Second Grade

Welcome to Alhambra 2nd Grade
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My name is Brooke Lewis. I had the privilege of going through the Highland district from seventh grade through high school​. ​ After high school, I went to Eastern Illinois University to receive my degree in Elementary Education.​ ​I taught my first eight years of my career in Carlyle and now have the opportunity to be back in my home district! I truly love​ Alhambra Primary and feel lucky to work in such a great school and district! I reside in Highland with my husband, Matt and our three children. We keep very busy with our children's many sporting activities. 

Mrs. Lewis' Classroom Handbook

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My name is Diane Paul. I grew up on a dairy farm in Greenville.  I married my high school sweetheart Tom and we’ve raised our family in Greenville as well. We have 2 girls, Ashley and Hannah. Ashley is getting married this fall. She has returned to school to become a registered nurse. Hannah is a sophomore attending the University of Missouri majoring as a Child life Specialist. We also have a Westie named Luci Lou. My husband and I enjoy gardening together. I enjoy reading, walking /running, and crocheting. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Education from SIUE, Master’s Degree from Greenville College, and am a National Board Certified Teacher. I have taught for 27 years in 1st and 2nd grade.There is nothing I enjoy more than the simple pleasure of laughing with my students!

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Accelerated Reader

Students will be taking an A/R test on all the reading stories in Reading. Students will also read library books and take the A/R test on those books that we have a test on. Students will be required to read and take several of these A/R tests each quarter. I will set goals later for each student. Students will receive a grade on the test they take at the end of each quarter. This becomes part of their reading grade. Students will receive two grades: one for reaching their goal and the other for how well they did with the comprehension questions on the tests taken. 

Assignment Sheet

The assignment sheet will come home at the beginning of each week. The work they do not finish each day at school becomes homework and is due the next day. The homework folder should be used to send back the completed homework and any other notes. There will also be a Friday Folder with graded papers to review and a sheet to sign that you have seen these papers.
Daily Oral Language

  • Review Capitalization of the first word of a sentence
  • Review placement of a period at the end of a declarative sentence
  • Learn nouns such as mother, father, mom, dad, grandfather, grandmother, aunt, and uncle are capitalized when they are used as names. If the noun is preceded by a possessive word or by an article, it is not capitalized. Ex. Yesterday Mother went to the store. (One can substitute a name such as Janice for Mother.) I believe that his dad is at home. (One cannot substitute a name such as Fred for dad.)
  • Unless the antecedent of a pronoun is provided in the context, the noun is preferred over the pronoun. Ex. Melissa she ran to the corner. Should be: Melissa ran to the corner.
  • Comma in a series uses the comma after each item in a series for clarity
  • Periods and commas used at the ends of quotations are always placed inside the quotation marks.
  • A.M. and P.M. should be upper case rather than lower case

They will be tested over 3 Daily Oral Language sentences at the end of the week. 



We will start going to the library as soon as it is ready to use. Library books will be due back in one week. Your child will not be allowed to check out a new book until the one they have checked out is returned. 
  • Know the basic addition and subtraction facts up through 18
  • Addition and subtraction of two place numbers with no regrouping and regrouping tens to ones
  • Addition and subtraction of three place numbers with no regrouping and regrouping tens to hundreds
  • Solve story problems relating addition and subtraction with two and three step processes.
  • Tell time to the minute
  • Count quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies and work problems with money both story problems and two and three step problems.
  • Fractions: write a fraction to tell what part of a figure is shaded and set of objects
  • Geometry: Identify circles, triangles, squares, rectangles both size and shape.
  • Measure using the metric and customary system
  • Multiplication of two numbers to find the product
Reading books will come home during the week. PLEASE make sure your child brings it back to school the NEXT DAY.
  • We have a science book in Second Grade in addition to the Mash Kits listed below
  • We will be doing four Mash Kits in science, they are: Good Vibrations, Main Attraction, and We Dig Dinosaurs
Social Studies
We have a social studies book in Second Grade. The activities will be done together along with the reading of the lessons.
  • Learn weekly list of 12 words
  • Learn alphabetical order of words
  • Learn to use a dictionary and be able to look up words and meanings for them
  • Six dictation sentences each week

They will be test on two of them.

  • Learn to proofread a paragraph.

Each day the child will do activities with the spelling words.

They will be tested over the weekly spelling word list at the end of the week. 

Word Wall

Five words will be introduced each week. Students will be held accountable for spelling those words correctly in all writing. A list of Word Wall words will be sent home at the beginning of the year. 

We will begin the year by reviewing sentence structure. We will work on writing 3 sentences about one topic and learn to develop the focus of the sentences. Paragraph writing will then start the first quarter. By the end of the year students will be expected to write paragraphs with a focus, juicy details, and a good wrap up.
The students will be learning cursive writing.

  • Learn to write a book report
  • Learn to write a note
  • Learn to write a letter
  • Learn to write a thank you note
  • Learn to write a research report
  • Learn to write a paragraph
  • Learn to write an announcement
  • Learn to make a sign / poster