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Grade 2 Parent Curriculum Guide

Reading

Your child will:

  • understand and select different reading skills and strategies by:
    • setting a purpose for reading
    • using contextual clues and phonics for unfamiliar words
    • applying background information
    • retelling a story to show understanding
  • read to acquire, remember and apply information by:
    • identifying organizational features of writing such as headings and paragraphs
    • using two or more sources to gather information about a topic
    • discussing and writing about what he or she has read
  • extend understanding by making inferences from printed materials by:
    • drawing conclusions and understanding explicitly stated ideas
    • identifying the author’s purpose
    • relating content to experience
  • read and discuss a variety of materials to understand himself/herself and the people and world around him/her
  • read materials of personal interest as well as materials which extend what is read in school

Writing

Your child will work toward the following writing goals:

  • generate ideas through teacher led pre-writing activities
  • based on pre-writing activity, choose and focus on a topic
  • consider purpose and audience
  • add details and descriptive words
  • experiment with leads and include an ending
  • begin to apply revision and editing strategies
  • begin to consider voice
  • use grade appropriate capitalization and punctuation
  • use standard spelling for most words
  • use resources to research and answer questions

Speaking and listening

Your child will:

  • contribute to group discussions
  • ask questions when help is needed
  • retell spoken information
  • listen attentively without interrupting

Mathematics

Your child will:

  • display effort
  • demonstrate and apply unit(s) concepts(s)
  • demonstrate the use of addition strategies to 100
  • demonstrate the use of subtraction strategies to 100
  • mentally add numbers up to 20
  • mentally subtract numbers up to 20
  • understand place value of 3-digit numbers
  • demonstrate problem solving strategies
  • explain mathematical reasoning

Science

Your child will learn about science by asking questions about the world, designing and conducting experiments and recording and reflecting on findings. Your second grader will:

  • investigate motion, force and how friction and gravity affect motion
  • identify the properties in rocks
  • understand that rocks contain evidence of ancient life
  • identify mixtures as a combination of more than one material or substance
  • create mixtures using their knowledge of the properties of substances to design mixtures

Social studies

Focus: Culture and communities of the world

Your child will:

  • understand the diversity of communities and cultures
  • describe problems faced by various communities and cultures
  • identify potential sources of conflict between cultures and possible solutions to these problems
  • explain how land formation, climate and natural resources influence the location of communities
  • develop a strong sense of pride in their local communities and an appreciation for communities unlike their own
  • identify reasons that communities and cultures are diverse
  • use reference tools
  • apply map and globe skills

Music

Your child will:

  • sing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • play, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • read and notate music
  • listen, analyze, describe and evaluate music

Art

Your child will:

  • identify and begin using the Art Elements in their projects
  • be introduced to a variety of artists, art styles, and art movements throughout history
  • begin to understand that art is created by all cultures
  • create art that expresses their feelings and communicates their personal ideas
  • develop basic skills and techniques necessary to produce projects
  • explore a variety of media
  • be introduced to art vocabulary and demonstrate their understanding of it

Fitness education

Your child will:

  • understand  and apply the components of health related fitness to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • develop and maintain appropriate levels of skill related fitness
  • develop understandings so that they can adopt healthy and physically active lifestyles
  • develop positive attitudes about physical activity so that they engage in healthy and physically active lifestyles

Classroom guidance

Students participate in classroom guidance activities facilitated by a school counselor.  Each school provides a developmental guidance curriculum that encompasses dealing with feelings, peer relationships, decision making, protective behaviors and careers.  Skills taught will assist each child in his/her academic, emotional and social development.  This, in turn, will help ensure success in school, at home and in the community.

Social-emotional learning

  • Growth mindset & goal-setting – Students learn how to develop a growth mindset and apply research-based goal-setting strategies to their social and academic lives. This unit’s content helps create classrooms that are connected and encouraging by helping students set and achieve collective and personal goals and learn from challenges and mistakes.
  • Emotion management – Students learn how to build their emotion vocabularies, practice identifying their own and others’ emotions and recognize the importance of labeling and processing their emotions. This unit’s content helps students understand and explore how past experiences as well as unique perspectives influence how they feel and respond to situations.
  • Empathy & kindness – Students learn how to recognize kindness and act kindly toward others, and how to develop empathy by learning strategies to take others’ perspectives. This unit’s content helps students understand others’ points of view.
  • Problem-solving – Students learn how to process strong emotions, describe a problem, identify the wants and needs of others, think of and explore the outcomes of potential solutions, and pick the best solution. This unit’s content helps students ask, listen and empathize with all parties involved during problem-solving.