2-1/Mrs. Jean Saraceno

Welcome to Class 2-1
Mrs. Saraceno
2018-2019

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!
January 2019
Happy New year !!!!

What We Are Learning in Class 2-1:

Math
 We will  begin Chapter 5, "Two-Digit Subtraction".  Students will model two digit subtraction with and without regrouping.  We will also be practicing subtraction facts through math games, such as "Melt-A-Snowflake".  This week we will focus on problem solving and using two-three step problems.
**The children should be using their IXL account to review both addition and subtraction facts.

ELA


"
Wonders"  Unit Two, Week 5
Essential Question:  "What Do We Love About Animals?"
" Cats & Kittens" & "Beetles"
Genre: Poetry

Skills: plural nouns -s, -es,irregular plurals
Suffixes : -ful, -less, possessive nouns, compound words

Comprehension:  
This week we will be reading poetry. Students will determine the meaning of words and phrases in a poem.   They will look for rhyme patterns and word choice.

Writing:  They will finish writing a fictional story about being trapped in a snow globe! They will continue to identify and write complete sentences and check for correct punctuation.

**They have been working very hard on their biography book reports.  They have been using the sites, pebblego.com & ducksters.com to research and include more information.  So far, they have used graphic organizers to collect their facts.  They have just begun their rough drafts and they are proofreading in preparation for the final copy.

Spelling
Week of January 14th-18th

Focus:   Three Letter Blends
scr, spr, str, thr, spl, shr

scratch
scrape
spring
throne
stripe
strange
shred
shrub
splash
split

high frequency words

catch
sting
far
flower
until



Science
Students will continue their lessons on inquiry skills.  Once again, this week we will explore with "Scientist Doug" from our mystery science lessons.  We will question, "Why is snow white?".  The children will respond in a writing/craft activity.

*This week we will read Snowflake Bently, By Jaqueline Briggs Martin.  Students will learn all about snowflakes and how they form.  We will be conducting an experiment where we make our very own crystal snow flakes!!!

Social Studies
This week, we will continue our studies weekly lesson, "Where on Earth?".  Students will read about different communities around the world.  They will review the climates and land forms of different regions.  They will also review map skills from previous lessons.

Religion 
This week, we will continue Chapter 3 " We Celebrate God's Love-  The Seven Sacraments".  Students will identify themselves as a baptized member of the Church.  They will learn that the Church celebrates with the seven sacraments which are special signs from God.

***Our saint of the month will be St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, in honor of Catholic Schools.We will read about her life and all the special things she did.


** Every Tuesday, the students will be attending the 8:30 mass in preparation for First Holy Communion.
*The date for First Holy Communion is Saturday May 4, 2019!  Class 2-1 will be receiving the sacrament at 11:00 a.m.

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:
Language 10:30-11:10
 Gym1:00-1:40

Tuesday: Mass 8:30
Library  10:30- 11:10

Wednesday: Technology  1:00-1:40
Thursday: Music 8:30-9:10
Creative Writing w/ Mrs. Saraceno
& Mrs. Swedenberg 11:10-11:50
   Religion with Sr. Maureen

Friday: Art 1:00-1:40   


Some Reminders



If you would like to order Scholastic Book orders online, the class code is PBCV7.  If not, please send orders in to me.
*****The January book orders are due on Thursday, January 10th.
**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