2nd Grade Page



Welcome to Mrs. Roche's Second Grade Page!   


Looking back at our week, December 4-8, 2017


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!


Even though the weather outside isn’t quite frightful, our classroom is incredibly delightful!  Our hearts are bright with the true light of Christmas.  Jesus is coming soon, and the children definitely understand that!  We start each day with a prayer service around our advent wreath.  A brief reading and a little singing start our day in the right direction. 


We were lucky enough to be visited by St. Nicholas on Tuesday to help us celebrate his feast day.  His gifts to the poor were originally tossed down chimneys and sometimes landed in stockings by the fireplace.  It’s fun to hear the origins of our Christmas traditions!  We will hear more about how traditions started next week as we look at Christmas then and now in our social studies class.


This week, the Superkids are on a field trip to a farm.  They’re getting the chance to interact with many farm animals.  Two Superkids were left behind, playing hide and seek in a corn maze, and missed the hayride.  Ms. Blossom was not happy ~ she was cross!  A fun new vocab word to discuss!

Grammar and Spelling:

We have been sorting words with oo in the middle.  Second graders learned that can make two different sounds, as you hear in book and hoot.  In addition, we’ve built compound words, talked about quotation marks, and paired up words that are homophones.  Lots of good word work this week!


Math groups worked on math mountains with related equations, word problems of various types (add to, take away, put together, take apart) with missing variables in all positions, addition with a new group of ten, and adding within 100.  Keep practicing those math facts!  Fingers are a strategy, but a slow one.


It has been a busy week in our religion class!  We celebrated the great feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.  This tied in nicely to our preparations for the sacrament of reconciliation.  We have been talking about the differences between accidents, temptation, and sin.  It all comes down to knowing something is wrong and still making the choice to do it.   


A couple special projects helped us visualize these concepts.  As we prepare during advent, we often talk about light in the darkness.  Jesus is the light of the world because he shows us the truth and how to live our lives.  We are asked to keep the light burning in our lives.  Bad choices we make causes our light to grow dimmer.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation helps us to turn back to the light of God.  God forgives us for our bad choices and the light within us shines again.  Our brightly decorated votive candles help us remember that goal.  We also designed welcome signs to show that Jesus is always welcome in our hearts.

Social Studies:
This week, we created our own Ojibwe bandolier bags.  Although ours are fabric, marker, and paint, the originals were solid beadwork.  They were worn across the body and were a great symbol of status.  We use money now, but the Ojibwe valued the bags and used them in making trades.  We learned that a bag was worth a pony when trading with the Sioux!


We learned what symbols and landmarks are and looked at many famous ones across America.  Next week, we will continue our then and now comparisons looking at the celebration of Christmas over the years.


Our class visited the science fair and asked the eight graders great questions about their projects.  


Coming Attractions:


Tuesday, December 19 - MMSA Christmas Program, 6:30pm

Wednesday, December 20 - Last Day of School

Thursday, December 21 - Christmas Break Begins