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Welcome to Ms. Malik's Webpage!

This website is designed for the students and parents of my second grade classroom at Pearl Lean Elementary. This website has a great deal of information that I believe you will find useful. Use the tabs above to navigate through the website.




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Study Island

Pearl Lean's Home Page

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About Ms.M.

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Ms. Malik



Hi, my name is Ms. Malik and I am a second grade teacher at Pearl Lean Elementary School. We will have a lot of fun this year! This is my sixth year in teaching, third year at Pearl Lean. I began my career as a fifth grade teacher at Wilde Elementary School. I moved on to Grissom Middle School where I taught math and science to seventh graders for two years. I have moved around a lot, but this has given me the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of where children are coming from and where they need to go.


I graduated from Wayne State University with a math major and science minor. I have completed my Masters in Instructional Technology, which means we will do a lot of cool activities that involve technology. I love sports, especially basketball! You will hear me talk about sports a lot in class and  I love spending time with my family, especially my three lovely nieces and one nephew which are pictured below.


I am fortunate to have great teaching experiences. I'm looking forward to another great year!

Contact Ms. Malik

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I Love My Reading Books

Your child needs to read "I Love my Reading Books" three times a week. Please date the log and return the folder every Friday. New books will be sent out every Monday.

Book It!

Every month a new reading log is sent home and each time your child reads, it is to be written down along with the time they spent reading. The reading can be independent, or they can read aloud to you, to siblings, etc. Each month there will be a different goal that each student will work towards. You do not have to wait until the end of the month to send this back to school with your child. When your child does reach this goal and returns their completed reading log, they will receive 5 bucks to use for classroom store! If your child turns in their reading log completed every month, then I will hold a special lunchtime celebration for those students who do so at the end of the program in May.


Remember to update your reading log and turn it in at the end of the month.

To View Important Dates:

Roll your cursor over the circled dates on the calendar above to reveal important dates.

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Daily Folders need to be signed every Monday night. Please look at the checked work and sign the back of the folder. Students need to bring their Daily Folders to school every day. Thank you for your continued support!



Class Schedule

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Special Schedule








 2:50 - 3:30 Art

2:50 – 3:30 Music

10:10 - 10:50 Gym


10:10 - 10:50 Spanish

3:00 - 3:30 Computer Lab

9:30 - 10:10 Media


1:30 - 2:00 Computer Lab



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Our first list of spelling words contain short vowel sounds of "a" and "i". Visit the Spelling City website below for extra practice at home. 


1.              bag

2.            win

3.            is

4.            am

5.            his

6.            has

7.            ran

8.            if

9.            dig

10.     sat

11.        was

12.     I

* scratch

* picnic



Spelling City

Spelling City Website


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In math, we will start the year off with an assessment so I can gauge the students' strengths and weaknesses. We will review math concepts that were taught in 1st grade. Please practice basic addition facts at home. Below you will find great math websites.

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Making a 10 to Add


Basic Facts Game

Harcourt Math Website

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Time Game

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Gumball Game


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Our Reading Workshop is the time of our day when we work on our literacy skills in many different ways. We work as a whole group, in small groups, in partnerships, and individually. There are three main parts to our Reading Workshop. They are the Daily FACE strategies, the Daily 5, and guided reading. During the Daily FACE mini-lessons, we are learning strategies as a whole group that will help us to be better readers. Then during our Daily 5 time, we get the chance to use those strategies as we practice reading and writing individually or with a partner.

The FACE of a Reader

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The daily FACE strategies are designed to help young readers understand and master different strategies that good readers use. Each letter in the word "FACE" stands for a different category of these strategies.


I can read accurately with expression, and I understand what I read.


I can read the words.


I understand what I read.

Expanding Vocabulary

I know, find, and use interesting words.

Each one of these categories contains several different strategies that good readers use when they read. These strategies are the basis for the Daily CAFE mini-lessons each day. 





Expanding Vocabulary

Voracious reading

Cross checking: Do the pictures and/or words look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense?

Check for understanding

Voracious reading

Read appropriate level texts that are a "good fit"

Use the picture. Do the words and pictures match?

Back up and reread

Tune in to interesting words and use new vocabulary in my speaking and writing

Reread text up

Use beginning sounds and ending sounds

Monitor and fix

Use pictures, illustrations, and diagrams

Practice common sight words and high frequency words

Blend sounds, stretch and read

Retell the story

Use word parts to determine meaning of words (prefixes, suffixes, origins, abbreviations)

Adjust and apply different reading rates to match text

Flip the sounds

Use prior knowledge to connect with text

Use prior knowledge and context to predict and confirm meaning

Use punctuation to enhance phrasing and prosody (end marks, commas, etc.)

Chunk letters and sounds together

Make a picture or mental image

Ask someone to define the word for you


Skip the word then come back

Ask questions throughout the reading process

Use dictionaries, thesauruses, and glossaries as tools


Trade a word/guess a word that makes sense

Predict what will happen, use text to confirm




Infer and support with evidence




Use text features (titles, headings, captions, graphic features)




Summarize text




Use main idea and supporting details to determine importance




Determine and analyze author's purpose and support with text




Recognize literary elements (genre, charcters, setting, plot, problem/resolution)




Recognize and explain cause and effect relationships




Compare and contrast within and between text



Reading is a process that is very complex, and to become better readers, we need to improve our comprehension, accuracy, fluency AND vocabulary! This year, you will truly see your child take on the FACE of a reader!


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The Daily 5 is a structure within our classroom that fosters and develops independence with literacy. The first several weeks of school are spent learning the routines of the Daily 5 to create independent readers and writers. These routines consist of 5 different literacy activities from which we can choose while guided reading groups and teacher conferencing are taking place. The five choices are Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Work on Writing, and Work Work.

Read to Self

We fill our book boxes with books that are "good fit" books for us, books from our guided reading groups, and familiar books that we can retell. We choose a spot where we can focus on our reading without being distracted. We can sit in the tall chair, the rocking chair, a beanbag, on the couch, on a pillow, on the floor, or at a table. We read quietly the whole time in our spot.

Read to Someone

We choose a partner, and both of us get our book boxes. We choose a spot where we can read without being distracted. We sit next to each other, and both of us have a job to do. One of us is reading a book, and the other one is checking for understanding as the first one reads. We read softly the whole time in our spot.

Listen to Reading

We use CD, MP3 players, or tape players with headphones to listen to books that are recorded. We choose a spot where we can listen to the book without being distracted. We follow along in the book as the words are being read to us.

Work on Writing

We use our writing notebooks to write stories, reports, poems, cards, letters, lists, postcards, or notes. We choose a spot where we can write without being distracted. We get started quickly, write quietly the whole time, and stay in our spot.

Word Work

We use white boards, magnetic letters, Wikki Stix, and various other materials to practice our Word Wall words. We get our materials out quickly and choose a spot on the floor or at a table. We work quietly the whole time in our spot.




Guided Reading

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During the Daily 5, some of the students are working in guided reading groups with me. During these groups, we are reading books that are on our instructional level based on the most current DRA score and our classroom performance. We work on all 4 categories of reading strategies from the Daily FACE board. The groups may change from week to week, or even from day to day, depending upon what each of us needs at that point in time. Sometimes groups are based on reading level. Sometimes groups are based on a particular skill. Sometimes groups are mixed ability to give the lower readers a model of more fluent and expressive reading.


Writer's Workshop

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What is Writer's Workshop?





The second grade teachers will be using the Writer’s Workshop process to teach writing at Pearl Lean Elementary. As in a professional writer’s workshop, each student in the class is a working author. The teacher is a writing professional and peer coach, guiding authors as they explore their craft. Writer’s Workshop is designed to emphasize the act of writing itself-students spend most of their time putting pencil to paper, not just learning about it over time, students learn to choose their own topics and to manage their own development as they work through a wide variety of writing projects in a sustained and self-directed way.


Each unit, students will publish one piece from their collection. At the end of the year, we will have an author's celebration where the students will choose their favorite story to publish in a hard cover book.

Unit 1: Launching Writer's Workshop

This unit jumpstarts our year by reviewing and teaching the essentials of writing—collecting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. In addition to introducing practical strategies for finding topics and generating writing, this unit also teaches students how to work with partners constructively.

Scholastic Writing Activity

Visit this website to practice writing in a fun way!

Scholastic Writing Activity



Social Studies

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Unit 1: Where We Live


Unit 1 introduces children to the different communities in which people live and describes the characteristics of each of these different communities.





Unit 1 Vocabulary




a place that is made up of many neighborhoods


a city and the places around it


an area with small communities called towns that are far apart


an area located near a city


to make a choice about something


a rule that everyone must follow


the story of people and places from the past


the place where the leaders of a state work

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Web page


Urban Community

Suburban Community

Rural Community


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Unit 1: Earth's Land & Water

We will start science off with Unit 1: Earth’s Land and Water. After identifying and designing models of landforms and bodies of water, students will explore how water exists on Earth in three states and the movement of water on land and through the atmosphere. Students will apply their knowledge to help identify sources of water and what is usable. Students will learn how to conserve water.

Unit 1: Key Vocabulary





water droplets that condenses on cool surfaces at night


the direction that water flows on the Earth


To flow is to move like a liquid.


tiny particles of water that float in the air, close to the Earth

fresh water

relates to water in the inland lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, and groundwater


water that moves underground in the spaces between particles of materials, such as sand, soil, and rocks


frozen water that is shaped in a sphere that falls from the clouds, sometimes during a thunderstorm


areas of high ground that are lower than mountains


refers to frozen water


large bodies of water surrounded by land


It takes on the shape of its container. When water is a liquid it can be in the form of rain, dew, clouds, or steam.


high, steep surface features of the Earth that rise above the land around them


large bodies of salt water that cover most of the Earth


large, mostly flat land


a rise or hill with steep sides and a flat top


small, shallow bodies of water surrounded on all sides by land


liquid water droplets that fall from clouds


large streams of water that flow downhill.


water that does not soak into the ground, but flows downhill

salt water

relates to the water in the oceans and salt lakes that have a high concentration of salt


small white crystals of ice formed from the water vapor in the clouds and air


A solid has its own shape. It does not take the shape of its container.


source of fresh water that comes up from the ground


small bodies of flowing water


low landforms that are found between hills and mountains


a hole in the ground from which water can be drawn

Unit 1: Key Vocabulary

Printable Version of the Vocabulary


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Students will be given projects throughout the year to be completed at home. Details for the first project will be given soon.

Character Tube Puppet

The Character Tube Puppet project was assigned on October 12. The project is due November 13th. This is a take home project, which means all work is to be done at home. Please contact me if you have any questions. The following handout was given to the students:

Character Tube Puppet

Stuffed Animal Research Project

The Stuffed Animal Research project was assigned on February 9th. The project is due March 13th. This is a take home project, which means all work is to be done at home. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Project Handouts

The following handouts were given out to your child. You can print a copy if they were misplaced.


Stuffed Animal Research - Instructions

Stuffed Animal Research - Rubric

Stuffed Animal Research - Worksheet


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Character Tube Puppet


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Stay tuned for pictures of the upcoming 2010-2011 class!

Word Wave

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Word Wave Lists

Students will be tested on these high frequency words weekly by a parent volunteer. The goal of this program is for your child to be able to recognize the entire group of words in phrases. Once your child has read an entire word wave list accurately and fluently they will be rewarded with “3 Big Bucks” that can be used to purchase something from the school store and then will move onto the next word wave list. There are a total of six word lists. Students will be encouraged to work at their own level and progress will be recognized in the classroom. The following word wave lists can be printed.

Word Wave Lists






Fun Page

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Fun Links

Fun Links for Kids


Click here to visit exciting places!

Jokes By Kids

100 Interactive Games

Game of the Day

Fun Links for
Older Kids

Kitten Scrambler Puzzle

Arthur's Page

This site takes you to Arthur's web page which he shares with all his friends and family.

The World of 
Curious George

Curious George is the center of this web site. You can play games or send Curious George an ecard from this fun site.


This is a fun site that allows kids to have fun learning! 
Great fun for your brain!

If you like animals, you'll love this site. Lots of animals for you to create and information to read.

The Web Portal for Kids 

A wonderful site for kids to use to find educational games, fun activities, games, and websites. 

Kewl Kids Web Sites

This is a site full of links to other sites that have been previewed for kid use. You can find education, science, math, fun, or sports sites, plus lots, lots more!.

Lots of fun and games for several grade levels.  Worth taking the time and looking at some of the fun educational games.  Plus you can pass the time while loading games with fun little activities.

Game  Goo

A cool site that has fun characters that also teach important reading skills.  
Take a look and learn something at the same time!


Student Showcase

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Stay Tuned!

Stay tuned for pictures of student projects!


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Links to Great Websites

Explore the following links to websites that will help you in reading and math. The websites are a fun way to get more practice in reading and writing.


Reading Websites:


Math Websites:

Discovering Coin Values

Cash Out

Counting Money

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Words and Picture Gallery

Let's Tell Time

Math Baseball

Money Flashcards

Basic Facts Addition Game

Basic Facts Subtraction Game

Telling Time Game

Basic Facts Multiplication Game