2nd Grade


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:

Volunteering: Parents are welcome to volunteer for recess, lunch duty, field trips, and parties. You must be fully Virtus trained. We look forward to seeing you! Links to help you help us are below.

Recess/Lunch Duty:

Virtus Training*:

*Once you click the link and get to the site, you will have to scroll and choose Chicago (Archdiocese) to see the options for available Virtus classes.

Room 109
A – Technology
B – Spanish, PE
C – Technology, Library
D – Music, Science Lab
E – 8am Mass, Spanish
F – PE, Art

Room 110
A – Spanish, Library
B – PE, Science Lab
C – Music
D – Spanish
E – 8am Mass, Art, Technology
F – Technology, PE

Rule 1 – Listen when others are talking.

Rule 2 – Raise your hand to speak.

Rule 3 – Follow directions.

Rule 4 – Respect everyone and their property.

Rule 5 – Keep your hands and feet to yourself.

Rule 6 – Be safe, be kind, be honest.

Read our latest newsletters below:

Week of 5-28-19

Week of 5-28-19 to 5-31-19 In Phonics and English, we reviewed possessive nouns and plural nouns. In Reading, we focused on asking and answering questions using text evidence. In Writing, we wrote “summer bucket lists.” Students enjoyed writing about friends they want to see, places they want to go, and things they wish to do...
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Week of 5-20-19

Week of 5-20-19 to 5-24-19 This week in Reading, we read A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt. We focused on author’s purpose, how illustrations can help us understand new vocabulary, cause and effect, and author’s word choice. Students also connected some characters in this book to the book we previously read about Teddy Roosevelt! We also...
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Week of 5-13-19

Week of 5-13-19 to 5-17-19 This week in Reading, we read Alfred Nobel: The Man Behind the Peace Prize. We discussed the main topic, author’s word choice, and cause and effect. In Shurley English, we reviewed classifying sentences, parts of speech, types of nouns, and subject/predicate. In Phonics, we learned about homonyms and reviewed synonyms and antonyms....
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Week of 5-6-19

Week of 5-6-19 to 5-10-19 This week in Reading, we read Disney’s version of The Jungle Book. We discussed the beginning, middle, and end of the story. We also reviewed setting and character traits. After we see the play on our field trip, we will compare and contrast the two versions. In Writing, we worked on a...
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Week of 4-29-19

Week of 4-29-19 through 5-3-19 This week in Reading, we read On Meadowview Street. We discussed the central message of this story and how it relates to our unit theme of “changing the world.” In Writing, we finished writing and illustrating our opinion pieces on what we want to be when we grow up for our Student...
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Week of 4-25-19

Week of 4-25-19 through 4-26-19 This week in Reading, we retold the traditional story of The Three Little Pigs and read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. We compared and contrasted the two versions of the story using a Venn diagram. In Writing, we finished writing and illustrating our opinion pieces on what we want...
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Week of 4-8-19

Week of 4-8-19 through 4-12-19 This week in Reading, we finished 68 Ways to Save the Planet Before Bedtime. This nonfiction text provides students with many ideas on how they can save the planet by doing small acts every day. We created Earth Day projects demonstrating various ways we can save the planet in our everyday...
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Week of 4-1-19

Week of 4-1-19 through 4-5-19 This week in Reading, we began 68 Ways to Save the Planet Before Bedtime. This nonfiction text provides students with many ideas on how they can save the planet by doing small acts every day. This book is the beginning of our unit on “Changing the World.” We have focused...
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Week of 3-25-19

Week of 3-25-19 This week in Reading, we read a fictional short story called Going West. Students enjoyed reading about one family’s journey traveling west and starting a new life. We focused on identifying characters’ points of view and evidence from the text to support our ideas. We also identified the beginning, middle, and end...
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