Grade 2

Our entire curriculum is focused on the Standards and Benchmarks that have been estab-lished by the Quakertown Community School District. These standards are expectations that all students are striving to achieve. Please see the posted standards on the district website and on the report card to see where we are headed.




Learning to Read, Reading to Learn

In second grade the focus of the Readers' Workshop is solidifying learning to
read, and moving towards reading to learn. We will be continuing to build upon
students' skills and strategies to become great, confident readers. Our second
grade reading program is comprised of the following components:

Read-Alouds - Students will have books read aloud to them on a
daily basis. Read-alouds allow students to develop listening com-
prehension skills, build their knowledge of vocabulary, be
exposed to correct pronunciation, and for the teacher to model
reading strategies through think-alouds.

Shared Reading - During shared reading the whole class, or small
groups, and the teacher read text together. Examples of texts include
Journeys Reading Book, big books, posters, or charts. Students engage
in shared reading, particularly during class meetings.

Guided Reading - Students will be meeting in small groups weekly. In
these small groups students will continue practicing and developing
reading skills and strategies. The teacher supports the talk, as
students read and think their way through the text.

Independent Reading - Students will have opportunities to choose
reading materials according to their ability and interests, and engage
in independent reading daily. Students will reflect on their reading
and participate in discussions with the teacher or classmates about
what they have read.

25 Book Goal - Students at Neidig are required to read 25 books
or more for the year. Please note: Second grade students receive
monthly reading logs with the expectation to read five books or more
each month. This is a reading requirement for all students even after
they meet their 25 book goal. All students should be reading at least
15 minutes nightly.



Learning to Write, Writing to Communicate
Guided Writing - Students in second grade will learn the craft of
writing through various modes such as: personal narrative, fiction,
informative and persuasive. Through teacher guided lessons, the
students will practice the domains of writing in each mode.
Domains of writing include: focus, organization, conventions, and style.
In addition, formal lessons will be presented in the areas of grammar,
conventions and legible handwriting.

Independent Writing-Inside the 2nd grade classroom you
will find your author writing small moment stories. What is a small
moment story you may be asking? It is a true story that the child
experienced that lasted a short time, not over a day or longer.
We use the idea of a watermelon. If the story is big, like a
watermelon they pick one seed or one small part to concentrate on.
We start our small moment stories as we begin our Weekend News
Journal. This becomes the focus of all the writing lessons we learn
throughout the year. It also makes a wonderful memory
book in the life of a second grader.

Writing throughout the Year - As the children compose, they will have
an opportunity to select their best written piece to publish at our
Neidig Publishing Center.



Journeys Spelling Program
The word study program includes common spelling patterns and
complements (follows) the Journeys Reading Program.

Assessments - Spelling sentence dictations will be given weekly.
The assessment is cumulative and also includes punctuation,
capitalization and handwriting.

The goal of the word study program is to help students notice
letters and patterns to further their understanding of how spelling and
phonics work together to make them fluent readers and writers.

* Math


Learning Lifetime Math Skills

In Everyday Mathematics, children develop a broad background by learning concepts
and skills in the following six content strands. The second-grade program emphasizes
the following content:

Numbers and Numberation - Counting; reading and writing numbers;
identifying place value; comparing numbers; working with fractions;
using money to develop place value and decimal concepts

Operations and Computation - Recalling addition and subtraction facts;
exploring fact families (related addition and subtraction facts, such as
2+5=7, 5+2=7, 7-5=2, and 7-2=5); adding and subtracting with tens and
hundreds; beginning multiplication and division; exchanging money amounts

Data and Chance - Collecting, organizing, and displaying data using tables,
charts, and graphs

Measurement and Reference Frames - Using tools to measure length, weight,
capacity, and volume; using U.S. customary and metric measurment units,
such as feet, centimeters, ounces, and grams; using clocks, calendars,
timelines, thermometers, and number lines

Geometry - Exploring 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional shapes

Patterns, Functions, and Algebra - Exploring number patterns,
rules for number sequences, relations between numbers, and attributes

Second Grade Math Goal - Second graders are required to memorize their addition and subtraction facts to 20. Daily practice is necessary in order to meet this goal by the end of the year. Students will be given fact folders to practice at school, along with timed quizzes to measure progress. Students will be given games and websites for home practice. The final assessment consists of 50 problems to be completed in five minutes with 94% accuracy or higher.



* Social Studies

Social Studies


Unit: Changes
Students will understand that substances can be classified as solids, liquids, or gases,
and changes in these substances occur all of the time in the world around us.

Unit: Solar System
Students will study objects in the sky, such as the Sun, Moon, and planets

and will learn the importance of the Sun to provide light and heat necessary for


Students will understand changes in Earth and sky, such as changes caused by weathering,

volcanism, and earthquakes; and the patterns of movement of objects in the sky.

Students will study the relationship between structure and function; and variations
in behavior.
Students will understand the life cycles of organisms, such as how inheritance and
environment determine the characteristics of an organism; and that all plants and
animals have life cycles.


Where in the World Are We?
Students will locate major places and regions of the world using maps and basic map elements.
Students will study location, population, landforms, and culture of countries around the world.
Journey through North America

  • Mexico and Canada

Passport to South America and Africa

  • Brazil and South Africa

Passport to Europe and Asia

  • Italy and China

Unit: Life Cycle of a Butterfly
Students will be able to identify the characteristics of organisms, such as
survival and environmental support.

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