Curriculum

  •   We will be doing many exciting things this year.  Below please find an description of what we will be covering in each of our subject areas.

     

    Language Arts 

      In second grade, the children move from emerging to independent readers and writers.  For many, this is the start of a lifelong attitude of reading for pleasure.  The four strands of the Language Arts program (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) are individually addressed as well as integrated throughout the curriculum.  Within a typical ELA block students will be engaged in reading independently, small group reading, whole group reading, spelling, vocabulary acquisition and use, comprehension, grammar, and writing (writers workshop).

    Math 

      Activities and instructional methods that encourage children to think independently and cooperatively are integrated throughout the second grade math program. As they learn different mathematical skills the appropriate vocabulary is introduced.  The children utilize the skills they learn to solve mathematical problems in the classroom and everyday situations.  We follow the GoMath series. Some key skills taught include addition, addition with regrouping, subtraction, subtraction with trading, place value, money, time, measurement, geometry, and problem solving to name a few.

    Science 

      In second grade the students investigate “What science is” and how scientists generate and solve problems.  The scientific method of observing, predicting, reporting, analyzing, and concluding is presented as the approach the students should follow when investigating scientific problems. 

    Units of Study-

    Changes-Solids, Liquids, Gasses

    Heat and Light Energy

    Magnets

    Life Cycles

    Various other points of interest throughout the school year.

    Social Studies 

      In the second grade social studies program, students explore rural, urban, and suburban communities, concentrating on communities in the United States.  Ballston Spa serves as an example for studying about and understanding other suburban communities.  Community studies include content examples from cultures other than the students’ own, and from a variety of perspectives including geographic, socioeconomic, and ethnic.  Students continue to learn how to locate places on maps (an emphasis on learning and application of map and graphing skills is an integral component) and how different communities are influenced by geographic and environmental factors.  We also study about the rights and responsibilities of citizens in their communities. In addition, we have a volunteer from Junior Achievement who teaches about community workers, production, basics of how taxes work, how money moves within a community, and voting.