Language Arts in Second Grade
Second graders continue in their learning of decoding and
reading single and multi-syllable words in order to become automatic and fluent
readers. They move away from phonetic
spelling and are able to write several different kinds of text. Classroom studies center on: poetry, fiction,
Ancient Greek myths, and American folk and tall tales.
World History and Geography in Second Grade
Second grade students expand their study of geography to include place, region,
location, human and physical characteristics.
This will move into a general study of Early Civilizations of Asia
focusing on Japan, China, and India as well as the Tigris, Euphrates, and
Ganges Rivers. Topics studied in history
will mirror the geographical studies done at this grade level. In addition to the topics above, second
graders explore the War of 1812 as well as U.S. symbols and a discussion of the
Mathematics in Second Grade
By second grade, students secure mastery of one-digit addition and subtraction facts as well as counting by twos, five, and tens. They will learn to recognize, count to and write numbers to 1,000, write amounts of money, and recognize basic fractions. They will also learn how to measure segments.
Science in Second Grade
The study of seasonal, life, and water cycles will expand in second grade. They will also learn more about the digestive
and excretory system. Second graders
will also learn about magnetic forces and about the six simple machines.
Music in Second Grade
Music in second grade continues with active practice with rhythm, melody, and
harmony. They will be exposed to several
composers: Saint-Saens, Vivaldi, Chavez, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and
Bach. They will also begin to analyze
The Visual Arts in Second
Second grade continues the study of the art elements, centering on the element
of line, both real and implied. This element of art will be studied through
sculpture, landscapes and architecture.
*This and additional information on the second grade curriculum
can be found in What Every Second Grader Needs to Know edited
by E.D. Hirsch Jr and the Core Knowledge Teacher Handbook edited by E. D.
Hirsch and Souzanne Wright.