2-1/Mrs. Jean Saraceno

Welcome to Class 2-1
Mrs. Saraceno
2017-2018

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!

May 2018

**I am so very happy and proud of the second graders.  God bless them as they receive their First Holy Communion.  May Jesus always be a very special part of their lives!

What We Are Learning in Class 2-1:

Math

 We continue finish , Chapter 11 "Geometry & Fraction Concepts".  Students will recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes such as the number of angles, sides, vertices, and faces.   They will also be identifying triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, and hexagons.  

********Math Project********

3-Dimensional Robot Project

As a follow-up to lesson 11.1 and 11.2, the children will work on building a 3-D robot.  They will create a 3-D robot using 3-D items that they find around their homes. For example, they may use toilet paper towel rolls as cylinders, tissue boxes as rectangular prisms, and balls as spheres.  They are to build a robot that is made of at least one of each shape that is listed on the rubric. In addition, the robot must show some creativity and be neat.

This will be counted as a math grade!


ELA

"Wonders"  Unit Five
Week Three


"Brave Bessie" , "The Legend of Kate Shelley" & "
Cesar Chavez" 

Genre:Legends  &  Biography

Skills
Comprehension:  Students will focus on the skills of summarizing as they read.  They will also explore the point of view of a story.  They will make connections within the text and recall details from the story.  
Writing: They will be incorporating dialogue in their writing this week. We will practice how to use commas and quotation marks correctly in their writing.  As a writing activity, they will write about someone they believe is brave or a hero.
**** They will continue to work on paragraph writing skills including topic sentences, supporting details, and conclusions.

Grammar:     We will also be reviewing synonyms and practice using a thesaurus.

Spelling
Week of May 29-June 1st
Focus: Variant Vowels
oo, u, ue, u_e, ew, ui


room
flu
June
new
 glue
fruit
crook
could
full
push

High Frequency Words
point
coin
along
ever
stong


Science

This week we will begin Unit 4 "All About Plants"   We will read about the needs of a plant.  We will also review the parts of a plant and discuss what a plant needs to grow.  
* We will be planting our own seeds and keeping data on the results!


Social Studies

Studies Weekly-  "Inventors & Scientists"

Objective:  Students will learn about people from various backgrounds and cultures who made important contributions to our country.

******Technology - “Mini Research Project

The children will go to the computer lab to do some research on a famous inventor or scientist. Each child will be assigned an inventor  or scientist to study. With the help of Pebblego.com, they will find info about their person and record details on a graphic organizer.   Once they have included details from the 5 different categories, they complete a question sheet and then illustrate a picture of their person.

They will share their findings back in the classroom.


 Religion 
  
** Every Tuesday, the students will be attending the 8:30 mass and and receiving Holy Communion.
*This month we are focusing on the Blessed Mother, Mary.  We are reading about Our Lady of Fatima, Our lady of Lourdes, and the Immaculate Conception.  We will also be practicing how to say the rosary. 

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


Specials
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 May have been sent . They should arrive later this week.

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.

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