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:
ELA: 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. 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. 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. 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.
Second grade uses the Fountas & Pinnell literacy program designed to support whole-group, small-group and independent learning opportunities including: interactive read-aloud; reading mini-lessons; writing mini-lessons; shared reading; phonics, spelling, and word study; guided reading; book clubs; and independent reading collections. Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ is rich with authentic texts, lessons or conferring cards, minilessons and professional learning tools for a systematic, transformative approach to literacy instruction.
We also use Fundations®, a multisensory and systematic phonics, spelling, and handwriting. Key features include letter formation, phonological and phonemic awareness, sound mastery, phonics, word study, and advanced word study, irregular (trick) word instruction, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension strategies, written composition (spelling and handwriting).
In addition, we use the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness curriculum. Phonemic awareness is the ability to understand that spoken words are made up of individual sounds called phonemes, and it’s one of the best early predictors for reading success. Heggerty Phonemic Awareness is designed to provide daily instruction in eight phonological and phonemic awareness skills. Students practice blending, segmenting, and manipulating words, syllables, and phonemes each day. With daily lessons, students are able to build the necessary foundation to become automatic decoders of print. The 10- 15 minute lessons are fast-paced and completely oral.
Math: The Meadowbrook School uses the GoMath series Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. 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; 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
Entrepreneurship Program: Students create and present their own business
Career Doll Project
Second Grade Post Office
Mother's Day Breakfast and Presentations
Field Trips: Local apple orchard and a behind-the-scenes tour of a local post office