Home Folder
Each student will have a Home Folder that is required to come to school and go home daily. It will contain the monthly calendar with your child's behavior marked. Please check all papers in the pockets. At times, memos and important papers will be sent home. Incomplete classwork will need to be completed and returned. All other papers can be removed and kept at home.

Homework Coversheet / Newsletter
Click here for the PDF version of "Barwick's Bulletin" (updated weekly!). Weekly words (Words to Know & Vocab Words) are listed on the Bulletin.

Homework Tips
Establish homework routines early in the school year. Have supplies available just for homework, such as pencils, erasers, crayons, etc. For more tips, go to the Homework Tips page.

Links to Websites for More Practice (all links verified May 30, 2011)
On-Line Safety Tips from Disney and I Keep Safe.

Here are some of my favorite websites for additional practice with reading and math (and for some fun!):
Internet 4 Classrooms (Click on Skill Builders Sites for a collection of educational websites for students to access for practice with math, language arts, and more. Includes subject standards & benchmark notes. Also includes resources for parents.)
Starfall (Practice reading skills: includes on-line stories focusing on various word families and blends, videos on reading strategies, read-alongs, and SO much more! Very popular at school.)
Scholastic for Kids (Play games and learn about your favorite author or book. Play word games with Word Girl. Lots of parent resources, too!)
School Express (Check out Storytime, On-Line Math, and Funtime for great activities to promote a variety of skills while having fun. Parents will find an abundance of worksheets for their child to use as practice pages.)
Storyline On-line (Childrens books are read aloud by actors from the Screen Actors Guild. The pictures and text are provided. Also includes an activity guide and ideas to extend the lesson at home or in the classroom.)
Fun Brain (Lots and lots of games and activities that make learning fun. Print out silly MadLibs stories, play MathCar Racing, or play fun games on the Playground. Kid-friendly games site.)
Between the Lions (Lots more games and activities that make learning fun from the PBS show Between the Lions. Click on Games or Videos to practice vowel sounds, synonyms, capital letters and more. Also check out Stories or download clips. Thanks to Lynn G. for the recommendation!)
MacMillian/McGraw-Hill "Treasures" Textbook (Publisher's website for activities that coordinate with the weekly story and lessons in our reading textbook. Added Dec. 10, 2008.)
A Plus Math (Website that offers an interactive approach to help students improve math skills. Click on games for on-line applets, print out addition and subtraction flashcards, or check math problems/homework.

Renassiance Place (R.P) (Old A.R. Program)
All Hillsborough County schools are now using the on-line version of Accelerated Reader called Renassiance Place. Check out the AR Book Finder website for a database of book titles and levels. Encourage your child to read their RP books to progress in fluency and comprehension. Your child can access the testing site only at school.

Reading resources approved by SDHC: (and used by Mrs. Barwick)
DRA = Developmental Reading Assessment. Assessment program used to determine a student's status in reading development. Focuses on fluency, accuracy, and comprehension. Levels are evenly numbered. SDHC currently uses the new version, DRA2.

F&P = Book leveling system created by Irene Fountas and Gay Sue Pinnell used as a reference for ease or difficulty of text. Levels are alphabetized from A-Z.

Treasures = The new reading series by MacMillan/McGraw-Hill. Visit the website for activities that coordinate to our weekly story. The series also includes level books (using both the DRA and Fountas & Pinnell systems) used in Guided Reading Groups.

Trade Books = Trade books are familiar books found in the library, in our classroom, or even on the bookshelf in your home. They are leveled according to the text length, word choice, difficulty of comprehension, etc.

Word Lists and Games
Visit the Teacher's File Cabinet (below) for the Dolch word list, word games, reading strategies, and more that you can use when working with your child. These activities are used in the classroom.

Suggested Reading Levels Per Grading Period
These reading levels are established by School District of Hillsborough County (SDHC) and used to monitor student progress throughout the school year to ensure adequate progress is being made. If your child is reading below these suggested guidelines, please see the teacher to discuss interventions.

Reading Levels for 2nd grade:
1st 9-weeks = Levels 18 and 20
2nd 9-weeks = Levels 20 and 24
3rd 9-weeks = Level 24
4th 9-weeks = Levels 24 and 28

Your child's reading level is based upon their ability to
sucessfully decode and comprehend the text. Comprehension is much more than just recalling some events and the characters in the story. It includes the ability to sensibily predict upcoming events based upon what has been read, infer why characters choose their actions, make connections to the text (text to self, another text, or world events), explain the main idea or plot, recall / describe events in correct sequence with details, and the authors purpose of writing the story. And that's just to name a few of the skills your child will be expected to do at grade level by the end of the school year.


Beverly Barwick (2008-2012)
This page updated on September 9, 2012.
Click on the Teacher's
File Cabinet for word lists,
games, and more!