Students will participate in writer’s workshop this year. We will focus on the 6 Traits of Writing. The 6 traits include the following: ideas, organization, sentence fluency, word choice, conventions and voice. Writer's Workshop will begin with a mini lesson and doing a page in their 6 Trait Writing books. Students will then write in their "treasure" notebooks. We will share our writings several times a week. In second grade, we have 10 required writings. They include the following: 4 personal narratives, fantasy, poetry, research inquiry, informational piece, persuasive piece, and a compare and contrast.
Students will be tested and given their instructional reading level. Students will meet with me daily for guided reading at that level. We will focus on both fluency and comprehension. Students will also participate in choral reading, echo reading, and partner reading. During whole group instruction, I will do read alouds and we will discuss reading genres, story elements, and comprehension strategies.
Students will be given a new lists every Monday which will contain 10 words plus 2 bonus words. These words will be included on the test on Friday. Beginning in January, we will move to 15 words plus bonus words.
We will focus on the following essential skills for second grade math: *construct fact families for addition and subtraction * know/express place value of numbers up to 3 digits * show/count coins (P,N,D,Q) in various ways * compare numbers, write symbols; <,>,= to 1000 *adding 2 digits w/out regrouping * identify 2D shapes * identify 3D shapes * representing multiplication w/area and array models * estimating and then adding 3 digit numbers * subtracting 2 digits w/out trading * know all basic addition facts to 18 * create/read/interpret pictographs * recognize/name/and write commonly used fractions * use ruler/tape measure/yard and meter stick to measure the nearest whole unit using cm, m, in, ft * understand that multiplication is repeated adding(know multiplication facts: 0 and 1 * tell time in 5 minute intervals and 1/4 hour * know all basic subtraction facts to 18
Sacrament preperation will be the main focus this year. Each sacrament will require 6 weeks of in-class preperation. Please ensure that you contact your Parish to ensure that your child recieves the appropriate lesson books. Books are sent home through the Parish and students should bring the books to class. Each week, each student may bring home their book for home review. We will also be working on our favorite Saint project during the month of October. The students will be invited to dress as their favorite Saint for the All Saint's Day Mass.
We focus on 4 science units which include the following:
In second grade we have an overlying theme of communities that we focus on throughout the year. We also do units on then and now, celebrations around the world, landforms and map skills/geography.