|Second Grade Curriculum|
Students are assessed in math, reading, and spelling and broken into
groups that best meet their learning needs.
Math Logs: Once a week students work in their math logs to solve word problems. We discuss the techniques and various steps students use to arrive at their answers. The focus is on the process more than the result.
Small Group Instruction: The teacher works with students to introduce new math skills and develop the students’ conceptual thinking. The lessons are as hands on as possible, using manipulatives and group discussion.
work independently in their math workbooks at their own pace. The teacher or an
aide assists students with questions. The teacher meets regularly with
individual students to assess their understanding of the material.
Reading Groups: Groups meet three times per week and receive small group instruction in reading and reading analysis. Students read fiction and nonfiction books that provide enrichment to subjects studied in other areas of the curriculum.
Silent Sustained Reading
(SSR): Students are given time in class to read quietly
out of a book of their choice. Students engage in reading response activities,
which enhance comprehensive and critical thinking skills.
Writing is incorporated into various subject areas (i.e. math, science, reading, social studies, etc.) In addition to cross-curricular writing opportunities, students are instructed in the mechanics of writing through grammar and writing lessons, journal writing, editing practice, and Writer’s Workshop.
Journal Writing: Students have frequent opportunities to write in their interactive journals. This is a special place where they record memories, thoughts, ideas and feelings. During journal writing, the emphasis is not on perfect spelling and punctuation. Instead, students are becoming proficient in expressing themselves on paper.
Grammar: During grammar lessons the students learn the mechanics of writing using a grammar workbook as a guide. Students are given weekly editing skills activities in which they make appropriate corrections to incorrect sentences. The entire class discusses the corrections that were made.
Writer’s Workshop: Students engage in “process writing” three days a week. Students study the steps of the writing process. They pre-write, draft, revise, edit and publish several pieces of personal writing throughout the year. At the beginning of the lesson, the teacher presents a mini-lesson on an aspect of writing that the students will focus on in their writing. The students published work will be displayed at the County Authors Fair.Literature Response Activities: Students respond to story elements such as character, setting, plot, language or illustrations. Children make connections between one work and another, compare books by an author, contrast versions of a story, or relate a story to their own lives.
SPELLING & HANDWRITING
In each spelling group, students
receive instruction geared toward their spelling needs. They engage in word
pattern sorting activities and games. Students keep a spelling journal in which
they record their word studies and discoveries. Students practice the basics of
Students participate in four major science units throughout the year. Each unit allows children to take part in an abundance of hand-on activities, set up experiments using the scientific method, and conduct and present research.
Plants: Students learn the
importance of plants in our lives while embarking on an exploration of their
parts, functions, needs and life cycles. They also learn how plants are adapted
to live in vastly different climates. Our
Planets, Our Universe: This
ever-expanding unit begins with a study of our solar system, its components
(planets, moons, asteroids, meteoroids, etc.) and their movements. After
establishing our solar system’s location in the Milky Way, we continue outward,
examining stars, galaxies, comets, black holes, and other exciting phenomena of
the known universe along the way. Oceans:
Students learn about our local, Monterey Bay ocean habitats; kelp forest, open
ocean, rocky shore, sandy shore, and deep sea. We take several field trips
including; Monterey Bay Aquarium, Long Marine Laboratory, Natural Bridges Tide
Pools, and Save Our Shores beach clean up. Birds:
Students learn what separates birds from other vertebrates. They will engage in
several activities which help them understand how birds are adapted to live in
various ecological niches. We study nests, eggs, and migrations patterns. Each
student research and become an expert on a particular local bird.
SOCIAL STUDIES & GEOGRAPHY
Students learn about their own culture as well as other cultures as they
study countries around the world. The countries studied depend on the
background and interests of each individual class. We look for cultural
similarities while gaining an increased awareness and respect for differences. The
students learn the continents and countries within our cultural studies. Students
work on mapping skills throughout the year.
Conversational Spanish is encouraged in an informal environment. Vocabulary and grammar are introduced and then reinforced through conversation, games, and music.
All students have weekly classes in Life Lab, art, drama, music and physical education.
Second Grade Weekly Class Schedule
Ms. Carroll has been teaching 2nd grade at Spring Hill since 2001. She has a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Art from Claremont College. She received her Teaching Credential from San Jose State University.