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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, February 26, 2016

Week 24

Dear Parents,
           We had another great week of learning! We have been continuing our data collection of the weather. Next week we will be graphing our results. We actually got 1 inch of rain this week! Our weather went from warm to chilly, then back to warm. The children have really been enjoying this unit!
            In math we finished up our multiplication and division unit and took our assessment. This was a very hard unit for some students. I will be pulling them for small group reteaching.
            In Language we are finishing up the many types of verbs and beginning to look at adjectives. We enjoyed our story this week and were lucky enough to have Mrs. Jacobsen read Mr. Tannen’s Tie Trouble to all of second grade!
            In Social Studies we have been focusing on map skills. We Have learned terms like compass rose, cardinal directions, intermediate directions, legend and map scale.
              We have been working on projects all week for open house. We can’t wait to share them with you. Open House is March 3rd from 5:30-7:00. Please come any time between those times. Your children have worked so hard and would love to share their accomplishments with you.

               Spring Picture Day is on Friday, March 4th. We will take class pictures and individual pictures. If you would like to buy a class picture please send in $12.00. The flyer and envelope came home last week.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Our field trip

                                              Thank you Mr. Garrett for going with us!

Week 23

 Dear Parents,
      We had another great week of learning. The Timeline projects turned out fantastic! Thank you for working with your children on this keepsake project. The children had fun sharing them and learning about each other!
    We wrote a how to play my favorite game starting with a flow map and taking it to final copy. We also researched famous African Americans for Black History Month and created a pyramid. 
      We read Frog and Toad this week, created an alone/together writing project and took our vocabulary and comprehension test. They were so thrilled to see the story we read acted up on stage. This play also fits in with our science unit on weather. It was Frog and Toad All Year. It showed their friendship through all four seasons. We have started collecting weather data and will graph it after 10 days. I could not take pictures of the show, but took just a few in the theater. 
       In math we are continuing to focus on multiplication and division. The assessment will be next week.

*The Book Fair is online for a few more days! All purchases benefit the school library, and all orders ship to school for free. The online fair ends Wednesday, February 24th.  http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/coyoteridgeelementaryschool1.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine Party Fun!

Week 22

Dear Parents,
          This week we worked hard understanding the concepts of multiplication and division as repeated addition and repeated subtraction. We began writing our own multiplication stories and created an Array City. We are excited and challenged!
           We finished and shared our “Expert Teaching Books”. The children enjoyed learning from each other and celebrating each others growth in writing! We learned about helping verbs in language arts. 
            In science we finished up our unit on natural and man made resources. We learned new vocabulary, wrote about those resources we see around us and finished today with our assessment.
            In social studies we learned about trading goods and services as well as read two interesting scholastic News articles.

            Our Valentines Day Party was a success. Thank you to the parents who came to share in our celebration. A big thank you to Kelci Lundrigan for getting all our party supplies, food and planning a wonderful party!

Friday, February 5, 2016

100th Day Fun

Week 21

Dear Parents,
             We took our math CBA tests this week showing what we have learned in math this whole semester. I was so impressed with the strategies they used and the effort put forth on this test. 
            We have started multiplication! They are really excited. With it being the 100th day of school, we had a lot of fun activities like making crazy glasses, building with 100 cups, making our snack with 100 pieces of food. Yum! Thank you to all of you who contributed to our yummy snack. We also worked on 100 piece puzzles and had a 100 exercise challenge. We also wore about what we would be like when we were 100 years old. 
             We are working on verbs and verb tenses in language. We have also been writing winter stories as our mid-year writing project. 
             We are learning about natural and man-made resources in science. We are learning about goods and services in social studies. We made a goods and service map. We are also writing about what we’d like to be when we grow up. We have a lot of wonderful careers picked out for our future! 

*Bring a protein healthy snack form for Monday.  Please remind students that Monday is Healthy Snack Day—protein.   
turkey or ham wrap
crackers and peanut butter
crackers and cheese
hard boiled egg
cheese sticks, cubes, slices
protein bar (students were told they must have protein bar in wrapper so as not to be confused with a granola bar)

  * Here is a  link for purchasing the yearbook. 

 * Check Coyote Folders for information about the Valentines and Valentine boxes!