Reading: Students will be tested and given their instructional reading level. Students will meet with me daily for guided reading at that level. We will focus on both  fluency and comprehension. Students will also participate in choral reading, echo reading, and partner reading. During whole group instruction, I will do read alouds and we will discuss reading genres, story elements, and comprehension strategies.

Spelling: Our spelling program consists of 26 units. Students will be given a pretest every Monday which will contain 6 words. These words will be included on the test on Friday. The tests have between 10-20 words on it. This program “recycles” words, meaning that the words are used over and over throughout the year. That is why the students only receive 6 words ahead of time. It is hoped that students will actually learn how to spell the words and won’t just memorize them for the test and forget them afterwards. There will also be a skill for the week. This will be introduced through several mini lessons during class and will be sent home as a homework sheet on Mondays. The homework is due back by Friday each week. The skill will also be on the test on Friday.

Writing: Students will participate in writer’s workshop this year. We will focus on the 6 Traits of Writing. We will do 5 week units on each trait. The 6 traits include the following: ideas, organization, sentence fluency, word choice, conventions and voice. Writers workshop will begin with a min lesson and doing a page in their 6 Trait Writing  packet. Students will then write in their writing notebooks. We will share our writings several times a week. In second grade, we have 10 required writings.  They include the following: 4 personal narratives, fantasy, poetry, research inquiry, informational piece, persuasive piece, and a compare and contrast.

Math: We use the Everyday Math progam in Fraser Schools. This program consists of 11 units. After each unit we will have a day or two of review and then an assessment. Second graders are expected to be secure in 18 math essentials by the end of the year. These essentials will be tested on 4 quarterly assessments which will take place in November, January, March, and May. They include the following:

*construct fact families for addition and subtraction

* know/express place value of numbers up to 3 digits

* show/count coins (P,N,D,Q) in various ways

* compare numbers, write symbols; <,>,= to 1000

*adding 2 digits w/out regrouping

* identify 2D shapes

* identify 3D shapes

* representing multiplication w/area and array models

* estimating and then adding 3 digit numbers

* subtracting 2 digits w/out trading

* know all basic addition facts to 18

* create/read/interpret pictographs

* recognize/name/and write commonly used fractions

* use ruler/tape measure/yard and meter stick to measure the nearest whole unit using cm, m, in, ft

* understand that multiplication is repeated adding(know multiplication facts: 0 and 1’s)

* tell time in 5 minute intervals and 1/4 hour

* know all basic subtraction facts to 18

Science: In second grade we rotate every other month with science and social studies. We focus on 4 science units which include the following: magnets, matter, hydrosphere/weather, and animals.

Social Studies: In second grade we have an overlying theme of communities that we focus on throughout the year. We also do units on then and now, celebrations around the world, landforms and map skills/geography.

17 thoughts on “Academics

  1. Hello,

    Thank you!! I meet with my guided reading groups during the three sessions of Daily 5.

  2. Hi,
    Your blog is really great! The spelling program your school uses looks interesting. Could you tell me the name of it please? Also, do you do all your ELA block with Guided Reading / Daily 5, or do you also incorporate a basal series, and if so, which one. Thanks, and enjoy the rest of your summer.

  3. Hello, Thank you very much, we use Rebecca Sitton for our spelling program. I do not use a basal series, I used leveled books for my reading groups. I do Daily 5 for approx. 1 1/2 hour, then we do a 40 minute writer’s workshop each day.

  4. You are super, Mrs. Short! I love your website and you inspired me a lot! I’m so excited to try the Daily Five this year and I am so hopeful that I can implement it successfully. Will you please help me with the activities you do on each category/area of the daily five? Thank you so much for being so generous!

  5. I am new to Daily 5 this week. Can you show me how you do your lesson plans for your principal? I am really struggling with what to include in my plans.

  6. Hello!!!
    I do not have to turn in lesson plans to my principal. If I did, I would include what I’m doing with my reading groups and what they were working on for Work on Writing. Hope this helps!! Good luck!!

  7. I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your website. It’s a very easy on the eyes which
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    Great work!

  8. WOW! Your website is awesome. I am so excited about putting some of your wonderful ideas into practice. I was searching for information on starting a 2nd grade class and I ran into your site. I love your classroom and the fantastic resources you share. Thanks for your willingness to provide this resource. It is a one stop shop!

    Hope your year goes well. You certainly have provided a resource that is going to make my year go well. My kiddos are going to LOVE IT!

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