2nd Grade Staff & Curriculum Information

Second Grade Staff
Jackie Deitz 201
Adriana Velasquez 202
Lindsey Clark 203
Candace Wells  204
Hilary Brown 205
Carrie Carpenter 206
 Shelia Green  

At North Buncombe Elementary:

Career Day/Secondville Mall - To enhance the Social Studies unit, students research various careers. Integrated lessons from all curriculum areas are taught as the second grade pod gradually turns into a Secondville Mall. Each classroom becomes a store and second graders become producers and consumers.

Nutcracker Performance - Second graders present a major performance of this traditional Christmas story at the December PTO meeting complete with dances, costumes, and outstanding props.

Famous People - Researching about famous people and then dressing up as that famous person is a focus during the month of February.

Young Author's Day - Becoming an author and sharing their illustrated and published stories with a real audience gives our second graders the feeling of accomplishment and success. We always look forward to this day.

Second graders want to read, listen to, and talk about a wide range of books including chapter books, informational books, and poems. These students expect what they read to make sense. They absorb language and ideas as they read. At this stage, they are skillful and confident in using word attack skills to make predictions about words and meaning. They are beginning to read silently for extended periods of time.

Second grade students write for pleasure, for recording observations and experiences, and for conveying information. They write several sentences on one topic. Their writing has a clear purpose, with some detail, and with a sense of story. They understand that text can be changed and are beginning to revise and edit. They use more standard spelling than "temporary" phonetic spelling.

The mathematics curriculum is organized into five strands:
(1) number and operations; (2) measurement; (3) geometry; (4) data analysis and probability; and, (5) algebra. Problem-solving strategies are embedded into each of the 5 strands.

At the second grade level, students will demonstrate a greater consistency than first grade children in applying mathematical knowledge and processes. However, while second grade students can do much more than has been expected of them in the past, it is important to recognize that they still learn best by exploring with manipulatives.

Social Studies
Second graders continue to use and reinforce skills introduced in kindergarten and first grade. They examine a variety of neighborhoods and recognize the multiple roles of individuals and families. The local government is studied.

The focus for second grade students is analyzing collected data over a period of time to make predictions and understand changes. Science Concepts: animal life cycles, changes in weather, changes in properties of matter, sound

Arts Education includes four separate and distinct disciplines; dance, music, theatre arts, and visual arts-each with its own body of knowledge and skills, The intent of the National Standards for Arts Education, along with the standard courses of study in each area, is that a comprehensive understanding of one or more of the arts is accomplished by each student throughout the K-12 Program.

The Healthful Living Education program promotes behaviors that contribute to a healthful life-style and improved quality of life for all students. The Healthful Living Education portions of the NC Standard Course of Study support and reinforce the goals and objectives of its two major components-health education and physical education.