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Learning in Second Grade

Here’s a brief overview of what you and your child can expect out of our second grade curriculum:

READING: My main goal when teaching reading is for children to LOVE to READ!!! We will introduce several different comprehension strategies throughout the year and students will discuss what they’re reading. But most importantly, I want children to see that reading can take you wherever you want to go!

We will be using a Reader’s Workshop model for reading instruction. Reader’s Workshop consists of a whole group mini-lesson, small group guided reading, and individual work time.

Whole Group: The whole group mini-lesson focuses on a comprehension strategy for the week as well as metacognitive strategies to help students focus on their own reading behaviors. 

Guided Reading: I will meet with guided reading groups 2-3 times a week. During this time, students are working on comprehension strategies while reading books that are at each individual student’s reading level, so that they are not being asked to read books that are too easy or too hard!

Independent: During the independent work time, students are working on various activities. These activities include: Read to Self, Read to Others, Word Work, Listen to Reading, Work on Writing.

WORD WORK: We will be using Words Their Way as my Phonics/Spelling Curriculum. Words Their Way is a hands-on literacy program that helps to teach phonics, spelling, and vocabulary. Each student will work on words appropriate to their developmental level and will progress at their own rate.

MATH: I will be using the Everday Math Curriculum as the foundation for our math instruction. Everyday Math’s focus is on helping students understand math at a deeper level than just being able to do basic math algorithms. Instruction consists of whole group instruction, small group instruction, individual practice, and math games. Students will also be using Reflex, a computer program that helps them achieve fluency with their math facts. We will be starting with addition and subtraction. The students who become fluent with those facts will be able to start on multiplication and division. 

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE: We have science or social studies every day in kindergarten. Students are exposed to a wide variety of topics based on the Minnesota State Standards and Core Knowledge. I use various methods to teach science and social studies, including projects, inquiry based learning, direct instruction, small group work, research, reading, and writing. Social Studies and Science are both favorites for me and for many students, because there are so many interesting things to learn about the world around us!


Contact: Jennifer Solberg