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Welcome to Second Grade! We always look forward to an exciting year, filled with learning and academic growth. Through an inviting and positive classroom environment, students are motivated to learn and be kind to others.

This year, students will experience the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion to grow stronger in their faith and closer to God. Students will also take part in a service project to develop empathy for others and make a positive impact in the lives of others; we visit a senior living community several times throughout the school year to read, play games, and sing with the elderly.

From learning how to write in cursive to doing double-digit addition problems, students will learn so much throughout the school year. Be sure to check out the “Curriculum” tab to learn more!

What will your child be learning?

Math: We are excited to continue with our math program, GoMath. Students will master basic addition and subtraction facts through 20, learn two- and three-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping, and focus on place value to compare numbers. We will also work with money, time, graphs, measurement, and geometry. Students will also have Simple Solutions, another math program that reviews math areas throughout the year.

Religion: Students will have a wonderful opportunity to learn so much of the Catholic faith this year! We will discuss how Jesus is always with us, especially in the sacraments. We will do an entire unit dedicated to Reconciliation, and another unit on the celebration of the Eucharist. We will have conversations on how we can live our faith every day. Prior to receiving the sacraments, parent meetings will be held by Mrs. Barb Campbell, the Director of Religious Education to provide you with further information.

Handwriting: Handwriting will be practiced each day, whether with a specific worksheet or in writing answers, stories, etc. We will begin teaching cursive after Christmas Break.

Science: Students will learn how to work like a scientist and use the design process. They will also learn about technology, animals, plants, environments for living things, Earth’s resources, and weather.

Social Studies: Students will study basic geography skills, where we live, our country’s past, the working world, and government. We will also learn about various people and places in history.

Reading: We will be reading stories throughout the year and discussing various story elements, such as setting, plot, conclusion, etc. Students will learn how to identify the main idea and details within a text. We will also learn several reading skills and strategies to build comprehension and fluency in both fiction and nonfiction texts.

Writing: Students will effectively use the writing process to write informative, opinion, and narrative pieces throughout the year.

Phonics: We will cover various sounds, from short and long vowel sounds, to consonant blends, to diphthongs and digraphs. Students will also learn contractions, prefixes, and suffixes.

Shurley English: Students will learn to use correct punctuation and capitalization, while writing in complete sentences. We will also learn to classify sentences with various parts of speech (i.e. nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions).

Spelling: Each week, students will have a list of ten words to learn. The first two words on the list can be spelled phonetically, the next six words follow a spelling pattern, and the last two words are “challenge” words. Tests will be on the last day of the week.

Some Extra Information

Math Facts and Reading: Students are encouraged to practice addition and subtraction facts (0-20) and read at home daily. Both of these activities will help them in the classroom!
Spelling: Students are encouraged to practice their weekly spelling words at home using SpellingCity, a fun website with games and activities to practice our spelling lists. The link is: http://www.spellingcity.com/mccartney109.

2nd Grade

  • Monday – Spanish
  • Tuesday – Art
  • Wednesday – TLC
  • Thursday – PE & Music
  • Friday – PE

Rule 1 – Listen carefully.

Rule 2 – Follow directions.

Rule 3 – Work quietly. Do not disturb others who are working.

Rule 4 – Respect others. Be kind with your words and actions.

Rule 5 – Respect school and personal property.

Rule 6 – Work and play safely, fairly, and honestly.

Second-2-None: Week of May 23

We are all finished with our Second Step program, but I hope they continue to use what they learned. This program is used throughout 8th grade, building upon the skills year to year. We will finish our text next week by discussing how we can all share love and respect.  Though we will not learn...
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Second-2-None: Week of May 16

During Religion we’re continuing our Second Step by talking about what to do if we feel left out. We’ll wrap up this program next week. In our text, we are talking about how different people serve God in different ways. After finishing that up, we will focus on the Blessed Mother through the end of...
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Second-2-None: Week of May 9

In Religion, we have been focusing on our Second step program, reviewing some skills and wrapping up the program. Over the next couple of weeks, we will finish religion by looking at how Catholics continue Jesus’ work of serving others.   We continue to classify sentences in Grammar that have prepositional phrases. We had a...
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Second-2-None: Week of April 25

We have quite a bit going on in Religion. We’ve been practicing how to receive Holy Communion. We have also been practicing for May Crowning. A letter about this mass went home today. Please be sure to read the information carefully and let me know if you have any questions.  In Language Arts, we have...
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Second-2-None: Week of April 11

There was so much to learn about Holy Week in Religion. We spoke about each day, from the important events of that day to the way we celebrate at church. We ended the week with a video “The Story of Jesus for Children” which depicted key events in Jesus’ life.   In Language Arts/Reading, we...
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Second-2-None: Week of April 4

We finished talking about the main parts of the Mass. We will continue to look at the Mass after Easter so that it is fresh for First Holy Communion. This week, we also completed a beautiful mosaic with the three crosses on Calvary. Next week, we will concentrate on Holy Week and Easter.   We’ve...
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Second-2-None: Week of March 28

We have finished talking about the parts in the Liturgy of the Eucharist. We will continue to talk about Mass, including the conclusion, for the next few weeks, in preparation for First Communion. During Holy Week, we will pause to learn more about Palm Sunday and the Triduum.  English/Language Arts has us learning so much!...
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Second-2-None: Week of March 21

This week in religion, we learned about anger management in our Second Step program. We practiced some calming techniques, breathing skills, and discussed other ways to calm down. We also began to look at the second main part of Mass, which is the Liturgy of the Eucharist. This week, we officially finished our Growing with...
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Second-2-None: Week of 3/14

We’ve finished up Liturgy of the Word and will move on to the Liturgy of the Eucharist next week. We will spend quite a bit of time reviewing all the steps in the Mass so that hopefully, your child can point them out to you. We have only one lesson left with our Growing with...
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