2-1/Mrs. Jean Saraceno

Welcome to Class 2-1
Mrs. Saraceno

Welcome to my second grade class! I am so happy to be  teaching the children in 2-1. Second grade is an exciting year of growing and learning. The children will be engaged in reading, math, and writing activities which are all aligned with the New York State Common Core Curriculum. This is also a very special year for the children. They will be receiving two sacraments, their first Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. I'm delighted to share in this special time of their lives!

November 2017

What We Are Learning in Class 2-1:
 We will continue, Chapter Three "Basic Facts and Relationships".  Students will use double facts to find sums.  They will recall sums for basic facts using the "make a ten" strategy.  They will also find sums of three addends by applying the Commutative and  Associative Properties of Addition.  
*This week, we will look for patterns and relationships between addition and subtraction.
**In addition, we will practice graphing skills.  Students will vote on their favorite Macy's Day Thanksgiving balloon.   We will create a picture graph displaying the  class results!


*This week, the students will be studying a special book entitled, Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
They will be using this story for many different skills:

Character Traits:  Students will use context clues to identify character traits of the main character, Tony Sarg.
Sequence of Events:  Students will recall the different events form the story and put them in order.
Cause & Effect-  They will look at how different events in the story caused other things to take place.

 We will finish up..."Wonders"  Unit Two- Week Two

"The Boy Who Cried Wolf" & "Wolf! Wolf!"
Genre: Fables

Comprehension:  Students will focus on making predictions  We will discuss the plot of a story, especially fables.  They will identify the problem and solution of different stories.
Writing: They will be working on a writing piece about animals.  They will rewrite the beginning of the fable "The Boy Who Cried Wolf".

They will incorporate technology by using the site, Pebblego.com, to find interesting facts about different animals.  Students will work  in groups to research animal classifications such as mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians.

Grammar:  Students will continue to work on sentence fluency.  We will write sentences and practice combining and expanding sentences.  Children will practice using commas correctly such as in a series.  They will also practice identifying and spelling singular and plural nouns.

Week of  Nov. 20th-22nd
New Words from Balloons Over Broadway
                                             by Melissa Sweet


Fusion Series
Unit Three:  All About Animals
Lesson One-Three 
" What Are Animal Needs?"
"What are some kinds of animals?" & "How Do Body Coverings Help Animals?"

We will begin the third unit in science this week.  The children will identify water, food, and shelter as the basic needs of animals and humans.  They will describe some ways animals depend on plants to meet basic needs.


Social Studies

Studies Weekly-  "Rules & Responsibilities"
Students will discuss the different rules and responsibilities they have, both in school and at home.  They will also discuss what a consequence is and explain reasons why consequences are necessary.
** This week in honor of  Thanksgiving, the students will be studying the history of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  We will visit the official website and view the 2017 line-up of balloons, floats, and performers.
*We will use map skills to follow the parade route and famous landmarks along the way.


  The Ten Lepers 
This month, we will be performing a very special play, entitled "The Thankful Leper".  The students in grade 2 will tell the story of the ten lepers, and how only one returned to thank Jesus.

We will also continue Chapter Three "We celebrate God's Love". Students will identify themselves as a baptized member of the Church.  We will discuss how Catholics celebrate God's love by praying and worshiping.  We will introduce all seven sacraments.

** Every Tuesday, the students will be attending the 8:30 mass in preparation for the sacraments of reconciliation and Holy Communion.

Act of Contrition
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.  In choosing to do wrong, and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.  Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy. Amen

Monday: Gym1:00-1:40
Tuesday: Mass 8:30
Library  10:30- 11:10

Wednesday: Technology  1:00-1:40
      Creative Writing 11:10-11:50

Thursday: Music 8:30-9:10
   Religion with Sr. Maureen

Friday: Art 1:00-1:40 

Some Reminders

**  Scholastic book orders for November have been sent.  I will be sending home a new flyer for the month of December  after Thanksgiving.

If you would like to order online, the class code is PBCV7.  If not, please send orders in by the date above.

**Please remember to check your child's folder each night.  Take-home folders should be emptied every night.  This includes any classwork that may be in their folders.

**All math homework and classwork sheets should be kept in their math folder.  Once a chapter is completed, those chapter books can be removed and kept home.

If you need to reach me, for any reason, please email me at: dsaraceno7211@ndsnet.org