Lower School

2nd Grade

Every second grader begins the day by reading the morning message, practicing their literacy and using text to learn about the day.  Some prefer to read with help from a teacher, while others are happy to show that they can do it alone.

Throughout the year, they’ll learn about the people, culture, and customs of Japan, bring Greek myths to life on stage, and zing around a make-believe circulatory system as a red blood cell.  They’ll study different family structures, how various cultures use light to celebrate in winter, and develop their skills with simple hand tools.

Interdisciplinary study units combine art, science, writing, math, and technology to help children grasp the most important lesson of all–that learning is really, really fun.

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Curriculum

Language Arts

In second grade, Moses Brown students are becoming confident and engaged readers, writers, speakers, and listeners.  Some students are learning to read, while others are beginning to read for learning.  These skills grow at different rates in every child, and we regularly assess students’ progress to ensure they’re getting the right level of challenge to...

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Math

At every step of the way, we encourage children to use a variety of problem-solving strategies so they’ll have something else to try if their main approach doesn’t work.  This builds both confidence and resilience, and we ask them always to explain their work.  This can reveal hidden errors and strengths that might have gone...

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History/Social Studies

Second grade constantly reinforces the idea that stories are central to cultural development, draws attention to the relationship between humans and our environment, and appreciates the diversity of human culture. The year begins with a study of the origins of the Olympic games, ancient Greek myths, and an introduction to the  Special Olympics (complete with...

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Science

Second graders are passionate sponges for information. Developmentally, they love order and facts. In science, we help them see that facts are bridges to questions and more information.  In fact, we examine bridges of all kinds, developing an understanding of (and vocabulary for) materials, structure, and approaches to engineering.  Students test different materials for strength...

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STEM

The iPhone is older than today’s second graders.  In addition to reading, writing and arithmetic, today’s students need to learn how to create digital programs, not just consume them.  Coding introduces students to the process of computational thinking, in which students break a problem down and express a solution in steps that a computer can...

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World Languages

Each week, second graders spend 45 minutes with Señora Ahlborn, exploring Spanish language and culture through a literature-based curriculum.  With stories, songs, and games that reinforce thematic vocabulary, children begin elementary Spanish.  Each weekly lesson begins with a greeting and some basic calendar and geography work on the ‘country of the week’ (en español, naturalamente)....

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Faculty

Michele Evans

Lower School Second Grade

Michele Evans

University of New Hampshire – B.S.
Rhode Island College – M.A.T.

David Santarpia

Lower School Second Grade

David Santarpia

Providence College – B.A.
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth – Elementary Teacher Certification

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