Second Grade Math

The Cambridge School’s Math Department purchased the revised edition of Investigations by TERC. We at Haggerty had the opportunity to pilot this program a few years ago and we agree it is a terrific program. Math is offered for an average of 75 minutes daily. University of Chicago: Everyday Math is used as a supplemental program. Terc and Everyday Math are standards-based and align with the Massachusetts Mathematics Frameworks. Both programs shift the focus of mathematical learning to mathematical reasoning and problem solving. Emphasis is put on describing, comparing and discussing various problem-solving strategies. Math areas covered include: building a sense of numbers, patterns, organizing, sorting, collecting and recording data, addition, subtraction, place value, money, time, geometric shapes, attributes, symmetry, measurement, and introductions to fractions and calculators. You may feel that these areas were covered in first grade and they were. However, second graders explore the areas more deeply and fully. 

Math homework will be given two nights a week beginning in October and may increase as students become more familiar with homework routines. It will cover and review a variety of math areas. We stress the importance of being able to explain one’s mathematical thinking. We spend a good deal of time helping students explain their thinking and ways of solving problems. For many students it is so helpful to practice math at home: counting forward and backward, skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and 25’s, and of course, practicing addition and subtraction facts on a daily basis. All will help facilitate their comfort with and sense of numbers. In early fall and late spring we join the Cambridge School’s Math Department to assess 2nd-graders, using their own Early Numeracy Assessment, (ENA), to measure primary students’ progress in math. The assessment is meant to provide information about the students’ learning in order to inform the teacher and guide the instruction.