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Ms. Molinaro's Class  

      Welcome Back!  I am very excited to have your child in second grade this year.  I look forward to seeing the academic and social growth of each and every child.  As you peruse the curriculum below, you will better understand the expectations of the school year.   My goal is for your child to become an independent life-long learner.  Always feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about your child's learning experience.

Mathematics:  We use the Investigations Math program.  Hands-on manipulatives are used whenever possible to make abstract concepts more concrete to young learners.  The following concepts are taught in 2nd grade:

·Addition/Subtraction facts
·Place Value
·Measurement
·Graphing
·Fractions and decimals
·Time 
·Money
·Problem solving
·Estimation
·Multiplication/Division (introduction)

Reading:  Our goal in 2nd grade is to promote a lifelong love of reading.  Although we continue to work on decoding strategies, the focus on reading in 2nd grade is to increase comprehension.  In the beginning, we practice retellings, we identify problems and solutions, and we discuss beginning, middle, and end of stories.  Later using our schema, we will learn to make text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to world connections.  In addition, we will focus on visualizing, questioning, inferring, determining importance, and synthesizing when we read.

Writing:  The second grade writing curriculum uses the Writers Workshop model.  Lessons teach students to write in narrative form using elaborative details and an exciting beginning, an interesting plot, and a clear ending.  We also incorporate journal writing.

Spelling:  We use the Sitton Spelling program to master the 95 high-frequency words for 2nd graders.  In addition, students explore word patterns through phonics and phonemic awareness activities. 

Science: The scientific method of exploration continues to develop through the following curriculum topics:
·Soil
·Plants
·States of Matter (solids and liquids)
·Nutrition

Social Studies:  Our focus is on communities.  This will be accomplished through literature, classroom activities, and map study with an emphasis on:

·Past and present timelines
·History of New Milford
·Community
·Maps 
·International studies such as cultural events and holidays