Grade 2 Curriculum Guide

Social Studies

  • Holidays and festivals
  • Patriotic celebrations
  • Communities in other lands: past and present
  • Family and family history
  • Families around the world
  • Neighborhoods
  • Community services and helpers
  • Shelters, stores, and food
  • Citizenship and social responsibility
  • Interdependence of people
  • Basic geography: oceans, continents
  • Map skills

Science

  • Useful and harmful animals
  • Life cycle
  • Birds and insects in winter
  • Animal babies
  • Animal defense of themselves and their young
  • Plant and animal food
  • Dinosaurs and other extinct animals
  • Food chain
  • Plant reproduction and growth
  • Habitats and homes
  • Weather and its effects on earth
  • Effects of the seasons on the lives of people, animals, & plants
  • Climate
  • Water cycle
  • Air and atmosphere
  • Magnets and forces
  • Gravity
  • Earth and sky
  • Sun, moon, planets
  • Simple constellations
  • Exploring space
  • Scientific method and scientific inquiry

Nature Studies/Animal Studies

  • Human Education
  • Indigenous Species
    • Beaver Studies
    • Mammals
    • Birds
    • Reptiles
    • Amphibians
  • Animal Classification
  • Scats and Tracks
  • Seeds/Seed Travel
  • New Life
  • Metamorphosis
  • Pond Ecology
  • Forest Ecology
  • Animal Homes/Habitats
  • Animal Adaptations
  • Migration
  • Hibernation
  • Food Chains
  • Habitats
  • Trees
    • Deciduous
    • Coniferous
    • Bark
    • Leaves
    • Photosynthesis

Language Arts

  • Reading silently for purpose
  • Dramatizations and interpretative or oral reading
  • Use and meaning of quotation marks in reading
  • Story development: beginning, middle, end
  • Simple book reviews
  • Listening skills
  • Organizing ideas and impressions
  • Alphabetizing through second letter of a word
  • Using dictionary guide words
  • Vocabulary development
  • Homonyms, synonyms, antonyms
  • Methods of word attack
  • Ways to study spelling
  • Simple punctuation and capitalization
  • Refining manuscript handwriting
  • Writing independently in manuscript form
  • Brief and simple letters and journals
  • Narration, description, letters, poetry
  • Increasing skill in handling books: table of contents, and index

Mathematics

  • Counting, reading, writing to 1,000
  • Counting by 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, and 10's
  • Ordinal numbers to 10
  • Zero as a place holder
  • Using sets and number facts
  • Addition and subtraction facts to 20
  • Basic multiplication and division facts
  • Multiplication and division facts as inverse operations
  • Multiplication properties of 0 and 1
  • Place value through 100's
  • Fractions in daily life
  • Decimal numeration system
  • Basic concept of ratio
  • Geometry puzzles and activities
  • Estimation
  • Common customary and metric measures of time, weight, length, volume, shape, temperature
  • Telling time and using the calendar
  • Handling money (coins)
  • Problem solving
  • Charts and graphs

Creative Arts

  • Exploring different media
  • Colors: primary, secondary, tertiary
  • Texture
  • Dimension
  • Sculpting with clay
  • Art appreciation
  • Style and techniques
  • Well-known artists
  • Self-expression
  • Fiber crafts

Health and Safety

  • Personal cleanliness
  • Dental health
  • Proper balance of activities
  • Healthful leisure activities
  • Communicable diseases
  • Prevention and control of diseases
  • Parts of the body
  • Nutrition
  • Health with relation to food, shelter, clothing
  • Neighborhood safety
  • School and community health services
  • Home safety hazards
  • Safety in the community
  • Simple first aid

Life Skills/Character Education

  • Responsibility
  • Interpreting and following rules
  • Making choices
  • Natural and logical consequences
  • Building community
  • Kindness and compassion
  • Service learning
  • Respect for other people
  • Teamwork
  • Peer conflict resolution skills
  • Manners and courtesy
  • Respect for materials
  • Respect for the environment
  • Accepting differences
  • Planting and gardening
  • Animal care
  • Cooking and food preparation
  • Table manners

Foreign Language — Spanish and Mandarin (Chinese)

  • Greetings
  • Numbers/Counting
  • Colors
  • Shapes
  • Family members
  • Animals around the farm
  • Household articles
  • Sports and games
  • Things at school
  • Food
  • Articles of clothing
  • Calendar (Days and Months)
  • Weather
  • Feelings
  • Modes of travel
  • Basic conversational phrases