Second Grade

Second Grade
 \  Second Grade


Mrs. Henson Ms. Sykes Mrs. Taiji Mrs. Uribe
Mrs. Henson Ms. Sykes Mrs. Taiji Mrs. Uribe



                  “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” -Albert Einstein


We welcome you to second grade!


Mrs. Uribe
  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a Bilingual Emphasis from the University of California Santa Barbara
  • Serving Goleta Union School District for over 29 years
  • Married with two children


Miss Sykes
  • Bachelors Degree in Psychology from University of California Santa Barbara
  • Masters Degree in Education from University of California Santa Barbara


Mrs. Erin Henson
  • California Native
  • UMASS undergraduate, UCSB Masters in Education
  • Over 10 years teaching at La Patera
  • Married with two daughters


Mrs. Kelly Taiji
  • UCSB graduate, Bachelor’s Degree & Master’s in education
  • Serving Goleta Union School District since 2005
  • Over 10 years in GUSD at La Patera (teaching 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th)
  • Married with 2 daughters



Language Arts

In grade two, students will continue to build important reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. They will think, talk, and write about what they read in a variety of texts, such as stories, books, articles, and other sources of information including the internet. In their writing, students will learn how to develop a topic and strengthen their skills by editing and revising.


Students will extend their understanding of place value to the hundreds place. They will use this place value understanding to solve word problems, including those involving length and other units of measure. Students will continue to work on their addition and subtraction skills, quickly and accurately adding and subtracting numbers up through 20 and also working on numbers up through 100. They will also build a foundation for understanding fractions by working with shapes and geometry.

Social Studies

Working through our curriculum will present history as a story well-told, highlighting significant people from the past. Students will locate important places and integrate geography into the story of history. Different literary pieces will define important history and social science vocabulary as we explore important events and locate them throughout different historical periods.


Second graders will study Ecosystems, Biological Evolution, Earth’s Systems, Matter and Engineering. Students are expected to demonstrate grade appropriate proficiency in developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data, constructing explanations and designing solutions, engaging in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.


In second grade homework is sent home daily to reinforce skills learned at school and to promote responsibility. It is also expected that students read at home every night. Below are some ideas of ways to support your child at home.

-Ask your child what topics he or she is interested in and read about them together.

-Use technology to help build your child’s interest in reading. There are several websites where students can read books or articles online.

-Play math games with your child.

-Have your child explain the relationship between different numbers without counting.


Field Trips:

In second grade students will go on several exciting field trips.

Fairview Gardens: Students will learn about agriculture, sustainability, and local plant life.

Arlington Theatre : Students will see a live performance by California Theatre Company.

Natural History Museum: Students will learn about California wildlife and will do a fossil dig.

Arroyo Hondo Preserve: Students will take a nature walk and observe plants and animals in wild.

Santa Barbara Art Museum: Students will tour the museum and view famous pieces of artwork.


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