Lower & Intermediate Schools

Grade Two

The second grade builds upon the integral skills of Grade 1, taking the basic concepts and structures developed, and beginning to apply them in specific or detailed situations and exercises. Students continue to expand language and math skills through the A-Frame foundation, as well as widen the breadth of their exposure to science, technology, art, and social studies.

Grade 2 Curriculum

LANGUAGE ARTS

Reading and writing take a decisively personal turn in Grade 2. Students participate in the Reader’s Workshop, where they discover authentic reading experiences with self-selected texts.

  • Rowland Reading Foundation’s Superkids reading course using systematic phonics
  • Rigorous and fun approach to developing early reading skills
  • Supportive Reader’s Workshop environment includes shared reading, read-alouds, conferencing, independent reading, paired reading, and literature response
  • Creative writing through journaling and poetry
  • Speaking and listening skills to gain confidence as public speakers beyond that of typical second grade students
  • WriteSteps Writing curriculum, workshops, multiple intelligences, and Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • New strategies from Six Traits of Writing

MATHEMATICS

For the next step in the spiraling A-Frame program, students use the foundation of concrete and abstract processes developed in Grade 1 to expand their understanding of mathematical tools techniques and concepts, including fractions, probability, and algebraic notation. Instructors continue to differentiate, support, and augment the math program for all learners and learning styles.

  • Singapore Math curriculum implemented through concrete, pictorial, and abstract steps
  • Spiral program structure in grades one through five allows students to gain a rich connection to process and procedure
  • New challenges in fractions, calculating and comparing money values, qualitative probability, algebraic notation, solving number sentences

SCIENCE

In second grade, students are encouraged to be enthusiastic and active participants in investigating the world of science. An exciting emphasis is placed on hypothesizing, planning, observing, and developing conclusions from hands-on activities and experiments.

Curriculum includes:

  • Life cycles of plants and animals highlighted by the incubation of ducklings
  • Concept and state of matter
  • Ecosystems
  • LEGO robotics
  • New STEAM activities

SOCIAL STUDIES

Students further their general understanding of the world with an introduction to geography and community. This awareness develops students’ understanding of their place in the world and what it means to be a global citizen.

Curriculum includes:

  • Geography skills, including globes, compass roses, map keys, map grids and indexes, map scales, and physical state maps
  • The characteristics of communities, including the reasons people live in communities, different kinds of communities, and community government
  • Exploration of the city of Grosse Pointe Farms, where students identify the physical and human characteristics of our local community
  • Cross-curriculum creation of students’ own communities using recycled goods

Specials

ART

  • Artists and art styles
  • Art history
  • Collage
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Weaving and textiles

CHRISTIAN LIFE AND CHARACTER EDUCATION

  • Fables, parables, legends, and other stories
  • Holidays
  • Introduction to Old and New Testament
  • Study of biblical heroes

CREATIVE ARTS MOVEMENT

  • Awareness of body movement potential
  • Integration with science curriculum
  • Problem solving through choreographies
  • Movement vocabulary

FRENCH

  • Communication
  • Comparisons
  • Cross-curriculum connections
  • Cultures

LIBRARY AND MEDIA LITERACY

  • Book selection
  • Characteristics of books
  • Library media procedures

MUSIC

  • Exploration of music through movement
  • Introduction to Orff instruments
  • Musical Performance
  • Rhythm and tonal dictation

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

  • Develop strong cardio, respiratory, muscular endurance, and flexibility
  • Participate in fun games, sport, and lifelong physical activities
  • Tie health to total wellness

General Information

STANDARDIZED TESTING

Grade 2 assesses student progress using the ERB comprehensive Testing Program. The test is a series of assessment in verbal and quantitative ability, auditory comprehension, reading comprehension, writing mechanics and concepts, and mathematics.

FIELD TRIPS

  • Community walk
  • Detroit Zoo
  • Diamond Jack boat trip
  • Grosse Pointe Farms courthouse, fire station, and police department
  • Michigan Science Center
  • Organization for Bat Conservation
  • Performing arts presentation

SPECIAL EXPERIENCES

  • Second grade musical
  • Buddy program
  • Chapel assembly
  • Christmas chapel giving
  • Community service
  • Creative arts movement presentations
  • Extracurricular activities, including arts and crafts, Catholic formation, chess club, golf, junior chef
  • Field day
  • First grade musical
  • Garden classroom
  • Grandparents and Special Friends Day
  • Halloween parade
  • Soccer, basketball, floor hockey, and softball intramurals
  • Multi-age STEAM activities
  • Sea life performance
  • Special assemblies and celebrations

SPECIAL RESOURCES

  • Full-time school nurse
  • Learning resource specialist
  • Technology and learning specialist

TECHNOLOGY

  • Beginner coding and programming is introduced
  • Creative programs, visual literacy, and game-based learning are integrated into curriculum
  • Digital safety and citizenship
  • Lego robotics