Welcome to the Second Grade!

This document is intended to outline the academic goals for the second grade, identify some of the primary resources that are used to instruct your child, the duration and frequency of instruction, and the outcomes that are targeted to be developed by the end of the year.

We recognize that students learn at different paces and occasionally in developmental “spurts”. With this in mind we focus on each child’s individual progress. This progress is monitored through periodic skills assessments, teacher observations and classroom assessments (an inventory of these assessments is available if you are interested). Instruction is regularly augmented by the classroom teacher, differentiation teachers and, if necessary Special Education teachers, for students that would benefit from additional instruction.

We hope that this document adequately introduces you to what you can expect over the next 10 months, but does not replace the opportunity to discuss with you directly the specific questions you might have in greater detail and specificity.

Second grade follows the Everyday Mathematics Series. The following topics are covered.
  • Numbers and routines
  • Place value, money and time
  • Addition and subtraction
  • 3D and 2D shapes
  • Whole number operations
  • Patterns and rules
  • Fractions
  • Measurement
  • Place value
  • Second graders practice the following problem solving strategies:
  • Draw a picture
  • Act it out
  • Find a pattern
  • Make an organized list
Second graders learn math facts with a strategy-based program. Every second grader practices facts weekly with a volunteer.

The four components of Language Arts—reading, spelling, grammar, and writing—are instructed, practiced, and developed through daily activities in second grade. Instruction is delivered explicitly and through the integration of language skills in other academic areas. The following concepts are goals of the curriculum:
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Research & Information Fluency
  • Communication & Collaboration

In second grade, the focus is on reading for meaning, with comprehension and context skills stressed. Students read a variety of genres. Nonfiction books relate to science and social studies units. Second graders read early novels in small groups in which they practice silent reading, oral fluency, and discussion skills.

Second grade uses the Write From the Beginning program to practice the writing process. This practice includes planning, writing, revising, editing, and publishing. Second graders primarily publish paragraphs, but also write in journals and write a report about an animal.

The McGraw Hill Spelling program provides a framework for spelling instruction. It is rule based.

The following spelling patterns are covered.
  • Blends
  • Short Vowels
  • Long Vowels
  • Dipthongs
  • R control vowels
  • Silent Letters
  • Soft g and c
  • Digraphs
  • ck
Second graders also practice words from the Dolch list, which lists the 220 words most commonly used in English print.

Second graders practice observation and classification. Our units represent the three major fields of study.
  • Life Science: Classifying vertebrates
  • Earth Science: Rocks
  • Physical Science: Simple machines

Through a partnership with the Monshire Museum the second grade will be participating in the newest Lyme School Initiative, our Inquiry Based Science program. Students will work with Museum Scientists/Educators & their classroom teacher to cultivate their instinctive curiosity for discovery by encouraging students to formulate questions and conclusions based upon personal observation, analysis and interpretation.

Second grade social studies topics include mapping, children in American history, Mexico, city life, and climates. Social Studies and Science topics are integrated with Art, Technology, and Library studies.

The Spanish program follows the World Language curriculum of the New Hampshire Department of Education. Spanish instruction takes place each day for 30 minutes. Instruction takes place in large groups, and students participate in a lot of small-group activities as well.Our goal is that students exiting the second grade will have expanded on the vocabulary of topics covered in grade 1 and have additionally studied
  • comparatives
  • parts of the house
  • buildings in town
  • school subjects
  • more questions & phrases
  • basketball in depth
  • Our goal is that students exiting the second grade will have developed or are developing the capacity to
  • recognize a limited number of Spanish written & spoken terms
  • carry on a limited conversation
  • identify a variety of items in Spanish

In the classroom, second graders should demonstrate
  • Organization
  • Listening
  • Responsibility to self, others, and school
  • Patience
  • Work Ethic
  • Presentation of a positive attitude
  • Thoughtful interactions with classmates and teachers