Second Grade Language Arts Essential Skills

  1. Understand meaning from text
  2. Self-monitor reading
  3. Utilize the Unknown Word Strategy and Reading Nonfiction Strategy
  4. Build vocabulary (utilize environmental print, recognize content words)
  5. Demonstrate understanding of text through oral and written responses
  6. Express ideas clearly in writing
  7. Apply rules of capitalization, punctuation, and spelling in daily work
  8. Revise his/her own writing
  9. Utilize the research process to collect, organize, and write about content area topics

Second Grade Math Essential Skills

  1. Use mental math skills
  2. Apply logic skills in problem solving
  3. Collect, organize, and examine information on graphs
  4. Use numbers through 1,000
  5. Memorize basic addition facts and use fact families to figure out subtraction
  6. Add and subtract three-digit numbers with and without regrouping
  7. Identify fractions
  8. Measure length (metric/standard), temperature (Fahrenheit/Celsius), time (to the minute)
  9. Recognize, add, subtract, make change, and determine equivalency of dollars and cents
  10. Identify and manipulate 2- and 3-dimensional shapes and symmetrical shapes

Second Grade Science Essential Skills

  1. Investigate and begin to construct an understanding of the natural world
  2. Classify animals (mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and insects)
  3. Explore the interaction of plants and animals in habitats and food chains and webs

Second Grade Social Studies Essential Skills

  1. Discuss current events during daily Morning Meetings
  2. Use map keys and the compass rose to find locations on maps
  3. Research the continents (cultures, countries, landforms, and waterforms)
  4. Use life rules (Kindness, Responsibility, Respect, Honesty) in daily activities

Meet Lisa Wood

Lisa Wood joined the Park faculty in 2001. She is the core second grade teacher. Prior to coming to Park, Lisa taught for 15 years in the Buffalo Public Schools. She taught second grade at School 54 for eight years and was a grade 3/4 loop teacher at School 99 for seven years.

Except for three years in northern New Jersey, Lisa has lived her entire life in the Buffalo area. Lisa is the proud mother of two Park School graduates - Ciana '11 and Linnea '13, who both started at Park in first grade. 

Lisa holds a Masters Degree in Education as a Reading and Writing Specialist (PK-Grade 12) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education (K-Grade 6), both from the University at Buffalo. She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham Method of teaching reading and writing. In addition, Lisa has had extensive training with the Marilyn Burns method of mathematics instruction.

Lisa has been a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for 12 years. She does most of her wildlife rehabilitation work at the SPCA Serving Erie County. You never know when Lisa may need to bring a batch of baby squirrels, rabbits, opossums, or kittens into the classroom! In addition to her work in the second grade classroom, Lisa shares her love of nature by being the Director of Environmental Education (PK- Grade 12) at Park. She is also the Director of Intervention Services for Lower School Students (PK-Grade 4) and the Co-Coordinator of the Summer Scholars program. Lisa also runs the Lower School Math Club with Upper School math teacher Tammy Giancola.

Founded in 1912, The Park School of Buffalo has the distinction of being one of the oldest Progressive schools in the country. Park is an independent, co-educational school serving approximately 300 students enrolled in prekindergarten (3 and 4 year olds), lower school (kindergarten through grade 4), middle school (grades 5 through 8), and upper school (grades 9 through 12). Park is uniquely situated on 34 beautiful acres in Amherst, New York. The School’s campus – formerly a farm – includes a pond, marsh, gardens, and a greenhouse while being located just minutes from downtown Buffalo and easily accessible from many communities throughout Western New York. Park’s educational philosophy embraces active, student-centered learning, delivered by exceptional teachers who design and continuously update a robust curriculum. Faculty members approach each student as an individual within the context of a kind and respectful community. From the preschool years through college preparation, The Park School of Buffalo helps learners realize their own unique potentials and prepares them to be confident, successful, life-long learners.

The Park School Of Buffalo

4625 Harlem Road
Snyder, NY 14226
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