I am looking forward to working with you and your child during the 2016-2017 school year!
In second grade students will be working in small groups, independently, and as a class, depending on the activity.
Project based activities and manipulatives are used as much as
possible. Topics in the different curriculum areas are often integrated,
making learning more meaningful.
Listed below are SOME of the topics/skills we will be covering in each curriculum area:
Math: place value, fractions, money, estimation,
regrouping (addition and subtraction), graphing, probability, fact
families, geometry, measurement, area, perimeter, and problem solving. A heavy emphasis is placed on mastering basic addition and subtraction facts to 20.
Science: Major units
include plants, earth, and mechanics. Along with our 3 major units we also do a lot of other STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities throughout the year. Students will learn how to conduct
scientific investigations, record and analyze data, and make scientific
Social Studies: Topics include map
skills, physical features, calendar skills (days, months, seasons,
important dates), famous Americans, important events, primary sources
for history, artifacts as links to the past, and current events.
Literacy: Second grade uses the Superkids literacy program. The skills focused on include comprehension, main idea, cause/effect, sight words, decoding/encoding skills,
predicting, genres of literature, reading for information, and compare/contrast. The program includes a decodable reader/workbook, non-fiction magazines (SUPER), and chapter books/book talk journals.
The Superkids program also includes a writing component. Some of the skills we work on are writing a
paragraph, editing skills (capitalization, punctuation, organization,
spelling), using organizational webs, writing to explain, writing to
inform, letters, stories, reports, poetry, and journals.
To assist students in developing responsibility and good organizational skills, second graders are given a "Bulldog Binder" at the beginning of the year. It is a 3-ring, 1-inch binder that contains valuable information that
is always easily accessible. It includes a folder for homework, a "take home" folder, and a pouch for notes and lunch money. This binder should be brought back to school every day.
Communication is the key factor to a successful parent-teacher
relationship. I will be sending newsletters home to inform you of our
current curriculum studies, upcoming events, and other important
I encourage you to contact me with any questions or concerns you may
have throughout the school year. You can e-mail (see below), call the
school (399-4421), or send me a note, and I will get back to you as soon