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 in the form of journals, 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.