Category Archives: 2nd Grade

Second-2-None: Week of 12/4/17

Week of 12-4

In Reading, we took a quiz on “A Chair for My Mother,” learned about r-controlled vowels, and strengthened our comprehension skills by reading paragraphs. In Shurley English, took our Chapter 5 test and showed how much we know about subjects, predicates, and different types of nouns! We had our 13th Spelling test today on /ai/ words. Next week, the pattern will be /ee/ words. The website for Spelling City is www.spellingcity.com/mccartney109. Keep reviewing and practicing!

In Math, we started subtraction of two-digit numbers with regrouping. We learned how to subtract by breaking apart numbers and drawing a model. Next week, we will learn and practice the standard method of solving two-digit subtraction problems.

In Religion, we talked about the current Church season, Advent. We made Advent wreath crafts and discussed the process of lighting a candle each Sunday and what Advent is all about. Each week in our newsletter, we will have a newsletter secret. Please share the secret with your child so they can earn a DoJo point on Monday. This week’s newsletter secret is….Advent.

In Social Studies, we discussed where people can live and how communities can be different from one another. We also learned what an ancestor, producer, and consumer are. Next week, we will begin to wrap up Unit 2 in preparation for our Unit test.

Have a GREAT weekend!

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Second-2-None: Week of 11/27/17

In Reading this week, we read “A Chair for My Mother” and completed several graphic organizers analyzing characters and sequencing the story. While doing these activities, students strengthened their comprehension skills. We finished up our work on consonant digraphs this week, as well.

In Shurley English, we practiced our jingles and studied our vocabulary word, cargo. We continued to identify common/proper and singular/plural verbs. Students have also been identifying the complete and simple subject and predicate in various sentences. In Phonics, we looked at consonant blends, such as fl, br, pr, etc.

In Spelling, we took our twelfth spelling test on ch as “k” sound words. Next week, the pattern will be /ai/ words. Remember to practice spelling words on Spelling City! Reviewing past spelling lists is a great idea, too!

In Social Studies, we started Unit 2. This week, we focused on landforms. Students read about them in their textbook, created a graphic organizer explaining each landform and drawing a picture of each one, created flashcards to practice their definitions, and created a landform project! Students loved getting to actually make various landforms out of modeling clay and labeling them. Our newsletter secret this week is….landforms.

In Math, we wrapped up Chapter 4 (addition of two-digit numbers with regrouping) and took our test. We ended the week playing fun math games to practice mental math. Next week, we will start subtraction of two-digit numbers with regrouping.

In Religion, we spent the week focusing on the Ten Commandments. On December 8th, students will be tested on the Ten Commandments. They must be able to recite the commandments in order.

Check out the “At Home Practice” tab under 2nd grade for some great online resources to practice current concepts!

Have a great weekend!

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2nd Grade At Home Practice

Spelling:

  • http://www.spellingcity.com/users/mccartney109
    • Practice this week’s and previous weeks’ spelling lists

Math:

  • http://www.playkidsgames.com/games/mathfact/mathFact.htm
    • Fact fluency practice (choose up to 10 or 20, addition, # of minutes you want)
  • https://www.mathplayground.com/ASB_Index.html
    • Various addition and subtraction online games
  • https://www.factmonster.com/math/flashcards
    • Various levels of timed fact flashcards (choose addition or subtraction)
  • http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/menus/addition.htm
    • Variety of addition games

Social Studies:

  • https://quizlet.com/2514573/2nd-grade-landforms-flash-cards/
    • Landform definitions (flashcards, matching game, asteroid game – select answer with “term”)

Reading:

  • http://www.roomrecess.com/mobile/MainIdea/play.html
    • Finding the main idea in a short paragraph
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Second-2-None: Week of 11/20/17

Week of 11-20

In Reading, we continued to work on consonant digraphs to improve our reading and spelling skills. In Math, we added three two-digit numbers! The students are doing an excellent job with this! Keep practicing basic math facts at home as well, since automaticity with math facts makes adding multiple-digit numbers easier. In Science, we reviewed and took our Unit 3 Test. The students definitely proved that they know a lot about animals and fossils through this assessment! This week’s newsletter secret is….turkey day.

Just a reminder that Monday, November 27th is a B Day, and we will be attending 8 a.m. Mass. We hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love and happiness! We are thankful for each and every student, and appreciate your support and continued help. See you Monday!

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Second-2-None: Week of 11/13/17

Week of 11-13

In Reading, we read Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday. We identified the beginning, middle, and end of the story, and worked together to answer comprehension questions based on the text. The students did an excellent job going back through the story to find evidence to support their answers. We also started learning about consonant digraphs (i.e. ch, wh, tch, ph).

In Shurley English, we learned about singular/plural nouns, as well as common/proper nouns. We also introduced the complete and simple subject and predicate, and practiced identifying them in sentences. We will continue this in the following weeks.

We had our first review Spelling test today on words from Units 7-11. Next week, there will be no spelling test. However, feel free to keep reviewing words on SpellingCity! The website is www.spellingcity.com/mccartney109.

In Math, we continued to add two-digit numbers with regrouping. We looked at different types of word problems as well; when solving word problems, we discussed writing addition equations with a missing addend to solve, instead of writing a subtraction problem. On homework, please encourage your child to do this! Keep practicing basic math facts at home, since automaticity with math facts makes adding multiple-digit number easier.

In Religion, we talked about the Church seasons. We learned that we are in Ordinary Time right now, and that Advent will be the next Church season we participate in.

In Science, we reviewed animal needs and the life cycle of animals. We learned about fossils and how we could model one. We reviewed for our Unit 3 test, which will be on Tuesday. Today, students are coming home with Unit 3 torn out of their books and stapled in a packet. At the end of this packet is a review, which was done and checked in class today. Please review this Unit over the weekend! We want the kids to get a head start on studying for their test, since there is a lot of material that we covered.

On Monday, we will be having a Thanksgiving prayer service. Students are encouraged to bring in canned food items to donate to the pantry at the service in the church. Lastly, look in your e-mail for information on the Christmas Program, which will be on December 14th at 7:00 p.m. Each week in our newsletter, we will have a newsletter secret. Please share the secret with your child so they can earn a DoJo point on Monday. This week’s newsletter secret is….Thanksgiving is near.

We appreciate all that you do! Remember to sign up for conferences on November 21st! Here’s the link: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/St_Cletus

Have a GREAT weekend!

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Second-2-None: Homework

Monday: Math 5.4 & Work on Spelling Packet (due Friday)
Tuesday: Math 5.5 & Work on Spelling Packet (due Friday)
Wednesday: Math 5.6 & Work on Spelling Packet (due Friday)
Thursday: Spelling Packet Due Friday, Christmas Music Program tonight
Friday: No Homework

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Second-2-None: Week of 11/6/17

Week of 11-6

In Reading, we practiced identifying the main idea and details in texts, discussing the sequence of events in a story, and determining the beginning, middle, and end of a text. Next week, we will return to our reading series, ReadyGen, and begin reading Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday. The reading instructional focus will be to identify story structure, to use illustrations to understand characters and plot, and to understand characters’ responses.

For Writing, we continued to write number and fact topic sentences, in preparation for writing paragraphs with a topic sentence, details, and closing sentence. Each week in our newsletter, we will have a newsletter secret. Please share the secret with your child so they can earn a DoJo point on Monday. This week’s newsletter secret is….Reconciliation Day.

In Shurley English, we introduced our new vocabulary word for Chapter 5, which is cargo. We also reviewed our jingles, and reviewed the meaning of singular and plural verbs. Next week, we will analyze nouns to determine whether they are common or proper. Additionally, we will practice adding endings (-s or –es) to nouns or changing nouns (child -> children) to make them plural.

We had our 11th Spelling test today on air words. Next week, we will have a review spelling test, covering words from Units 7-11. We are doing this to ensure that students are holding onto the spelling of the words, and not just forgetting them Friday after the test. Remember to practice spelling words on Spelling City! The website is www.spellingcity.com/mccartney109.

In Math, we added two-digit numbers that require regrouping. We talked about writing numbers in expanded form to add, drawing pictures and making 10 ones into 1 ten, and regrouping the tens and ones to solve problems the same way parents and teachers learned how to add. Please avoid using the word “carry” when doing homework; instead, use the word “regroup.” Next week, we will continue practicing to add two-digit numbers that involve regrouping so that all students have a solid grasp of this concept.

In Religion, we talked a lot about Reconciliation! We discussed the sacrament and how to examine our conscience in preparation for receiving the sacrament. The students also recited the Act of Contrition individually for us, and they did an OUTSTANDING job! Thank you, parents, for helping your child remember this prayer! Don’t forget, First Reconciliation is this Saturday, November 11th at 11:00 a.m.! It is expected to last until 12:30 p.m. We told the students that they can bring their Children’s Bible (that was sent home in the beginning of the year) to read while they are waiting to receive or have already received the sacrament.

In Science, we created an animal group book explaining the various characteristics of each type of animal, and students got to explore the animals in each group be selecting their favorite one and drawing it. We also learned about how fat/blubber and fur help keep some animals warm in cold environments. Next week, we will learn about the life cycle of some animals.

We appreciate your continued support. Remember to sign up for conferences on November 21st. Have a GREAT weekend!

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Second-2-None: Week of 10/30/17

Week of 10-30

In Reading, we read a few short stories and practiced answering comprehension questions, while citing text evidence. Next week, we will continue practicing this skill. For writing, we have been creating different kinds of topic sentences; next week, we will write number and fact topic sentences, in preparation for writing paragraphs with a topic sentence, details, and closing sentence.

In Shurley English, we reviewed and took a test on how to classify a sentence, the main parts of speech, using punctuation and capitalization rules, and the vocabulary word, audience. Next week, we will introduce our new vocabulary word for Chapter 5, which is cargo. We will review our jingles, and then move into singular and plural verbs. We will also analyze nouns to determine whether they are common or proper.

We had our tenth Spelling test today on ou words. Next week, the pattern is air words. Remember to practice spelling words on Spelling City! The website is www.spellingcity.com/mccartney109.

In Math, we introduced two digit addition problems with regrouping. An example of this type of problem is 16+8 or 29+7. We worked with making tens and making the next ten numbers to add. Next week, we will review this strategy, and then introduce some other ways to solve these addition problems.

In Religion, we learned more about free will and God’s mercy. We have been discussing and practicing for Reconciliation on November 11th! Remember, the Act of Contrition needs to be memorized for Reconciliation! It will be tested November 9th and 10th. Please practice it at home!

In Science, we learned about animal needs and the six different types of animals. Next week, we will create a book explaining the various characteristics of each type, along with pictures.

Each week in our newsletter, we will have a newsletter secret. Please share the secret with your child so they can earn a DoJo point on Monday. This week’s newsletter secret is….time change.

Have a GREAT weekend!

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Second-2-None: Week of 10/23/17

Week of 10-23

In Shurley English, we practiced our jingles and remembering our vocabulary word. We classified sentences with article adjectives, adjectives, subject nouns, verbs, and adverbs. We also learned what a complete subject and predicate are. Next week, we will review and take a test on classifying sentences and using capitalization and punctuation rules.

We had our ninth Spelling test today on wa words. Next week, the pattern is ou words. Remember to practice spelling words on Spelling City! The website is www.spellingcity.com/mccartney109.

In Math, we reviewed and took a test on Chapter 3, which was all about addition and subtraction facts up to 20. Next week, we will begin Chapter 4. Students will begin adding two digit numbers (with regrouping). We will be learning various strategies to help us solve these types of problems.

In Religion, we learned about the Ten Commandments and making good choices. We also practiced for our upcoming all school Mass on November 1st at 9:00 a.m. Please join us if you can! We have worked very hard in preparation. Remember, the Act of Contrition needs to be memorized by November for Reconciliation! Please practice it at home.

In Science, we started to learn all about animals. We looked at what animals need to survive, such as water, food, shelter, and air. We also learned about the different types of animals. Next week, we will look at the different types of animals in more depth through a project.

Each week in our newsletter, we will have a newsletter secret. Please share the secret with your child so they can earn a DoJo point on Monday. This week’s newsletter secret is….Halloween is here!!!

Please remember that Tuesday is Halloween; students may wear costumes that follow the rules sent out in the School Scoop earlier in the week. We will be having our classroom parties at 2:00 p.m. that day. There is no school on Friday, November 3rd.

Have a GREAT weekend!

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Second-2-None: Week of 10/16/17

Week of 10-16

This week in Reading, we read a story called “The House on Maple Street.” We learned about story structure (beginning, middle, and end) and looked at how the setting in the story changes over time. Next week, we will begin comparing this story to “Friends around the World.”

In Shurley English, we practiced our jingles and strategies to remember our vocabulary word (audience). We classified sentences with article adjectives, adjectives, subject nouns, verbs, and adverbs. We also learned what a complete subject and predicate are. Next week, we will continue practicing classifying sentences.

We had our eighth Spelling test today on soft g words. Next week, the pattern is words with wa sounds. Remember to practice spelling words on Spelling City! The website is www.spellingcity.com/mccartney109.

In Math, we continued with Chapter 3 and learned many different addition and subtraction strategies for numbers up to 20. Next week, we will use equations to solve word problems and look at repeated addition problems. We will finish up the week with a review and test on Chapter 3.

In Religion, we learned about the Old and New Testaments in the Bible. Next week, we will begin learning about the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments will be sent home on Monday, and they must be memorized by Reconciliation. Remember, the Act of Contrition needs to be memorized by November for Reconciliation also! Please practice it at home.

In Social Studies, we reviewed the types of communities and wrapped up the chapter with a review and test. Next week, we will go back to Science, where we will learn all about animals!

Each week in our newsletter, we will have a newsletter secret. Please share the secret with your child so they can earn a DoJo point on Monday. This week’s newsletter secret is….Halloween is coming.

Have a GREAT weekend!

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Second-2-None: Week of 10/10/17

Week of 10-10

This week in Reading, we wrapped up “Friends around the World.” We strengthened our ability to identify the main idea in a text and find supporting details about the main idea. We loved learning about the characters Akiak, Isabel, Hau, and Dan, and all of their different homes around the world!

In Shurley English, we started classifying declarative sentences, and we introduced a new vocabulary word, audience. Next week, we will continue working with declarative sentences and identifying article adjectives, adverbs, verbs, adjectives, subject nouns, and verbs within sentences.

Each week in our newsletter, we will have a newsletter secret. Please share the secret with your child so they can earn a DoJo point for the week. Sometimes the secret is hidden on the different pages so please be sure to look through our Events and Homework page as well!  This week’s newsletter secret is….5K Run.

We had our seventh Spelling test today on soft c words. Next week, the pattern is words with soft g sounds. Remember to practice spelling words on Spelling City! The website is www.spellingcity.com/mccartney109.

In Math, we started Chapter 3, which is all about addition and subtraction facts. We started to learn different addition strategies, like counting on, using double facts, making a ten, and changing the order of addends. Next week, we will learn grouping numbers as an addition strategy, and counting back and thinking of a missing addend as subtraction strategies.

In Religion, we learned all about Confirmation. We learned how the gift of the Holy Spirit is sealed within us during Confirmation, and about what actually happens at Confirmation. Next week, we will learn about God’s love. Remember, the Act of Contrition needs to be memorized by November for Reconciliation! Please practice it at home.

In Social Studies, we reviewed the three types of communities: rural, urban, and suburban. We also learned that we live in a city, which is a part of a state, which is part of a country, which is on a continent. Room 110 made a neat project to help us remember all of those places, and 109 will make it next week!

Have a GREAT weekend!

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Second-2-None: Week of 10-2-17

Week of 10-2

This week in Reading, we started to read “Friends around the World” and learned about e-pals. We began identifying the main topic and supporting details within the next, and next week we will learn how to use captions and key words to better understand a text.

In Shurley English, took a test on Chapter 3, where we classified sentences with article adjectives, subject nouns, verbs, adverbs, and adjectives. Next week, we will continue working with those parts of speech, but look at end marks in sentences as well.

Each week in our newsletter, we will have a newsletter secret. Please share the secret with your child so they can earn a DoJo point for the week. Sometimes the secret is hidden on the different pages so please be sure to look through our Events and Homework page as well!  This week’s newsletter secret is….Columbus Day.

We had our sixth Spelling test today on ea words. Next week, the pattern is words with soft c sounds. Remember to practice spelling words on Spelling City! The website is www.spellingcity.com/mccartney109.

In Math, we took our Unit 2 test. We showed how much we knew about number names, showing different forms of numbers, counting on and back by ten and one hundred, and comparing numbers. We will start Unit 3 on Tuesday; we will be working on doubles facts, addition facts, making a ten to add, and relating addition and subtraction.

In Religion, we learned all about Baptism. Through baptism, we are freed from Original Sin and are given grace. We discussed what our own baptisms might have been like and who our godparents are. Next week, we will study the sacrament of Confirmation in depth.

In Social Studies, we learned about laws, votes, and communities. We compared and contrasted the three types of communities: urban, suburban, and rural. Next week, we will learn about our state and country, as well as how our country is a part of the world.

Have a GREAT weekend!

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Second-2-None: Events

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Tuesday, December 12th – 9 a.m. All School Mass

Wednesday, December 13th –  “B” Day 8 a.m. Mass

Thursday, December 14th – 7 p.m. Christmas Program

Monday, December 18th – 9 a.m. All School Mass

Thursday, December 21st – “B” Day 8 a.m. Mass

Friday, December 22nd – 1 p.m. Dismissal, Christmas Break Begin

 

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Second-2-None: Week of 9/25/17

Week of 9-25

This week in Reading, we wrapped up the first module with “Trouble at the Sandbox” and “Snowshoe Hare’s Winter Home” by writing our own narrative using the characters from “Trouble at the Sandbox” and using words like first, then, next, and last. Next week, we will read and dig deeply into “Friends around the World”

In Shurley English we learned how to classify and build sentences with a subject noun, verb, adjectives, and adverbs. We learned many new adverbs to answer the questions How? When? and Where? and new adjectives to answer the questions Which one? What kind? and How many?

Each week in our newsletter, we will have a newsletter secret. Please share the secret with your child so they can earn a DoJo point for the week. Sometimes the secret is hidden on the different pages so please be sure to look through our Events and Homework page as well!  This week’s newsletter secret is….pumpkins.

We had our fifth Spelling test today on ph words. Next week, the pattern is words with ea sounds. Remember to practice spelling words on Spelling City! The website is www.spellingcity.com/mccartney109.

In Math, we learned how to write number names, show different forms of numbers, and count on and back by ten and one hundred. Next week, we will continue working on counting on and back by tens and hundreds. Also, we will learn about number patterns and comparing numbers.

In Religion, we learned how to celebrate God’s love and what the sacraments are. Next week, we will dive into the sacrament of Baptism and learn how we become children of God and members of the church. We will then focus on Confirmation.

In Science, wrapped up Unit 2 and took a test on the design process, technology and its effects, and how we can improve technology. Next week, we will start Unit 3, which is all about animals! This will include animal needs, kinds of animals, life cycles, and fossils.

Have a GREAT weekend!

 

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Second-2-none: Week of 9/18/17

Week of 9-18

This week in Reading, we read “Snowshoe Hare’s Winter Home.” We learned about what different animals do during the winter time; some hibernate, some find new homes, and some change colors and just play in the snow like Snowshoe Hare and his friends! Next week, we will compare “Trouble at the Sandbox” and “Snowshoe Hare’s Winter Home.”

In Shurley English we learned how to classify and build sentences with a subject noun, verb, and adverb(s). We learned many new adverbs to answer the questions How?, When,? and Where?. Next week, we will look at adjectives and how to use them in our writing.

We had our fourth Spelling test today on wh words. Next week, the pattern is words with ph sounds. Remember to practice spelling words on Spelling City! The website is www.spellingcity.com/mccartney109.

In Math, we learned how to group tens as hundreds, explore and model 3-digit numbers, and describe the values of digits in numbers up to 1,000. Next week, we will learn how to write number names, show different forms of numbers, and count on and back by ten and one hundred.

In Religion, we learned what a disciple is and who the Apostles are. We also learned about the Resurrection, Pentecost, and the Church. Next week, we will see how to celebrate God’s love and what the sacraments are.

In Science, we used our knowledge of the design process to find a solution to a problem. We defined technology and discovered how it influences our daily lives. Technology can be anything that engineers have designed to solve a problem! Next week, we will think about how we can improve technology, design and draw our own roller coaster, and review/test Unit 2.

Each week in our newsletter, we will have a newsletter secret. Please share the secret with your child so they can earn a DoJo point for the week. Sometimes the secret is hidden on the different pages so please be sure to look through our Events and Homework page as well! This week’s newsletter secret is….this weather is too hot!

Have a GREAT weekend!

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