Welcome to 2nd/3rd grade!
In the second and third grades, it is a time to help our students to grow as learners as well as people of good character. In our 2/3 classroom, we create a learning environment where students practice being kind, respectful and responsible.
About 2nd & 3rd grade:
Students are instructed in the core academic subjects, at times rotating in small groups, working with students of similar skill sets and knowledge, and guided by the instructor and classroom aide. Throughout the instructional day, students are also led by direct instruction, whole class activities, or working independently at their own level and pace. We have designed our instructional delivery to facilitate instruction that accommodates the individual students’ different needs. This provides a differentiated instruction for each student, and allows for closer student-teacher interaction.
Students are placed into math groups by levels and/or learning needs. Math group instruction will usually include direct instruction, guided practice/review, and independent work. Students will often use mini white boards to practice problems in math and manipulatives are used to help students understand more abstract concepts. We use the Scott Foresman Mathematics textbook as part of our curriculum.
Students are placed into groups by levels and/or learning needs. In language arts, students receive instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, grammar, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and spelling, along with the strategies to be successful in this learning. Spelling tests are given weekly for students to increase their high-frequency words and understand how to use them in context. Students also participate in oral reading, listening, discussion, and writing activities. They are encouraged in the class to write daily and also to be mindful of using correct formation, spacing, punctuation and neatness. We also use the Journeys Common Core reading curriculum.
Students study many topics in science such as cycles, plants, animals, food triangle, weather, space, planets and engineering design. We use both direct teaching and investigative approaches to learning science with a mix of hands-on activities and experiments.
In Social Studies, students explore topics such as America’s early communities, geography, immigration, ways of living, people at work, culture, and the celebration of diversity.
Below are some of the field trips/events planned for this year!
October: Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Patch/Safety Week/Halloween Parade
November: Giving Tuesday Community service Trip/Second Harvest Food Drive
December: Winter Songfest
January: Spirit Week / Library Visit
February: Dr. Seuss Week / Community Theater Shrek Play
March: Happy Bright Kids - Energy Assembly
May: Spring Musical