Grade 2



MUSE second graders are thriving readers! In second grade students begin picking their own independent reading books about their passions and interests. In second grade, students participate daily in small groups to build fluency and comprehension partner reading as well as collaborating in partner book studies. Second grade students also enjoy exploring the writing process through a daily “Writer’s Workshop.” Students learn to express their ideas on paper, take feedback from peers during the editing process, publish their writing and become proud authors.


Second grade students explore physical, life and earth sciences. Through hikes and adventures around our MUSE campus, second graders begin discussing rock types, land formations, soils and the physical attributes of plants. Second grade students also learn to conduct research experiments and walk through the steps of the scientific method. Students also enjoy exploring the forces of motion, gravity’s attributes and magnetism.


Second grade students love exploring numbers and growing their place value knowledge. Second grade students focus on growing their number concepts and mathematical calculations of numbers 101-1,000! Through hands-on opportunities with our classroom manipulatives, students learn to count money, tell time to the minute, solve word problems, and solve multi-stepped addition and subtraction problems.

Social Studies

Historical connections, map skills, economics and government guide the second grade social studies curriculum. Students engage in lessons about local and state government and how bills become laws. They also enjoy learning to read and create maps. Students love learning about the people, places and policies of the past. They conduct their own independent research projects about International and American influencers of the twentieth century.


Teachers and students come together as a class to build community and focus on self-efficacy, self-reflection and communication. This daily practice allows time for students to set and reflect on personal goals.  Topics such as community issues and social justice are explored.  MUSORY topics are guided by the self-efficacy and communication standards in the curriculum guide and are developmentally and age appropriate.

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