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                                                       Second Grade Curriculum

Curriculum area: Reading
District adopted resource: The Comprehension Toolkit
• Focuses on “reading as thinking”
• Builds skills and competence in key thinking strategies for increased comprehension – Those key strategies are:
   1) monitoring one’s own comprehension
   2) activating background knowledge and connecting with new knowledge,ideas, the world and other material
   3) asking questions
   4) Inferring(taking background knowledge and merging it with text to make meaning that isn’t explicitly stated in the test) and visualizing( creating mental images of the material being read)
   5) Determining what’s important in the material being read
   6) Summarizing (pulling it all together) and Synthesizing (making it useful and relevant)
• Supports time for shared reading, guided reading (small groups), independent reading, and collaborative   discussion and sharing
• Provides opportunities for students to read in a variety of genres including nonfiction.  
• Matches students with “just right” reading texts

District adopted resource: Fountas & Pinnell Word Study
• Builds students’ word knowledge through instruction in phonics, spelling patterns, high frequency word knowledge, vocabulary development, and word-solving actions  

Curriculum area: Language Arts
District adopted resource: Write Source
Spelling:
• Pre-assessment determines needs
• Words organized by patterns and/or developmental features
• Weekly spelling activities
• Addition of other words
– 500 frequently spelled words (words most often read and written by early elementary students)
-Words taken from the student’s own writing samples (these will be called ‘personal words’ and will be kept in their writing folder.) Students will practice spelling these words weekly with partners.
• Process of writing (Writer’s workshop….prewriting, rough draft(sloppy copy), editing (revisions), final draft
     (word processing into EasyBook software), publishing and illustrating, sharing)
• Forms of writing (friendly letters, instructions, directions to a location, journals, stories, personal narratives,humorous fiction, poetry, expository)
• Tools of learning (resources from which we can get information)
• Proofreader’s guide

• Zaner-Bloser Handwriting (handwriting should always be legible and consistent in size and form)

Curriculum area: Mathematics
District adopted resource: Everyday Mathematics:
• Emphasizes conceptual understanding while building a mastery of basic skills
• Explores the full mathematics spectrum, not just basic arithmetic
• Based on how children learn, what they’re interested in, and the future for which they must be prepared
Problem solving for everyday situations
• Developing readiness through hands-on activities
• Links between past experiences and new concepts
• Sharing ideas through discussion
• Cooperative learning through partner and small-group activities
• Practice through games
• On-going review throughout the year
• Daily routines
• Informal and formal assessment
• Home and school partnership (Homelinks homework book will be distributed to parents at Back to School night so that the student’s Homelinks will be ‘handy’ each day when he/she arrives home.)

Content Strands in Math:
• Data and Probability
• Geometry
• Measurement
• Numeration
• Operations and Computation
• Patterns, Functions, and Algebra

Themes Woven Throughout Each Strand:
• Algorithmic and Procedural Thinking
• Estimation Skills and Number Sense
• Mental Arithmetic Skills and Reflexes
• Problem Solving

Curriculum areas: Science and Health
District adopted resource: Science and Technology for Children:
• Students make their own discoveries through hands-on interactions with materials in lab setting, as well as literacy activities and class discussions involving that particular subject matter
• Knowledge is actively constructed by the learner
• Scientific reasoning/process skills (observation, comparison, measurement)
• Units of Study
– Solids and Liquids (Jan/Feb)
– Soils (Sept/Oct)
– Butterflies (April)

District adopted resource: Harcourt Your Health
Focus Areas:
• Safety
• Healthy Habits (nutrition and exercise)
• Structure and function of major body parts (head, trunk, limbs)
• Decision-Making Skills
• Interpersonal Skills

Curriculum area: Social Studies and Geography
District adopted resource: Harcourt
Integrated Units of Study:
• Exploring Communities
• Leadership – personal responsibility, citizenship
• Historical Figures (George Washington, Sacagawea, Harriet Tubman, Johnny Appleseed, John Henry, Paul
                                                                                                        Revere’s ride, Betsy Ross, Paul Bunyan)
• Economics: wants and needs, good and services, producers and consumers
• Geography (Oklahoma and 6 surrounding states, Mississippi River, Rocky and Appalachian Mts.), general map skills

Curriculum area: Character Education
Character Education:
• Compassion
• Honesty/Integrity
• Respect
• Self-Discipline
• Courage
• Perseverance
• Responsibility/Accountability
• Teamwork

District adopted resource: Tribes-
Ways of operating with each other:
• Attentive Listening
• Appreciation/No Put-Downs
• The Right to Pass
• Mutual Respect

Curriculum area: Technology
Integrated into the daily routine of the classroom through:
– Information retrieval (appropriate use of web-based resources for developing research skills)
– Student productivity  (UltraKey program for keyboarding skill practice,  EasyBook for publishing,
    Microsoft Word for general word processing skill development.  Students will also produce at least one
    Microsoft Powerpoint multimedia presentation during the year.)
– Problem solving
– Communication and collaboration
– Delivery of lessons

Curriculum area: World Language
• Emphasis on the Spanish Language
    Integrated into the curriculum
    Quality video series to support classroom instruction
       Develops awareness and promotes an appreciation of other cultures
       Provides opportunities for cultural comparisons- similarities and differences

Specials
• Art
• Music
• Physical Education