The Houghton Mifflin Reading program focuses on phonics, reading strategies, comprehension, grammar, writing, spelling, vocabulary, listening, and speaking skills. Scholastic guided reading leveled books help supplement the language arts program. The program promotes effective oral and written communication. Students learn the writing process with all grammar, usage, and mechanics, with spelling skills introduced, practiced and reviewed in the context of writing. Writing reinforcement is provided through pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing activities. Daily formal and informal speaking, reading, and writing opportunities are provided to develop language skills.
Second graders move from the concrete to the symbolic level of basic math concepts and operations. Everyday Mathematics is supplemented to build upon these concepts. Keys of study include:
Fractions, multiplication, division, and volume are introduced with an emphasis on building a strong mathematical foundation.
The science program places special emphasis on the research process in all grade levels. While using FOSS Kits, teachers and students do hands-on active learning science together. FOSS investigations are inquiry based. The three modules of interest in grade one are: Pebbles, Sand, and Silt; New Plants, and Balance and Motion.
The Pebbles, Sand, and SiltModule provides opportunities to study the properties of rocks by grouping, sorting, and using tools to investigate. Students study properties of different kinds of soils and explore natural resources used as building materials.
Using Social Studies Alive! My Community and Rand McNally Atlas, grade two students learn the social structures of community. Students learn:
Supplemental studies include communities in India, Thailand, and China.
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