Students in second grade learn how to “regroup” or “borrow” as most of us called it. Two-digit addition and subtraction problems, telling time, making change, fractions, and geometric shapes are just a few of the mathematical concepts introduced and practiced in second grade.
Students in second grade practice their reading skills daily. They read many books in a variety of genre, keep a poetry folder, work on all the traits of good writing, and learn cursive handwriting. Oral language presentations are given in the form of “daily news”, while a listening center helps them experience books in another format. Accelerated Reader is a big part of second grade, with prizes used as incentives to read more!
Students in second grade study plants and animals as they relate to their environment. They study the weather and how it changes over the seasons, properties of matter, and make observations using all five senses.
Students in second grade learn about community. They begin to read simple maps for directions and look at the world in terms of continents and various landforms. Other topics include consumer goods and services, early Colonial times and taking care of our natural recourses. We also read a monthly periodical from Scholastic News for current events.
Second graders make their Confirmation and First Eucharist during the year, so preparation for these two sacraments is emphasized. Along with following the liturgical calendar, all seasons of the church are celebrated. New faith words and scriptures stories are heard weekly, and daily prayer is a part of every day in second grade.