Cross-curricular learning drives the Second Grade education.
Meaningful highlights of Second Grade are traditional field trips, sponsoring Mother-Son Mass, and celebrating the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion. Technology provided for the boys are iPads, classroom smart board, and weekly instruction in the computer lab using Chrome Books.
The reading program is structured by the Daily Five tasks and genre studies. During the Daily Five tasks, teachers confer with learners individually or in small groups. Genre units last approximately four weeks and use various reading strategies including shared reading, guided reading, independent reading, and read alouds. Grammar rules including parts of speech, capitalization, punctuation, and complete sentence structure are taught through skills-based lessons. Reading comprehension is assessed and monitored each week through passages and questions, and each trimester through the STAR Assessment. Students are also encouraged to practice taking Accelerated Reader online quizzes as they complete books on their own. FUNdations teaches the fundamental patterns in written words through direct instruction, games, and dictation practice. Spelling words are given weekly to assess these skills as well as commonly misspelled words for second graders. Cursive writing is taught and practiced throughout the year.
The concepts from the interactive enVision Math program are place value up to the hundreds place, money, mental math, two- and three-digit addition and subtraction, geometry, fractions, time, data, graphs, measurement, probability, numbers to 1,000, basic multiplication, and basic division. Math assessments are graded after each topic to instill motivation and ensure success. Students are also assessed weekly on their fact fluency, beginning with addition and moving through subtraction, and multiplication.
Science and Social Studies
Three times per week, second graders switch classrooms and teachers for science and social studies. The social studies program is guided by Simple Solutions, history, sociology, geography, and economics. The science curriculum uses Simple Solutions as well as hands-on experiments, activities, and enrichment based on the Next Generation Science Standards to develop processing skills pertaining to life, earth, and physical sciences.