Reading: We started our first unit in the textbook this week. The theme of the unit is Kindness. Our first story is Because of You. A test over the story will be given on Friday. This first test will not count as a test grade. I will grade it like a normal test; however, it will be used as practice so that students can see what a second grade reading test is like. Next week’s test will be taken for a grade.
Spelling: Test on Friday
mild, care, pilot, lady, bake, time, sale, ride, able, king, apron, final, quite, quiet, share
Language: We are reviewing the four types of sentences: statement, question, command, exclamation. A quiz over these will be given on Wednesday.
Math: We are learning how to add 3 or more addends and will begin working on subtraction this week.
Religion: We are finishing up the first two chapters on God and the Blessed Trinity. A test will be given on Thursday.
Social Studies: This week we are learning about communities and the three main kinds of communities: rural, urban, and suburban. We will also be comparing communities of the past to those we live in today.
Reading: We are reviewing more vowel sounds and spellings this week. We will also start Workshop. This is a time for small group learning and practicing of skills. Students will take a Benchmark Assessment on Friday to assess where they are at in reading.
Spelling: Coming next week!
Language: This week we are learning about the four kinds of sentences: statement, question, command, and exclamation.
Math: We are continuing to practice addition facts and learn strategies to add quicker.
Religion: Our topic for the week is the Holy Trinity.
Science: We are discussing what happened during the solar eclipse.
Social Studies: This week we will begin learning about communities.
We had a great first two days of school last week! We learned the rules, classroom procedures, and about each other. Please check this webpage weekly for information on what is happening in the classroom and at SJV.
8/21 Solar Eclipse! No School
9/4 Labor Day-No School
Reading: We are starting off the year by reviewing short vowel sounds and spellings as well as r-controlled vowels (or, ir, er, ur, and ar). We are also learning to summarize and compare versions of well known fairy tales.
Language: We have already begun writing in our Journals and will continue to do so throughout the year. This week we will review the different kinds of sentences.
Spelling: Coming soon!
Math: We are reviewing and practicing addition facts.
Religion: The first chapter in our book is God the Father. We will be discussing God’s role as our Father and the special gifts he gave us as His children.
Science: At the beginning of the year, we always discuss how to keep ourselves and others safe in school by reviewing safety rules, emergency drills, and how to be a friend not a bully. We will also be discussing the upcoming solar eclipse in preparation for the big event next Monday.
Third and fifth grade explored the world of story telling through the lens’ of other cultures. Students learned about the dances of the Irish, the colorful mighty dragon of the Chinese, the hieroglyphics of the Ancient Egyptians, the gods and goddess of the Grecian, and the songs of the Native Americans. Applying this new found knowledge the students worked in groups to tell their own story using the methods of the culture they researched. Ms. Hamlett and I are extremely proud of our students. They have a deeper understanding of other cultures, why stories are so important to sharing traditions, and why knowing your own heritage and story is important for future generations.
To conclude our project a friend of Ms. Hamlett joined us. The inspiring Garteh Laffely shared is award winning Native American Flute skills with the SJV community. He connected culture to community through his own story. We were happy to honest Gareth and hope to have other interactions with him in the future.
Check out the talent of our students and of Gareth!
Believing that each child is a gift from God to be cherished, guided, and protected, the mission of St. John Vianney Catholic School is to assist families and the Church in their responsibility of forming educated Christians who lovingly serve God in this life, so as to be with Him forever in the next.