At the beginning of each school year, students are tested using Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS), Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) systems to determine the course of curriculum for each individual child for the upcoming year. Using the results from testing, we focus on creating differentiated curriculum and custom learning programs for each child. Testing is done again in the middle and end of the year to assess if we are meeting the needs of each student.
Along with the concept of meeting the student’s individual needs, our curriculum pulls resources from many places depending on the student’s needs. Here is an overview of materials and resources we use during the year:
Math: Our math curriculum is taught using MyMath from McGraw-Hill and supplements with Saxon, Moby Max, XtraMath and Renaissance Learning’s Accelerated Math to meet the student’s individual needs. Examples of the standards topics covered include addition and subtraction concepts, number patterns, money, data analysis, time, customary and metric lengths, geometric shapes and equal shares.
Language Arts: Our language arts curriculum is taught using the Houghton Mifflin Journeys program and personal journals. Examples of the standards topics covered include types of sentences, singular and plural nouns, persuasive writing, compound sentences, subject-verb agreement, irregular action verbs and Saint reports.
Religion: Our religion curriculum is taught using the Call to Faith. Examples of the standards topics covered include the Holy Trinity, Lent, Liturgical Year movement, 2nd grade retreat, and the Maxims of Jesus.
Social Studies: Our social studies curriculum uses Work Together as well as Scholastic News. Examples of the standards topics covered include the Constitution, three branches of government, westward expansion, natural resources and economic needs/wants.
Science: Our science curriculum uses Scholastic Monthly and Science Spin. Examples of the standards topics covered include weather conditions and patterns, parts and functions of the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems, animal life cycles and habitats, and scientific contributions and careers.
Technology: Our classrooms are equipped with SmartBoards and a minimum of six student computers. Students go to computer lab weekly.
In addition to the curriculum taught in the second grade classrooms, students attend at least one of the various specials classes each day: