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Our Second Grade Teachers

Room 9

Mrs. Sundstrom

Room 12

Mrs. Culpepper

Room 4

Mrs. Luster

Room 5

Mrs. Aliano




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Second grade is a place where our children are guided and nutured to be life long learners.  We look forward to meeting your child's social, emotional, and academic needs.

Language Arts:  We use the Open Court series for our language arts curriculum.  Open Court reading is a research-based curriculum grounded in systematic, explicit instruction of:

  • phonemic awareness, phonics, and word knowledge
  • comprehension skills and strategies

Throughout second grade we will be focusing on increasing fluency with reading and writing more complex text.  The program creates a literature-rich environment that instills a passion for literature and the written word.

In addition to Open Court, we use the Step Up to Writing program.  This is a structured program that focuses on making the writing process simple and easy to remember.  Students will become familiar with the 3 main steps in writing by relating them to colors--green, yellow, and red.  This process also helps students learn to independently write a clear eight sentence paragraph.  You can visit the link below to learn more about the Step Up to Writing program.


Math:  In our Everyday Math program, students will learn a variety of ways to solve math problems and use critical thinking skills through the use of math manipulatives.  Everyday Math is distinguished by its focus on real-life problem solving, balanced between whole-class and self-directed learning with an emphasis on communication.

Science:  Students will also explore hands-on projects through the FOSS Science program.  Our science units focus on Pebbles, Sand & Silt, Balance and Motion, and Plants and Insects. 

Social Studies:  Students use the Scott Foresman curriculum and will be focusing this year on "People Who Make a Diference."



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