• The joy of learning
    • Developing a “Work Hard – Get Smart” perspective of excellence
    • Taking responsibility for oneself and others
    • Thinking deeply and critically
    • Develop capabilities to work individually and collaboratively with others to seek knowledge, solve problems, achieve goals, and resolve conflicts
    • Focus on learning goals
    • Work and skill development presented in a meaningful and real-life context (Authentic Work); Common Core Standards are loaded into the work experience
    • Providing service



    • We are working together to foster a love of learning, personal growth, a commitment to helping others, and making a contribution to society.
    • Caring and safe (take healthy risks)
    • Positive perspective
    • Working together (partners, teams, class, school)
    • Respect each other’s differences, strengths, challenges
    • Take responsibility
    • Make contributions to the well-being of others
    • Have fun
    • Solve problems and challenges
    • Learn how to learn and foster growth in all areas, including personal interests
    • School wide Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS)


    • Assigned Monday-Thursday
    • Weekend assignments
      • Usually this consists of long-term projects and make up work, however there will be occasional assignments on the weekends
      • Some students/families prefer to use weekend time to do some of the homework
    • The intent of homework:
      • Gives the students an opportunity to practice skills taught in the class
      • Helps build responsibility in the students as they are responsible for the completion and transportation of the work
      • Gives you a chance to become involved with your child’s class work.
    • Homework should take students approximately 20 minutes to complete, in addition to 20 minutes of reading per night on average.



    • 8:12 Line Up
    • 8:15-8:30 Morning Routine, Homework Check, Meeting
    • 8:30-10:00 Language Arts
    • 10:00-10:20 Recess
    • 10:20-11:10 Science/Social Studies
    • 11:10-11:30 Lunch Recess
    • 11:30-11:50 Lunch
    • 11:50-12:10 Independent/Small Group Instruction
    • 12:10-1:10 (M-TH) Math
    • 10:20-11:10 (F) Math
    • 1:10-1:40 Language Arts
    • 1:40-2:05 Homework, End of the Day Routine
    • 2:05-2:25 E.
    • 2:30 Dismissal
    • It is important to note that instruction is integrated across subject areas.


    • Physical Education With the Playworks Coach every 4th Monday,


    • Starting Arts (dance, theatre, music) Fridays 9:00-9:30
    • Library Thursdays 9:00-9:30
    • Computer Lab Mondays and Tuesdays 11:55-12:25




     2nd Grade Curriculum


    Language Arts: Macmillan McGraw Hill – Treasures

    • Close Reading of fiction and non-fiction texts
    • Daily 5 – Read to Self, Read to Someone, Work on Writing, Word Work, and Listen to Reading
    • Oral Language - class discussions, poetry, weekly presentations
    • Vocabulary – context clues, word structure, and grammar
    • Comprehension Strategies and Skills – predict, infer, question, analyze, summarize, and author’s purpose
    • Reading Skills – focus on expression, reading rate, and accuracy
    • Spelling – differentiated
    • Writing – narratives, informative/explanatory, and opinion pieces
    • http://treasures.macmillanmh.com/california


    Math: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – CA Math Expressions

    • “How” the math works (e.g. math facts)
    • “Why” the math works (e.g. vocabulary)
    • “Where” the math works (e.g. problem solving)
    • http://www.eduplace.com/math/mthexp/


    Unit 1: Addition & Subtraction within 20

    Unit 2: Addition within 200

    Unit 3: Length and Shapes

    Unit 4: Subtract 2-Digit Numbers

    Unit 5: Time, Graphs, and Word Problems

    Unit 6: 3-Digit Addition and Subtraction

    Unit 7: Arrays, Equal Shares, and Adding or Subtracting Lengths


    Please note:

    This math program does not present a spiral curriculum in which students revisit numerous topics from one year to the next with progressively more complex study. Instead, CA Math Expressions incorporates a limited number of topics that allows enough time for students to achieve mastery of these concepts. Looking at the big picture, students will focus on truly understanding numbers in elementary school before they start applying that understanding of numbers to data in middle school.


     Science: Scott Foresman – California Science

    • Plant and Animal Life Cycles (Life Science)
    • Minerals and Landforms (Earth Science)
    • Balance and Motion (Physical Science)
    • scottforesman.com


    Social Science: Harcourt Publications – “Reflections: Our World Now and Long Ago”

    • Geography
    • Ancestors
    • Production and Economics
    • Government and Commerce
    • hardcourtschool.com/hss



    • Internet safety
    • Typing Club
    • Research projects
    • Math reinforcement



    • Skills - games and sports
    • Sportsmanship



    • FAME - will be taught 6 times a year by a volunteer. Each session focuses on one famous artist and a famous composer from about the same time period.
    • Starting Arts - This will be once a week and is based around lessons that involve theatre, dance, and music.
    • We will also do art in class, throughout the year. If you are interested in teaching an art lesson to the class, please email me.


    Common Core State Standards for 2nd Grade à http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/