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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

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Party Fun!

Week 16b

Dear Parents, 
          Even though this was a short week a lot was accomplished. In math we continued on with our two digit addition/subtraction on the number line and written in the up/ down form so the students will be ready for regrouping upon our return. In reading we read some more gingerbread stories as well as holiday stories. We compared them, answered questions about them and were able to put facts in order to summarize the stories. In language we wrote an expository piece on how to build a snowman and a fiction piece where we designed our own snow globe world to live in – imaginations went wild! In science we finished up our unit on rocks by taking our assessment and by writing a narrative piece entitled “ Everybody needs a Rock”. WE had so much fun at our Winter Party and the school wide sing along. Check out our class blog for pictures! 
             Thank you so much for the gifts and kind notes you sent me! Your kindness means more than you know! I love teaching your children and watching them get excited about their learning! Seeing them take charge and set their own goals is my reward! We have graphed our iStation scores. They have analyzed their progress and can’t wait to come back in January to up their score!

                 Wishing you all a Winter Break full of love, family, and memories in the making! See you all in January!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Week 16a

Dear Parents,

            Well it is three days away from winter break! This week we worked really hard on addition, subtraction, using a hundreds chart to solve problems and two step problems. The assessment was taken on Thursday. In language we continued to learn about the plural forms of nouns: adding s, es, changing y to I and adding es and irregular nouns such as foot/feet. In reading we read Click Clack Moo Cows That Type and compared it to one of that author’s similar books! Ask them about the Duck Character. He truly is a character! In science we had a wonderful time exploring rocks. We weighed them , measured them, observed their properties, tested whether they would float or sink, tested if they could be scratched by a nail or penny, and tested if they would bubble when a drop of vinegar was put on their rocks. In social studies we have been reading Gingerbread stories and even tasted gingerbread! There will be no spelling words next week.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Perot Field Trip was so much fun!

Art Show was a big success! Thank you Ms. Rios!

Week 15

Dear Parents,
          This week we had to really focus on getting back to our routine. The children had a much needed Thanksgiving Break, but came back excited about the holiday season. Please help me keep your child focused on school as the sugar plums are dancing in their heads. Encourage our nightly math/reading logs , the homework that comes home as well as reading our story of the week from our reading book which comes home on Mondays and Wednesdays. It is also important to practice the sight words listed on the newsletter, the math facts that have been coming home, as well as the spelling words each week. I appreciate your support!
          We continued our math focus on solving addition and subtraction problems using our TO boxes as well as our hundreds chart. In language we wrote a personal narrative about our holiday traditions and we started learning about plural nouns. In reading we continued working on our nonfiction text feature books as we read our reading story of the week Jellies. We learned the difference between facts and opinions. In science we finished up our unit on movement and took our assessment on Thursday. On our student journal a few students wrote “ I love science!” The hands on exploration has them really interested in all our science curriculum! In social studies we are learning about the westward movement/exploration of our early settlers in America and how we are a nation of immigrants. We continue to work on our holiday gifts to you including wrapping paper and cards!

  • Please send in $3.00 cash for the holiday party. This money will be given to a room mother in another class to buy the supplies for our party. We still do not have a room mother. Please feel free to attend our holiday party to help me run the party.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Killian Mentors came!

Week 14

Dear Parents,
                  The children came back from Thanksgiving Break eager to get back to learning! The classroom this time of year is so much fun to teach. The children understand their responsibility in the classroom and we have become a family, helping and taking care of each other. We continued in math this week with ordering numbers and creating open number lines to place three points on from least to greatest. We then began Topic five on adding up to four two-digit numbers. In Language we’ve been focusing on Proper Nouns. We then used them in our writing. In reading we’ve been learning about nonfiction text features and are using them to write our own book! In Science we have continued our unit on forces talking about pushes and pulls. We painted with marbles, traced the paths of spinning tops and saw how some objects rolled, slid, or spun according to their physical properties. They really enjoyed making our own version of a roller coaster! In social studies we are continuing to learn about early America, the thirteen colonies, George Washington, and Stephen F. Austin.
                    We are all looking forward to our field trip to the Perot Museum next Friday!

* Killian Middle School Mentor Day was today! Look at our classroom blog to see some pictures of this great opportunity for second graders to be mentored by older students in our feeder pattern!