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    Student reading a book

    The Second Grade team prides itself on providing a "supportive, nurturing, child centered, and humorous learning environment."

    The second grade reading and literacy curriculum involves several components. The Junior Great Books and Houghton Mifflin programs focus on higher level thinking skills. Classroom subscriptions such as Weekly Reader, Scholastic News, and Time for Kids magazines are used to develop nonfiction reading skills and strategies. Other reading materials and books are selected according to a variety of genres and theme areas throughout the year. Students have regular opportunities for independent reading at their skill level using materials from "Just Right Books" and leveled readers in our classroom libraries.

    Our writing program includes Writers Workshop activities to address the needs of all students. Math, science, and social studies lessons will also provide many opportunities for students to develop their writing skills.

    The science units are "Soils", "Liquids and Solids" and "Balancing and Weighing". In addition to the extensive hands-on activities, we will be focusing on developing scientific communication and writing skills.

    Mathematic lessons and activities will focus on meeting Washington State Mathematics Standards. A central year-long theme in Grade 2 is understanding place value for whole numbers. Students develop understanding of the number system, including how the position of a digit affects its value, and use this knowledge to develop skill with more complex computation. They begin making measurements with standard measuring tools.

    Everyday Math units are:

    • Numbers and Routines
    • Addition and Subtraction Facts
    • Place Value, Money, and Time
    • Addition and Subtraction
    • 2D and 3D Shapes
    • Whole Number Operations
    • Patterns & Rules
    • Fractions
    • Measurement
    • Whole Number Operations

    In second grade, a major focus of our social studies curriculum is the storypath unit, "The Wampanoags and the First Thanksgiving". Thanks to support from our PTSA, this project is integrated with art. Technology, reading, writing, and communication activities are also incorporated throughout the unit to provide students a rich understanding of the Wampanoag people and time period. There will be a culminating celebration in December for all second graders to enact a Wampanoag feast and to present their learning projects to families and friends.

    Field trips are planned throughout the year to support or enhance our science, social studies and art curriculum.