2nd Grade Curriculum
Reading and Language Arts
Objective: Students will read fiction and non-fiction stories appropriate to Second Grade for comprehension and be able to summarize key ideas and supporting details. Students will use the writing process to demonstrate mastery of vocabulary and spelling. They will also demonstrate correct grammar and the correct use of conventions of standard English.
Textbooks: SRA Imagine It!, Wordly Wise
Time Allotment: 100 minutes per day for 170 days
All Around the Town / Look Again
Look Again / Courage
Courage / American People
Areas to be Evaluated: Comprehension and fluency in reading, Spelling words, Vocabulary definitions in 3 Wordly Wise workbooks, Communication skills in speaking and writing
Objective: The student will acquire knowledge and understanding in four critical areas: extending understanding of base-ten notation, building fluency with addition and subtraction, using units of measure, and describing and analyzing shapes.
Textbooks: Arithmetic 2, Supplemental ACSI Math and Saxon Math
Time Allotment: 45 minutes for 170 days
Number and Operations in Base Ten
Operations and Algebraic Thinking
Measurement and Data
Geometry and Problem Solving
Areas to Be Evaluated: Basic facts through memory, Body of knowledge of absolutes, Relationships between one truth and another, Order of the real world through God’s creation, Critical thinking skills through problem solving using correct operations, as well as multiple-step operations while focusing on key words.
Objective: To stimulate students’ interest in science through a study of God’s creation. Students will investigate truths about themselves and the world around them through observation, inquiry, and hands-on experiments.
Textbooks: Enjoying God’s World, Healthy You Healthy Me
Time Allotment: 30 minutes each Thursday and Friday
A study of the body and what keeps it working well. Investigating the animal world through God’s special design and protection.
A study of the plant world through its parts and how the plant and animal kingdom react to and depend on one another.
A study of energy as it relates to gravity, force, and friction. The study of weather: what causes it? How does it affect us?
A study of the stars and planets in an endless universe as well as enjoying our earth as we care for it, giving God thanks always.
Areas to be Evaluated: Students’ correct use of tools (magnifiers, thermometers, rulers, etc.), Students clearly state their observations and conclusions use listening skills when conducting simple investigations, demonstrate appropriate safety procedures.
Objective: Students walk through history from the time of the Pilgrims to our present immigration culture, and are introduced to our freedom documents. Geography is always emphasized as they study maps and globes. Continents, oceans, and other landforms become familiar to them. Cowboy Day happens when they study the development of the West. Patriotism is stressed. Holidays are explained. Poems are memorized.
Textbooks: Our America, Abeka, Weekly Reader Map Study, Collections for Young Scholars
Time Allotment: 30 minutes per day; 3 days per week
Patriotism: what it is, why we have it; Our Flag; Freedom for Americans; Patriotic holidays and songs. Finding our home on a map; Study of Columbus; Introduction to American Indians. Discover history through many sources of information.
The importance of Native Americans to colonists settling here. The true reasons why the colonists came, stressing religious freedom. Settling of Plymouth Colony; first freedom document: Mayflower Compact. Establishing laws. The traditions of Christmas through writings of Henry W. Longfellow and Clement C. Moore.
Historical study continues through colonization up to the American Revolution. The life of George Washington and other founding fathers are introduced. God’s sovereignty is seen as this nation develops. Students look at the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. A week’s study of Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as Rosa Parks, Ruby Jones, and civil rights’ issues. Become familiar with “I Have a Dream” speech.
Historical study continues through the Civil War 80 years later sressing the life of Abraham Lincoln once more showing God’s sovereignty “for such a time as this”. Students are introduced to the “Gettysburg Address.” The issues of slavery and states’ rights are touched on briefly. Field trip to the Bostic Lincoln Center. Students focus on the Native Americans and the pioneers, and the clash of the two cultures. On Cowboy Day, students dress up as cowboys and Indians, enjoying games and activities that are related to it. The study concludes with modern America through the “melting pot” of immigration.
Areas to Be Evaluated: Students’ love for their country, An appreciation of the freedom it affords, To be a good citizen on a daily basis through social interaction, Respect for oneself and others.