Lower School

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, as well as widen the breadth of their exposure to science, technology, art and social studies.

Grade 2 Curriculum

LANGUAGE ARTS

Reading and writing skills are tackled with vigor and catered to each student’s personal learning style through the DailyCafe literacy framework. Daily 5 is a way of structuring reading in the classroom so every student is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks. These research-based tasks are will have the biggest impact on students’ reading and writing achievements and will continue to foster children who already love to read and write.

Curriculum includes:

  • Wordly Wise 3000 program to develop student vocabulary skills
  • Daily journaling to develop writing composition and grammar skills
  • Zaner-Bloser Spelling Connections for meaningful instruction and practice to increase spelling proficiency
  • Zaner-Bloser Manual Handwriting
  • Lexia Core5 to provide individualized reading, grammar and vocabulary instruction
  • New strategies from Six Traits of Writing

MATHEMATICS

The Singapore Math curriculum is implemented through concrete, pictorial and abstract steps. The spiral program structure in grades one through five allows students to gain a rich connection to process and procedures.

Concepts introduced:

  • Numbers to 1,000
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Length and weight
  • Counting and comparing money values
  • Multiplication tables 2 and 3
  • Telling time
  • Tables and graphs
  • Geometry
  • Problem solving

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 Courses

ART

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

CHRISTIAN LIFE AND CHARACTER EDUCATION

  • GPA Character Development program
  • Holidays
  • Introduction of biblical text and stories
  • Study of biblical heroes

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.

POSSIBLE 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 assembly
  • Community service
  • Extracurricular activities like Arts and Crafts, Catholic Formation, Chess Club, TGA Golf and Junior Chefs
  • Field Day
  • Class play/musical
  • Garden classroom
  • Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day
  • Halloween parade
  • Soccer, basketball, floor hockey, and softball intramurals
  • Multi-age STEAM activities
  • Special assemblies and celebrations

SPECIAL RESOURCES

TECHNOLOGY

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