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

Second Grade!

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Our young learners continue to succeed in their adventures in second grade.

We have learned a lot about Harriet Tubman and Ruby Bridges this past month.
Both individuals had extraordinary lives that taught us how to be both brave
and compassionate in the face of uncommon adversity. Our second graders
learned about the importance  of  the Underground Railroad and how many
people helped to secretly house African-American slaves as they escaped toward
freedom. Ruby Bridges helped us learn about integration and the struggles that
African-Americans faced as our country moved closer to providing equality and
justice for all.

The second graders have been challenging themselves to learn a variety of ways
to solve their math problems. We have learned several foundational strategies such
as arrow way, tape diagrams, new groups below, and place value charts to compose
and decompose numbers when adding and subtracting three digit numbers.
These skills and mathematical tools enhance each student’s learning and will help
them persevere with more math problems in future grades.

The second graders have had a delightful time learning about Salvador Dali.
The second grade social studies and language arts program are innovatively
designed to integrate the skills of reading, writing, and listening with the
merging of historical research of renowned artists. This last month, we have
turned our attention to Salvador Dali and his style of Surrealism.
The second graders know that surrealist art takes common everyday objects
and infuses them with a strange or dreamlike quality. Our young scholars have
written reports about Dali with facts about his tragic young life, his fear of
mundane objects, and his fascinating obsession with receiving absurd attention.
Each second grader also attempted to express their own surrealist style by painting
their own version of Dali’s iconic “Persistence of Memory.”







Second Grade!

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Congratulations to all of the second graders on receiving their First Reconciliation.
We are proud of you and walk beside you as you continue on your faith journey.
This memorable time in your life is a beautiful milestone that brings you closer
to God and his loving mercy. Thank you to all of the parents who have partnered
with us in making this a meaningful  sacrament for all of our students.

Our second graders are once again busy this month celebrating Chinese New Year
with red paper lanterns and a class discussion of how the animals of the Chinese
zodiac earned their positions.  We had a delightful time learning about the different
personal aspects of each zodiac animal. The Year of the Pig is beneficial to everyone
since it signifies a time when good decisions, challenging projects, and long-term
commitments come to completion.

The second graders are currently learning about sound waves and the mechanics
of the ear. We have learned how sound waves travel through air, water and solid
objects. Using tuning forks, we have experienced hands-on examples of vibrating
objects and the variety of invisible sound waves traveling through the air and to
our ears. Our next experiment will be to involve the students in making the
invisible sound waves “visible” using a surprising technique.

Our classroom art gallery within our hallway showcases the latest works of
art by our talented second graders. Each student has studied Vincent van Gogh’s
Starry Night and has created their own version of this famous painting.
To deepen each second grader’s learning experience, the students have also written
their own reports about Vincent van Gogh and his very sad and dramatic life.
As a special treat, the class watched a mesmerizing video of an artist who
recreated the Starry Night image using  paint on  dark water.



Busy October

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Our second graders have been very busy learning about new concepts and thriving in
their learning environment. The EdventureMore instructors visited us this month
and taught our students about Circuits, Power Sources, Loads, and Conductors.
The second graders were fully engaged scientists!
They were able to observe, predict, infer, and test their varied
hypotheses. They were able to collaborate and create innovative
products from the LED lights and additional materials.
Their capacity for engineering new designs was quite impressive.

Creative design with an LED power source.

Using an LED light to engineer a new creation.

Combining innovative ideas
with scientific inquiry.








Our second graders also honored the significance of the Rosary during
the month of October. We made devotional trips to our school chapel
practicing the prayers of the Rosary. We focused on all of the Mysteries of the Rosary
including the Joyful Mysteries, the Sorrowful Mysteries, the Glorious Mysteries, and
the Luminous Mysteries. The second graders also participated in Ignatian contemplation
prayers. As a community of young faith-leaders, our second graders were guided through
a prayer form that asks each individual to imagine themselves in a specific Gospel story.
They are asked to share what they see, smell, hear, taste, and feel as they enrich their
personal understanding of the specific Gospel.

The second graders also continued their journey into the Fine Arts with a deep study
of Pablo Picasso. We learned about his interesting life that had both joys and tragedies.
The second graders now know about his Blue Period and Rose Period as well as his
reasons for painting the famous Guernica painting.
Each student created their own self-portrait using Picasso’s famous style of Cubism.
Please check out our hallway art gallery as our Cubist-faces peak out at you in a very Halloween-inspired atmosphere.


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Hello Parents!

September has been a wonderful month for our second graders.
In religion, we have learned much about Saint Francis of Assisi.
We learned that he was a wealthy knight who gave away all of
his material belongings to the poor and decided to help those in greatest
need. He had a  kind way with animals and taught others about the importance
of respecting our earth.

In social studies, we learned about Christopher Columbus and how
his initial plans to find a route to the Indies eventually helped him
land on America. Our second graders wrote creative reports about Columbus
on a white sheet of paper and then use that sheet to make their own
Christopher Columbus paper-ship!

The second graders integrated their art skills and science skills by
composing reports on leaves, trees, and photosynthesis.
Along with these scientific observations, each second grader created
a leaf-wreath using  vibrant and stunning watercolors as their medium.


Welcome Back!

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Welcome back to all of my new second graders and their families.
I hope you all had wonderful vacations and were able to rest and
recharge with your loved ones.

We have already learned about many new ideas in second grade during the
first few days of school. We have learned about Claude Monet, impressionism,
reconciliation, forgiveness, number bonds, tape diagrams, research writing and
editing, following rules, and making new friends.

Some of our student authors have completed research projects on
Abyssinian cats, Indonesia, penguins, and South Korea. We are very impressed
with the second graders’ enthusiasm for learning about their world and sharing
their knowledge with our school community.

We look forward to seeing all of you at Back-to-School-Night!

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.