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.
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
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.
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|The Final Exam||48|
- ESL Reading Comprehension Strategies
- Language and Literacy Development in Understanding Child Development
- Literacy Importance: Getting Back to the Basics of Reading
- Substitute Teaching Daily Routine
- Understanding Child Development
- Decoding the Writting Word: The Basic Part of the Reading Process - Teaching Reading Skills
- The Schedule of Substitute Teaching
- Developmental Disabilities in Understanding Childhood Development
- ESL Ideas: Improve Reading Skills by Using the Internet
- Substitute Teaching Preparation: Culture, Procedures and Policies in a School Environment