• 2nd Grade Curriculum Overview


    Course Descriptions 

    *All subjects are aligned to Common Core Standards*

    English Language Arts – Comprehensive Literacy

    Resource:  Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Reading and Writing

    Reader’s Workshop Using Leveled Class Libraries

    • Read-alouds/Shared Reading- quality literature and non-fiction read to and with students as mentor texts for reading mini lessons; the teacher models fluency and thinking while reading

    • Daily whole class reading mini-lesson- teacher explicitly teaches/models a skill or strategy using mentor texts

    • Guided reading/Strategy groups –small group instruction based on need, using leveled texts to develop decoding, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension skills 

    • Independent reading- students select and read “just right” books (96% to 100% accuracy) with satisfactory comprehension; literature responses, graphic organizers, reading logs, post-it notes and individual conferences are used to instruct, support, and monitor progress

    • Book Clubs/Partner Reading- thinking and talking about books with peers

    Our newly revised units include the following:

    • Becoming A Big Kid Reader

    • Becoming Experts

    • Tackling Longer Words and Longer Books

    • Growing Knowledge Together

    • Stepping Into The World Of A Story

    Writer’s Workshop 

    • Cycling through the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing

    • Focus on six traits of writing: ideas, organization, word choice, voice, sentence fluency, and English Language Arts conventions: capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and spelling

    • Daily whole class mini-lesson: teacher explicitly teaches/models a skill or strategy using quality fiction and non-fiction books as mentor texts

    • Interactive writing: students and teacher share the pen, thought process and writing process

    • Shared writing groups/Strategy groups: small group instruction based on need   

    Independent writing: student-centered writing based on mini-lessons, with individual conferences to instruct and monitor progress

    Our newly revised units include the following:

    • Making Small Moments Big

    • Chapter Books: Writing Nonfiction from the Heart

    • Finding Awesome Everywhere: Celebrating through Opinion Writing

    • Writing Research-Based Nonfiction

    Word Study 


    • A multi-sensory, systematic, and explicit program to teach phonics, spelling patterns, trick words (phonetically irregular words) and vocabulary.

    • Whole group activities include drill sounds; dictation of sounds, words, and sentences using dry erase boards, magnetic letters, gel boards, paper and pencil; tapping out and “marking up” syllables.

    • Small group work based on need

    • Fundations homework: daily dictation and worksheet packet

    • Independent practice at SpellingCity.com  

    • Tier 2 vocabulary instruction

    Mathematics - Text:  iReady Classroom Mathematics 

    i-Ready Classroom Mathematics uses the Try-Discuss-Connect instructional routine to help students engage in productive struggle, participate in mathematical discourse, and make connections between different models and solution strategies. Language plays a critical role in learning during each part of the routine. 

    • Unit 1: Numbers Within 20

      • Addition, Subtraction, and Data

    • Unit 2:  Numbers Within 100

      •  Addition, Subtraction, Time, and Money

    • Unit 3: Numbers Within 1,000

      • Place Value, Addition, and Subtraction

    • Unit 4: Length

      • Measurement, Addition and Subtraction, and Line Plots

    • Unit 5: Shapes and Arrays

      • Partitioning and Tiling Shapes, Arrays, Evens and Odds

    Key Math Standards for Grade 2

    Operations and Algebraic Thinking

    • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction (1 and 2 step word problems)

    • Add and subtract within 20 (fluently!)

    • Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication (repeated addition and arrays)

    Number and Operations in Base Ten

    • Understand place value (to 1000)

    • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract (two and three digit numbers, with and without regrouping)

    Measurement and Data

    • Measure and estimate lengths in standard units

    • Relate addition and subtraction to length

    • Work with time (to the 5 minutes) and money (counting dollars and cents)

    • Represent and interpret data (tables and graphs)


    • Reason with shapes (solid figures and plane shapes) and their attributes

    Social Studies - Resource: PNW Boces

    An integrated Social Studies and English Language Arts curriculum will include 4 units of study, plus holidays:

    • Active Citizenship: Rules, consequences, symbols, voting 

    • Communities: Rural, urban, and suburban

    • Geography of Communities: Continents, oceans, landforms, maps

    • Change and Interdependence of Communities: Then and Now

    • National Holidays (throughout the year)


    Science 21 Next Generation, “hands-on” learning with 3 units of study:C:\Users\Michael\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\INetCache\IE\FMMV0F7J\science_Science_News_12_13.5851858_std[1].gif

    • Structure and Properties of Matter

    • Earth’s Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth

    • Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems