1st & 2nd grade

August 2016

 Welcome to the 1st and 2nd grade class at the New Woodroe Woods!

       

     For the 2016 – 2017 school year I have a variety of comprehensive, high impact and engaging special units and events planned.  New this year:  Woodroe Woods adopted a new language arts and mathematics program.  The language arts program is “Journeys” by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  Journeys is embedded with rigorous standards and meaningful content that allow students to achieve higher levels in reading, writing, and critical foundational skills. 

 

The mathematics program is “Math Expressions” by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Math Expressions emphasizes on in-depth math through real world problem situations, modeling, and conceptual language.  We have also adopted a new leveled reading program by Fountas and Pinnell.

 

     I have so much in store for our students and families!!!  Providing high quality, captivating, and differentiated instruction that empowers students to learn and thrive in a loving environment is my mission as an educator.  I’m so excited for new beginnings with old friends.  This school year is going to rock!      Teacher Vanessa 

Our calendar year for specialized units and extra-curricular events are as follows:

September - October

Community Unit (including a student designed 3D community project)

*field trip to our local fire department

October - November

National History and President Unit and Study of the Election Process

*Preparing and Hosting a Friendship Feast (students will prepare an entire fall feast for their families in our new industrial kitchen!!!)

December

Celebrating Family Traditions

*visiting and caroling at local senior homes

*performing arts field trip – A Christmas Carol

January

Exploring the Mind of Science and Inventions (including a student designed invention)

February

Plant and Animal needs (including life cycles, habitats and adaptations)

March

Insects and Spring

*science field trip to Curiodyssey

April - May

Space; Exploring and Discovering the vast and intricate Solar System

*science field trip to Chabot Space and Science Institute

Mini Astronauts Workshop and Planetarium show

*Bake Sale for a local charity

*Art Auction

June

Graduation Festivities

Throughout the year we will be utilizing our community library for research and furthering educational skills.