The second grade student will learn the basic features of reading, which include: knowledge of letter patterns, translating the spoken language by using phonics, syllabication, and word parts. They will develop comprehension skills that will enable them to generate and respond to questions, make predictions, and compare information from several sources.
Second grade students will learn and develop skills to write clear and coherent sentences/paragraphs that construct a central idea with purpose and audience in mind. They will write about familiar objects, events, and experiences.
Students are expected to perform and improve with quick recall daily, while still being stretched in operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations in base 10, measurement and data, and geometry skills. Many hands-on materials are featured and used in most lessons.
Second Grade at San Jose Catholic School is a very important year in the student’s faith journey as they strengthen their connection to life as a Roman Catholic. Students are immersed in a very faith based year as they prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist. The daily life of a second grader is full of connections to their faith. Mass, prayers, rosaries, and May Crowning, each promote the strong foundation of the student’s faith. Students are also expected to share and foster their faith. Parents of second graders are involved in the faith formation in second grade during sacramental preparation.
Spelling is taught using a phonetic based program, which allows students to learn with sound recognition, spelling rules, and word structure. Second graders learn to spell utilizing dependable patterns and memorization. It exposes students to vocabulary usage within sentence and paragraph structures. It assists students’ to further broaden and advance not only spelling, but with sentence development and writing techniques.
Second grade students will continue to practice and perfect printing all upper and lowercase letters.
Second-grade students will begin learning the scientific method and its application to grade-level experiments. In Earth Science, students will study the patterns of weather and how factors affect the weather. In Life Science, students will learn about the structures and functions of living organisms.
Students in second-grade benefit from a variety of opportunities in Social Studies, which further their understanding of the world in which they live. They study the seven continents and U.S. geography. Students are introduced to civics and government as they learn about the United States and the country’s formation. Students gain an understanding of the life of Early Americans as they actively explore and live the life of Pilgrims during Colonial Day. Social Studies is an engaging and fun subject for second graders at San Jose Catholic School.