The key word for every day in Lehrman Community Day School’s second grade is independence. Students hone excellent study habits and life skills as they grow into even stronger readers and writers through the Core Knowledge Curriculum.
The second grade year is key for maturity and this is reflected in the responsibility they assume in all areas of school life, as well as in the amount and type of their class and homework. While the emphasis on academic rigor is maintained, second graders are also challenged to mature socially and morally. Standards of kindness are held as high as standards in math and science.
Core Knowledge integrates all subject areas, from language arts to the visual arts and music. To build on their reading and writing skills, students continue their work in phonics. They write daily journals, have frequent writing prompts and perfect writing mechanics, grammar and usage.
Books, books, and more books—we love books in second grade: Charlotte’s Web is a highlight as are book reports. So is the investigation of everything about butterflies. The second grade year culminates in a reflective exercise—both literally and figuratively. Students use mirrors to draw a visual self-portrait, and words to write a reflective paragraph about their second grade experiences. The visuals are used to welcome next year’s second graders to begin the cycle anew…
Second Grade: Topics and Skills
The Core Knowledge Foundation Curriculum Sequence, based on the principle that children learn new knowledge best by building on what they already know, represents a coherent sequence of knowledge that builds year by year. The heart of Core Knowledge in every grade is the in-depth geography and history program. In Second Grade the themes include Ancient Greece and early and modern major civilizations of Asia, including China, India and Japan. There is an American history strand as well.
Science study moves into our well-equipped and engaging elementary science lab and includes the study of cells and the digestive and excretory systems, as well as magnetism and seasonal cycles.
The following is an overview of the topics taught in the Lehrman Second Grade in each subject in General Studies (for the Hebrew and Jewish Studies, click HERE):
I. Reading and Writing
A. Interpret texts – fiction and non-fiction
B. Explain and describe new concepts and information in his/her own words
C. Produce a variety of types of writing – stories, reports, letters, poems, etc.
D. Spelling, grammar and usage
A. Poetry: Stevenson, Dickinson, Garcia Lorca, Edward Lear, Shel Silverstein
B Stories: Charlotte’s Web, Asian folktales, selections from Peter Pan
C. Mythology of Ancient Greece
D. American Folk Heroes and Tall Tales
E. Literary Terms: myth, tall tale, limerick
III. Sayings and Phrases
History and Geography
A. Working with Maps and Globes
B. Geographical terms and Features: coast, valley, prairie, desert, oasis
II. Early Civilizations: Asia
III. Modern Civilization & Culture: Japan
IV. Ancient Greece
V. American History & Geography
A. The Constitution
B. The War of 1812
C. Westward Expansion
1. Pioneers Head West
2. Native Americans
D. The Civil War
E. Immigration and Citizenship
F. Civil Rights
G. Geography of the Americas
1. North America
2. South America
C. Introduction to multiplication
D. Solving problems and equations
A. Linear Measure
B. Weight (Mass)
C. Capacity (Volume)
I. Cycles in Nature
A. Seasonal cycles
B. Life cycles: birth, growth, reproduction, death
C. Water cycle
III. The Human Body
B. The Digestive and Excretory Systems
1. Salivary glands, taste buds
3. Esophagus, stomach, etc.
4. Kidneys, urine, bladder, etc.
C. Taking care of your body, nutrition
V. Simple Machines
VI. Science Biographies: Anton van Leeuwenhock, Elijah McCoy, Florence Nightingale, Daniel Hale Williams.