Welcome to Second Grade!

Mrs. Savoie

Mrs. Savoie

 As children mature into adulthood, there are so many life lessons they will learn: the developing of a positive attitude, trying one’s best-even when no one is watching, deepening their relationship with God so as to truly be a light shining in the darkenss. Second grade is yet another step on this journey. Along with the rich academic skills, the children will learn more about themselves, their family and peers, and most especially the Lord. 

 My teaching style can be summed up in two quotes….

 “Do ordinary things with extraordinary love.” Mother Teresa

“We must teach children to dream with their eyes open.” Harry Edwards

 

See what’s going on in 2JS!

Students got to choose a Fall or Halloween themed book to read. A guideline was provided for a book report that the students completed at home as their first big project. More exciting, a pumpkin was turned into the main character!

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Father Joseph Cooper visited our classroom to celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week! Fr. Joe is a regular at the academy as he conducts the monthly masses for grades 5-8. He talked to the students about what it means to be a priest. There were lots of questions from the inquisitive audience such as if he liked to sing at mass and what games he plays with his two dogs. They were even shocked to know he has six brothers and sisters!

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We enjoyed our All Saints Day mass by dressing up as Saints.

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Language Arts

Second graders experience the joy of reading as they are exposed to a wide variety of literature. They develop comprehension by learning to understand the main idea, draw inferences, make predictions and determine cause and effect. Reading skills are solidified as decoding is refined and sight vocabulary increases. Students in the second grade share their knowledge, opinions, and ideas in class discussions and give oral presentations. The students express their creativity in stories, poems, personal narratives and nonfiction pieces such as “How To” books. Through the editing process, students apply their emerging skills in composition, basic grammar, punctuation, and spelling to their writing. Penmanship and spelling skills are incorporated in the language arts program. Techniques are utilized to allow students to learn to read through methods best suited to their individual needs. Students participate in shared reading, group activities, independent reading, and reading across the curriculum. Cursive writing is introduced in grade two and refined in grade three.

 

Mathematics

Second graders work with larger numbers and are introduced to more complex operations in addition and math-clipart-math_symbols_0subtraction. Games and a variety of manipulatives help to reinforce their number facts and comprehension of place value. Through the use of chip trading, bean counters, and base ten blocks, students develop an understanding of addition and subtraction with regrouping. Standard units of measurement are used in a variety of activities to teach about time and different systems of measurement. Color tiles, tangrams, and geo-boards make such topics as congruence, area, perimeter, and symmetry more meaningful. Students also learn to represent unit fractions from 1/2 to 1/10 and become familiar with such terms as numerator and denominator.

Religion

In addition to our daily Religion curriculum, the majority of our second grade students receive the Sacraments of Penance and First Communion this year. While students prepare for these sacraments in their own parish, discussions and teachings take place in the classroom as well. Once second grade students have received the Sacrament of Penance, they will take part in Reconciliation services when they are offered in school. Second grade students also plan and participate in a special First Communion mass at the end of May to celebrate this Sacrament. Second graders also have prayer buddies at PMA. The students are paired up with another class and meet throughout the school year to share in prayer and fun activities together.

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Science

As Presentation of Mary Academy seeks to innovate in education, we actively engage students through an interdisciplinary, inquiry-focused, hands-on curriculum based upon STEM lessons that integrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math concepts into topics being taught. Our science program is creating excitement in PreK through grade 5 as students explore and build machines, problem solve in the digital technologyand real worlds, design, implement, and analyze outcomes from scientific experiments, and explore how the natural and human-designed worlds work. This foundation will help prepare the students to be active, informed participants in the explosive growth of scientific and technological discovery in the world. Students explore how to use inquiry skills and science tools. They learn what technology and the design process are and how we can use and improve them. They expand their knowledge of plants and animals with regards to their cycles and environments. They discuss the earth’s resources and how the earth changes. During the second semester, they learn about the weather and how it affects living things. Students also explore the solar system and what causes day and night. At the conclusion of the school year, our second graders study changes in matter and the different states of water, along with energy and magnets.

Social Studies

Second graders learn how Americans choose leaders and make laws. They look at the rights and responsibilities of citizens. They discover how the governments of a community, a state, and our country are alike and different. As they explore the world around them, they learn about the geography of the land, how the climate and seasons affect how we live, and how the regions in the United States compare to other regions around the world. With regards to our resources, second graders discuss how people use them and modify their environment as they build different kinds of communities. They also learn how technology changes communities and helps us conserve our resources. During the second semester, the students expand their knowledge of how people and places change over time and how people and events become a part of our country’s heritage. They also explore different world cultures and how groups share their traditions and customs with others. As the school year comes to a close, the students learn about the jobs people do to earn money and how they choose to spend their money.

 

Book Reports

Book reports are one of the six writing styles taught in second grade. Students will learn how to write a book report in September. Starting in October, monthly book reports are assigned. Many reports involve a theme and a fun hands-on activity. Students also practice public speaking skills when they present their book report to the class. 

Culturama Project

The Culturama project is a year end project that helps students become familiar with their family’s heritage. Students will research their culture’s customs and traditions and write a written report, create a country poster and come to school dressed in traditional clothing. An oral presentation is the culmination of this project.