Welcome to 2nd Grade at Noah Webster Schools!
During 2nd grade, students will begin to expand upon their previous foundational knowledge from both Kindergarten and 1st grade, working to build upon all areas of knowledge, while also being introduced to new topics and lessons. Through interactive instruction, your child will start getting things off the ground and begin experiencing entirely new ways of learning various subjects—all while having fun!
Between our specials programs, after school activities, and STEM curriculum, your child will never be bored at school! In fact, they will continue to be challenged and stimulated over the course of the school year as our teachers customize the curriculum to meet their individual needs.
Throughout the school year, 2nd grade students are introduced to different methods of learning by venturing away from the classroom to attend scheduled fieldtrips. Field trips are a time for students to apply the subjects and topics learned in the classroom directly to the real world, all while getting out of the classroom! Field trips have varied throughout the years, but some of the previous 2nd grade field trips have included the Butterfly Museum and Bodyology the Musical.
2nd Grade Curriculum
2nd grade students will work with more complex arithmetic problems, adding and subtracting through 20 and performing double digit addition and subtraction, both with and without regrouping. Our students will be able to describe and create a number from 0-999 using ones, tens and hundreds. They will also express numbers in standard form, written form and expanded notation, as well as learn to skip count by 2, 5, 10, 100 and 1,000.
Your child will learn to use mental math to add and subtract by 10 or 100, identify the value of an unknown number through 100, and how to distinguish between even and odd numbers (and be able to justify their reasoning). Students will continue to build off of their existing knowledge by learning to write and explain fractions, compare numbers using words and symbols, recognize, describe, extend, create, and find missing numbers in a pattern. Students will collect, record, organize, and display data using graphs. They will find the area of a rectangle, introducing them to more complex geometry. Students will increase their knowledge on 2D and 3D shapes, commutative property through 100's place value, number lines, inverse operations, calendar and temperature.
Additionally, 2nd grade students will learn how to:
- Tell time (to the nearest 5 minute using a.m. and p.m.)
- Count coins and bills to $100.00
- Measure the length of objects using appropriate metric and customary tools (weight/capacity)
- Solve word problems for an unknown number involving same units of measure
- Estimate the length of a given object
- Arrange objects into equal rows and columns, and write an equation to find the total sum
2nd grade language arts is made up of reading, writing, grammar, spelling and vocabulary, all strategically geared towards helping students better understand and master the English language.
During 2nd grade, students will continue to strengthen their phonics skills. They will explore letter patterns, syllables, prefixes, and suffixes in order to decode words. Your child will continue to improve on his or her ability to define story elements, grasp the main idea of a story, and understand (and articulate) the author’s perspective and point of view for a story. Your 2nd grader will be able to differentiate fiction from non-fiction and continue to improve on their reading comprehension with continuous practice both in the classroom and at home.
2nd grade reading is a time where our students sharpen their skills through the following comprehension strategies:
- Problem and Solution
- Making inferences
- Drawing conclusions
- Comparing and Contrasting
- Forming generalizations
- Cause and Effect
2nd grade writing will be a time where your child builds on the foundations of writing to prepare them for five paragraph writing in 3rd grade. During this year, our students will explore the genres of narratives, letter writing, research, poetry, functional, expository, persuasive and literary response writing.
Our 2nd graders will continue to advance their ability to write, structure and edit sentences, while also working with:
- Nouns, adjectives, pronouns, verbs and adverbs
Vocabulary and Spelling
2nd grade students at Noah Webster Schools will master spelling words from K-12 reader on a weekly basis. These words will be made up of both sight words and academic words. Students will work on phonetic spelling and building up their vocabulary by working through McGraw-Hill story vocabulary.
2nd grade social studies will teach students about citizenship, history/exploration, maps and globes and American culture. Students will also learn about the development of goods and services and technology over the years.
Making up the “S” in our core STEM curriculum, 2nd grade science covers various science-based topics including butterflies, life cycles, inventors/contributors, weather/water cycle, solids, liquids and gases, body systems and simple machines! Your child will have fun while learning about the interesting world we live in!
The “T” in our STEM curriculum, technology is crucial to providing students with the advanced and innovative learning environment we strive for. Our Mesa campus is fully equipped with Polyvision Smartboards, class set laptops and Fuse document cameras. Our Pima campus has provided each classroom with Samsung School, a student-centric classroom environment that empowers students through a 1:1 learning experience. Students are provided with Samsung Galaxy tablets, while each classroom receives an interactive whiteboard display. Students and teachers will have the latest in advanced technology at their fingertips, allowing every day to be a unique one at Noah Webster Schools!
All students participate in physical education classes at least once a week. Classes focus on competency of motor skills and performance of physical activities in order to achieve and maintain health-enhancing levels of fitness. Positive social interaction is embedded into instruction while promoting the value of physical activity.
All students participate in music classes at least once a week. Students create meaning and expression through the use of listening, performing and improvisational skills. Students are introduced to the elements and theory of music and musical instruments.
Noah Webster offers an online cataloging system. Destiny Quest allows students to browse Noah Webster Schools Library’s entire collection and place a hold on their final selection. The book will then be delivered to the student’s classroom within 3-4 business days. Reference materials are also available.
Noah Webster Schools has implemented Art Masterpiece to introduce artists and styles from diverse cultures and time periods. Students are taught to use classic and modern techniques in order to create artwork to communicate ideas, meanings, and/or purposes.
2nd Grade Supply List
Remember to label all of your student’s belongings (jacket, water bottle, backpack, and lunch box) with first and last name. This will help locate them should personal items become lost.
All classroom supply items will be community property in the classroom and must be labeled non-toxic.
- Pencil Pouch (pencil case with zipper)
- Pencil box
- Pencil top erasers
- 2 spiral notebooks (wide ruled 70-100 pages each)
- 2 large packages of #2 wooden pencils (Ticonderoga or Targetbrand preferred)
- Box of crayons (24 count)
- Boys: 2-3 large boxes of tissues (we go through these quickly)
- Girls: 2-3 rolls of paper towels
- A ream of white printer/copy paper
- 3 plastic, bendable 2-pocket poly folders
- Ball point pens (green, purple, red, orange, and blue) for our writing program
- If you are able to, please supply extra green, orange and/or purple pens
- Package of black thick tip dry erase markers
- Earbuds/headphones for laptop computers/tablets (these will not be community property and will be stored in Ziploc bags)
- A friendly smile
Most of these items can be found at reasonable prices at Walmart or any dollar stores. If your teacher needs additional items, you will receive a list at Open House.
2nd Grade Teaching Team
Noah Webster Schools
On the first day of school, while I was walking down the hall, I was kind of nervous because it was a new school. But when I walked in the classroom, I recognized some people I already knew, and that made me feel a bit better. I have learned so many things this year, such as integers, Ancient Greece, and oxymorons. I have also learned things that will help me be a better person. I learned that respect is one of the most important qualities to have in life. My teacher is wonderful. She has empathy (most of the time) for us. She knows what it’s like to be in different kinds of situations, she knows how to cheer someone up, or make them feel regretful (when we misbehave). She understands our problems and gives us advice on how to solve them, whether it’s from personal problems to math or reading problems. We went on a lot of field trips this year. My favorite one was the Water Day field trip at the Mesa Campus! We got to go on different water slides. I had so much fun sliding down the 40 foot tall Rhino slide and high-fiving everyone when I reached the bottom! Everyday has been a different day, which I enjoy. I will always remember my experience in 6th grade here at Noah Webster Schools.
I've made so many memories this year and I will always remember them. The best memory I have is just coming to Noah Webster Schools; knowing that I really enjoy going to school and not complaining about it in the morning. We had a lot of field trips and they were all amazing! This is the best school I’ve ever been too! I've learned so much more than at any other school. The students here are all friends; there isn’t anyone who doesn’t feel welcomed. Everyone is nice to each other and treats each other the same. No one is different. The teachers are amazing and I just have to say “Thank You” to my teacher as she’s helped me out a lot and I know she will keep doing so. This year was amazing and I will never forget it!
Our daughter absolutely loves that she gets to use a laptop in class. We're amazed at how quickly she is learning.