Objectives and Goals
Self contained. Basic skill areas
Computers, Library, PE, Spanish, Music, Engineering – Project Lead the Way
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Lunch/Recess – 25 minutes/20 minutes
Afternoon Recess – Varies
Northshore Christian Academy filters all learning and curriculum through a Biblical world-view. We endeavor to train students spiritually, academically, and personally. Northshore integrates faith and learning as we equip each child to successfully impact the world using their God-given talents and abilities.
The students will learn a chronological study of Genesis through Joshua. In addition, the Gospels and Acts will be studied with emphasis on Christmas and Easter. Also, students will study how Jesus sets us free to serve and obey. The Bible stories are shared through pictures and the ACSI curriculum.
Weekly Bible memorization. Verses apply to our Bible stories for that week.
Emphasis is on students’ involvement in singing in a weekly worship environment, with exposure to practical Christian truths through guest speakers and character quality awards.
2nd Grade Teachers
Heather Sidenquist, Abigail Rein, Tricia Alves, Ruth Haugo & Jennifer Ward
At Northshore Christian Academy in the 2nd Grade Department, our students are blessed with incredible educators who have the high distinction of: over 49 years of experience teaching, 3 Masters Degrees, and are ACSI accredited and have Washington State Teaching Certificates. Our teachers feel called to be exemplary educators and come from diverse and prominent teaching backgrounds that equip them with the tools necessary to meet the needs of each of our students.
As a Christian school, located in Everett, WA, we have the pleasure of partnering with families, local schools and businesses to give our students a well-rounded education. Our program focuses not only on the exemplary academics and their spiritual development of each student, but also their social and emotional development. Our program diligently works to support each of our students in their scholarly and personally endeavors as it helps shape and mold them into thriving members of our community.
Through collaborative team work, facilitated by our Learner Centered Collaboration (LCC), our teachers are able to create an environment of dynamically different teaching styles and strategically consistent curriculum. This allows our teachers to successfully impact our students by supporting all different learning styles. Northshore’s teamwork approach in evaluating data, such as our standardized testing, helps our program continue to be at the forefront of producing students ready to lead the world.
Students are able to master reading foundation skills and become skillful readers. Students read and comprehend literature and informational texts in the grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with support as needed at the high end of the range. Students learn and expand reading skills through explicit systematic instruction and the use of phonics. Students increase comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and vocabulary through the use of specific strategies. Some of these strategies which are emphasized in CAFÉ and Daily 5 include: read to self, work on writing, listening to reading, word work, reading with someone.
Students learn the elements of written communication so that they can begin to express themselves in an effective manner. Students write opinion pieces, informational texts, and narrative texts with appropriate structure and detail. Students use correct punctuation, capitalization, and complete sentences to make their writing clear and understandable. Students select an appropriate, interesting idea to carry through a story, compare/contrast written pieces, which use ordinary versus exciting word choice, edit and write with the correct organization, have a beginning, middle and end, and recognize the terms sentence fluency and voice through hearing and discussing pieces that possess these qualities. Students also learn and write paragraphs with correct structure (topic sentences, four supporting details, and closing sentence).
Handwriting: Students develop proper handwriting skills for effective written communication and presentation. Handwriting is evaluated by size, slant, shape, spacing, and position.
Language and Phonics
Students learn and apply rules and conventions in order to build on and improve their written and oral communication skills. Content will include sentences, capitalization, punctuation, among other things. Students will also be able to build upon phonic sounds and reading foundational skills in order to read with accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
Students improve spelling skills through an emphasis on phonetic features and spelling patterns. Spelling skills are connected to sorting, phonics, reading, writing, and editing. Spelling is evaluated on dictation tests, standardized tests, and in correct use in writing.
Students learn and practice mental math or “automaticity of” (fluency in) math facts, and all mathematical skills with daily practice and weekly assessments using Math Expressions where skills are reviewed regularly and built on in manageable increments.
Students learn about the four main facets of history from a Biblical Worldview: social, political, economic and religious. By learning about these important historical areas, students will expand their awareness of the world around them. Content includes learning about communities and mapping skills, The Mayflower and the thirteen colonies, Kings and Queens and how they ruled, how America became a country and all about America’s Presidents.
Through direct instruction and inquiry-based hands-on learning, students learn with a variety of media, texts, and materials. Units of discovery are plants, animals, earth, land and water, changing weather, dinosaurs, forces and motion, and sound. Leveled Readers are used to differentiate instruction by providing at and above grade level material.
We strive to provide our students with current software applications relevant to their lives that integrate all areas of our school curriculum. The focus of computers in second grade is to touch on computer ethics from a Christian perspective and to develop problem solving techniques as well as the ability to integrate computers into all areas of the curriculum. This course will focus on continued instruction in the programs Kid Pix and Kidspiration. Second graders will be introduced to initial typing techniques and word processing. Students will also be introduced to the Internet and safe searching techniques.
Students learn about book care, title and copyright, table of contents, book index, and illustration pages.
Grade 2 General Music is a year-long class meeting two times per week for 30 minutes where we explore all aspects of music through listening, singing, reading, movement, and playing a variety of instruments. In second grade, use of both rhythm and pitched instruments are used to explore the elements of music. Throughout the year, students learn musical concepts, vocabulary, singing skills, and performance skills. They are exposed to a variety of musical genres. Students are encouraged to use music as a form of communication in expressing their thoughts and feelings. Students are encouraged that music can be a powerful tool to communicate with God and about God. They are encouraged to develop their skills in order to do that more effectively and to bring honor and glory to God by doing it to the best of their abilities.
The students learn teamwork and sportsmanship and participate in a variety of athletic activities to facilitate the development of motor skills, coordination, and physical fitness. Skill development is emphasized throughout the year in various common games or sports: soccer, basketball, modified volleyball, hockey, tumbling, etc.
We use the TPR Storytelling approach for teaching Spanish, which follows four consecutive steps of language acquisition: hearing, speaking, reading, and writing. Students hear and respond to new vocabulary, participate in building stories with that vocabulary and respond to questions with answers and discussion. They are soon able to add their own ideas in Spanish. Songs, games, and skits are all part of the method that has fluency in Spanish as its aim. In two half-hour lessons per week, second-graders review first-grade Spanish vocabulary and continue to build upon it. They learn times of day, family/household/classroom nouns, 20 more common verbs, shopping vocabulary, more useful phrases like: What’s the matter?; Hi! My name is ______. What’s your name? Pleased to meet you; How are you? I’m fine/okay/sick, etc. and God/Jesus/Dad/Mom loves me. Students practice introducing themselves to each other, play riddle games, and continue to contribute their ideas and acting ability to familiar stories and mini-scenarios.
Students study a variety of famous artists each year. The students study the artist’s artwork and techniques that have made their artwork world-renowned. Students learn art theory and techniques through hands-on art projects that build art skills using various mediums.
Engineering – Project Lead the Way
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in elementary, middle, and high schools across the U.S. The program is set up in modules that follow the design process. Each 10-hour module is aligned to grade-level standards and incorporates the process of hands-on engineering. In second grade, students investigate and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties. After testing materials and analyzing the data, the students determine the best material to build a box that will keep popsicles frozen. Using the design process students will also design and build a seed-dispersing machine in module 2. The four 10-hour modules students complete are: (1) Materials Science: Properties of Matter, (2) Form and Function, (3) The changing Earth and (4) Grids and Games.
Pacific Science Center, Mukilteo Beach
Christmas, Parade of Presidents Performance
Presenting the 2nd Grade Parade of Presidents, Heritage Family Project & Feast, Chapter Books
Dads, Donuts and Watch DOGS, Speech Meet, Missions Month, Walk-a-Thon, Moments with Mom, Veterans Day Chapel, Field Day.
Bible: NIV Bible, International Bible Society, and ACSI
Reading/Language Arts: Student Books, A Beka; Leveled Literature Selections; Language 2, A Beka Spelling; English 2 (Bob Jones); Explorations in Nonfiction Writing 2
Writing: A Reason for Writing Transition Workbook
Math: Math Expressions
Social Studies: Heritage Studies (Bob Jones)
Science: Scott Foresman (2010) Diamond Edition
Promethean Board, document camera and teacher guided iPad, educational software and apps, classroom audio-systems, interactive learning subscriptions such as Brainpop and encyclopedias.