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 3-18-19

Week of 3-18-19 This week in Math, we began Chapter 9, which focuses on measurement in metric units. So far, we have measured objects using unit cubes and a ruler. We also discussed estimation in centimeters. In Reading, we finished Pioneers to the West. Students loved learning the stories of different pioneer children traveling West....
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Week of 3-11-19

Week of 3-11-19 Wow, what a busy week! We attended a dental assembly, saw the Wizard of Oz Play performed by our middle schoolers, watched the fifth graders present their science projects, participated in our first Stations of the Cross event for Lent, and visited Oak Trace! This week in Math, we finished Chapter 8...
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Week of 3-4-19

Week of 3-4-19 This week in Math, we solved addition and subtraction word problems involving lengths, measured the lengths of objects in inches and feet, and estimated the length of objects in feet. Next week, we will discuss how to decide on the best tool to measure an object, and we will create line plots...
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Week of 2-25-19

Week of 2-25-19 This week in Reading, we read a nonfiction biography about Johnny Appleseed. We compared and contrasted this text to John Chapman: Planter and Pioneer, which we read last week. Students continued to identify nonfiction text features and how they help us to better understand the text. In Writing, we focused on opinion...
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Week of 2-19-19

Week of 2-19-19 This week in Reading, we finished John Chapman: Planter and Pioneer. Students enjoyed reading about Johnny Appleseed and how people remember him today. Our reading focus skill was identifying character traits and finding text evidence to support our ideas. Next week, we will read a nonfiction text about Johnny Appleseed and focus...
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Week of 2-11-19

Week of 2-11-19 This week in Reading, we began John Chapman: Planter and Pioneer. We completed a KWL chart to determine what we know about Johnny Appleseed, what we want to know about him, and what we learned after reading the text. We also focused on the main idea and details of sections of the...
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Week of 2-4-19

Week of 2-4-19 This week in Religion, we discussed how the parish gathers together to celebrate Mass and what occurs at the beginning of every Mass. In Math, we ordered coins in a collection by value to find a total amount, represented money amounts less than one dollar using two different combinations, showed one dollar...
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Week of 1-28-19

Week of 1-28-19 This week in Math, we began Chapter 7. So far, students learned about quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies. We examined each type of coin to find similarities and differences in their appearances; this will help us differentiate between coins when finding the value of a group of coins. At home, have your...
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Week of 1-22-19

Week of 1-22-19 This week in Reading, we learned about prefixes. We discussed what un-, pre-, and re- mean, then brainstormed words that have these prefixes and how they change the base word. We read Fortunately by Remy Charlip and focused on story structure and prefixes while reading. In Writing, students wrote a story following...
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