Grade 2 Team

Grade Leader – Janis Fathman fathmanj@weston.org

Tel: 781-786-5400

Teachers – Anna Burns, Jessica Gerson, Jarret Izzo

Grade 2 Curriculum

Reading: Children take part in Guided Reading lessons at their appropriate reading level. Strategies for problem solving difficult words, fluency, reading for understanding, and making appropriate book choices for silent reading are addressed in these groups. Children read fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Word Study and Spelling: Children are introduced to a variety of patterns and rules of English orthography on a weekly basis and practice word sorts.

Writing: Children write personal narratives, letters, nonfiction reports, responses to literature and poetry. Mini-lessons focus on pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing and publishing, as well as sequencing of ideas and descriptive language.

Handwriting: At the beginning of the year correct manuscript is reviewed: formation of letters, appropriate use of capital letters, appropriate letter size and spacing, and accurate placement of letters on the line.

Math: The grade 2 mathematics program is based on Weston’s Standards which are aligned with the MA State Frameworks for mathematics. Our curriculum has a strong emphasis on problem solving, number sense and operations, computation, patterns relations and algebra, measurement and geometry.

Science: Students engage in units on plants, balance and motion, bees and butterflies (pollinators)

Social Studies: Social Studies is organized around thematic units of  communities and continents, and People Who Make a Difference. Students participate in weekly lessons in social competency – Open Circle. 2nd graders also participate in the annual Bristol Lodge Food and Supplies Drive.

Grade 2 Special Events: 2017-18

September:

Back to School Night – September 25 – 6:45 PM

Picture Day October 2

October:

Plant discovery at Land’s Sake Farm in Weston –October

Grade 2 Parent Forum – October 5 – 9:00 AM

October  xx –

Bristol Lodge introduction  – All Second Grade in Library: 10:15-11:00

November:
Bristol Lodge Food Drive Collection begins – November 22

 Giles LaRoche – November 15 & 16

December:
Winter Concert – Dec. 21 @ 8:45

February:

Report cards sent home on Friday, February 16.

April:

People Who Make A Difference April-12

Art Day – April 13

May:

People Who Make a Difference show – parents invited – April 12, 9:00-11:00 AM

Spring Concert – May 18 @ 8:45

June:

Second Grade Fair for first grade – xxx

Field Day – June 14

Earliest last day of school (with NO snow days) – June 15 – 11:00 dismissal

Grade 2 Homework: (designed to take about 20 minutes)

Reading Contract begins October 1. Children must read at least 4 nights.

Math Homework begins October 15. Math will come home on Wednesday.

All weekly homework must be returned to school every Friday.