Every morning in our classroom we begin with an entry task. This could be Journal Writing, Daily Oral Language, or some other activity. Journal writing is never graded but provides the students the opportunity to write freely and to express themselves in words and pictures. Daily Oral Language (DOL) focuses on grammar and punctuation skills. A grammar program called Simple Solutions is used, Our morning also starts with prayer, flag salute, and Calendar.
“Blest Are We” by Silver Burdett and Ginn is our textbook for grade 2. This book covers the sacraments, prayer, the Mass, celebration of the Eucharist, Sacred Scripture, and various holy days, religious holidays, our Catholic Heritage, and a section about Catholic Schools.
The book has five units and each unit is broken up into four chapters. Each chapter explores the theme from the perspective of one of the four pillars of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
- Chapter 1—What Catholics Believe
- Chapter 2—How Catholics Worship
- Chapter 3—How Catholics Live
- Chapter 4—How Catholics Pray
This text helps prepare students to receive the sacraments of the Eucharist and Reconciliation. However, the actual sacramental preparation is done in your own parish. Please contact your parish office for information.
Prayer is important in our class. We have morning, before and after lunch, and end of day prayer. We have special prayer ceremonies in our class by our prayer table. We also attend all the school prayer services and masses. A list of the prayers second graders should know is in the School Prayer Handbook.
Open Court Reading is a research-based curriculum grounded in systematic, explicit instruction of:
- Phonemic awareness, phonics, and word knowledge
- Comprehension skills and strategies
- Inquiry skills and strategies
- Writing process and writing skills (6 traits writing plus 1)
- Spelling and vocabulary
- Grammar, usage, and mechanics
The ability to read quickly, smoothly and with expression is an important part of learning to read. Fluency tests are taken throughout the year. Please listen to your child read orally and help him/her practice when fluency materials are sent home.
Silent reading is incorporated into the Workshop Time in our Open Court Reading Series. Students are allowed to read books of their choosing. Later on in the year, students will be encouraged to read chapter books and book reports will be assigned. We also use the Accelerated Reader Program in the Library. Students are expected to read books at their reading level or above. After reading a book a computer test is taken. Each Quarter a certain number of tests are assigned for the students to pass.
In the Harcourt Math Series, each lesson consists of a problem of the day, a quick review, guided instruction, practice, a mixed review and Test Prep. There are interventions for reteaching, challenge activities, Algebra, Math Vocabulary and many types of assessment.
- Topics covered in Second grade are:
Unit 1 – Place Value, Number Patterns, Comparing and Ordering Numbers, Tables and Graphs, Addition/Subtraction Strategies
Unit 2 – Two Digit Addition and Subtraction
Unit 3 – Money, Time, Interpreting Tables and Graphs, Probability
Unit 4 – Geometry (Plane Shapes, Solid Figures, Spatial Sense) and Patterns
Unit 5 – Measurement (Length, Temperature, Capacity, Weight, Standard and Metric, Perimeter, Area, and Volume) and Fractions
Unit 6 – Exploring Greater Numbers and Operations (Numbers to 1,000, Compare/order greater numbers, Adding/Subtracting 3-Digit Numbers, Multiplication/Division)
In addition to the Text, we use problems from “Read It! Draw It! Solve It!” These problems encourage students to draw pictures to aid in explaining various Math problems and to write how they solved the problem.
We use the Scott Foresman text “Neighborhoods and Communities.” Students learn simple map skills, various community names, modes of transportation, different types of career choices, geography skills, and history of our country. They also focus on the many heritages and cultures in our class. In November, we look at our family history. Before Thanksgiving, we hold a special “Heritage Day Celebration” where we share food native to our heritage with our classmates and our families.
We use the FOSS Hands-On Science Kits as the main focus in our science program. We study: Air and Weather; Solids and Liquids; and New Plants. We will also have mini-units on bats, the Rain Forest, our environment, and the Padilla Bay Estuary.
Every class is encouraged to do a Service Project for the year. Since the theme of our class is Ecology/Earth Day Every Day, we will recycle aluminum cans with the money made divided equally between an ecology project like Rainforest Action Network or the Arbor Day Foundation and Catholic Relief Society.
The other Service Project special to 2nd grade is to collect baby food in honor of Baby Jesus at Christmas time. The entire school helps us with this project. We donate the baby goods to “Neighbors in Need” and to St. Vincent de Paul Society.