Lower School Academics
Honing the Basic Skills, Achieving High Levels of Fluency, and Gaining Confidence
The goal of Second Grade is to develop academic confidence within each student in each subject area. Reading skills soar, as comprehension supersedes basic fluency. Writing skills develop to remarkably sophisticated levels, with two-to-three page research reports produced in the spring.
Competency in basic mathematics skills are honed and enhanced. All students achieve beyond grade-level expectations with beginning multiplication and division while enrichment fun maintains interest and enthusiasm.
In the winter, students enjoy a special interdisciplinary unit on fairy tales and castles. As they read traditional versions of fairy tales from various cultures, castle architecture and history are studied, castles are drawn and models are built with blocks. This unit culminates with each student writing their own original fairy tale and presenting it to the class dressed in the tale's theme. Usually, the 2nd class play is a fair tale, as well.
Simultaneously with all of this, students attend PE & Spanish class daily, as well as art, music, drama, library and technology on a weekly basis. The following information provides a “snapshot” in to the Second Grade course overview during the winter months:
Reading: Fairy tales; Fantasy; Historical fiction; Making connections
Language Arts: the writing process; descriptive writing; proofreading; grammar & mechanics; Letter writing
Mathematics: Two-digit addition & subtraction; fractions; introduction to multiplication
Science: Energy & Motion; Rollercoasters
Social Studies: Families; Holidays & Traditions Around the World
Drama & Field Trips: Second Grade Play
Character Education: Courage, Respect
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