2nd Grade

Welcome to the Wonderful World of 2nd Grade!

     

Meet the 2nd Grade Teachers

2-1 (ICT): Ms. Meyers & Ms. Tzanos

2-2 (ICT): Ms. Torres & Ms. Naranjo

2-3 (ENL): Ms. A. Rodriguez

2-4: Ms. DiSalvo

2-5: Ms. L. Rodriguez

2/3-8: Ms. Gerace

2nd Grade Calendar

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Announcements

  • Junior Great Books

    We will be launching the Junior Great Books program in 2nd grade this week!

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  • Welcome to 2nd Grade

    Welcome to our 2nd grade page! You will be able to access important information, special announcements, and events here. We're looking forward to a wonderful year together!

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Reading Workshop Units of Study

September/October: Second Grade Reading Growth Spurt

October/November: Growing Word Solving Muscles

November/December: Becoming Experts: Reading Nonfiction

December/January: Series Book Clubs

February/March: Bigger Books Mean Amping Up Reading Power

March/April: Accelerating Readers' Growth in Longer Fiction Books

May/June: Reading Nonfiction Cover to Cover: Nonfiction Book Clubs

Writing Units of Study

September: Revving Up Writing Muscles

October: Lessons from the Masters: Improving Narrative Writing

November/December: The How-To Guide to Nonfiction Writing

December/January: Writing Gripping Fictional Stories

February/March: Poetry: Big Thoughts in Small Packages

March/April: Writing About Reading

April/May/June: Nonfiction Writing Projects

Math Units of Study

September: Sums and Differences to 100

October: Place Value, Counting, and Comparison of Numbers to 1,000

November/December: Addition and Subtraction Within 200 with Word Problems to 100

January: Addition and Subtraction Within 1,000 with Word Problems to 100

February: Foundations of Multiplication and Division

March: Addition and Subtraction of Length Units

April/May: Problem Solving with Length, Money, and Data

June: Time, Shapes, and Fractions as Equal Parts of Shapes

Social Studies & Science Units of Study

Social Studies

September-November: Our Communities Geography

December-February: New York City Over Time

March/April: Urban, Suburban, and Rural Communities

May/June: Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities

 

Science

September-November: Plant and Animal Relationships

December-March: Properties of Materials

April-June: Changing Landforms

Assessment Calendar Overview

Reading

Running Record Assessment
November
March
June

Writing

Unit Dates

Post On-Demand

Revving Up Writing Muscles 9/9-9/27  
Lessons from the Masters 10/2-11/8 11/6 & 11/7
Nonfiction Writing 11/12-12/13 12/11 & 12/12
Writing Gripping Fictional Stories 12/16-1/31 1/29 & 1/30
Poetry 2/3-3/13  
Writing About Reading 3/16-4/24 4/22 & 4/23
Nonfiction Writing Projects 4/27-6/5 6/2 & 6/3

Math

Module Dates
1 Pre-Test: 9/6 and Post-Test: 9/20
3 Pre-Test: 9/23 and Post-Test: 10/29
4 Pre-Test: 11/1 and Post-Test: 12/19
5 Pre-Test: 1/2 and Post-Test 1/29
6 Pre-Test: 2/3 and Post-Test: 3/11
2 Pre-Test: 3/13 and Post-Test: 4/2
7 Pre-Test: 4/6 and Post-Test: 5/1 (Part 1) & 5/27 (Part 2)
8 Pre-Test: 5/28 and Post-Test: 6/22

Grading Policy

Reading

Report card grades based on: Teachers College reading level benchmarks.

November

G or below = 1

H/I = 2

J/K/L = 3

M or above = 4

March

I or below = 1

J/K = 2

L/M = 3

N or above = 4

June

J or below = 1

K/L = 2

M = 3

N or above = 4

Writing

Report card grades based on: Scaled score on post on-demand assessments using Teachers college rubric for scoring. If multiple writing units occur during the marking period, the final report card grade is based on the average of all the post on- demand assessments. Deciding whether to round a half point up or down for the final grade is at the teacher’s discretion based on performance throughout the unit.

Number of Points Scaled Score
1-11 1
11.5-16.5 1.5
17-22 2
22.5-27.5 2.5
28-33 3
33.5-38.5 3.5
39-44 4

Math

Report card grades based on: Average of test scores given during the marking period

Level 1 1-55%
Level 2 56-78%
Level 3 79-88%
Level 4 89-100%

Social Studies

Report card grades based on: Average of all assessment(s) and/or project(s) given during the marking period

Level 1 1-55%
Level 2 56-78%
Level 3 79-88%
Level 4 89-100%

Science

Report card grades based on: Average of all assessment(s) and/or project(s) given during the marking period

Level 1 1-55%
Level 2 56-78%
Level 3 79-88%
Level 4 89-100%

Our school has one term per year. Each term has 3 marking periods. Report cards are issued 3 times each year, at the end of each marking period. Please note that the third marking period is the final grade.

Grade Meaning
1 Well below standards
2 Below standards
3 Proficient in standards
4 Excels in standards

Deciding whether to round a half point up or down for the final grade is at the teacher’s discretion based on the student’s effort throughout the marking period. Effort can be measured by homework, participation, and class discussions.

The following are other codes that may appear on a report card:

If student is enrolled in P.S. 131 for 30 or more calendar days, the student must receive a numerical grade.

ME Exceeds standards
MP Approaching standards
MB Below standards (Fail)
CR Credit
NC No credit (Fail)
NS No credit- insufficient attendance (Fail)
ND No credit- fulfilled distribution requirement
NU No credit-audit (HS)
NX No credit-incomplete
NL No credit-new admit (enrolled in school less than 30 calendar days)
NW No credit-course waiver (PE only)

Junior Great Books is Coming to 2nd Grade!

  

As part of our reading curriculum, our grade is using Junior Great Books. In this discussion-based program, which includes classic and contemporary stories, students will be learning to ask questions and develop their own ideas about what they read. We look forward to having students share their thoughts and learn from classmates. The stories in Series 2 Book One are grouped by theme (generosity, community, and being yourself) to help students connect what they are reading to their own lives.

You can further support your child’s learning by talking about the stories at home. Here are some suggestions:

  • Read the story together. You might read to your child or take turns reading parts of the story.
  • Share questions about the story. Ask your child to share questions, and then share some of your own. Showing your own genuine curiosity will help reinforce the importance of asking questions about the story.
  • Ask your child to tell you about the theme. You might ask “How is the story about [the theme]?” or “What do you know about [the theme]?” However you choose to talk with your child about the story, encourage your child to develop ideas more fully by asking follow-up questions like “Why do you think so?” and “Can you tell me more about that?” Your interest will powerfully reinforce what we are doing in class!