Second and third grade students at Berwick explore living and survival patterns of humans and animals through the lens of nature, geography, and immigration. Students, as they further transition from the process of “learning to read” to the process of “reading to learn” become immersed in literature and integrated activities that encourage a sensitive appreciation for the human condition, past and present. Students also continue their growth as enthusiastic writers and readers, competent mathematicians, inspired participants within Exploration classes, and respectful friends within the second and third grade classrooms and throughout the Lower School.
Social studies is a key subject area within the second and third grade program, as the students build their knowledge and understanding of the United States throughout the school year. We travel through the five regions, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West and Southwest, and learn about each state within each region. We study capitals, mountain ranges, large rivers, landmarks, foods, climate, and more, in addition to learning a variety of interesting facts about each state within a region. We also begin to better understand the vastness of our country and how regions differ from each other. This is an appropriate foundation as the children prepare for fourth grade and their study of the thirteen colonies and early American history.