Language Arts: Reading
Second-grade students read independently; make predictions about the ending of a story; place events from a story in sequential order; and read for meaning, entertainment, information, and detail. Students learn to identify cause-and-effect relationships, compare and contrast stories and events, and use context clues to determine the meanings of words. Children identify antonyms and synonyms and use comprehension skills to answer questions about a story.
Language Arts: Phonics/Spelling
Second-grade students identify, write, and correctly pronounce all 72 phonograms; use the phonograms to spell short words; alphabetize all given spelling words; and spell words using decoding skills. Students learn to use prefixes and suffixes in writing; identify compound words; and identify contractions, abbreviations, homonyms, helping verbs, and verb tenses.
Language Arts: Handwriting
Second-grade students continue to form all letters and words correctly, both uppercase and lowercase letters in manuscript. Students maintain proper posture while writing and begin to use cursive writing in daily lessons. Students use Phonics for Reading and Spelling as the handwriting guide.
Language Arts: Grammar/Composition
Second-grade students recognize and appropriately use adjectives, nouns, pronouns, adverbs, and present- and past-tense verbs in writing. Students correctly use the articles a and an; use details in writing paragraphs; write using an introduction and a conclusion and to persuade and inform; use commas to separate city and state, dates, and titles; and correctly identify antonyms, synonyms, and homonyms. Children identify the subject and predicate of a sentence, differentiate between common and proper nouns, and properly use singular and plural nouns. They also learn the four types of sentences: interrogative, imperative, exclamatory, and declarative. Students learn to write friendly and business letters.
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