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Course Description


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 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.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics


Lesson 1 : 2nd Grade Overview

Lesson 2 : Creating Curriculum

Lesson 3 : Reading & Literature

Lesson 4 : Writing & Grammar/English Usage

Lesson 5 : Mathematics

Lesson 6 : Science

Lesson 7 : Social Studies

Lesson 8 : Art

Lesson 9 : Music

Lesson 10 : Dramatic Arts


Course Materials

All course materials is provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a written and practice assignment that will directly apply what you have learned.

A brief 25 pt. quiz will follow each lesson. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1 Exam5
Lesson 2 Exam5
Lesson 3 Exam5
Lesson 4 Exam5
Lesson 5 Exam5
Lesson 6 Exam5
Lesson 7 Exam5
Lesson 8 Exam5
Lesson 9 Exam5
Lesson 10 Exam5
The Final Exam48
Total Points:98

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