The curriculum for second grade at St. Michael the Archangel follows the guidelines of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the Diocese of Allentown.
The curriculum focuses on the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. During the first part of the year, the students prepare and receive Reconciliation. The second part of the year prepares the students to receive the sacrament of Eucharist in third grade.
The curriculum focuses on topics such as addition, subtraction, place value, introduction of multiplication and division, money, time, fractions, measurement and geometry. Problem solving skills are taught and enforced in each unit.
Reading skills are taught to the students by whole group instruction and in small group settings. The students read a variety of stories and focus on skills such as predicting, identifying the main idea and details, and summarizing.
The language arts curriculum includes instruction in the following areas: English, Phonics, Spelling and Handwriting. The students will learn cursive in the second half of the year as well as complete writing pieces such as couplets, free verse poetry, descriptive writing and friendly letters.
The curriculum consists of many different topics. It focuses on Physical and Earth Science and includes Magnets, Matter, Dinosaurs, and a review of Weather and Plants.
The curriculum focuses on the different types of communities and the economic forces within them. It also includes map skills, citizenship, and Native Americans.
Second grade is full of fun and exciting events! We take field trips including a trip to the Philadelphia Zoo and Environmental Day at DeSales University. We have a traditional Polar Express celebration in December and our Traveling Bears will begin their adventures in February. Throughout this year, students also learn about many different artists and hold an Art Gallery Day showcasing their work.