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Second Grade Curriculum



Literacy


Reading Program, Scott Foresman

This program includes reading, writing, spelling, phonics, and oral language components.

Reading                  

Students will be exposed to two new stories each week in the anthology. The stories will be used to introduce elements such as plot, character, and setting. They will also reinforce reading skills including fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, listening, summarizing, predicting, and identifying the main idea. Independent reading, re-reading of stories, oral readings, and work in the reading workbook are some of the activities designed to improve reading skills.

Spelling and Phonics

Phonics skills are introduced each week, and are featured in the stories we read, as well as in the spelling list. Some of the spelling and phonics topics covered are double consonants, consonant blends, digraphs, long and short vowel patterns, prefixes, suffixes, contractions, and compound words. The weekly spelling list consists of ten to twelve words, some of which represent the phonics skills taught that week, and some of which represent high-frequency words (words that appear often in children’s literature).

Writing              

Grade Two will build on writing skills begun in Grade One. Students will learn to use complete sentences with correct punctuation, and identify subjects, predicates, and parts of speech. Each week students will engage in various aspects of the writing process. Each month they will be encouraged to apply their spelling, grammar, and writing skills to produce a writing sample. These will be based on a school-wide theme including personal narratives, letter writing, research, poetry, and others.

Zaner-Bloser is the handwriting program that we use. It is important that the children continue to practice proper pencil grip and posture, as well as proper printed formation. Cursive will begin shortly after the Christmas Break.


MATHEMATICS


enVisionMATH, Pearson Education, Inc.

Concepts are presented in a variety of ways, including direct instruction, example, use of manipulatives, and written practice in order to reach the auditory, visual, and hands-on learner. Some of the concepts students will be exposed to this year include: counting money, telling time, geometry, adding and subtracting 2-digit numbers, fractions, measurement, graphing, number patterns and place value, and if time allows, multiplication and division.


Science


Science Studies, Weekly

Second-graders blaze their own science trails as they read engaging articles and enjoy hands-on labs in each week’s issue. Students will discover a universe of ideas, from energy to ecosystems and from volcanoes to Venus, all in their very own full-color magazine.

Studies Weekly’s comprehensive lessons meet required state standards, and student editions teach science in format students enjoy. Every week, students will receive their magazine, filled with standards-based science lessons featuring introductions to science concepts written especially for the second grade student. There are ideas and instructions for hands-on labs, full-color photos and illustrations, and much more! http://www.studiesweekly.com


Social Studies


Social Studies, Weekly

Social Studies Weekly offers comprehensive program that teaches students with interactive weekly issues. Each full-color issue takes students through concepts about his or her community, state, country and world. Second Grade Studies Weekly is based on common learning objectives and standards for second grade social studies and includes guided reading strategies, discussion questions, word wall words, words to know, literature links, language arts connections, math connections, and ESE strategies. http://www.studiesweekly.com


Religion


We Believe: Jesus Shares God’s Life, Sadlier

Religion is an essential part of our school’s curriculum, and our daily school life. Learning about our Catholic faith and living as children of God are promoted throughout the school. Daily prayers, attendance at Mass, and prayer services bring our school’s faith alive, and bring us together as a community. Second graders will prepare to receive the sacraments of Penance and First Eucharist.