Curriculum

In compliance with the standards set by the Michigan Department of Education, New Haven Community Schools has adopted the following programs in order to provide your child with the highest standard of education. 

Language Arts

In our classroom, the students participate in the Daily 5. The Daily 5 is nothing more than a framework for structuring literacy time. During this time, the students develop lifelong habits of reading and writing. All of the students work independently toward their personalized goals on the following activities:

          Reading to Self
         
Working on Writing 
          
Reading to Someone
         
Listening to Reading
         
Working with Words

Additionally, I meet with students to address their individual needs and guide them at their instructional level. This framework not only produces productive, engaged students, but it also promotes a love of literacy.


Writing

Our WriteSteps writing program incorporates the most successful teaching methods. This program weaves together the best elements of 6 Traits, Writer's Workshop, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Multiple Intelligences, Marzano's educational strategies, and Cooperative Learning. In second grade, the Common Core Standards are covered in 7 units of study. The units are as follows:

          Getting Ready for Core Writing
          Narrative Writing: Beginning, Middle and End
          Paragraph Writing Using Informational Topics
          Informative / Explanatory Writing
          Opinion Writing
          Narrative Writing: Realistic Fiction Using the 5 Ws and H
          Research Writing

The WriteSteps program motivates inspired student writers, and it also rewards children with language mastery and self-expression.


Handwriting


The Handwriting Without Tears program incorporates developmentally appropriate, multisensory tools and strategies for your child so he or she can master print and get early exposure to cursive writing in second grade.



Mathematics

Everyday Mathematics is a program that focuses on developing children’s understandings and skills in order to build powerful, mathematical thinkers.  This program emphasizes the use of concrete real-life examples, repeated exposure to mathematical concepts, frequent practice of basic computation skills, and the use of multiple methods and problem solving strategies so that children can build and expand on their mathematical proficiency.


Science

We use the Scott Foresman Science program to support the students’ learning.  In second grade, the children are exposed to the scientific process, and they learn how to use it with investigations that focus on content related to the measurement of properties, the organization of living things and heredity, and solid and fluid earth .  The students read about the content, and they are responsible for generating questions, conducting investigations, and developing solutions to problems through reasoning and observation. They also analyze and present their findings which lead to future questions, research, and investigations. Moreover, the students can make connections between what they learn in class to the world around them.


Social Studies

In grade two, the students continue the integrative approach to social studies through the context of the local community. This is the first time students are introduced to a social environment larger than their immediate surroundings. They draw upon knowledge learned in previous grades to develop a more sophisticated understanding of history, geography, civics and government, and economics.  The class utilizes a variety of tools to guide their learning including:  McGraw’s Hills We Live Together (a book about communities) text, maps, goods and services provided by the community, interview with people from the local area and historical facts about New Haven.


Additional Information

For more information regarding curriculum, please view:

          A Parent’s Guide to Student Success

          English Language Arts Common Core Standards

          Mathematics Common Core Standards

          Science Companion Document

         Social Studies Grade Level Content Expectations

 

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