Sunday, November 12, 2017

Week of November 13

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Thank you St. Francis families for your generosity at the Bid for the Kids Auction 2017! We are very grateful for your generosity and love for this school.  It is a true blessing. 
With heartfelt gratitude, Mrs. Waters, Miss Neugent, Mrs. Kock
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RELIGION
*Students will complete an Examination of Conscience
*Listen to the story of The Prodigal Son
*Understand why the father in the story was so forgiving
*Connect to the mercy and love of our forgiving father, God

MATH
*Weekly time tests continue
*Review how to solve frame and arrow tasks
*Practice coin exchanges and how to make values using various combinations of coins
*Unit 3 Review
*Unit 3 Assessment

DAILY 5
*Read to Self, Read to Someone, Word Work & Listen to Reading
*Mini Lesson: Common Nouns vs Proper Nouns

SOCIAL STUDIES
*Veteran's Day remembrance and observation
*Identify state and country capital names and locations on a map
*Using Pebblego, begin to research the roles of a mayor, governor and president

WRITING
*Publish scary stories
*Illustrate a cover
*Free journal writing time
*Author's Chair sharing

Monday, October 30, 2017

Week of October 30

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RELIGION
*Learn about the 10 Commandments and their meaning here and now
*Identify the Great Commandment
*Discuss Jesus as an example of respect and love
*All Saints Project - how are the students everyday saints?

MATH
*Weekly time tests continue
*Halloween problem solving tasks - solve using pictures, numbers and words
*Begin Unit 3
*Please look for a new family letter
*Students will review hundred, tens and ones place value concepts
*Solve money problems using coins

DAILY 5
*Read to Self, Read to Someone, Word Work & Listen to Reading
*Mini Lesson: Common Nouns vs Proper Nouns

SCIENCE
*Human Body Unit
*Identify the heart, brain, lungs and digestive system on the human body
*Name distinguishing characteristics of each
*Recognize ways to keep each healthy
*Guest Speaker: Dr. Stephanie Cox

WRITING
*Turn scary sentences into scary stories
*Sequence thoughts using a graphic organizer
*Use sight and sound words to enhance stories

Monday, October 23, 2017

Friendly Reminder

Tis the season for head lice!  Please remind your children to keep their hats inside their backpacks or coat pocket during the day, especially since they have locker buddies.  And of course, NO sharing hats!  Check your child's head often to be sure there are no lice. Thank you for your help in keeping everyone healthy!!!
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Week of October 23rd

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RELIGION
*Finish sacraments brochure
*Identify symbols and key words for each of the seven sacraments
*Review why we have sacraments and how they strengthen our faith
*Assessment this week ~ look for a study guide to come home!

MATH
*Begin weekly time tests
*Tests will be given at each students' readiness level
*Objective is to solve any given addition/subtraction fact within three seconds
*Finish Unit 2
*Review and Assessment this week

DAILY 5
*Read to Self, Read to Someone, Word Work & Listen to Reading
*Mini Lesson: Opinion writing

SCIENCE
*Human Body Unit
*Identify skin, bones and muscles on the human body
*Name distinguishing characteristics of each
*Recognize ways to keep each healthy

WRITING
*Silly sentences based on the book Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers
*Choose a silly sentence to turn into a story
*Edit and publish silly sentence stories
*Create a cover during technology class with Mr. Southward

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Week of October 17th

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RELIGION
*Begin Reconciliation Preparation
*Define "sacrament" in the church
*Create a sacraments brochure to support student learning
*Identify symbols and key words for each of the seven sacraments

MATH
*Name collection boxes: identify multiple ways to "name" a number
*Review how to solve "frame and arrow" problems
*Practice "What's my Rule?" boxes - manipulating operations (+/-)

DAILY 5
*Read to Self, Read to Someone, Word Work & Listen to Reading
*Mini Lesson: Opinion writing

SCIENCE
*Human Body Unit
*Identify the smallest living part of the human body: cells
*Yeast experiment
*Germs experiment
*Students will practice steps of the scientific method during experiments

WRITING
*Silly sentences based on the book Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers
*Choose a silly sentence to turn into a story

Monday, October 2, 2017

Feast of St. Francis

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Week of October 2nd

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RELIGION
*Chapter Three: God's Word
*Introduce and discuss The Beatitudes
*Rosary on Tuesday, October 3rd
*Celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with Mass
*Create images on how to be "instruments of peace"

MATH
*Review doubles facts = doubles answers will always be even
*Doubles + or - one answers will always be even
*Introduce the nines trick to solve +9 facts
*Review how to use addition facts to solve subtraction facts = fact families

DAILY 5
*Read to Self, Read to Someone, Word Work & Listen to Reading
*Mini Lesson: Identifying challenges characters face and their responses

SOCIAL STUDIES
*Community Unit
*Use PebbleGo on iPads to support student learning
*Identify how we use characteristics of citizens in our community, school and home

WRITING
*Add sight and sound words to personal stories
*Halloween writing activity "Who's behind the mask?"

Monday, September 25, 2017

Week of September 25th

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RELIGION
*Chapter Three: God's Word
*Guided Meditation ~ Who Knows Best?
*Identify the Bible as a holy book
*Name the two parts of the Bible: Old and New Testament
*Bible Scavenger Hunt

MATH
*Unit One Assessment Tuesday
*Begin Unit Two ~ Look for a new family letter
*Solve number stories (word problems)
*Review easy addition facts and strategies

DAILY 5
*Begin rotations in small groups
-Read to Self, Read to Someone, Word Work & Listen to Reading
*Mini Lesson: Irregular Verbs (sat, knew, ran, sang, threw, etc..)

SOCIAL STUDIES
*Each student will make his/her own "Barefoot Island"
*Apply map skills using a state map of Iowa
*Begin Community Unit
*Use PebbleGo on iPads to support student learning

WRITING
*Book: Shortcut by Donald Crews
*Create lists to develop ideas for writing
*Write an "It Happened to Me" story
*Practice how to reread writing to add details

Monday, September 18, 2017

Week of September 18th

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RELIGION
*Chapter Two: God's Promise
*Understand our unique ability as humans to make choices
*Identify our responsibility to obey God
*What do good choices look like?
*What consequences can come from poor choices?

MATH
*Continue "Engage" program to strengthen number sense
*Using a calculator - how to find patterns
*Broken calculator key activity
*Unit One Review
*Unit One Assessment

DAILY 5
*Begin rotations in small groups
-Read to Self, Read to Someone, Word Work & Listen to Reading
*Finish bench-marking students one:one

SOCIAL STUDIES
*Maps Unit
*Identify a compass rose and four cardinal directions
*Learn how to use a map/state map with a compass rose
*Discuss map keys and their purpose
*Create a simple map with a key

WRITING
*Book: Big Mama's House
*Using sketches to create writing
*Tour the school to make observations & sketches
*Write a story about family

Monday, September 11, 2017

REMEMBER

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Week of September 11th

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RELIGION
*Chapter One in Call to Faith text
*Focus on God's creation
*What is God's creation? Who is God's creation?
*Identify members of the Holy Family
*Design a square for a class creation quilt

MATH

*Count $1, $10 and $100 bills
*Introduce math boxes routine
*Begin "Engage" number sense program
*Review and practice using a number grid
*Game Day Friday!

DAILY 5

*Practice "stamina"
*Read to Self - what does it look and sound like?
*Read to Someone - what does it look and sound like?
*Listen to Reading - what does it look and sound like?

SOCIAL STUDIES
*Finish Growth Mindset lessons
*Write a growth mindset goal for the year
*Begin Maps Unit
*Identify a compass rose and four cardinal directions

WRITING
*Tribute to 9/11 writing activity
*Begin Unit one in Being a Writer curriculum
*Focus on writing community and routine

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Week of September 5th

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RELIGION
*Introduce students to their "Call to Faith" religion text
*House craft to represent each student's family and uniqueness
*Celebrate Wednesday Mass
*Lesson in the church to model and explain genuflecting/appropriate Mass behaviors

MATH

*Unit One begins
*Number line and sequencing numbers review
*Counting coins to $1.00
*Game Day - introduce one game to the students

DAILY 5

*Teach and practice "stamina"
*Read to Self - what does it look and sound like?
*Beginning of the year assessments

SOCIAL STUDIES

*Growth Mindset lessons
*How can we retrain our brains to support an "I can do it" mentality
*Books: Lily the Unicorn and The Dot
*Identify and create growth mindset phrases and behaviors

WRITING

*Book: Chester's Way
*Finish sentence starters titled "My Way" to learn about our classmates
*Writing prompt, "What makes me smile..." for writing review and practice

Thursday, August 31, 2017

We're Glad You're Here

It was lovely meeting all of you at Back to School Night.  Please click the link below to view the video from our presentation!  It will grab your heart strings.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5-EwrhsMzY

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Welcome Back

We look forward to meeting you next week!  It's going to be a great year in Second Grade.
~Mrs. Waters, Miss Neugent and Mrs. Kock
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

ENJOY!

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Week of May 22

Religion
The Second Graders will lead Rosary on Monday, May 22nd. The students will be completing an end of the year art project this week to reflect on their faith journey in Second Grade. The week will end with a fun and interactive, online Jeopardy game that will review all of the religion curriculum from this schol year.

Everyday Math
The students will continue on multiplication readiness and practice.

Daily 5
Daily 5 routines and Guided Reading groups Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Mini-Lessons: Compound Words


Being a Writer
The studentswill be doing some end of the year writing tasks and assessments. They will be creating a fun bulletin board to be displayed for the 2017-2018 school year, which will encourage excitement for the incoming Second Graders.

Science
There will be a Forces and Motion Unit Test this week! Please look for a study guide.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Week of May 15

Religion
The students will be reading Chapter 21: Forever in Heaven. This chapter focuses on our invitation to heaven and the great feast that awaits us upon our arrival. Each of us is invited by God. The students will understand what it means to say "yes" to God, as well as share their images and visions of what heaven must be like. There will be Rosary on Monday, May 15th.

Everyday Math
The students will be reviewing double and triple digit addition and subtraction problems, with and without regrouping. It is our hope students are solving these problems with greater confidence and accuracy than when the year began. We are very proud of how far they have come. There will be a few lessons on multiplication readiness toward the end of the week

Daily 5
Daily 5 routines and Guided Reading groups Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Mini-Lessons: Main idea and details in informational texts

Being a Writer
The students will focus on friendly letter writing. They will listen to three different trade books that model how to write letters. The students will identify the different parts of a friendly letter while working through the writing process. One fun letter will be written from the perspective of an object in space to the Earth!

Science
Our Forces in Motion unit begins! The students will be able to define a force, as well as identify the four different types of forces: gravity, magnetism, moving water and moving air. We will experiment with how friction can slow forces.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Biography Fair Week

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Things to Know:
-Biography reports and posters are being completed AT SCHOOL!
-Please help you child come up with a costume AT HOME!
                   *This costume will come to school in a bag on Friday. We can hang costumes as well.
                   *The students WILL NOT wear their costumes to school.
                   *We will be helping the students get ready for the fair after lunch.
                   *If you need help thinking of a costume, please let us know!
                   *Pinterest has great ideas for homemade costumes.
-Students may bring an item or two to place by their report for the fair.
                   *Example:  Jane Goodall might bring a stuffed monkey.
                   *Example:  Abraham Lincoln might bring a small American flag.

THE STUDENTS ARE WORKING HARD THIS WEEK TO PREPARE FOR THE FAIR!  THIS IS ONE OF OUR MOST FAVORITE 2ND GRADE TRADITIONS.  WE CAN'T WAIT TO SHARE THE STUDENTS' LEARNING ON FRIDAY.  PLEASE REMEMBER THE FAIR IS FROM 1:00-2:00 P.M. IN THE SECOND GRADE CLASSROOMS.  ALL ARE WELCOME!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Congratulations 2nd Graders!

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Week of April 24

Religion
Congratulations to all of the 2nd Graders on making their First Communion! This week the students will learn ways to use the Eucharist after leaving Mass. The students will understand what it means to become what you receive. We will discuss ways to serve others and fulfill our sacred mission.

Everyday Math
Unit 10 continues. The students will review place value early in the week. Students will identify values of numbers into the 1,000's and 10,000's. There will be a Unit 10 Review on Thursday and Unit Assessment Friday. Please look for a study guide Thursday evening!

Daily 5
Daily 5 routines and Guided Reading groups Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Mini-Lessons: Text Features

Being a Writer
The students will continue their biography research. Each student will take Power Notes (a modern outline) and turn their learning into an informative report. Students will share information about their person's early life, fame and service to others!

Science
Students will celebrate Earth Day on Monday! They will research ways to care for and preserve the Earth using the Pebble Go app on student iPads. On Wednesday, our study of space starts! The students will be able to identify and list features of objects visible in the night sky.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Week of April 10

Religion

This week we will finish Chapter 7 in our Eucharist books, as well as focus on Holy Week. The students will fully understand what it means to receive the Eucharist and how to use the Eucharist to be good servants of the Lord. The students will complete a Stations of the Cross activity on Holy Thursday to prepare for the Living Stations on Friday afternoon. Please feel free to join us in the church on Good Friday at 2:30.

Everyday Math
Unit 10 begins. Please look for a new family letter. This week the students will practice counting money and learn decimal notation for both pennies and dimes. The students will also count money amounts using a calculator, as well as practice estimating costs.

Daily 5
Daily 5 routines and Guided Reading groups Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Mini-Lessons: Biographies

Being a Writer
The students will choose their biography person on Tuesday! Please know we work very hard to accommodate a student's interest with his/her reading level. Both of these items are very important to us as a team. There will be a reading assignment this week/weekend! However, don't fret! The majority of the Biography Unit is completed at school. Please look for a letter to come home later this week explaining everything.

Science
Students will begin studying weather. The students will recognize the difference between weather and temperature. We will introduce various tools used to measure weather. The students will identify three types of clouds and review the water cycle.

Monday, April 3, 2017

BIG NEWS!!!

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2ND GRADE BIOGRAPHY FAIR 
FRIDAY, MAY 5TH
1:00 - 2:00 P.M.

Week of April 3

Religion
The students will continue learning about the Liturgy of the Eucharist. They will understand the parts of the Eucharistic prayer and how the bread and wine are consecrated by the power of the Holy Spirit into the Body and Blood of Christ. The students will have opportunities to practice receiving the Eucharist in the classroom.

Everyday Math
Unit 9 with a continue and end with a focus on different types of measurement. The students will focus on capacity this week, as well as weight. There will be a unit review and assessment.

Daily 5
Daily 5 routines and Guided Reading groups Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Mini-Lessons: Text Features

Being a Writer
The students will begin their study of biographies. We will introduce the concept of biographies to the students. They will all complete a classmate interview this week, take their research and transpose it into a Top 10 List. The students will have an opportunity to share their research with the class.

Science
Students will begin studying weather. The students will recognize the difference between weather and temperature. We will introduce various tools used to measure weather. The week will culminate with a storm chaser visit from Channel 13 News! This will be very exciting.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Week of March 27

Religion
The students will begin learning about and identifying parts of the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
Our focus will be on the sacrifice of Jesus made in the Eucharist.  The students will hear and respond to the story of The Washing of Feet.

Everyday Math
Unit 9 with a continue with a focus on different types of measurement. The students will measure items using cm and inches to the nearest whole and fraction. There will be a lesson on perimeter and area, as well as measuring longer distances.

Daily 5
Daily 5 routines and Guided Reading groups Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Mini-Lessons: Text Features

Being a Writer
The students will focus on story elements and how to write a story with an effective beginning, middle and end. Students will move at their own pace this week through the drafting, editing and publishing process.

Science
Students will continue their study of matter. Students will focus on different features of solids, liquids and gases. New vocabulary words this week include mass, mixture, reversible and irreversible changes. There will be a unit assessment this week!