Second Grade Curriculum
The emphasis for Second Grade Religion focuses around the students preparation for Reconciliation and Holy Communion. Students will develop a deeper relationship with the church and realize and appreciate their own uniqueness!
Students will continue in their development of oral language, using both auditory and visual discrimination. They will be able to develop concepts and implement new vocabulary. Students will read for appreciation, information, attention to details and be able to make critical assessments. Within the reading program there is an opportunity for creative response in the form of art or writing skills. Writing will be developed further and students will experience creative writing, poetry and will use the process writing technique.
Students will have the opportunity to respond to literature and relate it to actual life experiences. They will be able to read independently and develop a confidence and enthusiasm for reading that will enhance their lives.
The focus of the second grade Phonics curriculum is to enhance reading fluency through mastery of letter-sound relationships. Students will practice and begin to master ABC order, vowel sounds, significance of letter placement, compound words, digraphs, contractions, plurals, synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, prefixes and suffixes.
Second grade mathematics instruction incorporates the strengthening of basic math facts with the development of communication and critical thinking skills. Students will become confident problem solvers and will develop number and operation sense. They will think, reason, and communicate mathematically. Students will connect mathematics to everyday life and to other subjects. They will value mathematics and will use technology as a tool. These goals will be attained through classwork in the areas of addition and subtraction and basic facts through two digit problems (with an intro to three digit addition and subtraction). Place value to 999 will be explored. Students will be exposed to and will practice time, money, measurement, basic geometry, fractions and beginning multiplication.
Students will develop an awareness of community and groups. They will understand the need for rules and cooperation. Students will utilize graphs, calendars, charts and have a knowledge of maps and the globe. Through projects, class discussion and outside reading students will be familiar with world in which we live.
The second grade Science curriculum explores subject matter in environmental, plant, animal, and human growth and change, the Earth and our solar system, sound, heat, and measurement. These subject areas are covered in text readings, supplemental readings, projects, and “hands-on” activities. The student goals include development of analytical problem solving skills to better understand themselves and their world and to approach Science, Technology, and their world with questions and enthusiasm.
Students will learn the arts and skills of the English language through a challenging and motivating program which takes advantage of the integrated nature of the language arts. This program teaches process and method as well as skills. Curriculum areas include grammar, usage, mechanics, spelling, composition, vocabulary, reference and study skills, thinking skills, strategies, listening and speaking skills, literature and reading.
Using an integrated language arts approach, students will acquire spelling proficiency. Activities will include vocabulary building, reinforcement of key language skills, development of oral language, encouragement of reading and stimulation of writing skills.
Students will refine their manuscript skills, writing legibility and with ease and speed. Transition to cursive will be made systematically, implementing the five basic strokes. Students will be able to make the correct muscular movements needed to write consistently legible.