Second graders at Park explore and communicate their learning in a variety of engaging ways. Whether they are responding to discussions and reading reflections in Writer's Workshop or sharing their knowledge of different animal species in self-made books, students take a greater role in their learning as they begin to have more choice in how they accomplish their work. Academic Choice, a component of Responsive Classroom, lets students drive the inquiry behind their lessons, leading to motivated and curious learners. In second grade, students create portfolios of their work through the year to help them see their growth in learning over time.

Grade 2 Curriculum Guide

Essential Skills for Second Grade

  • English Language Arts: Read fiction and non-fiction texts; learn to revise and edit writing; create poems; read individually, with a partner, and in small groups to distill information from non-fiction texts.
  • Math: Add and subtract two- and three-digit numbers; display data with graphs and charts; solve and write simple story problems; estimate and measure using U.S. and metric measurement systems.
  • Social Studies: Discuss current events and multicultural holidays; compare cultures from different continents; compare and contrast land and water forms; learn about cultures from folktales around the world.
  • Science: Collect, organize, and record data; participate in citizen scientist projects; observe and journal nature during Nature Walks; identify characteristics of different animal species; identify the life cycle of trees and birds.

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.

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