The Second Grade reading program is a balanced literacy program that provides a wide variety of reading and writing experiences. Our program is based on five essential components of reading that need to be included in a successful program. These research-based components include phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. We also encourage each child to read daily at home either independently or with a parent.
We are using the Wilson Fundations spelling program that is a systematic, sequential, multi-sensory method of teaching spelling. Letters containing updates, program information, and activity suggestions will be sent home. We will focus on specific spelling patterns based on the six syllable rules. We will have weekly spelling tests on Fridays.
We continue to use the Handwriting Without Tears program that your child learned in kindergarten and first grade.
A variety of writing models will be presented throughout the course of the year. These will include expository, narrative, poetry, friendly letters, and short constructed response.
These skills will be developed:
Ideas and content
Sequence of events (beginning, middle, end), setting, characters, and problem-solution
Appropriate word choice
Correct spelling and application of high-frequency words
Application of phonetic skills in spelling unknown words
Conventions: use of proper grammar and correct punctuation
What parents can do to support writing:
Provide writing experiences that are meaningful
Set an example. Let your child see you writing for specific purposes.
Have paper readily available.
Write notes to your child. Place them in secret places such as his/her lunchbox, on their pillow or bedroom door, etc. Some of your notes may be posed as a question asking for a simple response.
Letters to friends and relatives
Make a list together. Examples: to do list, shopping list, job assignments, schedules, wish list
Be a photo journalist by taking pictures or collecting photographs to highlight a trip. Let your child or each family member write about that photo.
Willow Creek’s core math series is Everyday Mathematics. It is a standards-based curriculum that follows the NCTM (The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) guidelines. A home-school partnership is encouraged. It has been shown that optimal learning occurs if the child, teacher, and parents work as a team through Home Links, which will be sent home routinely.
Math fact strategies will be taught throughout the year, and children will be expected to practice these at home on a regular basis to gain competency. Our goal is to have students know addition and subtraction facts (0 – 20) with three-second recall.
Math games will be sent home periodically to reinforce particular skills that have been presented in class. Games are an effective means of teaching skills and strategies. We encourage you to play these games together with your child.
Social Studies Units
- Life Science
- What makes me sick? How to stay healthy
- Interaction of living things -- Habitats of plants/animals
- Physical Science
- Balance and Motion -- Observe and compare how objects balance, spin, and roll
- Earth Science
Second grade is continuing the birthday tradition that was started in first grade. Due to the large number of food allergies, we are no longer celebrating birthdays with food. Students are invited to gift a book to our classroom library or to bring in a favorite story to read with the class. Please keep in mind that birthday celebrations are limited to 10 minutes when making a book selection. Thank you for your support.
Second-Grade Schedule 2011-2012