The purpose of reading instruction in Room 4 is to create life-long, purposeful, critical readers.  Our reading instruction will take place within the Reading Workshop. This means that lessons and practice will be contextualized within authentic reading experiences as we learn together.  Discussions are a big part of the workshop.  The students will have choice of reading materials within the framework of what is "just right" for them. Students are expected to participate in mini-lessons by trying the reading strategies we discuss.  They are expected to push themselves by trying new genres and making good book choices.  You can also expect- 

  • Opportunities to read and interpret non-fiction/informative text
  • Whole class literature studies from various genres
  • Small group book clubs (literature groups)
  • Projects and assignments to demonstrate growth and thinking
  • Writing about reading


Writing instruction will also be done in the workshop. As writers we will make sense of new genres and write unique pieces in authentic ways. Students will develop as writers by trying strategies that real writers use.  We will look at our pieces as readers and writers and will work as a whole to clearly convey what we want our readers to know.
  • Studies in memoir, informative, opinion, informational, narrative, poetry
  • A focus on word study: spelling, grammar, and punctuation
  • Cross-curricular writing assignments to support science and social studies


Words are IMPORTANT! They have the power to change the world.  In word study we will examine the amazing world of words. We will dissect words to understand the patterns and meanings. We will be having spelling tests, that will reflect the word-patterns we have studied that week.  I want the students to learn to think about words rather than just to memorize. We will be using root words, prefixes/suffixes, and meaning to develop vocabulary and help us spell.  The students will be expected to use the things we learn during our word study time in their own writing.



In first grade our team of teachers communicates well and works together to make sure everyone has a successful math experience.  Second grade math is exciting and challenging as we begin to see numbers in new ways.  We include daily math experiences that help solidify these concepts:

  • Measurement (inches and centimeters, units of measure)
  • Geometry (geometric descriptions: what is a quadrilateral?)
  • Math facts 
  • Problem Solving