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SECOND GRADE CURRICULUM

Religion:
The second grade students are prepared for the reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist.  Special emphasis is given to helping the children turn their learned faith into lived faith.

Reading:
Students add making inferences, summarizing, and critical thinking to their growing repertoire of comprehension strategies. Increasingly independent, second graders transition from picture books to chapter books as a rich classroom library provides a wide range of reading choices.
Read-aloud sessions help build oral fluency, while experiencing poetry, descriptive writing, non-fiction and memoir strengthen breadth.   Author studies of Patricia Polacco and Faith Ringgold provide interdisciplinary opportunities to integrate art activities and thoughtful conversations about community and social justice into the curriculum.

Writing:
Students continue to deepen their understanding of the writing process. They begin to write for a larger audience and develop increased fluency. The concepts of revision and editing are introduced as second graders prepare poetry, fiction, and non-fiction pieces for some form of publication. Handwriting practice continues.  Cursive writing is introduced.

Mathematics:
Using a variety of problem solving strategies, students begin to choose efficient math strategies based on a problem's requirements. They articulate their thinking, orally and in writing when solving problems.
Students delve deeper into double-digit addition and subtraction and read, write, and order numbers to at least 1000. They explore geometry concepts.

Social Studies:
Forming an appreciation of life on this planet is encouraged through literature, art projects, writing, and other group explorations. Students read about and discuss families, examining differences and similarities among traditions represented in class as well as worldwide. Children explore concepts of geography as they learn about the United States.

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