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WELCOME TO SECOND GRADE at Hilltop School!

Second grade is an exciting time in every child’s life; we look forward to making and being a part of these wonderful memories!

Morning Meeting: There’s a wonderful beginning to your child’s school day! It’s called Morning Meeting and it’s a great way to build community, set a positive tone, increase excitement about learning, and improve academic and social skills. Building a strong classroom community is vital to our success together this year. Morning Meeting lets children know that our school is a safe place where all children’s feelings and ideas are important. What a great way to start the day!

Math: Second Grade uses the Everyday Math 4 program which we have reorganized to best suit the learning of our students. Everyday Math helps students learn to persevere and use a variety of strategies to solve math problems. This program focuses on showing the real-life applications of math concepts and supports a differentiated classroom. We also provide many opportunities for enrichment and support to meet the individual learning needs of each student. Content covered in Everyday Math 4 includes place value, number sense, a variety of problem-solving strategies for addition and subtraction, measurement, basic fractions, and shapes.

Reading: Hilltop School uses Teachers College Reading Workshop. Second Grade continues to use the Teacher’s College Reading Assessments which allow us to identify individual student’s skill levels in interpretation and inferencing. Challenging concepts are the focus in easier books for student’s independent practice of reading strategies. Skills covered using Teacher’s College Reading Workshop include: building good reading habits, using strategies to figure out words, thinking and discussing books to grow ideas, nonfiction reading strategies, reading and discussing characters, and making plans for continued reading over the summer and throughout their lives.

Writing: Students engage in the Teachers College workshop approach to writing based on the research of Lucy Calkins and Columbia University. Units of study include small moments (personal narratives), lab reports (informational writing), non-fiction (All About Books), opinion writing (writing about reading), and poetry. Students work with a writing partner and confer with the teacher to edit and discuss their work. Grammar and conventions are also a focus in our writing units. In writing workshop, students’ create their own writing celebration folder which will be shared with families throughout the year, where families can leave compliments on their students’ work. At the end of the year, this folder will be yours to treasure for years to come!

Science: Second grade uses the FOSS science program. In this program, we study three units: Physical Science (Solids and Liquids), Earth Science (Pebbles Sand and Silt), and Life Science (Insects and Plants). Students will engage in a variety of experiments and hands-on applications. We also go a field trip to support our Earth Science unit.

Social Studies: Social Studies in Second Grade touches on a variety of topics, including learning about different types of neighborhoods (urban, suburban, rural), mapping skills of our neighborhoods, patriotism and citizenships. We also spend time learning about presidents and important historical figures. We also take time to incorporate and explore different cultures and nationalities within our classrooms.

Health: Second Grade spends time exploring many health units including discussing topics of; wellness, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, family life, and community health skills.

Fundations: Wilson Fundations makes learning to read fun while laying the groundwork for life-long literacy. Students receive systematic program in critical foundational skills, emphasizing: phonemic awareness, phonics/word study, high frequency word study, reading fluency, vocabulary, comprehension strategies, handwriting, spelling.