Arrowhead Second GradeCurriculumIntegrated Language Arts
In Second Grade we read many interesting and fun stories as we introduce new skills and reinforce skills learned in first grade. While reading fiction, children are introduced to story elements – characters, setting, problem, events, and endings. In non-fiction stories, identifying topics, main ideas, and details improves story comprehension and helps students write non-fiction research papers. The use of various projects such as class books, presentations, role-playing, acting, and retelling with and without puppets helps motivate students to do their best in Language Arts!
Our Storytown themes include 'Count on Me', 'Doing Our Best', 'Changing Times', 'Dream Big', 'Better Together', and 'Seek and Find'. Skills focusing on phonics instruction, comprehension, robust vocabulary, high frequency words, grammar, spelling, and writing are introduced and reinforced.Writing stories is fun! Creating class books motivates children to read and write. It also helps make students feel proud of their work.Visit the following website for more Storytown information:MathIn Everyday Mathematics, children develop a broad background by learning concepts and skills in all these six content strands. The second-grade program emphasizes the following content.Number and Numeration, Operations and Computation, Data and Chance, Measurement and Reference Frames, Geometry and Patterns, Functions, and Algebra. Visit the following website for extra math support.
ScienceThe first unit in our science program is entitled Changes on Earth. The students will participate in a variety of interesting dinosaur activities. The students will construct "dino"ramas featuring their favorite dinosaurs. Students learn about how the earth has changed and the forces which have caused the earth to change since the Dinosaur Age.Another favorite unit in science is entitled You Grow. This unit highlights the changes from baby, to child, to adult. It provides students with information on good nutrition, the importance of exercise, and tooth care. During this unit the students will learn about germs and the spread of germs. They learn ways to stop the unnecessary spread of germs.The second grade REEP curriculum is about Communities. This includes animal habitats and the pond habitat. A special highlight of this unit is our trip to the "Great Valley Nature Center" provided by Home & School funding. The children love scooping around in the pond and identifying the creatures. In order to observe aquatic communities, there are several classroom aquariums in progress.Also, students love visiting the planetarium at Arcola Middle School. They learn various constellations, cardinal directions and fun songs.
Our Social Studies book is called Some People I Know. The children learn about the differences among people who have lived and are living both inside and outside the United States. In Social Studies we concentrate on four different themes throughout the year. The first theme is called Depending on Others. The unit includes map skills. The students will understand that there are many different people in their community as well as the world around them on which they depend. One example of depending on others is the process of making peanut butter, going from the peanut plant all the way to the grocery store shelves. The second theme is Knowing Your Family. This theme deals with our ancestors around the world. The students will learn the definition of an ancestor and have the opportunity to interview their ancestors and learn more about their family and from where their ancestors came and family traditions. The third theme that is focused is Living in Our Country. This theme looks at what unites our country - our president, our flag, our beliefs and symbols such as the Statue of Liberty. The last theme in second grade is Famous People who have made special contributions to our country such as Thomas Edison and Louis Braille.
Classroom meetings are used as a way to teach children to work together to solve various problems in an appropriate manner. The qualities of good citizenship are also discussed in classroom meetings encouraging students to develop these qualities as they continue to grow. These meetings also give opportunities to discuss ways to build good character.
Second Grade Team:
Ms. Eileen Gus
Ms. Adrienne Keffer
Mrs. Anita Morgan
Second Grade at Arrowhead is a wonderful place to be!