The 2nd grade curriculum is focused on building upon the knowledge gained in 1st grade through a series of multi-subject units. These include a career unit which includes establishing and running a school postal service. Another unit focuses on feelings and features a special tribute to mothers with a Mother's Day Breakfast with original poetry, stories, and songs. Each of these units is composed of concepts and activities that reinforce the mastering of math, reading, writing, social studies and problem-solving skills. The 2nd grade language arts curriculum builds upon the language arts skills presented at the 1st grade level. The 2nd grade program endeavors to develop and nurture a positive attitude through the discovery and enjoyment of reading, writing, speaking and listening. We strive to develop thoughtful and critical readers and writers.
Year at a Glance:
Language Arts: The 2nd grade language arts curriculum builds upon the language skills developed in 1st grade. The 2nd grade program endeavors to develop and nurture a positive attitude through the discovery and enjoyment of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Reading: Word recognition is learned through the study of long, short and irregular vowel sounds, consonants, consonant blends, consonant digraphs, and rhyming. Students expand vocabulary through the study of new words for basal stories and chapter books. The study of characters, setting, main idea, problem, solution, and plot helps students learn to analyze fictional writing.
Writing: In 2nd grade, students learn the steps of the writing process, sentence types and correct use of punctuation marks. Through research reports and book reports, students learn to record information and to summarize. Students are also introduced to cursive handwriting.
Speaking and Listening: Students begin developing public speaking skills by presenting their written stories, poetry and reports to the class. Students present information in assembly either as a group or individually. The "Star of the Week" program allows children to express their thoughts and help foster respect towards classmates. Through verbal experiences, students also utilize and expand their comprehension skills.
Math: The 2nd grade math curriculum builds on the skills taught in 1st grade. Students learn through a variety of hands-on materials to aid their concrete thinking. We follow the principles and standards set forth by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Houghton-Mifflin mathematics series, and the various enrichment materials available in the classroom.
Social Studies: The 2nd grade social studies curriculum develops an awareness of the self and others in the child's immediate world and in the community. By studying family structure, the school, and the community, the students understand the value of mutual respect, cooperation, and responsibilities within a group.
Traditions & Special Events:
The Apple Festival
Star of the Week
Parent Careers: Parents visit the classroom to speak to the children about their careers.
Makerspace: The students will create a storefront for their business.
Community Map: This is created by the entire class and presented to the school
Career Doll Project
Second Grade Post Office
Mother's Day Breakfast and Presentations