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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 18, 2016

Our Paw Award Winners:Braxton and Athulya

Week 13

Dear Parents,
    Excitement was in the air as the children realized that Thanksgiving is next week! We had some great learning going on this week none the less! In math we learned how to compare 3 numbers and order them from least to greatest and greatest to least. We also compared two numbers and learned the signs for greater than, less than, and equal to.We finished up the week with our assessment. In writing we finished up our How to make a turkey papers and created a special handprint as a gift to you. We also reflected on what we were thankful for and wrote about it in our journals. In reading we were learning about making inferences as we read poetry and as we read stories. We learned to take the clues from the text, add it to our background knowledge and make an inference! In science the children had lots of fun working with magnets. The experienced magnets repelling and attracting each other. They also learned what type of objects are magnetic and what objects are nonmagnetic as the dug in sand to find hidden treasure! In social studies we have been learning about different Native American tribes and how their lives were different from each other based on the climate and natural resources around them.

  • Please send in the Perot Field Trip Form and $8.00 for your child’s admission ticket at the latest the Monday we return from Thanksgiving Break. If you are chaperoning your ticket will also cost $8.00. Be sure to have completed your LISD background check as the office staff will be checking your status. 
  • Thank you to all the parents who brought their children to the PTA performance! Our class did a great job!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Week 12

Dear Parents,
    Another busy week of learning occurred as we finished up our third week of the second nine weeks. In math we finished up our unit on composing and decomposing numbers to 1,200. We began our next unit on comparing and ordering numbers. In reading we focused on the story Goat in the Rug which fit in perfectly with our language and social studies lessons. The story used time order words to explain how the goat was made into a Navajo rug! In language we learned time order words and how we use them in expository writing. We ate an Oreo cookie and wrote about the steps it takes. We are working on our next expository writing which is “How to make a Thanksgiving Turkey”! These will be made into a special placemat which will go home next Friday! In science we finished up Unit 4 

on Energy, Light, Heat, and sound. We took our assessment on Thursday. In social studies we learned about the election and what it means to vote. We voted on November 8th. In our class it was 17 for Hillary Clinton, 3 for Donald Trump. It was an exciting election, but I feel we will have several disappointed children as their favorite candidate did not win the election. We also began a study of different Native American cultures. We read poems, read nonfiction about them, and looked at maps where they lived.

  • Please send in the Perot Field Trip Form and $8.00 for your child’s admission ticket by Wednesday next week. If you are chaperoning your ticket will also cost $8.00. Be sure to have completed your LISD background check as the office staff will be checking your status.
  • Today’s Veteran’s Day program went well. I will be posting a picture and some video to show second grade’s performance sometime this weekend. Marley’s mother Shammara was one of the veterans we honored. Thank you for coming!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Week 11

Dear Parents,
             In math we learned how to compose, decompose and write numbers to the thousands place in many ways. We looked at clues and figured out which numbers could or could not be our mystery number. We had fun learning about folktales as we read How the Chipmunk got His Stripes  in reading.  We got to write our own folktale and we made a class book. In writing we learned about who veterans are and why we celebrate Veteran’s Day! We read a play and wrote letters to the veterans who will be visiting our school on November 11th! Some students wrote a Veteran Acrostic Poem to enter the CRE poetry contest. In science we’ve been learning about sound, light, and heat energy. We did some interesting experiments in a dark closet! Ask your child what we did! In social studies we’ve been learning about the upcoming election and what a big responsibility voting is. We had another lesson I was not counting on … I got to explain about the duty of a voter to serve on juries as I had jury duty this Thursday and was not at school. I was happy to serve for the day, but was relieved to be back in my classroom on Friday. 
Have a great weekend!
  • Don’t forget to turn your clocks back on Saturday night for DayLight Savings Time!
  • Please send in $8.00 per student and the permission forms for the Perot Museum Field trip
  • I still need two chaperones to come with us to the Perot Museum