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Second Grade

Program Description
As a student enters second grade he/she experiences two important sacraments, Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Through the use of cross-curricular thematic instruction, students investigate various topics such as, bats, popcorn, pizza, penguins and ice cream; further enhancing their understanding of how the subjects are interrelated. Students discover the seven continents, conduct various scientific experiments, create and solve story problems, and write a descriptive paragraph.

Main Themes/Skills

Religion:
In second grade, students focus on forgiveness, Sacraments of Communion, and Reconciliation, the liturgical year, peacemakers, participation in prayer services and the Faith Partner Program.

Language Arts/English:
During second grade, students are introduced to paragraph writing, identifying nouns, verbs, and adjectives, punctuation, identification of long and short vowel sounds, writing and speaking in complete sentences and completing a daily journal.

Language Arts/Reading:
A basal and novel based program includes using various reading texts, starting with short stories and increasing to chapter books, oral reading, echo reading, creative writing, and reading comprehension.

Math:
The curriculum focuses on the concept of money, two and three digit addition and subtraction with/without regrouping, measuring, fractions, telling time, geometry and story problems.

Social Studies:
Students explore the aspects of community, first Americans/colonies and holidays. They also learn cardinal directions and map/globe skills. Learning about our country and how to be a good citizen are taught.

Science:
Students experience three areas of science. Life Science: learning how living things grow and change and habitats for living things. Earth Science: discovering the earth, its resources, its past, studying weather and the solar system. Physical Science: learning about matter, forces, motion, and sound.

Instructional Methodologies:
Students participate through lecture, small/large group work, journaling, role playing, cooperative learning, experiments, projects, reports, classroom discussion and experience team teaching.

Highlights of the Grade:
Some of the special programs in second grade include the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Reconciliation, Faith Partners, and the traditional apple picking field trip.