Second Grade Teacher Web Pages

Welcome to second grade!

Click here to visit Ms. Desautels Second Grade Classroom Webpage.

Click here to visit Mrs. Quagliani's Second Grade Classroom webpage.

Click here to visit Ms. Perry's Classroom webpage.


Language Arts: In language arts this year, your child will be pushed to become more independent in reading and writing. We will be using The Daily Five and CAFE. The Daily Five will allow your child to have a quick mini-lesson with the teacher and then to work independently in the following ways:        

  • Read To Self
  • Read to Someone
  • Work on Writing
  • Word Work


CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, Extending Vocabulary. As we go through the school year, you should encourage your child to talk about The Daily Five and CAFE.


What you might notice: In your child’s writing, they are encouraged to try their hardest writing words instead of waiting for someone to help them. This year the students will be writing how to books, small moments, informational and opinion writing.


There is a reading test administered in November and again in May called the Next Step Guided Reading Assessment. During this time, your child will come to a quiet area with me and read a story. There are fiction and non-fiction selections.


Math: Some of the topics your child will explore in math this year are:

  • Addition and subtraction
  • Place Value
  • Money
  • Geometry
  • Fractions
  • Measurement
  • Graphs
  • Time and Temperature


Science: Topics we will cover this year:

  • Solids and Liquids
  • Nutrition Expedition
  • New Plants


Social Studies: Social studies is often integrated in the reading program.The units of study this year are:

  • Wants and Needs
  • Cultural/Ethnic Groups
  • Laws and Services of West Haven
  • Man-made vs. Physical
  • Local Historical Sites
  • History Related Holidays




Math and spelling homework will be sent home nightly. Reading for 20 minutes a night is also strongly encouraged. There will be some monthly special projects sent home for homework as well. Sometimes they require working together as a family to complete them.  All homework assignments count towards your child’s grade.


How You Can Help

Your child will come home with spelling and sight words weekly. Please practice these words nightly with your child. It is always good to practice the old words with the new words.

Take your child to the public library and take out some books. Encourage your child to get books that he/she can read independently. Don’t forget to borrow some non-fiction books as well! If your child doesn’t see the book they want, ask a librarian because they can order books from other public libraries around the state.


Practice math facts nightly with your child.


Ask your child to tell you about their day. Ask directed questions, such as, “What did you learn in science today?” This will help your child to remember concepts that are being taught.

 The following are websites that we use in school, your child should be using them at home as well.
Lexia Reading
Tumble Books
Xtra Math
Symphony Math
Math Magician