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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

Friday, May 27, 2016

Week 36

Dear Parents,
    This week we stayed on course with our studies! In science we took our last test over plant characteristics. In Math we finished up graphing and took our end of the year CBA. We read our last story and took our comprehension/vocabulary test on Thursday. In writing we are working on fabulous endings and began writing about second grade memories.We completed our Bell Books for social studies and they are going home today along with our poetry books.
     I want to take this time to thank all of you for sharing your children with me this year.! I have seen so much growth and I am proud of each one of them for his/her hard work, problem solving, and creative thinking that went on in second grade. We have learned so much together and have become connected through these experiences. I appreciate all the help I received from home. Your willingness to partner with me in your child’s education has made all the difference. These last few days are always bitter sweet. I love watching my fledglings fly off and soar on their own, but I will miss each one deeply!
                                                                                                                                                                    Have a nice long weekend together and a great Summer!

                                                                                                                                                                                                

Friday, May 20, 2016

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                                               Red Team had the loudest cheer!
Field Day Opening Ceremony!




Week 35

Dear Parents,
    Wow! It is really winding down! The children have loved focusing on poetry this week in reading and language. Look for their poetry books to come home next week. Each child wrote five poems. The are definitely keep sakes! In math we are finishing up with graphing and will take our end of year CBA next week. We have learned so much this year! I know they will all do their best! In Social Studies we finished our Bell Books and will create the cover and send it home next week. We learned a lot about our national symbols and landmarks. Please have your child share all that he/she has learned. In science we finished up animal characteristics and took our last assessment! It has been a fantastic year of learning. I know all my students are ready for third grade!

     
*If you are coming to our end of year assembly you have to bring in an ID. We will collect IDs in the office and give them back as you leave.
        

*Librarians from the Carrollton Public Library visited CRE this week and shared with students about their summer reading program. Please see the attached flyer for more information. Summer Reading will begin on June 2 and end on August 21. The Carrollton Public Library will offer fun prizes, free books, and cool programs to attend.  New this year, they will have a prize drawing for all who complete a reading log. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Week 34

Dear Parents,
        We finished up our end of the year testing in reading and writing this week. We will soon be tested on our Spelling stages as well as the end of the year CBA in math. Please help by encouraging your child to stay focused and ready for school each morning. It is easy to let summer dreams creep in a little early! We want to finish strong! 
        In math we have been measuring in inches, feet, yards, centimeters and meters. We have also used nonconventional tools like blocks and paper clips. In language we have taken our pronoun assessment and are beginning a unit on poetry which will continue in reading and language next week. In science we have been learning about animal characteristics and behaviors. We are also creating our own super animal! We continue to work on our bell book and map skills for social studies.
         We have been excited about our ePortfolios. Most students have entered three items with a video explaining why they chose that piece or project and which 21st century skill it shows! My new students will have at least one entry and video. This portfolio will be added to each year until your child graduates!
               

*Your child will be brought home a packet to complete an animal habitat and report at home. They have already chosen their animal. No need to go out and buy anything! Your child may take construction paper, tagboard, and white paper to draw on to create their habitat. This project should be child created. Usually shoe stores have extra shoe boxes that they will give you. Research for the animal can be on the internet or take them to the library to get a book! These are due next Wednesday!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

A big thank you for all the flowers, gifts, goodies and hugs this week for Teacher Appreciation Week






Working with our technologist to upload portfolio choices!




Swim Week














Week 33

Dear Parents,
            What a great week! The second graders learned so much about water safety and swimming! They also had a blast! Look at our classroom blog for pictures of this fun learning activity!
             We finished up our math unit on geometry and have begun measuring. We are estimating in inches, yards and feet! In reading we have read the story, Half Chicken and took our assessment on Friday. In language we’ve been working on special Mother’s Day cards and writing. Prepare to be surprised on Sunday! :) In science we have begun food chains.  In social Studies we are continuing our Bell Books about American Landmarks and symbols. Spelling list will still be going home each Monday. We have also begun end of year testing in all areas. Please make sure your child gets to school on time and is present if at all possible, so that we may finish the year strong! Thank you To Mrs. Barton, Mrs. Lundrigan, and Veronica Urena for working on our pillow project! Another thank you to Mr. Garrett for being willing to work with paint and 7-8 year olds! :)


*Your child will be bringing home a packet to complete an animal habitat and report at home. They have already chosen their animal. No need to go out and buy anything! Your child may take construction paper, tagboard, and white paper to draw on to create their habitat. This project should be child created. Usually shoe stores have extra shoe boxes that they will give you. Research for the animal can be on the internet or take them to the library to get a book!