2ND GRADE

CURRICULUM AND PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

READING/LITERATURE

  • Word attack skills developed for reading, comprehension, and vocabulary fluency expression and accuracy.
  • Word recognition and meaning including words with multiple meanings, antonyms, synonyms, homographs and homophones
  • Guidance towards independent reading
  • Reading aloud by the teacher to support excitement from books and modeling what good readers do and sound like
  • Oral reading with proper phrasing and expression
  • Fiction and nonfiction differences
  • Monthly book reports

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS

  • Writing will be expected every day.
  • Proper sentence structure, punctuation, and capitalization
  • Structure of paragraph writing
  • Vocabulary words used in reading, spelling words, and special words will be used for individual sentence construction
  • Practice in forms: Stories, poems, journals, letters and reports
  • Types of writing: expository, narrative, and descriptive are explored
  • Edit their own writing-usage of the proper step in the writing process including editing their own work
  • Introduction of dictionary skills

MATHEMATICS

  • Numerals, numbers and place value-basic math facts with immediate recall to (sums of 20)
  • Addition and subtraction as well as whole number multiplication
  • Time and Money concepts will be practiced
  • Estimating of standard units of measure
  • Word problems to insure understanding and develop critical thinking
  • Set up and interpret simple graphs-using collected and/or given data
  • Stanford University distance learning is available as a supplement for advanced students

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Natural landscape and the human history of the United States
  • Interdependence of people, animals, and land
  • Geographic features: such as desert, prairie, and woodlands
  • Native Americans living in these various environments
  • European settlement of the United States and current use of land and resources to meet our needs
  • Conservation of resources
  • Learn the difference between wants and needs
  • Communities/Economics

SCIENCE/HEALTH

  • Exploring the natural world
  • Units of study such as: recycling, food chain, ocean creatures, and insects-life cycles of plants and animals
  • Learn about nutrition and digestion
  • Promotion of critical and creative thinking
  • Interact with the weekly hands on science experiments
  • Invention Unit –Prepare a display to present at school wide event

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

  • Ball skills through games, relays, and obstacle course activities
  • Upper body strength through playground games and equipment
  • Whole body balance and coordination through use of hoops, ropes, and games
  • Learn to care for self, materials, space, and play environment
  • Game rules and sportsmanship

COMPUTER

  • Twice a week labs, to practice a variety of games designed to help increase students facility with computer and keyboard
  • Introduction to carefully guided internet research
  • Introduction to Power Point with simple projects
  • Utilize software programs at teacher direction which will enhance the math and reading curriculum

SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS

  • Field Trips
  • Accelerated Reading (rewards program)
  • Invention Convention
  • French and/or Spanish
  • Individual and group performances for students and parents
  • Spectra Art (art appreciation curriculum)
  • Hand writing carefully supervised
  • Friendship classes
  • Daily hot lunch
  • Skiing, martial arts, chess, tennis, Spanish, and clay classes are available
  • Music for musical presentations
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