Monday, September 30, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had a great day today.
We worked on telling and commanding sentences.  We had a spelling pretest and went over the new words.  In math we worked on word problems.  In religion, we continue to learn about the sacraments.  Today we focused on Reconciliation and the Anointing of the Sick.  In reading and writing we made predictions and connections.  We also formed opinions and used text evidence to support our opinions.

Homework

Spelling- write words 3 times each
Math- pages 13 and 14
Read your book

Spelling Words
repay
meter
eve
even
beside
elect
pretend
these
hero
demand
compete
because

**Check home folders for information about the Chuck E Cheese fundraiser event this Friday.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had an "apple-lisious" day today!!!

We compared apple, weighed apples, measured apples and tasted apples.  We graphed apples, wrote facts about apples and made applesauce!!!

In addition to tons of apple experiments, we also did math, religion and reading and writing.

In religion we talked about the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.  We added them to our sacraments books.  In math we worked on finding the missing number is a number sentence.  In reading and writing reread the book "Mango, Abuela, and Me" and practiced making predictions based on text evidence.  We reviewed how many stories have a setting, problem and solution.  We discussed these parts of books we have already read.  Then we wrote about the problem and solution in the book we read today.  We also read with Mrs. Potter and did literacy centers...and took a spelling test!!

IMPORTANT - I have scheduled our MAP testing which will take place in the computer lab.  Since we have a window of time to complete this not every grade is doing it on the same date. Listed below are the days I have scheduled so far for us to take the three part (Reading, Math, Language Arts) test.  We will take one part each day.  Please be on time each day as I have scheduled it for first thing in the morning.
Thursday October 10
Thursday October 17

Next Week's Spelling words....
repay
meter
eve
even
beside
elect
pretend
these
hero
demand
compete
because

Have a great weekend!!  Se everyone Monday :)










Thursday, September 26, 2019

Good Afternoon!!!

What a fabulous day we had today!!!

We are apple experts! We started to learn fun facts about apples.  We also put an apple on a balance and weighed it in comparison to other classroom items.  Before weighing, we predicted and after weighing we recorded the data!! True scientists are here in grade two!!

In religion we continued to work on the seven sacraments.  We started a sacrament book and we focused on the sacrament of Baptism.  We spoke about how, through Baptism, we become members of the Church.

In reading, we read the book "Pecan Pie Baby."  We practiced making connections to other books we have read and about talked about how sometimes when we read we should stop and ask questions or mark a page with a post it as a reminder that we would like to talk about that page later.  We also practiced picking out "just right" books for independent reading. In writing, we wrote a letter to the main character of the book giving her some reasons why having a baby sibling can be fun.

In math, we worked on finding number patterns and continuing them.  This can be difficult, so please review at home.  We will have a math test next Thursday.  I posted the review last night.

Homework

Spelling- test tomorrow

Math - page 11

Read your book

Have a great night!  See you tomorrow :)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Chapter 1 Test Review

Chapter 1 Review

Here is a review sheet so you can help prepare your child for the test.

1 – Practice your addition and subtraction with numbers up to 19.
2 – Practice doubles facts.
      Example: 4+4=     5+5=
3- Practice adding more than two numbers (3 and 4 addends.)
      Example: 3+6+7+1=
4 – Fact Families
      Example: 2+3=5, 3+2=5, 5-3=2, 5-2=3
5 – Finding patterns
      Example: 1+3=4, 2+2= 4, 1+3=4
6- Word problems
7- Find the missing number
    Example 3+___=7

Good Afternoon!

We had a great day today!

Once again we met all of our goals.  In reading and writing we inferred the message of a text, made and wrote about connections with characters, discussed new words such slob, revolting and hollered and learned about how to choose a "just right" book during independent reading.  We worked on fact families in math.  In religion we reviewed the seven sacraments and learned how Jesus is present in all of the sacraments.  In social studies we read a Scholastic News magazine about bullying.  We even did some more work in science with apples!  It was definitely busy!!!

I would like to let you know about a project we will be working on this year in religion.  One of our 8th Grade students has organized Prayer Partners for the entire school.  It will work in such a way that younger students will be paired with older students.  Our class will be working with 8th Grade students and meeting each month for projects and prayer sharing.

Our first project will be making an Intention Box.
We need your help for this project. Please send in a few items to decorate a 4 x 3 inch box which has been provided for us. 
Here are some suggestions:
         *Religious stickers
         *Inspirational words (cut from magazines or printed) such as: 
                   kind
                   peace
                   joy
                   caring
                   sharing
                   love
         *small pictures printed, cut, or drawn
                such as:
                   hearts
                   rainbows
                   crosses
Please feel free to send any other items you think of. Please send these items (in an envelope or ziplock bag with your child's name on it) to school by Oct. 10th.

Thank you for all your help!

Homework

Spelling- sentences for words 7-12
Math- p 9
Read your book

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had such a busy day today!!!

Once again....we met all of out goals.  In religion we learned about the 7 sacraments.  In math, we learned that we can use addition to check subtraction.  In science we learned about the life cycle of an apple.  In reading and writing we learned how to express thinking about a text and to form opinions and support them with text evidence. We practiced how to find the problem and solution.  We also reviewed new vocabulary words (decision, downhearted.)  We learned about making posters/advertisements and we also wrote opinions about a book we read.  We wrote "I would/would not recommend this book because it was...."  Students had to write their opinion and then use text evidence to support their opinions.

Homework

Spelling- write good sentences for the first 6 spelling words

Math- p 9

Read your book :)

See you tomorrow!!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Good Afternoon!!!

We had such a fabulous day today!

We started the new reading program today.  As a part of the reading program we are having a morning meeting.  During that meeting we are setting goals for the day.  Here were our goals for today:

Math Goal: to solve related addition and subtraction facts
Religion Goal: to learn that prayer and worship are a the ways Catholics celebrate God’s Love
Science Goal:  To explain the season of an apple tree
Reading Goals:  to identify title author illustrator and title page, to make predictions using titles, to infer about the main characters feelings, to notice how illustrations help the author, to learn new vocabulary words, introduce reader’s notebook

I am very happy to report that we met all of these goals.  We did not get a chance to have a spelling pretest, but we wrote them in our notebooks.

Homework

Spelling- write words three times each

Math- p 8

Reading- read your book

Have a great night.  See you tomorrow!

Friday, September 20, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had a very busy day today!  We worked on independent reading and reviewed making connections.  We talked about the Holy Spirit and Pentecost in religion.  In math we learned about fact families.  We discussed common sentences in grammar.  We also did a very special writing project which we will save to show you in June!  Lastly, we took our spelling test!

Next week's spelling words are below,

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Reminder- Oradell Day is Sunday.  Dr. Valenti and other teachers will be there, so stop by to say hello!

label
basic
vine
program
bonus

wild

gate

huge
zero
made
spoke
use

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had a fantastic day today!

We talked about making connections in reading and we reviewed sequencing.
In math we did related subtraction facts.
In social studies we did a project about Johnny Appleseed.

There is no written homework tonight.

We do still have a spelling test tomorrow.

Back to School night is tonight at 7 pm - hope to see everyone then :)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Good Afternoon!

Second grade was stupendous today!

In reading we continued to read Kevin Henkes' books.  We read "Chester's Way" and learned about character traits.  Then we charted the traits of different characters from the book and did a project using both physical traits and character traits.
In math we continue to work on subtraction
In grammar today we talked about how there are different types of sentences.  We focused on telling sentences (or statements.)
We had a special presentation today about taking music/instrument lessons.  A form is going home today to explain.

Homework

Spelling - sentences for words 6-12 ( Please note, that while there will be no written homework tomorrow due to Back to School night, I will still be giving the spelling test Friday)

Math- p 7 ( 7 only, please do not do page 8 yet)

Reading- read your book

See everyone tomorrow

Reminder- Back to School Night tomorrow 7 pm

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Good Afternoon!

Second grade was fabulous today!  We started our day learning more about Johnny Appleseed!  In reading and writing we learned about sequencing.  We practiced this skill as a whole group and independently.  We also did literacy centers.  In math, we started subtraction.  Today in religion, we talked about the disciples and the Apostles.

Test folders are going home today.  Please look at the papers, keep them at home, sign the paper stapled in the folder and return tomorrow.

Homework

Spelling- sentences for words 1-6

Math- p 6

Reading- read your book (keep in your folder)

Back to school night is Thursday 7pm

Monday, September 16, 2019

Good Afternoon!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

We had a very productive Monday here in second grade.  We wrote about our weekend this morning. Then, in reading we practiced two main skills- visualizing and writing about reading.  We listened to a story and visualized as the book was read (we didn't see the pictures .)  Then we wrote and drew about how the main character was feeling based only our our own visualizations and clues from the text.  We also wrote the beginning, middle and end of the story we read.  We worked in literacy centers and read with Mrs. Potter. We took a spelling pretest and corrected it.

In math, we practiced adding three and four digits.  This can be difficult, so please practice with your child at home. Tomorrow we will move on to subtraction.

In religion, we finished Chapter 1.  We reviewed that Jesus was both human and divine.  We also reviewed the meaning of Holy Family and Blessed Trinity.

We are learning about Johnny Appleseed in social studies and we started to share our All About Me posters with the class!

Spelling Words

menu
nose
most
cure
joke
unit
post
vote
soda
mule
human
total

Homework

Spelling- write your spelling words three times each

Math- p5

Reading- Beginning today, I will send one book home in the homework folder p/week.  Please read some of it (or all of it, depending on the book) every night.  Having read independently with every child, this book is a good book for you child's independent reading level.  I will remove the books Friday and send new books on Mondays.  This communication will help you to see your child's progress and will give him/her a book right on level to read.

Reminder
Back to school night is Thursday

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Parents...

For anyone interested in next week's spelling words...

menu
nose
most
cure
joke
unit
vote
post 
soda
mule
human
total

Please disregard the words on the side of my blog page- I am working to update that section, but having some difficulty with the blog program :)

Working on it!
Thanks for your patience!
Good Afternoon :)

We had a great day today!  We did a lot of work in reading.  We worked on making predictions.  We also worked in literacy centers and read with Mrs. Potter.  In math we worked on doubles and doubles plus one and minus one.  In religion we learned about how Jesus was divine.  We also learned about the Holy Trinity and about some of Jesus' miracles.

Tomorrow is the pep rally.  Students may wear gym uniforms. Pizza will be provided by the PTO.  If your child doesn't want pizza, please send in lunch.

Homework

Spelling- test tomorrow
Math- p 4

Please return the forms from the nurse and the PTO

See everyone tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had another successful day in second grade today.  In reading we finished assessing reading levels and finished book shopping.  We are reading books by Kevin Henkes. Today we read the book "Owen."  Then we practiced making text to self and even text to world connections.  We also wrote about our favorite part.  In math we worked on adding doubles.  Today in religion we talked about how Jesus was human and how he taught people about God's love. We also talked about how, while Jesus did teach through his words, he also taught through his actions.  We continued to work on complete sentences in grammar.  Today we had gym :)  We also had a special prayer service in remembrance of  9/11.

Homework

Spelling - sentences 7-12 (Good sentences please :)

Math- p 3

Book orders due Friday ( I accidentally have the wrong date on the paper I printed- my apologies)

Please check your child's back pack for information about the pep rally/pizza lunch on Friday.

See you all tomorrow :)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had a great day today.  We worked in our handwriting books, continued to do reading assessments and book shopping, reviewed the habits of good readers and started chapter one in religion.  In religion we discussed the Holy Family and that God's greatest gift to us is his son Jesus.  In math, we continue to work on addition up to twenty.  Today we started our grammar books.  You will see the pages we did in the home folder.  Our focus was on complete sentences.  We reviewed starting with a capital and ending with a punctuation mark- in today's lesson, a period. We had our first art class today.

Book Orders went home today.  You do not have to order, but if you do please do so by Friday.  I sent directions home if you wish to, you can order online.  If you wish to pay cash or write a check, just send it in an envelope with the order form by Friday.  There are some great deals in there :)

PTO Meeting for class parents tonight at 7:30

Homework

Spelling- write sentences for the first 6 spelling words.  I told the class- these must be GOOD sentences that prove they know the meaning of the word.  They should not be "I see a lady."

Math- p 2

Have a great night- see you tomorrow :)

Monday, September 9, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had another great day in second grade.
We wrote about our weekend, talked about what good readers do (and discussed what some of those things mean,) went to music and worked on using a number line in addition.  I also started to read with students one on one to get a better idea of individual reading levels.  After I worked with those students, they were able to go book shopping. If I didn't get to your child today, I will tomorrow.

New Spelling Words for the Week

pilot
lady
mild
care
bake
time
sale
ride
able
kind
share
apron

Homework

Spelling- write words 3 times each (in addition to the time you wrote them this morning)
Math- page 1


Friday, September 6, 2019

Good Afternoon

We had a good day today.  Everyone was very well behaved at the first mass of the school year.

Today we worked on related facts in math.  In writing, we wrote about our favorite part of second grade so far.

A few reminders...

~ If you haven't handed in your summer packet please do so Monday

~ Next week begins full days of school.  If you wish to order hot lunch, please check the school website for the menu.  If your child is getting hot lunch, please write the order on a piece of paper for me.

~ Gym is Wednesday- students should wear gym uniforms and sneakers

~ All About Me poster is due Monday

~ Parents- please read the yellow form that went home yesterday.  If you wish to come with us on the Disney on Ice trip, we need to know by Monday so as to reserve the correct number of seats.  Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

Have a great weekend!  See you Monday :)

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Good Afternoon!

We had another great day today!

Today we went to computers.  We talked about reading with partners and then practiced reading with a buddy.  We wrote about summer vacations and did addition and word problems in math.  We also started the introductory chapter in religion.

Homework

All About Me poster due Monday

**Please return the field trip form if you wish to join us on our trip on November 8

If you are going to after care tomorrow please pack lunch.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Good Afternoon!

Welcome to second grade!

We had a great day today!!  We got used to a few routines, went "book shopping," had gym, and read a book called "Iggy Peck Architect."  After we read the book, we built our own towers!  Overall, I would say it was a great first day!

I sent a note home today but here are some reminders.

Aftercare starts tomorrow.  It is a noon dismissal, so please remember to pack a lunch if you are planning to stay.

All About Me posters are due Monday.

Gym is on Wednesdays, so plan to wear gym uniforms on Wednesdays.

I hope everyone had a great day!  I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow :)