Welcome to grade two! Students in second grade participate in a variety of classroom experiences to expand their love of learning and develop their academic, social and physical skills. The following descriptions present a brief overview of the comprehensive program.
Language Arts: Second grade students continue to develop and expand their literacy skills in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, language conventions, and speaking and listening by engaging in a variety of lessons and activities based on the Common Core State Standards and the Anne Arundel County Reading/Language Arts Program. Students come to a deeper understanding of how to apply their early skills to reading and comprehending more complex literary and informational texts. Students respond to text-dependent questions and write to source after reading. As writers, they learn how to develop and organize their own ideas and incorporate the conventions of writing as they write to opinion, informative and narrative prompts. Students continue to practice handwriting skills through writing.
Mathematics: The Anne Arundel County Public Schools Integrated Mathematics PreK-5 Program has implemented the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards. These standards are a set of high-quality academic goals which provide rigor, focus, and coherence to prepare our students to be college and career ready by the time they graduate from high school. The mathematical concepts taught in Grade 2 include:
· Number and Operations in Base 10
· Operations and Algebraic Thinking
· Measurement and Data
A variety of resources are employed to teach the mathematical skills that include, but are not limited to, the enVisionMATH textbook, Teaching Student Centered Mathematics, Mastering the Basic Facts, Number Talks, Hands-On Standards, web based resources, and computer programs such as FASTT Math.
Students develop mathematical thinking through the integration of the Standards for Mathematical Practice. These practices require students to persevere when solving problems, explain their reasoning to others, choose appropriate mathematical tools, and be accurate. These practices are incorporated into daily lessons and promoted through student discourse during lessons.
Students will acquire mathematical concepts and be able to apply them to real life situations. Periodic district assessments are given in conjunction with daily formative assessments, to determine the mastery of these skills. The assessment results will be available for the student to take home. Parents may assist in their child’s success in mathematics by checking homework nightly and communicating regularly with the classroom teacher. Additional materials and activities to be used at home can be found on the Pearson website at http://www.pearsonsuccessnet.com. Teachers will provide students with a User Name and Password to access the website. Stretch-to-Go games are available to use at home through the Fastt Math website.
Science: Students expand upon their use of the skills and processes to explore fundamental concepts. They collect, record and compare data and begin to identify possible trends. Second graders form conclusions based on the data they collect. They interpret and then share their findings in discussion and in writing. Students identify similarities of objects, materials, concepts, and actions, and classify them based upon their similarities and differences. They provide supporting evidence when forming conclusions, devising a plan, or solving a practical problem. The topics studied in science are:
· Chemistry (Communicating in Science, Matter, Physical Changes)
· Physics ( Heat, and Electricity)
· Environmental Science (Natural Resources, and Environmental Issues)
· Earth and Space Science (Earth Materials, Sun, Moon, and Stars, Water)
· Life Science ( Life Cycles, Animal Changes, Habitats)
Environmental Literacy: Students answer the question: How can we improve wildlife habitats? Integrated as part of the science unit, students learn that plants and animals are adapted to specific habitats. Students learn that human activities often harm habitats, which threatens plants and animals. Students take action to improve habitats for wildlife in their schoolyard or home.
Social Studies: Students learn about people and places from around the world. They investigate life in communities from long ago and learn how people use transportation, communication and technology to solve problems. Students apply social studies skills: sequencing events; identifying cause and effect; identifying perspectives; and reading and constructing timelines, maps, charts and graphs.
Students read materials at their instructional level and listen to children’s literature to learn about social studies concepts and complete short writing assignments. The units studied are:
· Where We Live: A Study of the Earth
· How We Live: A Study of People Making Choices
· Living Together: A Study of Cultures
· Living History: A Study of How Things Change
· Our Country Today
English Language Acquisition Program (ESOL): English Language Acquisition classes comply with the requirements of Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act. The goal of English Language acquisition instruction is to enable English Learners to construct meaning from oral and written language, express complex ideas and information, as well as access instruction. In order to accomplish this goal, the ELA curriculum is based on WIDA ELD standards:
· Social and Instructional Language
· The Language of Language Arts
· The Language of Math
· The Language of Science
· The Language of Social Studies
While the ELA teacher is responsible for English Language Development according to the WIDA ELD standards, the Maryland State Standards for College and Career Readiness, as well as National and State Content Standards, are the context used for teaching the language. All students who have been identified as eligible to receive English Language Acquisition services will take WIDA ACCESS, the annual assessment to measure English Language Proficiency.
Technology: Students increase and promote creativity, communicate and collaborate with others and gather, evaluate and analyze information and data. They solve problems and make decisions in a manner that demonstrates their understanding of the social, ethical, and human issues related to technology.
We are looking forward to a year of learning for your second grader. If you desire additional information, please contact your child’s teacher.