Jessica Corthier

West Clay Elementary

Carmel Clay Schools

3495 West 126th Street (Map It!)

Carmel, IN 46032

(317) 733-6500 ext. 2248

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Language Arts

Word Study
This is the understanding that letters make sounds and that words are created by putting the letter/sound combinations together. Phonics is one essential tool students must acquire in order to learn to read and spell.

On Monday, your child will bring home a complete spelling list of high frequency words and skill words.  Before seeing the new list, your child will take a spelling pretest to activate prior knowledge.  Also, on Monday a spelling homework assignment will come home for the week.  It will have three activities that need to be completed, signed by you, and turned in on Thursday.  Friday will be the "official" weekly spelling test. Your child will be reassessed during the following week for any words that are missed on Fridays test.

Reading Workshop
Students will participate in a variety of reading activities each day.  Through questioning, listening, building upon prior knowledge, poetry, shared reading, and read alouds students will construct their reading skills. 
Each student will be assessed during the first several weeks of school in order to determine their current reading level and abilities.  Each student will have a tailored reading program based on his or her personal needs.  Research shows that students who are taught to read based on specific needs, opposed to what is considered their "grade level ability," become more confident reader.

Daily 5
Daily 5 consists of Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Word Work, and Writing.  It fosters independent practice of essential skills and allows students to make choices.

Guided Reading
After our initial assessment period, the students will be placed in flexible guided reading groups according to their learning needs.  The purpose of the guided reading groups is to enable children to develop reading strategies and have the ability to use these strategies independently.  Groups may change throughout the year.


Writer's Workshop
Students will take part in an interactive mini-lesson where a skill or technique is introduced.  After the mini-lesson students will be given uninterrupted time to work on writing started during a previous class, or writing using the skill taught during the mini-lesson.  At the end of the workshop, students will get the opportunity to share their writing.


Everyday Math
The Everyday Math program teaches math skills and applications using a spiral technique where students will use new skills again and again throughout the school year.  This method is much more affective in retention of information then the traditional method of teaching a skill, then moving on to another skill, never to revisit previously learned material. 

Everyday Math...
- builds on skills learned in previous lessons
- has a Homelink that is sent home each afternoon covering the daily lesson. 
- provides answers for each Homelink are found in the unit Family Letter.
- lets each student use their own "Tool Kit" in order to have materials for each lesson.

Here are some skills we will focus on in second grade math:
•Addition and subtraction (double digit with and without regrouping)
•Problem solving
•Money (up to one dollar)
•Time (hour, half hour, quarter hour, 5-minute intervals)
•Place Value
•Greater than and Less than
•Multiplication and Division

Social Studies, Science, and Health Units

Science: Changes, the Moon, Plants and Animals, and the Life Cycle of Butterflies

Health: Body Safety, Emotions, Community Health, Personal Hygiene, Physical Fitness

Social Studies: Local and regional community, economics, maps.