Brooke Robinson is currently our Grade Leader in Second Grade. She joined the East Elmhurst Community School family our opening year in 2013. Since joining us, she has taught Kindergarten ICT, First Grade, and looped with her students to second grade. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Elementary Education, as well as her Masters Degree in Literacy. Ms. Robinson strongly believes that the best teachers show you where to look, but do not tell you what to see. She see's the importance in hands on discovery in the classroom to help our students become the very best independent learners that they can be. Ms. Robinson has implemented flexible seating in her classroom this year to ensure that all students are comfortable and focused while learning! Having a fun, exciting, safe, and supportive classroom is incredibly important to Ms.Robinson, as she uses humour and love to connect with her students.
Graduated from Queens College with a Masters in Bilingual Education and Dual Bachelors in Spanish and Early Childhood education .
Taught a Dual Language kindergarten class and has worked with children as an Afterschool Group Specialist for over 10 years. Now, Daisy is a Dual Language second grade teacher.
She believes that the educator's in a child's' life give children the tools to succeed and become apart of their communities. Once a child becomes self aware of his or her own capabilities the world becomes an endless fountain of opportunities.
This is Mr. O'Kelly's sixth year working at PS 329. Mr. O'Kelly is the special education teacher for second grade. Mr. O'Kelly received his bachelor's degree from LIU post in childhood education. He also has a Master's degree in special education from Queens College. Mr. O'Kelly coaches a variety of after school sports at PS 329. He is a baseball, soccer and hockey coach. Mr. O'Kelly played four years of college baseball at LIU Post. He received athletic scholarship as a pitcher for the baseball team. He believes that students can learn important life lessons such as being determined through athletics.
I received my B.A. major in Early Childhood Education from University of Santo Tomas, Philippines and my M.S.Ed in General and Special Education in Early Childhood from Touro College.
I taught as a K-6 general education teacher in Philippines for two years and as a Universal Pre-Kindergarten teacher in Richmond Hill, Queens for four years.
I strongly believe in the importance of teacher encouragement and motivation for students. I aim to encourage students while teaching them to be intrinsically motivated by offering challenging yet fun and supportive lessons and activities. Having a safe, fun and supportive class is important for me that is why I believe in using preventive and supportive behavior strategies more than corrective. I achieve this through providing engaging lessons and by establishing clear expectations.
During lyric study, students study one artist for the week. The will learn about the history of the artist such as where they are from and what their famous songs are. Students will listen to songs from the artist while analyzing the lyrics. Students will study the vocabulary in the song along with many other aspects of the song such as figure of speech, parts of words, and analyzing the meaning of particular lyrics.
List of Second Grade Lyric Study Songs:
Artist Song Link
Rodgers and Hammerstein Getting to Know You https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MNANgFCYpk&feature=youtu.be
Rodgers and Hammerstein Impossible https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd0fuaD-OwE
Rodgers and Hammerstein Edelweiss https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc9dZfnbUMQ&feature=youtu.be
Rodgers and Hammerstein Climb Every Mountain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pih243I3Ong
Rodgers and Hammerstein I Have Confidence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV-6qbUHVww
Rodgers and Hammerstein My Favorite Things https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33o32C0ogVM&feature=youtu.be
Rodgers and Hammerstein Ten Minutes Ago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YznE5tl9GiM&feature=youtu.be
The Kingston Trio M.T.A. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbtkL5_f6-4
Rodgers and Hammerstein Lonely Goatherd https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRo0NlLYvwE
Ella Fitzgerald Blue Skies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epRXoS_P0lk
Julie Andrews Spoonful of Sugar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks4u1NFV4eQ
Annie You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry79LzkkDb4
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0byH9h1ClBY
Felix Bernard Winter Wonderland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIKt5p3UmXg
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFtb3EtjEic&feature=youtu.be
The Beatles Eleanor Rigby https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5eMM2yjg98&feature=youtu.be
The Beatles Blackbird https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo_DMGc2v5o&feature=youtu.be
The Beatles When I'm Sixty Four https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51YxVANGeJI&feature=youtu.be
The Beatles Help https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cueulBxn1Fw&feature=youtu.be
The Beatles Hello, Goodbye https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cueulBxn1Fw&feature=youtu.be
The Beatles Penny Lane https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-rB0pHI9fU&feature=youtu.be
The Beatles Good Day Sunshine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QdcnSPrwLc&feature=youtu.be
The Beatles Hey Jude https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhXU8c8qwXs&feature=youtu.be
Julie Andrews Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwoXiIEh8O4
Howard Ashman Be Our Guest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASEdQLVIXRo&feature=youtu.be
Julie Andrews So Long, Farewell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG9I752Mmdk&feature=youtu.be
The Band The Weight https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFqb1I-hiHE&feature=youtu.be
The Band Ophelia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpO4lji8lR0&feature=youtu.be
Annie Tomorrow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PzL8aL6jtI&feature=youtu.be
Johnny Mercer Two of A Kind
Johnny Mercer An-cent-tchu-ate the Positive
Irene Cara I'm Gonna Live Forever
Each week, students will study two paintings from an artist. They will also learn about the background of the artist such as when and where they were born, the style of artwork they created, and a famous quote from the artist. Students will engage in an open dialogue about the painting during class time. They will answer questions such as "What do you see? What makes your say that? What more can you find?" Students will compare the two paintings at the end of the week. They will also create a writing response about the paintings during social studies. Students will make a story about the painting, write what they notice about the painting, or write how they think the artist felt while creating the painting.
List of Artists and Paintings:
Week 1: George Braque
Week 2: Vincent Van Gogh
Week 3: Georges Seurat
Week 4: Paul Signac
Week 5: Henri Rousseau
Week 6: Paul Guaguin
Week 7: Alberto Burri
Week 8: Carol Caputo (artwork not available)
Week 9: Wassily Kandinsky
Week 10: Wassily Kandinsky
Week 11: Fridah Kahlo
Students will learn about one classical musician each week. They will learn about the history of the musician. They will also listen to one of their classical pieces. Students will think about the tone, speed, message, purpose, and feeling of the music.
List of composers and musical pieces:
Composer Musical Piece Link to listen at home!
Johannes Brahms Waltz in A Flat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy6uV-eMOEs&feature=youtu.be
Frederic Chopin Nocturne Op. 27 No 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfW9d6SwliY&feature=youtu.be
Ludwig Van Beethoven Minuet in G https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f00pkoMnYPc&feature=youtu.be
Claude Debussy Reflections in the Water https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLbpQl1cCl8&feature=youtu.be
Grupo Putumayo Madre Selva https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWXVNBU2gPs&feature=youtu.be
Freddy Velasquez Awa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38U-Ne6tBuU&feature=youtu.be
Johann Sebastian Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLj_gMBqHX8&feature=youtu.be
Dmitri Shostakovic Quartet No. 8 Op. 110
John Adams A Short Ride in a Fast Machine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LoUm_r7It8&feature=youtu.be
Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons - Spring
Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons - Summer
Antonio Vivaldi The Four Seasons - Autumn / Fall
2 - 203 Field Trips
2 -207 Field Trips
2 -208 Field Trips
Reading and Writing Units of Study for Second Grade.
Reading Workshop Writing Workshop
Unit 1: Reading Growth Spurt Revving up Writing Muscles
Unit 2: Growing Word Solving Muscles Improving Narrative Craft
Unit 3: Becoming Experts: Reading Non Fiction The How to Guide to Nonfiction Writing - Current Unit
Unit 4: Accelerating Readers' Growth in Longer Fiction Books Writing about Reading