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2nd Highlights

Philanthropy: Focus on Shelter Animals

As part of our Kind to the Core focus, 2nd graders make blankets and raise money by selling homemade dog biscuits. We donate the blankets and proceeds from our dog biscuit sale to Rancho Humane Society.

Scripps Ocean Partnership: Sandy Beaches

2nd grade focuses on the sandy beach as our Ocean focus. We go on field studies to study the beach and the seals and sea lions during pupping season.

Wax Museum

The 2nd graders study a hero during our final social studies unit and then these heroes come to life at our annual Wax Museum. The students come dressed as their hero and then recite a speech that describes why he/she is a hero.

Red Carpet Award Ceremony

As part of our Persuasive writing unit, the 2nd graders nominate books for various awards. The final award ceremony is a red carpet worthy event when the winners are announced.

Our second graders receive one hour of math instruction per day as well as two forty minute Math Plus (see below) sessions per week. In second grade mathematics, students develop strategies for problem solving involving addition and subtraction with numbers to 1,000.  They compose and decompose numbers in order to work with properties of operations through number talks that encourage critical thinking.  Students develop reasoning skills and look for patterns and structures so they can generate and understand mathematical generalizations.  Students study whole number place value, comparison, addition and subtraction, as well as building a solid foundation in concepts of time, money, measurement, and geometry.
Download the RSF Math Pathways chart

Units of Study

Unit 1    Fluency with Sums and Differences to 20
Unit 2    Addition and Subtraction of Length, Weight, Capacity, and Time Measurements
Unit 3    Place Value, Counting and Comparison of Numbers to 1000
Unit 4    Addition and Subtraction of Numbers to 1000
Unit 5    Foundations for Multiplication and Division Facts
Unit 6    Problem Solving with Length, Money and Data
Unit 7    Time, Shapes and Fractions as Equal Parts of Shapes

Math Plus
During Math Plus, students in second grade are afforded two additional forty-minute sessions of mathematics instruction weekly.  Math Plus is designed to provide students an authentic opportunity for mathematical problem solving that promotes mathematical reasoning, making mathematical connections and communication skills.  Mathematicians play differentiated math games that encourage strategic thinking, enhance number sense, and promote fluency while supporting concept development and mastery.

Math Intervention- 2nd Grade
For students who require more support in mathematics in addition to their grade-level mathematics instruction, a mathematics teacher provides students differentiated instruction during four thirty-minute sessions per week.  Students build on their prior knowledge to gain new skills and a solid foundation of mathematical understanding needed for continued progress.  Students are encouraged to see relationships and make connections between concepts as well as their mathematical representations.  The curriculum engages students in mathematical exploration of content through games, manipulative materials, and contexts that make abstract mathematical ideas accessible.

Workshop
The emphasis in math workshop is to provide students with the conditions supported by the most current research on mathematics instruction.  This instruction involves explicit teaching of skills and strategies, teacher modeling, and supported student practice.  Instruction follows a logical progression through the year and across grade levels.  Individual instruction is tailored to the learner based on the teacher’s ongoing assessment.  Our program emphasizes rigor: a balance of conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with equal intensity.  Instruction progresses through stages, from concrete to representational to abstract, to ensure students have a thorough understanding of the math concepts.  The elementary school mathematics curriculum focuses on developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

Curriculum Resources
Fosnot
Rational Number Project
Eureka
MacMillan

Instructional Software Supports
ST Math
Compass Learning
Waggle™

 

Second grade students receive 60 minutes of Reading Workshop (see below) instruction per day.  Students in 2nd grade demonstrate increasing independence in gaining meaning from texts they read on their own and from the texts they hear read aloud. Literary and informational texts are selected in response to children’s interests and in alignment with the social studies and science curriculum. Children independently read texts at their reading level and also engage with more difficult texts with teacher support and instruction. They learn a variety of strategies and approaches to facilitate literal and inferential comprehension. They engage in whole-class, partner, and club discussions, posing questions that refer back to the text. Student learn the importance of rereading sections of a text for different purposes, such as looking at what a particular character says or does or examining how an author organized information. They are exposed to a variety of texts from expository and narrative nonfiction, series books, as well as traditional literature such as fairy tales and folktales.

Units of Study
• Second Grade Reading Growth Spurt
• Becoming Experts: Reading Nonfiction
• Studying Characters and Their Stories
• Bigger Books Mean Amping Up Reading Power
• Reading Nonfiction Cover to Cover: Nonfiction Book Clubs in Social Studies Content
• Series Book Clubs
• Reading and Role Playing: Fiction, Folktales and Fairy Tales

Reading Workshop
The Reading Workshop is a teaching method in which the goal is to teach students strategies for reading and comprehension.  The workshop model allows teachers to differentiate and meet the needs of all their students.  Reading Workshop helps to foster a love of reading and gives students chances to practice reading strategies independently and with guidance.
– Mini Lesson: (10-15 minutes)
– Independent reading, conferring, small group instruction (35-40 minutes)
– Share (5 minutes)

Curriculum Resources:
Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Curriculum for the Reading Workshop (Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University)
Curricular Calendar for Reading K-8 (Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University)

Instructional Software Support:
Compass Learning
Waggle

Second grade students receive 60 minutes of Writing Workshop (see below) instruction per day and 75 minutes of Word Study (see below) per week.  The goal of writing instruction in 2nd grade is to advance children’s abilities to express their thoughts and knowledge skillfully. Students continue to learn that writing is a meaningful act, and they increasingly recognize that there are more and less effective ways to convey meaning-and that these ways vary depending upon their purpose and content. 2nd graders make progress in effectively expressing their opinions, providing information and explanations, and sharing stories. They begin to write about their reading with a critical eye, producing opinion based “Book Nominations” as well as construct “Lab Reports” around science content.
They add more detail to their work than they did as first graders, and they focus more on organization. Students write short, response pieces as well as take a single piece through the writing process. They obtain feedback from others through individual and group conferences with the teacher and through sharing with peers. They learn that writing effectively takes time, attention to feedback, and more than one draft.

Units of Study
• Lessons from the Masters: Improving Narrative Writing
• Informational Writing
• Friendly Letter: Mini Unit
• Writing Gripping Fictional Stories
• Writing About Reading- Nomination Celebration
• Poetry: Big Thoughts in Small Packages
• Lab Reports and Science Books: NGSS Content
• Revisiting Narrative Writing

Word Study
The emphasis in word study is to provide students with the conditions supported by the most recent research on phonics, spelling, and vocabulary instruction.  During the word study block students are placed in groups based on their developmental spelling stage.
Language Usage and Conventions:
2nd grade students continue to develop their awareness of language; they use their growing knowledge of language when writing, speaking, reading, or listening and learn to compare formal and informal uses of English. They are taught to describe how words and phrases supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song. 2nd grade students continue to learn and apply language conventions such as using adjectives and adverbs as well as producing, expanding, and rearranging complete simple and compound sentences. They experience these conventions through explicit teaching and they are taught to apply them in their writing and speaking in rich and meaningful contexts. They learn that the purpose of conventions is to communicate messages in ways that can be best understood.
Spelling and Vocabulary:
2nd grade spellers move from using spelling-sound patterns such as digraphs and long vowel spellings in single syllable words to accurately spelling words that contain more than one syllable. They learn about doubling, dropping, or changing letters at syllable junctures and the addition of inflectional endings and affixes (prefixes and suffixes).  2nd grade students are provided many opportunities to use new vocabulary. Students learn a number of strategies for clarifying unknown or multiple-meaning words such as using sentence-level context clues or identifying a known root word. Students also use glossaries or beginning dictionaries, both print and digital, to determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.

Writing Workshop
This predictable structure provides a supportive environment in which new learning takes place. The workshop begins with a 10-15 minute “minilesson” in which the teacher introduces and explicitly teaches skills and strategies related to the unit of study. Students then move to independent writing time. During this time, teachers pull students 1:1 or in small groups providing individualized instruction. The workshop closes with a share of new learning, either whole class or with peers.

Curriculum Resources:
Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction (Edition 5 by Donald Bear, Marcia Invernizzi, Shan Templeton, Francine Johnston)
The Power of Grammar (Ehrenworth and Vinton)
More Prefixes and Suffixes: Teaching Vocabulary to Improve Reading
Comprehension (Trisha Callella)

Instructional Support Software:
Compass Learning
Waggle™

 

 

Second grade students see a specialized science teacher for two sessions per week for hands-on lab work and additional instruction in four multi-week units that are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  In December Second grade science students also participate in the Hour of Code during science class where they learn how computer code is structured and how machines interpret instructions using age-appropriate software tools.

Units of Study
• Structure of Matter
• Properties of Matter
• Processes that Shape the Earth
• Ecosystems

Students in grade two explore the lives of actual people who make a difference in their everyday lives and learn the stories of extraordinary people from history whose achievements have touched them, directly or indirectly. The study of contemporary people who supply goods and services aids in understanding the complex interdependence in our free-market system.
Students differentiate between things that happened long ago and things that happened yesterday.

Curriculum Resources:
Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, California Communities (need to check out and change)

 

Spanish is in the Enrichment Wheel and takes place twice per week for 12 weeks.   This class is designed to expose students to the Spanish language, which will enable them to move more quickly and confidently through the foundational elements of the middle school Spanish program should they elect to take Spanish at this level.

TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling) is the primary method used with K-5 students. TPRS involves a mixture of reading and storytelling activities, which exposes students to the most high frequency vocabulary and grammar used in the Spanish language. The course also employs the TPR (Total Physical Response) method, which uses songs, interactive activities, writing, and the combination of language and physical movement to teach vocabulary, expressions and culture.

The Wheel
Students in grades K-5 participate in a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year by way of a rotation called the “Elective Wheel” comprised of art, computer technology, drama, music, and Spanish.  Each student has two sessions per week and progresses through a six-week rotation in each of the enrichment disciplines.

Second Grade students receive physical education instruction concentrating on development of eye-hand coordination, fine and gross motor skills, and ability to cooperate/participate in organized games. A P.E. specialist works with the children twice per week.

Units of Study
Body Management
Locomotor Movement
Manipulative Skills
Rhythmic Skills
Movement Concepts
Body Management
Locomotor Movement
Manipulative Skills
Fitness Concepts
Aerobic Capacity
Muscular Strength/Endurance
Flexibility
Body Composition
Group Dynamics

Curriculum Resources:
http://www.sparkpe.org/

Second grade students receive music instruction as a component of the Elective Wheel (see below).  They are also encouraged to participate in the K-3 Choir outside of school hours- more info at Arts Home.

The Wheel
Students in grades K-5 participate in a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year by way of a rotation called the “Elective Wheel” comprised of art, computer technology, drama, music, and Spanish.  Each student has two sessions per week and progresses through a six-week rotation in each of the enrichment disciplines.

Second grade students receive drama instruction as a component of the Enrichment Wheel (see below).  They are also encouraged to participate in the Jr. Theater program outside of school hours- more info at Arts Home.

The Wheel
Students in grades K-5 participate in a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year by way of a rotation called the “Elective Wheel” comprised of art, computer technology, drama, music, and Spanish.  Each student has two sessions per week and progresses through a six-week rotation in each of the enrichment disciplines.

Second grade students receive computer technology instruction as a component of the Enrichment Wheel (see below).

The Wheel
Students in grades K-5 participate in a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year by way of a rotation called the “Elective Wheel” comprised of art, computer technology, drama, music, and Spanish.  Each student has two sessions per week and progresses through a six-week rotation in each of the enrichment disciplines.

Second grade students receive art instruction as a component of the Enrichment Wheel (see below).

The Wheel
Students in grades K-5 participate in a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year by way of a rotation called the “Elective Wheel” comprised of art, computer technology, drama, music, and Spanish.  Each student has two sessions per week and progresses through a six-week rotation in each of the enrichment disciplines.

Second grade students are eligible to participate in the Jr. FLL (Jr. First Lego League) after school program.  Using LEGO ‘WeDo’ kits, 2nd grade students learn the basic principles of simple machines and use these principles to discover how to build simple mechanisms. In addition, they learn the basic principles of computer programming.

More at RSF Robotics Home

Faculty

Jessica Henke

Jessica Henke

2nd Grade Teacher

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Allison Munson

Allison Munson

2nd Grade Teacher

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Karina Salmon

2nd Grade Teacher

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Linda Tan

Linda Tan

2nd Grade Teacher

[email protected]

Phone: 858-756-1141