Our Second Grade team follows the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for all subject areas. Our district curriculum for all core subjects is TEKS Resource System. We use the Balanced Literacy approach for reading/language arts. The District goal is for all second grade students to fluently read a Level N reader (Fountas & Pinnell) by the end of the year.
In Reading, students will…analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about the structure and elements of (fiction, poetry, drama, literary nonfiction, expository) texts and provide evidence to support their understandings; use context to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words or multiple-meaning words, retell important events in logical order, ask literal questions of texts, establish purposes for reading selected texts based upon content to enhance comprehension, read aloud grade-level appropriate text with fluency and comprehension.
In Language Arts, students will… plan a first draft by generating ideas for writing, develop drafts, edit, publish and share with others. Students will write literary, expository, procedural, and persuasive texts. They will write legibly, use appropriate capitalization, punctuation and spell correctly. Students will understand and use parts of speech in the context of reading, writing, and speaking; use phonological knowledge to match sounds to letters to construct unknown words, spell high frequency, spell words with common orthographic patterns and rules and use resources to find correct spellings.
In Math, students will… understand whole numbers up to 1,200 by comparing and ordering these numbers using number lines; recognize patterns and relationships in numbers, including basic addition and subtraction facts, fact families, odd and even numbers, place value, and the value of coins in a collection; generate, represent and solve addition and subtraction problem situations without algorithms, recalling basic facts with automaticity; create, sort, and classify two- and three-dimensional figures, as well as compose and decompose geometric figures based on geometric attributes; construct, describe, and name fractional parts of a whole using models; organize and represent data using bar graphs and pictographs with intervals of one or more, draw conclusions, make predictions, and write and solve addition and subtraction problems using information in graphs; read and write time to the nearest one-minute increment and distinguish between a.m. and p.m.; determine the length of an object, describe the inverse relationship between the size of the unit and the number of units needed, representing whole number distances from zero on a number line, and solving problems involving length; use multiplication and division to find the area of rectangles using concrete models of square units; construct, describe, and name fractional parts of a whole using models; explain savings as an alternative to spending, distinguish between a deposit and a withdrawal, calculate savings over time, consider borrowing and lending decisions, differentiate between producers and consumers, and calculate the cost to produce a simple item.
In Science, students will…learn science procedures, including safety and what is means to be a scientist; use simple descriptive investigations and scientific equipment to classify matter, compare physical changes in matter; investigate force and motion; distinguish between natural and manmade resources; measure, record, and graph weather information in order to identify patterns in data and identify the importance of weather and seasonal information in making daily choices in regards to clothing, activities, and transportation. Additionally, students observe, describe, and record patterns of objects in the sky, including the appearance of the Moon over time; identify the basic needs of plants and animals and factors in the environment, including that temperature and precipitation affect growth and behavior of living organisms; observe, record, and compare how the physical characteristics and behaviors of animals help them meet their basic needs; engage in descriptive investigations of the unique stages that insects undergo during their life cycle.
In Social Studies, students will…examine how historians study the past, the behavior of citizens in a community, how communities are governed, how community members interact with the environment, the economics of communities, and the culture of communities; take pride in their communities, which is reflected in the contributions they make to the community and in many of the traditions practiced in the community; identify the important public officials in their local communities, as well as those that serve at the state and national level; practice spatial reasoning skills using maps and globes for understanding the geography of communities; examine the roles of producers and consumers; explore how communities express culture through art, literature, and celebrations.
We integrate Computer Technology into all subjects. Our primary programs for technology include Dream Box, Reading A-Z, BrainPop Jr., United Streaming, and Renaissance Learning.