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!

 November 2018

What We Are Learning in Class 2-1:

Math

 We will continue Chapter 3 "Basic Facts & Relationships".  The students will use bar models to show addition and subtraction problems.  They will write equations to represent and solve a variety of addition & subtraction problems. They will also solve problems involving equal groups by using the strategy act it out.

ELA

"Wonders"  Unit Two 
"A Visit to the Desert" & "Sled Dogs Run"
Genre: Expository Texts

Skills: commas in a series, prefixes such as re-, dis- & un-, plural nouns, and capitalization & punctuation

Comprehension:  
This week we will be rereading Balloons Over Broadway (The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade) by Melissa Sweet. Students will work on main idea & details, sequence of events, cause & effect, and character traits.  They will discuss the history of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and recall facts from the story.

Grammar/Writing:  We will work on persuasive writing this week. Students will draft a letter to Mr. Macy explaining their ideas about a new balloon. They will continue to identify and write complete sentences and check for correct punctuation.

Spelling
Week of November 13th-16th
Focus:    Words from Balloons Over Broadway 
                                                by Melissa Sweet
clock
motion
float
balloon
side
line
helium
puppet
parade
pulley



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, "What's the red thing on a turkey?".  The children will respond in a writing activity.

**We will also experiment by making our very own butter, just as the pilgrims did in the 1600s!

Social Studies
Studies Weekly-  "The Pilgrims Come to America"

Students will learn that American Indians were the first inhabitants of North America.  They will discuss the Pilgrims' voyage to the New World and learn about American Indian culture.

Religion 
*The children will reread the story of the "Ten Lepers" according to St. Luke.  They will discuss the end of the story and discuss something that they are grateful for in their own lives. 
****The second grade will also act out the gospel at our Thanksgiving Prayer service on Wed, Nov. 21st.   


** 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 November book orders are due on Wed., November 14th.
**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