The curriculum for second grade reviews and reinforces concepts while moving into the next level of academic performance.  Research is assigned regularly, cursive writing is introduced, and the students are encouraged to accept increased responsibility for successful completion of their assignments.

In language arts, students focus on phonics, alphabetical order, compound and multi-syllable words, suffixes, prefixes, grammar, types of sentences, reference skills, vocabulary, creative writing, and the writing process.

Math instruction emphasizes an introduction to multiplication and division, three- and four-digit numbers, problem- solving, time, money, graphs and data, place value, regrouping, mental math, and measurements.

A note about science and social studies:

The 2nd and 3rd grade self-contained classroom teaches science and social studies on a two-year rotation.  All students learn the same material over their two years in the classroom but the sequence varies.

Physical, earth, and life sciences are taught.  Students will learn investigation skills, scientific tools, and the scientific process.  For physical science, students will focus on matter and how it changes, light, and energy.  In earth science, the students will learn about moon phases, natural resources, rocks and minerals, space and astronomy, and weathering.  Finally, in life science, students will learn about animal and plant life cycles, habitats, anatomy, and organisms.

Social studies classes focus on neighborhoods and communities, culture, and needs and wants.  Overviews of geography, basic economics, American history, and American government are included.


Language Arts Mathematics Science Social Studies
● Parts of speech

     o   Nouns

     o   Verbs

     o   Pronouns

     o   Adverbs

     o   Adjectives

● Sentences

● Spelling, vocabulary

● Punctuation

● Capitalization

● Contractions

● Synonyms, antonyms

● Genres

● Homophones

● Writing process

     o   Penmanship

     o   Brainstorming

     o   Paragraphs

     o   Revising

     o   Editing

● Time

● Money

● Addition (2 and 3 digit

● Subtraction (2 and 3 digit)

● Multiplication

● Division

● Place value

● Measuring

● Data and graphs

● Probability

● Fractions

● Numbers

● Patterns

● Range and mode

● Angles

● Solid figures

● Plane figures

● Patterns

● Length, perimeter, area

● Weight, mass, capacity, temperature

Year A

● Matter

● Light, heat, energy

● Motion, sound

● Earth’s surface

● Natural resources

● Weather

● Solar system

● Living, nonliving things

● Animals, plants

● Life, environment

Year B

● Properties of matter

● Energy, heat

● Forces and motion

● Work and machines

● Minerals, rocks

● Forces shaping land

● Water cycle

● Conservation

● Earth in Solar System

● Types of plants

● Types of animals

● Habitats

● Interdependency of living things

Year A

● Neighborhoods

● Land, water

● Weather, climate

● Geography overview

● Cultures

● American symbols and holidays

● Needs and wants

● Goods and services

● Economics overview

● American history overview

● American government overview

Year B

● Communities

● Maps and features

● Culture

● Landforms

● Continents

● Oceans

● Hemispheres

● Glossary

● Goods and services