Second Grade

  • LLOYD HARBOR SECOND GRADE TEACHERS

    Ms. P. Morrison  Ms. Morrison's Website
    Ms. K. Rivera  Ms. Rivera's Website
                                   Ms. K. Romanelli    Ms. Romanelli's Website


    We welcome second graders to our community, transitioning from Goosehill Primary School to Lloyd Harbor Elementary School. It is our priority to promote an atmosphere where children can grow socially, as well as, academically in a nurturing and supportive environment. Our goal is to build on the strong foundations that the children come to school with and to involve parents in supporting their child’s learning life.

    GRADE-LEVEL SPECIFIC INFORMATION

    While basic skills and competencies are taught in all classrooms, we never lose sight of the child as an individual learner. We value the thoughts, ideas, and questions of every child and provide choice and flexibility to challenge each child to reach his/her highest potential. In every area of the curriculum, children are encouraged to ask questions, to engage in meaningful problem-posing and problem solving, and to seek resources to create new knowledge. Our second grade curriculum and environment support children as learners and foster independence and self-confidence.

    The following information is intended to help parents establish and maintain the best possible communication with your child’s teacher and our school.

    Communication with Your Child’s Teacher:

    Appointments:

    Parents are urged to contact their child’s teacher at any time during the school year to discuss any concerns or problems brought to their attention. Conferences may be arranged at any time by calling or sending in a note to your child’s teacher.

    Messages:

    • It is very hard to reach a teacher during the school day. We advise parents to call the office and leave a message and phone number with the school secretaries. The teacher will return your call at their earliest convenience.

    • If you need to drop something off for your child, please go directly to the main office. The item(s) will be sent to your child’s classroom. Parents will not be permitted to go to the classroom.

    • Parents are advised to keep changes in transportation to a minimum. Please notify your child’s teacher in writing of any changes in advance. If this is not feasible please call the main office as soon as possible to inform the school.

    SUBJECT OVERVIEWS

    English Language Arts

    Reading

    Second grade reading instruction is child centered and supports each child’s growing ability as a reader. We envision second grade children to become insightful readers who can respond to literature by drawing from their own experience to make connections with books, understanding the author’s style of writing, and asking questions from their reading. Targeted instruction includes skills and strategies in word identification and comprehension.

    A balanced reading approach is implemented in a variety of strategies: read- alouds, shared reading, guided reading, paired reading and independent reading.

    A second grade library includes different genres of children’s literature, poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Texts include the following: picture books, chapter and series books, children’s magazines and children’s original writing in published form.

    Writing

    Writing instruction occurs on a daily basis in all second grade classes. The writing process is fully explored, with all children having experiences in drafting, revising, editing, and publishing writing pieces. The concept of authorship is valued in second grade. Each child is believed to be an author/writer with a story to tell. The writer’s notebook is introduced and is an essential tool for the second grade writer to collect his or her ideas and thoughts and develop them further.

    Writing conventions and mechanics are discussed with an emphasis on the use of complete sentences, punctuation (periods, question marks, exclamation points, and quotations) and spelling: study of word patterns, contractions, endings, compound words, tenses, synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms.

    Mathematics

    The math curriculum incorporates a variety of approaches in the study of mathematics. Emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and reasoning. The children will make connections to everyday life experiences. Reinforcement occurs throughout the year in computational techniques and skills.

    Social Studies

    The second grade social studies program provides students with the opportunity to make discoveries about themselves and the communities in which they live. They explore rural, urban, and suburban communities, focusing on communities in the United States. The child’s own community serves as an example for studying and understanding other communities and activities stress the child’s roles as a social being and productive citizen.

    Health

    The second grade health program is The Great Body Shop. Children receive a monthly issue focusing on various health-related topics. Topics include safety, nutrition, fear, drugs, decision making, heart, skin, muscles, and germs.