Grade 2

Our program is designed to give students a strong base in the concepts and skills in each subject area.  It also focuses on basic academic learning and socialization skills, introducing children to the broad range of knowledge, skill and behavioral adjustment they need to succeed in life.

Curriculum

Religious Studies

Students learn the basic concepts and values of Islam and their applications in everyday life. They also memorize chapters of the Qur’an (Ayah), sayings of the Prophet (Hadith), and supplications in Arabic (Duaa) along with their meanings.

Arabic Language

Students are taught to read the Qur’an in Arabic. Writing, grammar, vocabulary and conversation are integrated into the curriculum.

Required

Reader’s Workshop 2 provides students the opportunity and skills to expand their comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and interaction with the text. This course follows the PA Core Standards for 2nd Grade and assesses students’ proficiency and growth through weekly written responses and comprehension assessments, as well as through projects and unit tests. Students will interact with instructional videos, games, practice quizzes and an online textbook to enhance their learning. Students will use other online tools in addition to their written responses to demonstrate their understanding.
In Reader’s Workshop, students will:

  • Explore a variety of fiction and non-fiction literature, including news articles, biographies, research, narratives, plays, poems and fantasy.
  • Reinforce phonics skills by connecting letters to sounds, working with word patterns and word building.
  • Apply letter-sound knowledge to decode phonetically regular words in isolation and in context.
  • Improve fluency with repeated readings of stories.
  • Develop comprehension reading strategies before, during and after reading.
  • Use graphic organizers to identify important parts of a story.
  • Increase high-frequency word recognition by reading and reviewing words weekly.
  • Develop tier-two words by building a robust vocabulary

Physical/Digital Textbook/Workbook:

  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Journeys Grade 2 Student Set
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Journeys Grade 2 Reader’s Notebook Set

Books/Novels:

  • A Birthday for Frances, Russell Hoban
  • Truman’s Ant Farm, Jama Kim Rattigan
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, William Steig
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Judith Viorst

Writer’s Workshop 2 follows the PA Core Standards for 2nd Grade. Students will interact with instructional videos, games, student workbook, and practice quizzes to enhance their learning, and will use Google Drive and other online tools in addition to their written responses to demonstrate their understanding.
In Writer’s Workshop, students will:

  • Develop writing and grammar skills by writing letters, narratives, poetry and creative stories.
  • Build fluency in writing through continuous, repeated exposure to the process of writing.
  • Shift from using pictures as a fuel for their stories, as in kindergarten and first grade, to writing for the activity itself.
  • Be motivated to create and complete works to read to classmates by selecting their own topic.
  • Learn about story planning, peer conferencing, revision, teacher editing, and direct instruction.
  • Develop expression, revision strategy and skill in writing.

Manipulatives/Kits:
Handwriting Paper

Math Explorations 2 follows the PA Core Standards for 2nd Grade and assesses students’ fact fluency, math concepts, and problem solving skills. Students will interact with instructional videos, games, practice quizzes and an online textbook to enhance their learning.
In this course, students will:

  • Review greater numbers up to 1000.
  • Practice adding and subtracting strategies with 2 and 3 digit numbers.
  • Work with tables and graphs.
  • Learn about Geometry with plane shapes, solid figures and patterns.
  • Explore measurement and fractions with customary and metric measurements.
  • Be introduced to multiplication and division.

Students will also participate in hands-on and interactive activities that reinforce math concepts and develop math vocabulary, math writing skills, and problem solving skills.
Physical/Digital Textbook:
Glencoe/McGraw-Hill: My Math Grade 2
Manipulatives/Kits:
Grade 2 Math Kit

Science & Social Studies Explorations 2 follows the PA Core Standards for 2nd Grade and assesses students’ proficiency and growth through written responses, as well as through projects and unit tests. Students will interact with instructional videos, games, practice quizzes and an online textbook to enhance their learning.
In this course, students will:

  • Alternate instruction between science and social studies topics.
  • Learn about Life Science topics such as plants, animal characteristics, food chains/food webs and life cycles.
  • Explore Earth Science topics such as the water cycle, Earth and Space, fossils and dinosaurs.
  • Study Physical Science topics such as matter, energy, and sound.
  • Identify and understand the characteristics of the water cycle.
  • Observe and describe the growth and development of animals throughout their life cycles.
  • Identify characteristics of various forms of energy.
  • Examine and classify common physical properties of solids, liquids, and gases.
  • Identify natural resources that we use and describe how we use them.
  • Ask and answer scientific questions by participating in inquiry activities and experiments while making real-world connections.
  • Develop science vocabulary.
  • Develop an understanding of geography.
  • Identify locations on a map using a map key.
  • Learn about citizenship, communities and government.

Physical/Digital Textbooks:

  • Pearson: We Do Our Part
  • Discovery Education: Grade 2 Science

Books/Novels:

  • Paul Revere’s Ride, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Fireflies, Julie Brinckloe
  • The Bee Tree, Patricia Polacco
  • The Keeping Quilt, Patricia Polacco

Manipulatives/Kits:
Grade 2 Science Kit

In this course, students will:

  • Introduce and develop an understanding of the human body and the importance of caring for it through the daily physical activity and good choices.
  • Be introduced to developmentally appropriate vocabulary to better understand the whole body, how it functions, and how to stay safe at home and in the community.

Elective

In this course, students will:

  • Draw, paint, and use clay and other media to communicate ideas, experiences and stories.
  • Expand creativity and confidence in art skills.
  • Solve art problems common to many artists.
  • Learn about and review a variety of artists, styles and periods from countries around the world.
  • Be encouraged and challenged to use materials in new and different ways while creating art.
  • Connect skills learned in art to other subjects and real- world situations.
  • Share artwork and exchange ideas and opinions in virtual class.
  • Develop respectful opinions about their work and the work of others in a safe, fun and dynamic class.
  • Receive an art kit with brushes, colored pencils, watercolor and tempera paint, oil pastels,
    watercolor, construction, tissue and drawing paper, and modeling clay. Families will be
    responsible for providing some additional standard
    home office supplies such as pencils, scissors and glue.

Manipulatives/Kits:
Grades K-2 Art Kit

This elective course focuses on the basics of computer programming. Students will be taught how to solve problems through the use of computer programming using real-world examples.
In this course, students will:

  • Learn computer programming basics while creating animations and games with CodeStudio, and Scratch.
  • Discover the history of computer programming and its applications.
  • Identify the parts of a computer and its uses.
  • Explore the world of engineering learning about inventors and inventions that have affected our world.
  • Apply the engineering design process to create student made projects.
  • Recognize technology in the world around us.
  • Work both independently and collaboratively, sharing ideas and projects in virtual lessons, group discussions, and code studios.
  • Build character qualities such as perseverance, problem-solving, and creativity.
  • Work both independently and collaboratively, sharing ideas and projects in virtual lessons, group discussions, and code studios.

Prerequisite: Prior experience with Scratch.
In this course, students will:

  • Learn how to program while creating animations and games using sites like Hopscotch, Scratch jr., Scratch and Hour of Code and other programming games and activities based on student interest.
  • Discover the history of computer programming and its applications.
  • Identify the parts of a computer and its uses.
  • Explore the world of engineering learning about inventors and inventions that have affected our world.
  • Apply the engineering design process to create student made projects.
  • Recognize technology in the world around us.
  • Work both independently and collaboratively, sharing ideas and projects in virtual lessons, group discussions, and code studios.
  • Build character qualities such as perseverance, problem-solving, and creativity.
  • Work both independently and collaboratively, sharing ideas and projects in virtual lessons, group discussions, and code studios.

The Rosetta Stone program allows students to select a foreign language to study through use of self-paced Rosetta Stone software. There are many languages available upon request and interest. Please see rosettastone.com for a list of all available languages. Students selecting Rosetta Stone Spanish, French, German or Japanese may receive additional assistance or content from PALCS teachers. Rosetta Stone does not have a live weekly required virtual lesson. The Rosetta Stone program has limited availability and continued enrollment in the program requires active student participation.

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