Our second graders are inquisitive and creative, and this is a year of amazing growth in BPCA students. Our students want to figure out how things work, explore concepts of time, space, and quantity, create new ways to make things work, and collaborate to see a project through. Rapid intellectual and social growth means that at times, second grade students may work hard and work fast for spurts of time, then need time to regroup.
Our second grade students benefit from the support and guidance of skilled educators, who help guide students not just in academic pursuits, but also in working to achieve their big ideas in creative and performing arts. At BPCA, we are proud that our educators provide a multitude of hands-on opportunities for second grade students to learn and grow together.
As in first grade, the development of social skills is an integral component of the second grade curriculum. Each day begins with a circle and active movement activity, in which teachers and students get to know one another through greetings, sharing and games. Second grade students practice being kind and responsible classmates who work and play cooperatively and resolve social conflicts.
In second grade, children are eager to learn as many new words as possible and teach them to others. BPCA’s Language Arts program builds confidence in students’ reading and writing abilities, as well as fosters an appreciation of literature and allows students to take pride in their achievements. Educators continue to teach word families and lead guided reading and independent reading blocks that include exposure to fiction and non-fiction and make intentional connections to topics explored in social studies and science. Second graders work on decoding multisyllabic words, sequencing of storylines and plots, understanding character development, and more. By reading age appropriate texts, students apply their strategies and gain confidence in reading that leads to lasting academic success.
Mathematics in the second grade expands children’s number sense as their understanding of operations, data, geometry, and spatial orientation deepens. Students move toward more symbolic representations of mathematics, and they overlap their new knowledge to the arts through shapes, times tables, and beautiful drawings of the numbers. Second graders learn from each other and cooperative projects help students appreciate the various strategies that they can use to arrive at a solution.
The second grade science curriculum is divided into two main blocks and four 6-week specialty blocks. Students explore the animal kingdom, adaptations, universe, solar system, moon phases, forces of nature, erosion, weathering and other physical science elements. The year concludes with dedicated time to build three dimensional topographical maps of the world.
Second grade students also participate and engage in speciality classes including art, environmental education, biological science, flute, voice, movement and drama, social studies, Spanish, and a community collaboration block.