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The language arts curriculum in second grade continues to develop skills in vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. Children have opportunities for reading and responding in a large group, small group, or independently. Vocabulary development includes teaching phonetic and decoding skills. Children practice comprehension strategies that include: summarizing, identifying the main idea, sequencing, making predictions, and reading for specific detail and drawing conclusions. Children also learn to listen and retell stories. Children are encouraged to express their ideas in written form, utilizing the basic steps of the writing process. Children write in a variety of curriculum areas. Beginning mechanics of writing and language usage are introduced and practiced within the context of daily writing activities.
Reading Strategy Handouts to support your growing reader!
Key Components of Math Program
Building Concepts: In Math Expressions, building deep conceptual understanding is achieved by exploring concepts deeply. Our goal is to help students understand why we do math a certain way, not just how. To many parents, this is the biggest frustration. It seems like we are making things more complicated than necessary by asking students to draw solutions or try different methods. However, this program is carefully sequenced to build understanding first, and common procedures like carrying last. Trust me, if you can have patience with the approach, you will see amazing results!
Quick Practice: We all know that mastering basic math facts is important. It makes problem-solving easier when children don't have to spend their mental energy trying to figure out simple sums. For this reason, quick practice is built into the program through daily warm-ups, "Remembering" pages, and Fluency Checks.
Math Talk: Discussion is the centerpiece of our math classroom. Students are given the time and opportunity to talk about how they think they should approach a problem, what confuses them, patterns that they notice, and reasons they think an answer is correct or incorrect. Young children especially need this kind of social interaction to really develop understanding - no matter what the topic! We have partner, small group, and whole group discussions on a regular basis. This gives every child a chance to develop speaking and listening skills as well as math skills!
Classroom Community: Building a community of thinkers is the topmost priority of my classroom as a whole, and math class is no different! Students learn to take risks without worrying about mistakes, articulate their ideas well to help another child, and treat all learners and their ideas with respect. This is our classroom after all, and they see that they are important in making it a safe, accepting place where everyone can learn and do their best!
Unit Concepts- Year at a Glance
Unit 1: In Unit 1, we review addition and subtraction strategies up to 20 in all kinds of word problems. We emphasize showing, drawing, and explaining our solutions. These skills will be used throughout the year, so this unit is very important!
Unit 2: In Unit 2, we extend our addition and problem-solving skills to sums up to 200. Students will master the base-10 number system (place value) up to the hundreds place. Then they will build addition strategies from their understanding of place value.
Unit 3: Unit 3 focuses on measurement as it relates to length and shape. Students will also learn to plot data on a line plot.
Unit 4: In Unit 4, students will again expand their skill and understanding of place value by learning to subtract 2-digit numbers. Money concepts are integrated into this unit as well.
Unit 5: Unit 5 is another measurement unit. Students practice telling time and applying this skill to word problems. They also learn about picture graphs and bar graphs.
Unit 6: In Unit 6, students will be adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers. They will leave second grade having mastered addition and subtraction up to 1,000! Wow!
Unit 7: Unit 7 again focuses on measurement concepts. Using shape as a vehicle for understanding, students are exposed to equal shares, arrays, and repeated addition. These concepts are all building a foundation for multiplication, which students will begin learning when they start third grade.
Keep Components of the Program
Social Studies Alive! is more than just a curriculum. It is a teaching approach based on the philosophy that children learn best when concepts are brought to life! With this as a foundation, the activities we do incorporate role play, games, simulations, creative projects, group problem-solving, and reading. Social Studies is an exciting subject in our room, and one that students love and I love teaching!
Big Ideas of Unit Program
Geography: Landforms and Maps (longitude/latitude and cardinal directions)
Environment: Environmental needs as well as human impact on the environment.
Citizenship: Being part of a community, solving problems constructively, the basics of voting.
Economics: Wants vs. needs, goods and services, making good shopping choices.
History: How and why places change through time, what life was like long ago, and people who had a place in history.
Key Components of the Program
Our FOSS science curriculum is focused on developing understanding through hands-on, experiential learning. Students build intuitive knowledge through exploration, observation, and playful, open-ended activities. We solidify our learning through reading and discussing. Scientific thinking involves asking questions, looking for evidence, recording observations, and making predictions. These process skills are at the heart of every science investigation we do in second grade. Scientists, like children, are driven by their curiosity. Second graders love discovering things about the world. My science instruction seeks to harness that natural curiosity and mold it into deep understanding by listening closely to my students' ideas and developing those ideas into scientific concepts and thinking.
Content Covered in Units of Study
Balance and Motion: This is our physical science unit. In this unit, students explore concepts of equilibrium and force through open-ended, hands-on activities. After giving materials to groups of students and setting forth a challenge or question, students are given time to play around, make guesses, use trial and error, and draw conclusions. Then, through class debriefings, we formalize our observations in order to understand the underlying science concepts.
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Insects: In this life science unit, we study several species by raising live insects in our classroom. Through this study, we learn the needs of living things, as well as the structures, life cycles, and adaptations of different species. We enrich our learning and understanding through independent research reading and writing projects.
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Air and Weather: In this earth science unit, we study through exploration of the air and weather around us. Students make several projects that help them explore concepts such as air resistance and pressure. We also learn how these properties of air create the weather we experience every day. Students learn about the water cycle, meteorologists' tools, and how and why we make predictions about the weather.
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Sound: In this physical science unit, students learn about sources of sound, vibration, and pitch vs. volume. The unit culminates with students creating their own musical instrument!
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We will visit the computer lab once a week where students will be engaged in a variety of activities to support what we are learning in the core content areas. Students will have opportunities to visit websites with games to reinforce key curricular concepts in a fun way, blog on our class website, learn the basics of email, type published writing and much more.
Not only do I want technology to be fun and engaging for students but I also want to expose them to resources that can transform their learning by showing them tools that allow them to do things they might never have imagined. We will use apps like Educreations, Padlet, and iMovie to share our learning with the world beyond our classroom. We will also use podcasting, edmodo and google docs to create a collaborative community of learners in which we can all share and work together online inside and outside of school.
While we can do most of the activities on the laptops that we will do in the computer lab, I believe in exposing the kids to different tools to build their comfort with multiple tools which is a necessary skill for the world they are heading into. Learning how to handle the slight learning curve of a laptop vs. a desktop is extremely valuable!