Second Grade Curriculum Overview
The second grade curriculum is designed to meet the NJ Student Learning Standards and provide students with the skills and knowledge to face the challenges of the 21st century.
Using the philosophy of Reader’s Workshop we begin the year modeling reading behaviors, providing instruction on print strategies and offering students opportunities for conversations about their reading. The children learn how to take a book walk, activate schema, and select “just right” books, advertise books through a book talk, analyze characters and recognize as well as appropriately use non-fiction text features. The comprehension strategies taught are: visualizing, predicting, connecting, questioning, fluency, inferring and retelling. The comprehension skills covered are: main idea/detail, problem/solution, compare/contrast, fact/opinion, cause/effect, and sequencing.
The second grade uses the philosophy of Writer’s Workshop focusing on the elements of good writing while incorporating skills in capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and spelling. Units of study include personal narrative, opinion writing, realistic fiction, and non-fiction research to write travel brochures. Students learn how to use a dictionary and thesaurus to enhance their writing skills.
Second grade is a year when students are learning many math concepts and skills. Regrouping, time, money, fractions, measurement, geometry, and problem solving are some of the major units of study. Knowing basic addition/subtraction facts to and from 18 are a fundamental necessity this year.
Science and Social Studies
This program uses literature and media as well as a hands-on approach to learning. To enhance these units of study students visit Museum Village (a reproduction of a colonial village) in Monroe, NY and participate in a Colonial Craft Day,
The science units of study are: Structure and Properties of Matter, Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems and Processes That Shape the Earth.
The social studies units of study are: Colonial Times, Change Makers - connecting to people and places far away, Continents and Oceans, and Map Skills.