2nd Grade

School year 2020 ~ 2021 is here and we are excited! 


Second Grade is an amazing year of growth!  Physical, social, and emotional skills tend to develop quickly during this year. Additionally, children begin to understand more about his or her place in the world and begin to think about the future. Often, children may start to demonstrate more independence from parents as friendships become more important. Additionally, students will discuss events in greater detail and tend to enjoy jokes and riddles as they learn words have more than one meaning. Second grade is also a year to allow for opportunities to develop their confidence in all areas of life: friends, schoolwork and extracurricular activities. 

Like previous years, curriculum and instruction continues to be rigorous.  Grade two teachers, involve students in a great deal of discourse and collaboration, while providing opportunities for whole group, small group, partner and independent learning.  We support each student's individual learning style, capitalize on each student's strengths and continuously support each student's areas of need.  We understand that educating students involves building relationships and working in partnership with families.

Meet our Teaching Team

Ms. Paige Leddy

Email: Paige.Leddy@Chariho.k12.ri.us

Mrs. Maggie Webster

Email:  Margaret.Webster@Chariho.k12.ri.us

Mrs. Ellen Robinson

Email: Ellen.Robinson@Chariho.k12.ri.us

Mrs. Nicole Westcott

Email:  Nicole.Westcott@Chariho.k12.ri.us

Mrs. Filipa Bryson

Email:  Filipa.Bryson@Chariho.k12.ri.us

Curriculum at a Glance

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  • Reading: Students in Grade 2 will be exposed to quality fiction and non-fiction; Literary Text, Informational Text, & Fables and Folktales. Students will engage in grade-level poetry. Learning objectives include being able to demonstrate understanding of key ideas and details (who, what, where, when, why and how), story structure (beginning, middle, end), and characters' actions, thoughts, and feelings. Additionally, students will be able to compare and contrast texts, identify the author’s purpose, and use text features such as bold print and glossaries to understand non-fiction text.

  • Writing:  There is a focus on learning how to write Opinion pieces, Narratives, and Informative/Expository pieces using transitional and linking words and strengthening writing by revising and editing with teacher and peer support.

  • Foundational Skills of reading including both phonological awareness and phonics. Students will learn word analysis skills in decoding words and learn spelling patterns for encoding.

  • Grammar includes the standard conventions of the English Language with a focus on identifying and using types of sentences, punctuation, capitalization, dialogue, apostrophe use, and forming contractions. Students will continue to learn parts of speech such as: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.

  • Language:  Students will demonstrate an increase in their vocabulary as they retell stories, recount an experience orally, collaborate in conversations, and build on others’ talk using coherent sentences.


Welcome / iReady Mathematics

Our mathematics instruction is based on the Ready Common Core program, which aligns with Grade 2 CCSS Math Standards and the Standards of Mathematical Practices. The Classroom environment involves students actively engaging with materials and sharing in higher-level discourse to develop a deeper understanding of concepts. Units include the following areas of study:

  • Math fact fluency in addition/subtraction problems within 20. We suggest daily use of flash cards at home to practice this skill.  

  • Addition and subtraction begins with 10 and expands to within 1000 by year end.

  • Using strategies, models and drawings to complete one and two-step word problems.

  • Tell and write time to the nearest 5 minutes.

  • Money will include coin identification, coin values and working with money addition and subtraction with $10.

  • Using mental math strategies to add/subtract 10 and 100 from a number.

  • Concepts of place value will include ones, tens, and hundreds. 

  • Arrays will be introduced for repeated addition to set the foundation for multiplication in later years.

  • Measurement of length will include both non-standard and standard units of measurement.

  • Geometry concepts including reasoning with shapes and their attributes.

  • Represent and interpret data using simple graphs.


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SCIENCE: Through our partnership with URI GEMS-NET and Next Generation Science Standards, the Grade 2 Science framework includes the following 3 modules:

Earth Science ~ Pebbles, Sand & Silt
Physical Science ~ Solids & Liquids
Life Science ~ Insects & Plants
*Students will engage in a
ctive investigations and maintain a science notebook for data collection and analysis.

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The National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies focuses on the following core domains: history, civics, economics, geography, and culture. Students in grade 2 will engage in learning opportunities related to these domains through the lens of "neighborhoods." 

History: Explain how heroes from long ago and the recent past have made a difference in people’s lives.  Describe the effects of important inventions, events, and people have on neighborhoods over time. Explain how their school has changed over time. 

Civics: Understand what rules and laws are and why they are important. Recognize the role of a governor, vice president, and president. Explain the rights and responsibilities of individuals within a neighborhood. Respect the rights and property of others.

Economics: Identify that human and natural resources come from many sources. Recognize the purpose of saving money.

Geography: Identify parts of maps and globes, and explain how they are used. Describe how the geography of a neighborhood influences what activities take place there.

Culture: Identify different cultures in the neighborhood. Describe similarities and differences in the ways people function in homes, schools, and neighborhoods. Explore similarities and differences of neighborhoods in different settings such as farms and cities. Identify how a neighborhood could be changed and why. Participate in cultural celebrations marking important events, with an emphasis on literature, music, and art. Understand the concept of cooperation as it relates to the good of all.

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Students in grade 2 will use Chromebooks throughout the school day for a variety of purposes.  

  • Google Classroom: All students will have a Google Classroom account connected to his/her teachers.  Google Classroom is the platform teachers use for posting assignments and for students to submit assignments. It is important to review teacher feedback after a student submits his/her work. 

  • Email: Students have an email account exclusive to school for the purpose using other programs. 

  • Additionally, students may receive assignments through educational programs for ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies instruction and assessment.

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"Responsive Classroom is an approach to teaching based on the belief that integrating academic and social-emotional skills creates an environment where students can do their best learning. The Responsive Classroom approach consists of a set of practices and strategies that build academic and social-emotional competencies." (2020 Responsive Classroom)

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Students will have ART, MUSIC, HEALTH, and WORLD LANGUAGE class once a week.  PE class is held twice weekly.

Field Trips Offer a Valuable Expansion to Classroom Learning – The Wingspan

When possible, both on-site, off-site, and virtual field trips will be planned. In the past, students have experienced the following: Halloween Safety by our local Police Department, Fire Safety, Pow Science, Live Theatre Performances, Zoo, Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. All of these connect with our curriculum. Other events may be planned by our school and PTO as assemblies.

Please do not hesitate to contact us.  We can communicate with you via phone, email, written correspondence, or in-person meetings.  Most of us will use Class Dojo as well.

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PARENTS/GUARDIANS:  We welcome parents/guardians to have an active role in our classrooms.  Volunteers are invited to prepare materials, collect materials, work with students, chaperone field trips, read with our students and to assist with special events. Each grade 2 classroom teacher welcomes a designated ROOM PARENT to communicate needs of our classroom throughout the academic year. All individuals will be required to have a yearly BCI on file with the school. *Please note: Due to our current health pandemic volunteers are restricted.