Second Grade Curriculum
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 the Colorado state standards to include comprehension of literature, comprehension of informational text, and application of foundational reading skills. We also encourage each child to read daily at home, either independently or with a parent.
A variety of writing models are presented throughout the course of the year. These include informative, narrative, and argument/persuasive writing. Instruction includes:
- Ideas and content
- Sequence of events (beginning, middle, end; and setting, characters, problem, solution)
- Appropriate word choice
- Sentence variety
- Editing skills
- Correct spelling and application of high-frequency words
- Application of phonetic skills in spelling unknown words
- Conventions: use of proper grammar and correct punctuation
- Legible handwriting
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
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.
Our second-grade math program is based on the Colorado state standards. We develop strong mathematical reasoning using a variety of programs. We also include critical thinking skills through problem solving. Second-grade instruction also focuses on the standards for mathematical practice to help students develop these habits:
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- Model with mathematics.
- Use appropriate tools strategically.
- Attend to precision.
- Look for and make use of structure.
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
Math fact strategies are taught throughout the year, and children are 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 are 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.
If you are interested in helping your child with his or her math homework, you'll find short videos below to help you and to refresh your child's memory.
Math Homework Videos
Unit 1, Module 1, Sessions 3 and 5:
- Physical science — Forces, motion
- Life science — Animals, plants, habitats
- Earth Science — Weather, seasons
- Physical Education
Second grade is continuing the birthday tradition that was started in first grade. Due to the large number of food allergies, we no longer celebrate 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. When making a book selection, please keep in mind that birthday celebrations are limited to 10 minutes. Thank you for your support.
Library is from 2:20-2:40 p.m.
Second Grade Schedule 2016-2017
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