Welcome to second grade. The second grade teachers have prepared the following to try to address your concerns and answer any questions you may have regarding your child’s second grade experience. If you have a question that is not answered, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Below you will find information that will help you and your child experience a successful year in second grade. Our goal is to help each child find success in all academic areas, through a safe and disciplined learning environment. If, at any time, you have concerns regarding your child’s academic or emotional growth, please contact your child’s teacher. It is through our partnership that your child will experience a successful year in second grade.
The second grade schedule allows for uninterrupted learning periods in class. The schedule can be found at the end of this paragraph. The purpose of this schedule is to allow all children to be in class for language arts and math. The schedule has a “Tier Time” period where children may be pulled out for reading, math, speech, etc. This period is a time where we can create learning centers to focus on the needs of all the children in our class. This helps ensure that every child is receiving the necessary instruction needed in all subject areas.
Morning Arrival: 8:40 – 9:00 am
Classroom Routines: 9:00 – 9:15 am
Special: 9:15 – 10:00 am (Farris/Rambo/Yenchick)
Math: 10:00 – 11:15 am - (Farris/Rambo/Yenchick)
Math: 9:10 – 10:00 am (Hasara/Gerloff)
Special: 10:05 – 10:50 am (Hasara/Gerloff)
Lunch: 11:15 – 11:45 am (All Second Grade)
Reading/Language Arts 11:45-1:10 pm (All Second Grade)
Tier Time: 1:10-1:45 pm (All Second Grade)
Recess: 1:50-2:20 pm (All Second Grade)
Snack/Read Aloud 2:20-2:30pm
Science/Social Studies/Writing 2:30-3:15 pm
Dismissal Begins: 3:25 pm
Reading and Language Arts – Reading Wonders
Reading Wonders is a comprehensive program that Pottsgrove uses as a resource to provide students with instruction, inspiring content, and purposeful technology as Reading, English, and Language Arts are explored. Students will compare and contrast books across a variety of genres. Students will use this resource daily for writing, language arts, and reading activities.
As parents and families of a Pottsgrove student, you will notice that your child(ren) will investigate reading across a variety of themes. All activities reinforce a particular skill or concept that is directly related to a PA Core Standard. You may also see students using an online component for learning. While all students will use this during the school day, some students may log on at home as well.
Pottsgrove teachers have designed pacing guides so that all students in each grade level, regardless of the teacher, will learn the same content and be assessed in the same way.
The Math in Focus program is a resource utilized to support the Pottsgrove School District elementary mathematics curriculum. This resource is used in grade kindergarten through fifth grade. It was developed by the practices that are used in Singapore mathematics.
As is the case for reading instruction, Pottsgrove teachers have designed instructional units so that all students in each grade will receive instruction on the same concepts and skills. Sometimes these skills and concepts are taught at a beginning level, while other concepts are developing or mastered.
The Math in Focus program is research-based and proven effective because it emphasizes:
- Use of concrete, real-life examples that are meaningful and memorable as an introduction of key mathematical concepts.
- Repeated exposures to mathematical concepts and skills to develop children’s ability to recall knowledge from long-term memory.
- Frequent practice of basic computation skills to build mastery of procedures and quick recall of facts, often through games and verbal exercises.
- Use of multiple methods and problem-solving strategies to foster true proficiency and accommodate different learning styles.