Second Grade Program Curriculum Overview
- Teaching focuses on
language development in all grade levels and all special subjects.
Students learn the tasks of literacy, which include reading, writing, and
responding to literature.
Speaking and listening are meaningfully integrated throughout the
- The goal of the
reading program is to instill in children a love of learning and the
ability to comprehend written language. Children who are learning the
process of reading are taught how to use the basic reading strategies.
They learn to predict outcomes, use context and picture clues, match
letter and sounds (phonics), and build on their knowledge of sight
words. Students also learn
the strategies of skimming and scanning, rereading, and using punctuation
to assist meaning.
- Choice and
authenticity have proven to be essential in supporting developing readers.
Children are more apt to develop attitudes and skills when they share in
the decision making process about what is read and in the means of
A Balanced Literacy Program
- Children will become
successful readers when they are empowered to:
-utilize a variety of reading strategies
-reread fluent texts
-learn to effectively comprehend various text types
-choose appropriate reading selections
-are able to engage in meaningful literature
-respond to text in writing
-reflect about themselves as readers
- Second graders are
able to write longer texts. They are introduced to revision and the editing
process at this time. They also begin to learn how to use ending
punctuation marks and use capitalization appropriately. These skills are reinforced and
re-taught at every grade level.
They are encouraged to spell sight words correctly.
- Methods include:
- mini lessons
- independent writing
- individual conferences
- peer conferences
- group share
-collecting-writing folders and/or idea notebooks
-choosing-selecting pieces for developing
-drafting-developing the chosen piece
-publishing-the piece is complete
-celebration-sharing with your class
- Creative writing
- Content area writing
- Writing based on
- Journal writing
- Publication of student
- Exposure to computer based
Math Program ( Marshall Cavendish International, 2008)
- Primary Mathematics
is a complete program based on the highly successful Primary Mathematics
series from Singapore. Designed to equip students with a strong foundation
in mathematics, topics are covered in depth and taught to mastery.
- Pedagogical Approach
& Methodology-(Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract Approach) This approach
enables students to encounter math in a meaningful way and translate
mathematical skills from the concrete to the abstract. Students first
encounter the mathematical concepts through the use of manipulatives.
Students then move on to the pictorial stage in which pictures are used to
model problems. When students are familiar with the ideas taught, they
progress to a more advanced or abstract stage in which only numbers,
notation and symbols are used.
- Model Drawing: Model drawing is an
ingenious problem-solving strategy built into the Primary Mathematics
curriculum. Students are
taught to visualize and construct concrete pictures to help them make
sense of word problems. The model-drawing technique not only provides a
powerful method for solving problems, but also serves as a link to
algebra. Symbolic representation of problems, the mainstay of algebra,
emerges as a logical extension of the model-drawing technique.
- Teaching to Mastery: Each topic is
covered in detail and taught to mastery. After new concepts are taught,
students are engaged with a variety of mathematically rich problems.
- Spiral Progression: Topics covered
previously are reviewed at higher grades and with increasing difficulty.
The introduction of new concepts is built upon the mathematical concepts
student have learned previously. Spiral progression also allows for a
review of important math concepts while expanding on that foundation.
- Metacognition: metacognition refers
to the ability to monitor one’s own thought processes. In teaching
students to be conscious of the strategies they use to accomplish a task,
this strategy encourages students to think of alternative means of solving
problems and promotes logical thinking. Students are encouraged to be
aware of how they arrive at their solutions.
- Various literature
selections will focus on:
-Goods & Services
-Rural, Urban and suburban communities
-Wants & needs
-Celebrations & traditions
- Students will also
learn map skills
- •Various literature selections will focus on:
- -Balance and Motion
- -Reptiles and Amphibians
- The Human Body
- Personal Hygiene and