Summer Reading & Supplies

Second Grade Summer Reading List 2020-2021

Below is my suggested Summer Reading List. Your child should read at least three picture books or chapter books and fill out the attached worksheet for each book. In addition, I strongly suggest working on any of the First Grade ELA or Math workbooks that were sent home from first grade.  Math Flashcards are also a great idea; they are on the Supply List.  Bring your books the first day of class and be prepared to read them aloud and share your Book Reports.

Suggested Book List 

Any Library Mouse books by Daniel Kirk

Any There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A.. 

books by Lucille Colandro

Stuart Little: Stuart at the Library by Susan Hill

Froggy Builds a Tree House by Jonathan London

Skippy Jon Jones: Class Action by Judy Schachner

Ron’s Big Mission by Rose Blue and Corrine J Naden

Any Frog and Toad books

Any Bernstein Bears books

Any Magic Tree House chapter books

Any Junie B. Jones chapter books

Any A-Z Mystery chapter books

Second Grade Reading Report by ______________________

Student’s Name

Title:__________________________

Author: ________________________

What did you like about this book?  Please be specific.

Title:__________________________

Author: ________________________

What did you like about this book?  Please be specific.

Title:__________________________

Author: ________________________

Why did you like this book?  Please be specific.

Due to COVID concerns, all supplies will be individualized. Current supplies should be labeled and placed in a “toolbox” and a separate soft pencil case for pencils, erasers and colored pencils.  Extra supplies for each individual child should be labeled and placed in a strong cloth or paper bag to be kept in the closet.  Please do not send any supply that might be construed as a toy; such distracting erasers and pencils, etc. will be sent home and need to be replaced.  As necessary, I will post updates to this list on the Website if anything changes due to COVID.

1 backpack without wheels

1 “toolbox” for miscellaneous supplies

                                                1 pencil bag

1 box of crayons (24 pack)

#2 pencils (4 boxes of 24) (preferably sharpened)

1 box of ballpoint pens for correcting papers                                  (preferably purple, but any color will do)

2 glue sticks

1 pair scissors

  1. PLASTIC folders (red, blue, green, yellow)

                                 3 reams of copy paper

2 packets of multi-colored construction paper

2 composition notebooks

6 large rubber erasers

1 package of colored pencils

2 handheld non-electric pencil sharpeners 

1 package (10) washable markers

1 SET EACH addition/subtraction/multiplication/division flash cards         

Individual tissue packs (will be kept at their desk as needed)

4 small hand sanitizers (pump) (one will always be kept at individual desks)

4 containers of disinfectant wipes Clorox/Lysol

1 box of gallon; 1 box of quart; 1 box of regular sandwich bags

Spanish: 1” Binder and Color Pencils. If your binder is in good shape from last year, you may reuse it.

3/09/20 – 3/13/20

I hope you are having a good Lent. No matter what your Religious Tradition, the practice of Prayer, Fasting and Giving is good to promote. For second graders, this may look like intentionally praying more as a family, fasting by giving something up for Lent, and your child serving you by doing extra chores so they can collect change for the Poor Box.

RELIGION:

Celebrating Lent: Pray, Fast & Give

Moral Choices & Conscience-God’s Inner Voice of Right and Wrong

WWJD: What would Jesus do?

Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist

SPELLING:

happy, pretty, baby, very, puppy, funny, carry, lucky, only, sunny, penny, city, tiny, many

Bonus Words: Eucharist, Communion

READING:  

Phonics: clapping syllables and adding endings to words

Long “e’ sound for “y”/ single & double consonants

Dialogue

Playing close attention to the details in stories.

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Verb BE: am, is, are

Elaboration: Story Details

Antonyms

Journal Writing

MATH:  

Math Centers: Measurement, Time and Money

Venn Diagrams, Bar Graphs

Fractions

Number Sense: 10 more and 10 less

Rounding Numbers

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

MAPS

Heroes Then and Now

SCIENCE:

Sciene Lab: STEM engineering lab building structures with edible food.

HOMEWORK:

Work with your child on Measurement, Time and Money at home.

Math Log

Check the Tuesday folder to go over the work that comes home.

Read a book and discuss nightly. Take turns having your child read aloud, or you read to them. Turn in Weekly Reading Log on Tuesdays.

Reminders & Important Dates:

Monday, March 16th: 2 PM Dismissal

Third Quarter ends on Thursday, March 19th

No school Friday, March 20th due to Teacher Inservice

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniform

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Monday, March 16th: After the 2:00 Dismissal

Group Pictures: Wednesday, March 11th. Your child will already be wearing his/her BEST uniform. No off color hair bows, please.

Saturday, March 21st: St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Please join us!

First Communion will be celebrated on Sat. April 25th at the 5:30 p.m. Mass

Retreat is Sat. March 28th 8:30 to 12 noon in the Church.

Practice is Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:15 p.m. in the Church

3/2/20 – 3/6/20

Your children did an amazing job on Monday Morning Prayer last week. Thank you for showing up!

The Character Parade was wonderful! Thank you for helping your children make awesome costumes and showing up!

PLEASE NOTE THAT A PROMOTIONAL VIDEO WILL BE SHOT ON THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 6th. Please send your child in their BEST uniform!

PLEASE NOTE THAT SCHOOL PICTURES ARE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11th. Please send your child in their BEST uniforms.

School Registration Deadline: March 10th: Discount to register on time!

The St. Patrick’s Day T-shirts order deadline is Tuesday, March 3rd.

I hope you are having a good Lent. No matter what your Religious Tradition, the practice of Prayer, Fasting and Giving is good to promote. For second graders, this may look like intentionally praying more as a family, fasting by giving something up for Lent, and your child serving you by doing extra chores so they can put change in the Poor Box at Church.

For those children receiving their first Sacrament of Reconciliation, it is scheduled for Monday, March 16th after the 2:00 Dismissal. You must reach out to Ms. Donna to let her know if you can attend with your child. If you can’t attend, she will reschedule with you.

RELIGION:

Celebrating Lent: Pray, Fast & Give

What is Penance?

Moral Choices & Conscience-God’s Inner Voice of Right and Wrong

WWJD: What would Jesus do?

Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist

SPELLING:

night, kind, spy, child, light, find, right, high, wild, July, fry, sigh, by, why

Bonus Words: Sacrament, Reconciliation

READING:  

Dr. Seuss Week Stories: Rhyme and Rhythm

Phonics: syllables, prefixes and suffixes

Short vowels/long vowel sounds

Playing close attention to the details in stories.

Charlotte’s Web

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Pronouns

Possessive Nouns

Elaboration: Story Details

Writing with Rhyme and Rhythm

MATH:  

Geometry : Congruent Figures, Lines of Symmetry, Slides and Flips, Turns, and Patterns

Math Centers: Time, Money and Measurement

Measurement: Reading a Thermometer; drawing line segments

Time: five minute and one minute increments

Money: change for a dollar; using money in word problems

Fractions

Place Value: Comparing Lesser and Greater

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

Timelines

Following Signs on a Road

Heroes Then and Now

SCIENCE:

Super Soil

Predicting and weighing rocks

HOMEWORK:

Work with your child on Time, Money and Measurement at home.

Math Flashcards Log (Flashcards or Math apps may also be used: 10 minutes nightly)

Check the Tuesday folder to go over the work that comes home.

Read a book and discuss nightly. Take turns having your child read aloud, or you read to them. Please turn in the Weekly Reading Log on Tuesdays. Choose alternative options to present books to the class.

Reminders & Important Dates:

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

BEST UNIFORMS worn on this Friday, March 6th. Please see the note above!

Group School Pictures will be on Wednesday, March 11th! Best MASS uniforms please!

PEHP Thursday: Please wear PE Uniforms ONLY on Thursdays

Saturday, March 21st: St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Please join us!

Monday, March 16th: 2:00 PM Dismissal

Thursday, March 19th: End of Third Quarter

Friday, March 20th: NO SCHOOL: TEACHER INSERVICE

First Communion will be celebrated on Sat. April 25th at the 5:30 p.m. Mass

Retreat is Sat. March 28th 8:30 to 12 noon in the Church.

Practice is Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:15 p.m. in the Church

2/24/20 – 2/28/20

Thank you to all the parents for coming for Monday Morning Prayer. I was so very proud of all the children who did a fantastic job!

Please sign and return your child’s Progress Report which will be coming home in the Tuesday folder. The Fountas & Pinnell Reading Benchmark Report is also coming home so that you can see the amazing progress your child has made with Reading since the beginning of the year. Please sign next to both the Fall and Winter scores.

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday this week. Your child will be receiving ashes on their foreheads to remind them to “Remember O man that thou art dust, and to dust thou shall return.” Genesis 3:19. You are invited to attend Mass and receive ashes, as well. If you come to Mass, your child may sit with you, and if you are not Catholic, ALL may receive ashes even the littlest ones.

It was wonderful to see you at the Angels in the Vista Auction on Saturday!

Please join us for the Book Character Parade at 2:00 on Monday, March 2nd.

RELIGION:

Monday Morning Prayer: Ash Wednesday and Lent

Sacraments: Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist

Prayer ACTS: Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, Supplication

MagniKids

SPELLING: Base Words with endings -ed, -ing

running, clapped, stopped, hopping, batted, selling, pinned, cutting, sitting, rubbed, missed, grabbed, mixed, going

Bonus Words: people, Ash Wednesday

READING:  

Dr. Seuss Week: Read Across America begins next Monday with our CHARACTER PARADE on Monday, March 2nd at 2:00. Please join us! This week please help your child pick out their favorite book. Your child should dress as their favorite character for next week’s parade, please make sure that they also bring in the book.

Rewrite a Dr. Seus Story focusing on Rhythm and Rhyme.

Character Traits Study

Charlotte’s Web Novel Study

SOCIAL STUDIES:

Biographies of Famous Americans

Research for Black History Month Timelines

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Rewrite a Dr. Seus Story focusing on Rhythm and Rhyme.

Quotations

Cursive Handwriting

Months of the Year and Days of the Week Abbreviations

CAPS (Capitalization, Agreement, Punctuation and Spelling).

Writing Multi-Step Word Math Problems

MATH:  

Time, Money, Measurement, Temperature

Geometry: Congruent Figures: Slide, Flip and Turn

Place Value

Word Problems

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

Biographies: American Heroes

Black History Month Timelines

SCIENCE:

Smart Animals

Safety First

Life Cycles: From Eggs to Tadpoles to Frogs

HOMEWORK:

Check the Weekly Reading Log for alternative Book Reports to be presented to classmates.

Prepare a costume for the Monday Character Parade

Math Recording Log: Flashcards or Math Apps

Reminders & Important Dates:

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniform

Progress Reports Sent Home on Tuesday, February 26th. Please sign and return.

Character Parade on Monday, March 2nd at 2:00

2/18/20 – 2/21/20

Hope you enjoyed your long weekend!

Don’t forget to buy a ticket for the Angels in the Vista Auction! I hope to see you there on Saturday, February 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

Please come join us in the Basilica on Monday, February 24th as the Second Grade Class leads the school in Morning Prayer. Our focus will be on Ash Wednesday.

Also, come join us for Ash Wednesday Mass on Wednesday, February 26th when we kick off Lent.

Thank you to the parents for all you did for the Valentine’s Day Party especially to Christine’s Mom for the pizza and to Eli’s Mom for the Root Beer Float Science Lab!

RELIGION:

Prepare for Morning Prayer on Feb 24th: Ash Wednesday and Lent

SPELLING:

Compound Words

cannot, pancake, maybe, baseball, playground, someone, myself, classroom, sunshine, outside, upon, nothing

Bonus Words: birthday, Peacemakers

READING:  

Schwa Sounds and reading multi-syllabic words

Art of Persuasion

Biographies of Famous Americans

Black History Month Research and Timelines

Parables and Fables

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Giving Speeches

Quotations and writing dialogue

Cursive Handwriting

Months of the Year and Days of the Week Abbreviations

CAPS (Capitalization, Agreement, Punctuation and Spelling).

Writing Multi-Step Word Math Problems

MATH:  

Place Value

Money

Word Problems

Venn Diagrams

Graphing with a Key

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

Black History Month

Biographies: American Heroes

Famous Presidents

SCIENCE:

Safety First

Life Cycles: From Eggs to Tadpoles to Frogs

Thermometer

HOMEWORK:

Check the Weekly Reading Log for alternative Book Reports to be presented to classmates. Students may have more than one week to complete a project if they talk to the teacher. Due on Tuesdays of every week.

Prepare for the Book Parade on March 2nd, a blue note was sent home in the Tuesday Folder.

Math Recording Log: Flashcards or Math Apps

Reminders & Important Dates:

No school President’s Day

JOIN US FOR MONDAY MORNING PRAYER AS the SECOND GRADE PRESENTS on February 24th at 8:30 in the Basilica.

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform, Ash Wednesday.

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniform

2/10/20 – 2/14/20

Happy St. Valentine’s Day! Thank you to Christine’s Mom for planning our quick Valentine Party at 2:00 on Friday, and we are looking forward to Eli’s Mom helping us with a fun craft and leading us in another Science Lab. A list of names for your child’s Valentine cards is included in the email sent to you.

Junior Achievement Classes will begin on Fridays. Ask you child what they are learning about their community.

RELIGION:

Review of the 10 Commandments, and how they relate to Virtues.

The Greatest Commandment and the New Commandment

Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation

Peacemaking and Civil Rights

SPELLING:

Long O (o, oa, ow)

own, most, soap, float, both, know, loan, goat, flow, loaf, throw, coach, so, grow Bonus Words: Valentine, President

READING:  

Facts/ Opinions

Biographies of Famous Black Americans: Research and Timelines for Black History Month

Helen Keller

Reading and comparing Fables and Parables

ENGLISH/WRITING:
Cursive Handwriting

Possessive Nouns

Continue to write Parables with 5 story elements and a moral message.

CAPS (Capitalization, Agreement, Punctuation and Spelling).

Months of the Year and Days of the Week are capitalized

Writing Multi-Step Word Math Problems

MATH:  

2 & 3 Digit Subtraction Problems

Please always review with your child the Tuesday folder Math papers that have been coming home. There will be a Math Quiz over subtracting with regrouping. Working on the flashcards for Subtraction every night is imperative for gains in Math Fluency.

Geometry, Money and Measurement Centers

SOCIAL STUDIES:  

Research On Black History Month and Timelines: Ruby Bridges, Rosa Parks, Booker T. Washington

The story of General Sherman and Sister Baptista during the Civil War: a story of peacemaking.

Civil Rights and Peacemaking!

Junior Achievement Classes begin this Friday!

SCIENCE:

Super Soil

Fossils

Underwater Photography and Sea Life

Homework:

Check the Weekly Reading Log for alternative Book Reports to be presented to classmates. Students may have more than one week to complete a project if they talk to the teacher.

Prepare for the Book Parade on March 2nd, a blue note was sent home in the Tuesday Folder.

Math Recording Log: Flashcards or Math Apps

Reminders & Important Dates:

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniforms

Valentine’s Party 2:00 Friday

Monday, February 17th: No School

School Auction State Museum: February 22, 2020. Remember to buy tickets!

Progress Reports: February 25th

2/4/20 – 2/7/20

I hope you enjoyed your long weekend. Re-registration begins Online at FACTSmgt.com Tuesday.

Thank you to Ms. Rhett for another wonderful Science Lab. The children truly enjoyed making fossils.

You will be receiving information soon in an email about Valentine’s Day.

RELIGION: Planning and Acting Out Parables in the Bible

Fire and Forgiveness: The story of General Sherman and Sister Baptista (Principal of St. Peters Catholic School during the Civil War): a story of peacemaking!

SPELLING: words with ee and ea:
free, teach, teeth, please, beach, wheel, speak, sneeze, sheep, meaning, weave, eat, read Bonus Words: experience, other

READING:   Character Traits: acknowledge differences in points of view of characters and identify dialogue as words spoken by characters, usually enclosed in quotation marks.

Incorporating 5 Story Elements into Puppet Show Format while comparing Fables to Parables.

ENGLISH/WRITING:
Cursive Handwriting
CAPS (Capitalization, Agreement, Punctuation and Spelling). Quotation Marks
Elaboration Using Exact Words in Writing Multi-Step Word Math Problems

MATH:   Subtraction with regrouping. Problem Solving

SOCIAL STUDIES:   Black History Month: Jackie Robinson Heroes: Then and Now Service Clubs: What are they and why join?

SCIENCE: Making a Fire Safety Plan

Reminders & Important Dates:

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniforms

Friday, February 14th: Please send in Valentine’s cards addressed to Eli, Sarah, Christine, Cooper, Anna, Rachel, Nina, Wyatt, Caleah, Abby and Nailah ( 11 students)

Monday, February 17th: No School

1/21/20-1/24/20

Catholic Schools’ Week Celebrations begin next week! Please don’t forget about the School Mass at 9:00 A.M. in the Basilica of St. Peter on Sunday, January 26th; students are requested to wear their school uniform.  Capella Pueri students (half of the second graders) will be performing.  Check our website and Tuesday folder for more details about Catholic Schools’ Week.

I will continue to individually test the students with the Fountas and Pinnel Reading Level Tests.  I will send home the reports when I have completed all the testing.  So far, they are all doing very well.  They have been growing in Reading in leaps and bounds.  Thank you for reading with your children at home; it makes a huge difference!

Early Act (Rotary Club) is collecting new or gently used books; please read the hand-out in the Tuesday Folder for this very important Service Project.  We are collecting all books in a box in our classroom.

RELIGION:

Peacemakers: Jesus Gives Me His Peace; Bible Stories

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Parts of Mass

SPELLING TEST on Friday: Base Words with Endings -s, -es:

hens, eggs, ducks, bikes, boxes, wishes, dresses, names, bells, stamps, dishes, grapes, jets, frogs

Bonus Words: glasses, mice

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Cursive Handwriting

Compound Sentences

Singular and Plural

Purpose: Stating a Clear Goal

CAPS (Capitalization, Agreement, Punctuation and Spelling).

READING:

Literary Circles

Glossary Words Activities

Making Cartoons with Speech Bubbles: Using clues from text and illustrations: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type

Stamina and Independent Reading as the teacher tests individuals.

SCIENCE:

Clouds; Weather; Temperature

Rocks

SOCIAL STUDIES:

Martin Luther King: What is a Peacemaker? What is the Civil Rights Movement? What is a Biography?

Continents and Oceans, cont.

MATH:

Money and Temperature

Please work with your child on making change for a dollar. Also, work with them on deciding when you need a coat and hat, etc. based on the temperature.

Problem Solving with “Real Life Problems”

HOMEWORK:

Xtra Math and/or Math Fact Flashcards  (flashcards are in their backpacks).

Read Together and discuss books!

 Reminders & Important Dates:

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniforms

Kick-Off Parish/ School Celebration for Catholic School’s Week: Sunday, January 26th- 9:00 AM Mass and Coffee & Donuts in Neglia Hall.

1/13/20-1/17/20

RELIGION:

MagniKids

Parts of Mass

Sacrament of Reconciliation

SPELLING LIST:  there, they’re, their, know, flower, flour, horse, hoarse, poor, pour, hear, here, pain, pane

Bonus Words: homonym, because

Obviously, it is important to study the usage of these words for this week.  They are learning about homonyms, as well as the way the meaning/spelling of words change according to contextual clues.

ENGLISH/WRITING:

Cursive Handwriting

Homonyms

CAPS (Capitalization, Agreement, Punctuation and Spelling).  Please send in a baseball cap for your child.  He/she will be wearing it as they revise their writing this week to remind them about the importance of editing for Conventions.

Writing Poetry

READING:

Fountas and Pinnel Testing

Due to the F&P Reading Level Testing which takes about 30-45 minutes per individual student, the students will be working on more independent work this week.  It is all good practice!

They will have extra independent reading time, as well.

Contextual Clues

Character Traits

Poetry

SCIENCE:                                         

Rocks Center

Integration with Math: Data, Graphing, Surveys, Venn Diagram,

SOCIAL STUDIES:

Research Terms

Reading Tables for Information,

Main Ideas and Details in Non-Fiction

MATH:                                             

Place Value

Rounding to Estimate Sums

Two-Digit Addition with regrouping

Rewriting Addends/Alignment of Problems using Place Value in order to add.

Mental Addition

Choose the best method/strategy for problem solving

HOMEWORK:

Math Fact Flashcards (flashcards are in their backpacks).

Read Together and discuss books!  Weekly Reading Log

 Reminders & Important Dates:

Monday, Jan. 14th: Early 2:00 Dismissal; EARLYACT

Tuesday, January 14th: End of 2nd Quarter

8:30 Wednesday Mass: Best Uniform

PEHP Thursday: PE Uniforms

Monday, January 20th: No School- Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 21st: Report Cards Distributed

Kick-Off Parish/ School Celebration for Catholic School’s Week: Sunday, January 26th- 9:00 AM Mass and Coffee & Donuts in Neglia Hall.

January 6th-January 10th

Happy New Year Parents of the Second Grade Class,

How wonderful to have your children back.  Unfortunately, some illness has followed us to school.  Be mindful that a terrible stomach bug is going around.  

Yesterday, we studied the Feast of the Epiphany, Little Christmas.  As this is one of my favorite Holy Days, we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.  I hope that your students gave you the paper bag that included a guide to blessing your home, as well as a piece of blessed chalk.  Back in the day, when I was a child, the priest used to come to our house and bless it for our families with every new year. Now that the priests are so busy, we are encouraged to bless our own homes.  Please allow your child to teach you how to bless your home.  They practiced when we blessed our classroom.  They also learned how to sing a new Epiphany song by practicing their “listening skills”.  It was truly a blessed day!

As for instruction this week, we are packed full of it.  Although most is review, we are studying “Two Step Word Problems” in Math which are challenging.  Today, we had the third graders come into our classroom to help us learn this valuable concept which was such a wonderful way for “God to Show Up” in our classroom.

We are also reflecting on our goals for this new year.  We are celebrating where we GLOW and where we need to GROW.  I am so pleased with the Faith Community we have become by working on Virtues like Peacemakers.  

There will be NO SPELLING TEST this week.  Instead, we will have MAP Testing on Thursday and Friday.  If your child is sick, please have them stay home as Mrs. LaBelle will be able to make up their testing next week.

Over the next few weeks, I will also be administering F&P Reading Testing with each individual child.  This is the test which Mrs. LaBelle administered back in September when I was out.  

Tomorrow we will be praying the Rosary for World Peace.  Yesterday, we prayed for rain for Australia; how wonderful that our prayers were answered.  Please join us at home by continuing to pray for Peace and the safety of our troops.  We believe in miracles!

There will be NO TUESDAY FOLDERS today.  

Please have your child bring in their Weekly Reading Log tomorrow with whatever they did over the holidays (many of them did turn these in today).  I am giving extra credit for anyone who did complete these over the holidays as it was not a requirement.  I do need to change out the Math Facts Log for January.  It is so important that you continue to have your child work on their Math Facts with their Flashcards in their backpacks.  If you choose to have your child work on a Math App instead, please just record that on the page.  I am looking for 10 minutes or more of Math work a night.  

I truly appreciate all the help for our Christmas party.  Many hands made for light work.  Thank you to Christine’s Mom especially for making snow globes with the children.  Thank you also to Abby’s Mom for providing us with Chick-fil-a.  What a wonderful party!

Thank you so very much for your continued support. I cannot express enough how grateful I am for you as parents; I think we make a good team!  I pray for each of your families daily; please pray for me.

Peace be with each of you this new year,

Mrs. Ellie Russell