• Second Grade
     
    Students in second grade are grouped for integrated core and math. Integrated core includes language arts, social studies, science, and health. Language Arts includes reading, written language and literature, handwriting, speaking, listening, creative expression, and spelling.
     
    Reading
     
    -Directed reading activities using an exciting Anthology
    -Literature
    -Novels
    -Listening
    -Silent Reading
    -Nightly Reading Journals
    -Read Aloud Books
     
    Math

    -Place Value
    -Whole Number Operations
    -Fractions
    -Measurement, Graphing
    -Geometry
    -Problem Solving using critical thinking
     
    Spelling
     
    -Word lists
    -Practice pages
    -Part of the Houghton Mifflin Reading Series
     
    Written Composition
    -Complete Sentences
    -Kinds of sentences
    -Capitalization
    -Punctuation
    -Parts of speech
    -Usage (grammar) 
    -Journal writing
     
    Writing process:
     
    -Prewriting
    -First Draft
    -Revising for Content/ Editing
    -Final copy
    -Publishing
    -Portfolios
     
    Science
     
    -Balancing and weighing
    -Chemical changes
    -Soils
    -Life Cycle of the Butterfly
     
    Social Studies
     
    -Dinosaurs/Early Man 
    -China: An Ancient Society
    -Early Exploration of America and Columbus
    -Space and the Future
     
    Reading At Home
     
    Research shows that children who read every night become more fluent with reading. It is very important that your child reads with you every evening. To do this your child should choose a story that is easy for him/her to read. A quick way to check the difficulty of a story is for your child to read one page. If she/ he has five or less errors on one page, it is an appropriate level.
     
    There are many ways you can read with your child:
    1. Partner Read-you and your child can take turns reading each page
    2. Child Read-Aloud- your child can read and easy book to you
    3. Parent Read Aloud-you can read a more difficult story to your child, stopping frequently to ask clarification questions.
    4. Child Silent Read-your child can read an easy story or part of a story and you can ask questions about the main idea to check comprehension.
     
    Choosing a Good Book
    -Independent Level or "Just Right" Books 98% accuracy in word recollection 90% comprehension of what has been read -Instructional Level or "Reading Group" Books 95% accuracy in word recollection 75-90% accuracy in comprehending what has been read How Do I know if it's "Just Right" for my child?
     
    1. Find an interesting book.
    2. Read four long sentences or a full page.
    3. Hold one finger each time a child gets to a word he/she does not know
    4. If they hold up all five fingers before the end of reading the selection or page, the book is too hard.
    5. Choose another book and try again. Back to the top Spelling Strategies

    A. Steps for spelling words 1. Look 2. Say 3. Cover 4. See 5. Write 6. Check
    B. Rhyming Helpers Link a word with a rhyming word that is spelled the same way at the end: unless -- mess
    C. Problem Parts Identify the part of the word that gives you problems and study it extra hard: wrong laughed
    D. Create memory tricks Link Tricky words with a memory helper that has the same problem letters. mosquito--Tell that mosquito to quit biting me friend --- "I" am a good friend.
    E. Using Meaning Helpers Pair a word with a shorter, related word that gives a sound clue act--action heal---health
    F. Divide and Conquer Divide a word into smaller parts: team/mate beau/ti/ful ar/ti/fi/cial
    G. Pronouncing for spelling Pronounce a word correctly pro/ba/bly Make up a secret pronunciation choc/o/late
     
    STUDENT GOALS FOR SECOND GRADE
    Classroom / Learning Behaviors
     
    1. Maintains appropriate attention span.
    2. Makes acceptable choices.
    3. Completes tasks in appropriate time limits.
    4. Works independently.
    5. Works cooperatively with others.
    6. Follows classroom rules and procedures
    7. Interacts with others respectfully
    8. Seeks appropriate help when needed.
    9. Reads and follows directions
    10. Is responsible in completing and returning homework
     
    Social / Emotional Development

    1. Works in whole/small group and independently
    2. Demonstrates acceptable self control
    3. Respects and cooperates with authority
    4. Accepts differences in others
    5. Share responsibilities in the classroom
    6. Compromises with others for resolution
    7. Uses pro-social skills when interacting with others