Grade 2

Welcome to a busy and exciting year of learning in second grade.

I am looking forward to working with you and your child during the 2016-2017 school year!

In second grade students will be working in small groups, independently, and as a class, depending on the activity.

Project based activities and manipulatives are used as much as possible. Topics in the different curriculum areas are often integrated, making learning more meaningful.

Listed below are SOME of the topics/skills we will be covering in each curriculum area:

Math: place value, fractions, money, estimation, regrouping (addition and subtraction), graphing, probability, fact families, geometry, measurement, area, perimeter, and problem solving.   A heavy emphasis is placed on mastering basic addition and subtraction facts to 20.

Science: Major units include plants, earth, and mechanics.  Along with our 3 major units we also do a lot of  other STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) activities throughout the year.  Students will learn how to conduct scientific investigations, record and analyze data, and make scientific drawings. 

Social Studies: Topics include map skills, physical features, calendar skills (days, months, seasons, important dates), famous Americans, important events, primary sources for history, artifacts as links to the past, and current events.

Literacy:  Second grade uses the Superkids literacy program.  The skills focused on include comprehension, main idea, cause/effect, sight words, decoding/encoding skills, predicting, genres of literature, reading for information, and compare/contrast.  The program includes a decodable reader/workbook, non-fiction magazines (SUPER), and chapter books/book talk journals.
The Superkids program also includes a writing component.  Some of the skills we work on are writing a paragraph, editing skills (capitalization, punctuation, organization, spelling), using organizational webs, writing to explain, writing to inform, letters, stories, reports, poetry, and journals.

To assist students in developing responsibility and good organizational skills, second graders are given a "Bulldog Binder" at the beginning of the year.   It is a 3-ring, 1-inch binder that contains valuable information that is always easily accessible.  It includes a folder for homework, a "take home" folder, and a pouch for notes and lunch money.  This binder should be brought back to school every day.

Communication is the key factor to a successful parent-teacher relationship. I will be sending newsletters home to inform you of our current curriculum studies, upcoming events, and other important information.

I encourage you to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the school year. You can e-mail (see below), call the school (399-4421), or send me a note, and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Karen Durling

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