Florida Standards: This year we will be implementing the Language Arts Florida Standards (LAFS) and Mathematics Florida Standards (MAFS). Students take on much more responsibility for their learning. They will be taught a variety of strategies that will allow them to dissect and comprehend more complex texts, as well as have active conversations with peers about their learning. They will be heavily involved in their own academic goal setting. We will further discuss how the LAFS and MAFS will impact your child’s learning during our initial conference, as well as throughout the year.
Reading: Our reading block is essential for developing students’ foundational reading skills, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. This time is divided into two sections, whole group and small group. During whole group, which lasts from 30-45 minutes, the students will all be together and I will teach new concepts and skills. The remainder of the block will be used for centers. Centers promote literacy through building a child’s stamina in reading and allowing the students ample opportunities to read in different ways. The students will participate in a variety of groups, such as: Read to Self, Word Work, Listen to Reading, Phonics, Fluency, and Computer time. All of these groups provide comprehensive practice on important literacy skills.
Math: In 2nd grade, your child is learning an incredible amount of new Math skills! This year we will focus on the following areas in Math: 3-digit numbers, 4-digit numbers, basic facts and relationships, 2-3 digit addition, 2-3 digit subtraction, length, weight, mass, capacity, volume, geometry and patterns, and money and time.
Writing: Throughout the year your student will take three demand writing assessments. These will be spread over the year. They will cover 3 different writing styles: Narrative, Informative and Opinion. Writing will be incorporated into all content areas.
Science: Our Science lessons will involve an “inquiry-based” learning method. This simply means that the children will learn through asking questions and exploring possibilities themselves, rather than just listening to instruction alone. This method truly instills what children learn because they discovered ideas themselves! We will be studying the following topics in Science this year: Human Body, Plants and Animals, Motion, Weather, Under My Feet, and Matter.
Social Studies: Our Social Studies will involve a mixture of history, geography and social sciences. Our units this year will cover Economics, American History, Civics Government, Geography Immigration, Government and Goods and Services. These are important topics that your child will continue to learn about throughout their Elementary careers.