Second Grade

  • Superkids Reading, Writing, Phonics and Spelling:

    • The program provides daily word work to help children master the foundational skills they need to become life-long readers and writers. In their Word Work Books, children review critical word work skills from first grade and then go on to learn new phonics, spelling, structural analysis, vocabulary, and grammar skills. They apply their phonics skills and develop fluency by reading a short, two-page story in their Readers each day. 
    • Each unit provides engaging authentic fiction or informational text for daily reading instruction and practice. During even-numbered units, children read a fictional Book Club book that's appropriate for their reading level. During odd-numbered units they read informational articles in SUPER, a magazine designed just for second graders.
    • Daily writing lessons teach critical writing skills and the writing process. Each unit focuses on one genre of writing: narrative, informative/explanatory, opinion, descriptive, poetry, or correspondence. The genres are revisited multiple times throughout the school year.
     
    What is reviewed and taught in second grade:
    • Consonant digraphs, long and short vowels, r-controlled vowels, vowel digraphs, and silent letters
    • Endings, suffixes, prefixes, contractions, compound words
    • Decoding and encoding using phonetic and structural patterns
    • Parts of speech, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, similes, context clues
    • Comprehension and fluency skills for reading literary and informational texts
    • Writing mechanics, writing process, and types of writing (narrative, opinion, informative/explanatory )

    Eureka Math:
    Grade 2 mathematics is about
    • (1) extending understanding of base-ten notation;
    • (2) building fluency with addition and subtraction;
    • (3) using standard units of measure; and
    • (4) describing and analyzing shapes.
     
    Major Emphasis Clusters:
    • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
      • Add and subtract within 20.
      • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction
    • Number and Operations in Base Ten
      • Understand place value.
      • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.
    • Measurement and Data
      • Measure and estimate lengths in standard units.
      • Relate addition and subtraction to length.

    Religion ~ We Believe: 
    The Faith for a Second Grader
           This is an exciting year in the lives of second graders. Many are preparing to celebrate First Eucharist and/or First Reconciliation. They are curious about what is taking place at Mass and eager to participate more fully. Children at this age have increasing ability to share with others and are receptive to stories about ways to love and show respect to others.

    What Your Child Will Learn in Unit 1
         In this unit, children will be introduced to God the creator. They will recognize that God made the whole world and everything in it. They will come to understand that God not only lovingly created many things in our world, but that he loves and cares for them. Highlighted are God's gifts of light, water, and the land. Through this presentation, the children will come to respect their role in taking care of all the gifts God has given us in his creation.

    What Your Child Will Learn in Unit 2
         In this unit, the children will learn that God is our creator. They will discover that God made all people-and that he made each one as a special, unique human being. The children will also be encouraged to talk to God at any time. They will recognize that God gives us the gift of our senses to discover all the wonderful things in God's world. An important aspect of this unit's teaching is that the children will recognize that their families help them to discover God's world and share God's love. The children also learn that their friends are special gifts from God. In this context, they are introduced to the saints as friends of God who also help us to learn more about God.

    What Your Child Will Learn in Unit 3
         In this unit, the children will recognize that through his life and ministry, Jesus shows us God's love. God's love is first shown when Mary is chosen to be the mother of his Son. In turn, God the Father gives us Jesus who is both the Son of God and one of us. Much of the unit is devoted to teaching the children about the early life of Jesus. They learn about his family. They learn more about the ways Jesus treated other people with kindness and caring. They come to understand that Jesus wants them to treat others in the same loving way.

    What Your Child Will Learn in Unit 4
         This is the last unit for the year. It is fitting that the main focus of these chapters centers on understanding that Jesus wants all of us to share God's love. The Church is presented as the family of God. As members of that family through their Baptism, the children will recognize ways they can show their love for God and others.

    Science ~ Nancy Larson Science Program, Scholastic Science Spin & STREAM Units:
    Nancy Larson  focuses on the life sciences. Children at this age are focused on themselves and the world around them. The topics focus on stages of life starting with human beings, moving to plants then animals (primarily mammals), and ending with insects. The stages of life of all these are compared and contrasted, which makes for an easy transition from booklet to booklet. This program also explores sunlight, water, and soil.
    • Children study Developmental Biology, Botany, Earth and Space, Zoology, Anatomy, and Entomology:
    • Investigating Animals and Their Habitats
    • Discovering What Is Inside of Our Bodies
    • Examining the Characteristics and Life Cycles of Insects
    • Study the Life Cycle of Chicks with Incubation (from egg to chick)
      • A collaborative learning project in conjunction with Casey Farm that is inclusive of a classroom presentation featuring a live hen and culminating with a field trip to the farm in which children actively engage in all facets of farm life such as grading eggs, feeding chickens, etc.
     
    Scholastic Science Spin focuses on a monthly concept for children to read and learn about through an informational magazine.
    Each issue includes:
    • interactive games
    • exciting videos about science topics
    • skill work sheets
    • key vocabulary
     
    STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion/(wRiting), Engineering, Art, Mathematics) focuses on a hands-on approach to learning about science

    STREAM education provides students with a stronger grasp of science, technology, writing, engineering, art, and math through hands-on learning that draws meaningful connections with real-world applications.
    • students learn and review the scientific method
    • students share their knowledge and understanding of concepts explored
    • students work in small groups to discover and investigate
    • students learn about age/grade appropriate concepts

    Social Studies ~ Scholastic News Grade 2
    • Scholastic News is a nonfiction magazine just for second-graders.
    • Each month, students will read four magazines about their world and events that pertain to that particular month.
    • Each weekly issue includes several activities (comprehension, opinion, writing, vocabular, etc.) that reinforce the concepts being discussed.
    • Short non-fiction video clips are also included with each issue to enhance the children’s understanding of the topics.
    • Scholastic News is an engaging source of nonfiction for young readers, that also supports Common Core Standards in key content areas. The exceptional range of features in each issue meets multiple strands in the English Language Arts and Math content areas of the standards.