Second Grade Curriculum





    The Journeys Reading program provides students with the five major components of a literacy program: Phonemic Awareness,  Phonics, Vocabulary, Fluency, and Comprehension, Each week students learn skills and strategies through mini-lessons, then apply those skills during their reading, writing, and discussion time.  Students also have direct instruction in spelling and vocabulary.   In addition to our reading program, students will learn about writing in the Writer's Workshop model.  


    Our Go Math program builds upon the first grade curriculum and focuses on four "domains":

    1.  Operations and Algebraic Thinking--Students will learn to represent and solve problems using addition and subtraction, add and subtract within 20, and work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication.

    2.  Numbers and Operations in Base Ten--Students will learn to understand place value, use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.

    3.  Measurement and Data--Students will learn to measure and estimate lengths in standard units, relate addition and subtraction to length, work with time and money, and represent and interpret data.

    4.  Geometry--Students will learn to work with shapes and their attributes, both two dimensional and three dimensional.


    The elementary science program consists of a combination of teacher developed units and Science and Technology for Children (STC) kits in conjunction with BOCES.  These units are aligned with the New York State Elementary Level Science Core Curriculum.

    In Second Grade, we will explore these units...

    • Scientific Method and Inquiry
    • Changes (properties of matter)
    • Heat and Light Energy
    • Magnetism
    • Life Cycle 

                                  Social Studies

    In second grade, students explore rural, urban, and suburban communities, concentrating on communities in the United States. The student’s own community can serve as an example for studying about and understanding other communities.  Students learn about communities from the perspectives of the five social studies learning standards. Community studies should include content examples from cultures other than the students’ own, and from a variety of perspectives including geographic, socioeconomic, and cultural. Students continue to learn how to locate places on maps and globes and how different communities are influenced by geographic and environmental factors. They also study about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in their communities.

    We use many great literature books and nonfiction texts during whole group and small group reading to learn about history, geography, culture, economy, and civics, citizenship, & government.  We also have weekly newspapers called Scholastic News.  This paper provides the students with a Science or Social Studies topic and articles on current events.