In Grade 2, our work is guided by the principle that we are teaching students how to think rather than what to think. We focus on hands-on, inquiry-based learning, in which students are naturally engaged and work to create understandings for themselves. We take advantage of the students’ social nature, incorporating small group and partner work into daily instruction.
Students engage in inquiry-based STEM studies—including life, physical, earth, and space sciences—exploring their natural surroundings, caring for living things, and creating structures out of recycled materials. Reader’s Workshop and Writer’s Workshop sessions give students daily opportunities to practice reading, explore the writing process, and publish poetry, fairy tales, and personal narratives. Math studies deepen students’ understanding of the number system through games and investigations focusing on adding and subtracting numbers up to 1,000, data collection, and geometry. Social Studies touch on United States geography, government, history, and historical figures. Students learn to play instruments, create artistic works, practice teamwork in P.E., perform together in dance, and read stories and sing songs in Spanish and Chinese.