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2nd Grade Curriculum Guide


SGCS utilizes The Math Learning Center’s Bridges in Mathematics and Number Corner as the instructional resource for mathematics.

  • Aligns with the mission, vision, and core values while providing K-5 students with authentic, rigorous, hands-on mathematical experiences.
  • Developing students’ deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems.
  • Blends direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration.
  • Taps into the intelligence and strengths of all students by presenting material that is as linguistically, visually, and kinesthetically rich as it is mathematically powerful.

The Bridges in Mathematics and Number Corner programs address the PDE State Standards for Mathematics.

In 2nd Grade, students study the following concepts:

  • Extending understanding of base-ten notation
  • Building fluency with addition and subtraction
  • Using standard units of linear measurement
  • Describing and analyzing shapes

Language Arts

SGCS utilizes Calkins & TCRWP Units of Study for Reading and Writing as an instructional resource for ELA.

  • Through writer’s and reader’s workshops, students receive whole and small group instruction through a differentiated, engaging approach

In 2nd Grade, students study the following units:

  • Writing Units
    • Lessons from the Masters: Improving Narrative Writing
    • Lab Reports and Science Books
    • Writing about Reading
    • Poetry: Big Thoughts in Small Packages
  • Reading Units:
    • Second Grade Reading Growth Spurt
    • Becoming Experts: Reading Nonfiction
    • Bigger Books Mean Amping Up Reading Power
    • Series Book Clubs

The Calkins & TCRWP Units of Study for Reading and Writing resources are used to meet the PDE State Standards for English Language Arts.

EIC Units of Study

Second grade curriculum revolves around three integrated units of study.  Each unit has our students using the local environment and community to further explore natural and social systems interdependence and to engage in real-world issues in relation to natural and social systems.  Each unit culminates with an environmental service learning project based on the natural and social interaction discoveries during the unit and student voice.

Fantastic Forests

Fantastic Forests

The first unit focuses on how understanding the system of the forest can guide how we take care of it and how the forest will provide for us. Students use the South Mountain forest to conduct various learning experiences to determine how our choices in using forest resources have a variety of effects on the forest environment. Students apply local forest knowledge to visit other area forests and state parks. Students gain an awareness of how to utilize the forest resources in sustainable ways and create an action plan for how to protect our region’s forests.

Then and Now, (Inventions and Innovations)

Students explore how the inventions and innovations have impacted the local community, our local environment, our state and our country both positively and negatively. Explorations of simple machines, biographies of inventors, and a student-led invention fair are all used to help students acquire an understanding of the consequences of innovation. Students partner with Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Center to learn about disabilities and how technological innovations have improved the daily functioning and quality of life for people. Students learn how innovations have impacted our environment and community, both positively and negatively, so that we can make informed decisions about the use of innovations in our future.

Wild Weather

Resources, Resources Everywhere!

The focus of this investigation is an endeavor to minimize our negative impact on the environment. Our school needs a greater awareness and systematic method of managing our use and disposal of resources. Students will learn about renewable and nonrenewable resources by focusing on what we use each day in our classroom, school, home and community and develop a sense of responsibility for wise use of resources.

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