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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!

Sept. 29-Oct. 3

Posted by sweiss on September 29, 2014 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Scholastic Book orders will be coming home tonight (Monday).  Those will be due this Friday (10/3).  I'm sure you received my note, but I just want to remind everyone that the First Reconciliation parent meeting has been moved up to Oct. 7th at 6:30.  It will be at Sts. Peter and Paul now instead of Holy Cross.

Here are our plans for the week:

Language Arts:  short and long /u/ words; antonyms; singular and plural nouns; suffixes; commas in a series; syllables; comparing different versions of the same story; fables

Writing:  Fall Favorites

Math: comparing numbers with <,>,=; finding numbers before/after/between; least and greatest; skip counting on hundreds charts; even/odd

Religion: listening to Jesus; God the Spirit; Holy Spirit; Holy Trinity; discipleship

Cursive: a,d,g, q

Social Studies: finishing landform maps; different places to live; consumer/producer

Question of the Week: Which number is greater, 39 or 35?

Have a wonderful week!

Sept 22-26

Posted by sweiss on September 22, 2014 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

It's hard to believe we are moving into a new season tomorrow!  Tonight the students will need to collect a few leaves and bring them in for a little fall activity we will be doing.  They need to be small to medium sized leaves that would fit on paper. 

This Friday we will have our first science test over unit 1.  I will send them home with their science book on Thursday night so that they can study. 

Check out what we are doing in class this week:

Language Arts: short and long /o/ words; nouns; using commas in a series; ABC order; prefixes (un-,dis-,re-); making predictions; writing- 10 Things to Love About Fall

Math: making groups of ten; counting tens and ones; reading and writing number words; comparing tens and ones; <,>,=

Religion: things God does for us as our Father; God the Son; Who is Jesus?; Listening to Jesus

Cursive: a, d, g, q

Social Studies: landforms; making landform maps

Science: extinct animals; fossils

Question of the week:  How many ones does the number 46 have in it?

Have a great week!

Sept. 15-19

Posted by sweiss on September 15, 2014 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Though we are not ready to get rid of the warm weather, we are looking forward to autumn beginning!  Next Tuesday, the students will be asked to bring in a variety of leaves for a small fall project.  Any that they can pick out of their yards will work.  I will remind them Monday night.

This week the students will be researching a state of their choice on the internet.  It will be their first time to do a small research project.  I am excited about them learning these new computer skills!

Here is what we are doing this week in class:

Language Arts:  short and long /i/ words; main idea and details; expanding sentences; combining subjects and predicates; possessive nouns; quotation marks

Math: using addition to help subtract; finding missing parts of number sentences; two part problems; TEST THURSDAY

Religion: God the Father; having trust in our Father

Social Studies: state research project

Science: animal groups; life cycles of a chicken, frog, and butterfly

Question of the Week: How many tens are in the number 84?

Sept. 8-12

Posted by sweiss on September 8, 2014 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

We are excited to celebrate Grandparents Day this Tuesday!  Don't forget to remind those grandparents that breakfast begins at 7:15 this year. 

Here is what we are doing this week:

Language Arts: long and short /a/ words; main idea and key details; subjects and predicates; root words and adding endings to them

Math: problem solving with adding three numbers; TEST TUESDAY; subtracting strategies

Religion: God's Word: the Old Testament and New Testament; sharing God's Word

Social Studies:  Unit 1 review; state projects

Science: reviewing Chapter 1 (plant life cycles); body systems; how animals grow and change

Cursive: h, k, r, s

Question of the Week: What is the doubles fact that would help you find the sum of 7+8?

Have a great week!

Sept. 2-5

Posted by sweiss on September 2, 2014 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!  I think this little break is just what we needed!  We started growing our bean seed plants last week, and we also started a tiny plot of grass.  The kids were so excited to come to school today and see that a few sprigs of grass had popped out!  Next up in our science book we will be looking at the life cycle of a pumpkin.  If anyone has home-grown pumpkins and would like to send one in, we would love to use it for our observations!

Check out what is going on in class this week:

Language Arts: words with blended letter sounds; understanding characters, settings, and plots; subject of a sentence; context clues; syllables

Math: adding in any order; adding three numbers; making 10 to add numbers to 9; making 10 to add numbers to 8

Religion: making good choices, Jesus as our savior; the Bible

Science: bean seed life cycle review; life cycle of a pumpkin

Cursive: b, f, h

Social Studies: states and capitols; country; continent

Question of the Week: What is the name of the state we live in?

Have a great week!

August 25-29

Posted by sweiss on August 22, 2014 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

This week I will be sending home a note with your child's reading level and goal for AR.  They have already been working hard on their reading.  We will be planting bean seeds this week and will observe them as they grow.  When they're finished growing they will come home to stay with you!;)  We will also be starting "daily language review" every morning.  At the end of the week it will be sent home with a score for the week.  The first week will be practice, then later on I will start grading them.

Here is what we are doing this week in class:

Language Arts: short e/o/u words; commands, exclaimations, and questions; words with inflected endings (ed,ing); base words; character/setting

Math: problem solving with addition and subtraction; PRACTICE TEST TUES.; adding with 0,1,2; doubles facts, near doubles

Religion: chapter 1 review; obeying God; original sin; Jesus as our Savior; making good and bad choices

Cursive: u, w, e, l

Science: bean seed life cycle, life cycle of a pumpkin

Social Studies: town, state, country, continent

Question of the Week:  What is the answer to a subtraction problem called?

August 18-22

Posted by sweiss on August 18, 2014 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

*Our first week of school went great!  We are now getting into a routine that the students are adapting to very well.  We have started AR with the students taking tests on their own this week.  Math Fact Mondays will start this evening.  There should be a small explanation in their folders if they forget what to do.

*I will be sending home Scholastic Book catalogs home tomorrow.  The due date for those orders is next Monday Aug. 25th.  Don't forget, you can order online or send a check in with the order form.  Scholastic does not accept cash, but personal checks only.   Also, if you have not signed up for the Remind101 so you can receive important texts from me, you should do so soon if you are interested. 

*This week we will be having a test as usual over our story of the week and vocabulary.  This test is always on Thursdays.  We will also have our normal spelling test on Friday.  I will grade these tests, but they will not be recorded this week in my grade book.  These tests will be our "test taking practice round". On Monday of next week, we will have our first "practice" math test. 

*Here is what we are learning this week:

Language Arts: short /a/, /i/; types of sentences and their end marks; character, setting

Writing: using complete sentences; Owl About Me

Math: joining stories; comparing stories; separating stories; related facts (fact families); problem solving using addition and subtraction; PRACTICE MATH TEST MONDAY

Religion: God's creation; God's greatest gift: Son of God; God's gifts to us

Social Studies: neighborhoods; communities

Science: how plants start growing; life cylce of a bean

Question of the Week:  What is the name for the answer to an addition problem?

Have a fabulous week!