Second grade is a year full of discovery and adventures for students at CCS. Students will become scientists when they do experiments to explore the Water Cycle and discover the characteristics of magnets, artists when they create projects to represent animal life cycles, musicians when they learn about the elements of music and famous composers, then historians when uncovering the events and people of our country’s past, with units on the Constitution, Westward Expansion, and the Civil War. Students will also participate in many unique experiences, at this grade level, such as our Ancient Greek Olympics, our Chinese New Year parade or Cultural Fair, in correlation with our studies of Ancient China and tie-dyeing shirts, as a “wrap up” of our Ancient India unit.
Students will continue with Math topics introduced in earlier grades. The topics we cover will go more in depth using the foundation of knowledge the students have previously learned. Some concepts we cover are place value, addition and subtraction with regrouping, counting money and making change, fractions, measurement, geometry, multiplication, and time. It is very important for second grade students to practice addition and subtraction math facts on a regular basis. This will aide them in their mastery of computation strategies. Our math studies go beyond simply learning “rules” and provide students with lots of problem solving opportunities to show they can use what they have learned in a variety of ways.
Reading and Language Arts are a crucial component of our second grade curriculum. Students will read a wide variety of story genres and will be able to practice reading daily. Second graders are encouraged and taught how to respond to literature in both small and whole class groups. Our goal is to have students reading at or above grade level by the end of the year. In addition to our weekly reading stories, our Core Knowledge curriculum introduces the second grade students to many classic stories such as Peter Pan, Charlotte’s Web, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and folktales such as The Blind Men and the Elephant. At home, students should read for at least 15 minutes each night. This will help them strengthen their reading fluency and practice comprehension strategies. The second graders will also write many compositions throughout the year. They will use the prewriting, rough draft, editing and final draft processes with most assignments.
The second grade at CCS is a time for learning and excitement for our students, parents, and teachers. We cover all of the Arizona College and Career Ready standards which have been aligned to our Core Knowledge Curriculum. Together, using Core Virtues, such as Responsibility, Respect, and Diligence, we will have a successful year of learning and growing.