Capitol Hill 2 Grade Curriculum Overview nd Reading: Capitol Hill’s 2nd grade reading curriculum consists of literature based units used in conjunction with the district’s adopted basal series. The literature-based books used for unit studies include fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, folk tales, biographies, fantasy and poetry. During unit studies, books at a variety of reading levels are used to accommodate different reading levels. Skill presentations follow the district’s basal scope and sequence of reading skills. A variety of authors and illustrators are featured during the various unit studies throughout the year. And we also incorporate the other areas of study including Science and Social Studies into our reading curriculum. Second graders are expected to read aloud to someone at home for 10 minutes each school day. Math: The 2nd grade math curriculum consists of a scope and sequence that addresses individual students needs combined with strategic problem solving. Students are placed in ability groups based on their skill levels. The math standards from the National Council of Mathematics Teachers are incorporated into the Everyday Math Series. You can expect your 2nd grader to have math homework Mondays - Thursdays. Science: 2nd Grade is moving towards an inquiry based approach to many of our science units. Students will have many opportunities to develop questions and then plan investigations to find answers to their questions. Units in 2nd grade include life, earth and physical sciences and engineering. Some of the units are: Life Cycles: Amphibians, Insects, and Plants Investigations of Bubbles or Popcorn Solids, Liquids, and Gasses Insects Soil Science Global Studies: The 2nd grade global studies focuses on communities. Some of the units are: friendship, cultural celebrations, black history, women’s history, personal safety, geography and how people lived, current events, expectations, responsibilities, time lines and graphs. Language Arts: The main components of the language arts curriculum are Writers’ Workshop word study, grammar and handwriting. We use the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum for reinforcing the manuscript alphabet. The Writers’ Workshop is a curriculum that has students writing every day. There is a mini-lesson which teaches or reinforces a skill or craft and then the students put into practice what they’ve learned during the minilesson. There are five major units of study in Writers’ Workshop. They are: personal narrative, poetry writing, mentor author, procedural writing, and nonfiction writing. The students will be writing each day in their journals and will have several published pieces of work at the end of the school year. Current Events: Each month students are expected to share an appropriate current event with the class. The current event presentations not only help us to assess the students’ understanding of Social Studies standards, but also help us to assess their listening and speaking skills. It is very important for the students to practice their presentations at home before sharing them with the class.