Term III

2nd Grade

In language arts, the final Open Court Reading themes are about courage, the United States, and its people. In the Courage unit, children read fiction and nonfiction accounts of children, like themselves, who find bravery in different situations. In Our Country and Its People, students explore immigration into the United States from the 1400’s to the present day and have the opportunity to learn about the feelings people experienced as they ventured into unknown places. In addition, they are able to develop an understanding of how a country grew because of immigration. Many reading comprehension strategies are integrated into the Open Court Reading instruction. Students practice several skills including summarizing, making connections with the characters, and making inferences. Language skills such as sequencing, adverbs, paragraph form, topic sentences, point of view, plot, and author’s purpose are practiced. The students work diligently on their Writers Guild pieces as well. 

Students are introduced to new skills, and familiar skills are reinforced during the final term in Everyday Mathematics. Counting money amounts above one dollar, making change with five and ten-dollar bills, calculating place value in four and five-digit numbers, and solving problems containing parentheses provide challenging opportunities. Students continue to increase their “fact power” through the practice of addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts to aid in the solution of higher level math problems.

In social studies, the second grade students complete their travels through the world and learn many research skills along the way. Students grow to understand that their actions affect the earth and that they are connected to every person and animal. Second graders deepen their understanding of diversity and celebrate the diversity of others.

The Lexington School’s “Guidelines for Success” are used daily to encourage, reinforce, and strengthen personal and social growth.

Art

In the last term of second grade, students work on a Mardi Gras mask.  The mask must be three dimensional and the students use the traditional Mardi Gra colors to decorate their masks.  The final instruction of this project is to be creative.  When finished, the masks are displayed in the Fine Arts gallery.

During April and March the students start reviewing concepts intruduced throughout the year.  It is important for each student to have mastered the concepts and techniques as they transition into Mrs. Hamilton’s third grade art class.  To illustrate these skills, the students create a book which covers primary colors, secondary colors, and monochromatic colors.  The students also review three dimensional shapes and shading.  The month of May is devoted to creating props for Spring Sing and celebrating the artistic growth of each child.

Computer

The second grade students continue to work on keyboarding skills in the third term. They increase typing speed and accuracy as they continue the keyboarding program Typing Instructor, a software program designed to increase typing skills. Second graders spend several class periods practicing keyboarding skills for the authentic purpose of typing their Writers Guild stories.

By the end of the year, second graders know how to name a file, save, and retrieve their documents in their personal folder on the network.

Music

Spring Sing is the most anticipated musical experience for third term. Students put together the skills of singing, movement, and playing instruments to make this concert a lovely experience for themselves as well as the audience.   From the singing of challenging mulit-cultural songs to the enthusiastic singing of American folksongs, the second graders meet formadible musical challenges.  The second graders are also very knowledgeable about the life and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  Students and parents enjoy looking at the individual student music folders, which reflect some of the music projects completed throughout year.

PE

Second graders learn to perform cart wheels, front rolls and work on their balance in the third term.  Students enjoy showing off their moves and performing in the gym to music.  Volleyball is always hit with second graders as they learn to bump and to serve.  Students work as partners and within larger groups to practice serving and bumping the ball back over the net.  The game “King’s Court” is also a favorite for practicing skills and having fun.  Running the mile is a challenge for everyone, and baseball and kickball are always so much fun for the entire grade.  Students enjoy the chance to run the bases like a “Big Leaguer” and slide into home to win the game.  Students pick up on the rules and truly understand how the game is played.

The students continue to expand their Spanish knowledge through PE class time.  Students stretch independently while following along in Spanish.  They pick up on the different commands such as pegen, which means to stike or hit the ball.

Science

The second grade begins the third term in science by completing their unit on Space and Astronomy.  After comparing different characteristics such as size, orbit, and atmosphere of several rock and gas planets, they use computers to build virtual planets and observe what happened to their planets when they were launched into our solar system.  They also look at stars other than our sun as they learn about red giants, blue giants, and even supergiants.  They finish the year with an exciting unit on flight science.  They begin by learning the concepts of lift and thrust and how they are used to overcome the forces of weight and drag.  Then students build a collection of flying objects including paper planes, loop flyers, helicopters, and even pressure rockets and are responsible for improving their designs as the unit progresses.

Spanish

Throughout the third term, second grade Spanish students work on describing objects using vocabulary from our unit los adjetivos (adjectives). Students read Soy demasiado grande (I’m Too Big) and then work on a project illustrating and labeling two people; one wearing pantalones limpios (clean pants) and the other wearing pantalones sucios (dirty pants). Students then learn how to express their likes and dislikes using vocabulary from our unit on la comida (food). Students read ¿Qué te gusta? (What do you like?) and Huevos verdes con jamón (Green Eggs and Ham) and then illustrate and label foods that they do and do not like. Students continue to warm up for class with songs and chants and expand their repertoire to include La granja (The Farm) and Compadre, cómpreme un coco (Compadre, Buy Me a Coconut).