Curriculum – Second Grade

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Reading Workshop

Unit 1 Second Grade Reading Growth Spurt
Unit 2 Becoming Experts: Reading Nonfiction
Unit 3 Studying Characters and Their Stories
Unit 4 Bigger Books Mean Amping Up Reading Power: Accuracy, Fluency, and Meaning
Unit 5 Series Book Clubs
Unit 6 Fairy Tales

As a Teachers College Reading and Writing Project school, readers at PS 199 participate in:

  • Reading Workshop
  • Read Alouds
  • Shared Reading
  • Small Group Instruction
  • Guided Reading
  • Independent Reading
  • Book Clubs

Our goal is to create lifelong, confident readers who display agency and independence.

Our teachers assess student progress through a variety of formal and informal methods and tools, including TCRWP Running Records, which determine each student’s Independent Guided Reading Level. These benchmarks are based on the expectation that students will enter kindergarten as emergent readers and finish eighth grade reading at level Z.

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Writing Workshop

Unit 1 Revving Up Writing Muscles
Unit 2 Lessons from the Masters: Improving Narrative Craft
Unit 3 The How-To Guide for Nonfiction Writing
Unit 4 Writing Gripping Fictional Stories
Unit 5 Poetry: Big Thoughts in Small Packages
Unit 6 Writing About Reading
Unit 7 Fairy Tales

Teachers College Writing Workshop encourages young writers to emulate the work of professional authors. Students are exposed to authentic mentor texts and receive instruction to navigate through the writing process. Utilizing various writing tools, writers create different genres throughout the year.

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Unit 1 Establishing Routines
Unit 2 Fact Strategies
Unit 3 More Fact Strategies
Unit 4 Place Value & Measurement
Unit 5 Addition and Subtraction
Unit 6 Whole-Number Operations & Number Stories
Unit 7 Whole-Number Operations & Measurement and Data
Unit 8 Geometry and Arrays
Unit 9 Equal Shares and Whole Number Operations

Everyday Mathematics is a research-based and field-tested curriculum that focuses on developing our young mathematician’s understandings and skills in ways that produce lifelong mathematical power.

  • Use of concrete, real-life examples that are meaningful and memorable as an introduction to key mathematical concepts.
  • Repeated exposures to mathematical concepts and skills to develop children’s ability to recall knowledge from long-term memory.
  • Frequent practice of basic computation skills to build mastery of procedures and quick recall of facts, often through games and verbal exercises.
  • Use of multiple methods and problem-solving strategies to foster true proficiency and accommodate different learning styles.

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Social Studies

Classroom Community Building

Unit 1 Our Community’s Geography
Unit 2 New York City Over Time
Unit 3 Urban, Rural, and Suburban
Unit 4 Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities

The Passport to Social Studies curriculum was developed by a team of DOE staff and teachers, in collaboration with Social scientists and cultural partners.

The passport curriculum provides students with the tools to build the necessary skills for critical thinking, geographical reasoning and persuasive writing.

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Word Study

Wilson Fundations provides all students in K-2 classrooms with a systemic program in the foundational skills for:

  • Reading and spelling
  • Emphasizing phonemic awareness
  • Phonics-word study
  • High frequency word study
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Handwriting
  • Spelling

Fundations uses an integrated approach to teaching skills so that a daily lesson teaches and then reinforces corresponding skills.

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Unit 1 Plant and Animal Relationships
Unit 2 Properties of Materials

Welcome to the Next Generation of Science Learning.

New York State adapted a new set of standards in 2017. New York City then created the current Science Scope and Sequence and, using NGSS aligned tools, selected Amplify as the new curriculum.

This curriculum is phenomena based and places the student in the role of scientists and engineers. This curriculum embodies all the tenants of Three-Dimensional Learning which has proven to be the most effective way for students to learn science.

Unit 1 Plant and Animal Relationships: Investigating Systems in a Bengali Forest

What is the connection between chalta fruit, elephants, and droppings?

  • Students find out as they investigate an authentic mystery that occurred in a broadleaf forest habitat in northeastern India.
  • Students plan and conduct investigations to figure out what plants need to grow and ways that many plants rely on animals to disperse their seeds.
  • Students use mathematical thinking and concepts of proportion and quantity to make sense of their measurements and other data.
  • Students construct scientific explanations about how the parts of the Bengali forest work together as a system.

Unit 2 Properties of Materials: Designing Glue

  • Students take on the role of glue engineers and design and test a glue for use at their school.
  • Students figure out cause-and-effect relationships related to heating and cooling materials, and find patterns in the properties of substances and mixtures.
  • Students make arguments about effective glue recipes using the evidence they have gathered from investigations and science texts.

Enrichment Programs

PS 199 provides a variety of grade-based enrichment programs.
National Dance Institute
Fall Winter / Spring
Winter / Spring

RULER (Social-Emotional Curriculum)

Unit 1 Charter
Unit 2 Mood Meter
Unit 3 Meta-Moments
Unit 4 Blueprint

The RULER Approach to Social and Emotional Learning is a school-wide initiative to teach social and emotional learning to our school community members.

The Anchors of Emotional Intelligence is based on developing our five key RULER skills.

There are four anchor tools that we use:

  1. The Charter
  2. Mood Meter
  3. Meta-Moment
  4. Blueprint

These anchor tools allows a common language and strategies that incorporates learning at school and at home.

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