This is such a fun and educational year for the students. We have so many exciting and enriching activities planned.Your child will make tremendous growth. They truly grow as learners during their time here in second grade. Our mission is to establish and uphold high academic standards in a safe learning environment where all students reach their potential, become life-long learners, and become productive, caring citizens. This will be achieved through a partnership composed of staff, students, parents, and members of the school community working together to provide a challenging educational program while promoting respect, integrity, responsibility, and a positive attitude.
In second grade, our language arts time consists of four main components: shared reading, guided reading, writing, and word study. During whole group reading, students learn a variety of comprehension strategies in fiction and non-fiction texts, decoding techniques, vocabulary, and dictionary skills. Second grade reading curriculum also focuses on reading a variety of texts beyond classic story books, such as pamphlets, recipes, websites, magazines, map directions, and more. In small group reading, students have the opportunity to apply these strategies with developmentally appropriate texts. Students also partake in writing exercises, reading responses, and formal writing lessons. In the second half of second grade, students are taught cursive penmanship. The word study program is utilized for phonics and spelling instruction.
In second grade, the goal of math instruction is to develop number sense and mathematical relationships in order to apply that knowledge to problem solving situations. In order to achieve this goal, we implement daily calendar math, spiral review, ongoing word problem practice, fact fluency (becoming efficient in knowledge of the basic math facts), and number-talk. We also practice concepts with manipulatives and utilize interactive games to reinforce instruction. Some of the components of our math curriculum include: measurement, geometry, place value, patterns, and computation.
Second grade students are introduced to the heritage and contributions of Native Americans and famous Americans. Students also develop map skills and demonstrate an understanding of geographical skills and basic economic concepts. The students identify selected American individuals who have worked to improve the lives of American citizens. We also focus on what it takes to be a good citizen and a contributing member to our community. The students recognize that the United States is a land of people who have diverse ethnic origins, customs, and traditions, and who are united as Americans by common principles.
Second grade science curriculum is focused on using a broad range of skills in understanding the natural world. Making detailed observations, drawing conclusions, and recognizing unusual or unexpected data are stressed as skills needed for using and validating information. The idea of living systems is introduced through habitats and the interdependence of living and nonliving things. The concept of change is explored in states of matter, life cycles, weather patterns, and seasonal effects on plants and animals.