Our class will be super busy every day!  We'll explore many exciting new topics in second grade! The following sections will help you learn about the daily lessons and fun activities in our classroom.

     Math abacus pic.jpg    Mathematics   

    This year we will be using the Math Modules from the New York State Common Core. The focus areas of Grade 2 modules address Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten, and Measurement and Data. These focus areas are covered in 4 Modules:

    Module 1- Sums and Differences to 20


    Module 2- Addition and Subtraction of Length Units


    Module 3- Place Value, Counting, and Comparison of Numbers to 1,000


    Module 4- Addition and Subtraction Within 200 with Word Problems to 100


    The main design principles in the New York State Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) for Mathematics standards are focus, coherence, and rigor. These principles require that, at each grade level, students and teachers focus their time and energy on fewer topics, in order to form deeper understandings, gain greater skill and fluency, and more robustly apply what is learned. Focus in the curriculum is meant to give students an opportunity to understand concepts and practice with them in order to reach a deep and fluent understanding. Coherence in the curriculum means progressions that span grade levels to build students’ understanding of ever more sophisticated mathematical concepts and applications. Rigor means a combination of fluency exercises, chains of reasoning, abstract activities, and contextual activities throughout the module.


    The lessons in each module begin with fluency practice (math facts), concept development, application problems, and student debrief (students reflect on what they learned and it provides time for active processing of the total lesson experience). 


    Skill pages are assigned each night to further practice the skill of the day. This homework piece is an important tool to reinforce what was worked on together in class and allows the student extra independent practice to obtain mastery. Enrichment work will be available to students as needed.

    reading1.png  Literacy reading1.png
    This year we will be using a program called Journeys. This literacy program is designed around the Common Core State Standards. By integrating the Standards into every lesson, the program enables educators to engage and educate students effectively and efficiently to ensure learner success. The Journeys Reader's and Writer's Workshop Approach is designed to get students thinking, talking, reading, and writing about text in a way that supports learning and fosters a love of reading. This program builds a knowledge base to read complex text, which is one of the most important challenges students' face. It focuses on repeated reading of complex text, developing academic vocabulary, and close-reading skills. 

    Reading Block- Reading instruction is broken into three main categories: Whole Group, Small Group, and Independent Literacy Time. Whole Group Instruction ensures that all students learn the same literacy skills through on-level interactive and shared reading, minilessons, and genre studies. In Small Group Instruction (Guided Reading), students work in small, flexible groups using Leveled Readers on their instructional level as they move toward reading more complex text. Guided Reading lessons focus on: decoding, fluency, vocabulary development and comprehension strategies. Leveled Readers apply comprehension skills and strategies from the core lessons and support students at their instructional level. These guided reading books will not be sent home. During Independent Literacy Work, students practice and extend skills and strategies taught during Whole Group and Small Group Instruction.

    Writing Block-The mini-lessons in Writing focus on informative (explanatory), argumentative (opinion), and narrative writing. They include modeled, collaborative, and independent writing. They cover all six Writing Traits and the Writing Process.
    Each child has a poetry sketch book that is used to create a Poetry Anthology. Each week a new poem is introduced and is read aloud by the class chorally. Poetry is a great way to practice reading fluency and intonation. Many genres of poetry will be used to help the students see how different authors choose different ways to write poetry. After reading, the children may be asked to look for compound words, nouns, verbs, contractions or rhyming words in the poem.  Lastly, students write about the poem's meaning and illustrate its main idea. 
    Wilson Fundations  
    Fundations is a multi-sensory, systematic, sequential, program that we will be using throughout the year to teach reading and writing skills. Your child will learn the rules of phonics, gain phonemic awareness, increase his/her vocabulary, improve his/her spelling, as well as memorize the "trick" words in our English language. The principle taught each week will be reinforced in the Spelling homework each night. Although comprehension activities are touched on in Wilson Fundations, these strategies will be addressed comprehensively more during Reader's Workshop and Guided Reading lessons.
    Social Studies   
    We use a Social Studies text and weekly Scholastic News issues to learn about history. We will also utilize PNC BOCES as a resource to guide our lessons. Some of the lessons the class will work on this year include: Our Government, Communities, Colonial Times and Pioneers, Native American History, Famous Americans, Goods and Services, Land Forms, Map Skills, and Geography.
    Science lessons are filled with hands-on activities, observations, and group work. (New York State BOCES Science Kits) We study living and nonliving things. Our first unit is, "InterdependentRelationships im Ecosystems."We learn about many different kinds of animals and their habitats. 

    We utilize the Great Body Shop program in second grade. Our first unit is all about how to stay safe. The lessons and activities incorporate many different problem solving skills.   There are both whole group and independent work activities.