Second grade builds on the reading, writing, and arithmetic skills that were learned in first grade. Students in second grade are becoming more independent and responsible in their studies. Second graders are talking more about their faith and relating it to their own life. They are being held accountable for what they believe.
- One room school house in the Spring to experience life as a pioneer
- Christmas Around the World: 2nd graders join the first graders to explore the Christmas traditions and facts of 4 countries.
- Hands on science engages the students as they are exploring God’s creation.
- Blandford Nature Center to take a closer look at plants and seeds.
2nd Grade Curriculum
Reading– A reading goal we have in second grade is to help all students become strategic readers. Using the Daily 5 and the CAFE model, lessons are developed to model and teach important strategies readers use and need to become good readers. We learn accuracy skills using phonics and spelling. We learn to recognize many words by sight, sound out words, look for chunks, and cross check that our words make sense. Many strategies are taught to improve our comprehension of the stories we read. We read books that are good fit books for each individual student and reread them for better fluency. Reading a lot of different books and using the dictionary expands our vocabulary. We spend time every day reading together as a class, reading with a small group, and reading alone.
Writing– The 6 Traits framework is used to teach students to be good writers. Lessons are presented about Ideas, Organization, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Voice, and Conventions. Students write personal narratives, make-believe stories, poetry, fairy tales, letters, and informational pieces. Students are given time to play with words, try out new ways to begin and end a piece, model stories after their favorite authors, and edit their pieces of writing for publication. Foundational grammar rules are taught and used in their writing pieces and students are taught to reread their writing to check that it makes sense.
Social Studies– In second grade we work on map skills including using symbols, map keys, directions, and making our own maps of the school and surrounding neighborhood. We work on maps of our state, country, and the seven continents. Around Christmas time, we learn how countries around the world celebrate Christmas. In the Spring we study the life of the Pioneers. We learn what life was like for the children by attending a one-room schoolhouse for one day.
Walking with God and His People (Christian Schools International)
The second grade curriculum introduces students to the time between the Old and the New Testament. Students see how important these years were in God’s preparation for the coming Messiah, and study events of the New Testament such as the Passion Week, Jesus’ crucifixion, and resurrection. The curriculum starts with the study of a New Testament epistle, the book of James that challenges students to find ways they can apply their faith in Jesus Christ. The curriculum concludes with a study of how Jesus’ followers responded to their salvation in Christ and students are challenged to respond faithfully, like Peter and Paul to Christ’s saving work.
Number & Numeration
- Review order-of-magnitude relationships among place values
- Model and name fractional parts
- Identify equivalent names for whole numbers and for fractions, decimals, and percents
Operations & Computation
- Develop fact power
- Solve comparison number stories; use comparison diagrams and write number models
- Develop strategies to model multiplication and division
Data & Chance
- Collect, order, record, and display data
- Find median, mode, range, maximum, and minimum
- Use basic probability terms to describe events
Measurement & Reference Frames
- Compare weights of different objects by using a pan balance
- Tell and show time to nearest five minutes
- Measure lengths to the nearest inch and centimeter
- Develop readiness for classifying geometric shapes by sorting attribute
- blocks by size, color, and shape
- Measure perimeters of polygons
Patterns, Functions, & Algebra
- Find and use rules for number patterns
- Write number models with three addends
Battle Creek Science
(information taken from https://www.bcamsc.org/science-units/unit-summaries)
Measuring Matters focuses on common objects and substances and their physical properties that can be observed and measured. Students describe objects and substances and identify the properties of matter through the application of measurement and material composition.
Earth’s Land and Water
After identifying and designing models of landforms and bodies of water, students explore how water exists on Earth in three states and the movement of water on land and through the atmosphere. Students apply their knowledge to help identify sources of water and what is usable. Lessons include identifying and keeping track of uses of water in the classroom, home, and community. Students design a plan for water conservation.
A Plant’s Life
Students explore the parts of a plant, what they do, and how they contribute to its survival. Through planting seeds and observing their growth, they examine the life cycle of plants and consider their importance to the survival of all living things.