2nd Grade

Teacher

JANE MOORE
jmoore@olfschool.net

 

RELIGION

  • Be My Disciple, RCL Benziger
  • Family Life, RCL Benziger

The focus for second grade’s religious instruction centers on the concept of God as our Father and the sacraments, primarily Reconciliation and Eucharist. Students encounter daily acts of reconciliation therefore, relating the sacrament of Reconciliation as opportunities to ask God’s forgiveness of sin.  Students study the meaningful parts of the Mass, the Liturgy, the meaning of the Gospels, and the Eucharist. Students study the lives of some of the saints that provide examples of Christian living. Family Life education is an integral part of the overall religious education program to explore the concepts related to being created as a unique individual by God, Our Father, and being member of a wholesome family, living within the rules and guidelines that lead them toward Jesus Christ.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

  • The Superkids Reading Program, Rowland Reading
  • Accelerated Reader, Renaissance Learning
  • Wordly Wise Online Vocabulary 3000, EPS

Students consolidate their understanding of all phonetic elements and achieve decoding automaticity and fluent reading. They read authentic literary and informational texts that have not been controlled for decodability and apply comprehension and vocabulary skills to longer, more complex texts.  Using the writing process, students write longer, more structured narratives, informational texts and opinion pieces.  Oral presentations and collaborative group discussions are utilized to practice listening, speaking and leadership skills. Students are exposed to a variety of literary genres and are able to distinguish the features of realistic fiction, non-fiction and fantasy stories.  Students participate in the Accelerated Reading, AR, program on a trimester by trimester basis with higher reading goals of attainment. Students utilized their 1:1 iPads to further enhance their learning acquisitions each day.

 

MATH

  • My Math, McGraw-Hill
  • ST Math, MIND Research Institute

Students master addition and subtraction of two and three digit numbers with and without regrouping, patterns, money, and measurement including capacity, mass and temperature.  Students learn to tell time to the quarter hour and five minute intervals and navigate a calendar.  Students study geometric shapes, learn place value to one thousand, explore multiplication and division to five and basic fractions. The daily integration of the ST Math,”Jiji”, online program, and 1:1 iPad utilization reinforces the acquisition of skills and allows for differentiated and blended earning opportunities.

 

SCIENCE

  • Science TechBook, Discovery Education
  • Take a Closer Look, McGraw-Hill

Students are exposed to an active, hands-on, STEM infused approach to the study of science by employing a number of processing skills: observing, classifying, inferring, predicting, communicating, measuring, experimenting, and forming hypothesis. Students learn that the motion of objects can be measured and observed, that plants and animals have predictable life cycles, and that the Earth is made of materials that have distinct properties that provide natural resources for human activities. Bi-weekly, the students participate in the hands-on, active learning Brain Storm, program, a STEM based education course of study. Students utilize their Science TechBook to investigate research and create projects to further extend their knowledge and mastery of concepts.This interactive, NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) aligned program with an integrated approach to learning via extensive multimedia technology-based content, hands-on activities, and virtual labs to provide rich and engaging grade-level content learning experiences. Students become immersed in the work of scientists and engineers within the realm of earth science, life science, and physical science by:

  • exploring the overarching themes of science
  • asking shared inquiry questions
  • making claims
  • supporting claims with evidence
  • designing solutions to real-world problems
  • develop the practices that scientists and engineers use daily, and
  • identify the cross-cutting connections between science

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Social Studies, Harcourt Brace

Students are introduced to economics; workers and jobs, and interdependence among workers. Geography skills include the use of maps and globes, cardinal directions, and map symbols and legends. Students learn about history by investigating their ancestors, studying Native American peoples, and identifying famous historical figures.  Students learn what it means to be good citizens and members of different types of communities. During our school-wide International Day, students visit ten countries to learn key facts and pertinent cultural information.

 

The weekly Enrichment Curriculum includes Technology, Spanish, Art, Music, Piano, Drama, and Physical Education