The Stoughton Area School District's literacy goal is to ensure that all students become successful, high level readers, writers, speakers and listeners. Students are expected to meet the State Standards in ELA adopted by the State of Wisconsin at each grade level. Stoughton's Comprehensive Approach to Literacy stresses the essential components of reading through explicit teaching of phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency and expressiveness, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling, writing and handwriting.
Daily read-alouds, independent reading time, reading workshop, writing workshop, and systematic word study instruction are key features of the approach. Teachers demonstrate the habits and strategies of effective reading and writing through a variety of structures: instructional read-alouds, small group instruction, shared reading, and interactive writing.
The Stoughton Area School District's elementary mathematics curriculum is Math Expressions. Within this curriculum, a series of learning progressions reflect recent research regarding students' natural learning stages when mastering concepts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and problem solving. These learning stages help determine the order of concepts, the sequence of units, and the positioning of topics.
In 2nd Grade, units focus on the following:
1. Addition and Subtraction Within 20
2. Addition Within 200
3. Length and Shapes
4. Subtract 2-Digit Numbers
5. Time, Graphs, and Word Problems
6. 3-Digit Addition and Subtraction
7. Arrays, Equal Shares, and Adding and Subtracting Lengths
Math Expressions fits the learning professions, the core-grade level goals, and the dual focus on understanding and fluency of the Common Core State Content Standards.
The Stoughton Area School District's elementary science curriculum uses the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) at the K-5 level. NGSS strives to develop students abilities to do and understand scientific inquiry through:
- Asking questions and identifying problems
- Planning and conducting investigations
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Developing and using models
- Using mathematics, information and computer technology and computational thinking
- Constructing explanations and designing solutions
- Engaging in argument from evidence
- Obtaining, evaluating and communication information
In 2nd Grade, the science standards are broken down into three topical questions taught over the course of the academic year. These questions will build in complexity in terms of both disciplinary and crosscutting content, as well as the application of science and engineering practices across the year. These three questions are:
- What patterns related to water exist in the natural world?
- Why does the land change over time?
- What do plants need?
The Stoughton School District's elementary social studies curriculum is based on the 2010 National Council for the Social Studies standards and the Wisconsin State Standards for Literacy in All Subject Areas. A technology rich program created by TCI is the core resource used in grades K-5.
In Second Grade, Social Studies Alive! My Community teaches students the basics of geography, economics, and citizenship in the context of learning about their local community (From teachtci.com).
In the Stoughton Area School District, we believe that the study of art is a vital component to the development of all students.
The 2nd Grade Art courses cover the Understanding and Using the National Core Arts Standards along with these projects and curriculum.
1. Elements & Principles (texture, repetition)
2. Drawing (spatial relationships, fore/middle/background, symmetry, still life)
3. Painting (cool/warm, watercolor techniques)
4. Ceramics (slab, modeling)
5. Sculpture (additive sculpture)
6. Mixed Media (weaving/fiber/collage/metal): (fiber weaving)
7. Graphics (technology/printing): (additive printmaking)
In the Stoughton Area School District, we believe that the study of music is a vital component to the development of all students. The general music program in our district reflects the National Music Education Standards, also adopted in the state of Wisconsin. Our grade two students will be able to:
• Sing independently on pitch in an appropriate range
• Sing a varied repertoire of songs with expression appropriate to the genre
• Perform on and compare pitched and non-pitched instruments
• Understand and perform simple rhythms using half notes, quarter notes, quarter rests, and paired eighth notes
• Recognize and identify basic differences in tempo and dynamics