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RELIGION

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

Students focus on the many gifts God gives us and the learning and reciting of prayers. Units of study include Jesus as our teacher and role model, Mary, Our Blessed Mother, and the lives of the Saints, the Holy Spirit, and an introduction to the Catholic Church.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

  • The Superkids Reading Program, Rowland Reading
  • Accelerated Reader, Renaissance Learning

In first grade, students enjoy more of the Superkids’ adventures in stories, songs, poems, and plays. Students learn more complex letter-sound relationships. They continue to develop their decoding and encoding skills by reading longer stories and nonfiction mini-magazines whereby comprehension and reading fluency acquisition are emphasized to support their path towards becoming independent readers. The skills of phonetic and structural analysis, spelling, vocabulary, phonics, and the grammar and mechanics of writing are integrated and learned in multiple modalities – visual, auditory, and kinesthetic – to reinforce language learning. Interactive library books, online games, informational magazines support the student’s individual paths of successful learning across the curriculum.

 

MATH

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

Students are inspired to embrace math through meaningful real-world applications. Students are challenged through three components of rigor: conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application woven with equal intensity throughout the learning year that enables students to steadily grow in their math ability and confidence. Students engage daily with a variety of resources to make literacy connections, strategically build vocabulary, problem solve and integrate digital resources and hands-on applications.

Students develop number sense through addition and subtraction facts, place value, explore basic patterns, graphing, geometry, and fractions and are introduced to concepts in statistics and probability. First graders connect math with real-life applications that focus on understanding of money, measurement, time, and problem-solving such as creating a “First Grade Mall.”

The daily integration of the ST Math online program and 1:1 iPad utilization reinforces the acquisition of skills and allows for differentiated learning opportunities. The online ST Math content objectives reinforces math concepts whereby students use abstract, quantitative, and creative reasoning to solve non-routine problems using their highest level of thinking. In addition, STAR Math, concept/standard based assessment administered three times a year enables teachers to monitor student’s data driven progress to guide instruction.

 


SCIENCE

  • Science TechBook, Discovery Education

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 explore the vocabulary and basic concepts of good citizenship, geography, history, and economics. They learn map and globe skills that include how to read and draw maps that include a key, create a timeline, and know our neighboring countries. American History comes alive as first graders meet Johnny Appleseed, Christopher Columbus, the Indians of the Plains, and famous Presidents, to name a few, through rich literature, musical drama, art and hands-on activities. Special units include Women in History, Heroes, and Black History Month. During our school-wide International Day, students visit ten countries to learn key facts and pertinent cultural information.

 

FINE ARTS & FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Children have every opportunity to express themselves through art, drama, music, piano, song, play and by using their imagination and talent.
Fine arts are an integral part at this developmental stage. Special classes offered weekly:
Spanish
Art
Music
Piano
Technology Class

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Opportunity to learn and grow athletically and be active throughout the day
Basic motor skills and health are nurtured to develop the whole child twice weekly.

NUTURE~ENCOURAGE~EMPOWER

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 provides 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

  • Superkids Reading, Rowland Reading
  • Accelerated Reader, Renaissance Learning

Building upon the concepts learned in first grade, second graders are exposed to a rich and varied curriculum utilizing multiple components comprised of a Decodable Reader and Word Work Book that builds essentials language skills in reading fluency and comprehension, phonics, spelling, grammar, punctuation and mechanics. The students become thoughtful, strategic readers as they read authentic nonfiction in their Super Magazines and authentic literature in original trade-book formats through their Book Club opportunities that builds in complexity.  The Book Club’s sixteen award-winning books include a variety of fiction genres from folktales to contemporary realistic fiction that builds with an increase of sophisticated story structure as the student’s reading skills develop. The clear, carefully sequenced Write It Right expressive writing, journaling and handwriting lessons assures successful student writers.  The students continue to read about and enjoy their Superkids friends’ adventures as they learn to make behavioral choices of kindness to others, good sportsmanship, sharing, respecting personal property, dealing with disappointments, and other social and personal values typical to second grade.

 

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 online program, and 1:1 iPad utilization reinforces the acquisition of skills and allows for differentiated land blended earning opportunities. Online ST Math content objectives reinforces math concepts whereby students use abstract, quantitative, and creative reasoning to solve non-routine problems using their highest level of thinking. In addition, STAR Math, concept/standard based assessment administered three times a year enables teachers to monitor student’s data driven progress to guide instruction.

 

SCIENCE

  • Science TechBook, Discovery Education

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
  • Students conduct scientific investigations based on the scientific method to ensure successful participation in our yearly Science Fair to begin Catholic Schools Week

 

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 Enrichment Curriculum includes Technology, Spanish, Academic Decathlon, Art, Music, Piano, Drama, and Physical Education