Mrs. McDermott ~ 2nd Grade

2nd grade curriculum

Qualifications: B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Music
Mrs. Kristin McDermott
2nd Grade Teacher
503 357 6990 x227
Visitation Catholic School
4189 NW Visitation Road
Forest Grove, OR, 97116
My faith influences my teaching because my model is Jesus. He taught in the temple not only on sunny days but also rainy days. Jesus taught in the joyful times, and in the painful times, and he never lost sight of his mission: to teach us how to walk in His footsteps.
  • Identify the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation
  • Study about the Sacrament of First Reconciliation/and Eucharist
  • Present class liturgies
  • Experience the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
  • Discuss the lives of the Saints
  • Learn common prayers by memory, specifically ‘Act of Contrition’
  • Use decoding and context clues
  • Develop reading strategies for reading new words
  • Identify 150 high frequency words
  • Draw conclusions and make inferences
  • Read aloud with fluency and expression
  • Retell a story identifying the characters, setting and plot
  • Identify and use the table of contents and glossary
  • Use alphabetical order
  • Understand and follow written directions
  • Locate information using various resources
  • Use prewriting, drafting, and editing skills
  • Use proper punctuation, grammar, and capitalization
  • Communicate ideas in writing for various purposes
  • Practice legible manuscript handwriting transitioning into cursive writing
  • Use proper spelling for frequently spelled words
  • Recognize spelling patterns
  • Use good listening skills
  • Express ideas clearly when speaking
  • Practice eye contact with audience
  • Read, write and order numbers to 1,000
  • Use pattern counting by 2’s & 3’s
  • Demonstrate understanding of place value to the 100’s
  • Add and subtract with and without regrouping
  • Count a collection of coins up to $1.00
  • Tell time to the quarter hour
  • Use appropriate tools to measure length, weight and temperature
  • Create, read, and interpret simple graphs and charts
  • Name common shapes
  • Select strategies for successfully solving a problem
  • Identify simple fractions like, ¼, ½, and ⅓
  • Predict, observe, and record data
  • Identify the water cycle
  • Understand the importance of recycling
  • Recognize that matter can change
  • Use resources to gain and record information
  • Identify how animals and plants depend on each other
  • Appreciate the diversity of life on earth
  • Recognize some plants and animals can only survive in certain locations
  • Practice good health choices
  • Identify good safety rules
  • Learn about personal safety through the “Talking About Touching” program
  • Identify how people work together to solve problems
  • Discuss people and natural resources
  • Learn about different cultures and traditions
  • Identify land forms
  • Study how goods are made from resources
  • Recognize that communities have laws
  • Practice map skills and cardinal directions
  • Study our Earth and protect resources
  • Describe how community services meet people’s needs
  • Identify and explain the parts of a pictograph
  • Study how taxes support community services
  • Learn about patriotism and patriotic songs
  • Learn about the United States flag
  • Art is taught regularly, as well as incorporated into daily activities
  • Learn to use a variety of materials and techniques

* Physical Education, Music, Spanish, Library, and Technology are taught by specialists trained in these areas.

Further curriculum enrichment includes:

  • Field trips
  • Guest speakers
  • Service projects
  • Reading incentive program
  • Extracurricular activities