Mrs. Heather Thornton
Language Arts is taught using a balanced literacy approach. Second graders will continue to work on becoming fluent readers by exploring a variety of reading genres. The focus will be placed on reading fluency and reading comprehension. In writing, the students will become better story writers as they learn to express themselves by writing stories, letters and simple explanations.
In second grade, students will strengthen their sense of number through problem solving and hands-on practice. Students will use manipulatives to explore place value and relationships between addition and subtraction facts. In the second half of the year students will use their knowledge of place value to help them understand addition and subtraction of 2-digit numbers. Second graders will build on what they have learned in earlier grades in estimating, measuring, patterning, telling time, counting money, and graphing.
Second graders will look at the concept of change in our world. They will study changes in phases of matter, plant and animal life cycles, seasonal effects on plants and animals, and weather patterns. Second graders will explore the properties of magnets and their uses in the real world. All of these topics will be explored though experiments as children sharpen their skills of observation and drawing conclusions from data.
In social studies, second graders will compare and contrast the lives and contributions of three American Indian tribes. The students will study the lives of famous Americans from the past who have worked to improve the lives of other Americans. Second-grade students will continue to develop map and globe skills. Students will also learn about the responsibilities of good citizenship and how people from diverse backgrounds participate and contribute to their communities. Finally, second graders will apply concepts of geography, civics, and economics to their everyday life.