Second Grade Curriculum & Academics

STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO:• 20:1
SPIRITUAL & SOCIAL
BIBLE:• Students learn the Bible is God’s Word & recognize their need of a personal Savior.
• Teaching students to apply Bible knowledge to daily lives.
• Connecting Bible events to historical events.
• Study character traits of various people in the Bible and application to student’s life.
• Teaching positive character traits from a Christian perspective.
• Textbooks: Purposeful Design.
CHAPEL:• 35-45 Minutes, 1 Day a Week (With all elementary student body).
ACADEMICS
MATHEMATICS:• Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one and two step word problems.
• Use mental strategies to fluently add and subtract within 20.
• Determine if group of objects is odd or even.
• Find total number of arrays.
• Understand place value and use properties of operations to add and subtract.
• Measure and estimate in standard units.
• Time and money.
• Represent and interpret data-graphs.
• Reason with shapes and their attributes.
• Textbook: Go Math, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
LANGUAGE ARTS & READING:• Emphasis on phonemic awareness, phonics, and word knowledge, comprehension skills and strategies, inquiry skills & strategies, writing & language arts skills & strategies.
• Writing emphasis is on writing clear, coherent sentences & summaries as a response to literature & learning the steps to write interesting and concise expository, narrative and opinion writings.
• Textbooks: Open Court Reading, Grade 2 (SRA McGraw-Hill), Writing Program-Learning Headquarters.
SPELLING & HANDWRITING:• Emphasis on strategies to strengthen spelling through phonetic patterns.
• Developing vocabulary through word study and the writing process.
• Textbook: Spelling, Grade 2 Purposeful Design (ACSI).
SCIENCE:• Life Science (plants, vertebrates, invertebrates, habitats).
• Physical Science (energy, light, heat).
• Senses & Earth Science.
• Textbooks: Science, Grade 2, Purposeful Design Publications (ACSI).
• Special Activities: Environmental Nature Center, Fossils Program through Discovery Science Center, Long Beach Aquarium.
SOCIAL STUDIES:• Expanding map skills from the neighborhood to the world.
• Making & carrying out laws.
• People who supply our food (basic economics of production & consumption).
• Family ancestry (timelines of where & when ancestors have come to our country).
• Curriculum: www.history.ctaponline.org/.
HOMEWORK:• 20 Minutes Per Night – Spelling, Grammar, Review Math Facts, 10 Minutes of Reading.
ENRICHMENT CLASSES
COMPUTER:At Grace we love to have fun with technology. During our weekly sessions in the computer lab, we explore technology and teach students to use it in a fun, safe and responsible way. Whether the kids are learning math, language arts, or science, we use technology to enhance the classroom experience.
• Expand features of previous programs.
• Increase keyboarding proficiency.
• Microsoft PowerPoint & Microsoft Word.
SPANISH:Our Spanish curriculum is an interactive curriculum using mainly music, games and fun activities to make learning a positive experience. Our curriculum also includes a Christian program in Spanish. This involves activities such as coloring and some workbook activities to reinforce Christian principals and to express God’s love. The students will also learn some Sunday school and Christmas songs throughout the year.
Students will continue to build on their basic listening and speaking skills.
Start to conjugate some verbs such as “to be” and introduce themselves with more detail, express feelings, ask questions about the weather, communicate basic needs and desires.
• Continue to study colors.
• Practice counting in Spanish.
• Learn many calendar concepts, i.e. months, days of the week, & seasons.
• Begin to learn opposites, parts of the body, members of the family, different types of animals School, household and food items will also be introduced.
• They will be able to tell their birthdays.
• Describe their family and some professions.
• Some geography, culture, and traditions of Latin America will be a part of the curriculum to understand and appreciate its people.
• Learn Pledge of Allegiance.
• Bible verses & reading Bible stories in Spanish to reinforce Christian principles.
• Learn to express God’s love in Spanish.
ART:Our Art Program focuses on the basic elements and principles of Art encompassing past and present artists with various styles and techniques. Each student will create their own Art portfolio with the collection of all their art work throughout the year. Students use sketchbooks every class for design, practice, discovery, and exploration. Each month is dedicated to a specific artist, skill or theme, and creative projects are varied according to the grade level. It is believed that Art develops critical thinking and problem solving skills that will empower students throughout their lives. Our goal is to expose and educate students to appreciate the diversity in all art forms. Every year we build upon the skills and introduce new medium and tools.
• Students are introduced to collage, rubbings, space, symmetry, balance, & use of warm & cool colors.
• Learn to compare different art works and understand different types of art.
LIBRARY:The main objectives of our Library Program are to encourage students to develop a love of reading, teach students how to access information in any library setting through the Dewey Decimal System, help students select books appropriate to their age and reading levels based on Lexile reading scores, & to provide opportunities to build reading comprehension through the Reading Counts Program.
• Learn parts of a book Fiction & Non-Fiction, & literary genres.
• Fiction and Non-Fiction.
• Research skills and literary genres.
• Develop reading comprehension.
MUSIC:In our Music Program, students will learn the art of performance as they prepare for two or more performances during the year. Through performing, students will gain self-confidence, stage presence, plus musical and theater experience. Students will be taught how to audition and will play theater games to develop skills. During the rehearsal process for the spring musical, students learn to project, acting, & re-acting. Students will also begin the foundation on which they will build, year after year, the tools needed in which to learn how to read music. These tools include, identifying rhythms, notes, & dynamic markings. The process by which they will learn is mostly playing musical games and activities. In addition, students will learn how to properly sing, including breath control. Students will be able to read music by the end of the school year.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION:The Physical Education Program focuses on fitness and health concepts, skill development and sportsmanship. The goal is to provide each student the tools needed to lead healthy and active lifestyles with a positive attitude.
• Continued focus on developmental skills & the introduction of a variety of simple ball games & activities.
• Presidential Fitness Program.

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