Second Grade at St. Mary's
Second grade is a transitional year at St. Mary’s. Students “cross the rotunda” and join the upper elementary students, use a locker and attend chapel twice weekly.
The second-grade curriculum builds upon their completion of first grade at St. Mary’s and integrates language arts, math, social studies and science into units of fun and exciting learning.
Second Grade Learning Overview
- More opportunities for independent work and time to reflect on their learning
- More sophisticated reading and history studies because they begin to show great interest in developing their vocabulary
- Less partner or group reading and more individual reading for longer periods of time
- More non-fiction books and lengthier chapter books leading to more written and reading comprehension assignments
- More writing assignments with beginning, middle and endings
- More intensive phonics and grammar work to supplement their reading
- More complex concepts in math computation with basic skills, money and time, fractions, and mental math
- Opportunities to enhance the learning of natural scientific topics and exploring other cultures and geography
Second Grade Enrichment Classes
Second Grade Special Events
Field trip to the Harn Homestead
Making pumpkin pancakes
Monthly AR celebrations
Second Grade Curriculum
Consists of productive thinking, communication, forecasting, decision-making, and planning and includes: Handwriting Spelling/Phonics; Literature Reading; Vocabulary; Short Novel Studies; Speaking; Grammar; and Composition
Students study EnVision Math building a foundation of mathematical knowledge that in time enables students to move from the basics to higher-order thinking and critical problem-solving.
Students explore their role as individuals in their community and country. They will combine social studies and geography by using the Map Essentials skills book by National Geographic and other geography and history resource materials.
Students participate in a hands-on approach to learning the fundamental processes of science. Through direct classroom and outdoor experiences, students will be exposed to observing, measuring, recording, classifying, interpreting, analyzing, inferring, predicting, and investigating. Focus will be given to earth/space, life and physical sciences.