Mr. Charles Cecilia

2nd Grade Teacher
Hello Parents! As a way to better inform you of our second grade curriculum, the following information will be a general overview of the curriculum goals we plan to cover this year. This information is similar to what I will share at Back to School Night. Please click on the Curriculum link to the right of this page and learn more about second grade.

What's Happening in 2nd Grade

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October in Second Grade!

The month of October has been very busy for our second graders.

We have just completed our study of Pablo Picasso with an emphasis
on his signature style of Cubism. Our second graders  have learned
about Picasso’s sorrowful life experiences that influenced his Blue Period
as well as his happier life events that ushered in his Rose Period.
Please talk to your artful second grader and discuss Picasso’s
painting of Guernica and his passionate plea for peace.

In math, our second graders have strengthened their foundational
knowledge of addition and subtraction as well as gained skills in
accurate measurement. We even had our young mathematicians
measuring the height of various teachers and staff members deepening
their understanding of measuring “in real life” in a fun way!

In science, our second graders have focused their study on sound and sound waves.
We have learned about vibrations, high pitches, low pitches and the invisibility
of sound waves.  We have taken these abstract ideas and have had a “noisy”
hands-on  science activity  creating “laughing Monster cups” to extend our learning
of physical science. The laughing Monster cups are perfect for our Halloween season!

We celebrate our fellow second grader Jack Burry for his school-wide
recognition as  a Student of the Month. Jack’s creative research endeavors
and courageous attitude toward taking on academic challenges make him
an exemplary model of an outstanding Lifelong Learner. Bravo, Jack!


Welcome Back!

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Hello Parents!

Welcome back to a new and exciting year.
I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful summer vacation.
I am looking forward to working with you and your child
as we journey through a year of  amazing learning experiences and
brilliant  ideas.
Back-to-School-Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 7th
from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
I will share more information about our class expectations and
curriculum with you on this night.

Thank you!

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Thank you and congratulations to all of my fabulous

Second Graders!  Thank you for another wonderful year

of learning together.  You all have grown so much-

physically, academically, and spiritually. Please continue

to read many books and practice your math skills over the

summer. I know you will  all be brilliant in third grade!

Second Grade Update!

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We are so happy to have celebrated our First Reconciliation. Our second graders have learned so much about forgiveness and God’s mercy. Our class will participate in the sacrament once again in March.


In social studies, our second graders continue to learn about Black History Month. We have learned about segregation, integration, civil rights, boycotts, marches, abolitionists, Harriet Tubman and Ruby Bridges. We look forward to learning about Barack Obama, Frederick Douglass, and Rosa Parks.

In science, the Edventuremore presenter led the second graders on a lesson about energy and electricity. We expanded our knowledge and vocabulary to include scientific ideas about circuits, loads, conductors, switches, and energy sources. The second graders then designed “BLING” jewelry, wearable art, inventions and creations all focused on using a battery source and an LED light. The science lesson was a “brilliant” success!

In language arts, the second graders are being encouraged to write new stories and new research projects to share with the NDV community. Our new school newspaper editor has asked the second graders to submit some of their new creative stories so that they can be published in the first edition of our school newspaper.



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Second Graders with their new Faith Family!

We have had such a great time learning  about new ideas in Second grade.  We have learned about photosynthesis, Georges Seurat and pointillism, light and perspectives, and Loving Our Neighbor with our new Faith Families.

In our Eureka Math program we are continuing to learn how to measure in centimeters and meters. We know that a centimeter is as big as  the end of a second grader’s pinky. We know that a meter is about as big as a second grader’s hug!


Second graders with their new Faith Family!

We will keep you posted with more updates about all the activities we are participating in.


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Welcome back to everyone!

I am so excited to begin another new school year with a

brand new group of brilliant second graders. Thanks to all

of you for your warm support and kind words.

I am looking forward to working with all

of our children as we enter a year of wonderful experiences.

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  • A meaning-centered approach based on integrating skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
  • A developmental approach that assess each student individually.
  • Phonics, handwriting and editing taught through practice and application.


Eureka Math Program

  • Provide a variety of experiences with measurement, patterns, graphing, money, number operations, fractions, geometry and place value.
  • Introduction to algebra readiness as well as an introductory exposure to multiplication concepts (arrays).
  • Common Core Mathematics focuses on helping students solve problems using a variety of strategies. Students are expected to be able to solve a problem, write the logical sequence they used, and diagram the solution.


  • Develop an awareness of the concepts of citizenship, economics, and geographic land forms.
  • Integrate writing and research curriculum with a study of various artists.


  • An exploration of physical science including the concepts of magnetism and sound waves.
  • An exploration of earth science including the concepts of rocks and minerals and fossil formation.
  • An exploration of life science including the concepts of animal life cycles (butterflies) and insect anatomy.

Students will be preparing for their First Reconciliation and First Communion. Students develop a sense of spirituality in everyday life.



Grade Level Common Core Resources: 2nd Grade

Eureka Math Program

Standards Overview

Previous Grade Level Standards

(1st) Count, read and write numbers to 120. (1st) Compare two digit numbers.

(1st) Fluently add and subtract within 10. (1st) Add and subtract to 20.

(1st) Place Value (tens and ones)

(1st) Measure lengths indirectly.

(1st) Understand concept of whole number length units.

(1st) Tell time to the hour and half hour.

(1st) Organize, represent, and interpret data.

(1st) Reason with shapes and their attributes *introducing concept of halves and fourths. (Squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, hexagons; cubes, cones, cylinders, spheres)

2.OA: Operations and Algebraic Thinking

1. Solve word problems using addition and subtraction up to 100. 2. Fluently add and subtract within 20.

3. Odd/Even (concept of equal groups).

4. Use addition to understand rectangular arrays (up to 5 x 5).

5. *Use repeated addition and counting by multiples to demonstrate multiplication. 6. *Use repeated subtraction and equal group sharing to demonstrate division.

*CA Addition

2.NBT: Number and Operations in Base Ten

1. Place Value (hundreds, tens and ones)

2. Count and skip count to 1,000.

3. Read and write numbers to 1,000 (base ten numerals, number names, expanded form). 4. Compare three digit numbers using <, >, or =.

5. Fluently add and subtract within 100.

6. Add up to 4 two-digit numbers.

7. Add and subtract within 1,000.

7.1. Use estimation strategies in computation and problem solving with #s up to 1,000. *CA Addition

7.1. Make reasonable estimates when adding or subtracting. *CA Addition 8. Mentally add and subtract 10 or 100 to a given number 100–900.

9. Explain why addition and subtraction strategies work.

2.MD: Measurement and Data

1-4. Measure and estimate lengths in standard units (inches, feet, centimeters, meters). 5-6. Relate addition and subtraction to length.

7. Tell and write time to the nearest 5 minutes (using am and pm).

7.1. Know minutes in an hour, days in a month, weeks in a year *CA Addition

8. Solve word problems involving combinations of money. Use the $ and c signs correctly.

9. Generate measurement data using a line plot with whole units.

10. Draw and interpret picture graphs and bar graphs (up to four categories in data set).

2.G: Geometry

1. Recognize and draw shapes based on specific attributes given (add pentagons and quadrilaterals).

2. Partition a rectangle into rows and columns of same-size squares and count to find total.

3. Partition circles and rectangles into two, three and four equal shares (describe using the words half of,

thirds, third of, fourths, and quarters).




1. Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.


2. Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.


3. Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.


4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.


5. Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.


6. Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.


7. Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.


8. Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.


9. Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.


Homework is given to students Monday through Thursday. Students are to practice on worksheets that have concepts covered in class. The rest of the homework period is devoted to reading for pleasure. Students are to be responsible for bringing their homework home and returning it to school the next day. Homework is about 30 minutes a day.
A math pre-test (automaticity) is given every Monday.
A math post-test (automaticity) is given every Friday.
All students are expected to study their math facts with their parents
on a weekly basis.



The Sign of the Cross
The Our Father
Hail Mary
Prayer to the Guardian Angel
Penitential Blessing with Holy Water
Grace before Meals
Act of Contrition
Mass Responses

Students will be introduced to new prayers while previously learned prayers will be practiced and memorized. All of these prayers are practiced throughout the year which gives each student a chance to reinforce their own learning. We also have opportunities throughout the year to share spontaneous prayers composed by individual students that praise, give thanks and ask for guidance from our Lord.