Second-grade students will be immersed in a print-rich environment filled with fiction and nonfiction selections. Students will learn to use a combination of strategies when reading to enhance comprehension and will read selections with fluency, accuracy, and expression. Students will expand their vocabulary by listening and speaking in classroom discussions. Second graders will write stories, letters, and simple explanations, while applying simple grammatical principles to writing; and locate information in reference materials. All aspects of literacy will be taught through a balanced literacy framework for instruction, enabling all students to become independent and strategic readers, writers, thinkers, and communicators.
The second-grade mathematics program focuses on building students’ own intuitive sense of numbers. Development of the size of numbers (magnitude), multiple ways of thinking about and representing numbers, strategies and words to compare 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 Virginia Standards of Learning provide the foundation for second grade mathematics.
In science students will learn about magnets, weather including storms and the seasons and the relationships between solids, liquids and gases. They will also learn about animals and plants including the life cycles, habitats, and fossils. Students will get to experience hands on learning within all of these units.
Social Studies focuses on taking trips back to Ancient Egypt and Ancient China and learning about the ways of the world then and now and learning about the contributions each of those cultures has given the world. Students will also expand their knowledge of past and present, map skills including the United States and the seven continents and 5 oceans, economics and good citizenship. Students also focus on several Famous Americans throughout the year.