Learner Objectives for Second Grade

In the following academic areas, successful second-grade students will be able to:

Religion

  • Express trust that God keeps all of His promises
  • Retell Bible stories from the Old and New Testament
  • Describe how we become part of God’s family through Baptism
  • Have assurance of their forgiveness and eternal life with their Savior
  • Identify the many blessings of God in their lives
  • Explain how Martin Luther pointed people back to the truth of God’s Word
  • Demonstrate Christian service through daily living and special projects

Fine Arts/Visual

  • Mix primary colors to make secondary colors
  • Use basic elements and principles of design to create works of art
  • Use creative thinking, imagination, memory, and observation skills when creating art
  • Identify two to three major artists and describe their technique
  • Discuss Christian values in selected works of art
  • Become aware of how art is related to other subject areas and the world around them

Handwriting

  • Demonstrate proper size, shape, and spacing of D’Nelian manuscript and lower-case cursive

Music

  • Development of the voice as the student’s primary instrument
  • Demonstrate rhythm through age appropriate activities
  • Exposure to both sacred and secular songs
  • Develop an appreciation of music theory and history
  • Demonstrate skill using a recorder

Language Arts/Reading

  • Use letter-sound association (phonics) strategies to read unknown words
  • Identify vocabulary words using story clues, sentence structure, and a dictionary
  • Identify elements of literature: sequence, main idea, details, characters, setting, plot
  • Comprehend written text using a variety of reading strategies
  • Distinguish between fantasy and reality, predict outcomes, make inferences, draw conclusions, and compare and contrast while reading written text
  • Listen critically and respond, orally answer questions, recall details, identify main ideas and make predictions
  • Speak and read clearly before a group using appropriate rate, volume, and expression
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the writing process: using main ideas, supporting details, sequencing, revising, and proofreading
  • Apply appropriate capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing

Mathematics

  • Read, write, order, and model numbers to 100
  • Use mathematical symbols: +, -, =, <, >
  • Demonstrate mastery of addition and subtraction facts with two digit numbers using regrouping
  • Identify and complete number patterns
  • Solve problems, by choosing an operation (+ or -), using appropriate strategies
  • Tell time to the nearest five minute intervals
  • Count combinations of coins with total value less than one dollar
  • Identify and explore basic geometric solids
  • Construct and interpret simple graphs
  • Measure length, distance, weight, volume, and temperature
  • Demonstrate understanding of the multiplication process

Science

  • Demonstrate an understanding of scientific concepts in the following units: the interaction of living things, light and color, forms of matter, earth through time, and causes of diseases
  • Engage in scientific experiments that require making predictions, collecting data, and analyzing test results
  • Identify the characteristics of various dinosaurs by analyzing clues about earth’s history
  • Understand how germs cause illnesses and discuss methods for staying healthy
  • Name God as the Creator and Provider of the world and all that goes on within it

Social Studies

  • Distinguish between making (producing) and using (consuming) things; analyze the concept of working to earn money to provide for needs and wants
  • Describe how events and people from the past have shaped our lives today
  • Identify important Americans of various groups who have contributed to the community, state, or country
  • Use and interpret various maps, tables, graphs, charts, and grids using key and directions (north, south, east, west)
  • Identify the rules for using a landform map and then locate major landforms and bodies of water found on Earth
  • Recognize that communities are places where people live, work, and play
  • Identify the Native Americans as the first Americans and compare ways they were alike and different
  • Identify major holidays and why they are observed

Physical Education

  • Identify the immediate and long term effects of exercise and the lack of exercise
  • Maintain body control while performing complex motor activities at various intervals on command
  • Demonstrate mature motor patterns in simple combinations
  • Identify important reasons for being physically fit
  • Display proper conduct and sportsmanship
  • Demonstrate proper form when using physical education equipment
  • Demonstrate positive attitudes and social skills toward others

How can I help my child succeed in school?

  • Pray with and for your child on a daily basis
  • Attend worship services regularly
  • Encourage your child to attend school every day
  • Show real interest in your child’s assignments and homework
  • Be available to assist your child with homework
  • Be positive and realistic about your child’s ability level
  • When your child is absent, be sure to inform the school and check to obtain missed work
  • Talk with your child about his/her learning experiences in school
  • Encourage your child to ask questions
  • Challenge your child in his/her areas of strength and provide support in areas of weakness
  • Communicate often with your child’s teacher — ask how you can help at home
  • Encourage your child to value education and learning by stressing the importance of quality education
  • Help your child be prepared each day to do his/her very best
  • Become actively involved in your child’s education by attending school functions, open houses and parent teacher conference

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