Curriculum and Instruction
Rigor, Relevance, and Relationship--A framework for college and career readiness.
Journeys Common Core
The children shall be taught as a whole group to read a variety of literature and informational/anchor texts. They will also read a variety of genre to make connections with anchor texts. The children will develop comprehension skills, reading strategies, and learn to use target vocabulary. The children will read Leveled readers in small groups during guided reading; practicing comprehension skills and reading strategies. They will be taught individually as needed through differentiation lessons. Decodable readers will be used to review phonology sound-symbol relationships to decode words, practice reading high frequency vocabulary, and develop fluency strategies. Students will respond to literature in a variety of ways. They will develop listening and speaking skills through read alouds by the teacher.
The Journeys Common Core Program is used. Your child will spell using patterns. Not every child will have the same list of words. All students will be working on the same spelling rules and patterns, at their developmental level. Each week your child will bring home a list of 10 spelling words to study and practice the words with various homework activites. Spelling grades will be taken from weekly spelling tests as well as from daily writing in class work. Please encourage correct spelling in all homework.
Students will engage in the writing process (prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and publishing). They will complete a minimum of 6 complete writing samples (narrative, opinion, informative, report, instructional, and descriptive pieces). These will be passed on to the students' third grade teachers. They will write daily.
Grammar:Capitalization, punctuation, and parts of speech will be taught through Journeys Common Core program, Daily Proofreading Practice, and the writing process. The friendly letter will be reinforced through weekly letters to the "Star of the Week".
Handwriting Without Tears program is to form letters using big and little lines and big and little curves. Many letters begin at the upper left-hand corner and go down, then "jump back" to the starting point to complete the letter. Cursive will not be taught this year. Students will apply handwriting skills to all daily writing. Grades will come from all subject areas, not just handwriting book. Please encourage and help them develop the habit of writing neatly in all homework.
Math:Go Math! is a program is aligned with Common Core State Standards. Students will engage, explore, explain, and elaborate upon these standards.
Second grade focuses on 4 Critical Areas:
1. Numbers and Operations:
Use place value concepts to represent amounts of tens and ones and to compare three digit numbers.
Use place value concepts to read, write, and skip count to 1000.
Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add
and subtract within 1000.
2. Algebraic Concepts:
Solve problems involving addition and subtraction within 100.
Use mental strategies to add and subtract within 20. Work with equal groups of objects to gain
foundations for multiplication.
Analyze and draw two- and three-dimensional shapes having specified attributes.Use the understanding of fractions to partition shapes into halves, quarters, and thirds.
4. Measurement, Data and Probability:
Measure and estimate lengths in standard units using appropriate tools.
Tell and write time to the nearest five minutes using both analog and digital clocks.
Solve problems and make change using coins and paper currency with appropriate symbols.
Represent and interpret data using line plots, picture graphs, and bar graphs.
Extend the concepts of addition and subtraction to problems involving length.
Science:Students will learn important scientific concepts as they actively construct ideas through scientific discovery (inquiry, investigation, and analysis). Our Units of study are: Water & Weather, Energy & Motion, and Animals.
Social Studies:Through Harcourt Horizons About My Community, students will be introduced to basic map skills, communities, part of the Earth (continents, oceans, and land formations), our governments, life in the past and present, and people at work. The use of quality children's literature and computer activities will be integrated into these units of study.For more details go to www.harcourtschool.com
Health:We will use Here's Looking at You 2000 and the Olweus Bullying Program. We will have
regular class meetings with an awareness of concerns and suggestions to make our class community safe and fun. Students will learn about feelings, personal health (nutrition, dental health, exercise, and taking care of their body) and safety (inside, fire, outside, bicycle, pedestrian, and bus).