GRADE TWO CURRICULUM
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
Language, Reading and Literature, Composition, Media
Communicating clearly in shared group discussions
Performing plays, stories, and poems for an audience
Decoding and learning new words.
Identifying base words and suffixes, (jump, jumps, jumping)
Nouns and verbs
Using correct capitalization and punctuation
Identifying formal and informal language and writing styles of different authors
Comprehending using a variety of skills: prediction, main idea and details, text connections, cause and effect, compare and contrast, story elements and text organization.
Identifying various forms of literature (genre): plays, poetry, informational, and fiction
Identifying characters, setting and plot in stories
Writing complete sentences with correct capitalization, spelling and grammar
Writing using various forms: stories, short poems, personal narrative
Researching to gain information
Evaluating, editing and revising their own work
HISTORY AND SOCIAL SCIENCE
Locating continents, oceans, 5 major rivers and mountain ranges on maps and globes
Effects of past, present and future
Characteristics of a good citizen in a community
The characteristics of a consumer and a producer
Goods, services, needs and wants
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science
Life cycles of plants and animals
Habitats of animals in the desert, ocean, forest
States of matter (solid, liquid, gas)
Number Sense, Patterns and Relations, Geometry and Measurement, Data Analysis, Statistics and Probability
Place value to 1,000
Reading and writing numbers to 1,000
The value of a collection of coins and bills
Addition and subtraction facts to 20
Adding and subtracting with regrouping
Choosing strategies to solve number stories
Fractions ( ½, ¼,)
Attributes of 2 and 3 dimensional shapes
Tell time to the quarter hour
Customary and metric measurement ( e.g. foot, pound, centimeter)
Using symbols ( >, <, +, = ) to solve problems
Collecting, recording, interpreting data using tables and graphs
Creating, describing and extending patterns (45, 50, 55)
Developing probability skills
Developing estimation skills
PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Previous skills introduced will allow all students to strengthen basic movement skills. A variety of games and materials will be introduced to all students to enable them to develop strong manipulative skills. Instruction on good physical habits will be taught.
Students continue to learn good health habits. Instruction is given to all students to help them better understand emotion and feelings, how to get along with family and friends, and the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse. Instruction on safety and injury prevention continues.
All students will be introduced to varied rhythm, strong and weak beats, through partner songs and rounds. The study of cultural backgrounds is enhanced while music terminology is given.
Basic elements of design will include 2 and 3 dimensional shapes. Use of varied media will include textiles and plasticene. Additional artists will be introduced and art will be integrated to other academic areas.
Students will expand their knowledge of genre, non-fiction, fiction, biographies and mysteries. They also learn all parts of a book, cover, title page, and table of contents while continuing to study various grade level authors and illustrators.