Students are placed in an academic environment that teaches self-reliance and time management. Students learn the importance of working to their own personal best in an environment that is safe and accepting. Students learn to time manage class assignments and small home based reports. They use a student planner to track homework and increase communication between home and school.
Students will learn through a concept-based program covering place value, multiplication, division, telling time, money, decimals, fractions, geometry, word problems and standard measurement. Lessons are taught through a variety of methods including addition, subtraction, geometry, modeling, cooperative learning, hands-on activities, practice and problem solving. Ongoing assessment, individual practice and quizzes insure mastery of these skills.
The major emphasis for reading is to begin reading short stories to develop strong comprehension skills, summarization and a strong oral fluency. Students develop their reading skills through reading textbooks, poetry, plays, and both fiction and non-fiction books.
Students will learn the rules of grammar and punctuation with an emphasis on creative writing. Students use creative writing to master the basic elements of story mapping and writing. Students are introduced to the idea of a formal paragraph. Students will practice these skills through the completion of daily work, home projects, book reports, editing and fluency of writing in their own daily work.
Students will continue to improve their D’Nelian writing. The second half of the school year will transition the students from D’Nelian to cursive with an emphasis on method, rhythm and legibility.
Social Studies is designed to allow for open discussion and sharing. Students learn the importance of being part of a family and their community while studying famous people who have made a difference in our world. Map skills and geography are heightened throughout each unit.
Students explore each unit through the use of hands-on activities. The units will cover living things, the Earth, space and weather. An emphasis is placed on in-depth understanding through reading, vocabulary, assessment and hands-on learning.
Students learn the importance of time management, personal responsibility, organization and self help skills. Students continue to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills through independent and cooperative learning situations. Students begin time management on long-term at home assignments including book reports, reading logs and special projects. In the areas of science and social studies, students begin to develop study guides for tests.
Students use public speaking for daily assignments and small group presentations. Students build confidence as they practice speaking as a routine aspect of their daily curriculum. Students learn to write and present several small presentations including book reports, writing assignments and creative projects.
Art is integrated throughout the curriculum to allow students to express their ideas through a variety of mediums. Students study several artists throughout the year and practice using their mediums and style. In the second grade Art in Action program, students learn how artists use their art to reflect themselves and their ideas about the world. Students examine art representing various viewpoints.
Students participate in singing and instrument playing. Students begin to develop an understanding of the parts of music and reading simple notes while playing the recorder. Students participate in two annual music productions: the December Holiday Show and our annual Spring Sing.
Students are expected to master the following skills by the end of the year: opening and closing files, saving student work, and will complete several projects using iWorks, Garage Band, Mavis Beacon Typing, Education City, Brain Pop and other software to support classroom curriculum.
Students develop large motor skills through individual and group activities in a fun and accepting environment while promoting physical fitness and good sportsmanship. Our SPARK PE program was designed to be more inclusive, active and fun than traditional PE classes. Students learn to understand the importance of team work and positive play.
Spanish reviews the prior year’s vocabulary while working on ease of conversation and writing of new common phrases. Students are exposed to the culture of Spanish speaking countries through activities, games, music and expanded vocabulary for family, weather, feelings, and clothing.