Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
We had a great day. We read "The Gingerbread baby." We discussed beginning, middle and end. In math we reviewed for tomorrow's test. The following is on tomorrow's test:
~ addition ( double digit) with and without regrouping
~ rounding to the nearest ten and then then adding the rounded numbers
~ word problems (some with more than one step) they practiced this today and should have brought home the page we did together
In religion we continue to discuss Advent.
Math - test tomorrow on Chapter 4
Religion - Family Life pages 68-69
To the students that will be receiving Penance - please remember to work on your Penance books. They will be due on January 8, 2018.
Please bring test folders back tomorrow
Tomorrow night is the Christmas Concert. Students should meet in my classroom at 6:45 pm. The show starts at 7 pm.
Christmas Pageant is on Thursday at 1:30 Upper Church - all welcome
Friday is a half day - noon dismissal, no after care
Monday, December 18, 2017
We learned all about Las Posadas and did a reading activity around it. We reviewed for the math test - all you need to know for the test is adding double digits - and regrouping. There is some rounding on the test - which we had on a previous test as well as some word problems. The students have been practicing in class every day for the test and should be well prepared.
We did the cursive letter b today and we discussed Advent in religion.
Math test Wednesday
Family Life pages 54-58
Thursday, December 14, 2017
We had a great day today! We continued to discuss features of nonfiction - today's focus was the index and the glossary. In math we worked on regrouping with addition. We had a lesson on friendship with Mrs B today - that was a special treat! We continued to work on writing letters in writing and we also created a "December Word Wall." We ended our day with a fun new game we will do at the close of every day - be sure to ask your child about it!!
Spelling - write your words 2 times, test tomorrow
Family Life - pages 49-53
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
First of all, I am sorry for the late post...we all had a very busy day!!
Today we continued to work on features of nonfiction text in reading. We spoke specifically about photographs and how they help the reader to comprehend (or remember) what they read. We also reviewed the different strategies for figuring out unknown words. We had a most exciting grammar lesson ( yes- you read that correctly!) We read "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and then we discussed adjectives to describe the Grinch in the beginning of the story and at the end. Then we did a fun project to go with the lesson...I will post a picture soon. In math we continue to practice regrouping in addition. We have finished the chapter, so I will give the test next week -prior to the vacation. In social studies we spent some times discussing the different holidays celebrated in December, including Christmas, Hanukah, and Kwanzaa.
We TOTALLY ran out of time today...we were just THAT busy and therefore ( much to the students' disappointment) there is NO HOMEWORK tonight. There was no time to write homework and I didn't want parents to feel forced to check the blog to find the homework...so enjoy :)
See everyone tomorrow!
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
We had a great day today. We worked on nonfiction reading with a focus on using/reading the diagrams and labels. In grammar we discussed action verbs. In math we did two step problem solving. We also did a visualization lesson with "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory "
Spelling - sentences 1-6, spelling city
Math - p 50
Family Life pages 46-49
Thursday, December 7, 2017
We were very busy today! In math we reviewed rounding and adding three numbers. In religion we talked about First Penance. In reading we read a new decodable book and reviewed vocabulary words. In grammar we talked about compound words.
Spelling test tomorrow write words 2 times
Math p 48
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
We were so busy today! We worked on the writing process- we brainstormed, drafted, revised and published letter to Father Andrew. In math we worked on rewriting math problems from a horizontal position to vertical. We did the letter "u" in cursive. In reading we reviewed the vocabulary from yesterday and reread our story.
Spelling sentences 1-6
Math p 46
Cursive worksheet "I"
Girl Scout meeting Friday 2:45-4
Hats, mittens, gloves and socks being collected for the needy
Monday, December 4, 2017
We had a great day today! In readingwe read a new story called " Birdhouse for Rent." We looked up the new vocabulary words - vacant, rent, tenant, deserted and examined. We did the letter "t" in cursive. In math we worked in rounding them adding. In religion we discussed Saint Nicholas- remember to bring a shoe tomorrow! In writing, we started to talk about writing letters.
Spelling - write words 3 times, spelling city ( I will post words as soon as I can)
Math - p 45
Family Life- 38-41
**bring a shoe tomorrow
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
We had a great day today. We took our math test and started Chaoter 4- double digit addition! In reading we continued to read about grasshoppers and worked on our vocabulary words. Today in grammar we talked about initials and plural nouns. In religion we finished chapter ten which ended with the story of The Prodigal Son. In social studies we bagan our study of Holiday/ Christmas Celebrations Around the World. We started with Italy! Burn Natale
Spelling - sentences 1-6, spelling city
Math - p 43
Religion- Family Life p 29-31
Monday, November 27, 2017
We had a great day today. We read a new nonfiction selection called "Hungry Hoppers" which is all about grasshoppers. We reviewed the vocabulary words and looked them up in the glossary - fussy, sensing, dull, cycle, and antennae. In grammar we worked on adding commas to dates and abbreviations for nouns. We took our practice spelling test. In religion we started chapter 10 which focuses on the ten commandments and free will. In math we reviewed for our test tomorrow. In science we read an article about monster fish in our Nation Geographic Magazine.
Spelling - write words 3 times each, spelling city
Math- pages 39 and 40, test tomorrow
Family Life pages 25, 26 and 27
Penance Meeting 7:30 pm Lower Church
Book Orders due Thursday - if you wish to order things for Christmas without your child knowing, I am happy to work with you in that endeavor :)
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
The students did an awesome job today! I am very proud of them. It's not easy to speak to a large group of adults like that when you're 7 years old! Thank you so much for coming and supporting them, they had a special morning. Thank you also to all the parents who brought in food and helped me set up! I really, truly appreciate it!
Two things...math test will be next week- probably Tuesday.
Reward for an awesome job- no homework:)
Monday, November 20, 2017
We had a very busy day today! In reading we read a story about Thanksgiving and did comprehension questions and a story map. In math we revisited Venn Diagrams and we also reviewed many parts of the chapter. We will continue to review tomorrow for the test on Wednesday. We finished Chapter 9 in religion, which focused on the Ten Commandments.
Tomorrow is the Publishing Party! 8:20 am :)
No spelling this week
Math - pages 37-38
Saturday, November 18, 2017
I hope everyone is off to a good start to the weekend.
A few things....
~ I will give the spelling test on Monday. I was out yesterday, I will give the test when I return on Monday.
~We will have the Chapter 3 Math Test on Wednesday. I will post a review after these reminders. I will spend all of our math time on Monday and Tuesday reviewing for the test.
~Tuesday will be very busy. Our publishing party will start at 8:20. It will take at least an hour - to read the books, then we will have coffee and treats afterwards. Also the Prayer Service is Tuesday afternoon at 2 pm
~ Wednesday is a half day, noon dismissal. There is NO after care.
~ Monday, November 27 is the First Penance meeting for parents 7:30 pm in Mary's Chapel/Lower Church
O O O O ( 3+3+3+3 = 12 – they should write this right on the chart so they have the totals to help answer the questions)
O O (3+3=6)
O O O ( 3+3+3=9)
KEY: Each O stands for 3 votes
Red, thin peel, fruit, grown on tree
Grows on tree, orange, fruit, leathery rind
The blog is not letting me post the sample diagram for some reason. I will print the review on paper Monday and will send it home in folder.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
We had a great day today. In reading we researched our selection to find facts with a partner. In math we reviewed graphs and data. We read our fairy tales to kindergarten! Almost everyone got a turn, but we ran out of time because of gym If your child didn't get to go- they will go this week! We also went to the computer lab and used a new reading site! It was awesome!
Spelling- sentences 7-12, spelling city
Math - worksheet
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Wow, what a day! Another very productive one too!! In reading we finished the "Ants" selection and started a new selection called "If You Find a Rock." We did the vocabulary words for the new selection which are - trace, chain, fossil, outstretched and print. Then we did something awesome- we used the glossary for the first time and we looked them up! In writing we worked in our handwriting books and we finished up fairy tales- almost done! In grammar we talked more about proper nouns and we watched a clip on BrainPop about nouns. We spoke specifically about how names of places and holidays always start with a capital. Math was so great today! We did range, mode and median!!! I was really so happy with the students really seemed to get a good starting grasp on this today- as it is really very hard! We worked so hard that we had to take a two minute stretch break! Dr. Valenti popped in and was very impressed with how much they knew! Lastly, we read two chapters in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." It was a great day!
Spelling - sentences 1-6, spelling city
Math- page 35
Religion - Family Life pages 23, 24 and 25
Monday, November 13, 2017
We had a very productive day today!
In math we talked about surveys, tally charts and bar graphs. We learned how to collect data and ten use it to make a bar graph. In reading we continued to talk about nonfiction books. We reviewed some features on nonfiction and we discussed new ones- index and glossary. We also used a new website I found to read a book about ants on the smart board! It was super cool!! In religion we discussed the old and new testaments of the bible. We continued to work on nouns in grammar, but we expanded our learning to proper nouns. In science we finished our ant article in the National Geographic Magazine. All that and....we started reading "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!"
Spelling - write words 3 times each, spelling city
Math- page 34
Religion - Family Life pos 19-21
Friday, November 10, 2017
Well we sure got a ton of work done today!!! In Religion we finished Chapter 7 - which focused on Ordinary Time. We talked about some things we do with our families during Ordinary Time- like going to mass on Sundays or maybe volunteering time at a soup kitchen or donating food. We started Chapter 3 in Math. Today's lessons focused on reading a table and a pictograph. I explained to the class that the MOST important part of the pictograph is the KEY! Last year, when they did pictographs in first grade each picture in the graph represented only "one" of the item you were graphing....this year the pictures stand for more than one and this takes some time to get used to and remember. In reading today we continued to discuss the features on nonfiction text- and this lesson carried over into both our science and social studies lessons (which was pretty awesome.) Two new features we discussed ( and saw) today are close up pictures and "actual size" pictures. In science the class got their first National Geographic Magazine and it has a whole article on leaf cutter ants!!!! ( This is great because our reading selection is also about ants, so everything is connecting!) We started the first part of the article and we discussed the vocabulary word "mandibles." We also read and discussed about how amazing an ant colony is. They truly work as a family and every ant has a very specific job - we counted 8 jobs today. We also watched a short clip of a National Geographic for kids video about ants. In social studies we talked about Veteran's Day. We did a Scholastic News Magazine on Veteran's Day and discussed the diagram (feature of nonfiction :) of the tank on the back of the magazine. We finished Unit 1 in Grammar which focused on the four types of sentences, pronouns, conjunctions and subject and predicate. We started Unit 2 which focuses on nouns. And then there's the fairy tales....as of now, the entire class has finished the publishing phase and most of the class has finished illustrating. We hope to have the illustrating finished Monday and will begin to share our books with other classes on Tuesday.
A few reminders:
~ I only heard from a few parents about coming on the trip in May ( we have plenty for those who cannot come - I don't NEED more) - but if you want to come please let me know because I need to let the museum know the general number of people.
~ If you can send me a can of Lysol (like the air disinfectant) spray I would really appreciate it. I am trying to keep the germs at bay
~ We are doing a school wide winter clothing drive (hats, gloves, scarves and socks) for those in need. Please send NEW items if you can. I am running the drive so all donations can be made in my classroom. This is a great opportunity to give to those in need and to explain to our children that there are so many people in need. Even one donation will make a difference to a child/adult who has so little.
~ Our fairy tale publishing celebration is Tuesday, November 21 at 8:20 am. Thank you to the parents who offered to help me by sending in items for afterwards.
~ Girl Scouts Meeting is Friday the 17th...all girls MUST be registered to attend.
Happy Veteran's Day to all who have served. Thank you - to you and your families- for your service and unwavering dedication to our country.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
We had another great day! We worked so hard in reading. We read the nonfiction article "Ants." We talked about features of nonfiction texts. In math we took our test. We continued to work on our fairy tales. In religion we continued to talk about the sacraments.
Spelling - 2 times each, test tomorrow
* With the cold weather approaching please remember to send coats for recess and snack
* If you can send a can of Lysol spray to help me fight germs that would be much appreciated
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
We had another great day today! In reading we started a new unit on nonfiction texts! We talked about two big topics today- 1- what nonfiction books can be about and 2- what is NOT in a nonfiction book (ie- characters, magic, imaginary creatures) In math we reviewed for the test tomorrow. We continued to work on our fairy tales. We went to the art room to work on the covers and to start the "all about the author" section. We also went to the computer lab to use spelling city. In religion we talked about the sacraments.
** Girl Scouts** This month we will meet NEXT FRIDAY (the 17th) in my room until 4pm. All girls must be registered before coming so if you haven't done that please do so. I have the directions if you lost them. The troop number is 97110.
Spelling - sentences 7-12, spelling city
Math- page 30, test tomorrow
Book fair is open tonight until 7:30 pm.
Library students who have library on Fridays- book fair is Friday.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
We were very busy today. In math we work on problem solving. In religion we talked about ordinary time and the church calendar throughout the year. We continued to work on our fairy tales. Everyone is publishing! Some students are illustrating and others have finished completely! We are really moving a long.
Spelling - sentences 1-6, spelling city
Math- p 29
- $4 for fairy tales
- Fairy Tale celebration on Tuesday, November 21 at 8:20 am - parents invited
- Pizza lunch tomorrow
Monday, November 6, 2017
We had a great day today. We spent a lot of time- and a lot of effort- on our fairy tales! We wrote the title, cover page and dedication page. Most of us even started to publish! To that end- we will be having a publishing party on Tuesday, November 21. We will start right away in the morning - at 8:20. Parents are invited to come and listen to the children each read aloud their own fairy tales. Following the reading we will have some treats- coffee, snacks etc. I encourage everyone to try to send at least one person to come listen to the stories. If you cannot make it I am happy to record your child and email it to you if you let me know in advance. Thanks so much :)
Spelling - three times each, spelling city
Math- page 28, Ch 2 test Thursday
*Please send $4 for the fairy tale publishing book
Friday, November 3, 2017
Thursday, November 2, 2017
We had a great day today. We practiced extended form and rounding to the nearest 10 in math. We worked A LOT on our fairy tales and we are getting close to starting the publishing process which I hope students will begin next week. Please send in $4 by next Friday to cover the cost of the book we will use to publish. After we have published the books we will have a Publishing Party. I will give you the date as soon as I know when we will do it. We had a wonderful Veteran's Day celebration today the class sang great!
Spelling - Write sentences 7-12, test tomorrow (no mass tomorrow so we will have a test)
Math- page 27
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
I hope everyone had a very Happy Halloween 🎃
We were very busy today! We read the decodable book "Just a Phase for Phil." We went to mass and talked about All Saints Day. In math we talked about counting patterns and ordinals. There will be a chapter 2 math test next week- probably Thursday.
Reading - "Just a Phase for Phil"
Spelling - sentences 1-6, SpellingCity
Reminder- tomorrow is a tag day!!! $2- Must wear red, white and blue for Veteran's Day celebration- which begins at 9 am
Half day Friday
Monday, October 30, 2017
Wow, we got a lot done today. In reading we did the vocabulary for the story "Corduroy." The words are - palace, escalator, dashing, yanked and fastened. We also read the story. In math we worked on even and odd numbers and skip counting by 3s and 4s. In grammar we talked about the conjunctions "because and so" and the prepositions "to and from." In spelling we we took the pretest for this week's works and did a worksheet using them. You will notice all the words have the letters "ph, wr or kn." We also went to the computer lab and did spelling city!
Spelling - 3x each, spelling city
Math p 25
Religion - Family Life p 18
No Homework Tomorrow :)
Thursday, October 26, 2017
We had a great day today. In math we practiced ordering numbers from least to greatest and greatest to least. We also learned about estimation. In religion we discussed the sacrament of Confirmation. We read the "Lion and the Mouse" and continued to work on the vocabulary words. We finished our pumpkin investigation books with a discussion on the life cycle of a pumpkin.We also had time to decorate our pumpkins.
Spelling - test tomorrow (there IS a test tomorrow since we will not have mass), write sentences 7-12
Math - p 24
Half day tomorrow - there IS aftercare. If your child is going to aftercare please pack lunch as the cafeteria will be closed.
Reminder - PTO is looking for candy donations for Trunk or Treat - no nuts, no lollipops please
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Good Afternoon 😃
What a great day! Sure we did reading and grammar and math. And yes we went to the computer lab too for spelling....but really....today it was all about the PUMPKINS 🎃 We has so much fun with our pumpkin investigation today. We measured and weighed. We predicted and hypothesized. We confirmed and adjusted our predictions and hypotheses'. We were true scientists and I was super proud!
Pictures to come!
Spelling - sentences 1-6
Math- p 23
Religion- family life pages 13 and 17
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
We were very busy in second grade today! In reading we read the decodable book "Edith and Pete." and we did comprehension questions. We read "The Lion and the Mouse" and did vocabulary words- raged, furious, gnaw, and snoozing. Inmate we compared numbers using the < and > and = signs. We also worked with number lines and putting numbers in order. In science we did a Scholastic News magazine on Bats! In grammar we discussed the subject and predicate of a sentence and practice identifying them. We also started to discuss conjunctions.
Reading - "Edith and Pete"
Math - page 22
Religion - Family Life pages 13-16
Spelling - words three times each
Pumpkin dissection Wednesday!!
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Friday, October 20, 2017
We had a great day today! We took spelling and comprehension tests...went book shopping and read the book "Too Many Pumpkins." We did an enormous amount of work on our fairy tales. As of today everyone in the class has established a title, characters, setting, elements of magic and a minimum of one problem and one solution! This is awesome! We celebrated two birthdays today! Happy Birthday Kelly and Riley!
~ Monday is picture day students may wear their own clothes (Sunday best)
~ Conferences are Tuesday- notes went home today to remind you of when you signed up for...if that time doesn't work let me know
~ Friday is a half day
I will try to get the spelling words up on spelling city by Sunday morning.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather!
Thursday, October 19, 2017
We had a great day today. We continued to read "the Elves and the Shoemaker" and reviewed the vocabulary. We worked on pumpkins in science and place value/expanded form in math. We also continued to work on writing our fairy tales!
Math - p 21
Spelling - test tomorrow, spelling city, sentences 7-12
Tag Day tomorrow - $2 - wear pink
Book orders tomorrow - LAST CALL
Picture day is Monday - you may come dressed up (out of uniform)
There is no school Tuesday - Parent Teacher Conferences
Bring a pumpkin by Monday (not too big and not too small)
October 27 - half day
Halloween - as always we will have an extended lunch on Halloween. Students may go home at 11:45 and return at 1 so they can change into costsumes. Students may stay in the school if parents cannot pick them up - in that case they should bring costumes in their book bag
Wednesday, November 1 - All Saints Day- mass at 10:30- all are welcome
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
We had a great day in second grade today! We have been so busy. In reading we continued to read "The Elves and the Shoemaker." We also reviewed the vocabulary words for that story- flash, finest, elves, shoemaker, and In writing we started our fairy tales! We have all established a title and characters. We worked on place value and writing numbers in expanded form. For example the number 54 in expanded form is 50+4. We went to the computer lab to work on spelling city too! We also did a Scholastic News on pumpkins! So busy!
Please bring a pumpkin by Monday ( not a big one and not a really small one)
Spelling - write sentences for words 1-6, spelling city
Math - page 20
Religion - Family Life pages 11-12
Monday, October 16, 2017
We had a great day today. In reading we started a new book in the text -"The Elves and the Shoemaker." The students loved reading this because it fits in with our fairy tale unit too! We had reading groups and read a decodable book and answered comprehension questions in complete sentences. In math we continued to work on place value. We started some science work based on pumpkins! I will ask everyone to bring in one small to medium sized pumpkin by next Monday. Please not a mini pumpkin and not a huge one. We will be dissecting them and doing experiments ( weight, circumference, counting seeds, sink/float.) over the next two weeks.
Reading - "A Good Life at the Lake"
Math p 19
Spelling - write words 3 times each
Religion - Family Life pages 8-10
Book orders due Thursday - there are two books we love in class that are not on the form but are available
Scaredy Squirrel - 2 pack- $5
Dragons Love Tacos - $4
If you would like to order these just send the money in an envelope with a note and I will get them :)
Friday, October 13, 2017
We had a great day today! In reading we continued to work on fairy tales. We read two fairy tales today - Little Red Riding Hood and Lon Po Po (Red Riding Hood tale from China.) We continued to discuss the features of fairy tales. Next week we will move into writing our own fairy tales. We took our spelling test and our comprehension test! In math we discussed place value and number words. We worked on exclaiming and asking sentences in grammar. Next week we will begin to focus on pumpkins. We will learn about pumpkins and the life cycle of a pumpkin.
~Sports Jerseys (for the team your child plays on) may be worn on Fridays over the school uniform (though not on first Fridays when we have mass) Girls can wear the skirt/skort from the summer uniform (NOT shorts) on this day so as not to have to put the shirt over the jumper
~There is NO SCHOOL next Tuesday
~There are Parent Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, October 24- I will send out a note to remind you of the time you signed up for on back to school night