Welcome to our Second Grade Program
The 2nd grade is a year of transitions and curriculum achievements. In language arts, kids spend less time learning to read and more time reading to learn. In math, they learn to count money and tell time, skills that translate to daily life. It’s a year in which learning becomes more distinct and students are expected to be more independent.
NIS students are expected not just to read a short story but also to answer questions about events that may not be explicitly revealed in the text. As the year goes on, kids learn to differentiate whether the story is fiction or nonfiction. . Teachers at N.I.S. set big goals for 2nd graders; with support from parents, kids are more than capable of reaching those goals.
For language arts, children are taught to read with expression and to predict the outcome of a story based on the text as well as pictures. They learn to pull out the main ideas and supporting ideas. Parents can help their 2nd grader by encouraging him/her to read aloud every day and asking questions about the story.
Writing is a major component of our 2nd graders at N.I.S. Teachers are tough when it comes to spelling and expect students to use capitalization and punctuation correctly. 2nd graders are introduced to the writing process which includes brainstorming, writing, revising, and editing.
Math lessons are challenging and include patterning, graphing, basic geometry, fractions, measurement, and two-digit addition and subtraction, with students learning to âcarryâ numbers. Students get more experience with word problems and are expected to explain how or why they arrived at their answers.
Social Studies and Science
In social studies classes, teachers bring current events into discussions and will emphasize maps as well as diversity among cultures.
The 2nd grade science curriculum includes identification of the parts of a plant, the name classifications of animals, and biological life cycles, such as how caterpillars turn into butterflies.