Second Grade

Busy and engaged with their many commitments and responsibilities, Second Graders are at the midpoint of the journey through Lower School. Their classroom is a warm and welcoming place where children build confidence and competence.

Language Arts

SHaring ideas

In Second Grade, students develop more independence in their reading as they become more fluent and are able to make deeper connections to the text. Most instruction is in small guided reading groups. Book discussions become more dynamic and lively as children develop more confidence in sharing their original ideas. Students use writers' workshop time to lengthen and strengthen their sentences to more effectively capture their ideas. 


Seeking solutions

Second Graders 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. Students develop their ability to use their foundational understanding of mathematics to create and articulate their strategies for solving problems and develop collaboration skills by working toward solutions in groups.


Thinking Scientifically

Second Grade Science focuses on: plants and trees, balance and motion, endangered species, and environmental stewardship. Students develop basic research skills to take a deep dive into specific areas of interest. Students work both independently and in groups to puzzle through various challenges and to construct meaning of more abstract concepts. 

Social Studies

Around the World

In Second Grade, students continue to develop their geographic and cultural understanding. Projects include a shelter study, a celebration of Peace Day, a country study, an introduction to UNICEF, and an economics fair (brief video here).

Foreign Language

Deeper into the dictionary

Continuing with either French or Spanish for a full year of language study, Second Graders add to their vocabulary by focusing on food and plants. They also deepen their word base in categories that are already familiar. Students also learn more common phrases and commands and learn about heritage as part of their culture study.


What's inside the box?

Second Graders use technology as a resource to expand their creativity and problem-solving skills. Students implement sequential thinking while learning to code on the iPad and desktop applications with Kodable and Scratch Jr. Second Graders use technology to practice their typing skills and complete projects in other subjects. Throughout the year, students use various programs to develop perseverance and creativity to solve problems using technology.


NEw tools & skills

Second Grade students work on drawing from observation and combining different shapes to create their drawing of a fun Frankenstein in chalk pastels. They develop sewing and tying skills in a colorful tapestry project while learning about the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday. Students use recycled materials to create sculptures that demonstrate their increasing understanding of how patterns, lines and shapes create art. Students also have the opportunity to practice public speaking as they present their original artworks to their classmates.


Expression through Song

Second Grade students develop their singing with patriotic songs, American folk nonsense songs, and pieces for the annual Holiday Sing. They listen to American blues and gospel music, and they work on distinguishing the difference between the beat of a song and the rhythm of the lyrics. The children learn folk dances and continue with rhythm notation. Holiday Sing practice gives every child an opportunity for solo and group expression. 


Enchanting performances

The fall semester finds the Second Graders learning about William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. They perform this play in the fall Shakespeare Festival. Each class includes exploratory activities such as movement games, guided imagery, improv, and focus and concentration games.

Physical Education

Energy in motion

Second Grade students engage in a variety of games and skill building to promote a healthy lifestyle and a sense of fair play. Children develop gross motor skills through building both spatial and body awareness. They learn proper techniques for throwing, catching, kicking and hitting balls. All the activities help build teamwork. Highlights of the program include canoeing on the ponds and skiing with classmates.

Outdoor Education

Take it to the top

Second Graders camp at Lincoln Creek in the fall, and the highlight of this trip is summiting of a peak near the top of Independence Pass. This hike is challenging and often offers students the opportunity to learn how to hike responsibly in unpredictable weather. Students always experience a sense of accomplishment at the summit. In the spring, Second Graders travel to Utah for their first desert experience. They spend three days near Moab. Students hike through canyons and scramble over boulders as they become more at home in the desert.

Signature projects & traditions

interested and aware

Second Graders are buddies with the Sixth Graders, often joining up to read, cook, or tidy up the campus together. Second Graders throw themselves into their many projects and presentations with a passion characteristic of their age. A morning at school may find them measuring objects in their classroom for a math project, intensely reading a chapter book aloud, or working in a small group on a business plan for their economics unit. Click here for a video about this exciting hands-on project: Economics 2015

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