In Second grade, students learn through discussion and reflection. Students work to become fluent readers with strong comprehension skills. Units are taught by incorporating all learning styles through the use of centers, small and large group instruction, art, music, poetry, drama, games, computer, field trips, and written work.
-Uses Reading Street curriculum
-Emphasis on phonics and spelling (intensive instruction on one sound family each week)
-Orton-Gillingham approach is continued in 2nd grade
-Uses Accelerated Reader program to reinforce reading comprehension and fluency
-Writing development including mechanics and process and Writer’s Workshop
-Uses the Everyday Math Curriculum
-Students master math addition and subtraction facts to 18 with timed daily drills
-Continual reinforcement of math skills including number sense, place value to 1,000, money, time, measurement (standard and metric), regrouping in addition and subtraction
-Foundations in multi-digit addition and subtraction, money, time, and fractions
-Studies include weather, space, matter, and clouds
-Studies include Georgia regions, Native Americans, government, and historical figures
Second Grade Projects
Olympic Day – students study The Early Olympics and Greek Culture, and then participate in a morning of ancient olympics, Greek foods, and participate in many ancient traditions. At the end of our unit, we held a Greek Olympic Games Festival. During this event, we played games such as, discus throw, javelin throw, torch relay, long jump and chariot races
Word Surgery Day – during the study of contractions, students perform “Word Surgery”. Students dress as surgeons, gather tools such as a scalpel (scissors), stitches (glue), and bandages (Band-Aids), and perform “surgery” on the words. This was a good hands on way to help students understand and remember tricky contractions.
Yummy Maps – during the study of Georgia regions, students learn about each region and what landforms can be found there. Students then create maps using edible cookie dough and various items. Students use green coconut for grass, chocolate chips for mountains, and other snack items to represent hills and rivers. This is a great way to reinforce Georgia regions with a sweet flair!
Beyond the Classroom
Students attend several field trips during the year. Trips correlate with unit studies, and have included Stone Mountain Park and The Little White House.
St. George’s Episcopal School
103 Birch Street
Milner, GA 30257