Natalya Johnson

Second Grade

About Natalya

Hello! My name is Natalya Johnson and I am the second grade teacher at Nasha Shkola. I am originally from Moscow, Russia. I moved to the U.S. when I was eight years old. I currently live in Golden Valley with my wonderful husband and our two young daughters. This will be my second year teaching at Nasha Shkola and I look forward to the brand new school year!

The part of teaching that is the most rewarding for me…

I love seeing the growth in students’ learning over the course of the school year. It’s always rewarding to see the “light bulb” moments when they understand new material and their excitement over lessons.

For me fun is…

  1. Playing at the beach with my family
  2. Riding my bike
  3. Reading a good book
  4. Watching a mystery movie with my husband
  5. Going on long weekend drives
  6. Going to the art museum


University of Minnesota – Twin Cities | Masters of Education, Early Childhood Education
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities | Scientific and Technical Communications

Professional teaching experiences:

  • 2nd grade teacher at Nasha Shkola
  • Student teacher in a 3rd grade classroom at Sheridan Hills Elementary in Richfield
  • Student teacher in a preschool classroom at the Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School
  • Russian language teacher in various beginner-level classrooms at the Russian Education Center of Minnesota in Savage

Curriculum Highlights

  • Read and comprehend main ideas.
  • Retell what happened in a story including main ideas, details about characters, setting and events.
  • Make connections to their own background knowledge.
  • Identify and describe characteristics of different genres of literature.
  • Write in complete sentences with appropriate punctuation.
  • Use capital letters correctly.
  • Use and understand contractions.
  • Write stories with a beginning, middle, and end.
  • Be able to do basic research from a non-fiction book.
  • Understand and use first-person and third-person point of view.
  • Edit his/her own writing for spelling and punctuation.
  • Read and make graphs.
  • Write numbers in word form.
  • Add two and three-digit numbers.
  • Subtract two and three-digit numbers.
  • Know the order of addition and subtraction operations.
  • Know the addition and subtraction fact families.
  • Start learning multiplication and division fact families.
  • Recognize patterns.
  • Round whole numbers to the nearest 10.
  • Know place value to the thousands.
  • Understand money including coins and bills, counting, adding and subtracting money.
  • Be able to measure length, weight, and passage of time.
  • Recognize two-dimensional geometric figures.
  • Solve word problems.
  • Demonstrate voting skills, identify rules that keep a voting process fair, and explain why voting is important.
  • Understand and describe the opportunity cost of a choice.
  • Understand microeconomic concepts including interactions between buyers and sellers in a market and how it determines the price and quantity exchanged of a good, service, or resource.
  • Use maps to identify and locate major landmarks or physical features in the United States.
  • Locate key features on a map or globe and use cardinal directions to describe the relationship between two or more features.
  • Use historical records and artifacts to describe how people’s lives have changed over time.
  • Describe how the culture of a community reflects the history, daily life or beliefs of its people.
  • Ask who, what, when, where, why, and how questions based on scientific knowledge, observations, and investigations.
  • Selects and uses appropriate tools when making observations and recording data.
  • Describe the characteristics of plants at different stages of their life cycle.
  • Describe and sort plants into groups according to their physical characteristics.
  • Measure, record, and describe weather conditions using common tools.
  • Understand the function of gravity.
  • Describe objects in terms of color, size, shape, weight, texture, flexibility, strength, and the types of materials in the object.

2nd Grade Spelling Lessons at
Nasha Shkola 2019-2020

  • List 1 | Short vowel words
  • List 2 | Short vowel words
  • List 3 | Short i and a; -all and -and families
  • List 4 | Short vowel words; words with or; recognize homophones four and for; recognize the words I and we
  • List 5 | Short vowel words; long vowel words with silent e
  • List 6 | Short o words; long e spelled with e or ee
  • List 7 | Long o and a words; recognize vowel sound in do; spell words in the -ind family; add -ing with no change to base word
  • List 8 | Words with consonant digraph th; recognize the short u sound in was and of; recognize vowel sound in a
  • List 9 | Recognize short u sound in some and come; add -ing after doubling the final consonant
  • List 10 | Long a and i words; spell vowel sounds in help, here, and want; add -ing after dropping the silent e; recognize homophones
  • List 11 | Final consonant blends nd and st; final consonant digraph th; words with /k/ sound spelled ck
  • List 12 | Words with long i or e sound spelled y; study contractions
  • List 13 | Words with double consonants; distinguish between one and two-syllable words
  • List 14 | Words in the -oat, -ong, and -all families; vowel digraph aw
  • List 15 | Vowel digraphs ai and ay; long a words with silent e
  • List 16 | Vowel digraph oo; two sounds of oo; initial consonant digraph wh
  • List 17 | Vowel digraphs ow and ou; recognize two sounds of ow
  • List 18 | Words with r-controlled vowels spelled ar, er, ir, and ur
  • List 19 | Initial consonant blends fl, bl and st; words in the -ore, -ew, and -ing families
  • List 20 | Words ending in ve; words with consonant blends fr and ld; final consonant digraph ch; recognize short u sound spelled ove
  • List 21 | Words with initial /y/ sound; initial consonant blend dr; words with vowel digraph aw
  • List 22 | diphthongs oi and oy; words that end with -ther or -ter; distinguish between one, two and three-syllable words
  • List 23 | Final consonant digraphs th and sh; final consonant blends ng and nk
  • List 24 | Words with the long e sound spelled ea; words with initial blends tr and fl
  • List 25 | Words with initial consonant blends tr and st; add -ed after doubling the final consonant; spell say and said; words with short u sound
  • List 26 | Words with a final k or ck
  • List 27 | Words with the blends pr, br, and ft; spell two-syllable words; words with initial consonant digraph ch
  • List 28 | Words with the vowel sound in put and could; words with diphthongs ou and ow; recognize the short u sound in something
  • List 29 | Words with initial consonant digraph th; spell two and three-syllable words; recognize homophones (no, know and to, two)
  • List 30 | Words with initial consonant digraphs wh and th; recognize and spell antonyms; spell compound words; recognize short e sound in again

Hello families! I am so excited to be your child’s second grade teacher at Nasha Shkola. I look forward to working with you in helping your child succeed in school. Children greatly benefit from strong connections between home and school, so please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. I look forward to meeting and working with you this year!

Nasha Shkola — Russian for Our School — is an academically rigorous K-8 charter school, providing a highly-structured learning environment for students interested in Russian language and culture.

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School Info

Nasha Shkola
6717 85th Avenue North
Brooklyn Park, MN 55445

Phone: 763-496-5550
Fax: 763-424-8520

School Hours
Monday – Friday:
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Office Hours
Monday – Friday:
8 am – 4 pm