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Second Grade

Nancy Weir
nweir@omcparish.com

Second Grade Webpage

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.

I used a gradual release of responsibility as my primary teaching method. This consists of three steps: I model a skill,we practice the skill together then the students try the skill independently. This model directly coincides with my teaching philosophy. It gives me a quick picture of an individual student’s grasp of a concept. It also affords me the
opportunity to differentiate my instruction for them.

When students enter my classroom they are quickly exposed to my love of reading. The second grade classroom is a rich literary environment. I believe books are a wonderful way of sharing ideas, dreams, opinions and thoughts. 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 PA Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics.

Religion
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. We discuss how receiving these sacraments 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.

Math
Second grade math primarily focuses on these main areas:
1 . Using and extending understanding of base-ten notation
2 . Building and understanding addition and subtractionconcepts to 1,000 with and without regrouping(carrying and borrowing) including zeros
3 . Using standards units of measure (including metric)
4 . Describing and analyzing shapes using geometric terms,comparing 2D and 3D shapes, introduce area
5 . Analyzing different forms of data-picture graphs, bargraphs, line plot graphs, conduct surveys and analyzedata
6 . Iintroduce multiplication concepts as repeated additionusing arrays
7 . Identifying coins and using them to count

8 . Examine time in units of hour, half-hour and 5 minute
intervals
Students will use manipulatives, center activities, games and
small group instruction to help understand and master these
concepts.
English Language Arts
The second grade ELA curriculum extends the students knowledge in fiction and informational literature based on the PA Common Core Standards.Literary works are examined closely . Students are encouraged to look beyond the written page and look to find 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.

The classroom setting consists of whole group, small group and individual differentiated instruction. In addition, students will use center activities, games and projects. I incorporate Wilson Fundations into my whole class instruction. In my small group instruction, I incorporate Wilson concepts as needed.

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. I link community activities to the students for their importance and possible career
opportunities.

Science
The second grade Science curriculum follows next Generation Science Standards including STREAM strands.The year primarily focuses on matter. The students study forces and characteristics of matter. They examine rocks,light, magnets and sound. They use microscopes, dissection and experiments.

Background/Education
• 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)
  • Member of International Reading Association (IRA)