My name is Linda Burke and I began teaching 2nd grade at St. Frances Cabrini in 2007. I have a BA in Sociology from CSU, San Bernardino and earned my teaching credential from the University of New Mexico in 2003. I feel blessed and very fortunate to be able to share my faith with the students and their families at SFC.
My objective is to create a classroom that sparks the natural curiosity of a child in a comfortable, nurturing environment that encourages them to develop an enthusiasm for learning. We will have opportunities to interact with classmates, be empowered with the knowledge that each has the ability to learn, and be a contributing member of the class.
Many 2nd grade students have the opportunity to prepare and celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist through their home Parish. It’s a very special time for them and their parents as we all grow in our faith.
Our service activity focuses on actively supporting our U.S. military men and women. The students will reach out to show love, support, and appreciation to our presently deployed soldiers through frequent letters, drawings, and thank you notes.
In a joint community service project, the PreK, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classes will come together to pick apples, make applesauce as a group activity, create placemats, and serve our Seniors at the Catholic Community Services luncheon in October.
Religion: In Second grade we focus on the life of Jesus, the Trinity, and the Mass. There will be an in-depth study on the gift of the Sacraments as we prepare for Reconciliation and Eucharist. The children learn to make prayer an integral part of their life and develop a personal relationship with Jesus. They learn about our Parish and the parts of the Mass.
Reading/Literature: Students develop greater fluency as readers and apply comprehension and vocabulary strategies to a wide variety of literary and informational text. Students will begin to identify and use literary components of character, setting, conflict/ problem, events, conclusion, main idea, and details.
• Learn to understand and use higher order thinking skills in comprehension such as predictions, inferences, cause and effect, character mapping, and point of view.
• Identify and use parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, and pronouns.
• Identify and use contractions, antonyms, synonyms, and homonyms.
Language Arts/English: The students learn how to use the steps of the writing process for pre-writes, drafts, editing, revising, and publishing. They learn and understand how to write a good 5-sentence paragraph and to apply writing conventions such as complete sentences, correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.
Mathematics: Students in 2nd grade refine their understanding of the base ten system and use place value concepts of ones, tens, and hundreds. They become fluent with single and double-digit addition and subtraction, problem-solve, and talk about what they did to solve those problems.
Social Studies: Students will have the opportunity to more fully explore the world around them, develop an appreciation for diversity and discover the importance of making a contribution in one's community. They learn about family heritage, heirlooms and traditions and the people, places and holidays in the fifty states and countries around the world.
Science: Students explore, observe, describe, identify and experiment in their study of plants, animals, fossils, matter, sound/light/heat, force/magnets/electricity, weather and seasons, the solar system and how their body works.
Technology: We go to the Tech Lab twice each week. Students learn to use and demonstrate proper two-handed keyboarding position with accuracy, identify and use icons and pull-down menus, participate in online projects, and use various fonts, photos, and color to enhance our writing.