Language Arts: Reading
Second-grade students continue to 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. They identify cause and effect relationships, compare and contrast stories and events, and use context clues to determine the meanings of words. Children identify characters and their characteristics in a story, properly use a table of contents, and read sections of a local newspaper.
Language Arts: Phonics/Spelling
Second-grade students continue to identify, write, and correctly pronounce all 72 phonograms; use the phonograms to spell short words; alphabetize all given spelling words; and spell words on at least a second-grade level using decoding skills. Students apply spelling words in everyday writing.
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 continue to use manuscript writing in daily lessons. Students use Phonics for Reading and Spelling as the handwriting guide.
Language Arts: Grammar/Composition
Second-grade students continue to recognize and appropriately use adjectives, nouns, pronouns, adverbs, and present- and past-tense verbs in writing. Students correctly use ending punctuation marks, continue to write using an introduction and a conclusion, and write for a variety of purposes and audiences. Children identify the subject and predicate of a sentence, differentiate between common and proper nouns, and properly use singular and plural nouns. Students also learn the four types of sentences: interrogative, imperative, exclamatory, and declarative.