Second Grade at FRCS
Caring about doing your best work is one of the themes of second grade.
Reading and writing take up big portions of the second grade curriculum. The monthly Book It program encourages reading at home and the famous American report gives students a chance to read, write, and give an oral presentation to their class. The Scott Foresman reading program includes five critical areas of explicit instruction. They are phonics, vocabulary, and text comprehension along with English and Writing. All of these components make learning a wonderful and challenging experience for the students.
A wonderful component to second grade is a phonics and reading program called F.A.S.T. This program appeals to many different learning styles and is an ideal fit for a second grade classroom, allowing students to be involved in the reading and phonics process through a board with magnets representing sounds. This program has several different components: reading, writing, board word, spelling, and instruction time. Through all of these different centers and small group work, students are able to gain ownership over the information they’re learning, allowing for incredible jumps in understanding of phonics and reading… as well as a great gain in reading confidence!
As in first grade, math is literally hands-on with Progress in Mathematics curriculum. These interactive teaching methods and materials help young students to see how math really works, not just work with figures on paper. It has consistent, cumulative review of the concepts taught and encourages memorization of math facts early in the students’ school career.
In Bible, students learn weekly verses of scripture, sing hymns of the month, and act in classroom dramas to make the lessons come to life. Memorization of the 66 books of the Bible is a skill taught during the second semester. Students participate in school-wide community service projects such as Operation Christmas Child and collect mittens for homeless children and clothing for the poor.
Doing your best isn’t hard when learning is so much fun. A theme for the year is American pioneer life. Who wouldn’t want to work hard when school is full of projects like making pioneer crafts, costumes, games, and songs? Students make maps and food. The Little House on the Prairie books, American Girl Addy series, and other pioneer books take students back to the early days of our nation’s history. A day at the one-room schoolhouse at Greenfield Village, a visit to the Jiffy factory, and a trip to the farm give students a chance to live like pioneers, too.
Science Lab with Ms. Paige
Second grade students enjoy hands-on science lab two times per week, and are working on developing critical thinking and lab writing skills. Students always begin class with a question and are engaged in the scientific method in order to complete their labs. Science topics in second grade include: properties of materials and mixtures, properties and use of water, Earth’s surface features, and plant life cycle.
Technology Lab with Dr. Haynes
Second grade students attend class in the elementary technology lab each week to work on proper keyboarding, formatting documents, research skills, and new applications which allow them to complete creative projects.
Second grade enrichment includes library, physical education, vocal music, visual arts, Spanish language, science lab, and tech lab. These activities enrich and extend the primary curriculum. All the various elements work together to make the dynamic second grade year full of exploration, learning and fun.