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OVERVIEW:

We follow the State of Ohio Common Core Standards and the Diocese of Cleveland Standards.  

Core curriculum includes higher reading comprehension.  We work on vocabulary, looking for context clues, main idea and details, story setting, cause and effect, making predictions, sequencing, comprehension, and summarizing.  Our math series, First in Math and Simple Solutions, develops a strong foundation and reinforces all skills taught.  Science and Social Studies are integrated throughout the curriculum.

RELIGION:

STRAND 1 – MESSAGE:

Students will get to know God more fully in the Three Persons of the Trinity with Jesus as God’s greatest gift to us and the Holy Spirit as guide for us in the Church.  They will become familiar with Gospel stories, Mary and the saints.  Scripture will show how each life experience is a unique expression of God’s presence and loving care for them.  They will become more aware of the sacraments, especially of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.

STRAND II – WORSHIP:

Students will experience their faith as a participating member of the Catholic Church by recalling their Baptism and through their preparation for the reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.  They will explore prayer forms through various expressions of communal and personal prayer.  The students will deepen their understanding of the seasons of the Church year through liturgical and para-liturgical celebrations.

STRAND III – COMMUNITY:

The Church is a sacramental community where Jesus is present for all people.  The second grade learner will become more aware of their role as baptized members through the study of the Commandments, especially the Great Commandment.  They will appreciate with a greater awareness that the parish community is the place where they gather, pray and celebrate the sacraments.  It is also in community that the students recognize that the consequences of their behavior affect their relationships with God and others.  They will be introduced to the hierarchy of the Church.

STRAND IV – SERVICE:

“As often as you did this for the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it for Me.”  This is the framework out of which the second grade learner will engage in many opportunities to serve others.  Motivated by their love for God, they will desire to imitate Jesus.  The learner will grow in awareness and appreciation of how the Eucharist is the focus and the impetus for their many acts showing concern for those who are in need.

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LANGUAGE ARTS:

*Literature:  The Common Core Standards in Literature offer a focus for instruction each year and help ensure that students gain adequate exposure to a range of texts and tasks. Rigor is also infused through the requirement that students read increasingly complex texts through the grades. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.

*Foundational Skills:  These standards are directed toward fostering students’ understanding and working knowledge of concepts of print, the alphabetic principle, and other basic conventions of the English writing system. These foundational skills are not an end in and of themselves; rather, they are necessary and important components of an effective, comprehensive reading program designed to develop proficient readers with the capacity to comprehend texts across a range of types and disciplines. Instruction should be differentiated: good readers will need much less practice with these concepts than struggling readers will. The point is to teach students what they need to learn and to discern when particular children or activities warrant more or less attention.

*Writing:  The Writing standards offer a focus for instruction each year to help ensure that students gain adequate mastery of a range of skills and applications. Each year in their writing, students should demonstrate increasing sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax to the development and organization of ideas, and they should address increasingly demanding content and sources. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades. The expected growth in student writing ability is reflected both in the standards themselves and in the collection of annotated student writing samples.

*Speaking and Listening:  The Speaking and Listening Standards for K–5 offer a focus for instruction each year to help ensure that students gain adequate mastery of a range of skills and applications. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.

*Language:  The Language Standards for grades K–5 offer a focus for instruction each year to help ensure that students gain adequate mastery of a range of skills and applications. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade-specific standards and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades. Beginning in grade 3, there are many skills and understandings that are particularly likely to require continued attention in higher grades as they are applied to increasingly sophisticated writing and speaking. 

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MATH:

In Grade 2, instructional time should focus on four critical areas: (1) extending understanding of base-ten notation; (2) building fluency with addition and subtraction; (3) using standard units of measure; and (4) describing and analyzing shapes.

Grade 2 Overview
Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
  • Add and subtract within 20.
  • Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication.

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Understand place value.
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.
  • Measurement and Data
  • Measure and estimate lengths in standard units.
  • Relate addition and subtraction to length.
  • Work with time and money.
  • Represent and interpret data.
Geometry:
  • Reason with shapes and their attributes.
Mathematical Practice:
    1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
    2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
    3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
    4. Model with mathematics.
    5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
    6. Attend to precision.
    7. Look for and make use of structure.
    8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

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SCIENCE:

Overviews:  These are the science disciplines: Earth and space sciences, physical sciences, and life science. Overlaying all the content standards and embedded in each discipline are science inquiry and applications. These are the overarching ideas that connect the strands and the topics within the grades. Themes illustrate a progression of increasing complexity from grade to grade that is applicable to all the strands.

The Common Core Standards and Model Curriculum for Science Education serve as a basis for what all students should know and be able to do in order to become scientifically literate citizens equipped with knowledge and skills for the 21st century workforce and higher education. Ohio educators are provided with the content and expectations for learning upon which to base science curriculum at each grade level. The PreK-8 documents are designed to provide guidance for educators who have the responsibility to teach science to Ohio students. 

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SOCIAL STUDIES:

Strands:

The four disciplines within the social studies: History, Geography, Government and Economics