• Reading: Quality literature provides the foundation of the second grade reading program. We follow The Teachers College Reading Workshop model of instruction. Children read a wide range of genres at their Just-Right Level. Components of Reading include: reading aloud by the teacher, shared reading, and guided reading. Instruction is provided in whole and small-groups, as well as individually.

    Writing: In Writing Workshop, children are taught the craft of writing by following the writing process. They learn to write independently, revise their pieces for an audience, and edit them for publication. Each lesson begins with a short, whole-class mini-lesson, followed by individual conferences and strategy group instruction. The students learn to set goals for themselves to improve their writing and celebrate their growth at the end of each unit. Our writing units focus on narrative, informational, opinion, and poetry writing.

    Word Study: The children are word detectives in the second grade! We follow the Words Their Way program that teaches students phonics, spelling, and vocabulary. This approach to Word Study encourages students to look closely at words to discover the regularities and conventions of written English needed to read and spell. Students are introduced to new sounds and spelling patterns and then study these words in a variety of ways. Sorting activities, word hunts, and vocabulary tasks are designed to build up each child’s understanding of words and their meanings. High frequency words are also explored through center activities and use of the word wall.

    Grammar: Through shared reading and interactive writing lessons, as well as other experiences throughout the day, the students learn grammar and other language arts skills needed to understand how words are used. We work on applying these foundational skills during Writing Workshop and other content areas.