About Second Grade

In second and third grade, authentic purposes for improving literacy skills arise daily as increasingly complex expedition work picks up momentum and offers more opportunities for crew work. As budding authors and emergent readers, nearly all reading material and writing assignments are now generated by the expedition content. Children write poetry, nonfiction articles about a researched topic, and biographies.

Children’s social skills mature as they take on the dynamics of group work and are able to complete a finished product or a goal. At the same time, teachers expect students at this age to become more independent problem solvers, and by the end of third grade, children are equipped to work in crews or independently. Students continue to build their number sense and learn to apply these skills to solve increasingly complex problems found in the classroom and the world around them, and they learn to communicate their mathematical thinking through drawing, writing, and conversing.

Second Grade


Second Grade Classroom Expeditions

Season: Spring School Year: 2017-2018

Why did people make a long arduous journey from “back east” to Rochester? Why did the first settlers settle in specific spots along the banks of the mighty Genesee? What did they need to do to create a sustainable life for their families? While the whole class will learn about the first seven settlements along the Genesee River, including how they were different from one another, each crew will focus on one settlement. The class will visit the locations of the settlements, study old maps and city directories, and work with a local historian and historic texts to piece together the history of that settlement, paying special attention to what the strength of that specific location was (bridge, mill, boat building). To simulate the interdependence of early settlers and in order to experience daily life in the early 1800’s the class will embark on a camping trip in Webster Park. Each crew will be responsible for creating specific structures that are needed for their settlement. Crews will also decide what materials they need to build their structures and barter with the storekeeper - Jebediah McCracken. Exhibition Night will take the form of a “Town Square Fair” where students will share songs and dances, games, their opinion writing, and their maps and town plans. Bonnets and kerchiefs required!


Field Studies and Other Important Dates



News Letters 



Math Fluency Links

Math Magician Addition and Subtraction 

Diaper Derby  Addition 

Flying High  Subtraction 








Second Grade
Jeremiah Ditch - Teacher

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Daisy Spencer - Teacher

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Shelby DiRoma - Teaching Assistant

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