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There is no specific national school curriculum in the U.S. Many states don't develop their own particular curriculum, but rather adopt standards of knowledge that students are expected to master.

In recent decades there has been some general agreement on the kinds of information students in different years and different subjects should be learning. Various professional teaching organizations have worked to knit together some guidelines on curriculum substance.

Forty-eight states have signed onto the concept of core standards. This course builds from those suggested national standards in eight subject areas: Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music and Movement, and Creative Dramatics.

For each subject, the course summarizes basic curriculum elements for second grade. Each lesson includes suggested age-appropriate activities to reinforce the lesson topics. Each lesson also includes teaching tips from experts on how to engage students in learning.

One of the major developments in curriculum over the last several decades has been a shift to presenting material in a format that is "learner-centered." Making the shift to this style of teaching is more an attitude than a technique, although in each lesson we suggest tips from educators on how best to engage students in that topic.

Studies have shown that students taught with a more engaging, interactive curriculum approach have posted significantly higher scores on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and other achievement tests. The method of teaching is as important as the curriculum content, in affecting what students learn.

Presenting curriculum content in an environment where students feel comfortable expressing their ideas and are not embarrassed by their mistakes has repeatedly been shown to increase overall student performance. This course will help teachers learn how to create this learning environment by laying out teaching tips, learning activities, and topics to be mastered by the 2nd grade.

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Lesson 1 : 2nd Grade Overview

In the United States, there is no specific national school curriculum. Many states don't develop their own particular curriculum, but rather adopt standards of knowledge that students are expected to master. 5 Total Points
  • Review Article: Preparing for Second Grade
  • Take Poll: 2nd Grade Curriculum
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2 : Creating Curriculum

One of the major developments in curriculum over the last several decades has been a shift to presenting material in a format that is "learner-centered." Making the shift to this style of teaching is more an attitude than a technique, according to the aut 5 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Second Grade Learning Games and Activities; Second Grade Ideas
  • Take Poll: Learner Centered Approach
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3 : Reading & Literature

Reading is considered one of the primary academic skills, if not the primary skill. Along with writing, reading is a major task for students to master in the early years of school. 5 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Second Graders and Reading; Reading Comprehension Worksheets
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4 : Writing & Grammar/English Usage

By second grade, most students can construct sentences and are moving toward standard spelling. Writing is learned in stages; it's not until third grade that many students can be expected to fully accomplish basic writing skills. 5 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Second Grade Writing Worksheets; Second Grade Grammar Worksheets
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5 : Mathematics

In 2nd grade, children may be learning simple math concepts, but they are building the foundation of their reasoning abilities. 5 Total Points
  • Review Article: Second Grade Math Worksheets
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6 : Science

Children are naturally curious about their environment. Educators recommend building on this curiosity as a way to generate interest in science learning. 5 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Second Grade Science Activities; Second Grade Science Fair Ideas
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7 : Social Studies

In the early grades, educators suggest not to focus the social studies curriculum on memorizing facts. Instead, give students the opportunity to study widely and deeply on a range of social studies topics. 5 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Second Grade Social Studies Worksheets; Social Science Resources
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8 : Art

Humans are both rational and emotional beings. Malcolm Ross, in his book The Creative Arts, finds that schools too often teach only to the rational mind.1 This is a mistake, he argues, because we make sense of the world with both types of thinking. 5 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Second Grade Art Lessons; Arts and Crafts Activities
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9 : Music

Music education should be seen as more than an "addition" to children's lives – it is a basic component of their development. In Music in Childhood: From Preschool through the Elementary Grades, the authors stress that musical expression facilitates 5 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Second Grade Music; Music Education
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10 : Dramatic Arts

Dramatic arts is very much like play. Children can use drama to reshape "reality" to make sense of their world, heal if necessary, and develop. Like play, drama offers a chance to release and express feelings. 53 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Drama Class; Mirror Activities
  • Take Poll: 2nd Grade Subjects
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Second Grade Curriculum
Course Number: 8900108
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 0.4 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dr. Deirdre Mithaug
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know second grade curriculum needs and requirements.
  • Define techniques to consider when creating curriculum for the second grade.
  • Know curriculum needs for reading and literature, writing and grammar usage, mathematics, science, and social studies.
  • Know curriculum needs for art, music, and the dramatic arts, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 

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