Second Grade

Second Grade Curriculum

Religion: Students follow the Christ Light curriculum. They continue to develop their love for their Savior and discover ways to share God's Word with others. Students study memory treasures each week and daily sing hymns.

Reading: Students participate in a guided reading curriculum where individual reading needs are met. They explore themed literacy units through whole group lessons. They also rotate through the Daily 5 stations.

Language Arts: Students follow the Shurley English Level 2 curriculum. They study grammar, sentence structure, writing techniques, and learn how to speak in front of a small group. Students enjoy participating in a thematic writing station as well.

Math: Students follow the Saxon Math curriculum. Saxon scaffolds instruction and allows for constant reviewing of concepts. Students will develop the skills to count money, tell time, use fractions, measure, graph, and problem solve. Simple multiplication is also introduced.

Phonics/Spelling: Students follow the Second Grade Phonics curriculum developed by Tara West. They study the sound-spelling relationship in words. A list of spelling words is studied and reviewed every day. A final test is given at the end of the week.

Social Studies: Students follow the Second Grade Social Studies curriculum developed by Tara West. They also follow the Macmillan/McGraw-Hill textbook. Students study democracy & government, historical thinking, geography, cultures, and economics.

Science: Students follow the Second Grade Science curriculum developed by Tara West. They explore God's creation by digging into properties of matter, plant life, habitats, Earth's systems, weather and space. Students also participate in robotics and coding through the Harcourt STEM curriculum.

Spanish: Students explore this second language through whole group lessons. They learn greetings, days of the week, months of the year, colors, numbers, classroom vocabulary, and common phrases. They also have an online personal Duolingo account.

Art: Students participate in seasonal artwork. They also study several art concepts such as lines, shapes, colors, movement, balance and texture.

Music: Students follow the Music, it's Great! curriculum developed by Grace Bartel as well as lessons found through the SmartBoard Exchange website. Students study note values, rhythms, time signatures, pitch and famous composers.

Physical Education: Students use the (Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids), SPARK Curriculum for lower grades. The SPARK programs are designed to involve all children, be more active, incorporate social skills, and emphasize health-related fitness and skill development.

Catechism: Our students study the chief parts of Christian doctrine using Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, the Bible and a weekly workbook that correlates with the chapters of the catechism.

Handwriting: Our students continue practicing cursive lettering with use of Zaner-Bloser worksheets and progress to using regular lined notebook paper.

Memory Work: Each week, our students learn Bible passages and parts of the catechism.

Literature: Our students focus on integrating the arts to make a connection with the reading content. We use a novel lesson books-based curriculum.

American History: Our students learn how our country began and grew. We use the text, U.S. History, Creating America: Beginning to Reconstruction and Reconstruction to present, published by McDougal Littell, 2002.

Spanish: Our students learn Spanish through Duolingo on their Chromebooks. They reinforce online lessons through flashcards and opportunities to speak Spanish throughout the day, including a “Spanish” day dedicated to mostly speaking Spanish.

Spelling: Our students retain, internalize, and transfer valuable spelling knowledge for improved results in all areas of literacy in the classroom and beyond. We use Zaner-Bloser’s Spelling Connections 2012

Language Arts/Writing: Our students participate in forensics, and in particular, develop public speaking skills through a four-minute speech presentation. They also learn through The Shurley Method for language arts, which includes a heavy dose of grammar and writing.

Science: Our students learn science concepts and principles in a hands-on approach. We use the STEM Fuse curriculum.

Math: Our students deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts through smaller, easily assimilated increments are spread across the year. They review and build connections to other “strands” every step of the way. We use the Saxon Math curriculum.

Art: Our students learn studio art techniques, including portrait design, charcoal pencil drawing, sumi-e painting, fundamental watercolor painting, puppet-making, and block printing.

Music: Our students continue participating in handbell and vocal choirs and perform in church, chapel and the Lakeside Lutheran High School Fine Arts Fair, among other opportunities. Students also learn to read music.

Physical Education: Our students learn skills in several sports, including volleyball, cross-country, basketball, archery, track and field, dancing, and softball, in conjunction with cooperative games that emphasize teamwork, problem-solving, and the importance of fair play.