October 12, 2017

LANGUAGE ARTS:  We've been busy this week taking our unit 1 benchmark test.  Students were tested over vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, writing, and phonics skills covered in unit 1.

MATH:  We took a test over numbers to 1,000 and started chapter three over basic facts and relationships.  So far we have used doubles facts as a strategy for finding sums for near doubles facts (i.e., knowing that 8+8=16 can help students know that 8+9=17).   Please help your child practice his/her basic addition and subtraction math facts at home.  Flash cards are a great way to work on the basic facts.  Knowing the basic facts will help with speed and accuracy during math lessons.

FIRE SAFETY:  This week is Fire Prevention Week.  Students have been learning about fire safety in social studies.  On Monday some of the Creston firefighters visited our classroom to discuss fire safety.  They gave each student a bag filled with things for fire safety week, which was sent home with your child on Monday.  We thank them for coming to visit with us about the importance of fire safety.

RECONCILIATION:  Thank you for sending your child's First Reconciliation book to school this week.  We discussed chapter two in class.  Please complete chapter three at home with your child and return the book to school on Tuesday, October 17.  Don't forget to also complete the little booklet in the back of the book that goes along with each chapter.

SECOND GRADE MASS:  The second graders are in charge of the school Mass next Wednesday, October 18.  Please look for a note in today's take home folder for more information about what your child's special part will be.  Mass begins at 9:15 in the school gym.  We hope to see you there if you are able to come!

SCIENCE:  We discussed how the heart and lungs work together to carry oxygen to all of the body parts.  We discussed how exercise helps make the heart and lungs stronger and healthier.


Homecoming!


FFA Agriculture Literacy program




October 5, 2017

LANGUAGE ARTS:  This week we read and discussed the stories Animals Building Homes and Whose Home is This? We worked on skills such as decoding words with final consonant blends nd, ng, nk, ft, xt, and mp, using story vocabulary in context, forming and using plural nouns with "es" as in "glasses," identifying the main idea in an informative paragraph, identifying and writing irregular plural nouns (as in "child" to "children,") identifying and using collective nouns, and learning ten new high frequency (sight) words.

MATH:  This week we found equivalent representations of three-digit numbers, identified 10 more, 10 less, 100 more, and 100 less than a given number, extended number patterns by counting on by tens or hundreds, used the "make a model" strategy to solve problems involving number comparisons, and compared three-digit numbers using the "greater than," "less than," and "equal to" symbols.

FIRST RECONCILIATION:  Thank you for sending your child's First Reconciliation book to school on Monday.  We discussed chapter one in class.  Please complete chapter two at home and have your child bring the book to school on Monday, October 9.  We will be discussing chapter two in class next week.

SCIENCE:  We took a test over how animals grow and change and started a new chapter over how people grow and change.  So far we have described the many ways people grow and change during their lives.  We compared how people are alike and different at different stages of life.

AGRICULTURE LITERACY:  Last Thursday the Creston high school FFA teacher, Kelsey Bailey, along with some FFA students came to our classroom to share an agriculture literacy program.  Students learned information about agriculture and what farmers do during each season of the year.  They will join us a few more times throughout the year to share more information about modern agriculture and careers associated with agriculture.  We appreciate them taking the time to come to our classroom to help us learn more about agriculture!

September 28, 2017

LANGUAGE ARTS:  This week we read and discussed Teacher's Pets, a realistic fiction story, and See Westburg By Bus, an informational text.  We worked on skills such as decoding words with l, r, and s blends, identifying singular and plural nouns as in "cat" and "cats," using story vocabulary in context, identifying and understanding words with "ed" and "ing" endings, identifying commands and exclamations, and learning ten new high frequency (sight) words.

FIRST RECONCILIATION:  For those students making their First Reconciliation in November, please complete chapter one in the reconciliation book and have your child bring the book to school on Monday, October 2.  We will be discussing chapter one in class next week.  I will send the book home next Tuesday so you can begin to work on chapter two.  Just a reminder that all work is to be done at home.  I am just reinforcing the concepts from each lesson at school.

ROSARY:  October is the month of the Rosary.  The Rosary is a summary of Christian faith in language and prayers inspired by the Bible.  The Rosary calls to mind the most important events in the lives of Jesus and Mary.  These events are called mysteries and are divided into four groups:  The Joyful Mysteries, the Sorrowful Mysteries, the Glorious Mysteries, and the Luminous Mysteries.  St. Malachy students will be praying the Rosary during the month of October in religion class.  Second graders will pray one decade of the Rosary each day.  If your child has a Rosary that he/she would like to bring to school for this, he/she may do so.  If you have any questions please let me know.

SPIRIT DAY:  Tomorrow is Spirit Day for homecoming.  It is a great day to wear red/black to support the Creston Panthers! Students may also bring $1.00 to wear sweat/wind pants to school if they wish.  School will dismiss two hours early due to the homecoming parade in the afternoon.

September 21, 2017

LANGUAGE ARTS:  This week we read and discussed Diary of a Spider, a humorous fiction story.  We also read a fable called A Swallow and a Spider. We worked on skills such as decoding words with long o, u, and e, using story vocabulary in context, identifying nouns, identifying sounds for "g" as in "goat" and "gym," identifying the main idea and supporting details in a paragraph, using context clues to determine the meaning of a word or phrase, and learning ten new high frequency (sight) words.

MATH:  We took a test over chapter one and started chapter two over numbers to 1,000.  So far we have discussed that a group of 10 tens is equivalent to 1 hundred, wrote three-digit numbers that are represented by groups of tens, and used models to represent three-digit numbers.

SCIENCE:  We started a new chapter over how animals grow and change.  So far we have described how animals are alike and different.  We identified characteristics for classifying animals as mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, or insects.

WE HAVE PEN PALS:  Our second grade class will have pen pals throughout the school year with a second grade class from Beachwood, New Jersey.  There are 19 students in the class we will be corresponding with.  We have received their names and are in the process of writing to them.  We have discussed the five parts of a friendly letter (date, greeting, body, closing, and signature).  Each student will use his/her best handwriting and make sure his/her letter contains all five parts.  We look forward to practicing our letter-writing skills and sending our letters in hopes of hearing back from our pen pals soon.  Hopefully throughout the year your child will learn more about life in New Jersey and in turn, their pen pals will learn more about life in Iowa!

FIRST RECONCILIATION PARENT MEETING:  There will be a parent meeting this Sunday, September 24 after the 9:00 Mass for those who have children making their First Reconciliation in November.

September 14, 2017

LANGUAGE ARTS:  This week we read and discussed two nonfiction selections called Dogs and Helping Paws.  We worked on skills such as identifying words with long vowels "a" and "i," using story vocabulary in context, identifying statements, questions, commands, and exclamations, identifying sounds for "c" as in "cent" and "car," decoding multiple-meaning words, identifying the predicate in a sentence, and learning ten new high frequency (sight) words.

MATH:  We have been busy skip-counting by ones, fives, tens, and hundreds this week.

FIRST RECONCILIATION PARENT MEETING:  There will be a parent meeting on Sunday, September 24 after the 9:00 Mass for those who have children making their First Reconciliation in November.

BOOK ORDERS:  Book orders are due tomorrow, September 15 if you are interested in ordering.  If you are writing a check, please make it payable to Scholastic Reading Club.

CHROMEBOOKS:  The second graders have been using their Chromebooks with a new math program St. Malachy has purchased called "Dreambox Learning Math."  Dreambox will be used to help increase overall understanding of grade level math concepts.  More information about Dreambox  Learning Math can be found on the school website under the "parents" tab.  Students will also be using their Chromebooks with Code.  Code is a program that provides opportunities for students to learn computer science.  More information about Code can be found by visiting www.code.org.  Throughout the school year students will also use their Chromebooks for many other different learning opportunities.