Term Outlines

Check out a broad view of what we are doing each term in Grade 2


                                  FIRST TERM CURRICULUM OUTLINE 2018 - 2019 GRADE 2


Language Arts

(Mrs. Massaro)



Language development is central to students’ intellectual, social and emotional growth, and must be seen as a key element of the curriculum. Students need well‐developed language skills to succeed in all subject areas. The teaching of literacy skills is embedded across the curriculum – reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing and visual representation is all immersed into the daily language program. To achieve a gradual release of responsibility in reading the following four key instructional strategies will be used: modeled, shared, guided and independent student practice.


  Opportunities to demonstrate oral language skills occur on a daily basis through participation, careful attention to instructions given, responding appropriately with well thought out questions and/or responses to classmate’s presentations/answers.


This year in grade 2 the following learning experiences will be used:

Read‐alouds, shared reading, guided reading and independent reading.


Reading aloud is important for demonstrating fluency and expression children will be read to multiple times daily to help develop reading skills.


Shared Reading is when the teacher and students read passages of text together. This strategy will be implemented throughout each unit.


Guided Reading is when the teacher works with a small group to reinforce reading strategies and comprehension skills.


Independent Reading or self selected reading is an important part of learning to read and it is important to encourage children to read a wide variety of texts (i.e. fiction, non‐fiction, plays, poems) Students will continue to have an opportunity to choose books from the


classroom library to read during free choice reading.



Novel Study

In the first term, students will get to choose their own novel to do an independent novel study. Students will do in class activities on their novel of choice. They will also be asked to do a reading log, and some work at home to complete their novel study.


During the first term, students will learn to write fiction pieces and

Nonfiction pieces. Students will also be learn to identify the type, purpose, and audience of a variety of writing pieces.

Writing Process – brain-storming, drafting, revising, editing, publishing and presenting.


JOURNAL‐ Every Monday students will write a recall about their weekend. Each week will focus on different writing elements including neat printing, detail, punctuation and capitals and various components of grammar being discussed in class.


POETRY- Students will learn about various forms and poetry over the course of the term and recreate their own poems using the formats discussed. Students will present their written work in a visually appealing format with artwork to support their writing.


EDITING- Students will work through a “Daily Editing” workbook looking at various editing rules which are separated into units. At the end of each unit there will be an assessment based on the concepts covered throughout that unit.


Each student will have a Handwriting Without Tears workbook that will be used to teach and model proper formation and construction of letters. Students will focus on several components of printing, including

writing posture, letter formation, letter sizes, spatial relationships, likenesses and differences, fine motor co‐ordination and left to right progression.



Spelling and Grammar




Students will write their spelling words in the agenda each Monday to practice at home throughout the week. Spelling practice will also occur in class during Language. Students will  be tested on their spelling words each Friday.



Students will explore grammar structures through the daily use of the Correct the Sentence resource, and other in class grammar resources and activities. They will review and incorporate grammar knowledge into various assessments in language arts and other subject areas.



(Mrs. Massaro)

Students will use the Saxon Math Program to expand their knowledge

and develop mathematical skills. The mathematical stands or areas of knowledge and skills we will be focusing on are:


Number Sense and Numeration Measurement

Geometry and Spatial Sense

Patterning and Algebra

Data Management and Probability


The Saxon Math Program structure includes five different components: the Meeting, the Lesson, Guided Class Practice (Side A) and Homework (Side B), Number Facts Practice and Assessments.


The Meeting: Students will be engaged in a math circle each morning this includes; calendar, daily number pattern, counting, telling time, creating a weather graph and learning to count money.


The Lesson: Children will engage in discussions, use math manipulatives, and participate in group activities. Each lesson concept will cover an aspect of one or more of the five mathematical strands: Number Sense and Numeration, Measurement, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Patterning and Algebra, Data Management and Probability


Guided Class Practice and Homework: The children will be guided through their work on side A and side B to reinforce the lesson. The homework, side B, is a mirror image of concepts on side A.


Number Facts and Practice: Strategies are presented to encourage the children to learn facts through pattern recognition. Facts are practiced:




Assessments: The students will be assessed every fifth lesson on lesson concepts and number facts.



(Mr. Fretz)

In term one physical education, students will focus on activities and games to promote and develop movement skills and concepts as well as encourage independence and group teamwork.


The fundamental movement skills will relate to stability, locomotion, and manipulation.  Students will take part in organized games and sports to develop and increase their body awareness, spatial awareness, movement direction(e.g., forward, backwards, sideways, diagonal, up, down, left, right), level (e.g., high, medium, low), pathway (e.g., zigzag, straight, curved, wavy), plane (e.g., frontal, horizontal, vertical, sagittal) and extensions (e.g., near, far).  


In term one, students will be participating in many kinds of group organized games including unique games played around the world. Students will also develop soccer, cross country, ultimate frisbee and european handball skills.  



(Mr. Kudera)

  • reading and performing basic rhythmic passages

  • identifying notes of the treble clef

  • locating specific measures of a musical score

  • identifying and classifying musical instruments


(Mrs. Massaro)

This term students will be specifically looking at how the role of time and place impact a character’s motivations and actions in a play. Furthermore, they will be telling a story using the different points of view of various characters. They will then present their pieces in front of their classmates.


(Mrs. Murphy)

Growth and Changes in Animals

Students will discuss the characteristics of various animals. Students will compare and contrast different animals and see that humans are also animals.  Students will look at the impact humans have on animals and what needs to be done to help protect all animals, especially those which are endangered.



Through this unit students will learn to identify simple mechanisms in everyday life. They will describe the different movements which these mechanisms can perform or help perform. Students will be provided with the opportunity for hands on learning in the form of creating their own simple machine.



(Mrs. James)

Visual Arts in the primary grades will focus on exploration of the self, family, personal experiences, and the world. Through exploration, students will begin to develop and build on their creative and critical thinking processes.This term will focus on:


Pop Art - Andy Warhol. Focus on contour lines, variations of colour and use of mixed media.


Pointillism - George Seurat. Students will be assessed  on technique and proper use of media.



(Mme  Israil)


In the grade 2 French program this term, students will focus on reviewing basic French vocabulary.  They will be introduced to selected essential expressions for a French classroom Students will be able to greet and introduce themselves with focus on oral communication and writing skills. Grade 2 students will learn about families, holidays and school .Students will also continue focus on  French pronunciation. These skills will be reinforced throughout the year.



(Mrs. Massaro)

Heritage and Identity: Changing Family and Community Tradition

Students will compare some significant traditions and celebrations among diverse groups.  Students will have the opportunity to investigate some of the past and present traditions and celebrations within their own family and the communities to which they belong. They will use graphic organizers to help them compare how their traditions may have changed or stayed the same.


People and Environments: Global Communities

The students will learn about the similarities and differences of people in communities in different parts of the world. The y will learn about the needs and types of adaptations required for the location, climate, and physical features of various regions (specifically cause and consequence).  The students will investigate aspects of the interrelationship between the natural environment, including the climate, of selected communities and the ways in which people in those communities live. The students will also learn how to identify and locate various physical features and selected communities around the world, and describe some aspects of people’s ways of life in those communities.

Media Arts

(Ms. Murphy)

Students will become familiar with the layout of the MAC and how the resources are organized. We will review parts of a book, and go into great detail understanding the difference between fiction and non-fiction books. We will also review different genres and their authors purpose in each genre. Students will become familiar with Destiny Discover and complete a non-fiction activity showcasing their knowledge of Destiny Discover.


(Mr. Fretz)

Students will take part in the Healthy Eating and Personal Safety/Injury Prevention units in term one.

Healthy Eating: In this unit students will use Canada’s Food Guide to assess healthy eating.  Grade 2 students will focus on the Canadian Food Guide, exploring healthy eating and food choices in relation to proper growth and development.

Personal Safety and Injury Prevention:  In this unit, students will discuss home and outdoor safety, food allergies and standing up for yourself.



(Mr. Kudera)

Unit 1:  Internet Safety and Computer Lab Procedures

navigating safely on the internet

keyboarding skills (this will continue throughout the entire year)

Unit 2:  Google Suite

composing, opening and saving documents