Second Grade

BUILDING A SOLID FOUNDATION

Second grade students are hands-on learners who gradually transition into understanding abstract concepts. Students have the ability to engage in cross-curricular learning while using critical thinking and reading skills to research topics and solve problems. They also use grammar, vocabulary, and writing skills to communicate their results in various subjects. These cross-curricular opportunities help build a solid foundation that will benefit our students throughout their education and in life.

St. Mary’s has three second grade classrooms each with a preferred maximum of 20 students. In addition to the following subjects, our students have weekly specials classes including art, computer/technology, library/media center, music, PE, and Spanish. 

Below is a brief highlight of our second grade curriculum. Instruction will be differentiated based on students' academic levels and learning styles. This is achieved through engaging activities, manipulatives, and technology resources in areas such as math, reading, science, and Spanish. For complete curriculum standards, please visit the Diocese of Savannah Catholic Schools Curriculum.

MATH – Our students represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction, add and subtract within 20, add and subtract 2 and 3 digit numbers with regrouping, work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication, understand place value, use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract, measure and estimate lengths in standard units, relate addition and subtraction to length, work with time and money, represent and interpret data, and reason with shapes and their attributes.

LANGUAGE ARTS – Students apply phonics and spelling skills, further develop reading skills and vocabulary, increase fluency, apply reading strategies, increase comprehension, understand literary elements, distinguish between types of sentences and parts of speech, and further develop writing skills.

RELIGION – Religion focuses on: the Blessed Trinity, the role of Mary and the Saints in the life of the Church, Liturgical seasons, the importance of prayer in daily life, recognizing the 7 sacraments as Jesus’s gifts, recognizing the True Presence of Jesus in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, Reconciliation as the Sacrament of forgiveness, describing the role of people in the Church and the role that our families play in God’s plan, helping students understand their role as members of their family and community, and participation in missionary efforts through service.

SCIENCE – Students describe and identify life cycles of plants and animals, multiple habitats, characteristics of soils/rocks/fossils, characteristics of the stars/moon/sun, how weather affects changes in the environment, physical and chemical changes in states of matter, and different types of energy, force, and motion.

SOCIAL STUDIES – Students study Georgia land forms, Georgia’s first people, and how Georgia became a colony. Students also learn about famous Americans and their contribution to our country, leaders (city, state, nation, and Church), and how goods and services drive the economy.