Curriculum

  • Each busy day we explore many exciting new topics in second grade! The following sections will help you learn about the daily lessons and fun activities we do in our classroom. 
     
    Our district has aligned our Math and ELA curriculum with the new state standards. You can see these new standards at http://www.nysed.gov or http://www.engageny.org
     
    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 are as follows:

    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

    Module 5-Addition and Subtraction Within 1,000 with Word Problems to 100

    Module 6-Foundations of Multiplication and Division

    Module 7- Problem Solving with Length, Money, and Data

    Module 8- Time, Shapes, and Fractions as Equal Parts of Shapes

    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 assigned to some students when needed.
     
     
    Journeys
    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 minilessons 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. 
     
    Social Studies
     
    Our Social Studies/English Language Arts curriculum consists of four units:
    Unit 1: Active Citizenship
    Unit 2: Rural, Urban, Suburban
    Unit 3: Geography of Communities
    Unit 4: Change and Interdependence
    We also use a Social Studies text and weekly Scholastic News issues to learn about history. Some of the lessons the class will work on this year include: Our Government, Colonial Times and Pioneers, Native American History, and Famous Americans.
     
    Fundations

    Fundations a multi-sensory, structured, sequential, and cumulative phonics/spelling program. 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. At the end of each Unit (usually 2 weeks), students will take a Unit Test. 
     
    Science

    Science lessons are filled with hands-on activities and group work. Our curriculum consists of 3 units:
    Unit 1: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
    Unit 2: Earth's Features
    Unit 3: Structure and Properties of Matter
     
     
    Health

    The Great Body Shop

    *Let’s Stay Safe
    *How You Think
    *The Wide World of Food
    *Your Heart, Small but Strong
    *When I Feel Afraid
    *Babies…And How You Grew
    *Drugs are Dangerous
    *Germs! They Can Make You Sick
    *My Skin and Me
    *Muscles in Motion