Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade

Mrs. Dana Kessinger - 2nd Grade




Important December Dates:

Spirit Wear Day--Friday, Dec. 7th


Living Rosary--Friday, Dec. 7th


K-4 Christmas Program @ St. Patrick's of Merna--Monday, Dec. 10th (6:30)

No School (Christmas Break)--Dec. 22nd-Jan. 6th


Click on the web address below for links to favorite games, songs and websites that go with what we are (and will be) learning at school this year:



Be sure to check the homework tab below to see what is due and when!


Holy Trinity Parish:

First Reconciliation Parent meeting--(6:30) Oct. 22, 2018 @ Holy Trinity Parish Center

First Reconciliation--(9:00) Jan. 26, 2019

First Communion Parent meeting--(6:30) Feb.18, 2019 @ Holy Trinity Parish Center 

First Communion--(10:00) April 28, 2019 with rehearsal on April 27 @ 9:00


St. Patrick's of Merna Parish:

First Reconciliation Parent meeting-- Nov. 26, 2018 @ Shamrock Hall

First Reconciliation-- Jan. 17, 2019  OR   Jan. 19, 2019

First Communion parent/child meeting-- Mar. 7, 2019

First Communion--May 4, 2019 with rehearsal on May 3rd  OR  May 5, 2019 with rehearsal on May 4th



So what are we learning about in Second Grade right now?

Religion--We have been learning about the sacraments of  Baptism and Confirmation and how they are connected.  Our next unit will focus on our preparation for receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation.  We have a lot to learn in this unit...different forgiveness stories from the Bible, the meanings of the Ten Commandments and the steps to receiving this awesome sacrament to name just a few.

English--We are learning to use capitals and correct punctuation during morning "Tune Ups."  We are finishing with the types of sentences and the punctuation that is needed for each.  Our next unit will focus on nouns (common vs. proper, singular vs. plural, etc).

Spelling-- We are almost done working on the second set of Spelling words that focus on blends and digraphs.  "Bonus Spellers" is also well under way. That means if your child has a perfect pretest then they will be given the bonus list of words to work on instead for the week. (PLEASE REMEMBER THAT BONUS LISTS REQUIRE MORE STUDY TIME!) Please remember to make a master list of our Spelling words so you are ready for review tests every 6th unit, as well as weekly review words beginning in Unit 7.

Reading--We are currently focusing on making connections with the texts that we read.  We will learn about text to self, text to text and text to world connections that help us comprehend our stories.  We will continue to review the story elements and vowel sounds too.

Writing--Our "Naked Turkey Project" has officially started!  Once the students return their disguised turkeys we will begin the writing portion of the project where we will write a descriptive riddle that tries to persuade any possible hunters that we ARE NOT a turkey.  Come check out the finished projects when they are upon display in the hallway closer to Thanksgiving.

Math--We are working hard on Rocket Math and learning our basic facts quickly and accurately. (Be sure to ask your student what their Rocket Math goal is and what level or letter they are on so we can keep them moving in the right direction.) We are finishing chapter two in our book which focuses on number sense and place value, especially with 3 digit numbers.  Our next chapter will focus on multi-digit addition and the various strategies that can be used to add.

Science/Social Studies--We are learning so much with our Simple Solution books!  In Social Studies we are continuing to learn map skills.  We are also starting to introduce landforms and waterforms .  In Science, we are continuing to learn about thinking like a scientist and the tools that a scientist uses.  We are discussing the different types of clouds and the weather associated with each type.  We are also learning the characteristics of different animal groups so we can compare and contrast.    Be sure to ask your child about the STEM/STEAM activities that we will be doing throughout the year with Mrs. Zlatic as well!

Extras-- Be sure to ask your child about our brainbuilding activities and what they are doing to try to earn a brain bead.  Our new read aloud book during snack is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

Unit 1: sad, dig, jam, glad, list, win, flat, if, fix, was, want, been

Unit 2: wet, job, hug, rest, spot, mud, just, help, plum, said, of, does

Unit 3: cake, mine, plate, size, ate, grape, prize, wipe, pile, rake, give, have

Unit 4: these, nose, use, rose, pole, close, cute, those, mule, one, love, come

Unit 5: tap, tape, fin, fine, tub, tube, rob, robe, cap, cape, slid, slide

Unit 7: next, spin, clip, grade, swim, plant, last, test, skin, left, drag, glide

Unit 8:  doll, full, dress, spell, add, hill, class, pull, kiss, mess, fell, spill

Unit 9:  dish, what, than, chest, such, thin, push, shine, chase, while, catch, sure

Unit 10: end, camp, thank, sing, drink, hunt, stand, long, thump, hand, think, bring

Unit 11: milk, neck, ask, snake, truck, kick, smoke, rock, desk, black, lake, trick

Unit 13: pay, wait, paint, cave, train, shake, pail, whale, clay, away, they, great

Unit 14: free, each, clean, teeth, please, sheep, beach, wheel, team, speak, sneeze, people

Unit 15

Unit 16

Unit 17

Unit 19: 

Unit 20

Unit 21: 

Unit 22: 

Unit 23

Unit 25

Unit 26

Unit 31: 

Unit 32:

Unit 34

Unit 35



Daily Homework:

1. Practice Spelling words---final test on Friday

2. Work on the Common Core (Math/ELA) paper---due on Friday

                   3. Read the fluency homework with an adult---due on Friday                                     

 4. Complete assigned Simple Solutions lesson---due on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (quiz on every 5th day!)

5. Practice prayers and basic facts (until they are memorized) 

6. Read at least 10 minutes a day (and complete your log)


Wednesday, Dec. 12th: 

Simple Solutions lesson 34 is due today.

Math review pages 165-168 are due today.  Remember to show your work!  The chapter test will be on Thursday.

Are you working on the Prayer of Sorrow?  You will have until Dec. 21st to recite the prayer to me independently.

Don't forget to read 10 minutes for your log!  The December log is due Jan. 7th!