A Look at the Curriculum

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Language Arts:
Our reading program is literature-based, which means the children will be exposed to quality literature from our Scott Foresman anthology series. They will be using trade books, big books, phonics readers, leveled readers, as well as enjoying songs, poetry, and read-aloud stories on CD. Each reading unit is designed around a specific theme, (often incorporating social studies and science), with each subsequent unit building on the previous one. Much of our daily reading and writing will relate to the current unit of study. Each week a new poem is introduced that will be incorporated into a poetry notebook the children will build throughout the year. Small and independent group activities will be taught through a balanced literacy approach. This means that each student will be working on material that is appropriate for their current literacy skill level.

Note: Please note we do use a blended approach of reading in the classroom, which means we will be using the Scott Foresman program along with rich literature choices, which will give your child the best of both worlds. We may not be reading the stories in sequential order, or read all the stories in the program. The spelling program will not always be in the order you see listed on this web page. If you see a different story title at the top of your child's spelling packet, please don't be concerned.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

i-Ready - A new technology-based program that we are implementing for the third year with our reading and math programs. We will be using both instructional and assessment pieces - more information to follow.

Spelling and Phonics
Our spelling and phonics goes hand in hand with the Scott Foresman reading series. Each week your child will be responsible for learning and writing spelling and high frequency words. The high frequency words will be posted on a word wall in the classroom, and your child will be involved in many activities throughout the year practicing this list. Many of these words will need to be memorized, as they are ones that don't follow the typical spelling rules. (See below for a full list of high frequency words)

Spelling words will be given weekly, (unless otherwise noted), as soon as we formally begin the first story in Unit 1. Each week your child will be expected to learn new spelling words, as well as high frequency words that will be in the weekly story. If your child masters the basic list, they will be given challenge words to study. As each new spelling skill is introduced and practiced, your child is expected to use them accurately in their daily writing.

For handwriting instruction, we have been using techniques from the Handwriting Without Tears Series. The children will be introduced to cursive handwriting in January.

Math instruction follows the Common Core curriculum for grade two.  We will be working with the concepts of money, measurement, time, geometry, fractions, problem solving, numbers to 1,000, addition and subtraction to 100, to name a few.    It is IMPERATIVE that your child practices math facts daily.  They need to be proficient in both addition and subtraction facts (to 20) by the end of second grade. I would highly recommend investing in some flash cards,(check the dollar store), and checking out the links on this site for some wonderful game opportunities.

Social Studies
In addition to the concepts covered in the Reading Series, your child will be exploring a variety of holidays, our community, the U.S. flag, maps of the U.S. and world, current events (through Scholastic News and other sources), as well as other seasonal activities.