2nd Grade

Greetings from 2nd Grade!

Welcome to the 2nd grade info page!  Here you will find information on our curriculum as well as 2nd grade specific information.  You can also find information regarding 2nd grade on our Classroom pages:

Denise Johnston
Alice Gerraughty
Heather Owens

Curriculum / Learning Goals

Religion

  • Experience Sacraments as celebrations
  • Realize the Catholic Church is a Christian Community
  • Realize ones responsibility for choices and actions
  • Show respect for all God’s creations
  • Show forgiveness for self and others
  • Learn the Prayer of Sorrow
  • Prepare and receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist
  • Understand the Liturgy of the Word/Liturgy of the Eucharist
  • Introduction to the Old/New Testament
  • Develop awareness of how our church honors saints
  • Discuss church celebrations in relation to the liturgical seasons of the year.
  • Actively prepare and participate in liturgies throughout the year

Reading

  • Describe and identify parts of a story and story structure
  • Note story details
  • Understand author’s viewpoint
  • Make generalizations and judgments about what is read
  • Identify cause and effect
  • Categorize and classify
  • Learn about and read books from several genres
  • Develop and increase vocabulary
  • Answer questions to demonstrate comprehension
  • Follow oral directions given to a group
  • Use effective strategies to analyze words, fluency, and expressiveness
  • Introduction to novels 
  • Guided reading

English

  • Recognize and write complete sentences identifying subjects and predicates
  • Alphabetize words to the third letter
  • Identify parts of speech
  • Write descriptive and time-order paragraphs
  • Apply appropriate capitalization and punctuation skills in writing
  • Recognize prefixes and suffixes in words
  • Demonstrate use of a dictionary and its parts
  • Write a friendly letter
  • Use research books to write a report

Math

  • Know basic addition and subtraction facts through 18
  • Read, write, and compare numbers to 100 and to 1,000
  • Demonstrate and understand place value to the hundreds place
  • Count various coin combinations
  • Solve problems that require 2-digit and 3-digit addition and subtraction with regrouping
  • Count, write, and tell time to 5 –minute intervals
  • Estimate and measure lengths and volumes using standard and non-standard units
  • Identify and classify plane and solid geometric figures
  • Identify fractional parts of a whole and of a group
  • Model and identify patterns
  • Organize and interpret data using tables, charts, diagrams, and graphs
  • Develop and apply problem-solving strategies 

Social Studies

  • Read and interpret maps and globes
  • Relate the role of government to rights and responsibilities
  • Compare and contrast diverse groups of people, families, and cultural traditions from around the world
  • Develop and practice skills of being a responsible citizen
  • Demonstrate the individual roles of a producer and consumer
  • Identify various landforms 

Science

  • Magnets-properties, magnetic force and fields, North and South poles attract and repel
  • Rocks-sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic
  • Matter-solids, liquids, and gas, living and non-living
  • Habitats-pond, forest, desert, ocean, and rain forest
  • Nutrition-introduction to the food pyramid
  • Erosion of wind and water
  • Plants and pollination
  • STEM activities

Specialty Classes

  • Technology
  • Library
  • Music
  • PE

Grading Scale

Grading for 2nd grade is as follows:

M    Most of the Time
P     Part of the Time
N     Not Yet

Homework

Homework for 2nd grade consists of spelling words, math facts, reading with parents, and an assignment sent home once or twice a week.

Mass / Reconciliation

2nd grade attends Mass weekly on Wednesdays.  You are welcome to attend. Please check the monthly calendar for dates. 2nd grade students also celebrate the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.

Friday Folders

We send home papers in a Friday Folder and newsletters are sent home either monthly or weekly, depending on the teacher, to keep parents informed of what is happening in the classroom.

Discipline System

The 2nd grade discipline system consists of color changes. Students start the day on green and are given a warning to stop an inappropriate behavior.  If the behavior continues a student changes their color to a yellow.  If it still continues it may need to be changed to a red.  If a student is on red, a note is sent home to let the parents know about the inappropriate behavior.

We also have positive rewards for each class which varies by classroom.

Birthday Treats and Party Invitations

Students may bring a treat to school for their classmates to enjoy on or close to their birthday.  Please make sure the treats are peanut and tree nut free.  Please provide napkins or necessary utensils for the treat to make it quick and easy to serve at school.  Students are not allowed to pass out invitations in school.