Yesterday, you went to school in the rainforest with a sloth and a snake hanging over your head. Today, your second grade classroom has been transformed into “Reindeer School,” and you get to wear antlers. It seems like every day holds a new surprise in the second grade at Highlander.
You get to be in charge of the math board during “math meeting” today. You will set up the calendar, count money, give the number of the day, and graph the temperature. Later, your math assignment is to follow a recipe and bake brownies from scratch. Earlier this week, you played class Bingo with your new multiplication and division facts, and you won! You never thought math could be this fun.
You made sure to tuck your latest A.R. book into your backpack before you came to school today. You know that the more you read, the more A.R. (Accelerated Reader) points you will get … and the more toys you will be able to buy at the annual A.R. Store event. It’s actually really easy and fun to read A.R. books, because they are exactly on your, personal, reading level. Your confidence is building, and you’re realizing that reading is fun! What you don’t know is how much joy becoming a lifelong reader will bring you and it all starts here.
You’ve heard older students say second grade is the best grade ever, and you have to agree. You loved planting a cactus when learning about desert environments, and reading “Little House in the Big Woods” piqued your interest in pioneer life. You can’t wait to celebrate “Texas Day.” You will learn how to square dance, learn interesting facts about our great state, and make some fun crafts. After that, it will be time for the greatest second grade privilege of all, hatching duck eggs and caring for baby ducklings. You’ve heard they make great study companions.
You are writing in the cursive now, and you’re enjoying using your imagination during creative writing. It’s always fun to share your stories with the class. Between art, music, French, P.E., computer, and your classroom activities, the days pass by quickly. When the bell rings at the end of the day, you can’t believe it’s already time to go home. You wish you could stay in second grade forever, but you’re excited to see what third will bring.
- Pledge and prayer
- Character development
- Poetry memorization/recitation
- Classroom literature: “Henry Huggins,” “Old Mother West Wind,” “Old Mother West Wind’s Children,” “Little House in the Big Woods,” “Trumpet of the Swan,” “The Cricket in Times Square,” and “The Mouse and the Motorcycle”
- Tenses: present progressive/present perfect
- Sentence analysis
- Book reports
- Cursive writing
- Reports: Famous Americans, Desert Environment, Texas Topic
- Frontiers of Flight Museum
- Dallas Museum of Art
- Nocturnal animals/desert animals
- Accelerated Reader program
- Texas history/Texas Day
- Hatching duck eggs
- Cactus planting
- Creative writing
- Saxon Math (3rd grade)
- Art appreciation
- Self-expression through art
- P.E. every day
- Recess every day