Second Grade Curriculum Guide

The Catholic School is a unique faith-centered community, which integrates thinking and believing in ways that encourage intellectual growth, nurture faith, and inspire action.

The commitment to academic excellence, which fosters the intellectual development of all students, is an integral part of the mission of our school.


Your child will:

  • Prepare and receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist
  • Be introduced to the following topics:
    • The Creed
    • The Trinity
    • Mary, the Mother of  God
    • The Church as the People of God
Social Studies

Your child will learn:

  • To read maps and globes
  • Communities—past and present
  • Consumerism including
    • Buying and selling
    • Goods and services
    • Transportation
    • Communication
  • Citizenship including
    • Laws and Rules
    • Community service


Your child will learn to:

  • Count, compare, read, write and order whole numbers to 1000
  • Identify the place value of digits ones, tens, hundreds and thousands
  • Add and subtract one digit numbers
  • Add and subtract with regrouping two digit and three digit numbers
  • Tell time to the hour, 1/2 hour, 5 minute and one minute intervals using both standard and digital clocks
  • Identify and count: pennies, dimes, nickels, quarters, half-dollars and dollars
  • Add and subtract all of the above money amounts
  • Read and apply the correct math concepts to problem solving


Your child will learn:

  • General areas of study including
    • Dinosaurs
    • Solar system
    • Animals –
      • vertebrates 
      • invertebrates
  • LASER Inquiry – Based Science Kits
  • Balancing and Weighing
  • Soils
  • Organisms


Your child will learn to:

  • Develop vocabulary
  • Read Independently
  • Use decoding skills when reading
  • Read with clarity and expression
  • Use reading and pre-reading strategies
  • Use context clues
  • Retell a story recalling details and sequences
  • Distinguish between fantasy and reality
  • Draw conclusions
  • Map a story-knowledge of setting, characters
  • Understand alphabetical order


Your child will learn to:

  • Write for a wide variety of purposes:
    • Letters
    • Paragraphs
    • Short stories
  • Poetry
  • Use capitalization
  • Use ending punctuation
  • Write complete, coherent sentences
  • Write legibly
  • Cursive writing


Your child will learn to:

  • Apply spelling generalizations & spelling strategies
  • Spell correctly in daily writing


  • Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Sacrament of First Holy Communion
  • Various field trips
  • Weekly science centers
  • EDITH House Fire Safety

Computer Technology

Students go to the computer lab on a weekly basis to experience the following:

  • Basic keyboarding
  • Basic functions
  • Basic word processing
  • Using educational games

Computers are in the classroom.


Students receive 30 minutes of P.E. two times a week in which the focus is on gross and fine motor skills, learning new games, participation, and respect for others.


Students will participate in music 2 times a week for 30 minutes.  Students will review learned concepts, as well as, continue simple folk, sacred and secular pieces to explore:

  • Rhythm—rhyming words, raps, body percussion
  • Melody—staff, treble clef, beginning solfege
  • Form—call/response, rondo, introduction, coda, repeat
  • Texture/expression—layering, canon, dynamics, tempo

Students will also experiment with pitched and unpitched percussion.


The elements and principles of art are integrated into the classroom curriculum through 1 hour of instruction each week with our school’s art teacher.

Your child will create art projects related to the 2nd grade social studies and science curriculum:

  • Dinosaurs
  • The solar system

Your child will learn skills involved in:

  • Watercolor and tempera paints
  • Printmaking
  • Collage
  • Papier mache’ and paper and play dough sculpture
  • Clay
  • Proper use and care of materials

Your child will learn about color, line, shape, form, and texture.


  • Dental Health
  • Nutrition
  • Body