Second graders want to read, listen to, and talk about a wide range of
books including chapter books, informational books, and poems. These
students expect what they read to make sense. They absorb language and
ideas as they read. At this stage, they are skillful and confident in
using word attack skills to make predictions about words and meaning.
They are beginning to read silently for extended periods of time.
Second grade students write for pleasure, for recording observations
and experiences, and for conveying information. They write several
sentences on one topic. Their writing has a clear purpose, with some
detail, and with a sense of story. They understand that text can be
changed and are beginning to revise and edit. They use more standard
spelling than “temporary” phonetic spelling.
The mathematics curriculum is organized into five strands:
(1) number and operations; (2) measurement; (3) geometry; (4) data
analysis and probability; and, (5) algebra. Problem-solving strategies
are embedded into each of the 5 strands.
At the second grade level, students will demonstrate a greater
consistency than first grade children in applying mathematical
knowledge and processes. However, while second grade students can do
much more than has been expected of them in the past, it is important
to recognize that they still learn best by exploring with manipulatives.
Second graders continue to use and reinforce skills introduced in
kindergarten and first grade. They examine a variety of neighborhoods
and recognize the multiple roles of individuals and families. The local
government is studied.
The focus for second grade students is analyzing collected data over a
period of time to make predictions and understand changes. Science
Concepts: animal life cycles, changes in weather, changes in properties
of matter, sound
Arts Education includes four separate and distinct disciplines; dance,
music, theatre arts, and visual arts—each with its own body of
knowledge and skills, The intent of the National Standards for Arts
Education, along with the standard courses of study in each area, is
that a comprehensive understanding of one or more of the arts is
accomplished by each student throughout the K-12 Program.
The Healthful Living Education program promotes behaviors that
contribute to a healthful life-style and improved quality of life for
all students. The Healthful Living Education portions of the NC
Standard Course of Study support and reinforce the goals and objectives
of its two major components—health education and physical education.
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