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Grade 2

Christi Lock

christilocke@nais.org.za

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English Language Arts (Common Core)

The expectations are organized into the strands of Reading, Writing, Speaking/Listening, and Language.

The Reading standards establish a staircase of increasing complexity in what students must be able to read and comprehend in order to meet the demands of college and career level texts.

The Writing standards promote writing throughout the grade levels by fostering the ability to write logical arguments based on substantive claims, sound reasoning, and relevant evidence.

The Speaking and Listening standards require that students be able to gain, evaluate, and present increasingly complex information, ideas, and evidence.

The Language standards include vocabulary and convention standards. Although Language standards are identified in a separate strand, they should not be taught, learned, and implemented in isolation but should be used and developed throughout reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Math (Common Core)

In Grade 2, instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) extending understanding of base-ten notation; (2) building fluency with addition and subtraction; (3) using standard units of measure; and (4) describing and analyzing shapes.

Science

The focus for second grade students is on analysing collected data over a period of time to make predictions and understand changes. Changes can vary in rate, scale and patter, including trends and cycles. Changes in systems can be measured.

Students will cover the following topics: animal life cycles, changes in weather, changes in properties and the concept of sound.

Social Studies

The second grade study emphasizes community life in a variety of contexts with a major focus on geography. Students examine how communities may be linked to form larger political units, and how there are cultural, geographic, and economic ties. Through their study of various patterns of community living, the students begin to understand that people’s activities are influenced not only by their geographic location, but also by how they use the earth’s materials, the physical environment, and human traditions. By looking at communities from a geographic perspective, students become aware of some of the cultural, political, geographic, and economic factors that help bind communities together through both time and space.

Computers

Students will cover the following topics: using technology in the community, respecting the computer work of others, observing online resources, using electronic database to locate information, responsible care of resources, building word processing skills, collecting, sorting, and displaying data, exploring multimedia tools and using drawing tools.Healthful Living

Students will cover the following topics: honesty, trustworthiness and respect, effective interpersonal communication skills, recognizing bullying behaviors and accessing resources for help, healthy eating and physical activity, mature form in skipping, hopping, galloping and sliding, developmental movement patterns and movement control and balance.

Art

Students will cover the following topics: awareness of themselves and their own community, trying a variety of techniques and imagery to enhance the design solution, emphasis and movement, weather and seasons, recognizing how artists create mood/emotions in their work and reality vs. fantasy.

Music

Students will cover the following topics: demonstrating appropriate vocal and instrumental practices, demonstrating increased pitch and rhythmic accuracy, identifying traditional symbols and terms, reading and notating simple rhythmic and melodic patterns, developing skills in improvising, composing, and arranging music, developing listening, analyzing, and evaluating skills, developing understanding of music in relation to history, culture, and other content areas and showing respect for the efforts of others.

Foreign Language

The Grade 2 program is sequential and leads to the development of communicative proficiency in one language other than English. It lays the foundation for further language study in upcoming grades and/or it strengthens and extends concepts and skills introduced during the previous year(s) of study. The stated objectives can be applied for both beginning and continuing programs. Frequency and quality of instruction will impact on the students’ ability to meet the stated objectives. Modifications may need to be made for programs meeting minimal periods of time.

The emphasis at this grade level is on: oral language development with a focus on listening and speaking skills; awareness of other cultures; comparison of language and culture to the students’ own language and culture; connections to the second grade curriculum and awareness that the target language is used outside the classroom.

Reading and writing are not addressed. Instead varied and concrete experiences engage students in oral language development within a social setting involving face-to-face interaction with the teacher and their peers. Students communicate through basic words and short memorized phrases within a given context.