 422 seeds! We all had fun reaching inside, getting a little slimy, then putting the seeds into piles of 10. The students outdid themselves with their pumpkin projects! 
       We had two assemblies this week. Our Quality Coyotes, Aidan and Kaylee, were announced at our end of the nine weeks assembly. We had a Red Ribbon Week assembly in which the theme of do not do drugs was reinforced by bikers who did many wonderful tricks outside our school on a huge ramp, including jumping over five teachers. 
         The best part of the week for me was when a former student of mine came to visit our school. I taught her in a first grade class that I had years ago. She has become an author and has her own You Tube Channel where she teaches about ocean conservation and has many short science videos on marine life. The order form to purchase her books is attached. You have through November 16th to get your order turned in to our school. If you would like to subscribe to her Friends with Fins you tube channel, that helps her out immensely and gets you free access to educational content for your children! Here is the subscribe link: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxnA3JmSg-387paBRM60lnA?sub_confirmation=1 It’s fun ocean conservation and marine science videos! Feel free to share it around to other parents because these videos are great learning tools and the kiddos love them. 
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Jaclyn Friedlander Visits CRE











Our First Nine Weeks Quality Coyotes


Pumpkin Projects



















Red Ribbon Week Assembly

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Yes, those are teachers on the ground!