Curriculum Overview

Dear Parents,                                                                                         
The upcoming school year promises to be both exciting and challenging. Our year will be filled with many new experiences that will inspire growth and development socially, emotionally, and intellectually. My goal is to provide a positive, dynamic, and stimulating learning environment for your child every day while wearing masks, implementing frequent hand washing, and practicing safe social distancing measures. 
I will strive to develop activities and facilitate experiences that will enhance your child’s natural curiosity and encourage a lifelong love for learning. On the following pages, you will find valuable information regarding classroom policies and procedures. You will also find additional classroom information as well as specific curricular objectives.
If you have any question or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am looking forward to sharing  a challenging year filled of exciting accomplishments with you and your child. I am eager to celebrate each child’s personal success as he/she exceeds our highest expectations.
I know that 2nd grade will be an enjoyable and memorable year for all of us. I thank you in advance for your open communication, cooperation, and support.
Mrs. Shelly Marie Kushner

Attention Parents: While your second-grader receives religious education at the school, your child will receive these Holy Sacraments from your parish church. Registration for the Sacrament of Reconciliation & First Communion classes has not been determined at this date. Please look for a notice via email and in your child’s Wednesday Folder for more information about these Sacraments. 


The second grade uses the RCL Benziger Blest Are We text.  Students learn social and conflict resolution skills through our Second Step program.  The text focuses on belonging to the family of God, the Church through Baptism.  The second grade also focuses on the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist, however, a more in depth study is done through your individual parishes for parents and their children who will be receiving their First Reconciliation and First Communion.  We also look at the parts of the Mass.  If your child is receiving the Sacraments at Assumption Catholic Church, the dates and times will be in the classroom newsletters, the Wednesday envelope, and the parish bulletin. Students will be reading, researching, and writing about a Saint of their choice as well during the month of November!

There are two new prayers to learn this year:

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, for the salvation of souls, the reparation for sins, the reunion of all Christians, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father this month.  Amen

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.  In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.  I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.  Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.  In His name, my God, have mercy.  Amen

The second grade Literacy curriculum consists of  strategies and practice in Reading, Writing, Grammar and Communication.  The brand new ELA Curriculum is Benchmark Advance. It has a variety of texts and online resources for students and teachers. Students will be given a variety of genre to engage their thinking, listening,  and learning.

The spelling series we are using this year Spelling Connections by Zaner- Bloser.  Each lesson helps students build spelling skills by using thinking phonics, reading, and writing skills.  Students will also be engaged in smaller reading groups with the teacher using guided reading literature books .

Second graders learn the writing process through using the Six Trait Writing Program.  The students brainstorm, draft, revise, edit, and then publish their final copy while practicing this form of writing.  They also do guided Journal Writing prompts and Daily Language Review four days a week to practice writing with high interest topics and build important writing skills each day.  Students will write using various types of poetry and three five paragraph reports. This too will be done with assistance from the teacher and will be targeted to meet students’ individual needs.

Second grade students will do the Daily Five which encompasses Reading to Self, Reading to Someone, Listening to Reading, Work on Writing, and Working with Words. Cursive writing is introduced in January – February.

This year, we are using the brand new and updated GO MATH by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publications.  The skills are taught, practiced, and reviewed through using manipulatives, work pages from the text, games, and problem solving strategies.  The concepts included in the second grade curriculum are, Addition and Subtraction Facts to 20, Two-Digit Addition computation with trading, Two-Digit Subtraction computation without trading, Place Value through 999, Money through $5.00, Time to 5 minute intervals, Measurement, Geometry, Fractions, Three-Digit Addition and Probability, and a basic introduction to Multiplication and Division.  Our strongest emphasis will be on Number Sense and Addition and Subtraction.  Mastery of addition and subtraction facts to 20. A strong understanding of number sense is also expected to be mastered up to 1,000.  In addition we will be using Evan Moor Daily Math Practice and Daily Word Problems.

The second grade science curriculum is Science Genius NGSS based on current Washington State Standards. The units are Animal Adventures / Animal Biodiversity; Plant Adventures / Plant Adaptations; Work of Water / Erosion & Earth’s Surface; Material Magic / Properties & Phases of Matter.  Students will be graded on individual assessments at the end of each lesson.  Science Genius uses interactive videos, engaging student materials, projects, experiments and assessments at the end of each lesson.

In second grade, students apply their emerging understanding of civics, economics, geography, and history to their communities and others around the world. Students learn about how their community works as well as the variety of ways that communities organize themselves. To develop conceptual understanding, students examine the geographic and economic aspects of life in their own neighborhoods and compare them to those of people long ago.

Students apply the 7 principles of Catholic social teaching to their understanding of the world.  These principles are:  each person is sacred, each person is social, we care for creation, all people have rights and responsibilities, we take care of the poor and vulnerable, workers have rights; work has dignity, and solidarity is our call; we are the keepers of our brothers and sisters.  Students will research one country within our global community and write a 3- 5 paragraph report.

We will be using the Scholastic News weekly magazines and printouts each week as well as interactive videos and games to enhance the learning process.

Second Step is a school wide curriculum to help students apply skills for learning, empathy, emotion management, and problem solving.