About 2nd Grade

2nd grade is a fun year!  Here is some of the things to expect in 2nd grade.

Welcome to 2nd Grade 2019-2020

 2018-2019 schedule


Religion lessons are taken from the Concordia One in Christ program. They are 
based on Bible stories which reveal God’s wonderful plan of salvation for us 
through Jesus Christ. During this study we read stories from the Bible, do 
related written activities, role play, and discuss how these stories apply to our 
lives as God’s children. Sharing prayer requests and praising Him in word and 
song demonstrates our trust in God and thankfulness for all His blessings in our lives.

Memory Work
Related Bible verses, commandments and their meanings, plus books of the 
New Testament are assigned as memory work.

Painting a fall tree, drawing a self-portrait, using chalk, sculpting with clay, 
painting with watercolors, and cutting out designs are some of the projects 
that second graders do to explore their artistic skills. Students use Arts Attack 
online curriculum along with Pinterest ideas. They are also learning, art terms 
like pattern, symmetry, congruency and three dimensional design. 
Impressionism and the work of Claude Monet are also introduced. Every third 
year the second graders prepare an individual art project for the School Art Fair.


Students each have access to a school Chromebook. They type paragraphs, 
add graphics and pictures, do a PowerPoint, and play educational games. They 
also use AR, Lexia, and IXL at computer time.
Current Events
Students learn about current events using Scholastic News leaflets once a week.

In the DARE program presented by the Maple Grove Police, an officer teaches 
students about safety issues.

D’Nealian manuscript handwriting is reviewed and cursive writing is introduced 
in second grade.

Language Arts
Various activities are included in the second grade Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
language arts program. The students expand on their writing skills through 
writing informative and persuasive paragraphs, journal en-tries, story maps 
and stories, poems, letters and re-search paper, and prayers. Grammar usage 
includes recognizing nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions, and 
complete sentences. Capitalization and punctuation are used in daily writing. 
In the Daily Oral Language program the students practice correcting and 
writing sentences. Besides this, they also practice dictionary skills, complete 
book reports, and develop speaking skills during Show and Tell and class 

In the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Expressions series the second graders begin 
the year by reviewing addition and subtraction of numbers below eighteen, 
using them in number sentences, and in solving story problems and drawing 
pictures. They also review the value and counting of sets of coins and learn to 
make change. All these money skills are practiced in the classroom store. 
Place value of hundreds, tens, and ones are also reviewed, and they also learn 
to add and subtract them using re-grouping and by drawing pictures. Second 
graders are also able to write and tell time to the hour, half hour, and 
five-minute increments after the hour. They also learn to estimate with an 
estimation jar and use units of measurement using metric and standard units. 
Other skills include identifying odd and even numbers, skip counting, calendar 
work, using graphs, fractions, and doing daily math activities with addition and 
subtraction facts. IXL.com is utilized to help supplement the program.

Rhythm and melody are the key emphasis of second grade Musicplay 
curriculum. The students practice body movements to rhythmic patterns and 
begin to understand how these are represented by rhythm bars and notes. 
They also learn that melody is the way the notes go up and down and begin to 
sight-read phrases of songs. Simple rhythms and melodies are played on 
rhythm instruments or tone bells. Children also sing many hymns and praise 
songs along with songs for fun and games, and some of these are performed 
in musicals, concerts, or as part of worship. A Kindergarten–4th grade musical 
is presented every other year.
Physical Education
Second graders participate daily in directed physical activities either on the 
playground or indoors. Students are developing fitness and movement skills, 
i.e.; running, skipping, hopping, jumping rope, throwing, catching, and kicking 
of balls. They are also learning game skills for playing soccer, basketball, 
football, hockey, bowling, and kickball. Other activities include simple tumbling 
skills, parachute activities, relays, rhythm activities, fitness testing, and free 
play. Students are developing behaviors of cooperation, sharing, sportsmanship,
and encouragement while participating in all physical activities. Daily recess 
allows time to choose physical activities, develop social skills and cooperative 
play. Every spring there is a track and field day with other Lutheran schools.
Reading and Decodable Books
Second grade readers are expanding their reading vocabulary, skills, and fluency
using the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Basal Reading program. Individual 
assessments are administered during the year to evaluate each child’s progress
and set up lessons of skill interventions. In this program sound spelling cards 
are the basis of the structured phonics which includes sounding, blending, and 
spelling strategies. Students also read decodable books that help develop these
skills. Daily oral reading and discussions of literature help to develop reading 
comprehension. Students learn to select books at their reading level during 
weekly library visits. As these are read at home, they are recorded in each 
student’s Reading Record journal. Individually second graders progress by use of
Accelerated Reader and Lexia programs.

As we study science in the Houghton Mifflin Science Fusion series,  we recognize
the many wonderful ways God creates and protects all living things. There are 
10 units in our science course: work like a scientist, technology and our world, a
ll about animals, all about plants, environments for living things, earth and its 
resources, all about weather, the solar system, changes in matter, and energy 
and magnets. Hands on activities in all these units lead us to discoveries and 
conclusions about the world we live in. Second graders also use the scientific 
method to prepare a science project for the Science Fair that takes place every 
three years.

Social Studies
Second graders learn about many interesting topics in People We Know by 
Harcourt. They are learning to recognize the continents and oceans of our world
as well as other map skills including the identification of our state and country.
They are introduced to the three branches of government and the process of 
voting. Goods and services are defined and they learn how taxes pay for 
services in the communities.  Every year they visit a one-room school to 
experience school days of years past and we discuss what things were like for 
people in the past. Students also do a report on their own family history to learn
more about the past and their own family. Holidays are observed and important
people in history are studied. Every third year, there is a Social Studies Fair in 
which one country is studied in depth to become familiar with its geography, 
climate, language, customs, and people.

Spelling is part of the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt language arts program. 
Students learn to spell high frequency and phonics words in weekly spelling 
activities. Religious words are also assigned. Students are evaluated on tests, 
sentence dictation, and spelling in daily work.

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