Monte Vista Elementary



Back To School Packet



Mrs. Lukofnak's

 2nd Grade Class

Room #14


Houghton Mifflin

2nd Grade Reading Program

*There are 6 themes in our reading program.  The themes are the following:

*Theme 1: Silly Stories

*Theme 2: Nature Walk: Focus on Fables

*Theme 3: Around Town: Neighborhood and      


*Theme 4: Amazing Animals

*Theme 5: Family Time: Focus on Biography

*Theme 6: Talent Show


*Each theme has approximately 3 stories which focus on different comprehension skills.  We will spend 1-2 weeks per story.  Students will be responsible for learning vocabulary words in each of the stories and spelling words.  The spelling tests will contain 12 words per week that consist of basic, average, and challenging words. 



* There are theme tests that students will be taking at the end of each theme. 

*Oral Reading Fluency*


How do you estimate oral reading fluency?


*To estimate oral reading fluency, the child is to read aloud with expression from an appropriate independent reading level text (90% accuracy or better).  The number of words are recorded (words read correctly in one minute).  Self corrections are included in the word count (when a child reads a word incorrectly and then says it right).


EARLY GRADE 2          53-82 WPM


   MID GRADE 2          78-106 WPM


     LATE GRADE 2          94-124 WPM






*Beginning Monday, August 19th your child is to bring their homework folder to and from.  This is to be brought back to school daily, however homework will be due on Friday.  This homework folder is also to be used as a communication folder.  Important school work and any notes that need to be sent home from office will be placed inside this folder.  On Mondays your child will bring home a weekly newsletter to inform you on what is going on throughout the week. 


*Due Friday-Homework Packet

*Read 20 minutes every night!  J  This is essential!

*Study Spelling Words-tested every Friday 



*Social Studies/Science*

Harcourt School Publishing


Social Studies Units:


Unit 1: Families, Now and Long Ago


Unit 2: The Land Around Us


Unit 3: Governing the People


Unit 4: Using Our Resources


Unit 5: People in the Marketplace


Unit 6: People Make a Difference


Science Units:



Life Science-Plant and Animal Life Cycles

Earth Science-Learning about Earth’s Materials, Earth’s Past, and Earth’s Resources

Physical Science- Objects in Motion, Forces at Work,




*Four Square Writing Program.


*Students will be writing narrative and expository stories.  They will also be writing friendly letters.




*Students will partake in journal writing.  They will have the opportunity to be creative and use their imaginations.  I want them to enjoy writing.  



*GO Math (Brand new math curriculum for Kinder thru Second Grade students).  This program is common core aligned. 



Supplementary Materials


* Mountain Language Program*


This program is designed to assist students in review and retention of language concepts.  The following concepts are:


*Initial/Final consonants           *Blends

*Short Vowels                         *Long Vowels

*Final Consonant Digraphs         *Same Sound

*Word Recognition                   *Compound Words

*Synonyms                              *Contractions

*Antonyms                              *Syllables

*Spelling                                     *ABC Order

*Dictionary Guide Words          *Subject/Action Word

*Proofreading                         *Categories

*Brainstorming                        *Prefix/Suffix



*Parent Information*

 Helping Your Child Learn to Comprehend


*Child reads one paragraph and stops.  Child covers up the paragraph with his/her hand and tells what the paragraph was about in their own words.


*Child reads one paragraph and stops.  Child predicts what will happen next.  Child reads the second paragraph and tells why or why not his/her prediction was correct.  Child then makes a new prediction and reads the next paragraph to see if new prediction is correct. 


*Child reads one paragraph and stops.  Ask child what happened at the beginning, middle, and end of the paragraph.


*Child reads one paragraph and stops.  Ask child to name “the Who” or “the What” in the paragraph.


*Encourage your child to ask questions as they read.


*Child read one paragraph.  Have child draw a picture or a quick sketch of something from the paragraph.


*Discuss the meaning of difficult words and phrases in your child



*Discuss the meaning of difficult words and phrases in your child’s reading material.  Preview the reading material and go over the difficult vocabulary before your child reads! 


*Read stories to your child and use the same strategies.


*Compare one story to another story or situation.  Discuss similarities and differences.


*Discuss the setting, characters, problem, and solution in the story with your child.


*Have your child create a different ending for the story.


*Have your child tell what he/she would do if they were a specific character in the story.


*Encourage your child to read easy books.  (This increases comprehension, fluency, confidence, and a love for reading.)


*Encourage your child to reread books. 


Remember that children who read more, become better readers!!!






*Spelling Activities*


1.    Trace around the words with many different colors.

2.   Create a “ladder” with the words.

3.  Box the letters.

4.  Cut out the spelling words from a newspaper or magazine.  Glue them on paper.

5.  Spell the words 3 times in your best writing.

6.   Spell the words out loud to someone.

7.   Give someone you know a spelling test.  Be the teacher and correct it.

8.   Write the words upside down in colors.

9.    Write the letters in the air (sky writing).

10.   Rainbow writing.  Write the words in different colors.

11.     Create a story using as many of the spelling words in the story as possible.

12.   Write a poem using the words.

13.   Practice writing your words in shaving cream, flour, salt, etc.  Spread on wax paper.  Have fun!

14.  Write jokes or riddles using the words.

15.   Mix up the letters in each word.  Have a friend try to unscramble them.

16.   Have someone give you a practice test.

17.   Make flashcards for each word.

18.   While driving in the car, practice the words with everyone in the car.

19.    Play hangman with your words.

20. Write your words using small pieces of candy, nuts, or fruit.  Eat your words!

21.   Think of nonsense and real words that rhyme with your words.  Say and write them.

22.  Write your words with a paintbrush and water on the sidewalk or driveway.

23. Write your words using rice, beans, or popcorn kernels.

24. Write the words using a q-tip and food coloring.  Write your words on bread and toast the bread.

25. Write your words on two sets of cards to play “Concentration.”


Thank you for your help and support.  Your extra effort will greatly benefit your child and promote their success in spelling. 


*Tuesdays are our library day!  Please help your child to remember to return their library books.  I will allow them to take their book home as long as they show that they are responsible in returning it on a weekly basis.

*Once school begins and a routine has been established, I will let you know what days I plan on teaching P.E. so students will wear appropriate shoes.

*Each Friday we have Friday Flag.  It is also a day where students are encouraged to wear their blue Monte Vista shirts. 

School Lunches

*Pre-pay for school meals and access your child’s meal account on-line! Forget scrambling for lunch money every day or making a special trip to the school to pay for meals.

*Our lunch is from 11:50-12:35


*Please make sure that your child has a snack packed for their morning recess.  Our morning recess is from 10:00-10:20.  They need to have energy to get them thru the morning!



Feel free to contact me whenever you have a question or concern.  Email is

and school phone is # 951-894-5085 X2914

Keeping an open communication is extremely important to me J





















Last Modified on August 13, 2013