Second Grade Curriculum Outline Reading:
This year we will be using the reading program Reading Street. The program consists of 6 units, each with five stories, both fictional and informational. The informational texts incorporate many of the concepts we will be studding in Science and Social Studies. We will complete one story each week throughout the year. We will introduce each new story on Fridays and will test on the following Thursday for the concepts covered in the lesson. In addition students will be exposed to small group reading instruction at their individual reading levels. Some of these activities with be teacher directed and others will be student centered.
Phonics & Spelling:
We will be using Words Their Way for our Phonics/Spelling program. We will learn new spelling patterns and review those learned in first grade. We will also be adding trick words to our word lists; trick words are those words that do not follow the normal spelling patterns. Spelling lists will come home on Fridays and tests will be given on the following Thursday.
Our school uses a combination of Thinking Maps and Write From the Beginning programs to help students learn to construct writing pieces. We will also be working on punctuation and grammar skills throughout the year. I also like to have children use their imaginations in creating writing from pictures; either with pictures I have given them or pictures they have created on their own. We will also be using a program called multi sensory grammar to teach the parts of speech.
For Math we will be using the Eureka Math program. This program has been aligned to follow the new Common Core State Standards. This program utilizes Smart Bards, white boards, dice, dominoes, cards, and technology as well as hands on math manipulative to help students learn and problem solve concepts through real meaningful experiences.
In Science this year we will use a hands on program call FOSS. In second grade we study liquids and solids, air and weather followed by insects.
Social Studies: We will be learning a lot about the United States, the American Symbols, Westward Expasion ann the American Revolution. We will also be learing about important historical people and their contributions.