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Second Grade Highlights

Second Grade Highlights


  • Reconciliation and First Eucharist Preparation
  • Parts of the Mass
  • Catholic Social teachings
  • Develop prayer life and focus on character



  • Adding & Subtracting to three digits, with and without regrouping
  • Place value and number sense to 1,000
  • Telling time to five minutes
  • Money identification and word problems
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Measurement
  • Simple fractions
  • Geometry



  • Matter and its interactions
  • Plants, animals, and life cycles
  • Our changing Earth
  • Engineering



  • Simple to more complex sentences
  • Paragraph formation
  • Using adjectives, adverbs, basic grammar, nouns, verbs, and pronouns
  • Writer's workshop-continue to focus on editing and revising pieces, writing narratives and stories



  • Refine phonic skills
  • Leveled spelling program with flexible spelling groups
  • Develop reading skills like developing inferences with the use of leveled library, novel explorations
  • Non-fiction text features: headlines, captions, bold and italics
  • Small, flexible reading groups at students’ reading levels


Social Studies:


  • What is a community? (community and home)
  • Where is my community and what is it like there? (geography)
  • How do citizens live and work together in a community? (government)
  • How do communities change? (history)
  • How can a citizen affect a community? (history, being a good citizen)
  • Goods, services, needs and wants (economics)




A Typical Day in 2nd grade


Second grade students have many opportunities to learn in different ways throughout the day. They practice skills in small groups, individually, and whole group.   Language Arts time includes working on reading and writing skills in fun and varied ways. Writer’s Workshop allows children to take pieces of writing through the publishing process, and take pride in their written words. Social Studies and Science are exciting opportunities to explore the world around us through books, technology, discussion, and hands-on experiments.   Religion is integrated throughout our entire day, as well as during specific focus times each day. Second graders attend physical education, art, computers, library, and Spanish classes each week.



What is new in 2nd grade?


In math, we work with numbers in the thousands place. We add and subtract numbers and learn how to regroup. We are more independent workers. We have an assignment book we use daily. We read chapter books, write book reports and complex stories. We become more responsible. We make our First Reconciliation and First Communion. Second grade is the first time students may join Drama Club.