Reading/ELA Our school adopted a new reading curriculum, Wonders, this school year. This curriculum is different than our curriculum in past years because students will not focus on one story each week, and then take a test over that story. Instead, students will read and discuss multiple stories/genres each week, work on vocabulary, comprehension, word work, writing, and fluency skills related to those stories all week. Then, they will take a test on Fridays (or the last day of the week) over a new story (This is called a cold read, because they've never read the story or passage before), while having to apply the skills they learned throughout the week. This is different because in the past, students were being assessed on memorization/comprehension. With the new curriculum, they are being assessed on the ability to apply the skills learned. Students will not be bringing reading textbooks home throughout the week; textbooks will stay at the school. I will let you know each week what skills we will be focusing on.
Accelerated Reader In second grade, students begin using the Accelerated Reader (AR) program. Each quarter, students will take a Star Reading test to determine their reading level and quarterly goal (how many points they should get each quarter). These goals are individualized based on the student's reading level and abilities. Students will then read and take computerized tests over books to earn points, and hopefully reach their goal by the end of the quarter. Students who reach their goal each quarter will be able to attend the quarterly AR movie/popcorn party. Student points will be reset to zero at the start of each quarter, and new goals will be set. However, total points for the year will accumulate throughout the school year. Students who earn 100 or more points by the end of the school year (points accumulated over the entire year) will get to attend an ice cream party. Students will have many opportunities to read independently in the classroom, but it is imperative to also spend time reading independently at home. Accelerated Reader in our classroom is used for reading motivation only. Students will not be penalized for not meeting their quarterly goals, nor will it affect their reading grade.
Math Villa Grove Schools began a new school-wide math curriculum last year. Eureka Math is a common-core aligned mathematics curriculum, which is broken down into separate modules. Each day, students will participate in fluency practice, concept development and application problems, as well as complete an exit ticket to show their understanding. A short one- or two-sided homework page will be sent home for additional practice of the concepts learned.
Science/Social Studies Second graders do not have Science and Social Studies textbooks. Instead, these curriculums are embedded in our new Reading/English Language Arts series.
Spelling Our weekly spelling goes along with our reading series and weekly phonics pattern. Students will have 15 spelling words each week. They will complete activities and practice pages throughout the week, but should also practice spelling their words at home each night for the weekly spelling tests on Fridays.
Handwriting With the change of reading curriculum, comes a change in handwriting style! We will be changing to the traditional Zaner-Bloser handwriting style. We will complete practice pages throughout each week. After winter break, we will begin learning how to write cursive.