Students work on building reading fluency and comprehension through continued phonics instruction, small book groups, guided reading experiences, partner reading and Readers Theater.
Teachers and the reading specialist offer extra support and enrichment through small groups and individual work.
Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are used for direct reading instruction and read-aloud, and are integrated within science, social studies, and mathematics thematic studies.
Writing is integrated across the subject areas. Students participate in writers' workshop and develop their skills through the writing process. Lucy Calkins' Units of Study act as a guide. Topics include personal narratives, authors as mentors, informational writing, and poetry.
The Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley enVision math program is used and supplemented with the TERC Investigations math program. Instruction is provided as a whole group as well as in small, guided math groups. Emphasis is placed on:
A variety of materials and problem-solving strategies are used to develop flexibility and fluency with mathematical thinking.
Long Ago and Far Away:
Students build understanding of people's basic needs and wants and how they change over time and place. Timelines, storytelling, geography, hands-on explorations, and the arts are integral to these studies.
A variety of field trips are important to the various second grade studies, including outdoor hikes, nature trips, and museum visits, as well as occasional special grade level activity days.