Genesee STEM Academy

Genesee County's First S.T.E.M Certified School

Ms. Wardell’s Second and Third Grade Class

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Welcome to Ms. Wardell’s second and third grade split class!  I am excited to be a part of your child’s education this year. We will be learning many exciting things, exploring many topics, and creating many projects. Our STEM curriculum is integrated within all subjects as an all day program.

About Myself:

My name is Heather Wardell and I have been teaching for 12 years. I graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint in 2006 with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. I minored in Early Childhood Education, Math 6-8, and Science 6-8.  Following graduation, I moved to the Houston, Texas area where I taught third and fourth grade for five years. I then moved back home and taught in Flint, Michigan for the past seven years. I have two children, Alexis (10) and Brandon (8), who I adore and love spending time with. In my spare time I enjoy bowling, taking my children to the park, and watching movies. I am currently attending school to receive my masters in “Mathematics Education for Elementary and Early Childhood Educators” at the University of Michigan-Flint.


Please view the presentation below of past students and their Engineering Design Projects. They put a lot of time and effort into these projects. The purpose of the project was to become familiar with the Engineering Design Process. This project not only challenged students but also allowed them to spend quality time with their families while building it. I am looking forward to continuing to do this project with my second and third grade students.

Please click on the image below to see the students’ Valentine’s Day Projects!!

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August and September Concentrations:

Much of the work that will be done this school year, will be completed on Google Classroom. There is a link below to the website.

ELA: This year we will be focusing on a variety of reading strategies, phonics, writing, and parts of speech. Students will have a “Reader’s Workshop” time where I will introduce a strategy and model the strategy for the class. I will then have students practice this strategy on their own. Finally, we will come back together as a class and discuss how they used the strategy that was the focus for the day. We will also be reading in all subjects throughout the day. As a part of our ELA time, we will utilize Daily 5 (Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listening, Word Work, and Work on Writing) and small groups, focusing on areas of need. We will begin rainbow word testing and DRA testing the second week of school. 

MATH: This year during math, discussions, exploration, and investigations will be important. Students will be expected to reason their thinking and use problem solving skills to come to a solution. Since we are a second/third split class, we will begin with the basics and work our way up to third grade skills. By doing this, students will have a solid foundation that will help them with concepts as we progress throughout the school year. We will begin with place value (from three-digit to six-digit numbers) which will include; skip counting, rounding, addition, and subtraction with and without regrouping. 

SCIENCE: We will be working on many different topics from simple machines to landforms and plants, animals, and habitats. Students will be engaged in project-based activities that will involve reading, writing, math, and social studies also. 

SOCIAL STUDIES: During social studies we will cover communities, wants and needs, goods and services, getting along with others, the history of our community, how people affect our community, different types of communities, and solving problems in our community. We will also discuss Michigan and it’s history. 

OTHER: Some other areas we will continue to focus on will include character education and growth mindset. Each month we will focus on an area in character education. We will discuss, read stories, and complete activities/crafts to build a positive classroom community. Some areas we will focus on include; self control, self awareness, responsibility, respect, leadership, kindness, conflict resolution, and fairness; just to name a few. Students who develop a growth mindset are more likely to challenge themselves and their peers, have a deeper respect for learning, and spend more time on their classwork and work harder. This has been proven to lead to higher achievement.



Animated_Alphabet_Green_Speckle_G_w_1  GIVE RESPECT

Animated_Alphabet_Green_Speckle_S_w_1   STAY SAFE

Animated_Alphabet_Green_Speckle_T_w_1   THINK COLLABORATIVELY

Animated_Alphabet_Green_Speckle_E_w_1    ENCOURAGE EXCELLENCE

Animated_Alphabet_Green_Speckle_M_w_1  MAKE RESPONSIBLE CHOICES

Animated_Alphabet_Green_Speckle_A_w_1  ADAPT!!   ADAPT!!


2015-2016 Wardell Power Point: This PowerPoint highlights some of our classroom activities we have done throughout the 2015-2016 school year.


Some helpful links that are used in the classroom are listed below. Students will be provided their passwords on a piece of paper. I will also send home their passwords so they are able to access these sites outside of school. If you need a password or have any questions/concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. My contact information can be found below. I am excited for the projects we have planned and to see the gains our students will make throughout this school year.



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Contact Information:

Heather Wardell

School Phone: 810-600-6466


Class Dojo: (note will be sent home with your child with their access code)



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