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: Winter School Year: 2016-2017

Students will begin this expedition by examining the Rochester city logo. They will discover that the logo represents two important time periods in Rochester’s history and symbolizes both Rochester’s identity as one of the nation’s first boomtowns as well as the reinvention of itself as a leader in the plant nursery business. Students will learn that advances in transportation technology and settlement by new immigrants to the area with specialized skills in horticulture caused Rochester to change from the Flour City to the Flower City. Students will learn about Patrick Barry and George Ellwanger, leaders in the nursery business and James Vick, a leader in the printing business. Second graders will try theirhand at growing flowers in the classroom as well as printing and packaging seeds. For their final product, students will write an opinion piece and will create flower poetry. The poems students create will be combined with music, art, and dance on Exhibition Night.


Field Studies and Other Important Dates


9/22 Outdoor Field Study 8:30 - 2:00


10/02 Outdoor Field Study 9:45 -11:45


10/06 Museum Field Study 8:30 - 10:30


10/16 Curriculum NIght 5:30 - 7:00


10/24 Outdoor Field Study 8:30 - 11:15

News Letters 


Raptor Research Links 

Nat Geo Kids

San Diego Zoo Kids


Math Fluency Links

Math Magician Addition and Subtraction 

Diaper Derby  Addition 

Flying High  Subtraction 








Second Grade
Melissa Fredericks - Teacher

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Maggie Deutschbein - Teacher

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Shelby DiRoma - Teaching Assistant