The second grade math curriculum is based on the Engage NY program. Each student is assessed and then placed in an optimal learning group. Students participate in an exploration of mathematical concepts by engaging in daily hands-on activities, whole group discussions, partner collaborations, and independent exercises. Concepts are then applied to demystify and solve relevant real-life problems. Students are challenged to persevere in problem solving and clearly articulate thier strategies. They are encouraged to recognize thematic connections throughout units of study which include place value, adding and subtracting within 1000, measurement, time, money, geometry, multiplication and division, graphing, number patterns and comparisons.
Reading Groups: Groups meet three times per week and receive small group instruction in reading and reading analysis. Students read fiction and nonfiction books that provide enrichment to subjects studied in other areas of the curriculum.
Writing is incorporated into various subject areas (i.e. math, science, reading, social studies, etc.) In addition to cross-curricular writing opportunities, students are instructed in the mechanics of writing through grammar and writing lessons, journal writing, and Writer’s Workshop.
Journal Writing: Students have frequent opportunities to write in their interactive journals. This is a special place where they record memories, thoughts, ideas and feelings. During journal writing, the emphasis is not on perfect spelling and punctuation. Instead, students are becoming proficient in expressing themselves on paper.
Grammar: During grammar lessons the students learn the mechanics of writing using a grammar workbook as a guide. Students are given weekly editing skills activities in which they make appropriate corrections to incorrect sentences. The entire class discusses the corrections that were made.
Writer’s Workshop: Students engage in “process writing” two days a week. Students study the steps of the writing process. They pre-write, draft,
revise, edit and publish several pieces of personal writing throughout the year. At the beginning of the lesson, the teacher presents a mini-lesson on an aspect of writing that the students will focus on in their writing.
Literature Response Activities: Students respond to story elements such as character, setting, plot, language or illustrations. Children make connections between one work and another, compare books by an author, contrast versions of a story, or relate a story to their own lives.
SPELLING & HANDWRITING
Students engage in word pattern sorting activities and games. Students keep a spelling journal in which they record their word studies and discoveries. Students practice the basics of cursive handwriting.
SOCIAL STUDIES & GEOGRAPHY
Students learn about their own culture as well as other cultures as they study countries around the world. The countries studied depend on the background and interests of each individual class. We look for cultural similarities while gaining an increased awareness and respect for differences. The students learn the continents and countries within our cultural studies. Students work on mapping skills throughout the year.
Conversational Spanish is encouraged in an informal environment. Vocabulary and grammar are introduced and then reinforced through conversation, games, and music.
All students have weekly classes in Life Lab, art, drama, music and physical education.