The 2nd grade day begins with a community building morning meeting that includes stories, singing, reading, sharing, and calendar math. Our 2nd grade students develop a love of learning through building a strong foundation in reading, writing, and mathematical concepts.
Our reading curriculum includes systematic and explicit instruction in lessons in reading aloud, shared reading, comprehension, and vocabulary, followed by time to practice skills taught, conference with teachers, and reflect and set goals. In second grade, daily oral language development is practiced through language activities and skills practice. Beginning in second grade, the emphasis shifts from phonics to the study of word structure and vocabulary development. Fluency skills and comprehension strategies are a focus in second grade. Students also utilize Raz-Kids, a digital literacy platform that provides comprehensive leveled texts for students, to enrich their reading skills. This platform allows for students to listen to, read at their own place, and record themselves reading, further enhancing their fluency and comprehension skills.
Through our writing curriculum, second grade students learn the five steps to the writing process. Grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling remains a crucial part of the ELA portion of each lesson. Students are introduced to different types of writing including the friendly letter, persuasive, narrative, expository, and descriptive writing.
Through our math curriculum, Progress in Mathematics, students explore concepts in place value, addition and subtraction, geometry, fractions, multiplication and division, measurement. The approach used builds deep conceptual understanding of key math skills and concepts at a developmentally appropriate level.
In second grade, students become scientists as they observe, classify, and record data collected through science investigations. The core areas of the second grade science curriculum include: animals, plants, matter, forces and motion, weather, and more! They learn about the world around them through studying about our world through social studies concepts.
Students participate in performances including Chapel presentations and a Johnny Appleseed performance that builds confidence and pride. Students also participate in special classes including music, PE, art, Spanish, technology, and library one-two times each week.