SECOND GRADE

Students in Grade 2 spend the year learning about a variety of subjects including core curriculum, world language, arts, athletics and much more. For a sample of student projects and units of study, click on the boxes below and see our curriculum go further.

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  • LANGUAGE ARTS

    Writing - Second grade delves further into Writer’s Workshop completing a personal narrative, research paper, opinion letter, and informational writing. Students practice on-demand writing, paragraphs, peer review and editing, writing mechanics, poetry, and spelling.

    Reading - Second graders work on reading with fluency and expression, and reading comprehension, and participate in book groups and group discussions about individual books.

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  • SPANISH

    Combining TPR/TPRS and our Descubres curriculum, second graders take a deeper look at vocabulary for emotions, animals, clothing, and body parts. They also continue practicing verbs in first, second, and third person through oral and written activities. Students work on reading and listening comprehension through art and short responses.

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  • PHYSICAL EDUCATION

    Second graders move to mastering the jump rope, both individual and long rope. They identify fitness activities and begin playing target games (i.e. bean bag bocce and bean bag toss), net and wall games (i.e. pickle ball, wall ball, tennis), striking and fielding games (i.e. softball, cricket), and invasion games (i.e. soccer, basketball, rugby, team handball, and ultimate).

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  • LIBRARY

    The Lower School library curriculum encourages students to be information literate, to become independent learners, and to engage in social responsibility. They read; are read to; make connections between the class curriculum and library resources; share their stories; learn to be inclusive and open minded through an array of literature; and find joy in reading. Second graders explore Banned Books Week, Native American Heritage/Folktales/storytelling, parts of a book (organization), fiction vs. nonfiction, and research resources.

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  • SOCIAL STUDIES

    Second grade social studies emphasizes local community, citizenship, maps, heroes, cultures and traditions, and biographies.

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  • INNOVATION & DESIGN

    The mantra, “one’s failures are ultimately one’s greatest opportunity” is the foundation to innovation and design at Redwood Day. Younger students start with tinkering and ultimately become self-aware makers. Special emphasis is also placed on gross motor coordination as students engage in activities and projects that are extensions of the curriculum covered in their classrooms.

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  • SERVICE LEARNING

    In second grade, service learning focuses on coastal clean up as they examine the pollution of our oceans and beaches, and explore what we can do to help. Also, second graders coordinate a book drive to donate to library collections at local public schools.

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  • MATHEMATICS

    Math in Focus for second grade includes measurement, number sense (up to 1,000), multiplication, division, fractions, geometry, mental, math, and rounding numbers.

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  • ART

    Lower School art is where students explore and express their creativity through a variety of mediums. The art teacher collaborates closely with core teachers to create interdisciplinary projects that complement what students are studying in the classroom. The program is fluid and philosophically rooted in the idea that art inspires us to cherish the past, enjoy the present, and create the future. Second graders explore contrast/symmetry in their cut paper project, create rainsticks to complement the sound unit they study in science and learn about American artist/activist Keith Haring.

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  • MUSIC

    In second grade, creating, performing, and expression are integrated. Each lesson explores rhythm, melody, harmony, and form. Students read, write, and perform simple rhythmic patterns, such as ostinati, and begin to identify pitches through solfege and Curwen hand signs. Second graders study rhythm, beat, and rhythmic values through stick notation which is used to compose rhythm combinations.

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  • SCIENCE

    In second grade, students study and explore pebbles, sand and silt, solids and liquids, oceans, and botany. Activities include filter design engineering and tower building engineering. They learn to use observations to describe patterns and/or relationships in order to answer scientific questions.

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  • TECHNOLOGY

    Second grade technology focuses on further developing navigation skills - finding files and differentiating various applications. They are exposed to a wider variety of applications, including Inspiration, GoogleEarth, and GarageBand. Second graders begin using a search engine to find images and understand where information is found online.

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  • GARDENING

    In second grade, creating, performing, and expression are integrated. Each lesson explores rhythm, melody, harmony, and form. Students read, write, and perform simple rhythmic patterns, such as ostinati, and begin to identify pitches through solfege and Curwen hand signs. Second graders study rhythm, beat, and rhythmic values through stick notation which is used to compose rhythm combinations.