About Second Grade

Oak Grove Elementary School

Second Grade Team: Carin Beshoar, Marla Fockler & Emily Vigil

Philosophy and Goals:  

We believe that each child can learn. We will have high expectations and goals for each child. Children will meet their goals by building independence and taking responsibility for their own learning.  We focus on each child’s strengths and interests while encouraging problem solving. We believe in caring deeply about one another so that children internalize and care about others as well. We believe in partnering with parents and community members to stimulate curiosity and extending learning beyond the classroom walls.

Curriculum Highlights:

Literacy - Students will:

  • Read and comprehend complex informational text (non-fiction)
  • Read for meaning and understand complex literature, including stories and poetry
  • Identify key ideas and details within grade-level text
  • Determine the craft and structure within a range of genres
  • Respond to reading through thoughtful conversations and written reflections with text evidence

Writing – Students will write to:

  • Inform and Explain – introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement
  • Narrate – recount a well elaborated event with a clear beginning, middle, and end that includes details
  • State an Opinion – form a point of view on a topic or book with ideas that support the opinion

Math – Students will make sense of mathematical problem solving and persevere through:

  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking:
    • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction
    • Add and subtract within 20
    • Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication
  • Numbers and Operations in Base Ten:
    • Understand place value
    • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract
  • Measurement and Data:
    • Measure and estimate lengths in standard units
    • Relate addition and subtraction to length
    • Work with time and money
    • Represent and interpret data
  • Geometry:
    • Reason with shapes and their attributes



Science – Students will engage in investigations and demonstrate an understanding of:

  • Earth Science: Air and Weather
  • Life Science: Plants and Animals
  • Physical Science: Balance and Motion

Social Studies – Students will focus on the following topics:

  • My neighborhood and community
  • Citizenship and personal financial literacy
  • North and South American communities
  • Making a difference in communities
  • Maps and globes (geography)

Social Emotional Learning- Students will show understanding and practice of:

  • Using Skills for Learning
  • Showing Empathy
  • Emotion Management
  • Social Problem Solving

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