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2nd Grade

Second Grade team

Welcome to Second Grade!

Although every child is unique and has his or her own developmental timetable, second graders share many characteristics. Making friends begins to be very important for this age group, even though they may change “best” friends often. Their sense of humor develops and they like to hear and tell jokes. Second graders’ vocabularies are growing and they love to talk!

Second Grade is a transitional year at school. Students are solidifying all of the basic skills they have learned and are preparing to apply these skills to the increased demands of third grade. They are developing a longer attention span, but still need concrete, hands-on experiences to learn.


Language Arts


Falling Creek Elementary follows the CCPS Balanced Literacy Framework.  This framework gives children a daily balanced “diet” for reading and writing.  The framework includes: 

  • Reading Workshop for developing comprehension strategies and vocabulary
  • Writing Workshop for grammar, composition and handwriting
  • Word Study for phonics and spelling
  • Small Group Time is used to give each child support in reading and writing at his or her own level




Second Graders continue to use a Conceptual Math format.   Hands-on activities and mental math strategies are stressed.  Developing number sense is our goal.  Teachers meet with small groups often to support and assess each student’s growth.




The science curriculum encourages our students’ natural curiosity about the world.  Second Graders will use real life objects to explore the properties of magnets.  They will learn about the states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas.  The students will use their observation skills to notice the changes during the seasons and during the life cycle of several plants and animals.  In essence, they will begin to “think like a scientist.”  


Social Studies


Becoming an active and knowledgeable citizen is the goal of our Social Studies program.  Students will practice the traits of a good citizen in their classroom community.  They will learn about the contributions of famous Americans including Presidents Washington and Lincoln, civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., sports legend Jackie Robinson, and women’s rights advocate Susan B. Anthony.  Second graders will use their basic map skills as they learn about the contributions of two great ancient civilizations– Egypt and China.


Second grade is a busy year and children will be changing physically, intellectually and socially.  During this time of transition, seven and eight year olds can become more sensitive.   Support from teachers and parents can assure students of their ability and help them have a successful year!



Curriculum Overview

Teaching Team

Margaret Atkinson

Mackenzie Furman

Amy Gray

Ashley Maynard

Megan Wilberger