May 21, 2020

DISTANCE LEARNING:  This week is the last week of distance learning.  Thank you, parents, for helping your child navigate through distance learning these past few weeks.  Your help at home was very much appreciated! The last day of assignments will be this Friday, May 22.  The next week will be used for getting caught up and making sure all assignments have been turned in.

LANGUAGE ARTS:  This week we read a fantasy called The Mysterious Tadpole.  We worked on skills such as decoding words with /oo,/ /ew,/ /ue,/ and /ui,/ sight words, journal writing, and story comprehension skills.

MATH:  Students identified and named equal parts of two-dimensional shapes as halves, thirds, or fourths. partitioned shapes to show halves, thirds, or fourths, identified and described one equal part as a half of, a third of, or a fourth of a whole, and practiced basic math facts.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  Students focused on map, globe, and geography skills this week.

RELIGION:  Students learned more about Pope Francis and learned how they can be of service to others each day.

END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR:  I hope everyone has a fun-filled and safe summer vacation! I have really enjoyed teaching this amazing group of second graders and am confident they will do great things in third grade! Some things to keep in mind for next week:

  • May 26 & 27:  Teachers will pack down student school supplies in desks and assess standards
  • May 28:  This is the last day to turn in any work not yet completed
  • May 28:  Families will pick up school supplies/belongings and turn in library books and borrowed devices.  Please click on the link below to sign up for a time to pick up school supplies if you have not already done so.  Thank you!

May 14, 2020

DISTANCE LEARNING:  May 18-22 will be our last week of distance learning.  Friday, May 22 will be the last day of assignments.  The next week will be used for getting caught up and making sure all assignments have been turned in.

LANGUAGE ARTS:  This week we read and discussed the story From Seed to Plant.  This is an informational text.  We worked on skills such as decoding words with /au,/ /al,/ /augh,/ and /aw,/ sight words, journal writing, and story comprehension skills.

MATH:  Students identified and described three-dimensional shapes (cone, cube, pyramid, sphere, rectangular prism, and cylinder) according to the number of faces, edges, and vertices, named and identified the number of sides, vertices, and angles in two-dimensional shapes (triangle, quadrilateral, pentagon, and hexagon,) and practiced the basic math facts.

SCIENCE:  Students learned about the water cycle, extreme weather, and the four seasons this week.


May 7, 2020

DISTANCE LEARNING:  Another wonderful week of distance learning has taken place!  Keep up the great work, second grade!

LANGUAGE ARTS:  This week we read and discussed the story Half-Chicken.  It is a folktale.  We worked on skills such as identifying when to use irregular verbs (such as went and took,) sight words, journal writing, and story comprehension skills.

MATH:  Our focus this week has been over collecting data in a survey and recording that data in a tally chart, interpreting data in picture graphs and bar graphs and using that information to solve problems, and practicing our basic addition and subtraction math facts.

RELIGION:  Students learned that the Holy Spirit gives the Church spiritual gifts.  We identified examples of spiritual gifts and other helps we receive from the Holy Spirit  and described ways to use our spiritual gifts (knowledge, healing, wisdom, faith) to help others.

SOCIAL STUDIES:  The focus for this week was about levels of government.  Students learned about what a government is and what it does, as well as information about the local, state, and federal government.

END OF THE YEAR:  The last day of assignments will be on Friday, May 22.  The next week will be used for getting caught up and making sure all assignments have been turned in.  

April 30, 2020

DISTANCE LEARNING:  Another great week of distance learning has taken place! Thank you to the students and parents for doing a fabulous job!

LANGUAGE ARTS:  This week we read the story The Goat in the Rug.  It is a narrative nonfiction selection.  We worked on skills such as adding -ed and -ing to verbs, worked on story comprehension skills, and learned ten new high frequency (sight) words.

MATH:  This week our focus has been over finding the difference in the lengths of two objects, estimating the lengths of objects in centimeters and meters, solving problems involving adding and subtracting lengths, and practicing our basic math facts.

RELIGION:  We have been learning about the meaning of the Our Father and learned  how Jesus taught us to pray.

SCIENCE: This week students have learned about landforms, how the Earth's surface changes quickly, what is weather, and measuring weather.

April 23, 2020

DISTANCE LEARNING:  Everyone is doing a fabulous job with distance learning and using the Seesaw, MobyMax, and Journeys sites.  Thank you for all of your help and participation each week!

LANGUAGE ARTS:  This we we read a realistic fiction selection called Gloria Who Might Be My Best Friend.  We worked on skills such as decoding words with the suffixes -y, -ly, and -ful, sight words, journal writing, and story comprehension.

MATH:  Students found the difference in the lengths of two objects in centimeters, estimated lengths of objects in centimeters and meters, reviewed measuring in inches and centimeters, and practiced addition math facts.

RELIGION:  Students learned more about the celebration of Easter and practiced the prayer the "Glory Be."

SOCIAL STUDIES:  Students learned all about producers and consumers this week.

April 16, 2020

DISTANCE LEARNING:  It's been great to see everyone's work on Seesaw and MobyMax this week! I am glad everyone has been able to get on the sites and complete the work. Everyone is doing a great job!  I appreciate all of your help and cooperation as we learn to navigate this new way of learning.  I will send you an email with an attachment of our weekly plan for next week soon.   Along with reading and math next week, students will also be having social studies and religion.

LANGUAGE ARTS:  This week we worked on identifying adjectives, identifying when adjectives end in  "er" or "est" endings as in slower and slowest, identifying and interpreting idioms (such as "it's raining cats and dogs,") and capitalizing proper nouns.

MATH:  We have been measuring length of objects in both inches and feet and using a line plot to display measurement data.

SCIENCE:  Students have been learning about how weathering and erosion changes the Earth's surface.

March 5, 2020

LANGUAGE ARTS:  This week we read and discussed Penguin Chick and Emperor Penguins.  Penguin Chick is a narrative nonfiction selection while Emperor Penguins is an informational text.  We worked on skills such as decoding words with "er," "ir," and "ur," as in serve, shirt, and turn, identifying adjectives that tell how things look, taste, smell, feel, or sound, using a glossary and dictionary to determine meanings of words and phrases, reviewing pronouns (I, he, she, we, it, you, they,) and learning ten new high frequency (sight) words.

GUIDANCE:  On March 6 we will discuss lesson 8 in our guidance book.  Lesson 8 is called "Promises."  In this lesson students will learn that marriage vows are a sign of love.  We will discover how families work at solving problems.  We will also show how making promises relates to the sacraments.

FIRST EUCHARIST:  Thank you for sending your child's First Eucharist book to school.  We discussed chapter 2 in class this week.  Please complete chapter 3 with your child and return the book to school on Monday, March 9.  We will be discussing chapter 3 in class next week.

SPELLING:  We will not have a spelling pre and post test next week due to the short week.

TAKE HOME FOLDERS:  I will not be sending take home folders home next Thursday, March 12 due to spring break.  Any important notes from the office, etc. will be sent home during parent/teacher conferences.

SECOND GRADE MASS:  The second grade is in charge of the school Mass on Wednesday, March 25.  Since this is the week right after spring break, I will give you your child's Mass part when I see you at parent/teacher conferences on March 12.  Mass begins at 9:15 in the school gym.  We hope to see you there if you are able to come!

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES:  Parent/teacher conferences will take place next Thursday, March 12.  School will dismiss at 12:10 that day.  School lunch will not be provided.  Please sign up for a conference time using the link below if you have not already done so.  I look forward to visiting with you about your child's progress!

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