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Mrs. Wiel's Second Grade

Get to Know Mrs. Wiel
Name: Connie Wiel
B.A. in Music Education, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC (Go Bulldogs!)
M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC (Go Tarheels!)
This is my 29th year teaching. I have taught kindergarten, first, second, and third grades, but the majority of my time has been in second. I have also supervised student teachers as an adjunct faculty member at UNC-Asheville and MTSU.
My husband, Randy, and I have been married for 32 years. He is a mostly retired basketball coach who substitute teaches because he enjoys the kids (and it keeps him from having to do as much yard work). We have one son, Zander, who is a 2015 graduate of Vanderbilt University (Go Commodores!). He played first base on Vanderbilt's 2014 College World Series team (Go Commodores!) and is now with the Minnesota Twins organization pursuing his dream of playing professional baseball.
I love to travel. I have been to 46 states (all but North and South Dakota, Oregon, and Alaska) and four continents (North America, South America, Europe, and Africa). I enjoy scuba diving, although I haven't had time to do much of it lately. I spend much of my free time (i.e., summers) reading. I enjoy many of the dramas on TV (all that NCIS/Law and Order type stuff). My very favorite thing to do, though, is watch Zander play baseball. Get ready. You'll hear lots of Zander stories from your kids as the season rolls around.


What We're Studying This Week --
I CAN...
Reading - Describe how reasons support specific points an author makes in a text.
Spelling - Read and spell words with common suffixes.
Language -
  • Use common coordinating conjunctions
  • Participate in shared research and writing projects, such as exploring a number of books on a single topic or engaging in science experiments to produce a report
  • Identify the place value of each digit in a three-digit number 
  • Model three-digit numbers 
  • Interpret a model and write the number value
Science - Explain how people slow the changes to Earth’s surface.
Social Studies - Explain the impact explorers and settlers had on American Indians and how things changed as communities grew.
Spelling Words -

Try to do 45 minutes of iReady each week. We try to get to this in school, but we may not make it every week. It would be a good idea for you to keep track and see if your child needs to spend a little time on it at home.
Read nightly. AR has started. Each child needs to take at least 3 tests a week.
Assignments may be added throughout the week, so check daily.
Reading - Work on Animal Adaptations Project
Tuesday -
Spelling - 
Reading - Work on Animal Adaptations Project
Reading - Work on Animal Adaptations Project
Math -  
Thursday -
Reading - Work on Animal Adaptations Project -- DUE TOMORROW



2018-2019 School Supply List


Pencils (24)

24-count crayons (2 boxes)


Composition (wide ruled) (4 total) – colors- red, blue, black, yellow

Notebook paper

Glue sticks (12)

Folders with pockets and prongs (2)

Container for supplies

Backpack (standard size)

Box tissues (2)

3-ring binder (1) 1 ½ in


Highlighters (4)

Dry erase markers (4) for student use



Wish List


Suggested Reading
I've listed some books characters for your child to make friends with throughout the year. Also, please be sure to give them the opportunity to read nonfiction,. Some children will get interested in a subject and want to read everything they can about it. More power to them!!!
These books vary in difficulty. If you are unsure, just have your child read a little and see if you they they can handle it. We will work after Fall Break to establish more specific reading levels. Just remember, the children will not grow as much if the book is too easy or too hard. But most of all, they will not grow if they don't read. Don't try to push them into something they are not interested. Help them find something they want to read!
Picture Books
Henry and Mudge
Tacky the Penguin
Mr. Putter and Tabby
Horrible Harry
Berenstain Bears
Black Lagoon Books
Chapter Books
The Boxcar Children
Baby Sitter's Little Sister
Junie B. Jones
Magic Tree House
Bailey School Kids
Fudge (Judy Blume character)
Beezus, Ramona, Henry Huggins (Beverly Cleary characters)
Marvin Redpost
Geronimo Stilton
Animal Ark
I Survived series
Helpful Websites
Math Lines - This is my very favorite site for practicing math facts. It helps reinforce subtraction as well as addition.
Math Magician - This is a great site for practicing math facts in an organized way.
Interactive Reading Websites (Variety of sites here)
These will read the stories to your child as they read along:
Across the Curriculum - Reading, math, and just plain fun
Print your own worksheets - provides practice all across the curriculum - you choose the topic and the level, and print worksheets to practice the topic - This site provides skill practice through all grade levels.Select skills and grade level. Some activities are better than others. You'll just have to play to find things you like.
What's Happening NOW . . .

Tues., Dec. 11 -- Language Arts Sneak Peek


Dec. 12 -- Blackman Middle School Band Concert -- During the school day


Thurs., Dec. 13 -- Math Sneak Peek




This Week's Rotations
     Please have your child bring in library books that need to be returned on Library day and wear tennis shoes on PE day.
Monday - Library
Tuesday -Music 1
Wednesday - Art 1
Thursday - Art 2, PE
Friday - Music 2
Next Monday -- Guidance
and LATER . . .
Upcoming Events
Dec. 20 -- Abbreviated Day; Holiday Party
Dec. 21-Jan. 7 -- Winter Break 
Wish List
HP ink cartridge 21 and 22
Zip-Lock Freezer Bags       (Quart sized)
Hand Sanitizer
File folders