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Second Grade

Nancy Weir

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Teaching Philosophy

Children deserve instruction that helps them meet their individual potential. I believe that when families and teachers work together as a team they can help children achieve their full potential. I think it is important that students should know what is expected of them. My classroom is a safe, fun nurturing extension of the home. I believe that as much as the students learn from me I also learn from them.

My primary method of teaching is one of a gradual release of responsibility. This includes 3 steps. First step I model, second step we do together, final step students do independently. This gradual release coincides with my goal of helping children reaching their potential. This model allows me to identify student strengths and opportunities for growth in an easy manner. It also allows me to differentiate my instruction for student needs.

When students enter my classroom they are quickly exposed to my love of reading. The classroom is a rich literary environment. I believe books are a wonderful way of sharing ideas, dreams, opinions etc. It gives me great joy to share my love of books with my students.

Overview of Curriculum

The second grade curriculum follows the Archdiocese of Philadelphia guidelines and the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics.


The second grade Religion curriculum centers mainly around the preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist. We examine both sacraments and discuss how those sacraments fit into the daily lives of second graders and help deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ. We study the Mass in great detail. We also take a closer look at the Liturgical calendar and the seasons of Advent, Lent and Easter.


Second grade math primarily focuses on four main areas:

  1. Extending understanding of base-ten notation
  2. Building and understanding addition and subtraction
  3. Using standards units of measure
  4. Describing and analyzing shapes

The students extend their knowledge of the base ten system by skip counting, comparing numbers and working with multi-digit numbers to 1000. They learn to use their knowledge of addition and subtraction within 100. The students hone their understanding of how the base ten system works within addition and subtraction by regrouping and renaming. They learn to use their skills in relation to money and time. The students learn to recognize and use standards units of measure. They describe and analyze shapes by examining sides and angles. They combine and decompose shapes to make new shapes.  They use many “hands on” manipulatives” to help understand these concepts.

English Language Arts

The second grade ELA curriculum extends the students knowledge in fiction and informational literature. Pieces are examined more closely. Students are encouraged to look beyond the written page and look at the meaning beyond it. We work to become proficient and fluent readers. The student’s knowledge of grammar, word patterns and vocabulary is expanded through guided reading, reading aloud, independent reading, shared reading and word study. Through the use of the writing process the students learn to respond to their readings in a written format. They learn to write narrative, opinion and informational pieces. The students also learn cursive handwriting.

Social Studies

In Social Studies, we focus on community. The students identify key members of communities, their roles and the roles of community citizens. They continue to hone their map skills and their knowledge of contributions made by people past and present.


The second grade Science curriculum includes studying the Solar System, heat, sound and animals. The students participate in many “hands on” experiments.


  • Degrees
    • Bachelor Science of Nursing – LaSalle University
    • Masters Degree in Elementary Education – Chestnut Hill College
    • Reading Specialist – Chestnut Hill College
  • Certifications and Licenses
    • Elementary Education – PA – Instructional Level 2
    • Reading Specialist – PA
    • Registered Nurse – PA
  • Organizations
    • Member of Delaware Valley Reading Association (DVRA)
    • Member of International Reading Association (IRA)