Grade 2 - What to Expect

Welcome to Mrs. Eifert's and Miss Pomerenke's Second Grade webpage. 

What to expect in Grade 2...

Chapel is on Monday except for special holidays and weeks where there is no school on Monday.

 

We will have PE 3 days per week, and classroom music once per week.  We will visit the library once a week.  We spend 45 minutes outside every day, weather permitting, to include a mid-morning recess and lunch recess. 

 

Our study of Religion will include:  Old Testament accounts from Creation to Jonah, (integrated with B.C. History), plus New Testament Christmas and Easter Stories

  • Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner
  • Keep the Light Burning Abbie by Peter Roop
  • Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osborne
  • The Trojan Horse by Emily Little
  • Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
  • The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgleish
  • Through Grandpa's Eyes by Patricia Mac Lachlan
  • The Drinking Gourd by F.N. Monjo
  • Pompeii: Buried Alive by Edith Kunhardt
  • The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh
  • Beatrix Potter by Alexandra Wallner
  • Frogs by Gail Gibbons
  • The True Gift by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Mercy Watson to the Rescue by DiCamillo
  • Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Some of these will be integrated with history.

Teacher read-alouds may include: fables, fairy tales, poetry, Greek mythology, and many other shorter classics by authors such as McCloskey, D'Aulaire, Silverstein, Lobel, London, Bond, and Bemelman.

 

In English we will:  learn to identify nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, pronouns, possessive nouns and pronouns, and contractions.  We will classify Pattern 1 (noun-verb) sentences.  We will identify and write simple, compound, and complex sentences.  We will write 2-point expository paragraphs and descriptive paragraphs.  We will learn rules for proper punctuation and capitalization.

 

In Math we will:  memorize addition and subtraction facts to 20; add and subtract up to four digit numbers with regrouping; create and read Venn diagrams, bar graphs, line graphs, and pictographs; tell time to the minute; read a thermometer in Fahrenheit and Celsius; measure and calculate line, perimeter, and area; define and solve multiplication and simple division problems; solve addition, subtraction, and simple multiplication story problems; identify, create, and compare geometric shapes; learn place value to thousands; compare and write fractions and mixed numbers; identify lines of symmetry, and horizontal, vertical, oblique parallel, and perpendicular lines.

 

Our study of history will include:  B.C. timeline events 1000 BC - 4 AD (Jesus' Birth),  especially the history of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome.  We will keep a history notebook.  We will study Ancient Phonecians, Ancient Babylon, Ancient Greece, Ancient China, Ancient Rome and also complete a Roman character project.

 

In Science we will:  Classify and compare mammals; study the structure and function of seed-bearing plants and plant lifecycle; identify types of clouds, and their relation to weather; identify properties of solids, liquids, and gases; compare the earth, stars, and planets. Our studies will also include: Habitats, Fossils, Natural Resources, Gravity, Magnets and how light works.

 

In Handwriting we will:  review manuscript handwriting and learn cursive handwriting.  We will completely transition to cursive handwriting by the end of the year.

 

For memory we will memorize: The six chief parts of the Luther's Small Catechism and selected Bible verses related to our Catechetical memory; Learn By Heart.

 

Some exciting field trips may include:

  • AD Players
  • Natural History Museum
  • Houston Symphony
  • Houston Zoo
  • Weather Museum
  • West Bay Common School

Special events & projects:

  • Growing plants
  • Science or history project
  • Mailing "Flat Stanleys"
  • Habitat project
  • Book reports