St. Paul's 2nd Grade

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Grade Highlights

Second Grade
Serve as chapel and song leaders at divisional chapel
Work in tribal clans during the Native American thematic study including cultural dance, music, arts and an appreciation of Mother Earth
Share a family ancestor's story when researching their own family
Extensive integrated thematic unit on Asia, including Japan, China and the Middle East
Lower School English Language Arts (ELA) Overview
The foundations of the lower school language arts essential learning goals are reading, writing, grammar, speaking, listening, and spelling. These components are integrated into all core subjects. Students are taught to develop and utilize multiple strategies in understanding quality fiction and nonfiction texts. The writing process is stressed throughout lower school and practiced daily across the curriculum. Writing opportunities include: paragraphs, journals, poetry, creative writing and research reports. In each grade level language arts is taught in a variety of ways such as small guided reading groups and whole class instruction.
  • Demonstrate understanding of key details in a text by answering questions such as: who, what, where, when, why, and how.
  • Identify overall structure of a story: beginning, middle, end, plot, setting, characters, problem, and solution.
  • Know common vowel terms to decode regularly and irregularly spelled words.
  • Decode with common prefixes and suffixes.
  • Read with sufficient accuracy, fluency, and expression to support comprehension.
  • Write and publish narratives, opinion, and informative/explanatory texts.
  • Participate in writing process: rough draft, editing, peer editing, revising, and publishing.
  • Demonstrate correct grammar when writing using: period, explanation, question mark, comma, and apostrophe.
  • Use glossary, dictionary, and thesaurus to clarify the meaning of words or phrases.
Essential Learning Goals Lower School Math Overview
The foundations of the lower school math program are problem solving, concept application, and using multiple ways to solve problems. Math concepts are presented in our essential learning goals in a progression from concrete to abstract. Teachers use multiple methods of instruction to appeal to every learning style. Each student may require different methods to practice and master math skills in order to reach his or her highest mathematical abilities.
  • Fluently add and subtract with 100.
  • Understand place value to add groups of thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones.
  • Skip count by 5's, 10's, and 100's.
  • Measure, compare, and estimate length, width, and height with standard and nonstandard measurement tools.
  • Tell and write time in a.m. and p.m. to the nearest 5 minutes using digital and analog clocks.
  • Solve word problems and equations involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies.
  • Solve simple addition and subtraction problems using information from a bar graph.
  • Recognize 2-D and 3-D shapes.
Essential Learning Goals Lower School Social Studies Overview
The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people understand the importance of making informed decisions for the public good. Students begin to recognize themselves as citizens in a culturally diverse, democratic society.

The Lower School Essential Learning Goals focus on 7 Themes including Geography, Culture, Economics, Government, History, Global Connections and Tools of Inquiry. These themes provide a foundation for engaged citizenship and an awareness of the world around them.
  • Use maps to identify cultural and environmental characteristics of places
  • Understand how human beings create, learn, share, and adapt to culture
  • Explore factors that influence economic decision-making
  • Describe how communities work to accomplish common tasks, establish responsibilities, and fulfill roles of authority
  • Study the past to understand the human story over time
  • Understand how global connections exist currently, and how they affect our present and future
  • Utilize a variety of resources for research and understand the role of technology in daily life.
Essential Learning Goals Lower School Science Overview
The primary purpose of science is to help young people apply skills that promote developing questions, making observations and measurements, and communicating their findings with others. Students begin to recognize themselves as scientists who can solve problems and make connections in the world around them.

Lower School Essential Learning Goals are broken into four domains: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science and Engineering Design. These domains provide a foundation for students to actively engage in methods of scientific inquiry.
  • Understand how objects move by measuring forces and exploring simple machines
  • Recognize different states of matter, how they change, and their uses
  • Investigate what plants and animals need for survival
  • Describe characteristics of earth's land, air, water, weather, and seasons
  • Actively engage in the eight science and engineering practices throughout all units of study
Essential Learning Goals
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