In addition to learning the academic material, students in grade 2 prepare to receive for the first time the sacraments of Communion and Reconciliation. As such, in religion they will learn about the parts of the Catholic mass, basic prayers, the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, the Gospel stories, the Ten Commandments, and the New Testament.
- Mathematics – Lessons build upon their foundation in grade 1. Using manipulatives, they learn to add and subtract 2 and 3 digit numerals with borrowing, carrying and place values. They also learn linear and liquid measurement, time, money, metric system, multiplication facts, and solving multi-step problems.
- Reading and writing – Our curriculum encompasses two basic readers, workbooks and independent readings from the library, book report and creative writing assignments, and whole language activities. Spelling is a valued component, and students are tested weekly on the words they learned. Grammar lessons continue with students learning parts of the sentence, parts of speech, antonyms, synonyms, homonyms, prefixes and suffiexes. Students attain dictionary and research skills as they learn vocabulary words. Students also learn manuscript and cursive writing skills.
- Social Studies – The curriculum centers on community with an emphasis on New York State and Queens. Students learn to compare other communities around the world; develop map and globe reading skills; and understand citizenship, rules and laws of the government, environmental issues, and communications and transportation around the world. They also learn some of American History and the country’s holidays.
- Science/health – Students learn about the interaction of living things, animals, plants, the different environments, phases of matter, dinosaurs, and light and color. As a supplement to the syllabus, students participate in the LabLearner lesson in the STEM Lab.