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 Health

​During the second grade year, students will recognize that people have different feelings and are unique. They'll also recognize that all people grow physically and mentally and how family members help each other and get along. They will identify the parts of a tooth; recognize the importance of brushing and flossing; and recognize that germs cause illness. They'll work on recognizing that the sun's rays can cause sunburn and recognize the value of the senses, as well as the effects of exercise on the body, the food groups and need for water. 

Students will be able to define energy, illness and disease, as well ad asthma and allergies. They'll name ways to avoid spreading germs and explain what me

dicines are and how they can be used safely. Students will identify drugs as substances that change how the body works and describe the effects of caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol on the body. The curriculum will also identify steps in home fire-preparedness; identify strangers and avoiding dangers; and recognize safely rules. They'll explain how a hospital serves a community and the jobs of people who work there; describe how trash is collected; explain recycling and why we need clean air and water.

Pennsylvania Standards for Second Grade:

  • 10.1 A-Q
  • 10.2 A-K
  • 10.3 A-E
  • 10.4 A-M
  • 10.5 A-M

 Language Arts

​​Students will listen to, say, read, and write letter sounds; combine sounds to make words; listen to, say, read, and write vocabulary words; listen to and read stories silently and orally. Students will read orally for fluency and distinguish a story's genre. They'll use comprehension strategies to aid understanding of a selection and write the four types of sentences. They will name and write the parts of speech; write abbreviations; write words that compare; write contractions; write stories, poems, and friendly letters using prompts.

Pennsylvania Standards for Second Grade:

  • 1.1 A-E
  • 1.2 A-B
  • 1-3 A
  • 1-4
  • 1-5
  • 1-6 A-B
  • 1-7 A-B
  • 1-8 A

 Math

​​The second grade math curriculum will focus on addition and subtraction facts to 20; place value to 1,000; counting money; addition and subtraction of two and three digit numbers with and without regrouping. Students will learn to tell time to the five minute mark. Collecting data and reading and creating graphs; measuring length, capacity, weight, and temperature in US and metric systems are also apart of the school year. We'll identify solid and plane figures and their attributes; identify congruent figures; identify symmetry in plane figures; identify and write unit fractions ½, ¼, 1/8, 1/3, 1/6, and 1/12; write non-unit fractions; and identity fractions as equal parts of a group. Students will predict outcomes; skip count to explore multiplication; relate multiplication and repeated addition and use arrays. Lastly, we'll multiply factors in both horizontal and vertical form; use the commutative property; use repeated subtraction to explore the concept of division and explore division with remainders.

Pennsylvania Standards for Second Grade:

  • 2.1 A-M
  • 2.2 A-H
  • 2.3 A-H
  • 2.4 A-B
  • 2.5 A-C
  • 2.6 A-C
  • 2.7 A-C
  • 2.8 A-H
  • 2.9 A-I
  • 2.10 A-B

 Religion

​​During our second grade year, students will recognize that as members of the Catholic church, we are God's people and are part of the body of Christ. We belong to the church through the sacrament of baptism. We are called to holiness which means following Jesus and the examples of the saints. Our prayers are a way to talk and listen to God.  Prayers are a way to praise and thank God. God wants us to choose good and stay away from sin.

In the sacrament of reconciliation, we celebrate God's forgiveness. God gave us the Ten Commandments to help us make good choices. We learn about God's loving gift of creation and teachings of Jesus in the Bible. We listen to God's word from the Bible during the Liturgy of the Word. We love God by loving our neighbor, especially in loving service as expressed in the works of mercy. We place our trust in God to answer our prayers of petition and our intercessions for the needs of others. Through his sacrifice on the cross and his resurrection, Jesus saved us from sin and gave us new life. 

The Eucharist is a sacrifice and a special meal of thanks. We are following Jesus' law of love when we show our love for others. The Lord's prayer is the perfect prayer. The Holy Spirit gives us special, spiritual gifts to help us follow Jesus. All members of the church are called to live in peace and serve others. When we foster peace and treat others with justice, we are following Jesus and growing closer to God.  God has given us many blessings or gifts. We learn about special times and holy days of the year, as well as the lives of the saints and holy people.

 Science

​During second grade science we will identify the parts of plants; plant needs; sort plants into groups; and understand that plants have life cycles.  We will Identify animal characteristics; describe how animals use different body parts to meet their needs; discuss that stages of animal life cycles are different for different animals; and understand that some animals metamorphose. Students will work to describe an environment and the plants and animals that live there, as well as food chains and webs. They will compare rocks and soils; describe weathering, erosion and fossils; identify natural resources and how people can conserve natural resources; and recognize daily and seasonal weather patterns. 

The class will learn to describe characteristics of the sun; observe how shadows are related to earth's movement, and understand how we are able to see the moon.  We will also focus on how to identify stars in the night sky; classify objects according to their properties; identify ways in which matter can change; explain that sound is made by vibrating objects; explain that sound travels differently through different materials and recognize that sounds can be described by pitch and volume. 

Students will also learn to describe ways that objects can move and explain that pushes and pulls are forces that change the positions of objects.  Lastly, the class will learn how to describe how motion can be measured; understand that magnets have stronger areas called poles; identify materials that are attracted to magnets and recognize that a magnetic field does not pass through all materials.

Pennsylvania Standards for Second Grade:

  • 3.1 A-E
  • 3.2A-D
  • 3.3 A-D
  • 3.4 A-C
  • 3.5 A-D
  • 4.1 A-D
  • 4.2 A-D
  • 4.3 A-C
  • 4.4 A-B
  • 4.6A
  • 4.7 A-B
  • 4.8 A-C

 Social Studies

​​The second grade year in social studies class will afford students an opportunity to learn about types of communities and that those communities are places where people live, work and play. The school year will focus on teaching students mapping skills; identifying land and waters areas; and recognizing the difference between weather and seasons. 

We will also explore what natural resources are and how they are used to help us. We'll discuss the past; understand that people work to earn money and help others; and how to identify needs and wants. We'll talk about how to distinguish between goods and services; learn what producers and consumers are; compare the roles of public officials, including mayor, governor, and president. 

Lastly, students will discover how communities solve problems; identify buildings and monuments in Washington, DC; understand some of our nation's symbols and identify several American heroes. 

Pennsylvania Standards for Second Grade:

  • 5.1 A-I
  • 5.2 A-G
  • 5.3 A-J
  • 6.1 A-C
  • 6.2 A-F
  • 6.3 A-F
  • 6.4 A-D
  • 6.5 A-D
  • 7.1 A-B
  • 7.2 A-B
  • 7.3 A-B
  • 7.4 A-B
  • 8.1 A-C
  • 8.2 A-B
  • 8.3 A-B
  • 8.4 A-D