The second grade St. Patrick’s Language Arts program strives for all students to achieve mastery in the following areas:
- Word Analysis, Fluency and Vocabulary Development: This includes understanding the basic features of reading, selecting letter patterns, knowing how to translate them into spoken language by using phonics, syllabication and word parts, and applying this knowledge to achieve fluent oral and silent reading.
- Reading Comprehension: This includes reading and understanding grade appropriate material, drawing upon a variety of comprehension strategies as needed (generating and responding to essential questions, making predictions, and comparing information from several sources.)
- Literary Response and Analysis: This includes reading and responding to a wide variety of significant works in children’s literature, distinguishing between the structural features of the text, and understanding literary terms or elements (theme, plot, setting, characters.)
Listening and Speaking
This includes listening critically and responding appropriately to oral communication, speaking in a manner that guides the listener to understand important ideas by using proper phrasing, pitch, and modulation, delivering recitations and oral presentations, and demonstrating a command of standard American English.
The math program at St. Patrick’s integrates mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills in the instruction of basic addition and subtraction facts. Math topics taught at second grade include the following.
- Number Sense: Students come to understand the relationship between numbers, quantities, and place value in whole numbers to 1000; they learn to estimate, calculate, and solve problems involving addition and subtraction of two and three digit numbers; and they model and solve simple problems involving multiplication and division.
- Algebra and Functions: Students practice writing number sentences to translate word problems into math equations, and they learn to use a variety of strategies to solve word problems.
- Measurement and Geometry • Time, Money, and Calendar Concepts • Fractions and Decimals • Statistics, Data Analysis, and Probability;
Students will be able to collect numerical data to record, organize, display, and interpret the data on various types of graphs and charts.
The second grade social studies curriculum focuses on People Who Make A Difference, how heroes from long ago and the present through their individual actions and character have made a difference in others’ lives. Other topics covered include geography and map skills, the concept of government and major institutions in the United States, and developing a basic understanding of economics with an emphasis on how food gets from farm to market and the role of consumers.
Second grade students are introduced to three areas of science: Physical Science, Life Science, and Earth Science. In the Physical Sciences, students engage in hands-on activities using the concepts of balance and motion, gravity, magnetism, and vibration. In Life Science students study the life cycles and stages of development in plants and animals. This includes units on the study of penguins and endangered animals. Earth Science topics include fossil study, soil, sand, and silt, and how rocks, water, plants, and soil provide resources for human use.
Second grade students enjoy field trips to the Santa Barbara Zoo, the Wolves ‘N Wildlife program in Santa Paula, and the Civic Arts Plaza for cultural and scientific programs.