Last modified Jan 11

Homeroom

  • 2nd Grade
Hello, I am Mrs. Sara Murphy. I am a mother of 3, Army wife, teacher, and Grad student. I am a graduate of Marian College, with a degree in Elementary Education. I will be graduating in May 2017 with a Master's degree in Reading. My goal for this year is to get acquainted with your student and provide an intellectually challenging and successful classroom for each student.
Sara Murphy

Mrs. Murphy  & Class 

We have reached the peak of the school year.  The tough times are still approaching… WINTER!! Cold days and inside recess are upon us, but at least the spirits in our classroom are still high.  I am so proud of them each and everyday!  They always give me something to SMILE about!

We are having a wonderful time with our 4K BUDDIES several times a month.  We have had a gingerbread hunt with them, read stories, created projects, and just spent time with them.  They are always excited to spend time with together.  I am impressed in how they interact with them and how they are always concerned for their buddy.

 In MATH we have been working on our adding fluently through flashcards, flashcard apps, and practice.  We have also been working on learning about money.  Identifying the coins and their values.  Then, the tough part begins. ADDING them together!!  I would suggest practicing sorting coins, play small games, etc.
In READING  we are continuing to work on Guided Reading.  I am getting to each group 2x a week.  We are also continuing Daily 5, which includes: Read to Self, work works, work on writing, listening to read, and read to someone.  Each week your child gets to listen to a story on the tablets, as well as playing word games.  We have talked about summarizing, text connections, and comparing stories.  We are currently learning about all the text features of Non-Fiction text.
In Writing, we are starting a new narrative writing piece, “If I was stuck in a Snow Globe.”  The students are practicing the stages of writing, the difference between editing and revising, peer editing, and just as importantly handwriting.  They are so excited to write their own stories.  My favorite part is seeing the creativity and use of words each student displays.  They are finding and using new words from our word wall, books they are reading, and even looking in the dictionary.  I really think they would LOVE a thesaurus.
In Religion, we have finished our 2nd unit in our religion books and our Reconciliation unit.  We will be having a religion test Thursday.  Next week we will be starting our First Communion Book.
I hope we made you SMILE today!!

 

 Thank you!

Mrs. Murphy

email:  smurphy@gracesystem.org

 EVENTS
Here is the link to our school calendar for 2017-2018

Mark your calendar for these important 2nd Grade Events!

First Communion

(Retreat) – April 14, 2018

St. Francis – April 15, 2018

St. Mary’s – April 22, 2018

May Crowning

May 9, 2018

January
19 No School—Staff In-service (Local—AM, GRACE/NDA Forum– PM)
25 – Field Trip to Weidner Center

Jan. 28– Feb. 2 Catholic Schools Week

February

9 No school—Staff In-service (GRACE)

13  Valentine’s Day Party @ 1:30

March

2 End of 2nd Trimester / Early Dismissal
8 Evening Parent Teacher Conferences (4:00-8:00)
9 Early Dismissal– Afternoon Conferences (1:00-3:30 pm)
12-16 Spring Break—No School

30 Good Friday— No School

April 2 Easter Monday—No School

May

4 Early Dismissal—Staff In-service (Local)
9  Easter/First Eucharist Party @ 1:30
28 Memorial Day—No School

June

6 Last Day of School—Early Dismissal

Websites

Epic.com this website is great for finding interest books.  Your child can mark interests, reading level, and book types and the website will find only books in your child’s interest level.  It also has listen to read in picture, non-fiction, and chapter books.  I use it to break up Daily 5.  They seem to really enjoy it. Plus, it expands your reading library!!

Moby max will help with math fluency and more…

http://www.mobymax.com/MM/MT/register?229778

Spelling City contains a list of all our spelling words, which will be uploaded Monday of each week.  It contains not only the list, but games your child can play to get to know them better.

https://www.spellingcity.com/slmurphy/

Here is a website I created with key vocabulary, ideas, tools, and tricks.

http://mrssmurphy.weebly.com/

Wishlist

Please do not feel as if you have to purchase anything!  These are things that I am interested in getting for the class.

Cozy seats

Product DetailsPlastic Scoop Rockers

Found on Amazon or also found at Fleet Farm for $5.99

 

 

 

by Bouncy Bands

AMAZON

 

 

Product DetailsProduct Details Classroom Stools:  I am looking for at least 2 to use at a taller table or by window.  I have many that struggle sitting, so sometimes a different level of sitting is needed.  These will allow for a little flexibility and assist in focusing students.  They do not have to be new, just sturdy!   Anything will do, I hope they will be able to be tucked in close to the table or under it.  Preferred height is 15 – 24 inches.  These are just some examples or ideas. 

 

 

Science items: Paper towel rolls, rubber bands, straws,

digital timer easy for kids to use and monitor.

 

 

S.M.I.L.E

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