SECOND GRADE CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

Second Grade Language Arts includes reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, phonics, and grammar. Language Arts is integrated across the curriculum in all subject areas. Open Court publishes the anthology used. Reading selections are classics and timeless. The different genres are fiction, realistic fiction, fairy tales, nonfiction, historical selections, and poetry. Trade books are also a part of the reading program. Students are able to go to the library at various times throughout the week to choose books to read for enjoyment. Students are encouraged to read for pleasure and in their free time.

Spelling words are assigned on a weekly basis. Students are tested on Fridays. They have class work and homework that pertains to the spelling words for the week. Dictionary skills are also included as part of the spelling program. Words are reviewed by having weekly spelling bees. The spelling bees are thoroughly enjoyed by the Second Graders!

Students are given writing prompts to write in their journals. This activity encourages creative writing and students share their entries with their classmates. Students also present and write book reports, similes, poetry, and stories. Our final writing project is to write a simple book. A time is set-aside for parents to come in and meet the authors! The writing allows students to apply grammar skills that they have learned. Second Grade students have formal handwriting lessons. The first part of the Zaner Bloser handwriting book is a review of all printed letters both lower and upper case. Cursive is introduced around November. Once all letters are introduced students write most of their work in cursive. Second Graders look forward to the cursive handwriting and embrace this newly learned skill with great pride!

Second Grade Math follows Houghton Mifflin’s scope and sequence. A large part of math focuses on addition and subtraction facts through 18. Students have timed facts twice a week. The goal is to complete 20 problems correctly in one minute. Students also practice their facts by using a variety of games that reinforce the facts. Games are played in pairs, small groups, and whole group. The games teach students to use addition and subtraction strategies. Math homework also focuses on the facts. Students solve word problems on a daily basis as well. Students are encouraged to look for key words to determine the correct operation to use to answer the problem correctly. Literature is used to introduce new concepts in math class. This helps students recognize the importance of math and how we use math in every day life.

Social Studies finds students studying the origin of America’s holidays. This allows them to learn about the past as well as the present. It also gives them a greater understanding of communities, our country, government, rules/laws and different cultures coming together to create one. Students read biographies of famous Americans. They write and present book reports about their famous Americans. Map skills are also a part of social studies. Students learn features of maps and globe, landforms, and cardinal directions. Students create their own maps in small groups and share them with their peers. Real maps are also used so that students can apply what they have learned about reading maps.

The major topic of study in Science pertains to birds. Students are responsible for filling the feeders outside the classroom and outside the school office. Students are able to identify birds by name and know of what their diet consists. They create and write in bird journals. This activity allows students to observe, classify, and collect scientific information. Students also take part in the “The Great Backyard Bird Count”. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society sponsor this. To learn more about this visit www.birdcount.org.  The campus lends itself to many outdoor science activities and allows students to experience nature first hand!