Monday, January 14, 2019

Q3W1 Update

Important Dates

1.     Wednesday January 16th: Simple Machines Museum Walk
2.     Monday, January 21st: No School - Civil Rights Day
3.     Friday, February 8th: Half Day

 1.       Please send your scholar's copy of Little House in the Big Woods to school with your students on Monday, we will begin reading next week!.
2.       Our next poetry selection is the Preamble to the Constitution. We will recite this on February 1st; student copies will go home Monday.

Simple Machines Museum Walk Invitation

Dear Parents,

The 2nd Grade Team would like to invite you to our Simple Machines Museum Walk on Wednesday, January 16th to showcase the wonderful simple machines projects our 2nd grade scholars made.

We will have the projects on display in the MPR and parents are invited to walk through our “museum” and admire everyone's work. In order to allow everyone the time to view the projects in an uncrowded environment we are staggering visitation times. Please find your child's group time below and plan to visit during that 30 minute time slot as this is when your child will be in the MPR. Scholars will present during the 15 minute time slot listed for their class. This is when they will stand by their project ready to explain their work. With the remaining 15 minutes, they will have an opportunity to explore the work of other students.

Group 1: 2A/ 2B Presentation and Viewing Time: 10:45-11:15Ms. Duran’s Class (2A) presents from 10:45-11:00Ms. Hadley's Class (2B) presents from 11:00-11:15
Group 2: 2C/2D Presentation and Viewing Time: 11:30-12:00Ms. Hervas’ Class (2C) presents from 11:30-11:45 Ms. Morga’s Class (2D) presents from 11:45-12:00
Logistics for the event
We hope you can make it to see all the interesting projects of these amazing second graders!

· Entrance: All parents must enter and exit the event through the west facing MPR door located near the drive up line. You do not need to sign in at the front office.

· Early Checkout: If you plan to check your child out early, please let your child's teacher know at the event. She will have our TA escort your child to the classroom to get their backpacks and walk them back down to the MPR to you. You must have your blue placard in order to check out your child early from the MPR. Your child's teacher will check out your child to you. If you have a sibling to check out early from a different grade, you will need to report to the front office. As a reminder, checkouts at the front office must be completed by 12:00 noon.

· Help Needed: In addition, we could use a few parent volunteers to help with the event. Please see the sign up.

Students will take their projects home at the end of the day, or, if they are being checked out early, they will take their projects home when they leave.

A Look in the Classroom

1.     ELA: We will begin learning about article adjectives and add that to our sentence parsing. We will exploring different writing styles such as narration and expository. We will read another version of Paul Bunyan and comparing it to the version of the story we read this week. 
2.     History: Students will understand that many patriotic Americans were afraid of the Constitution and be able to identify James Madison as a key player in getting the constitution ratified. We will explored the Bill of Rights and understand why it is integral to our union.
3.     Science: We will have students present their simple machines project. We will also finish discussing healthy eating and exercising.
4.     Math Objectives:
1.     Objective 1 : Review strategies for adding two 2-digit numbers


1.     Friday: Spelling Test

Please do reach out if there is anything we can help with. Enjoy your weekend!


Mrs. Morga & Mrs. Farias

Monday, December 17, 2018

Q2W10 Classroom Update

Important Dates
1.     December 17th - 19th: Early Dismissal
2.     December 20th - January 4th: Winter Break
3.     January 4th, 7th, 8th, and 9th: Conferences - PLEASE SIGN UP HERE:

A Look in the Classroom
1.     ELA: We are doing an adjective and adverb review by parsing sentences. We will also be carefully constructing another paragraph about our Ancient Greece unit.
2.     History: We will do a review of our Ancient Greece unit by creating original paragraphs about the highlights of our lessons.
3.     Science: Students will be able to identify the most important organs in the excretory system.
4.     Math Objectives: (Unit 1 - 3 Review)
1.     Count, read, and write whole numbers to 1,000 and identify the place value for each digit 
2.     Read and write number words for numbers to 1,000
3.     Count on or back by hundreds, tens, or ones from a number within 1,000.
4.     Order and compare whole numbers review strategies for adding and subtracting mentally within 20 using base
5.     10 properties of numbers 
6.     Review part-whole concepts in word problems 
7.     Review comparison concepts in word problems 
8.     Add and subtract
9.     Compare the same lengths measured in different units 
10. Estimate and measure lengths to the nearest meter, centimeter, yard, foot, or inch -Add and subtract lengths 
11. Measure curved lengths 
12. 1,000 by using the symbols <, >, and =
13. Rename 1 ten as 10 ones and 1 hundred as 10 tens. 
14. Review addition and subtraction within 1,000
15. Add or subtract 1, 2, 10, 20, 100, or 200 from a number within 1,000
 Again, so many thanks to all who made our Greek Celebration possible.

Mrs. Morga & Mrs. Farias 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Q2W9 Update

Hello 2D families! I am excited to be back from my chilly Wisconsin vacation - I missed each and every one of your scholars tremendously! 

A special thanks to Mrs. Farias for holding down the fort :) Here is a quick little update of our upcoming week.....

Important Dates
1. December 12th - Greek Day  (no spalding words)    
2.  December 17th - 19th: Early Dismissal
3.    December 20th - January 4th: Winter Break

A Look in the Classroom
1.     ELA: We will do a close review of adjectives and adverbs and continue writing paragraphs. We will finish our Sarah Plain and Tall unit strong with more letter writing.
2.     Science: Students will understand the urinary system is part of the excretory system. We will also discuss how the kidneys filter blood.
3.     History: We will be discussing Ancient Greece's greatest thinker's: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. We will also learn about Alexander the Great.
4.     Math Objectives:
1.    Dividing by 2 & 3
2.  Fact Families
3. Word Problems 
1.     Friday: Spelling test and Ancient Greece Test (study guide goes home on Thursday 12/13)

Wishing you a wonderful week!!! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 


Mrs. Morga

Monday, November 26, 2018

Q2W7 Update

Hello 2D families! I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving with loved ones. 

Here are a few quick updates for our week. Please make sure to send your scholar with our upcoming literature book, "Sarah Plain and Tall". 

Important Dates
  1. December 20 - January 4: No School; Winter Break
  2. January 4 - 9: Parent/Teacher Conferences

A Look in the Classroom
  1. ELA: We will finish our study of adverbs. Our study of paragraph writing will continue as we focus on strong topic sentences. In connection with our Ancient Greece unit, we will read Daedalus and Icarus and continue to work on summarizing what we read. 
  2. History: Students will learn about the Greek city-state Sparta. We will take time to review in class what we have learned about Ancient Greece so far and have an assessment on Friday.
  3. Science: We will be focusing on the digestive system. Students will take a close look at each of the 5 steps of digestion.
  4. Math Objectives:
    1. Build  the  multiplication  table  for  3  
    2. Compute  unknown  facts  from  known  facts    
    3. Practice  multiplication  facts  for  3  
    4. Practice  multiplication  facts  for  2  and  3  
    5. Solve  word  problems    
  1. Friday: Spelling Test
  2. Friday: Ancient Greece Test

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns - Thank you! 


Jordan Morga | Second Grade Lead Teacher 
Archway Classical Academy | Lincoln | 
2250 S. Gilbert Rd. | Chandler, AZ 85286
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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Q2W5 Update

Important Dates
1.     Monday November 12th: No School, Veteran's Day
2.     Thursday November 15th: Fall Concert, Higley Center
A Look in the Classroom
1.     ELA: We will begin to practice our new poem, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas; we will recite on December 7th. We will have a strong adverb review in Grammar. Reading will consist of summary creation. We will be drafting paragraphs in Writing class.
2.     History: We will continue to discuss Greek gods and study the Trojan war. By the end of the week, we will learn about Athens and explore some of its beautiful architecture. 
3.     Science: Students will learn the different steps of digestion, we will be recreating the digestion process as well!
4.     Math Objectives:
1.     Multiplication Table of 2
2.     Build the multiplication table for 2 
3.     Compute unknown facts from known facts 
4.     Solve simple word problems 
5.     Relate the facts for ___x2 for 2x___
6.     Practice multiplication for 2
7.     Practice word problems (division and multiplication) 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Week 4 Update

1.     Please be sure to send your student's reading comprehension book back to school with them on Wednesday. We reuse these for other students to conserve resources. Your support here is much appreciated!
2. Please make sure your scholar brings a snack and water bottle to school every day. 

Important Dates

1.     Monday, November 12th, Veteran's Day: No School
2.     Thursday, November 15th, Fall Concert: Higley Center for the Performing Arts
3.      November 21st - 23rd, Thanksgiving Break - No School

A Look in the Classroom

1.     ELA: Our poetry selection, Something Told the Wild Geese, will be recited in class on November 9th. In Writing class we are constructing strong detail sentences and tying that instruction to summarization skills in Reading class. Grammar instruction will hone in on defining and using adverbs.
2.     Science: Students will be learning about body systems including: muscular, respiratory, circulatory, and digestive.
3.     History: We will review for our Ancient China Test on Monday and take the assessment on Tuesday. We will then begin to explore out Ancient Greece unit with lessons in Geography and Greek gods.
4.     Math Objectives:
1.     Solve simple word problems that involve multiplication or division 
2.     Describe a context division story with a picture/number bond
3.     Create Division and Multiplication word problems 
4.     Review
5.     Thursday Division and Multiplication assessment 
6.     Count by 2s and solve problems in the form of 2x (Friday is the start of unit 5)


1.     Tuesday: Ancient China Test
2.     Thursday: Division and Multiplication Assessment
3.     Friday: Spelling Test

Friday, October 26, 2018

Q2W3 Update

Important Dates

-Wednesday, October 31st: Dress Like Your Favorite Literary Character Day - Please no pop culture :) 
-Friday, November 2nd: Half Day
-Wednesday, November 14th: Part 2 of Simple Machines Project Due
-Thursday, November 15th: Fall Concert

A Look in the Classroom

  ELA: This week we will be finishing up our study of the types of verbs by taking a closer look at helping verbs. We will continue to find the main idea and detail in texts we read. This will help to solidify our understanding of the parts of a paragraph. In writing, we will practice the first part of the writing process: brainstorming. We will be using a variety of graphic organizers to help develop our big ideas and supporting details.

History: We will look at several important inventions that China is famous for including silk, porcelain,
and fireworks. Also, we will have a discussion about Chinese New Year, be on the lookout for some fun
dragon masks coming home!

Science: Students will  understand  the  contributions  that  Anton  van  Leeuwenhoek  made  to  the
field of  microbiology and take an open notes cell quiz in class.

4  Math Objectives:
-Review multiplication and introduce division (word problems
-Use objects or drawings to solve word problems that  involve multiplication 
-Divide by sharing equally in a given number of groups 
-Write division equations 
-Solve simple word problems that involve sharing
-Divide by grouping by specified number to find the number of groups 
-Solve simple word problems that involve grouping 
-Use rectangular arrays to relate division to multiplication. 
-Write division and multiplication equations for a given set of equal groups 


 Thursday: Cell Quiz - Open Note
 Friday: Spelling Test

Q3W1 Update

Important Dates 1.     Wednesday January 16th: Simple Machines Museum Walk 2.     Monday, January 21st:  No Schoo l -  Civil Rights D...