In Language Arts, students will become more independent and strategic readers. They will learn to use comprehension strategies and skills when reading to enhance meaning, and will read age-appropriate texts with fluency and accuracy. Students will also write on a daily basis for a variety of purposes: stories, letters, and simple explanations.
The second grade mathematics program focuses on building students’ own intuitive sense of numbers. Thinking about larger numbers, multiple ways of representing numbers, comparing numbers, and an understanding of simple operations on numbers will be emphasized. Experiences with estimating, measuring, patterning, graphing, and developing spatial sense are included. Problem solving is integrated throughout the curriculum
The second-grade scientist will be making detailed observations, drawing conclusions, and recognizing unusual or unexpected data. Measurement in both English and metric units is stressed. The idea of living systems is introduced through habitats and the interdependence of living and nonliving things. The concept of change is explored in phases of matter, life cycles, weather patterns, and seasonal effects on plants and animals.
Students in the second grade will also study American Indians, Ancient China, Ancient Egypt, develop map/globe skills, economic concepts, good citizenship, diversity, and geography. Additionally, they will learn how to apply this knowledge to their everyday life.