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Welcome to Virtual Basic Skills for Language Arts!


Mrs. Lucas and Ms. El-Shoubary will be using the SeeSaw program for their virtual classroom. I am also connected to their classrooms as a co-teacher. If your child is currently in Basic Skills for Languaeg Arts, I will be adding reading and writing lessons for them to complete. The work that I assign for your child will appear just like the work that your classroom teachers assign. Work will appear every Sunday and need to be completed by Friday. I am really excited to see your child’s work online in the virtual classroom!


If you would like a suggested pacing guide to complete the work please select the Homework and Events from the left hand side menu. 


This is the link for SeeSaw: You will need to use the code provided by your classroom teacher to login into our class.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. My email is 



Language Arts


 Continue to read every night. There are many books that have varying levels and interests for your child to read. Here are just a few of my favorites:


The Magic Tree House Series

Who Was Series

The Magic School Bus Series

Baby Sitters Club

Frog and Toad

Amelia Bedelia


If you are unsure if a book is on your child's reading level there is a good rule to follow. It is called "The Five Finger Rule".

Open to a random page in the book that your child has picked. Ask your child to read. Every word that your child reads incorrectly, hold up a finger. 0-1 finger, probably too easy. 2 fingers, a good choice. 3 fingers, your child may need help, but a good challenge also. 4 fingers, this book may be too difficult to read on their own but may be a good book to read together. 5 fingers, too advanced, suggest a different book or read aloud to them.


Students are also working on increasing their fluency. We have set goals for ourselves and are working everyday to improve. 


Here are some questioning techniques to use when your child is reading:


What was your favorite part of the book? Why?

Who was your favorite character? Why?

What was the most interesting thing you learned from the book?

Why do you think the author wrote this book?

If you could change one thing in the book, what would you change?



Below is a 2nd Grade Activity Calendar for the month of April and May. None of these activities are required. These are just suggestions to help keep your child engaged. There is one activity listed for each day but feel free to go out of order or change the items to better suit your family. 




-Mrs. Marten 

 2nd Grade Activity Calendar


2nd Grade Activity Calendar


Updated 5/13/2020