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Language Arts - 2nd Grade

Reading, writing, and spelling are each taught several times a week. Lessons are focused on individual, small group, and large group activities. Students work at their own pace and with peers with similar skill levels.

Units of Study
  • Phonemic and phonological awareness (decoding)
  • Sight words
  • Word patterns
  • Word of the week (building vocabulary)
  • Comprehension and making inferences
  • Character study
  • Basic grammar
Approaches to Learning
  • Independent reading
  • Games
  • Read aloud
  • Guided reading
  • Partner reading
  • Leveled reading books
  • Literature circles for advanced readers
  • Listening center
  • Portfolios
Units of Study
  • Non-fiction writing
  • Writing reviews
  • Opinion writing
  • Poetry
  • Writing about Reading
  • From Scenes to Series
  • Lab Reports of Science
Approaches to Learning
  • Lucy Calkins Writing Workshop
  • Handwriting Without Tears (letter formations)
  • Weekend News (shared writing)
  • Conventions of writing (spacing, capitals, punctuation)
  • Spelling Connections
  • Individual and class books on themes across the curriculum
  • Drafting
  • Revising
  • Editing
  • Publishing
  • Portfolios