Genesee STEM Academy

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

Ms. Wardells Second Grade Class

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Welcome to Ms. Wardell’s second grade class!  I am excited to be a part of your child’s education this year. We have been 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 10 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 four years. I have a two children, Alexis (8) and Brandon (7), 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 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.

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

Valentines day box presentation


February and March Concentrations:

ELA: This year we have been focusing on a variety of reading strategies as well as writing and parts of speech. Over the next couple months, we are going to continue to focus on reading to both learn and for enjoyment, through the use of Daily 5 (Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listening, Word Work, and Work on Writing) and small groups. We will continue to do rainbow word testing and DRA testing throughout the months of February and March.

MATH: In math we are going to continue to work on addition and subtraction (with and without regrouping) up to the thousands, odd and even, comparing numbers, and problem solving. We will also introduce new skills such as; measurement, telling time, counting money, 2D and 3D shapes, and reading and analyzing graphs. We will also integrate some third grade skills during our lessons to help better prepare them for the upcoming tests. Students will continue to participate in daily number talks and will be expected to reason their thoughts and processes when coming to a solution.

SCIENCE: We have focused on landforms, bodies of water, physical properties of objects,  states of matter, and the Engineering Design Process (EDP). Students have been doing independent research, collaborating, designing, and creating a Valentine’s Day project to help them become familiar with the EDP. During this time, students become independent learners and use the teacher as a resource, rather than a facilitator. For the remainder of the year students will focus on habitats, animals, and plants. 

SOCIAL STUDIES: During social studies we will continue to 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.

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 leads 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 have their passwords written on an index card in the classroom. I have also sent 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.



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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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