Thursday, November 30, 2017

It was a HUGE day in second grade! We started cursive and regrouping in addition was a pretty big day!!!!


Spelling- test tomorrow- words 2times

Family life pls 35,36,37

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


Spelling - sentences 6-12, spelling city

Math p 44

Family life pages 32,33, 34

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Good Afternoon 

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

Good Afternoon. 
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

Happy Thanksgiving 🦃 

I hope everyone has a happy, safe and blessed day and a relaxing long weekend!

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

Good Afternoon,

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
Test Wednesday

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Good Morning!
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

Chapter 3 Review

1.     Circle Charts.  Students should know how to read it and answer simple questions such as which color was the favorite/least favorite?  How many students chose blue?  Which color got one more/less vote than purple?

2.     Pictographs – The MOST IMPORTANT thing about the pictograph I have told the students is to look at the key.  If they are having trouble- before they answer a question, they should do the math- get the totals for each section:

Favorite Pets

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  (3)
O O   (3+3=6)
O  O  O   ( 3+3+3=9)
KEY:  Each O stands for 3 votes

They have to know how to answer questions such as –which was the most/least popular?  How many children chose dogs and birds?  How many more children chose birds than cats?

3.     Range, Median and Mode – they need to know that when given a group of numbers the first thing they do is put them in order from least to greatest, if a number appears two or three times they must write it in the order that many times.
Example:  Bill plays a game.  His scores are 3, 7, 5, 9, 3.
 The first thing they do put the numbers in order:
To get the range: largest number minus smallest 9-3=6 Range is 6
Mode is the number they see the most= 3
Median- the number in the middle = 5
To remind them I tell them MOde = MOst
They also need to be able to get the mode and range using a line plot – same thing range largest number minus smallest number and mode the number that occurs the most.

4.     How to use the data in a tally graph to create a bar graph.

5.     Venn Diagrams.  This is a chart with two overlapping circles.  So they get see a table that provides data – say Apples and Oranges.  The table will provide facts.

Red, thin peel, fruit, grown on tree
Grows on tree, orange, fruit, leathery rind

They need to use that chart to fill in the Venn Diagram. 

The diagram is two overlapping circles.  It will say Apples on the left circle and Oranges on the right.  To complete the diagram they write the apple only characteristics left circle.  The overlapping/common to both characteristics in the middle where the circles overlap.  Write the orange only characteristics in the circle to the right.

Then be able to answer questions such as how many characteristics do they share? How many characteristics are for apples only.

 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

Good Afternoon1
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

Good Evening!

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

Good Evening!

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

Good Evening!!!

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 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

Girl Scout Registration 

Good Afternoon!

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

Good Afternoon!

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

Good Afternoon!

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

Two Notes Going Home Today

Here are two things going home today - a note about the class trip and fairy tale publishing along with chapter 2 math review for test on Thursday:

                                                                        November 3, 2017

Dear Parents,
As I am sure you have heard, we are well into the writing of our fairy tales.  The time has come to begin to publish the fairy tales.  I have ordered the books we will use to publish.  If you could please send in $4, by next Friday to cover that cost, I would greatly appreciate it.
Also, I have booked our field trip for the end of the year.  We will be going to The American Museum of Natural History on May 18.  The cost for an ADULT is $15.50- which includes the planetarium.  I will not know the cost of a child until we book the bus, but it will probably be about $30.  I need to know how many adults want to come on the trip so I can ensure we have enough room in the cafeteria for lunch and enough seats during the planetarium show.  Each child is allowed to bring one parent/adult on the trip, but it is not necessary to bring an adult.  Please send me a note or email, by next Friday,             November 10, 2017,  if you plan of attending. 
Thank you so much for your continued support.
Have a good weekend and God Bless,
Mrs. Potter

Chapter 2 Review

Dear Parents – On Thursday, November 9, the second grade will have their second math test. 
Here is a review sheet so you can help prepare your child for the test.

1.      Place Value – ones place, tens place – writing in expanded form.
Example 47 in expanded form is 40+7
2.     Writing number words – example  23 – twenty three
3.    Putting numbers in order from greatest to smallest and smallest to greatest
4.    Putting numbers in order/fill in the missing numbers
Example:  34, 35, 36, ___, ____, 39, ____
5.    Even and odd number
6.    Rounding to the nearest 10
7.    Estimating
8.    Word Problems


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Good Afternon

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

Good Afternoon 

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 

Math -p26

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