READING (Success For All Program):Students will learn decoding skills (phonics and structural analysis: blending, chunking, and base words with prefixes and suffixes, compound words), reading fluency (speed, automaticity, smoothness, pausing at appropriate places, and expression), comprehension strategies (clarification, summarization, questioning, and prediction), vocabulary development, critical analysis, and literature appreciation. Oral and written language is reinforced through the completion of story maps, Treasure Hunt comprehension questions, story tests, Adventures in Writing, the creation of meaningful sentences and/or building vocabulary and Book Club projects. Specific skills are geared for the appropriate reading instructional level and targeted for each grading period. By the end of the second grade school year, students should be able to fluently read at least 90 words per minute.
See also page on4 Core Strategies for a Good Reader .
LANGUAGE:Students will learn grammar and its usage including the following: four types of sentences (statement, question, command, exclamation); capitalization and punctuation (period, comma, question mark, apostrophe, and exclamation point); nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, and adverbs; the 6 traits of writing (ideas, organization, word choice, fluency, voice, and conventions of language); the writing process (prewriting, research, draft, revise, proofread, and publish); create writing products (creating and proofreading sentences, paragraphs, friendly letters, narratives, explanatory, expository, and descriptives); spelling; introduction of cursive handwriting (Handwriting Without Tears writing program); as well as developing listening and speaking skills.
MATH:The primary focal points at Grade 2 are comparing and ordering whole numbers, applying addition and subtraction, and using measurement processes. Problem solving is integrated in all areas of math.
In second grade, students will learn to:
- compare and order numbers to 1,200
- name fractional parts of a whole and of sets
- recall math facts to 18
- add and subtract 2-digit and 3-digit numbers with and without regrouping
- count a collection of coins and count change
- model multiplication and division using manipulatives
- use patterns to develop strategies, make predictions, and solve problems
- identify attributes of 2-D and 3-D shapes
- measure length, area, volume/capacity,weight/mass,time, and temperature in both standard and nonstandard units
- collect, organize, and display data, and use data to solve problems
SCIENCE:Students will use the scientific inquiry to develop questions, plan and conduct investigations while using scientific tools, gather data and information, construct valid conclusions, and communicate their results. Students will study living and nonliving systems, natural cycles, and change that occurs within systems. Some of the science concepts that second grade covers include the characteristics of living and nonliving things, needs of living things, life cycles, seasons, weather, changes observed in the sky, states of matter, physical properties of matter, physical changes in matter, energy, forces, and motion.
SOCIAL STUDIES:Students will learn about citizenship and government; economics; holidays and events; people in American history; landmarks; landforms, symbols, and the interpretation and use of globes, maps, time lines, and graphs; and how settlements and communities, communication, and transportation change over time.
TECHNOLOGY:Second grade is a target grade for the mastery of the K-2 technology TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) cluster.Students go to our computer lab on a weekly basis to practice these skills(Easy Tech) while applying them throughout the second grade curricula.
In second grade, students will learn:
- Computer Basics
- Beginning Graphics
- Visual Mapping Basics
- Word Processing Basics
- Database Basics
- Computer Navigation
- Spreadsheet Basics
- Graphing in Spreadsheets
- Web Browsing Basics