The students in second grade prepare for and receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion. Lessons, scripture references, and terminology are focused on these sacraments. The major topics taught are:
- God, our Creator, sends Jesus and the Holy Spirit to help and guide us.
- We participate in worship through liturgy and sacraments.
- We develop personal responsibility.
- We live the message of Jesus through our service to others.
- God's people are connected by faith.
- The uniqueness of each person is to be nurtured.
Sacramental formation includes both classroom and parish study and activities. School Ministry students work alongside Faith Formation students, attending classes on the weekends for both students and parents. All sacraments are celebrated as a parish community.
The second grade language arts curriculum encompasses the areas of reading, writing, grammar, spelling, and phonics, and covers the following topics:
- Decoding and word recognition
- Vocabulary development
- Reading comprehension
- Literary response and narrative analysis
- Writing strategies and applications
- Sentence structure
- Listening and speaking strategies
The language arts subjects are taught as separate entities as well as combined into units, focused around literature stories. Various methodologies and programs are used including Step Up To Writing, Guided Reading, Junior Great Books, cursive writing, computer lab programs and websites, book reports, weekly library visits, visiting storytellers, monthly student-written newsletters, and multiple whole class and small group activities.
Second grade students strive to memorize basic addition and subtraction facts. The students will master renaming in addition and subtraction through hundreds, and be introduced to multiplication and division. The major topics covered are:
- Addition and subtraction
- Multiplication and division
- Fractions and decimals
- Computation with money
- Algebra and functions
- Measurement and geometry
- Data analysis
- Mathematical reasoning
Students in second grade learn the stories of extraordinary people from history and religion whose achievements touched them, directly or indirectly. The Scott Foresman "Then and Now" program is used to teach this concept, a social studies curriculum specifically designed to follow the California state standards. The five main topics are:
- Students differentiate between those things that happened long ago and yesterday.
- Students demonstrate map skills by describing the absolute and relative locations of people, places, and environments.
- Students explain the institutions and practices of governments on the United States and other countries.
- Students understand basic economic concepts of their individual roles in the economy, and demonstrate basic economic reasoning skills.
- Students understand the importance of individual action and character and explain how heroes and saints from long ago and the recent past make a difference on other's lives.
Science lessons cover the three major areas of physical, life, and earth sciences.
- Physical Sciences: The motion of objects can be observed and measured.
- Life Science: God made plants and animals to have predictable life cycles.
- Earth Science: Earth is made of materials that have distinct properties and provide resources for human activities.
Field Trips/Special Activities
Holy Trinity students are involved in many curricular and extra-curricular activities during the school day and after school hours. Second grade students are involved in the following school-wide activities:
- Faith Families (meet once a month for religious and service projects)
- Recently developing school garden
- Spirit Week and Catholic School’s Week activities
- Parish choir
- Chess Club
- Violin lessons
- Little Dribblers Basketball
- Boy/Girl Scouts
- Reading buddies (with the 8th grade class)
- Science Fair
- FAME lessons (Fine Arts Mini Experience)
In addition to school-wide activities, students also participate in grade level activities. Second grade students are involved in:
- Parent/student weekend meeting for sacrament preparation
- Class service project supporting Mustardseed School and/or the Sacramento Police Department (providing school supplies and comfort materials to similar-aged homeless students)
- Field trip to a stage play followed by Mass and a tour of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
- Various educational field trips in the local area (that have included a firehouse, Explorit Science Center, Folsom Zoo, Nimbus Fish Hatchery, and an Apple Computer store)
- Pen pal letters (written to a second grade class in a Southern-California Catholic school)