2nd Grade Curriculum - Second Grade Curriculum by lonyoo


									                               Second Grade Curriculum

Language Arts

    I.      Reading
Imagine It! is a phonetically based reading program. Students participate in reading
authentic, high quality literature in student anthologies. The student anthologies contain
time-honored and contemporary literature including fiction and non-fiction, poetry, folk
tales, fables and fantasies. These selections encourage students to think and raise

Reading and vocabulary tests are given after the completion of these stories.

Units of study:
    Kindness
    Let’s Explore
    Around Town
    Look Again
    Courage
    America’s People
Additional Support:
    Leveled readers
    Strategic support for struggling readers
    Intensive vocabulary support
    Challenge activities
    Skills practice
    Grammar, usage and mechanics

   II.     Phonics and Fluency

Students begin to look beyond phonics to the broader structure of words. Word parts,
patterns, suffixes, prefixes, and relationships between words become part of their word
attack skills. Dictation quizzes are given daily.

    Phonemic Awareness Activities
    Dictation
    Sound/Spelling Cards
    Phonics Audiocassette
    Practice Stories
    Minibook Stories
    Phonics Review Activity Sheets
    Outlaw Word Flash Cards
    III.   Other Reading Activities

              Mrs.Rioni, reading specialist
              Workshop
              Leveled book containers
              Classroom Library
              Read alouds
              20 minutes silent reading daily
              Paired reading
              Shared reading
              Poems
              Songs

In addition to the writing program in Imagine It, students will also be using the Write
Away Handbook is the writing program we are using this year. Students will learn the
process of writing, forms of writing and the tools of learning.

Writer’s Workshop
Students will take select pieces of writing through the complete writing process to a final
published form. Writer’s Workshop places the teacher as the facilitator with the students
conferencing to edit and revise their work. The teacher conferences with each child and
then checks the final draft. Published work will either be made into books, displayed in
the classroom or sent home in a “class book.”

Life Books
Students write in their “Life Books” about memories in their lives. The students focus on
writing about one event in vivid detail. Questions like Who? What? Where? When?
Why? and How? are explored. The children have the opportunity to share their journal
entries with the class if they wish. The children will take certain Life Book entries
through the writing process and publish these pieces into small books. The class will
have “writing celebrations” to proudly share their published work with parents and

    IV.    Spelling
The spelling words for each week correlate with the words in our second grade spelling
book. In addition, “outlaw words” are added to each spelling list. “Outlaw words” are
words that cannot be sounded out or that break a spelling rule. Spelling words are
introduced on Mondays and tests are on Fridays. The weekly spelling list is included in
the homework packet which is given out on Mondays. Challenge lists are given to
students who receive a 100% on the spelling pretest given on Mondays.

   V.       Grammar

 Grammar, Usage and Mechanics are introduced in the daily Imagine It lessons.
Students also complete weekly grammar activities in their homework packets and reading

   VI.      Handwriting

Handwriting is taught using traditional ball and stick manuscript.


Our math program is Everyday Mathematics. This program was developed by the
University of Chicago School Mathematics Project. Everyday Mathematics uses problem
solving for everyday situations, hands on activities, discussion, cooperative learning with
partner and small group activities, practice through games, daily routines and a Home
School Partnership. Math drills will also be included in daily minute math. Addition and
subtraction facts should be memorized. Harder addition and subtraction involving
regrouping is emphasized at this grade level. Math tests are given weekly starting in

Social Studies

The social studies program is based on the Mc Graw Hill book People Together.
Geography skills, thinking skills, study skills and citizenship skills are all addressed in
this comprehensive curriculum. The six units of study are:

        Family Ties
        Earth, Our Home
        A Working World
        We the People
        Discovering Our Past
        People, Places and Holidays
Students will read literature, watch videos, listen to audiocassettes and complete class
projects all related to the unit of study. In addition, a test will be given after the
completion of each unit.


We begin the school year with the Earth Materials FOSS Science unit. Students will
observe and investigate characteristics of solid materials from the earth’s rocks and
minerals. The focus is on taking materials apart to find what they are made of and
putting materials together to better understand their properties.

 Balance and Motion FOSS science unit will be taught in the second trimester. In the
unit students will balance cardboard shapes and pencils, and make mobiles to explore
balance, counterbalance, and stability. They will investigate spinning motion with tops,
zoomers, and whirlers; rolling motion with wheel-and-axle systems, rolling cups, marbles
and runways.

We will end the year with a hands-on study of Insects (life science). The life cycle of
mealworms, butterflies and silkworms will be examined.


Daily homework will be given out Monday-Thursday nights. Reading and spelling tests
are given on Fridays.

Class Managament

Class Rules

   1. Raise your hand
   2. Be a friend
   3. Walk Don’t Run
   4. Listen
   5. Share
   6. Help Clean Up
Consequences for not following rules

   1.   Verbal warning, proximity, eye contact
   2.   Green card pulled- no Burgess Buck for the day
   3.   Yellow card pulled- student talks to teacher at recess and a note is sent home
   4.   Red card pulled- student see Mrs. Heise or Father Vaughan
Incentives (:

   1.   Burgess Buck
   2.   Four R’s
   3.   Group points
   4.   Store
   5.   Praise
   6.   treats

Parent Communication

1. Daily behavior cards
2. Wednesday folders
3. Notes homes/phone call if needed
4. November conferencing
5. Website- daily blog

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