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2nd Grade General Studies Overview

Reading (Foundational Skills)

By the end of second grade, SJCS second grade students will be able to:

  • know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words
  • read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension

Reading (Literature)

By the end of second grade, SJCS second grade students will be able to:

  • ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text
  • recount stories and determine central message, lesson, or moral
  • describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges
  • describe how words and phrases supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song
  • describe the overall structure of a story
  • acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters
  • use information gained from illustrations and words to demonstrate understanding
  • compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story

Reading (Informational)

By the end of second grade, SJCS second grade students will be able to

  • ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text
  • identify the main topic of a text
  • describe connections between scientific ideas or steps in a text
  • know and use various text features (i.e. glossaries, captions, indexes, etc.)
  • identify the main purpose of a text
  • explain how specific images contribute to and clarify a text
  • describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text
  • compare and contrast important points presented by two text on the same topic

Writing

By the end of second grade, SJCS students will be able to:

  • write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic, state an opinion, and support the opinion
  • write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section
  • write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details, thoughts, and feelings
  • use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing
  • focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing
  • demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage
  • demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing

Speaking and Listening

By the end of second grade, SJCS students will be able to:

  • participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts
  • recount or describe key details from a text read aloud or information presented orally
  • ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension
  • tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant details
  • create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories

Spelling

By the end of second grade students will be able to:

  • understand the differences between Anglo Saxon, Latin, and Greek-based words
  • apply learned word patterns in their own writing

Handwriting

By the end of second grade students will be able to:

  • demonstrate proper grip and letter formation

Methods

  • Novel studies
  • Class read alouds
  • Poetry
  • Reading Journals
  • Mini lessons on strategies
  • Drama
  • Report writing
  • Reading Logs
  • Guided Reading Groups

Resources

  •     Wired For Reading
  •     Words Their Way
  •     Various leveled readers
  •     Reading A – Z
  •     Lucy Calkins Writer’s Workshop and Reader’s Workshop Units of Study
  •     “The Reading Strategies Book” by Jennifer Saravillo
  •     “Handwriting Without Tears” Curriculum

Math

By the end of second grade students will be able to:

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction
  • add and subtract within 20
  • work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • understand place value
  • use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract

Measurement and Data

  • measure and estimate lengths in standard units
  • relate addition and subtraction to length
  • work with time and money
  • represent and interpret data

Geometry

  • reason with shapes and their attributes

Methods

  • Small group instruction
  • Number talks
  • Independent leveled activities

Resources

Everyday Math Curriculum

Science

By the end of Second Grade students will be able to:

  • know and understand problems that can be solved or have been solved by using scientific design
  • identify and explain problems that can be solved through investigations and/or with tools
  • identify and describe a problem in a given situation
  • propose, construct, and test a solution to a problem
  • make verbal and written observations

Methods

  • science investigations
  • discussions

Resources

  • Inquiry Based Science Program – Balancing and Weighing, Soils
  • Woodland Park Zoo Forest Explorers Curriculum

Social Studies

By the end of Second Grade students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of how people interact with their physical environment and social conditions
  • identify how family, groups, and community influence the individual
  • cite examples of how people in different times and places view the world
  • participate in organizing, making decisions, and taking action in group settings
  • work with others to decide on an appropriate course of action
  • define issues or problems and consider alternatives, and then make a decision based on evaluation of alternatives
  • identify examples of freedoms, rights, and responsibilities of citizens
  • recognize and interpret how the common good can be strengthened through various forms of citizen actions
  • use maps, charts, and other geographic tools to understand the spatial arrangements of people, places, resources, and environments of Earth’s surface

Methods

  • Storytelling
  • research
  • literature
  • drama
  • poetry
  • informational texts

Resources

  • Storypath Unit: The Wampanoags and the First Thanksgiving
  • Woodland Park Zoo Forest Explorers Curriculum