Reading: Second Grade reading is exciting as students develop competencies of proficiency. We incorporate phonetic skills and comprehension strategies in our daily reading. These skills are applied to whole group reading, support for guided reading, and use of leveled readers. Tools for effective genre exposure are provided throughout the year as six different units are explored. Our classroom library is extensive and categorized for interest.
Spelling: Spelling patterns or rules are introduced and assessed on a weekly basis. Differentiation is offered as a pretest determines an individual list for the week.
Language: Students are exposed to grammar and writing skills. Students at this level learn to write a sentence with details. They practice these skills by writing various paragraphs with a topic sentence and supporting details. The “Traits of Writing” are used as a tool for achieving great writing. Daily Oral Language is used to review correct grammar and spelling usage.
Religion: We learn about the Sacraments and the order of Mass. Each chapter focuses on what Catholics believe, how they worship, how they live, and how they pray. We read many scripture stories and introduce many biblical characters.
Math: We learn to regroup in addition and subtraction up to the hundreds. We introduce multiplication and division. Students discover plane shapes, solid shapes, and fractions. We work on data, graphing, and probability.
Science: We have four sections including Life Science (plants, animals, and fossils), Physical Science (matter, sound, heat, light, force, magnets, and electricity), Earth Science (weather, seasons, the Earth, and solar system), and Human Body (how it works, nutrition, and keeping healthy).
Social Studies: We introduce parts of the Government, cultures, geography, economics, history, and citizenship.
Health: We learn about the parts of our ears and eyes and how to care for them. We also discuss nutrition, exercise, and taking care of our bodies. At the end of the year, we dissect cow eyes.
Positive Action: Students learn about having a positive self-concept and treating others the way in which Jesus would treat you.
Handwriting: We work on manuscript writing and focus on writing in complete sentences.