El- Massria Integrated Schools
 
 
 

Grade 2

Grades 1 to 5 are an exciting and busy time for the students of EIS. They are actively engaged in activities and projects that help them to further develop the skills learned in Kindergarten I and II.

It is our belief that our students need to be active participants in their own learning. Our teachers' role is to assist their students by observing their interests and strengths and providing the materials and time for them to explore and develop skills further in a positive and supportive learning environment.

As in Kindergarten I and II, social integration and the development of positive social skills is an integral part of our academic program. Our students learn to share and be supportive of each other while working together collaboratively on projects and classroom activities. Strong friendships are further developed as are the skills required to be confident independent learners.

At EIS we strive to ensure that our students' middle years in Elementary education further promote a positive basis for the remainder of their academic lives.

Language Arts
The Language Arts program provides instruction in reading, writing, speaking, listening, vocabulary, handwriting and the structure of language. A variety of methods and materials are used to teach basic skills, extend thinking and promote and refine the language development of our students.

A literature based approach to teaching and learning exposes our students to recognized works of children's literature and promotes critical thinking.

By the end of Grade 2 students, will have progressed in their reading and listening skills and will be able to manage a broader range of topics and styles. They will show a growing sense of confidence and purpose in their ability to obtain meaning from printed text.

Reading
By the end of Grade 2 it is anticipated that our students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an active interest in and appreciation of reading covering a variety of printed materials
  • read with fluency, expression and comprehension
  • identify and apply phonics rules
  • apply word identification strategies such as visual cues and predictions
  • identify the structural elements of character, setting , plot, main ideas and supporting details
  • make reasonable predictions of outcomes prior to the conclusion of the story

Spelling
By the end of Grade 2 students are expected demonstrate the ability to:

  • expand spelling proficiency to the mastery of commonly used words in their written work
  • utilize spelling patterns with new words in their writing
  • begin to use spelling references and apply phonetic rules to assist their spelling

Speaking and Listening
By the end of Grade 2 students are expected to demonstrate the ability to:

  • express ideas clearly and contribute relevant information to group Discussions
  • listen attentively to peers and adults
  • follow directions and ask basic questions to obtain required Information
  • use correct grammar when speaking

Writing
In writing, Elementary students will show an increased proficiency in their ability to communicate via a written format including stories, reports poems, letters and directions.

By the end of Grade 2 students are expected to:

  • demonstrate skills that allow them to apply writing to all areas of learning
  • plan and formulate an appropriately sequenced story containing character, setting and plot
  • consistently apply mechanics such as end punctuation, capitalization and proper spacing
  • recognize and correct fragmented and run on sentences
  • edit and revise with adult guidance
  • practice initial reference and research skills including alphabetization, the use of reference aids, dictionaries, glossaries and encyclopedias


Handwriting
By the end of Grade 2 students are expected to:

  • master manuscript writing as indicated by consistently legible upper and lower case letter use
  • use appropriate letter spacing

Math
In the Mathematics program students are active individuals who construct, modify and integrate ideas by interacting with materials, the world around them and their peers. The learning of Mathematics is an active process of exploring, representing, solving, constructing, discussing, investigating, describing, developing and predicting.

By the end of Grade 2 the following Math concepts will be covered:

  • number sense and numeration
  • counting forward and backwards by ones, twos and tens from any number
  • reading, writing, comparing and ordering numbers to 1,000
  • exploring place value to 1,000
  • using calculators and computers in appropriate ways
  • developing estimation skills
  • adding and subtracting facts to 20
  • adding decimals via currency
  • beginning fractions
  • interpreting and creating number patterns using objects and numbers
  • identifying, creating and describing two and three dimensional figures
  • measuring length, area, volume, weight and temperature using standard and metric units of measurement
  • telling and writing time in half hour, quarter hour and 5 minute intervals
  • using data to make predictions about the likelihood of an event occurring

Social Studies
In Grade 2 emphasis is placed on the individual lives within the family, school and community. Map skills are also introduced.

By the end of Grade 2 students are expected to:

  • identify the differences and similarities in communities in terms of customs, resources and traditions
  • explore the symbolic representations of geographic areas via maps and globes
  • understand the fundamentals of citizenship from class and school rules to the general precepts of our country
  • appreciate traditional and patriotic activities
  • participate in co-operative groups

Science
The Science program is presented as an activity oriented subject. Subject matter is taken from the fields of biology, life science and physical science.

By the end of Grade 2 students are expected to appreciate the usefulness of Science and demonstrate skills in:

  • observing
  • classifying
  • recording
  • predicting

Art
By the end of Grade 2, students are expected to:

  • become familiar with a wide range of art materials, tools, equipment and techniques
  • learn about the elements and principles of art, line, color, shape, texture, value, pattern, balance and emphasis
  • develop the personal qualities required for successful artistry such as persistence, patience and self-criticism
  • learn to express ideas and feelings in visual form
  • investigate artists' motivations, learning about their lives and their contributions to society study the history of art making and artistic achievement in terms of traditional styles

Music
A student's class performance and participation are used to measure their comprehension of the required music objectives. The Music Connections textbook and other grade level appropriate materials are used to enhance learning and the musical experience.

Musical concepts to be learned in Grade 2 include the following:

Rhythms

  • the review of mi so
  • the addition of la

Staff Reading

  • learning to follow text on a printed music page

Instruments

  • the continuation of performance skills
  • the addition of Orff instruments

Singing

  • the review of singing in pitch
  • learning proper volume and blending techniques
  • a performance two or three times per year

Miscellaneous Concepts

  • lessons on dynamics, tone, color, temp, pitch, texture, form and style
  • extension of the musical experience.

Physical Education
Physical Education is an integral part of a student's total education experience. Every Elementary student will have one or two classes per week. The PE Curriculum emphasizes listening skills, fitness and gross motor activities leading to stronger and more efficient physical fitness.

Physical fitness goals include:

  • improving hand-eye and perceptual motor co-ordination distinguishing right, left, unilateral, bilateral and cross
  • lateral movements
  • learning team concepts and activities
  • developing co-operative attitudes

Computer
The focus of the computer education program is to introduce and develop the skills necessary to use the computer system as a tool to meet the objectives related to the various curriculum areas.

In the teaching of basic computer skills, activities are tied into the core curriculum objects as much as possible.

By the end of Grade 2 students will be able to :

  • identify the components of a computer
  • recognize the keyboard as an input device
  • develop placement skills and an understanding of the purpose of the mouse
  • recognize the placement of letter keys, including A to Z, return, backspace, the space bar and simple shortcut keys
  • develop basic drawing skills
  • utilize simple paint programs
  • utilize appropriate software in the classroom to enhance the grade level curriculum
 
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