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In second grade, the student is at the core of all that we do. Students are encouraged to take risks and become independent learners. In addition, students work collaboratively in groups to broaden their understanding of the subject at hand. Art, computer, library, music, physical education, and Spanish help to facilitate the development of the whole child.

Curriculum - click on subject for more information

List of 11 items.

  • Art

    The second grade art program focuses on art around the world. The students are exposed to a variety of materials and techniques of art-making to enhance their global perspective. Art and the role it plays in other cultures, as well as our own, will be examined. Drawing, painting, printing, collage, and clay works is experienced through the program. Looking at art through the elements and principles of art continues to be emphasized.
  • Guidance

    The Lower School years are ones of rapid growth and development. Each new birthday brings tremendous change. Typical challenges and characteristics of children, by age and developmental stage, can be found on the School Counseling webpage along with recommended resources.
  • Language Arts

    Our second grade language arts program helps students develop a love of literature as well as builds a strong foundation for communication skills, both written and oral. With Daily Five, Guided Reading, and Puzzle Piece Phonics, we use an integrated curriculum of word study, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and reading selections. Additionally, our students participate in grade-wide projects that integrate co-curricular learning with relevant themes that produce lively discussions and interesting writing and creating.

    Our students are given many opportunities through hands-on activities, independent study, small and whole group instruction to use and explore their reading and writing skills.  Writing stories from wordless book prompts, research-based writing, and journaling are only a few of the ways our students become engaged and excited writers!
  • Library

    Second graders are exposed to cultural diversity in literature, learning about Folktales from around the world.  Students continue to hone their research and technology skills diving into topics such as castles, camouflage and Dinosaurs. Students intertwine their research skills with their love of literature by reading non-fiction and fiction books about the topics above.
  • Math

    In second grade, our Everyday Mathematics program strives to move students beyond basic arithmetic to higher order and critical thinking skills, yet recognizes the importance of teaching basic skills, including “automatic fact recall.” This is accomplished using everyday, real-world problems and situations. Paper and pencil tasks are integrated with hands-on activities. Using a variety of manipulatives, children are encouraged to build their own mathematical understandings. Working with partners and in small groups, students share problem-solving strategies with their classmates.  Students explore concepts including place value, whole number operations, measurement, data analysis, money, time, geometry, and patterns. These concepts are practiced throughout the year allowing students to gradually master these skills.

    On a daily basis, teachers incorporate fun, hands-on activities through center based learning.  Our students get excited when they participate in independent and partner  rotations.  This gives them confidence and a love of math without even realizing they are learning!   Math is linked to other subject areas and is incorporated in activities throughout the day.
  • Music

    The use of the Orff methodology continues in second grade music. Singing in harmony is introduced with simple rounds and melodic ostinati. More advanced combinations of rhythmic and melodic patterns are introduced for performance, listening, movement, and notation. Continued progress in the area of "keeping the beat" to music is advanced through the use of circle games and folk dances. Students use classroom percussion instruments, Orff instruments, and ukuleles to create and perform music. Examples of classical, folk, contemporary, and world music are used throughout the school year to enhance each student's development in understanding musical concepts. Second grade students perform at the Holiday concert in December and at the Lower School Music Night.
  • Physical Education

    In second grade PE, students demonstrate mastery of basic locomotor and nonlocomotor skills while performing to changing conditions and expectations.  Students progress towards mature form in complex manipulative skills such as foot dribble and throwing. They are able to  sustain physical activity for longer periods of  time and have a deeper understanding of  the benefits of physical activity. Students work independently and in small groups during our games and activities. Second grade students should also exhibit consideration for and cooperation with classmates and teachers. Students are given the opportunity to participate in activities such as target throwing games, soccer, gymnastics/tumbling, scooters, tee ball, track and field, basketball, running/jogging, tennis, jump rope, dance, recreational games (corn hole, horseshoes, bowling) and marshmallow ball throughout the year. Students in second grade also participate in The Cannon Health and Performance (CHAMP) Test. The assessment includes a variety of health-related physical fitness tests that assess aerobic capacity: muscular strength, muscular endurance, speed, power and flexibility. Scores from these assessments are compared to our overall class averages to determine students’ overall physical fitness and suggest areas for improvement when appropriate. Our goal as a Lower School Physical Education Department is for all students to be equipped with appropriate knowledge of varying sports and to develop a lifelong love for fitness.
  • Science

    Second graders love dirt! They jump right into the year studying soil and its importance for all types of life. Students study soil properties like infiltration rate and do fun experiments like painting with mud, filtering water, and stopping soil erosion.  A major goal of second grade is to do real experiments which can lead them to scientific conclusions. They learn about the human senses with an emphasis on sound and light. Later in the year the students will learn about pollination and dive deeper into using microscopes during plant studies.
  • Social Studies

    The second grade social studies curriculum builds a solid foundation for understanding our place in the world historically, culturally, and geographically. The students are introduced to a wide variety of topics from historical events such as early Immigration to contemporary economics with goods and services. Some of the other topics they are exposed to include citizenship, geography, public service, and our voice in our community.
  • Spanish

    Second graders build on the Spanish foundation established in first grade, adding more vocabulary on the same themes--mastery in numbers grows to 100 and they use it to do math and to tell time. They learn three sets of verbs, which enables them to write and share sentences about the things they do. They learn adjectives to describe people and things. Their basic personal information Q&As grow to 13 items. By year's end, they start learning how to ask yes/no questions. Within their Food unit, they practice the restaurant script.  In second grade, students continue to learn about culture, geography, fauna and flora of South America. They learn Spanish phonics and start their path into independent reading.
  • Technology

    In Lower School, our learning design involves high engagement, structured so that students are drawn into appropriate levels of challenge. Curiosity and creativity are nurtured, along with consistent encouragement for teamwork and partner work. Students are encouraged to try new things, and to think and talk through problem-solving steps. Students follow core values as they use media and technology.

    During the second grade year, students experience coding, robotics, and computational thinking through the use of developmentally appropriate resources.  Students use digital resources alongside hands-on learning. They participate in a variety of hands-on maker challenges and creative presentations.

    Technology is integrated into classroom curriculum units to promote information literacy, creative work, and critical thinking. Students also use quality learning software appropriate to their developmental level in the areas of literacy and reading, and in math and problem solving. In information literacy, we emphasize comprehension, communication, organization, and research skills. This program helps students increase their sophistication levels in currently available technology, but also incorporates "learning to learn" in a way that will transfer to the technology tools of the future.

Classroom Teachers

Sabrina Amann
Second Grade Teacher
Sara Dreiman
Second Grade Teaching Assistant

Lauren Downs
Second Grade Teacher
Kay Craven
Second Grade Teaching Assistant

Yarissa Maxey
Second Grade Teacher
Jennifer Ross
Second Grade Teaching Assistant

Co-Curricular Teachers

Jennifer Brooks
Learning Specialist

Jennifer Calvert


Kelvin Drakeford
Physical Education

Krista Johns

Nisa Kalambaheti
Media Specialist

Judy Killam
Physical Education

Debbie McKinsey
Aimée Pfitzner

Kathie Riley

Teresa Schmitt
World Language (Grades 1 - 4)

Kelli Waller
Physical Education

Cannon School

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