Ravenswood Elementary School

Second Grade Overview

By second grade, our students have adjusted to learning in a classroom environment. They’ve learned the basics of reading, writing, and mathematics, and are ready to build on those as they learn new theories and ideas. In second grade, we add more advanced science to our curriculum, building on the general principles students began to study in first grade. We continue to explore social studies, with a focus on social justice. Students also learn how to enhance their social and emotional skills, including how to work well as part of groups and teams.

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Our Second Grade Teachers

Please feel free to email your student’s teacher directly to discuss any questions or concerns.

 
 

Second Grade Curriculum

In second grade, we deepen our exploration of literacy, mathematics, science and social studies.

 
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Math

We use the Everyday Mathematics curriculum in second grade. This curriculum is designed to teach math in a variety of ways to reach students of all learning styles.

In second grade, our math topics will include:

  • Fact strategies

  • Place value

  • Addition and subtraction

  • Operations and number strategies

  • Measurement

  • Coins

  • Geometry (2D & 3D)

  • Intro to Multiplication and Division

  • Concepts

  • Fractions

Literacy

In second grade, our literacy studies are divided into three areas: reading, word work, and writing. Each area teaches students a different aspect of literacy.

Our reading topics will include units on:

  • Building Your Reading Life

  • Becoming Experts: Reading Nonfiction

  • Bigger Books Mean Amping Up Reading Power

  • Series Book Clubs

Our word work groups will be differentiated based on students’ word and spelling knowledge. A concept will be worked on for one to two weeks until a final word sort is completed and shows proficiency. Word lists will be sent home with students to practice.

Our writing workshops will include units on:

  • Launch/Personal Narrative

  • Lab Reports and Science: Nonfiction Writing

  • Writing about Reading

  • Poetry

Science & Social Studies

After an overview of scientific goals and theory, our focus on science will include:

  • a unit on the properties of materials,

  • a unit on the changing of landforms,

  • and a unit on plant and animal relationships.

Our social studies program is focused on inquiry and interest-based areas of study.

This year, our units will include:

  • a study of our school family,

  • a discovery of communities and community changes,

  • an inquiry into community civics,

  • and an overview of geography.

Daily Schedule

A typical school day for your second grader usually goes something like this:

  • Morning meeting

  • Reading workshop - this is usually a 15 minute mini-lesson followed by 30 minutes of independent reading and small group instruction. We follow a balanced approach to reading that includes fluency, comprehension, and word work.

  • Essentials - we go to Visual Arts, Dance, Drama, or PE. Since we have four essentials classes, students go to three of them once a week, and to the fourth essentials class twice weekly. Each quarter we rotate classes, so students will have an extra day in each essentials class by the end of the year.

  • Recess & Lunch

  • Math workshop - our math workshops vary by day, but may include mini-lessons, independent work, math journal work, small group work, and practice games

  • Social Studies & Science

  • Writing Workshop - this is typically a 15 minute mini-lesson, followed by 30 minutes of independent writing and a 5 minute share-out

  • Closing Circle

 
 Second graders collaborating together on schoolwork.

Second graders collaborating together on schoolwork.

Homework & Grading Approach

In second grade, during the first half of the year, homework may occasionally be sent home as an extension of, or practice for, regular school work. Apart from occasional projects, homework is not required. In the second half of the year, we’ll start to gradually increase the amount of work sent home, to prepare students for 3rd grade. This will still be considered practice work. However, we do ask and expect that students read for at least 20 minutes every night, either on their own or with a parent or guardian.

Grading is based on a standard scale:

  • 100-90% - A - Exceeding 2nd Grade Standards

  • 89-80% - B - Above 2nd Grade Standards

  • 79 - 70% - C - Meeting 2nd Grade Standards

  • 69 - 60% - D - Below 2nd Grade Standards

  • 59% or below - F - Well Below 2nd Grade Standards

Grades are based on student performance in each of our curriculum categories. Please reach out to your child’s teacher for more information on specific sections.

  • Reading: 50% of the student’s grade is based on the Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level, 40% on Comprehension and Reading Behaviors, and 10% on Word Work

  • Writing: 50% of the student’s grade is based on Classwork, 40% is based on Final Drafts, and 10% is based on Conventions.

  • Math: 40% of the student’s grade is based on Unit Assessments, 30% is based on Journal, and 30% on Math Classwork

  • Science & Social Studies: 50% of the student’s grade is based on Classwork and 50% is based on Collaboration

 
 

Supplies, Wish Lists & Donors Choose

Your financial support of our classrooms is very much appreciated!

 

Supply Lists

We’ll update our school supply lists at the end of the school year. For now, please consider supporting us through Donors Choose or by purchasing items on our wish lists!

Wish Lists

We wish our school supplies lasted all year. Since they don’t, we’ve made wish lists of materials that we really need to replace. If you can, please support our students with these additional purchases.

Ms Bosman’s Wish List: http://a.co/3GivEov

Ms Landry’s Wish List: http://a.co/81lzLHG

Donors Choose

For larger classroom purchases, or for capital supplies like bookcases or seating, we request grants and funding from Donors Choose. Your support of our projects helps our students and may be tax deductible.

Field Trips

We’re still planning this year’s second grade field trips! Please keep an eye out for updates. We’ll send permission slips and information forms home in your student’s folder. We’ll also send updates via email and through the room parents.

Our field trips will align with our curriculum, and we’ll take advantage of all of the wonderful opportunities our great city offers!

Our Second Grade Community

We welcome all parents, guardians and family of second graders to join our classroom community!
You can join us in a variety of ways.

Our teachers send out a monthly newsletter. Please send them your email address to get the latest news and updates.

If you’re on Facebook, please join our class Facebook page. You’ll find playdate and party invites, discussions, and questions posted here. Please note that this is a closed Facebook group, so conversations are private, and we will ask you to confirm your student’s name.

We always need help getting organized. You can sign up to help out with classroom organization here. Please note that, per CPS policy, you do need to be a registered volunteer.

You can also send a note to our room parents for more great ways to get involved.

 Ms. Landry’s class getting ready for the Walkathon

Ms. Landry’s class getting ready for the Walkathon

 

2nd Grade Parent Supports

 Second graders at our Ravenswood Walkathon — running as fast as they can!

Second graders at our Ravenswood Walkathon — running as fast as they can!

Parenting is never easy. We’re here to help.

Our school counselor provides counseling, free of charge, to all Ravenswood students. Families are encouraged to reach out at any time.

You can download introductory presentations from our teachers by clicking on the button to the right.

If you have any questions or concerns about your student’s schoolwork, classroom behavior, social & emotional skills, or academic performance, please feel free to email your teacher.