Welcome to 2nd Grade!

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    Teacher: Ms. Moore

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    Welcome to 2nd Grade!

    Welcome to the 2nd grade website! Below you will find curriculum highlights for each of the subject areas in 2nd grade. This site will be updated at the beginning of each month, so please visit again. Thank you for visiting and I look forward to a wonderful, meaningful new year!

    - Ms. Moore

    January

     

    Math:

    During the month of January, we will complete Unit 5. We will continue to work in money and coins, time, mental math strategies, number lines, and number stories. We will learn and play games like Beat the Calculator, Spinning for Money, Clock Concentration, and Salute! These are all great games to practice online as well. While the date is tentative, the unit 5 assessment is scheduled to be on January 24th.

    Our learning objectives for Unit 5 are the following:

    • Demonstrate fluency with addition facts
    • Show 2 different combinations of coins for the same amount
    • Select coins or bills with a value greater than the cost of an item
    • Use toolkit coins to show exact change
    • Use mental math strategies to add or subtract 10 from a 2 digit number
    • Mentally add 10s and 1s
    • Solve chang-to-more number stories
    • Solve part-and-total number stories
    • Solve change number stories

     

    Word Work:

    In January, students complete their work on Level 5 of Superkids and move on to Level 6. We will take a mid-year assessment on words, ideas, and phonics learned up to this point. In Unit 5, students will have 12 spelling words each week. Students will begin to learn about the complexities of the English language and will set them up for 3rd grade. Students will learn about words with -ff, -ll, -ss endings, words with tricky vowels, and -eigh -ange, -ey, and -ay endings. Students will continue to read about teh Superkids’ lives and hardships of 2nd grade.


    Magazine/Book Club:

    In January, students will be finishing Issue 4 of Super Magazine. In this magazine, students will learn about the many ways things can move. In this month, we will continue to practice and focus on fluency. Students pay reread passages or pages in order to improve their fluency. We will be reading Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner and Betsy Who Cried Wolf by Gail Carson Levine. In these books, we will be discussing growing up. During this month, students will begin to lead discussions over their reading. We will continue to practice reading with effort and care.

     

    Writing:

    In January, we will learn how to write our “why’s” and “how’s”. Students will write directions that explain how to do something, a diagram that explains how an invention works, and an answer for an advice column that explains how to solve a problem. We will practice how to write an answer with reasons. Students will finish this unit by drafting and publishing a book review of a book read in class.



    Social Studies:

    This month, students will conclude our learning about geography. Students will learn about location, landforms and water, weather, resources from the Earth, and how we have changed Earth. We will deepen our knowledge on grid maps and natural resources. Students will be assessed on their knowledge of geography midway through the month.

     

    Science:

    In January, we will begin learning about Earth’s Land, Air, and Water. Students will learn about natural resources and how they change the Earth and the way we live. We will learn about erosion and weathering and pollution. This ties in nicely with our previous social studies learning.

     

    Religion:

    In religion this month, we will begin learning about unit 2: Jesus calls us to Penance and Reconciliation. Students will begin to understand the importance of listening to the Word of God found in the Old Testament and the New Testament. They will learn how to live the 10 Commandments and the Great Commandment. They will learn about God’s unconditional love and forgiveness. We will begin preparing to celebrate God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

     

    Reminders:

    • Students need to be in dress code every day. For Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, this includes a tie and belt for boys.
    • Students cannot use an out-of-uniform pass on a Friday, due to mass.
    • Remember to sign the brown envelope every time it comes home. Check the papers that are sent home.

     

    Important Dates:

    • January 3rd - First day Back
    • January 8th - Special Lunch and Boxtops/$1 Out Of Uniform
    • January 11th - 2nd Quarter ends
    • January 21st - No school! Martin Luther King Day
    • January 22nd - 2nd Quarter Report Cards
    • January 31st - Spirit Day

     

    December

    Math:

    During the month of December, we will complete Unit 4. We will continue to learn and understanding time, clocks, units of measurement, of place value. Students will be assessed over these ideas the week of December 10th.

    Our learning objectives for Unit 4 are the following:

    • Read and writing time to the nearest hour and half hour
    • Draw events that typically occur in the A.M. and P.M.
    • Represent numbers with three nonzero digits
    • Compare 2 digit numbers
    • Measure objects with the foot-long foot
    • Begin measuring using standard units

     

    Word Work:

    In December, students will learn more phonetic elements like silent letters (like kn, gn, and wr) and unusual vowel patterns (like igh and old). Students will also learn about prefixes and suffixes, dictionary skills, and words related to plays. The stories read in our Decodable Reader will touch on ideas of teamwork and friendship, how to deal with competition, and disappointment in not receiving a part in a play. The stories provide an excellent opportunity for the class to discuss interpersonal situations and how the Superkids deal with them.


    Magazine/Book Club:

    In December, students will be reading Issue 4 of Super Magazine. In this magazine, students will learn about the many ways things can move. In this month, we will continue to practice and focus on fluency. Students pay reread passages or pages in order to improve their fluency.

     

    Writing:

    In December, we will begin the month by practicing writing friendly letters. The recipient of these letters will be Santa. We will spend the first week of December taking these letters through the writing process. We will then begin to learn about how to write explanations. Students will begin this unit by learning about explanations that tell how. These tend to be practical and concrete. Students will write directions that explain how to do something, a diagram that explains how an invention works, and an answer for an advice column that explains how to solve a problem.

     

    Social Studies:

    This month, students will continue learning about geography. Students will learn about location, landforms and water, weather, resources from the Earth, and how we have changed Earth. We will deepen our knowledge on grid maps and connect to real life experiences.

     

    Religion:

    In December, we will begin learning about Advent and what it means to us as Catholics. We will discuss Advent as the season to prepare for Christmas and as a season when that rememberance directs the mind and heart to await Christ’s second coming. We will be working on activities and art projects about advent and discuss what traditions are done at home. We will also learn about the true meaning of Christmas and the purpose for the Christmas season.

     

    Reminders:

    • Students need to be in dress code every day. For Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, this includes a tie and belt for boys.
    • Students cannot use an out-of-uniform pass on a Friday, due to mass.
    • Remember to sign the brown envelope every time it comes home. Check the papers that are sent home.

    Important Dates:

    • December 3rd - Progress Reports are sent home
    • December 4th - Santa Shop and Special Lunch
    • December 5th - Gift Wrap Pick up
    • December 14th - Christmas Concert at 6:30 PM
    • December 17th - Ladies Guild Ice Cream Treat
    • December 18th - 11:30 Dismissal, School Christmas Assembly
    • December 25th - Christmas
    • December 31st - New Years Eve

     

    If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me. Have a great December!

    November

    Math:

    During the month of November, we will continue learning new strategies in Unit 3 and begin Unit 4. Unit 3, we will begin learning different strategies for subtraction like the counting up and counting back strategy.

    Our learning objectives for Unit 3 are the following:

    • Generate fact families
    • Discuss and use the Counting up and Counting Back strategies for subtraction
    • Find missing numbers and rules in “What’s My Rule?”
    • Use doubles to subtract
    • Use the going-back-through strategy

    Our learning objectives for Unit 4 are the following:

    • Read and writing time to the nearest hour and half hour
    • Draw events that typically occur in the A.M. and P.M.
    • Represent numbers with three nonzero digits
    • Compare 2 digit numbers
    • Measure objects with the foot-long foot
    • Begin measuring using standard units

    Word Work:

    In November, students will continue to build strong work attack and spelling skills. Students will meet more variable phonetic elements like the oi sounds, oo, ew, ue, u, oo, and c/s sounds. Students continue to rely on both patterns and their memory of high-frequency words. They will also begin learning about antonyms, synonyms, homonyms, time order words, and adverbs.

    Magazine/Book Club:

    In November, students will continue to read non-fiction through our Superkids Magazine. The this issue is called “Lights Out!” Students will learn some of the science behind what happens when they sleep, investigate some intriguing night time jobs, and discover a simple thing they can do to help save our planet. Students will continue developing on their comprehension strategies and skills. Students will use graphic organizers and ask questions to get to the true understanding of what we are reading. In Book Clubs, students will read “Good Night, Good Knight” and “Mercy Watson Fights Crime”.  These are silly stories that will help develop expressive reading. This unit, we will heavily focus on fluency. Students will have time to read outloud and practice fluency.

    Writing

    In November, students will learn about lists, their purpose and they will practice using lists. Students will also participate in a publishing celebration to showcase their published poems. Students will them use the writing process to compose a letter they will mail to someone they know. Students will make lists of topics and begin using an editing checklist.

    Social Studies:

    This month, students will begin learning about geography. Students will learn about location, landforms and water, weather, resources from the Earth, and how we have changed Earth. We will deepen our knowledge on grid maps and connect to read life experiences.

    Science:

    This month, students will show what they have learned through chapter 2. Later in the month, we will begin learning about chapter 3. In chapter 3, students will begin thinking about how animals help each other. We will investigate what plants and animals need and how different animals get food in different environments.

    Reminders:

    • Students need to be in dress code every day. For Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, this includes a tie and belt for boys.
    • Remember to sign the brown envelope every time it comes home. Check the papers that are sent home.

    Important Dates:

    • November 4th: Athletic Teams Mass 9:30am
    • November 9th: Parent Teacher Conferences; 11:30 dismissal
    • November 13th: Special Lunch/$1 out of uniform
    • November 21st-25th Thanksgiving Break
    • November 19th: Spirit Day

     

    Here are some of the fun things we did in October!

     


    October

    Math:

    During the month of October, we will continue learning new strategies in Unit 2 and begin Unit 3. Unit 2 will be looking at place value, number stories, helper facts, and the commutative property of addition, even and odd numbers, equivalent names for numbers, and frames and arrows. In Unit 3, we will begin learning different strategies for subtraction like the counting up and counting back strategy.

     Our learning objectives for Unit 2 are the following:

    • Count combinations of $1, $10, and $100
    • Write and solve addition number stories
    • Use the Making-10 and Near-Doubles Strategies
    • Learn and use the Turn-Around Rule for Addition
    • Find equivalent names for numbers

    Our learning objectives for Unit 3 are the following:

    • Generate fact families
    • Discuss and use the Counting up and Counting Back strategies for subtraction
    • Find missing numbers and rules in “What’s My Rule?”
    • Use doubles to subtract
    • Use the going-back-through strategy

    Word Work:

    In October, students will continue to work on our second Unit of word work. We will learn more variable phonetic elements, like er, ir, ur/er, aw/o and all, aul, al/ol. They rely on both letter-sound patterns and their memory of high-frequency words to spell. Students will continue to develop their knowledge of homonyms and sharpen their ability to use context to figure out unknown words.

    Magazine/Book Club:

    In October, students will read the second issue of the Superkids Magazine. This issue is all about tricky topics like art, science, and social studies. We will also learn “tricks” that make learning easier -- repetition, personal connections, and retaining what is read. They will also read Henry and Mudge and the Careful Cousin by Cynthia Rylant and Snowshoe Thompson by Nancy Smiler Levinson. These books discuss qualities like optimism, ingenuity, and toughness. We will continue making connections to our lives and experiences to help understand what is read, relate to the characters, and take away lessons within the book.

    Writing:

    In October, we will deepen our knowledge on what nouns and adjectives are, as well sa terms that categorize groups of words like simile and alliteration. We will write our own poems where we will develop our “word sense” and “poetic sense”. We will write a few poems throughout this month, then take one through the writing process. We will be able to share our poem through publishing with the class. 

    Science:

    This month, we will show what we have learned from Unit 1 through a test at the beginning of the month. We will then continue to learn about adaptations and environments of different plants and animals. Students will be learning about mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and amphibians and how they adapt. Students will investigate how an octopus uses its arms.

    Religion:

    In October, we will continue to learn about the sacraments given to us by God. We will begin to learn about Confirmation, specifically how the Holy Spirit is present and strengthens us through it. We will also begin learning about the Church Year.  Students will begin being tested over religious topics in October. 

    Reminders:

    • Students need to be in dress code every day. For Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, this includes a tie and belt for boys.
    • Remember to sign the brown envelope every time it comes home. Check the papers that are sent home.

    Important Dates:

    • October 1st: 1st Quarter Progress Reports are sent home
    • October 2nd: Enchanted Book Fair in the Library
    • October 8th: No school!
    • October 9th: Special Lunch and Boxtops/$1 out-of-uniform Day
    • October 15th: GAO Gift Wrapping Sale Begins
    • October 25th: Spirit Day
    • October 26th: 1st Quarter Ends
    • October 31st: Halloween! Students come to school in their costume. The Ladies Guild Trunk or Treat is today as well

    If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me. Have a great October!

      


    September

    Math

    During the month of September, we will be focusing on Unit 1 and begin exploring Unit 2. Unit 1 is a review of previous topics taught in previous school years.

    Our learning objectives for Unit 1 are the following:

    • Exploring counts and represent whole numbers as lengths from 0 on a number line
    • Practice partnership principles while solving addition and subtraction number stories
    • Calculating values of coin combinations
    • Finding patterns 
    • Using addition and subtraction to write equivalent names for numbers 
    • Building fact fluency 
    • Exploring even and odd numbers using models 
    • Skip counting on calculators and number grids
    • Reviewing greater then, less than, and equal to signs 
    The following are at home activities for your child that will reinforce the skills and concepts your child is learning at school:
    • Review home link activities that are sent home 
    • Practice addition and subtraction facts 
    • Count by 1's, 2's, 5's and 10's


    Word Work

    This year, student's spelling words will come from word work done every day. The spelling words will go home on the first day of the week and will be tested on Fridays. Students have just completed their first spelling test, focusing on pronouns. Every week, students will be introduced to these spelling words being used in context. Throughout the week, we review the meanings, pronounciations, and read stories where these words are present.


    Magazine/Book Clubs


    For part of the month of September, students will be reading a non-fiction magazine and practicing skills like identifying the main idea, making text-to-self connections, and using graphic organizers to organize thoughts. Students are in small groups as we read and discuss the magazine articles. Later in the month, students will begin working in small groups in the form of book clubs. Students will read "Frog and Toad are Friends". We will continue learning different reading strategies like finding parts of the words and sounding the word out.


    Writing


    In September, 2nd graders will begin working in the writing cycle by brainstorming, drafting and revising autobiographies. We will begin identifying different personal stories and drafting these in our Writer's Notebooks. Students will have time to individually conference with me and their peers. We will then revise and edit their writing to make sure there are full sentences, punctuation, and a clear meaning present.


    Religion


    This year, all of our studies in religion will be preparing the students for their First Reconciliation. During the month of September, students will continue developing thier knowledge of God as Three Persons in the Blessed Trinity. Through our studies, we will begin discussing ways that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit help us follow our faith and grow as a person.


    Social Studies


    During the month of September, we will develop our understandings of communities, cultures, and people. Students will learn the different types of communities, why people live there, different cultures and traditions, and discuss our own traditions and cultures. Throughout the month students will:

    • Create their own grid maps of how they get to school
    • Write and illustrate which community they want to live in
    • Discuss and describe cultures and traditions of their families, Chicago, and the United States


    Reminders:

    • Brown envelopes will be sent home every Monday and need to be sent back to school on Tuesday mornings signed.  If envelopes have to be sent home during the week for any reason, please send them back to school the next day.
    • Send any important papers, notes, etc. that you have during the week with your child in the morning to turn in to me.
    • If you are sending any money to school or a check, please place in an envelope labeled with your child's name and the purpose of the money.
    • Any money that you are able to donate to the Catholic Missions is greatly appreciated.
    • Please send a note to the office if anyone besides you will be picking your child up from school.
    • Homework folders go home every night and are due back every day. Remember, neatness counts on homework.  Please have your child write his first and last name on all homework.  Any pictures on homework must be colored in using 2-4 colors that make sense.
    • Please be mindful of the Saint Barbara rquirements for your child's hairstyle and clothing/uniform listed in the handbook.  It is a great time to practice tying shoes and tucking in our shirts at home.
    • We are scheduled to have gym class every Monday and Wednesday, so please send your child to school in his/her uniform.
    • We have library every Tuesday, so please send your child to school with his/her library book.  New library books may not be checked out until last week's book has been returned.

    Here are some important dates for the month of September:

    • September 3rd:   Labor Day-No School
    • September 7th:   Fall Picture Day. This is a dress up day for students.
    • September 8th:   7th/8th Grade Car Wash
    • September 11th: Special Lunch and Box Tops/$1.00 Out of Uniform
    • September 19th: K-8 Mandatory Parent Meeting 6:30pm
    • September 22nd: Summerfest
    • September 24th: Ladies Guild Meeting
    • September 27th: Spirit Day and Dine-Out Night 

    Have a wonderful month. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

    - Ms. Moore


    2nd Grade Supply List

    Students will need the following supplies.

    • Standard sized soft pencil pouch with zipper (large enough for crayons and pencils)
    • 3 two-pocket folders
    • 2 pink erasers
    • 1 package of white lined standard sized index cards
    • 1 single subject spiral notebook
    • 1 pencil sharpener with lid
    • 1 highlighter
    • 1 box of Kleenex
    • 1 roll of paper towels
    • 4 containers of Clorox disinfectant wipes
    • 1 Lysol disinfectant spray
    • 1 ream of white copy paper
    • 1 large zip-lock bag (with name written on front) with: 20 pennies, 5 nickels, 10 dimes, & 4 quarters

    The following items will be given to students on the first day of school. You may want to purchase extras, as the year goes on.

    • Two #2 pencils and crayons (16 colors)

    The following is provided by the school throughout the year. You do not need to purchase these items.

    • Markers, scissors, and glue

    Students are NOT allowed to bring the following items from home.

    • Pencil boxes
    • Mechanical pencils or pens
    • Markers
    • Scissors
    • Glue or tape