2-4 | Mrs. Magarie

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What's Happening This Week

Mass: Our Oct. Mass is this Tuesday at 9AM.  All are welcome to attend.

IOWA Testing:
  This week we begin the IOWA testing.  This is a national achievement test that assesses what your child knows at his or her current grade level.  IOWAS begin at Grade 2 and we spent a few days practicing for this type of testing.  What helps your child better perform is eating a nutritious breakfast each day.  Students must also bring daily sharpened #2 pencils.

Reading/ELA:  We finished Unit 1 in our Journeys Reader.  Before we begin Unit 2 I will be administering a ‘Benchmark Unit 1’ assessment.  This assessment covers all the Reading Comprehension skills we learned in the unit.   In addition to the ‘Benchmark Assessment’, we will also review Grammar, Spelling, & Phonics skills from Unit 1.

Writing:  We are practicing our writing skills and using Graphic organizers to help us.  We will use the ‘Fall’ theme to write short stories and poetry.

Math: We are currently on Chapter 2 in our GoMath text.  All lessons from Chapter 1 were placed inside your child's Take Home folder and to be kept at home.  In Chapter 2, we continue reading and writing 3-digit numbers using a Place Value Chart, Base Ten blocks and other manipulative materials.  

Social Studies: A ‘re-take’ on the Map Skills test will be given on Monday.  Students were sent home with their Social Studies notebook and textbook as well as their test.  Tests ‘must’ be signed and returned Monday. 

This week we will also begin our unit on Native Americans.  We will spend a few weeks covering the five major regions of Native American life.  Students will be working on several projects that may also be needed to be completed at home.

Science:  We begin our unit on exploring the ‘Living and Non-living’ things around us.  Students will learn to differentiate the difference between what is considered a ‘living’ or ‘non-living’ thing.

Religion: This week we begin Chapter 3.  In this chapter students will learn about the works of Jesus and the beginning of the Church.  Students will also learn more about Jesus, the sacraments, and ways we worship God.  We will then move on to Chapter 4.  A combined Chapter 3&4 assessment will be given at the completion of Chapter 4.

We’ve had a great start of the school year despite some minor ‘bumps’ we experienced.  The children have adapted to the procedures and expectations of 2nd Grade.  I am proud of their efforts to help make this school year a pleasant one.  I also want to thank all the parents for their support they have given me so far.  

Have a great week!!

Mrs. Magarie

Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."