PO Box 560 / 90 Alexander Lane, Solomons, Maryland 20688   

Phone (410) 326-3171  |  olssschool@comcast.net  |  Fax (410) 326-9478


Mrs. Carmen Norris holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education from the University of Notre Dame of Maryland. She taught two years of Pre-K at Cardinal Hickey Academy, and worked as a substitute teacher for Calvert County Public Schools for several years. She has also worked as an Instructional Aid. This is her 8th year teaching 2nd grade at our school.


Archdiocese of Washington Academic Standards define what students in Catholic Schools should know and be able to do at each grade level.

Series used: Saxon Math
1) Number Sense: Students understand the relationships among numbers, quantities, and values in whole numbers up to 100. They understand that fractions may refer to parts of a set and parts of a whole. They identify patterns of numbers in each group of ten, and identify numbers up to 999 in combinations of hundreds, tens, and ones. They arrange numbers in numerical order. They interpret data using tables, charts, and graphs.
2) Computation: Students solve simple problems involving addition and subtraction of numbers up to 100. They model additions of numbers with objects and pictures, and use estimation in addition problems. They start to use mental arithmetic.
3) Algebra & Functions: Students model, represent, and interpret number relationships to create and solve problems involving addition and subtraction. They create and extend number patterns, and recognize and extend a linear pattern by its rules.
4) Geometry: Students identify and describe the attributes of common shapes in the plane and of common objects in space. They describe, classify, and sort plane and solid shapes according to the number of sides, edges, and vertices.
5) Measurement: Students understand how to measure length, temperature, capacity, weight, and time in standard units.  They estimate areas, capacities, weights, temperatures, and time. They find the value in collections of coins and money.
6) Problem Solving: Students make decisions about how to set up and solve problems, and how to explain their reasoning. They choose the approach, materials, and strategies to use, and use tools such as object or drawings to model problems.
ADW 2nd Grade Math Standards​​

Series used: McGraw-Hill Wonders 2023​
1) Word Recognition, Fluency, & Vocabulary Development: Students understand the basic features of words. They see letter patterns and know how to translate them into spoken language by using phonics, syllables, vocabulary, and word parts. They apply this knowledge to achieve fluent oral and silent reading. They recognize common abbreviations, and identify regular and irregular plural words. In Vocabulary, they learn antonyms, synonyms, compound words, prefixes, and suffixes.
2) Reading Comprehension: Students read and understand grade-level material. They use a variety of comprehension strategies, such as asking/responding to questions, making predictions, and comparing information from several sources. Students read a variety of narrative and expository texts, such as classic and contemporary literature, poetry, and children’s magazines. They learn structural features and use titles, tables of contents, and chapter headings to locate information in text. They draw conclusions about what will happen next in text by identifying key words. They follow two-step written instructions.
3) Literacy Response & Analysis: Students read and respond to a wide variety of literature. They identify and discuss the characters, theme, plot, and setting of stories. They identify the use of rhythm, rhyme, and alliteration in poetry. They identify the meaning or lesson of a story, and recognize the difference between fantasy and reality.
4) Writing Process: Students write clear sentences and paragraphs that develop a central idea. They progress through the stages of the writing process; prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. They organize and focus their writing ideas, proofread their own and others’ writing using an editing checklist, and revise drafts to improve sequence and detail.
5) Writing Applications: Students write compositions, rhymes, and poems, and are introduced to letter writing. They write responses to literature that demonstrate an understanding of what is read. They learn to write and deliver a report.
6) Written English Language Conventions: Students write using conventions of Standard English through handwriting, sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. Grammar focuses on identifying and writing parts of speech, including nouns and verbs. In punctuation, students learn the use of commas and quotation marks. In Spelling, students are introduced to words that are used frequently but do not fit common spelling patterns. They correctly spell words with short and long vowel sounds, r-controlled vowels (are, er, ir, or, ur), and consonant-blend patterns (bl, dr, st.)
7) Skills, Strategies, & Applications: Students listen and respond to oral communication. They speak in a manner that conveys ideas by using proper phrasing, pitch, and modulation. They paraphrase information that has been shared orally, and follow three- and four-step oral directives. They retell stories, recount experiences, and recite poems, songs, and stories.

ADW 2nd Grade Language Arts Standards​​

Series used: Harcourt Social Studies
1) History: Students identify when their local community was established, including its founders and early settlers. They learn about changes in daily life from past to present, and use calendars and timelines.
2) Civics & Government: Students learn the rights and responsibilities of citizens, how people work together to resolve conflict, the importance of respecting differences, and how and why laws are used. Students learn about the foundations of the US government on the belief of equal rights for all its citizens, and why it is important for communities to have governments.
3) Geography: Students use basic information on maps, globes, and other geographic tools to locate physical and human features.
4) Human & Physical Systems and Seasonal Changes: Students learn about demographics, and how different physical features in communities can influence the activities there.
5) Economics: Students learn about resources that communities use to produce goods and services, and identify specialized jobs within the community. They learn about trade and money; why people obtain things through exchanging and trading. They learn about money, prices, and savings.

ADW 2nd Grade Social Studies Standards​​

Series used: Harcourt Science
1) Nature of Science: Students observe and measure properties of objects and substances. They compare observations in terms of shape, size, weight, color, and number. They estimate and measure capacity.
2) Nature of Technology: Students learn that tools are used to gain more information about objects, and to design and build with.
3) Physical Settings: Students investigate, describe, and discuss natural surroundings, and learn why things move and change, such as the transition from liquid to solid.
4) Earth & Space Science: Students observe and describe events in nature that have repeating patterns. They identify ways in which humans depend on their environments and resources.
5) Life Science: Students study structures and functions of living systems, how plants and animals adapt to thrive in specific environments, and which animals are dependent on plants.

ADW 2nd Grade Science Standards​​

Sadlier Religion’s “We Believe” series is comprised of four units: Unit 1 “Jesus Is With Us Always, Unit 2 “Jesus Calls Us to Reconciliation & Penance”, Unit 3 “Jesus Give Himself in the Eucharist”, and Unit 4 “We Live Our Catholic Faith”. The class focuses on the Catholic sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist (First Holy Communion), as these are the two sacraments that most 2nd graders receive during the course of the year.

ADW 2nd Grade Religion Standards​​

1) Movement Forms: Students refine fundamental movement skills to a more mature level. They vary and combine locomotor, non-locomoter, and manipulative skills, and demonstrate more advanced forms of movement in physical activities.
2) Motor (Movement) Skills: Students learn concepts and vocabulary linked to mature movement patterns, and use strategies for simple games and activities.
3) Physical Activity: Students learn how physical activity contributes to health, and the negative consequences of inactivity.
4) Physical Fitness: Students begin to progress to vigorous activities for longer periods, and at higher intensity levels.
5) Responsible Behavior: Students continue to learn and apply acceptable behavior which demonstrate an understanding of rules, directions, safety practices, and working cooperatively with others.

ADW 2nd Grade PE Standards​​

Students engage in written and spoken conversations in Spanish, and expand their knowledge of greetings, learn days of the week, months of the year, food, and clothing names. They are introduced to the basics of telling time and work with numbers up to 40. They learn to recognize letters, sounds, and special characters of the Spanish language. They examine and experience the relationships among the practices, products, and perspectives of another culture and their own. They recognize words shared between English and Spanish, and the similarities and differences in the structural patterns of language.

ADW 2nd Grade Foreign Language Standards​​

Students learn how to perform music by singing and playing instruments, using appropriate tone quality and clear dictation. They follow the cues of a conductor, and identify different instruments. Students learn how to create music by singing, playing instruments, and using movement. They create rhythmic and melodic patterns. Students learn to respond to music by reading, writing, and performing patterns. They identify similarities and differences in music and contrasting styles of composition.

ADW 2nd Grade Music Standards​​

Students identify connections between works of arts and the culture from which they originated. They learn about the chronological development of art movements, and common themes in artwork from various cultures. They understand and apply elements and principles of design in their work, discriminating between types of shape, colors, textures, and space. A variety of art media is explored, including drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, and mixed media. Students learn about a variety of art-related professions and identify opportunities for involvement in the art in their local communities.

ADW 2nd Grade Visual Arts Standards​​

ADW Technology Standards​​