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 10 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.
  • Computers

    Technology is integrated into classroom curriculum units to promote information literacy, creative work, and critical thinking. Students complete computer projects that enhance the overall learning experience. In second grade, students are taught to use graphic organizer software, word processing programs, and other tools, in their writing process. Students have access to excellent resources, and also use quality learning software appropriate to their developmental level in the areas of literacy and reading, and in math and problem solving.

    An information literacy curriculum is used in the Lower School that emphasizes 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.
  • Language Arts

    The Open Court reading series provides for an appreciation of good literature and for the development of all communication skills, both written and oral. Phonics, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and writing skills are integrated with the reading selections. Trade books integrate curricular themes producing lively discussions and interesting creative writing. In addition, students learn library skills and participate in critical thinking activities.
  • Library

    We continue to foster a love for books and reading throughout the second grade year. Second graders are exposed to cultural diversity in literature, learning about tricksters from around the world in conjunction with other co-curricular classes in a program called “Passport to the Arts.” Students continue to hone their research and technology skills using the Cannon Five principles: Be Curious, Be Strategic, Be Creative, Communicate, and Be Reflective. By incorporating these habits of adaptive expertise, students intertwine their research skills with their AE principles in the learning process.
  • Math

    Building on the basic math skills acquired in first grade, Everyday Mathematics continues to teach basic arithmetic and critical thinking skills. It moves 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 in the mathematical strands of: a) numeration and order (counting orally to 10,000, reading and writing numbers to 10,000, whole numbers, fractions, decimals, place value to 10,000); b) measures and measurement and reference frames (measures of length, area, capacity, weight, temperature, time, coin and currency recognition and exchanges, clocks, calendars, rulers, timelines, thermometers, and ordinal numbers); c) operations (master basic addition and subtraction facts, addition and subtraction up to 3-digits with regrouping, memorization of number facts and informal work with properties); d) exploring data and chance (collect, order and display data, using tables, charts, and graphs); e) geometry and spatial sense (expanding the exploration of 2- and 3-dimensional shapes); and f) patterns, functions, and sequences (attributes, patterns, sequences, relations, and functions). 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 unison as well as solo continues to be emphasized. Harmony singing 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. 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 Lower School Christmas concert in December and at the annual Arts Jam in the spring.
  • Physical Education

    First- through fourth-grade PE classes experience a vast exposure to sports of all kinds, all designed to improve coordination, flexibility, and strength with an age appropriate emphasis. Students are instructed in the areas of fitness, technique, and teamwork. Such activities as Nitroball (volleyball, with a twist!), volleyball, soccer, gymnastics and tumbling, scooter activities, softball and baseball, track and field, basketball, badminton, running/jogging, tennis, and marshmallow ball are introduced throughout the year. 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. They then move on to a unit on human senses. Students learn about the five senses with extra emphasis on the senses of sound and light. Students then learn about brain centers, parts of the ear, parts of the eye, and how we remember things. They next visit the solar system with a complete study of planets, the earth’s movement, gravity, propulsion, moon phases and constellations. Their final topic of study is fossilization and the history of the earth. This includes a discussion about timelines, and dinosaur extinction.
  • Social Studies

    The second grade social studies curriculum builds a solid foundation for understanding our place in the world historically, culturally, and geographically.
  • Spanish

    Second graders build on the Spanish foundation established in first grade. They learn to describe themselves, the people around them, story characters, favorite foods and things. They also learn Spanish phonics and are able to write full sentences and paragraphs by the end of the year. During role-play they learn to ask questions and to respond with appropriate responses. In addition, independent reading of leveled readers and stories is encouraged in order to review vocabulary and grammar. By year's end, second graders can engage in a number of conversations about such topics as menu items, clothing, toys, home activities and hobbies, to name a few. In addition, from first through fourth grade, students learn about the history and culture of Spanish-speaking countries around the world.

Classroom Teachers

Jeanette Milam
Second Grade Teacher

Judy Mudd
Second Grade Teaching Assistant

Danielle Robinson
Second Grade Teacher

Deborah McKinsey
Lower School Teaching Assistant

Yarissa Drucker
Second Grade Teacher

Jackie Hurley
Lower School Teaching Assistant

Co-Curricular Teachers

Judy Campbell
Physical Education

Kelvin Drakeford
Physical Education

Barb Falkenbury
Reading Specialist

Kathie Riley
Computer Science

World Language

Tracy Wade
Learning Specialist

Cannon School

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