SECOND GRADE CURRICULUM
In 2nd grade, students continue to build on the strong literacy foundation established in 1st grade as students master reading skills which include decoding, word recognition, vocabulary development, and comprehension strategies. Importantly, students begin to transition from learning to read, into reading to learn. Students being to use reading to expand their knowledge in other subjects.
Through varied, well-structure use of manipulatives and algorithms, teachers lead small groups of students in activities to build strong foundations in math concepts. In second grade, covered concepts include:
Religion is a major subject in 2nd grade as the children prepare for, and receive guidance for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. St. Bartholomew School takes a holistic approach to preparation, as classroom teachers, the Church CCD office, and student families collaborate to provide students a spiritually nurturing journey.
Second grade students take on physics, geology and ornithology in a program that motivates students to engage with their surroundings with a sense of wonder and discovery. Students build a rich vocabulary of scientific terminology which they learn to use regularly and with ease on a daily basis.
Second grade students learn about geography, communities, and government in a literature and activities-based approach. We eiixplore community leaders in various historical context, leran about the roles of citizens, and apply our leadership and citizenship knowledge to our classroom community. Students learn about the three branches of American government at the local, state and national level. In geography, we learn about the continents, countries, and American states. We also study map skills.
Students continue to learn Internet Safety. This is an important focus so that students, no matter what age, are aware of proper use of technology. Students continue to build on skills learned in 1st Grade, including how to research a topic and the basics of Microsoft Word.
The St. Bartholomew curriculum complies with the Archdiocese of Washington's accredited curriculum standards.
To find out more about our specific program at each grade level, select subjects to the left.