Category Archives: 2nd Grade

Second-2-None: Week of 2-12-18

Week of 2-12-18

In Reading this week, we finished up the novel, Charlotte’s Web. Throughout the entire novel, students worked on identifying character traits and finding text evidence to support their claims. We also ended the week by going to see the play version of the story! Students had a great time seeing the characters on stage. Next week, we will compare and contrast the book and the play.

In Shurley English, we wrapped up Chapter 6. In this chapter, we focused on classifying sentences with and without prepositional phrases. We continued determining if nouns are common/proper and singular/plural. Next week, we will begin Chapter 7.

In Phonics, we took our Unit 4 test, which was on words with –le, hard and soft c and g, consonant blends, y as a vowel, consonant digraphs, and r-controlled vowels. Next week, we will begin Unit 5, which is about contractions, plural endings, and inflectional endings (i.e. –ed, -ing).

In Math, we continued finding the values of coins and bills over and below $1.00. Next week, we will work on word problems involving coins and start to tell time to the nearest five minutes.

In Religion, we learned about Lent and Ash Wednesday. Students learned the symbols of Lent, the number of days in Lent, and what we as Catholics should do during Lent. This week’s newsletter secret is…President’s Day.

In Science, we reviewed Unit 5, which included how plants and animals need one another, adaptations, and how environments can change over time. 109 will have their Unit 5 test on Tuesday, and 110 will take it on Wednesday. We will then move back to Social Studies the following week.

In Spelling, we focused on the /k/ sound as “k” or “ck.” Next week, the spelling pattern will be the /er/ sound as “er,” “ir,” or “ur.”

Thank you to those parents who chaperoned on our field trip; we appreciate your time! Have a wonderful three-day weekend!

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Second-2-None: Week of 2/5/18

We hope everyone had a safe snow day! Because of the day off, we will have our Spelling test on Monday, February 12th. The Cursive Worksheet and Math 7.2 Homework will also be due on Monday, February 12th.

This week in Religion, we focused on the parts of the Mass and how we can participate during Mass now and as we get older. In Math, we took our Chapter 6 Test, where students demonstrated how much they knew about adding and subtracting three-digit numbers! This is a concept we will continue to review for the rest of the year in daily activities and Simple Solutions. We started Chapter 7; this chapter focuses on counting coins to find their value. So far, we have learned how to skip count to find the value of quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. Please encourage your child to use this skill in their daily life (i.e. going through the drive through and finding the change needed or counting out change in the couch). In Science, we continued Unit 5, learning about adaptations in plants and animals. Students are now able to explain what an adaptation is and can give examples in both plants and animals.

In Spelling, we focused on long u words this week. This week’s newsletter secret to tell us on Monday is: snow day. In Shurley English, we continued working on classifying sentences with prepositional phrases. We practiced our jingles and reviewed common/proper and singular/plural nouns. We have also been reviewing and practicing editing sentences to look for capitalization and punctuation mistakes. In Phonics, we reviews r-controlled vowels, consonant blends, and consonant digraphs. We will be having a test on this next week. In Handwriting, we learned a few more lowercase cursive letters and have been able to write simple words on homework using what we know so far. In Reading, we continued Charlotte’s Web in preparation for our field trip to see the play. The skill we have been focusing on is identifying main characters and thinking of traits to describe them. We are them coming up with pieces of evidence from the text to support our claims. Our vocabulary is expanding with various adjectives and synonyms for traits!

Have a great weekend!

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Second-2-None: Week of 1/29/18

Week of 1-29-18

In Religion, we worked on several puzzles to decode Jesus’s message to us as disciples. We also learned how Jesus displays his love for us all the time. Students listened to Sunday’s Gospel reading and completed a Worship Bulletin.

In Math, we wrapped up Chapter 6, which focused on three-digit addition and subtraction. For Groundhog’s Day today, we solved a math mystery focusing on previously learned skills. Next week, we will review the concepts learned in Chapter 6 and take our test. This week’s newsletter secret is: sum and difference.

In Science, we started Unit 5. This unit will focus on the following essential questions: How do plants and animals need one another? How are living things adapted to their environment? Can plants survive in different environments? How do environments change over time? We will continue with the lessons next week. Our Sammy Soils are beginning to grow! This project will help us to remember the five basic needs of plants.

In Reading, we started Charlotte’s Web. This is in preparation for our field trip in a few weeks. Students have enjoyed learning about some characters and have been working on describing them using evidence, and citing text evidence to support their ideas. Next week, we will begin reading Chapter 6 and learn more about the plot. After our trip, we will be able to compare and contrast the text to the play!

In Shurley English, we classified sentences with adverbs, nouns, adjectives, article adjectives, verbs, and prepositions. Although the sentences we classify have become longer and more detailed, students have impressed us each and every day!

Next week, we will return to our normal Spelling routine, and the focus sound will be long u.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Second-2-None: Week of 1-22-18

Week of 1-22-18

In Religion, we reviewed the Last Supper and the Eucharist. Students also listened to Sunday’s Gospel reading and completed a Worship Bulletin. We hope to see you Sunday at the Catholic Schools Week Open House Mass at 9:30 a.m.!

In Math, we moved into the second half of Chapter 6, which focuses on three-digit subtraction with and without regrouping. Next week, we will continue to focus on this concept.

In Science, we wrapped up Unit 4, reviewed plant parts and the life cycle of plants, and took our Unit 4 Test. Next week, we will start Unit 5, which is all about environments for living things. In this unit, we will learn about how plants and animals need each other, how living things adapt to their environment, how plants can survive in different environments, and how environments change over time. After we finish Unit 5, we will go back to Social Studies.

In Writing, we wrapped up our unit on poetry. This week, we wrote couplets, shape poems, and cycle poems. All of our poems are hanging in the hall and in the classrooms; come check them out during Open House on January 28th at 10:30 a.m.!

In Spelling, we focused on long o words. Next week, we will not have a spelling test! This week’s newsletter secret is: no spelling test.

In Reading, we finished reading “Theodore Roosevelt: The Adventurous President.” We learned about his childhood, when he was president, and all of the things he did for our country. Students loved learning that he loved plants and animals, just like them!

In Shurley English, we classified sentences with prepositions and objects of prepositions, while identifying prepositional phrases in sentences. We also identified common/proper and singular/plural nouns. We are continuing to use capitalization and punctuation rules in Shurley, but also trying to utilize those rules in our everyday writing.

In Handwriting, we learned how to write the cursive, lowercase w, e, l, and b. Remember to have your child slant their papers at home when doing cursive homework!

Thank you for all that you do! Have a wonderful weekend! Pajama Day is Monday!

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Second-2-None: Week of 1/16/18

Week of 1-16-18

In Religion, we learned that Jesus gives us the Eucharist. Students now understand that Jesus brings us life, that Jesus celebrated a special meal with his disciples (the Last Supper), that in the Eucharist we remember and celebrate what Jesus did at the Last Supper, and that the Mass is a meal and a sacrifice.

In Math, we worked on three-digit addition with regrouping in the tens and hundreds place. Students did an excellent job using their prior knowledge of adding two-digit numbers when working with bigger numbers. Next week, we will continue adding three digit numbers and introduce subtraction of three-digit numbers.

In Science, we discussed the life cycle of a plant (seed, germination, seedling, adult plant), fruits, and cones. We reviewed the basic needs of a plant and its parts as well. Next week, we will wrap up Unit 4 and review the concepts in preparation for a test.

In Writing, we focused on poetry. Each day, students wrote and published a different type of poem. We wrote haikus, “All About Me” poems, friendship cinquains, and sensory poems. They are hanging in the hall and in the classrooms; come check them out during Open House on January 28th!

In Reading, we continued reading “Theodore Roosevelt: The Adventurous President.” Students learned about Teddy’s many jobs, the Spanish-American War, and the Rough Riders in the most recent chapter. They did an activity with a partner creating who, what, when, where, why, and how questions. We then answered the questions as a class. We will finish this book next week. This week’s newsletter secret is: Chapter 5.

In Shurley English, we practiced our two new jingles about prepositions and objects of the prepositions. We classified sentences with prepositions and objects of the prepositions as well. Next week, we will work on prepositional phrases and add this step into classifying sentences.

In Handwriting, we learned how to write the cursive, lowercase i, t, and u. Next week, we will learn some more lowercase letters and work on connecting more letters together. Don’t forget to remind your child to slant their paper when doing handwriting homework!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Second-2-None: Week of 1/8/18

Week of 1-8-18

Welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s with your families. We are excited to begin the rest of the school year! Field trip forms went home earlier in the week. Please return those ASAP!

In Religion, we discussed how to problem solve and calm ourselves down in Second Steps. We also learned how to ask for help in a polite, non-disruptive way.

In Math, we wrapped up and reviewed Chapter 5, which was all about two-digit subtraction with regrouping. We took our Chapter 5 test, and will begin Chapter 6 next week. This chapter focuses on three-digit addition and subtraction. Students will be using skills and strategies learned in Chapters 4 and 5 to solve problems involving more digits.

In Science, we began Unit 4. So far, we have learned about plants’ basic needs to survive, irrigation, the parts of a plant, and the parts of a flower. Next week, we will learn about plant life cycles and how a bean plant grows. This week’s newsletter secret is: Plants need water to survive.

In Writing, students worked on a five-sentence paragraph focusing on the topic: “Tell me what you did over Christmas break.” They made sure to introduce their topic in a good topic sentence, and then went on to write at least three detail sentences to tell the reader more about their topic sentence. To wrap it all up, students wrote concluding sentences. In Reading, we began reading “Theodore Roosevelt: The Adventurous President.” This is a biography on Theodore Roosevelt’s life. Students used comprehension strategies to understand the story and looked for text elements in the book. In Shurley English, we introduced a new vocabulary word, harvest. Next week, we will begin learning about prepositions, the object of a preposition, and prepositional phrases. There are two new jingles to help us remember what these parts of speech are!

In Handwriting, we began learning the four basic strokes of cursive – undercurve, overcurve, downcurve, and slant. We will begin learning how to form individual letters next week.

Have a great three-day weekend!

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Second-2-None: Homework

Homework:

2/20 Tuesday Night: Math 7.7 (110 – Study for Science Test tomorrow)

2/21 Wednesday Night: Math 7.8 & Cursive

2/22 Thursday Night: Math 7.9 & Cursive WS

2/23 Friday Night: No Homework

 

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Second-2-None: Events

Monday, February 19th – President’s Day – No School

Friday, February 23rd – Auction T-Shirt Dress Down

Tuesday, February 27th – 9:00 a.m. All-School Mass (no “B” Day 8:00 a.m. Mass); 7:00 p.m. Mandatory First Communion Parent Meeting

Wednesday, February 28th – $1 Jeans Dress Down Day

Friday, March 2nd – Auction T-Shirt Dress Down

Saturday, March 3rd – 7:00 p.m. School Auction

 

 

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Second-2-None: Week of 12/11/17

Week of 12-11

In Reading, we started to read a nonfiction book, called “Money Matters.” We were finding the main idea, discussing text elements, and introduced the purpose of an author’s work. We also learned about contractions (i.e. didn’t or can’t). We had our 14th Spelling test today on /ee/ words. Next week, there will be no Spelling test. Over Christmas Break, your children can still practice their previously learned words! The website for Spelling City is www.spellingcity.com/mccartney109.

In Writing, we put our paragraph writing skills to use and wrote a five-sentence paragraph about what the perfect snow day would be like! We started the week off with a graphic organizer to get all of our ideas down, then wrote a rough draft, peer-edited, and created a beautiful final draft! Students did an excellent job writing a topic sentence, three supporting detail sentences, and a concluding sentence.

In Math, we continued with subtraction of two-digit numbers with regrouping. We added onto the strategies we learned last week (breaking apart numbers and drawing a model), and finally can subtract the way parents and teachers learned! Thank you for your patience with this! Next week, we will be using those strategies to problem solve when given word problems. 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….subtraction.

In Social Studies, we wrapped up Unit 2 about landforms, conservation, cause and effect, reading a map, and natural resources. We did a fun review game activity in preparation for our test, which will be next week (110 has it on Monday).

Have a GREAT weekend!

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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: 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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