Second Grade

Since second grade is considered a part of Early Childhood Development, the format utilized in kindergarten and first grade is continued with adjustments made to ensure a smooth transition into the traditional classroom setting in third grade.

The day begins with the students writing in their journals and continues with phonics. A modified center format similar to the one used in first grade is used to teach language arts, spelling, reading and listening. Lunch and recess are followed by math, religion, Spanish, art, music, physical education, science and social studies.

As in kindergarten and 1st grade, second graders are paired with eighth grade mentors. The mentors sit with them during the all school Friday Mass and help them as they prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.


Language Arts

  • Recognize synonyms, antonyms and homonyms
  • Continue development of phonics and word attack skills
  • Continue development of reading for meaning and details
  • Write a three sentence paragraph
  • Use correct punctuation and grammar
  • Handwriting – printing and introduction to cursive
  • Learn reference skills
  • Accurately spell words on a spelling list
  • Define and give examples of nouns (singular, plural, common, proper), verbs (present & past tense), adjectives, adverbs and pronouns


  • Read/write/compare numbers to 1000
  • Master addition/subtraction facts to 18
  • Master multiplication facts to 5
  • Add/subtract with regrouping
  • Identify, describe and classify polygons
  • Identify fractional parts
  • Solve problems
  • Tell time
  • Make change from a dollar


  • Observe and measure the motion of objects
  • Determine that plants and animals have predictable cycles
  • Learn about dental health and the five food groups
  • Observe that the Earth is made of materials with distinct properties which provide resources to people
  • Appreciate the value of water

Social Studies

  • Develop map skills
  • Explore communities
  • Explore cultures and learn how others celebrate, worship and live
  • Identify and locate geographical features in the community and world


  • Prepare for the sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Prepare for the sacrament of Eucharist
  • Gain a better understanding of the sacrament of Baptism
  • God’s commandments
  • Work to treat others the way Jesus treated others


  • Art
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • Library
  • Computer
  • Spanish

Special activities and celebrations

  • Special activities with 8th grade buddies, including Ribbon Mass
  • Trip to Bishop Kelley High School to see a play
  • ITBS testing
  • Grandmother Spider comes to tell stories
  • Plant seeds and watch them grow