2nd Grade Curriculum                           

We will continue to incorporate the College and Career Readiness Standards this year.  I am excited about these standards; they align well to what we believe about teaching and learning here at Zaharis.  They are designed to allow for greater understanding and accountability.  If you have questions please feel free to ask.


The purpose of reading instruction in Room 7 is to create life-long, purposeful, critical readers.  Our reading instruction will take place within the Reading Workshop. This means that lessons and practice will be contextualized within authentic reading experiences as we learn together.  Discussions are a big part of the workshop.  The students will have choice of reading materials within the framework of what is "just right" for them. Students are expected to push themselves by incorporating what we discuss in mini-lessons to their reading. 

We will have a heavy focus on challenging, non-fiction texts.  We will read them using multiple strategies and in multiple contexts.  We will examine, critique, and write about the texts as well.  

You can also expect- 

  • Assignments to support the non-fiction reading lessons
  • Independent reading--at school and at home
  • Small group book clubs (literature circles)
  • Projects and assignments to demonstrate growth and thinking
  • Writing about reading


Writing instruction will also be done in the workshop. As writers we will make sense of new genres and write fabulous pieces in authentic ways. Once again, there will be choice within the framework workshop and genre studies.  I expect the students to put forth their best effort and participate in the complete writing process:  envisioning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. At least three writing pieces will be due each quarter. You can expect-
  • Studies in argument and opinion writing, informative writing, narrative writing, poetry
  • Cross-curricular writing assignments to support science and social studies
  • A focus on vocabulary, spelling / word study, grammar, and punctuation
  • Handwriting-While it may seem trivial, handwriting and letter formation are essential as students begin to write for a greater length of time.  I will require that pencils are held appropriately, that letters are formed correctly, and that work is neat.  This is a life-long skill and attitude towards doing their best work. 

Word Study and Vocabulary

When empowered with words, and their spelling and meaning, students are more fluent writers. Ideas flow more easily and their stories are more easily shared. In word study we will examine the amazing world of words, dissecting words to understand the phonetic patterns and word meanings. Friday word study quizzes will reflect the patterns we have studied during the week and allow the students to celebrate their growth.  The students will be asked to think about how words are formed, using root words, affixes, and meaning to develop vocabulary and help us spell.  The students will be held accountable to use the things we learn during our word study time in their own writing.

We will also include "no-excuse words." These are words that are used frequently in writing and that we want to master to facilitate our writing. There are several class supports that facilitate the students' use of these words, including a word wall, individual word books, focused table words.


Second grade math is exciting and challenging as we begin to understand numbers in new ways.  We include daily math experiences that help to solidify these concepts:

  • Problem Solving
  • Measurement (inches and centimeters, units of measure)
  • Time (To the nearest five minutes)
  • Money
  • Fractions (seeing parts of a whole and recognizing halves, thirds, fourths)
  • Geometry (geometric descriptions: what is a quadrilateral?)
  • Adding and subtracting numbers to 1000 using multiple strategies
  • Math facts (addition and subtraction within 20)

Our desire is to have all students understand the mathematical concepts in a deep way, so that they can manipulate the concepts in new situations.  We will learn concepts FIRST and algorithms later.  We will play games, solve big problems, find math around us, and find joy in numbers. 


Alternating with Social Studies, and intertwined within our Reading and Writing units, we will learn about the Inquiry Process, Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science.

August/September - States of Matter and the Inquiry Process

November/December - Weather and the Inquiry Process
January/February - Engineering/Wall Building and the Inquiry Process
February/March - Life Cycles and Butterflies and the Inquiry Process

April/May - Breath, Blood, Guts and the Inquiry Process

*The Inquiry Process is taught throughout the year because it is the the process of creating, asking, and answering questions to help you learn and discover more about a topic.

Social Studies

Throughout the year, intertwined within our Reading and Writing Units, we will learn about maps, time-limes, our country's heritage and important symbols, our money, wants versus needs, and so much more.

August/September - Civics and Government - Reasons for Holidays, Our Country's Symbols, The Constitution, Political Leaders, Responsibilities, Being a Good Citizen


October/November - American History- Important Events, Looking to the Past, Colonial Times.

December/January - Economics - Saving Money, Consumers versus Producers, Wants versus Needs, Natural, Human, and Capital Resources

February/March - Geography - Maps, Environment, Settlements, Regions and Places, Characteristics