Second Grade

The second grade program incorporates the constructivist learning theory into everyday instruction, engaging students in hands-on, project-based learning. Students are provided with individualized learning profiles and the Renzulli Learning system is used both in and out of the classroom to enrich students' learning experiences. Technology, art, music and P.E. are all integral components of the second grade program that help provide students with a well-rounded education.

In language arts, second graders read various texts to enhance their fluency and use critical thinking skills in making predictions, inferences, and comparing literature to other pieces of writing and their own lives. Students study grammar, expand their vocabulary and practice writing in a variety of genres including: friendly letters, summary, personal reflection, compare and contrast, and research narratives.

Second graders engage in hands-on math instruction using manipulatives and other visual representations to enhance their understanding of the curriculum. Students expand their knowledge of place value, practice increasingly complicated computational skills, explore geometrical properties and make decisions about how to solve problems.

Social studies is taught in the form of a study hall, giving students the opportunity to choose their own projects and work environments through which to apply and develop what they learn in lessons. Students explore maps, discover the work of important people of the past and present, differentiate the timing of events in history and their own lives, learn the basic functions of a government and examine basic concepts about the economic system.

In science, second graders explore rocks, plants and insects, and balance and motion through hands on activities. Students engage in the scientific method, making predictions, conducting experiments and recording observations.

Second graders are active participants in their own learning and are learning to become increasingly independent in both their academic and social lives. Students are encouraged to resolve their own conflicts and help create a comfortable classroom environment in which everyone can thrive.