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.

A modified center format similar to the one used in first grade is used to teach language arts, spelling, reading, writing 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 where students are paired with middle schoolers, 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.

Curriculum

Language Arts

  • Use phonics knowledge to decode regular syllable words when reading text
  • Develop and apply strategies and skills to comprehend text
  • Demonstrate familiarity with a variety of literature
  • Vocabulary
  • Listening and speaking skills
  • 2nd grade level grammar – identify nouns, verbs, simple pronouns, adjectives and articles
  • Capitalization and punctuation

Mathematics

  • Whole numbers up to 1000
  • Addition and subtraction by using operations to solve problems
  • Solve simple multiplication and division problems
  • Use fractions to identify parts of a whole
  • Identify common geometric figures and their attributes
  • Use different forms of measurement
  • Explore probability

Science

  • Explore the scientific method
  • Matter
  • Use graphs and magnifiers or microscopes
  • Ecosystems and life cycles
  • Wind and water change the Earth

Social Studies

  • Use text, diagrams, satellite photos, maps, charts, etc. to clarify and understand a text
  • Investigate why a government is necessary to a country
  • Basic economic concepts
  • Geography

Religion

  • Prepare for the sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Prepare for the sacrament of Eucharist
  • Grow in understanding of Mary
  • Understand that God loves us, Jesus brings us God’s forgiveness and the Holy Spirit helps us to make good choices
  • Sacred Scripture
  • Prayer
  • Deeper understanding of the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation and Eucharist

Enrichment

  • 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
  • Adoration