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USD 240 2nd Grade

USD 240 2nd Grade

Mrs. Aksamit Mrs. King Mrs. Stanley
daksamit@usd240.org lking@usd240.org lstanley@usd240.org
785-488-3323 785-283-4774 785-488-3323
Bennington Grade School Tescott Grade School Bennington Grade School

Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

Get to know your teacher

Deb Aksamit - I am a Kansan through and through.  I was born in Valley Center, KS.  My family moved to Salina when I was 15, where I finished high school at Salina Central and then attended Marymount College and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. I moved to Bennington when I got married.  My husband and I have been married for almost 37 years.  We have one son.  He lives and works in McPherson. I was a stay at home mom until our son entered 6th grade.   I’ve been teaching 1st grade in Bennington for the past 16 years.

I grew up in Tescott and graduated from Tescott High School.  I graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.  I also have my Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Baker University. I have two daughters.  They both graduated from Tescott High School and are currently attending college.  I enjoy hanging out with both of my daughters, reading, and gardening.




I grew up in McPherson in a very large family.  I graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education and have my Master’s in Building Administration from Fort Hays State University.  I am married to Darren who is a graduate of Bennington High School.  We have four children that have either graduated or are attending Bennington.  I have taught both first and second grade at Bennington after being a stay-at-home mom for 12 years.  I enjoy watching my children participate in their sports and activities which seems to take up all of my free time!

What students will learn in 2nd grade


In ELA, our students will read both fiction and non-fiction stories that will assist them learning the standards and skills needed for 2nd grade (story structure, key details about a story, comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency).  We will continue to work on phonics skills to become more fluent readers.  Writing skills will be tied into these areas as well.  Social Studies and Science topics will be integrated into these lessons.


2nd grade math skills include addition and subtraction within 20, working with equal groups (multiplication will start here!), place value (ones, tens, hundreds), measurement using both inch and centimeter, money, time to the nearest five minutes (even though we teach to the minute), graphs, and finally working with shapes (2-D and 3-D) to introduce fractions and symmetry.


Strategies for success


Please read at least 20 minutes every day with your child and ask questions about their reading.  Math facts are also very important to practice by using flashcards or a fun math app.  Also try to integrate everyday experiences into math skills (cooking, problem solving, money, time, numbers, etc.).


Know the standards


KSDE standards