2nd Grade

Math: Bridges in Mathematics

In second grade, children learn to solve addition and subtraction story problems, use place value to add and subtract using the standard algorithm, and explore equal groups to gain a foundational understanding of multiplication. Students will continue to deepen their understanding of time and money and use graphs to measure and represent data. The curriculum provides lots of hands-on practice, and opportunities to play math games to help children engage in playful learning. The Math Learning Center has a wide variety of resources for families to engage in fun math activities at home. Common Core Math Standards

Reading: Fountas and Pinnell Classroom

Second grade students have the opportunity to read and listen to books throughout the day. Students become more skilled at analyzing texts read to them through the use of whole class read aloud and discussions. They become independent with their reading, choosing books they can both read and enjoy. They rely less on pictures, but still tend to choose books that contain many pictures as they add to the joyful reading experience. By the end of the year, many second graders are able to read short chapter books for enjoyment. Common Core ELA Standards

Writing: Being a Writer

The writing focus for second grade centers around elaboration. Students have a strong understanding of the major text types, including narrative, informational, and opinion. They work to add sensory details to stories, additional information in expository texts, and giving several reasons for opinion writing. Students are becoming more comfortable using standard conventions for writing, including spelling, capitalization and appropriate punctuation. Common Core ELA Standards

Science: FOSS (Full Options Science System)

Students learn about science and engineering through hands-on, collaborative units rooted in inquiry and discovery. Teachers refer to Next Generation Science Standards and use FOSS Science kits to create student-centered learning opportunities that help children learn to problem-solve, communicate and collaborate while learning important scientific concepts. Next Generation Science Standards

Social Studies: Students learn about communities (near & far; now & then) in second grade. Teachers use supplemental materials to support the Washington State Social Studies Standards.

Social-Emotional: Second Step

Children learn social-emotional skills in a variety of ways, including the behavior they see modeled by the adults in their lives. Social-emotional skills and concepts are also taught explicitly in the classroom, in much the same way math or reading is taught. Second Step provides whole class lessons in growth mindset and goal setting, emotion management, empathy and kindness, and problem-solving.

Music: Spotlight on Music

Our music teachers use Spotlight on Music curriculum to deliver high quality spiraling curriculum. Students learn about, listen to, and perform authentic music while building music and literacy skills. Music Standards

Physical Education: Five for Life Basic PE Curriculum

Our elementary students learn about and practice the five components of fitness, which include cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. They also practice The Skill-Related Components of Fitness: Agility, Reaction Time, Balance, and Coordination. Physical Education Standards