START OF THE DAY
Each morning begins with a video message and checklist for the day’s assignments. At 9:15am, all second graders join a live group meeting with their teacher. During this time, we discuss the work for the day, review any concepts that were tricky the day before, and share any important announcements. A couple of students are chosen each day to share a favorite toy, pet, or treasure during this social time. Teachers then read aloud from a chapter book and ask connecting questions to reinforce comprehension.
Language Arts lessons include weekly spelling patterns, reading connecting stories that incorporate the spelling words for the week, and practicing new, high-frequency vocabulary words. Students also work on a new grammar lesson, literary elements, and three prompts per week for journal writing that entail five-sentence paragraphs with lots of detail.
Second graders start off their lesson with a problem of the day as a warm-up and then are directed to lesson videos that are teacher-directed. After the videos, students are asked to connect what they have learned to problem-solving activities. Each student is assessed at the end of the math units.
Weekly social studies lessons take the form of online and print assignments that connect to the weekly stories.
Teachers hold small-group and whole-group meetings each week, as well as 1:1 sessions. Second graders usually receive an average of 7 video meetings with their teachers each week.