SECOND GRADE CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

LANGUAGE ARTS

The most important goal of language arts is to enable each child to communicate as effectively as possible. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities strengthen communication. Students are challenged through regular instruction to develop critical and creative thinking skills. In second grade, the five areas of Language Arts concentration are productive thinking, communication, forecasting, decision-making, and planning.

MATH

Second graders study Everyday Mathematics (EDM) a rigorous curriculum designed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics project. EDM builds a foundation of mathematical knowledge that, in time, enables students to move from the basics to higher-order thinking and critical problem solving. Rocket Math (a basic math-facts program) supplements the EDM curriculum. Students participate in a daily class math meeting, which includes number facts practice, written practice, and homework. There are also oral and written assessments of math proficiency throughout the year. It is our goal at the second-grade level to develop a strong foundation in the language and basic concepts of mathematics.

SOCIAL STUDIES/HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY

In second grade, students explore their role as individuals in their community and country. Second graders combine social studies and geography by using the Map Essentials skills book by National Geographic and other geography and history resource materials. They expand their map skills by learning to identify countries, continents and major bodies of water. World history units will include ancient Greece, ancient China, India and Japan. Us history will feature units dealing with the westward expansion of the US, the making of the constitution, the War of 1812 and the Civil War.

SCIENCE

St. Mary’s science curriculum is a hands-on approach to learning the fundamental processes of science. Through direct laboratory, classroom and outdoor experiences, students will be exposed to observing, measuring, recording, classifying, interpreting, analyzing, inferring, predicting, and investigating. The second grade science curriculum will focus on the earth/space, life and physical sciences and has been developed with the National Science Education Standards as its foundation. Hands on Elementary Science, AIMS, Project Learning Tree and Delta Science Modules have been used in the development of activities and learning experiences. The topics covered include: weather, seasons, plants, habitats, insects, matter, simple machines, cells digestive and excretory systems and healthy diets. Students will be responsible for participation in outdoor education, conducting lab investigations, keeping lab notebooks and completing various assessments throughout the year.

Enrichment Classes

Library/Service Learning

Music

Art

Physical Education

Technology Education

Religious Education

Spanish

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