2nd Grade Curriculum


  • continuation of 1st grade curriculum
  • color mixing with emphasis on tints, shades and secondary colors with informal introduction to tertiary colors
  • texture in painting
  • positive and negative space within compositional space
  • continued exposure to hand-building techniques
  • woodworking -- emphasis on shape and form plus skill development
  • pottery -- emphasis on the coil method of construction; introduction to modeling tools

Language Arts

  • spelling -- moving from inventive to conventional
  • sight words
  • word study
  • capitalization, simple punctuation, concept of sentences
  • grammar -- nouns, verbs, adjectives
  • dictionary usage
  • writing -- creative and factual
  • poetry and literature
  • dramatization
  • story mapping


  • enjoy visiting authors and illustrators
  • strengthen acquisition of classroom language arts benchmarks through reading aloud and presenting a variety of written materials
  • reinforce the principles of the Dewey Decimal System and how this applies to finding things electronically
  • learn how to use the online library catalogue to find materials in the library and request and recommend books
  • introduced to how pictures help tell a story in preparation for a mock Caldecott Medal (e.g., The Meadowbrook Moose Medal), tales from different lands, with special emphasis on legends and how they perpetuate from one culture to another


(all math concepts introduced through manipulatives)

  • primary mathematics
  • numeration and place value
  • regrouping in both addition and subtraction
  • addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts
  • beginning multiplication and division
  • word and visual problems and problem-solving using bar models
  • money
  • measurement
  • calendar
  • fractions
  • geometry
  • time
  • data/graphing


  • expand on the musical concepts taught in JK, SK and 1st grade
  • introduce music notation through the solfege system
  • explore the music of Native America, Hawaii, the rainforest and Costa Rica using songs, instruments, dances and musical games which prepare students for their grade-level assembly
  • introduce classical music
  • participation in various assemblies: Thanksgiving/Grandfriends’ and Revels (with 8th grade buddies), Holiday and Fine Arts Night (with SK and 1st grade)
  • introduce songs about outer space and the planets correlating with the science curriculum
  • share songs and musical activities with residents at assisted living facilities

Physical Education

  • large and small motor coordination -- tasks, games
  • movement exploration -- rhythms, creative musical expression
  • introduction to low organizational team games with emphasis on teamwork, sportsmanship and cooperation
  • lead-up games with emphasis on primary ball skills


  • continuing development and practice of basic reading skills, including decoding and comprehension strategies
  • reading for pleasure and information in a variety of materials including reference books, dictionaries, non-fiction books, novels, poetry, trade books, and biographies
  • read-alouds
  • author studies
  • independent reading for pleasure
  • individualized reading instruction -- “Just Right” books
  • vocabulary development
  • introduction to reading response
  • book talks


  • life science -- animals in winter
  • earth science -- the earth as part of the solar system
  • physical science -- concepts of gravity in space, magnetism, and mystery powders
  • life in the Meadowbrook pond
  • wetlands
  • introduction to simple machines with Legos

Social Studies / History

  • integrated units on native peoples of North and South America
  • compare how indigenous cultures adjusted to their environment, and the three basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing
  • Understanding Differences program
  • social-emotional learning curriculum
  • All Working at Racial Equity (AWARE)


  • emphasis on listening and speaking proficiency using a natural approach to language learning
  • learning through songs, stories, role-playing, games and movement
  • topics include physical characteristics, health and well-being, numbers to 100, families, a fairy tale, and travel
  • cross-curricular ties include art and music as well as themes of space, rainforests as a habitat, and Native Americans from Latin America


  • academic technology skills
    • word-processing software to edit and format documents
    • import pictures into documents and resize graphics
    • online resources to research a topic
    • multimedia presentations using a mobile device
    • file management (tablets and computers)
    • stop-motion animation
  • programming/robotics
    • basic programming, including repeat and looping commands
  • engineering/CAD skills
    • building with LEGO
    • Smple Machines LEGO sets - introduction to gears, levers, pulleys, wheel and axles
    • computer-aided design (CAD) 3D design and print
  • digital citizenship
    • online safety: Staying Safe Online
    • cyberbullying: Screen Out the Mean
    • digital Life: My Online Community
    • privacy: Usernames