The Sundance 2nd Grade Language Arts Curriculum conforms to the Core Curriculum Content Standards (CCCS) for Language Arts Literacy.
Components of our Language Arts curriculum include Guided Reading, Reading Comprehension, Spelling, Grammar concepts, Vocabulary study, Read Aloud, Writing (Writers’ Workshop), and Handwriting.

In all our Language Arts components, we are ever mindful of creating and sustaining differentiated lessons that are tailored to all of our students’ needs and skill levels.


In our Guided Reading program, our students explore and enjoy the many facets of age-appropriate literature and informational texts. Students are immersed in a “book circle” atmosphere, where all aspects of a text are investigated and discussed. Each class commences with students engaging in oral reading sessions. Discussion follows. Components include:

  • Question and Answer sessions where text is dissected
  • Character study
  • Vocabulary
  • Decoding words using cues from phonics, word order and context
  • Discussion and written assignments that pertain to themes, settings, plots and points of view
  • Drawing conclusions/making predictions

    Texts include Guided Reading Program Level Books as well as cross curricular theme-based books, integrating both literature and informational texts with our science and social studies curricula.

    Examples of books:

  • Clementine
  • Cam Jansen Series
  • The Good Dog
  • Chocolate Touch
  • Stone Fox
  • Five True Dog Stories


    Students develop fluency in determining text details, sequencing, comparing and contrasting the elements of a text, grasping main ideas, drawing conclusions and predicting outcomes, and distinguishing fact from opinion.

    Textbook: Making Connections (Book 2)


    Spelling conventions are both introduced and reinforced. Word lists are assembled from various sources, including Guided Reading texts, cross-curricular themes, sight words and standard thematic spelling conventions (using Spellwell textbooks).


    Grammar is reinforced on a daily basis through spoken and written means. One or two dedicated lesson each week focuses on a key element of grammar, enhanced by Montessori materials.

    2nd grade elements include:

  • Sentence structure
  • Parts of speech: nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives and adverbs
  • Capitalization and punctuation

    Textbook- Voyages- level 2


    Vocabulary is stressed in all our curricula. We habitually introduce new words on a weekly basis, culling words from our math, science, social studies and reading lessons.


    Listening skills are a key element to enjoying both literature and non-fiction. Our teachers love reading classics to the students. Dedicated time is set aside each week for this purpose.

    Books include:

  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Theme based picture books
  • Social skills picture books


    Two to three hours are set aside each week solely to develop students’ writing proficiency. Classes typically include a mini-lesson. Each lesson stresses some elemental aspect of writing:

  • Brainstorming- finding an idea
  • Organizing thoughts and ideas
  • Write in paragraph form
  • Writing rough drafts
  • Editing
  • Final copy/publishing

    Throughout the year, 2nd graders are exposed to:

  • Poetry
  • Personal narratives
  • Letter Writing
  • Fiction and Non-Fiction writing
  • Writing to a prompt
  • Basic research skills for presentation

    *Teaching elements of good writing can be found in all facets of our curricula.
    Both written and visual prompts are often given to students in both our science
    and social studies lessons.


  • Listening comprehension
  • Collaborative discussion participation
  • Oral presentations
  • Reading with Expression


    Neat and uniform handwriting is reinforced using the Handwriting Without Tears
    series of workbooks.