We will use a variety of reading materials that include our basal reading series, selected literature, chapter books, magazines, and author studies (Dr. Seuss, Tomi DePaola, Patricia Polacco, etc.) The children will read in reading groups, individually, with partners, and as a class. As part of the nightly homework assignment, we ask that every student read for at least twenty minutes. We write on a regular basis. The children will work on many different forms of writing over the course of the year including friendly letters, informal book reports, and poems.
The second grade follows a spiraling program. Once a concept is introduced, it continues to be included in mixed practice. Topics include basic addition and subtraction computation with and without regrouping, telling time, counting money, measurement, and word problems.
In addition to, and as part of, preparing for the sacraments, we will be learning about the church, Mass, and our roles as Christian people. We will learn prayers, including how to say the Rosary. Each week we will attend weekly Mass with the rest of the school.
Mrs. Carter teaches both second grade social studies classes. Our units will include: People and Places, Our Place on Earth, People at Work, Our Nation’s Story/Colonial America, America’s People, and Our Government. In addition, children are given an optional monthly geography challenge.
Science for both second grades is taught by Mrs. Fessler. The science curriculum includes units using FOSS kits, which focus on hands-on experiments and the scientific process. Students will concentrate on making observations, making hypotheses, and noting results.
The goal of second grade spelling instruction is to enable students to write fluently. The spelling lessons are organized around different spelling patterns and coordinate with reading and vocabulary lessons. Students are expected to apply these spelling skills in all their writing across the curriculum.
Second grade will practice basic manuscript using the Zaner-Bloser program.