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.