Reading/ELA Our school uses the Wonders reading program. Students will read and discuss multiple stories and genres each week. They will also work on vocabulary, word work, comprehension, writing and fluency skills related to those stories. They will be assessed on the ability to apply skills learned to new reading passages.
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 We use the Common-Core aligned math curriculum Eureka Math (Engage NY). It is broken down into separate modules. Along with learning various math skills, students will work on math fact fluency. We also use the online program ZEARN to supplement our lessons and learning. Most math homework will be completed in class.
Science/Social Studies Second graders do not have Science and Social Studies textbooks. Many of the standards for this grade level are embedded in our reading series. We also have additional units of study for Science, including Life, Earth, and Physical Science units. For Social Studies, we study different cultures, holidays, and events throughout the year. We also focus on character education. Each week, students will read a magazine article published by Scholastic News about various Science and Social Studies topics.
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.
Handwriting We use 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.