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Dec. 15-19

Posted by sweiss on December 15, 2014 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

This week there will be no weekly reading or spelling test.  We will be having a science test tomorrow (Tuesday) and a math test Wednesday.  Our week will be filled with some special Christmas activities.  The students have worked so hard this semester, and I would like to reward them with some more relaxing activities!

Dec. 8-12

Posted by sweiss on December 8, 2014 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy 2nd week of Advent!  It looks like St. Nick stopped by our room!  The students made stockings and miniature St. Nicks, and were excited to see that he blessed them with a little treat.

Here are our plans for the week:

Language Arts:  long /u/ made by /u_e/, /u/, /ew/, /ue/; end mark review; prefixes; combining sentences with and/or/but; comparative adjectives; writing: Gifts from the Heart, How to Make a Grinch Grin

Math: three digit numbers with expanded form/word form/standard form; changing numbers by tens and hundreds; patterns on hundreds charts; <,>,=; numbers before, after, and between

Religion: church seasons; nativity mural

Cursive: A, B, review

Social Studies: trade and bartering

Science: ways we move objects

Question of the Week: What number is in the thousands place in the number 4,567?

Dec. 1-5

Posted by sweiss on December 1, 2014 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We are excited to be moving into the season of Advent here at school!  We have an Advent calendar helping us count down the days.  The students have all made "Advent Promises" to God in order to focus their advent on helping others and getting our hearts ready for Christ.  We are also going to be putting up a tree soon along with out Advent wreath.  The class will be finding out "What God Wants for Christmas" as we undo a couple gifts each week.  We have tons of exciting things going on in 2nd Grade.  Later this week I will be adding some fall pictures to our photo gallery tab, and will be updating the calendar with important December events.

Here is what we are learning this week:

Language Arts:  long /e/ sounds made by /e/,/ee/,/ea/,/ie/,/y/;  main idea and key details; plural nouns; antonyms; using the verbs have/has/had; writing letters to Santa

Math: ways to subtract (pencil and paper, mental math); building numbers up to 1,000; counting tens, ones, and hundreds

Religion: making Advent promises; Advent wreaths; the Church season/Church calendar

Cursive: z, spelling words; review

Social Studies:  factories; banks

Science: pushes and pulls; force; motion

Question of the Week:  How many weeks are there in Advent?

Have a fantastic week!

Nov. 17-21

Posted by sweiss on November 18, 2014 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

K-2 is going on a field trip next Tuesday.  Permission slips were sent home and are due no later than Thursday.  Please make sure that the form, money, and lunch choice are all sent back together. 

Scholastic Book order forms were sent home today.  Those are due on Friday.  If you would like to order any books as Christmas gifts, let me know and when they come in I will keep them up in Mrs. Solloman's office for you to pick up later on. 

Here are our plans for the week:

Language Arts: long /o/ words made by /o/, /oa/, /oe/, /ow/; contractions with /not/; past and future verbs; synonyms; friendly letter editing

Writing:  "I am NOT a Turkey"....The students will be reading "Turkey Trouble" about a turkey who tries to disguise himself to keep from ending up as Thanksgiving dinner.  They will make up disguises for their turkey and write about it.

Math: estimating sums; ways to add (mental math or pencil and paper); subtracting money; estimating differences; subtracting using mental math or pencil and paper

Religion: the sacraments

Cursive: y, z, review

Social Studies: more with goods and services

Question of the Week: Is the verb "went" past or future tense?

Have a great week!

Nov. 10-14

Posted by sweiss on November 10, 2014 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The students are very excited (and nervous!) that they get to make their First Confession this Thursday!  It will be at Sts. Peter and Paul Church at 6:30pm.  Confession for parents will be offerend from 6:00-6:20pm.  The students need to be there by 6:20, and be dressed in church clothes (no jeans).  I am thrilled to have them experience the gift of this sacrament! 

Here is what we have planned for the week:

Language Arts: long i sounds made by /ight/, /i/, /y/, /ie/; text connections; present tense verbs; story sequencing and plots; compound words; open and closed syllables; commas in a series

Math: checking subtraction with addition; 2 part story problems; TEST WED.; adding money; estimating sums

Religion: practicing going to confession; examining our consciences

Cursive: y; z; review

Social Studies: goods and services; budgets

Question of the Week: What do we call the prayer or act that the priest gives us during confession?

Have a great week!

Nov. 3-7

Posted by sweiss on November 3, 2014 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I am so proud of how well the students did with their Saint projects!  They all looked like they had worked very hard.  I always enjoy seeing their costumes.  Now that it's November we have turned all our focus to getting ready for First Reconciliation.  We have been learning about God's forgiveness and mercy for a while, and now we will be looking at what happens during the sacrament. 

Here are our plans for the week:

Language Arts:  long /a/ sound made by /ai/,/ay/,/ea/,/eigh/, /ey/; action verbs; contractions; abbreviations; similes; expository texts; WRITING: Angry Verbs

Math: regrouping in 2-digit subtraction

Religion: exploring the Sacrament of Reconciliation (examining conscience, contrition; absolution; penance)

Science: moon phases; Unit 2 TEST FRIDAY

Cursive: v, x

Question of the week: What is the sum of 54+25? (use mental math!)

Have a great week!

Oct. 27-31

Posted by sweiss on October 27, 2014 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy Red Ribbon Week!  This week will be a fun but crazy week!  As I said last week, we will not be having a reading or spelling test.  We will be reading several stories themed around Halloween. 

Just a reminder, our Saint Day celebration is Monday, which is when costumes and posters need to be sent to school. 

Here is what is going on in class this week:

Language Arts: 

     Stories: Click, Clack, Boo!, The Monster Who Lost His Mean, Arthur's Halloween, The Biggest

                         Pumpkin Ever!, Creepy Carrots

      We will be working on story maps, character traits, adjectives, syllables, and text connections

Math: subtracting tens; finding parts of 100; subtracting on the 100s chart; finding missing parts;

                stories with extra or missing information

Religion: making good choices; mercy; showing others forgiveness

Science: the moon and its phases

Cursive: m/n; v; x

Question of the Week: How many syllables does the word constellation have?

Have a great week!

Oct. 21-24

Posted by sweiss on October 21, 2014 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful day we had for Fall Break!  We are still working on addition regrouping in math.  We will be having a math test over it this Friday 10/24.  Next week due to Red Ribbon Week festivities, we will be taking a break from our normal Language Arts schedule.  We will not be having a spelling test or reading test that week.  I will have a spelling list of Halloween themed words which we will be working with throughout the week.  We will also be reviewing some grammar concepts from the past 9 weeks and reading some Halloween stories. 

Here is what we have going on this week:

Language Arts:  words with 3 letter blends (scr-, spr-, str-, thr-, spl-, shr-); rhyming words; possessive nouns; compound words; poetry

Math: addition with regrouping; adding three 3-digit numbers with regrouping; solving story problems with regrouping; MATH TEST FRIDAY

Religion: Bible stories of God's Forgiveness (The Lost Sheep, The Lost Son, Zaccheaus); Jesus teaches us to forgive others; God's forgiveness; consciences and free choice; mortal and venial sins

Social Studies:  conservation of natural resources

Science: the sun and how it moves

Cursive: o, c, review, m/n

Question of the week:  Which commandment says to "obey and honor your parents"?

Have a great week!

Oct. 13-17

Posted by sweiss on October 13, 2014 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

I can't believe it is already mid-October!  The students have been working so hard to learn new things.  We chose our Saints last Friday, and you should have received the packet with the explanation of the project in Friday folders.  I attached a sheet titled "Saint Biography".  You can have your child write their facts out on there and paste it to the poster, or they can get the facts on there in another way of their choice.  Some of them chose some Saints no student has ever done, so I'm excited to see what they teach us about them!  If you have any questions about the project please email me. 

Check out our plans for the week!

Language Arts: words with consonant diagraphs; main idea and details; irregular nouns; suffixes; abbreviations; poetry

Math: number patterns; adding two-digit numbers with regrouping

Religion: Ten Commandments; being a good neighbor

Social Studies: natural resources; conserving our resources

Science: sun; moon; stars

Cursive: o,c, review, m/n

Question of the Week: What is the date of Halloween?

Have a great week!

Oct. 6-10

Posted by sweiss on October 6, 2014 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

We have a lot going on this week!  It is National Fire Prevention Week this week.  October birthday mass is this Tuesday, and picture day is Friday!  Also, don't forget that tomorrow night (Tuesday) is the mandatory First Reconciliation Parent Mtg. at Sts. Peter and Paul. 

I know we just started October, but the beginning of November will be here before we know it!  Every year the second graders choose their favorite saint, research them, and dress up to give their report.  It is so much fun to see them get excited about their saint.  This week I will be having them choose their saint at school.  Then I will send home information on researching their saint and making their poster. 

Check out what we have planned for this week:

Language Arts: soft /g/ and /c/ words; finding main idea and details; proper nouns; prefixes

Writing:  finishing up "Fall Favorites" and working on pumpkin poetry

Math: using clues to find numbers on the hundred chart; Ch. 4 TEST TUESDAY; adding tens with mental math; adding ones with mental math

Religion: being a disciple; unit review; Ten Commandments

Cursive: d, g, q, o

Social Studies: being producers and consumers (the students will produce a good and be 'selling' it to their classmates as they practice being consumers)

Question of the Week: What do we call the family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph?

Have a great week!