Welcome to 2nd Grade!

  • Teacher: Ms. Moore

    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


    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.


    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.


    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


    • 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