Classically Educating Disciples for Christ

Second Grade

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BIBLE and HISTORY: Old Testament and Ancient Egypt

Primary objectives —The students will be able to:

  • List key events from the Old Testament and Ancient Egypt studied in chronological order, listing dates and scripture references where applicable.
  • Locate in the Bible the key events studied.
  • Recite the reasons given for the importance of significant dates or events covered in the study of Genesis–Joshua and Ancient Egypt.
  • Recall important facts related to each event studied.
  • Explain the relationship and differences between the Hebrews and the Egyptians.
  • Locate on a map of the world the key places where biblical and historical events studied occurred.
  • Describe the basic life-styles of people during this period of history, including dress, technology, vocations, religious practices, education, housing, and entertainment.
  • Articulate the fact that God has sovereignly led through all of Scripture.
  • Memorize and quote key scripture passages that complement biblical events and theology studied.

Review objectives — It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction
  • Completion of worksheets, quizzes, and tests
  • Chanting and singing the series of events in chronological order
  • Research work by small groups and individuals on specific projects
  • Integration with art, geography, and music
  • Build models, making drawings, writing stories, playing games, etc.
  • Field trips to related sites and museum exhibits                                                                                                                                               

Primary texts and materials

  • Genesis–Joshua Series published by Veritas Press
  • Old Testament and Ancient Egypt published by Veritas Press
  • Bible (ESV)
  • Journey Through the Bible by V. Gilbert Beers
  • The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine F. Vos
  • The Children’s Illustrated Bible by Selina Hastings
  • Greenleaf Guide to Old Testament History by Rob and Cyndy Shearer
  • Student Bible Atlas by Tim Dowley
  • The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt by Elizabeth Payne
  • Time Traveler Book of Pharaohs and Pyramids by Judy Hindley
  • The Ancient Egyptians by Rosemary Rees
  • A Child’s History of the World by Susan Wise Bauer
  • Cultural Atlas for Young People: Ancient Egypt by Geraldine Harris
  • Greenleaf Guide to Ancient Egypt by Rob and Cyndy Shearer
  • Kingfisher History Encyclopedia edited by Charlotte Evans and Jack Zevin
  • Streams of Civilization, Vol. 1by Mary Stanton and Albert Hyma

Approximate class time per week — 3 3/4 hours

LITERATURE and VOCABULARY

Primary objectives — The students will be able to:

  • Read orally and silently:

Demonstrating an ability to read unfamiliar words by using basic decoding skills.
Regularly participating in a schedule of oral and silent reading of literature. (This includes the SFS Boni Libri reading program as well as assigned class reading.)
Demonstrating an ability to comprehend and enjoy books with increasing levels of difficulty and complexity.
Practicing rhetoric by performing oral presentations (drama, oral reading, storytelling, etc.) in front of the class, parent groups, or other students. (An emphasis should be placed on proper diction, phrasing, inflection, etc. that promotes clear eloquent communication.)

  • Demonstrate vocabulary knowledge and comprehension by:

Memorizing definitions of selected vocabulary words and demonstrating an ability to recognize their meanings in more than one context including how they are used as various parts of speech.
Applying contextual clues, derivation of words with Latin roots, and use of the dictionary to determine vocabulary meaning.
Substituting vocabulary words for synonymous words or phrases while maintaining proper connotation within the given context.
Associating vocabulary words with real life/familiar situations and concepts.
Applying vocabulary words to written and oral presentations.

  • Correctly comprehend the literal and inferential meaning of selected literary works by:

Completing written work (essays, worksheet questions, drawing, etc.) that demonstrates comprehension.
Participating in group discussions.
Recognizing and identifying story types by the style of the literature.
Recognizing and identifying literary devices used in selected works of literature.
Recalling the qualities of the characters in stories and acknowledging those that are worth admiring.
Comparing/contrasting selected reading passages with biblical principles found in scripture.

Review objectives — It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Reading groups where students read orally, listen, and follow along with other students
  • Discussion about the book, in large or small groups and answering oral and written questions
  • Using pictures, objects, projects, personal stories, guest speakers, and field trips to increase comprehension and vocabulary, relating as much as possible to the lives of the students
  • Provide time for silent reading and teacher or guest reading to students
  • Integrate with art, Bible, English grammar, history, Latin, etc.

Primary texts and materials

  • Book titles from the Samuel Fuller School Literature List
  • Selected comprehension guides from approved publishers (Progeny Press, Veritas Press, Memoria Press, Logos, etc.)
  • The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgliesh
  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
  • The Storm by Cynthia Rylant
  • Stuart Little by E. B. White
  • The Sword in the Tree by Clyde Robert Bulla

Approximate class time per week—4 hours (not including integration)

ENGLISH GRAMMAR and WRITING

Primary objectives — The student will be able to:

  • Comprehend basic sentence structure and recognize the use of sentences and paragraphs in written and verbal communication.
  • Demonstrate a consistent, correct use of subjects, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, and identify them in simple sentences.
  • Identify singular and plural nouns.
  • Identify common and proper nouns.
  • Select and use a/an correctly.
  • Demonstrate clear and correct understanding of past and present tenses of simple verbs in written and oral work.
  • Consistently demonstrate the correct subject/verb agreement in a sentence.
  • Correctly locate the subject and predicate in a sentence.
  • Consistently use correct capitalization in a written sentence.
  • Consistently use correct end mark punctuation in a written sentence.
  • Identify synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms for given words.
  • Correctly alphabetize words.
  • Regularly present information orally using complete sentences.
  • Write a story with a beginning, middle, and an end, using the above skills correctly.
  • Imitate well written works to compose sentences, paragraphs, and stories.
  • Self-edit sentences.
  • Demonstrate proper use of a dictionary and thesaurus.

Review objectives — It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction and assignments
  • Individual instruction
  • Written completion of practice exercises, quizzes, and tests
  • Basic parsing, diagramming, and classifying practice
  • Chanting and drilling jingles
  • Play review games
  • Imitation of well-written works to teach writing skills

Primary texts and materials

  • Rod and Staff English 2 “Preparing to Build”
  • Shurley Grammar Level 2 Jingles
  • Bible Heroes: Institute for Excellence in Writing
  • Dictionaries
  • Thesaurus

Approximate class time per week — 5 hours

CURSIVE

Primary objectives — The student will be able to:

  • Consistently form upper- and lower-case letters from memory with increasing accuracy and style.
  • Demonstrate consistent neatness standards in writing assignments and other work.

Review objectives — It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction and assignments
  • Individual instruction

Primary texts and materials

  • New American Cursive Workbook 3

Approximate class time per week - 2 hours

SPELLING

Primary objectives — The student will be able to:

  • Use spelling rules to represent the various sounds in a word with the correct letters.
  • Translate phonetic sounds into standard spellings by interpreting phonetic spellings.
  • Spell grade appropriate words in given word lists by rote and application of spelling rules.
  • Use words or word parts to properly form other words using the following concepts: syllable divisions, plural and compound nouns, verb forms, abbreviations, prefixes, suffixes, contractions, etc.
  • Satisfactorily and consistently apply spelling rules in assigned work (including other disciplines.)

Review Objectives -- It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction
  • Workbook practice
  • Use of weekly spelling list
  • Integration with other subjects
  • Classroom games and activities

Primary texts and materials

  • Spelling by Sound and Structure 3, Rod and Staff Publishers
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus

Approximate class time per week—1.5 hours per week

MATH

Primary objectives — The students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding that God gave us numbers and mathematical systems for our use in life and to help us understand his immutable (unchangeable) and logical character.
  • Use math skills to recognize and use money.
  • Tell time to the minute with 90% accuracy.
  • Complete each assigned math work/worksheets satisfactorily (75%+).
  • Mentally solve math problems using 0 -12 with +, -, x. with at least 75% accuracy.
  • Begin to solve basic division problems.
  • Solve and write story problems involving 3 or 4 steps on their own using time, temperature, calendar, etc.
  • Solve beginning-level division, algebra, and geometry problems.
  • Design, comprehend, and decode simple graphs and scales with 75% accuracy.

Review objectives — It is understood that primary objectives from prior years will be taught/reviewed as necessary. 

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction: using daily drills, manipulatives, mental math
  • Written math practice
  • Small group work, individual instruction, and flash cards
  • Timed tests
  • Math games

Primary texts and materials

  • Saxon Math 3
  • Manipulatives: play money, clocks, thermometer, pattern blocks, 1” color tiles, hundred number chart, balance, counters, etc.

Approximate class time per week—5 hours               

SCIENCE: The Animal Kingdom

Primary objectives - Students will be able to:

  • State that God is the Creator of the earth and all that is in it
  • Classify living and non-living things according to the characteristics that they share.
  • Recognize that animals have life cycles, and that life cycles differ for different animals.
  • Explain how animals adapt to the environment that God has provided for them and describe the ways in which animals grow and how God has created resources that encourage and sustain that growth.

Review objectives - It is understood that primary objectives from the prior year will be taught/reviewed as necessary.

Primary teaching methods

  • Large group instruction
  • Projects, hands-on experiments, and observation

Primary texts and materials

  • God’s Design for Life: The World of Animals by Debbie and Richard Lawrence
  • Literature and science books to meet second grade science objectives
  • Pictures and samples of animals and animal characteristics, life cycles, adaptations, etc.
  • Lyrical Life Science

Approximate class time per week - 1 hour