Wendy Vallee is the second grade teacher at Calvary Classical School. Wendy holds a degree in special education from Presbyterian College. Her experience ranges from pre-school to third grade, including five years as the lead teacher for three third grade classes at the Geneva School in Florida (a classical, Christian school), special education in the Newport News School system, and beloved second grade teacher at CCS. Wendy and her husband, Brent, are members of By Grace Community Church.
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FIVE FINGER TEST for determining reading level:
The five finger test is a technique that a child and parent or teacher can use to help a child determine if a book is at his or her reading level.
1. Have the child open the book to a page in the middle. If possible, choose a page that is all text without any pictures.
2. Either the adult or child should hold up five fingers on one hand.
3. The child begins reading at the top of the page.
4. Every time the child stumbles over a word or comes to a word he or she doesn’t know, put a finger down.
5. If the child can get to the bottom of the page and still have at least one finger up, this book has passed the five finger test!
Here are some educational websites you can explore with your child. They include games which are fun for children and also educational. I have reasonably reviewed the pages on the recommended websites. I have found nothing objectionable so far, but it is the parents’ responsibility to monitor their children’s use of the internet. The teacher and the school are not responsible for students’ use of the internet.
Learn about Ancient Egypt:
Learn about Ancient Egypt online. Click on the links to read about the various topics. Explore the map and the Nile River and more. Create your own cartouche (like the one we will create in class) at http://www.seaworld.org/fun-zone/fun-guides/egypt/make-your-own-cartouche.htm.
Look at the resources for Saxon Math 3. This website can be very helpful if your child needs extra practice at home, particularly with math facts.
Children can learn about different types of poems and are encouraged to write their own.
In this game, children listen to sounds letters make and click on the correct letters to spell the word.
On funbrain, you can find games to enhance skills being learned in math, reading, and some just for fun.
This website is full of additional help including a variety of mathematics concepts. See the site for a complete listing. You can use links for second grade, but as the second graders begin learning multiplication facts, see the third grade page entitled: “Multiplication- Skill Builders”.
On this site, children can complete an interactive puzzle of a map of The United States, experiment with an interactive magnetic game, explore with math, and have fun.
Helpful websites for parents:
On this website, you can find help with activities to help build fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, vocabulary, and more.
Find helpful tips for helping young, struggling readers.
Print out reading comprehension worksheets and help your child practice finding answers in a variety of reading passages. You can also find a variety of worksheets for math in a variety of concepts if your child needs additional practice.
Read in class or assigned for outside reading:
|Andersen, Hans C.||The Emperor’s New Clothes|
|Brown, Marcia||Dick Whittington and His Cat|
|Burton, Virginia||The Little House|
|Burton, Virginia||Mike Mullingan and His Steamshovel|
|Cauley, Lorinda||The Ugly Duckling|
|Cleary, Beverly||The Mouse and the Motorcycle|
|Dalgliesh, Alice||The Bears on Hemlock Mountain|
|Lewis, C.S.||The Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe|
|McCloskey, Robert||Time of Wonder|
|Steig, William||Dr. De Soto|
|Warner, Gertrude||The Box-Car Children (vol. 1)|
|Williams, Marjorie||The Velveteen Rabbit|
Outside Reading: Adopted titles are divided into three levels in an attempt to provide options for all readers. Teachers and parents may use a list of titles above or below grade level when appropriate for a student. Books with a “+” denote that any title in that series would be acceptable. In addition to the books assigned by the teacher, students are to read one book per quarter independently from the books listed below outside of class. Instructions for a related project will be provided by the teacher.
|Galdone, Paul||The Gingerbread Boy|
|Galdone, Paul||The Three Bears and Goldilocks|
|Galdone, Paul||The Three Little Pigs|
|Kessel, Joyce||Squanto and the First Thanksgiving|
|Roop, Peter||Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie|
|Slobodkina, Esphyr||Caps for Sale|
|Yolen, Jane||Owl Moon|
|Anderson, C.S.||Billy and Blaze +|
|Bemelmans, Ludwig||Madeline +|
|Bontemps, Arna||The Fast Sooner Hound|
|Calhoun, Mary||Cross Country Cat|
|DeBrunhoff, Jean||Babar +|
|Flack, Marjorie||The Story about Ping|
|Gag, Wanda||Millions of Cats|
|Gauch, Patricia||Thunder at Gettysburg|
|Haywood, Carolyn||Betsy & Bill +|
|Hope, Laura||The Bobbsey Twins +|
|Leaf, Munro||The Story of Ferdinand|
|Loveless, Maude||Betsy-Tacy +|
|Milne, A.A.||When We Were Young|
|Milne, A.A.||Now We Are Six|
|Politi, Leo||Song of the Swallows|
|Steig, William||Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa|
|Taha, Karen||A Gift for Tia Rose|
|Warner, Gertrude||Box-Car Children +|
|Ziefert, Harriet||A New Coat for Anna|
|Aardemas, Verna||Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears|
|Harness, Cheryl||Three Young Pilgrims|
|Le Gallienne, Eva||Seven Tales by H.C. Andersen|
|McCloskey, Robert||Blueberries for Sal|
|McCloskey, Robert||One Morning in Maine|
|Mowat, Farley||Owls in the Family|
|Nesbit, E.||The Railway Children +|
|Sobol, Donald||Secret Agents Four|
|Sproul, R. C.||The King Without a Shadow|
|West, Jerry||The Happy Hollisters +|
|Williams, Jay||Danny Dunn +|
|Oard, Michael||Life in the Great Ice Age|
|Zeman, Ludmilla||The Last Quest of Gilgamesh|
|Zeman, Ludmilla||The Revenge of Ishtar|
|Morris, John||Noah’s Ark and the Lost World|
|Allan, Tony||Usborne Time Traveler Pharaohs & Pyramids|
|David, Rosalie||Growing Up in Ancient Egypt|
|Hart, George||Ancient Egypt|
|Green, John||Life in Ancient Egypt|
|Green, Roger Lancelyn||Tales of Ancient Egypt (read aloud)|
|Turnbull, Stephanie||Egyptians * (read in class)|
|Verges, Gloria||Journey thru History: Prehistory to Egypt|
|Payne, Elizabeth||The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt|
|Chisholm, Jane||Who Built the Pyramids?|
|Howard, Annabelle||The Great Wonder|
|Logan, Claudia||The 5000-Year-Old Puzzle|
|Marsh, Carole||The Mystery of the Ancient Pyramid|
|Giblin, James||The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone|
|Rumford, James||Seeker of Knowledge * (read in class)|
|Milton, Joyce||Mummies * (read in class)|
|Henty, G. A.||The Cat of the Bubastes|
|Platt, Richard||Egyptian Diary|
|McGraw, Eloise||The Golden Goblet|
|Aliki||Mummies Made In Egypt|
|Donnelly, Judy||Tut’s Mummy Lost and Found * (read in class)|
|Sabuda, Robert||Tutankhamen’s Gift|
|Climo, Shirley||The Egyptian Cinderella * (read in class)|
|Williamson, Joanne||God King|
|Gregory, Kristiana||Cleopatra VII|
|Reid, Struan||Julius Caesar|