Term Outlines

Second Term Curriculum Outline 2018-2019

Grade 2

Ms. Weston

Language Arts

(Ms. Weston)



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.


The goal is to teach comprehension strategies that will help them become effective readers such as making connections, asking questions, visualization, determining importance, drawing inferences, analyze/synthesize what they have read. Literature will be chosen to illustrate the use of various comprehension strategies allowing for students to internalize the strategies and apply them during independent reading. The skills and strategies learned will enable them to become effective and lifelong readers.


This year in grade 2 the following daily 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 second term, students will do a novel study on the book, (TBD) Students will read the novel both independently and as a class.  The students will be completing questions that ask them to recall basic facts, but also delve deeper into the message of the book. Students will be also assigned roles for certain chapters including: predicting, making connections, making inferences, visualizer, and word detective.They will also be asked to do some homework activities. Students will present a project on this novel at the end


During the second term, students will continue to learn to write fiction pieces and nonfiction pieces. To achieve a gradual release of responsibility in writing the following four key instructional strategies will be used: modeled, shared, guided and independent. We will continue to focus on conventions (spelling, vocabulary, punctuation, and grammar), voice, sentence fluency, organization and word choice. Students will continue to practice steps in the Writing Process – braining storming, drafting, revising, editing, publishing and presenting.

JOURNAL‐ Every Monday students will be given a new journal topic that forces them to think outside of the box and tap into their creativity.

EDITING-  Students will continue to use their Daily Editing books and practice editing their own work on a daily basis.


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. Towards the end of the term students will be introduced to the basic components of cursive writing through the Handwriting Without Tears program. Students will also continue to display neat printing in all aspects of their work.

Spelling & Grammar


Students will continue to copy their spelling words each week into their agenda.  They will continue to complete various activities through the week that supports their understanding of spelling patterns and how to use words appropriate to their meaning.


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.







(Ms. Weston)

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:




orally, through manipulatives, fact cards and fact sheets.

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

JUMP Math – This program will be used as additional enrichment for those students that have completed their Saxon work. JUMP Math encourages students to discover the concepts on the worksheets independently.



(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)


  • learning about the life and music of the following composers:  Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven

  • exploring music from different parts of the world:  Orient, India, Middle East, and Africa

  • students will examine and interpret how music is used in different media (movies, theatre, television, advertising, etc.)


(Ms. Weston)

This term students will reflect on their experiences of their own acting as well as any plays they have seen outside of school. Students will be introduced to a number of plays and theatre traditions around the world.


(Ms. Weston)

Air and Water in the Environment

Students will look at the importance of air and water to our environment as well as for all living things. They will also discuss and examine how people can affect air and water in different ways and how this can at times be detrimental to the environment.

Properties of Solids and Liquids

Students will discuss the specific properties of solids and liquids and examine how they interact. Students will witness and conduct experiments that demonstrate how one state can change to another. Students will discuss the safety precautions needed to be taken while performing an experiment.



(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:

Cubism -  Pablo Picasso. Students will be assessed on technique and proper use of media.  

Artist of Choice - Students will have the opportunity to pick an artist as a whole class to focus on.



(Mme. Grovum)

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.



(Ms. Weston)

Canada and Cultures Around the World

Students will discuss the different continents around the world and will take an imaginary journey around the world discover various countries within each continent.  Students will examine the flag, food, traditions and languages. Along the way students will create a passport and will glue in a stamp after each country visited. After their journey around the world students will choose their own country to research and present about at our own travel show.    Students will then have a closer look at Canada and discuss the flags of each province and begin to learn the capitals.

    Media Arts


Students will continue to showcase their understanding of Destiny Discover research and complete a mini research project. We will go into detail understanding the importance of setting in fiction books. Students will work on a poetry and fairytales and fables unit in Media Arts.



In the second term, students learn about health lifestyles including, prescription and non prescription medicines, medication and healthy alternatives in the Substance Use unit.  Students will also take part in a growth and development unit near the end of the term in which students will learn about the basic stages of human development and identify factors important to healthy growth as well as good oral health choices.



(Mr. Kudera)

Unit 3:  Computer Graphics

  • resizing and pictures while maintaining aspect ratio

  • cropping pictures

  • cut and paste pictures into documents

Unit 4:  Introduction to Computer Coding

  • students will use block coding