Second Grade Curriculum Overview
Guided reading is used in the classroom in small-group instruction and for independent reading. This allows the teacher to work closely with each student to help them become better readers by introducing them to increasingly challenging books while meeting the varying instructional needs of each child in the room through guided reading.
Writing is a critical skill developed in Second Grade. For each writing assignment students have three goals: mechanics, organization, style, and content.
Students in second grade use the Zaner-Bloser G.U.M (Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics) text. Students will focus on sentence structure, parts of speech, verb tense, and irregular conjugations. Our phonics program, “Wilson Fundations,” is a systematic, sequential, and multi-sensory program that teaches children the relationship between letters of written language and the individual sounds of spoken language. In addition to the phonic program, students have a weekly spelling list.
In second grade we are using the Sadlier-Oxford Progress in Mathematics textbooks and workbooks. This textbook is made up of lessons that follow the Common Core State Standards, plus additional lessons for further instruction or fun activities. The textbook is separated into 12 chapters, each one relating to a different section of standards. Addition and Subtraction Facts, Place Value to 100, Data and Graphs: Using Operations, Addition: Two-Digit Numbers, Subtraction: Two-Digit Numbers, Geometry. Money and Time, Place Value to 1000, Addition and Subtraction: Three- Digit Numbers, Fractions and Probability, Measurement and Multiplication and Division. We use the textbooks in class and then the workbooks for homework.
Second grade uses the Nancy Larson Science series. The topics covered for the year include Investigating the Physical Properties of Matter, Observing Rocks and Minerals, Investigating Forces and Work, Examining Simple Machines, Exploring Sound and Light, and Investigating Birds.
Students use Pearson’s myWorld Social Studies. As a class, students learn about communities and our country, people and places, the world around us, different cultures, American’s past, America’s heroes. Students will use their workbook to develop and understanding of society past and present and also learn how to navigate nonfiction text through various activities in class.
In addition, students in second grade participate in gym, computer class, library, spanish, music and art.