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April 14-17

Posted by sweiss on April 14, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We have so many great things going on in the Second Grade classroom.  We have received almost all of our Flat Stanley projects back.  It has been fun seeing what everyone's flat people were up to on their trips.  We are also getting ready for the end of Lent and the celebration of Easter!  The class is also learning about the Liturgy of the Eucharist this week.  We have been discussing what happens in the opening of mass and during the Liturgy of the Word.  This week on Holy Thursday we will be discussing the Last Supper again as we connect it to the Liturgy of the Eucharist. 

Here is what we have going on this week:

Language Arts: words with open and closed syllables; adjectives; themes; point of view; context clues; myths;  WRITING:  we are writing poetry on the computer

Math:  We closed out chapter 13 on measuring length (instead of a test they completed workbook pages for the chapter which will be graded); Ch. 14: exploring weight; ounces and pounds; grams and kilograms

Religion:  Liturgy of the Word; practicing receiving the Body of Christ; Lent activities: Lent wreaths, Last Supper tables; (On Friday we will be doing the Divine Mercy Chaplet as a school and watch the cartoon version of the Passion of the Lord)

Science:  Test Tuesday

Cursive: M/N, H, K

Social Studies: the first Americans (Powhatan, Sioux, Pueblo groups); the first conlonies

Question of the Week:  How many silver coins did Judas betray Jesus for?

Have a fabulous week!

April 7-11

Posted by sweiss on April 8, 2014 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Our First Communion Retreat was a blast, and the students loved getting to taste the unconsecrated bread and wine as well!  We are continuing our preparation for First Communion by studying the mass parts.  Hopefully you are working on those First Communion banners at home. 


Here is what is happening this week in class:

Language Arts: short e sound make by /ea/, short u sound made by /ou/, short i sound made by /y/; cause/effect; subject pronoun and verb agreement; capitalizing book titles; expository writing; multiple meaning words; WRITING: APRIL POETRY

Math:  centimeters/meters; perimeter; area; problem solving with different attributes; review (TEST ON MONDAY)

Religion:  Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the Eucharist; St. Simon Stock and the scapular

Cursive:  N/M; H; K

Science:  changing states of matter; properties of matter; solutions; TEST either FRIDAY or TUESDAY (due to Talent Show practices, this will fluxuate)

Question of the Week:  What do we call the Thursday before Easter?

Have a fabulous week!


March 31-April 4

Posted by sweiss on March 31, 2014 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

I hope you all enjoyed Spring Break.  It was just what we all needed to come back refreshed and ready!  The students are so excited about their First Communion Retreat this Thursday.  Don't forget to send them with a sack lunch, and one for yourself if you plan on coming.  They will ride the bus over and back to Sts. Peter and Paul.  Space will be limited on the bus because we will be riding over with St. Joseph students, so meet us at Sts. Peter and Paul around 8:45.  If you did not get your child's First Communion banner kit from me, please let me know so I can get one to you.  Check out new pictures in the photo gallery.

Here is what is happening in class this week:

Language Arts:  words with the short /o/ sound made with /au/, /aw/, /ough/, /augh/, /all/, and /al/; contractions; homophones; possessive pronouns; problem and solutions in texts

Writing:  My Gift:  Students will write about what talent they would have if they could pick any talent, and what they would do to help others with it.

Math: choosing which attriute to measure with (length, capacity, weight); measuring length in standard and non-standard units

Religion:  The Catholic Mass

Cursive: C, E, N/M

Science:  solids, liquids, gases, and their properties

Question of the week:  Which type of matter is water?

Have a wonderful week!

March 17-21

Posted by sweiss on March 18, 2014 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

This week we are reading Flat Stanley in class.  The students have self-selected their own spelling words and vocabulary words which they will be working with throughout the week.  There will be no spelling test or reading test this week.  The students will be mailing off their "flat selves" this Friday.  It will be tons of fun reading how they spent their time when they return.

Here is what we are doing this week in class:

Language Arts:  Flat Stanley

Math:  estimating fractions; fractions of a set; problem solving using fractions; TEST FRIDAY

Religion:  the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist; lent and prayer; Ch. 16: the Catholic mass

Cursive:  A,O,D

Science:  matter; solids, liquids, gases

Question of the week: What symbol did St. Patrick use to teach people about the Trinity?

Have a great week!


March 10-14

Posted by sweiss on March 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (1)

    In case you did not get the message I sent out, we had to move next week's First Communion Parent Meeting to Tuesday March 18th.  It will be at Holy Cross at 6:30. 

   Next week we will be doing our Flat Stanley project.   I will be sending home a paper to fill out over the weekend explaining more about it.  Please return it on Monday.  We will be reading the chapter book Flat Stanley about a boy who gets flattened when a bulletin board falls on him.  He has to adjust to life as a flat person.  The students will be "flattening" theirselves and mailing off their flat person to a family memeber or friend.  Their flat person will spend a week with this person and then be sent back.  You may want to be thinking about someone who would be good for this project.  It is a lot of fun when the person who receives the visit puts a lot of effort into it!  The students will be picking their own list of spelling and vocabulary words from a list of words from the book.  They will be working with the words all week, but will not have a test over them.  We will be doing a comprehension packet as we read the story, and they will take an AR test over the book as well.  All of those activities will be graded and will replace our usual language arts routine.

   We are ending our math chapter on geometry.  There will be no written test.  Instead the students have done some different activities to show their learning which will be graded together as one big assessment grade.

Here are our plans for the week:

Language Arts:  we are studying words with the "uh" and "ew" sound made by different vowels; sequencing; possessive pronouns (my,your,our, their, her, his, its); synonyms/antonyms; time lines; biographies

Writing:  How to Blow a Bubble (sequencing), and peer biographies

Math:  finishing up Ch. 11 projects; Ch. 12: wholes and equal parts; unit fractions (1/2, 1/3, 1/4); non-unit fractions (3/8, 2/5...)

Religion:  "Feeding of the Five Thousand", "The Bread of Life", "Last Supper"....we will be reading these scripture passages and talk about what they mean; we will make unleavened bread like they used at the Last Supper

Social Studies:  finishing up Unit 5 on voting; monuments and mottos

Cursive: A, O, D

Question of the week:  Who is our Indiana governor?

Have a great week!



March 3-7

Posted by sweiss on March 4, 2014 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I am insistant in believing that we have had our LAST snowday of the year!!!  Spring is so close I can feel it 8). This past Saturday we celebrated Dr. Suess Day.  We read "Barthalowmew and the Oobleck".  We made our own oobleck and observed (mostly played with) it.  The kids were begging to take it home, but due to the borax being harmful if ingested, we decided to keep it away from little sisters, brothers, or animals.  Here is the recipe though, in case you would like to make it at home. 

*mix 1 c. glue with 3/4 c. cold water and a couple drips of green food coloring.

*in another bowl, mix 1/2 c. hot water and 1 tsp. of borax (mix until the borax is dissolved)

*slowly add glue mixture to borax mixture; mix well then pour off the extra liquid.

Here is what we are doing in class this week:

Language Arts:  /oy/, /oi/ sounds; point of view; idioms; pronouns I,ME,WE,US; poetry

Math: cutting shapes into smaller shapes; congruence; ways to move shapes (flips, turns, slides); symmetry; using riddles to find solid figures; ASSESSMENT MONDAY with various activities.

Religion: we are working on our Lenten promises to FAST, PRAY, and GIVE AWAY; different ways to pray; Stations of the Cross

Cursive: v, z, review of lowercase, A

Social Studies: federal government; voting; class election; mottos and monuments

Question of the Week: How many days of Lent are there?

Have a nice week!

Feb. 24-28

Posted by sweiss on February 24, 2014 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

We made it through our first Saturday school, and we had some fun with it!  The students read about six different types of penguins, made a map fact of each, wrote about their favorite one, and made their own penguin.  We also did some Valentine math activities with candy hearts that we never got to do on our snowy Valentine's Day.  This Saturday we will be celebrating Dr. Suess's birthday a day early with tons of interesting actiivities.  Don't forget, Dad's Day is this Thursday morning.  We look forward to seeing our Holy Cross Dads here!

Here is what is going on in class this week:

Language Arts:  /ou/ow/ sounds; pronouns, quotation marks, and suffixes; comparing text to text with "Grace for President" and "Duck for President"; point of view in a text

WRITING:  "IF I WERE PRESIDENT"

Math:  ways to show the same amount; TEST TUESDAY; solid figures and their edges, verticies, and flat surfaces; finding plane shapes on solid figures; making new shapes out of plane shapes

Religion:  Bible Quotes of Love; types of prayer (five finger prayer); ways to pray

Social Studies: government; mayor; president; congress; class election

Cursive:  v; z; review of lowercase letters

Question of the week:  Which vocabulary word only has one syllable?  VOTES or PROMISES

HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK!


Feb. 17-21

Posted by sweiss on February 17, 2014 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

A note of positivity: by the end of the week we will only be a month away from SPRING!!!  As you have heard, we are doing our make up days the next three Saturdays.  If your child will not be here, please send me a note letting me know. 

Here is what is going on this week in class:

Language Arts: /air/, /are/, /ear/, /ere/ (all with the "air" sounds); parts of poetry; contractions; similies

Writing:  we are writing "God is Like" poems using similies

Math: more with counting money using the half dollar/quarter/dime/nickel/penny... and a few problems with the dollar; different ways to show the same amount; counting collections of money

Religion: bible verses of love; reviewing our chapter on spreading God's word; prayer (the Lord's Prayer, types of prayer)

Social Studies: unit 1-3 review; President's Day fun (learning about George Washington and Abe Lincoln); Unit 4 beginning with: government, mayor, citizen

Handwriting: m/n; y; x; v; z

Science: no science from the book this week

Question of the week:  What number of president was Abe Lincoln?

Have a blessed week!

Feb. 10-14

Posted by sweiss on February 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

We will be on the same schedule as last week.  Our math test is today, and our science test is now on Friday. 


 

Language Arts: /eer/,/ear/,/ere/ sounds; past tense of irregular verbs (come, hide, run, give, sing); abreviations; root words; how commas are used in a letter; visualizing and summarizing stories

Math: 3 digit subtraction; making a bar graph with data from a table; MATH TEST TUESDAY

Religion: proclaiming the Good News; using our time, talents, and treasure

Bible Time: Samson and the Lion, St. Bernadette

Social Studies: going to the bank; saving and using checks; transportation; trading; bartering

Science: weather tools used to measure weather; weather patterns; weather types; TEST FRIDAY

Cursive: q

Question of the Week: Which holiday is always on February 14th?

Have a wonderful week!

 

February 3-7

Posted by sweiss on February 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Here we are face to face with more snow!  Weather permitting, we will be having a math test this Thursday and a science test next Tuesday (2/11). Those tests will be moved back one day, for every day that we may miss. We have been studying three digit addition and subtraction in math, and weather and weather patterns in science.  A review page will be sent home Wednesday night for math.  Monday night I will send home a science review book.  If you would like to start studying earlier with your child for science, just send me a note or email and I can send the book home early.  In the meantime, here is what we are doing this week:

Language Arts:  /eer/,/ear/,/ere/ sounds; past tense of irregular verbs (come, hide, run, give, sing); abreviations; root words; how commas are used in a letter; visualizing and summarizing stories

Math: 3 digit subtraction; making a bar graph with data from a table; MATH TEST THURSDAY

Religion: proclaiming the Good News; using our time, talents, and treasure

Bible Time:  Samson and the Lion

Social Studies:  going to the bank; saving and using checks; transportation; trading; bartering

Science: weather tools used to measure weather; weather patterns; weather types

Cursive: q

Question of the Week:  What holiday is always on February 14th?

Have a wonderful week!


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