Second graders take charge of their reading, honing skills to figure out difficult words, understand author’s craft, and build big ideas from the books they read. Students work on word solving, vocabulary development, and comparing and contrasting information across texts. They strengthen three foundational reading skills— fluency, understanding figurative language, and comprehension. Second graders expand their writing skills as they learn to describe the setting, characters, objects and events in detail. They write brief narratives about their experiences, as well as poetry and reports. They also begin revising drafts to improve sequence, spelling, and grammar. In spelling, students apply and learn new spelling strategies, and incorporate spelling words in various pieces of writing.
Whole numbers and place value to 1,000; (+) and (-) two and three digit numbers; multiplication facts (2-5, and 10); fractions with denominators 1-12; word problems using equations and Singapore Math bar models; (+) and (-) money; telling time in five-minute increments; visual representation of data; compare measurements in different units; and measure and estimate weight and capacity
Second graders refine their inquiry skills. Scientific tools and scientific thinking are new topics to explore while delving into design and engineering, technology, the relationship between plants and animals, changes on the earth, weather, seasons, planets, day and night, matter, energy, magnetism, and dinosaurs.
While researching their family genealogy and understanding how it is connected to the past, students learn about historical American figures and the impact they have had on America. Their explorations lead them to a richer understanding of those people who have overcome difficulties. Researching, summarizing, and writing reports are essential skills gained from their work.
An underlying theme in second grade, explored through a variety of drawings and collages, is the study of the human face and body at rest and in motion. Portraits, self-portraits, historical illustrations and representations of “Famous Americans” are all a part of this exploration. Three-dimensional dinosaurs and their habitats are a highlight in the spring.
Second grade students continue visual coding and begin modifying code for the web. Art projects for class are created digitally. While learning how to search for information safely, students learn how to research using online sources. Their keyboarding skills improve as they expand their understanding of technology.
Students begin to transition from picture books and easy readers to chapter books. They independently locate age-appropriate fiction for pleasure reading. Students continue to develop research skills by actively and independently using books and databases, and learn basic bibliographic skills.
Second grade students refine their skills for sports and games while building on the concepts from the previous years. Added to their program is a unit on circuit training, cooperative games with balls, jump ropes, and scooters.
Second graders continue to hone their memorization of choreography. Students will build muscle strength, control, and flexibility as well as muscle memory while acquiring self-discipline, musicality, rhythm, and artistic expression through dance.
Second grade music focuses on singing with good vocal production, reading the notes G, A, B, C, D on the song flutes, composing with those notes and rests in 4/4 and 3/4 meter, furthering keyboard skills, playing G and D chords on the guitar, and learning African drumming techniques for drum circles. Students listen to music, discuss styles, and compare music.