Second grade students move from learning to read to reading to learn. They continue to develop their language and communication skills toward becoming independent readers and writers by reading and responding to a wide variety of literature selections including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, historical fiction, folklore, and readers’ theater. During whole group, small group, independent instruction, and literacy centers, students learn and practice reading strategies to build comprehension including making inferences, drawing conclusions, comparing and contrasting, and finding main ideas.
Students develop written communication skills through participating in writing workshops incorporating personal narratives, fiction, writing instructions, letter writing, and beginning research. Students also receive direct instruction in sentence structure, parts of speech, grammar, syntax, and spelling patterns. Students practice D’Nealian manuscript handwriting and begin cursive handwriting mid-year.
Students continue to develop a strong foundation in number and problem-solving skills and concepts through direct instruction, technology, use of manipulatives, and independent practice. Students learn place value, adding and subtracting numbers up to three digits, geometry, fractions, American and metric measurement of distance, volume and mass, and multiplication/division readiness.
Religion instruction focuses on faith development. Students study Old Testament Bible stories illustrating God’s promises and faithfulness and New Testament Bible stories demonstrating His great love for us in Jesus Christ. Students memorize Bible verses, retell stories, and learn to share their growing faith. Students worship during weekly Chapel services and participate in regular service projects.
Second graders continue to investigate Life, Earth, Physical, and Health sciences through the science text, technology, and hands-on activities. Students increase knowledge of plant and insect life cycles, formation of rocks and fossils, movements of earth, moon, and sun, interactions of force, matter, sound, and light. Health topics including care of teeth and safety are part of the curriculum.
Second grade students continue to develop an understanding of self, classroom, and community, and their relationship to society. Students explore citizenship, geography (including map skills and landforms), local, state, and national government, American history, and economics.
Students continue to increase their vocabulary, develop grammar skills, and demonstrate understanding of concepts. Students practice use of adjectives and prepositions, reinforce parts of the body, aquatic animals, numbers (0-30 and counting to 100 by 10’s), school vocabulary, and commands. The rich culture of the Hispanic community is emphasized.
Students acquire the knowledge and skills for movements that provide the foundation for enjoyment, social development, and a physically active lifestyle. Students learn to describe the function of the heart, lungs and bones as they relate to movement. Students understand the relationship between physical activity and health throughout life.
The Arts Attack curriculum introduces students to various elements of art including line, color, shape, form, texture, pattern, space, and composition. Students use a variety of art media.
Students continue to learn the basics of pitch through the use of diatonic solfege (do, re, mi, sol and la) as well as the relationship between beat and rhythm. Proper singing technique is emphasized as well as music literacy and expressive elements to music through song, game, dance, traditional sheet music and other activities. Students participate in two performances a year: a Christmas Musical and a Spring Program. Classes meet two times per week for thirty minutes.
Students review the five major parts of a computer, the proper care of software and hardware, and demonstrate mastery in identification of letters and numbers on the keyboard and in using the mouse. Students learn the correct procedure for powering up and down a Microsoft Windows system.