Creek’s philosophy is to do what is best for kids. We have one Creek
rule: Be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing.
We strive to meet individual needs, and create a sense of community
among all students. We encourage students to be independent learners and
responsible for their own behavior. Communication between school and
home is a priority.
Reading and Writing
We use a
Houghton-Mifflin reading series as well as novels and other materials to
teach reading. We reinforce phonics, comprehension, dictionary usage,
and a wide range of skills appropriate for 2nd graders. Expository,
creative, and journal writing are explored throughout the year. We
focus on non-fiction topics when we read Weekly Reader magazines and
also during our science and social studies units. Our literacy block is
90 minutes long, broken into three rotations. During
this block, children spend time in a small guided reading group with a
teacher, time working independently at their seats, and time in the
Media Center. Students also participate in the Accelerated Reader
program which reinforces fluency and comprehension. In the Media Center, children work on SRAs once a week to support their
independent reading comprehension development.
Students focus intensively on the four critical areas specified by the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in Grade Two:
- Extending understanding of base-ten notation
- Building fluency with addition and subtraction
- Using standard units of linear measurement
- Describing and analyzing shapes
The first unit revisits and extends addition and subtraction within 20, helping to ensure that second graders operate with understanding and fact fluency from the start of the school year. Units 2, 3, 5, and parts of Unit 7, are devoted to place value and multi-digit addition and subtraction. During these units, students learn to count by fives, tens, and multiples of hundreds, tens and ones; read, write, and compare numbers to 1,000; and develop fluency with addition and subtraction to 100 as they solve and pose a wide variety of word problems. Later in the year, the children use concrete models and sketches, as well as strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and the relationship between addition and subtraction, to add and subtract to 1,000.
Unit 6 revolves around geometry, building foundations for understanding area, volume, congruence, similarity, and symmetry as students investigate, describe, build, draw, combine, decompose, and analyze two- and three-dimensional shapes.
Unit 4, and the first part of Unit 7, focus on linear measurement, as students construct their own rulers; estimate and measure in inches, feet, yards, centimeters, and meters; and solve problems that involve adding, subtracting, and comparing lengths.
Unit 8 revisits linear measurement in the context of science and engineering as students make and test cardboard ramps of different kinds to investigate some of the factors that cause marbles to roll farther and faster. In the process, they generate data by measuring marble roll distances multiple times, pool their data, and enter it on line plots to better see, understand, and analyze how manipulating the different variables affects the outcomes.
Science and Social Studies
Units in social studies include Self-Concept, Map Skills, Current Events
and Communities. Our continent focus will be North and South America
with an emphasis on the Amazon Rainforest. We use a Science curriculum
called Foss Science and the units include
Sensory Systems, Growth of Plants and Animals, and Heat, Light and
The goals of our spelling program are:
- to learn and transfer the spelling of the words most frequently used in writing.
to improve spelling accuracy in everyday writing.
to develop useful proof reading skills.
to integrate spelling with listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking.