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Second Grade
Teaching Team
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Mrs. Hanrahan, whanrahan@pointpleasant.k12.nj.us
Mrs. McGlinchy, smcglinchy@pointpleasant.k12.nj.us
Mrs. Scalabrini, ascalabrini@pointpleasant.k12.nj.us
Mrs. Wallace, swallace@pointpleasant.k12.nj.us


Curriculum


Language Arts
We believe that all children are creative thinkers. The purpose of Reading/Language Arts education is to develop in the learner the ability to utilize the integrated skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking as necessary tools to ensure success in everyday life. Our second grade curriculum provides a foundation that allows children to appreciate knowledge and provides independent and critical thinking skills.

As students enter second grade, they start to flex their reading muscles.  Teachers actively monitor students’ reading stamina and track their fluency in preparation for robust conversations within book clubs. Teachers continue to monitor individual reading progress through a variety of informal and formal assessments. Teachers understand their readers and guide them to “just-right’ books based on readability and interest.  This knowledge of students coupled with the Reading Workshop approach, fosters a community of readers that read for both pleasure and academic purpose. Starting in second grade, students move from partnerships to clubs where students apply the strategies gleaned through mini-lessons to prepare for these conversations. Through second-grade, the research-based Fundations continues to strengthen students’ phonics, vocabulary and handwriting.

Math
Second grade students in Point Pleasant Borough follow the Everyday Mathematics 4 curriculum, a research based program.  Learning activities lay the foundation for your child’s math education through concrete experiences and games to build understanding of numbers.  Your child will experience a problem-solving approach to learning mathematics based on everyday situations, with reinforcement through frequent practice of basic skills.  Children will revisit concepts regularly to build mastery while drawing connections to new concepts.  The program is also designed to allow for exploration of mathematical content and practices in a rich problem solving environment.  Lessons are specifically designed to build upon concepts rather than treating topics as isolated skills, producing a well rounded and robust educational experience.  

There are four main focal points at the second grade level:  operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations in base ten, measurement and data, and geometry.  Within these main topics will be in depth learning experiences based upon understanding place value through counting; making coin exchanges; reading, writing, and comparing numbers; developing fluency with addition and subtraction facts; estimating lengths using tools to measure lengths; collecting, organizing, and representing data with tables and graphs; and recognizing and drawing 2-dimensional shapes.  These lessons will be extended and supplemented through the “Family Letters” provided in the program, which keep you informed of the content your child is learning, and through “Home Link” activities, which offer the chance to help enrich that learning at home.

Science
The 2nd graders at ORS are sure to develop into science wizards! Our future scientists will learn to recognize forces, measure motion, and explain sound. Various land and water habitats for plants and animals will be “visited”. Students will also discover how plants, animals, and humans grow and change. Our young scientists will begin using the scientific process through experiments and the recording of observations in journals. United streaming videos and the Grade 2 Health Fair also increase our enthusiasm for science.

Social Studies
The purpose of teaching second grade social studies is to provide student with the knowledge and skills they need to be informed and active participants in our democratic society. The social studies curriculum integrates the strands of civics, geography, economics, and history. The social studies curriculum enables students to apply skills of critical thinking, reflective learning, and information gathering. These skills assist and develop a student’s ability to understand history and connect it to present day events.

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