WELCOME TO SECOND GRADE!
2017 – 2018
Of course, two of the most important faith moments of second grade at St. John of the Cross School are the reception of the sacraments of First Eucharist and Reconciliation. In our Religion class we discuss the concepts of belonging to a Christian community, showing responsibility for ourselves and others, listening to God’s Word through Bible stories, and participating more fully in a Christian life through the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Reconciliation. Children are introduced to many different kinds of prayer, and classroom discussions allow them to learn more about respect, integrity and our responsibility to care for God’s creation. We actively participate in school liturgies, including liturgies directed toward the primary grades in particular, and we learn music to enhance our worship.
We use the Superkids program as the basis for instruction in the Language Arts disciplines.
Great emphasis is placed on Reading instruction in second grade. Reading is taught daily as a component of a comprehensive Language Arts curriculum. Our program includes instruction in phonics, word-attack skills, comprehension, oral reading, critical thinking and appreciation of various forms of literature. Flexible grouping will allow the children to advance at their own pace and enjoy stories at their own instructional level. Opportunities are provided frequently for recreational reading, alone or with a partner. The students visit the school library weekly, enjoy making selections from our extensive classroom collection of books, and the teachers read to their class on a daily basis.
Our spelling program has as its inherent goal making every child a speller. Each week a word list will be sent home. This list is meant to be kept at home for practice. We also practice our through Daily Routine activities. Most of the words feature phonetic or structural elements that are being taught in the unit. Others are Memory Words (sight words). Students practice their skills in spelling through the study of pattern words and memory words. Pattern words are phonetically regular or apply predictable patterns or rules. Children can spell pattern words by writing the letters for the sounds they hear. Memory words are not phonetically regular or have letter options for their sounds. Children must learn the spelling of each memory word by heart. As the year progresses the children will be held accountable for the correct spelling of these words whenever they are used. The children are also provided with experience in using a dictionary as a writing tool.
Grammar and Writing
In addition to helping students with speaking and listening skills, our curriculum focuses on the mechanics of our sometimes complex and difficult language.
We will learn about sentence types and sentence structure. We will identify nouns, verbs, and pronouns and their correct usage. Instruction about adjectives and adverbs helps to enhance student stories. Proofreading and peer editing exercises allow students to make improvements before writing a final draft. Many opportunities will be provided for children to practice their newly emerging writing skills. Journaling allows the students to respond on a daily basis to writing prompts.
We emphasize the writing process as a means of applying attributes of good writing to students’ work: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency and conventions. Students are provided with frequent opportunities to publish their work.
Math is taught daily in second grade. We will use the Go Math program again this year. Some of the concepts covered in the program are number sense and place value, addition and subtraction, measurement and data, and geometry and fractions. An emphasis is placed on mastering basic addition and subtraction facts. Manipulatives are often used to bring a concept to a more concrete level. We frequently integrate literature into our math program, enjoying stories where math concepts are an important part of the story.
We begin the program with a review of the proper formation of printed upper-and-lower-case letters, including size and spacing. During the second semester of the year, the cursive alphabet is introduced. Children learn the proper formation of letters and the joining of these letters to form words in cursive. We ask that the students do not try to write in cursive until it is formally taught in class.
Our second grade Science program is full of discovery. The children will use a hands-on approach in all of our Science units, participating in a lab experience once a week. We will cover many concepts, including nutrition, weather, plants, the environment, force and motion, and states of matter. Our program promotes critical thinking, decision-making, and an awareness of the scientific process. Children will also come to realize the correlation between Science and Math concepts.
The second grade Social Studies program focuses on living together in a community, sharing goods and services. The children learn through our text, maps, charts, projects and related literature. They learn about famous Americans and the impact they have had on our lives. They are introduced to basic concepts of history and geography. They discuss current events by sharing Time For Kids magazine. Second graders will also discover many interesting things about the continent of Australia, its people and the animals that are specific to the region.
Mrs. Rhonda Floros, Room 105
Mrs. Maggie Serafini, Room 106
Mrs. Jane Foy, Room 104
Spanish Grades 1-5
The goal of the Spanish program in Grades 1-5 is to provide an environment where students can gain knowledge of the Spanish language by building confidence and enthusiasm in the beginning student. Correctness is not the main objective but rather to build positive attitudes. Repetition and positive reinforcement are critical. The following topics are covered:
Sign of the Cross, Prayers, Names, Greetings, Farewells, Polite Words, Feelings, Numbers, Animals, Colors, Calendar, Weather, Parts of the Body, Clothing, Classroom Objects, Family, Places to Go, Transportation, Songs, Chants, Hispanic Customs and Holidays