Second Grade

Meet the classroom teacher:

Hayley Zoerheide has been teaching at Sharon Elementary School since 2018.
Mrs. Zoerheide graduated from Castleton University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Zoerheide aims to educate, care for, and embrace each child that walks through her door.
When Mrs. Zoerheide is not teaching, you can find her on her farm with her four children, enjoying all that Vermont has to offer.

Hayley Zoerheide
Second Grade Teacher


Mathematics

Math is of great importance in our school and classrooms. We use the Envisions curriculum to guide our math focus, tailoring, and enhancing as needed for each class and the individual child. We aim to build each child’s number sense as well as their confidence and ability to work fluently with numbers when adding and subtracting. We utilize IXL, an online math resource, as well as many games in our classroom each day.  In Second Grade, we are helping students become proficient in:

  • Use numerical phenomena or quantities to model a situation.
  • Use graphing techniques to model and interpret situations.
  • Compare mathematical models for a situation.
  • Understand place value
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.
  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
  • Add and Subtract within 1000 using concrete models (add and subtract 0 – 20 mentally)
  • Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication.
  • Measure and estimate lengths in standard units.
  • Relate addition and subtraction to length.
  • Work with time and money.
  • Represent and interpret data.
  • Recognize and Draw Shapes by Attributes

English & Language Arts

The Second Grade English & Language Arts program takes a balanced approach to the teaching of literacy. We place a strong emphasis on literacy – teaching and modeling the love of reading and writing is a critical piece of our curriculum. Our students take part in daily guided reading groups, practice independent reading, partner reading, confer with peers and teachers after reading, practice grade-appropriate word work skills, compose daily journal entries, and practice narrative, opinion, and informational writing. Children inherently love telling, reading, and listening to stories; we give them the opportunity to enhance and build upon their natural skills and abilities. When necessary, a full-time interventionist guides students through areas of difficulty in reading fluency. At Sharon Elementary and across the White River Valley SU, Fountas and Pinnell program is used in all classrooms as support for meeting proficiency. The classroom books and minilessons provide access to a variety of leveled texts geared for all readers. In terms of proficiency, we measure and focus on students being able to:

  • Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and change
  • Recount stories, and determine their central message, lesson or moral
  • Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text
  • Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and ending concludes the action
  • Know and use various text features to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently
  • Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic
  • Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story by different authors or from different cultures
  • Reads grade-level appropriate complex text
  • Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words
  • Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension

Science

Outdoor education also plays an important role in our classrooms. Every Wednesday, we spend half of the day outdoors for Woods Wednesday. Much of our science curriculum is based on our outdoor time. Our learning includes, but is not limited to:
– plant and animal behaviors and habitats
– weather and solar observations
– the effects of heat and fire
– creating structures and STEM experimentation.

While outdoors, our students routinely demonstrate curiosity, grit, and determination, kindness for others, creativity and problem solving, and a passion for learning that is unrivaled. 

Enrichment

In Art, the Second Grader meets the NCAS proficiency by studying the seven laws of drawing through famous artists exploration, develop a work of art based on observations of surroundings involving a range of medium.

In Music, the Second Grader meets the NCAS proficiency by working on cadence and rhythm. Students are able to generate musical ideas (such as rhythms and melodies) within a given tonality and/or meter. Students are introduced to the use of standard and/or iconic notation and/or recording technology to document personal rhythmic and melodic musical ideas. Students in Second Grade have two scheduled performances to the community (Holiday Concert and Spring Concert), as well as performances during the school year for special events/assembly.

In World Languages, the Second Grader builds on previously learned concepts, and is immersed in Spanish or Standard Mandarin Chinese (languages are both taught during the year). The focus is on exploring colors, counting, family through movements. Mrs. Meagher also brings cultural diversity to the classroom using food, cultural artifacts, and history to expose the Third Grader to context within their language exploration journey.