GRADE 2: K to 12 Curriculum Guide — National Connections Academy

National Connections Academy’s (NaCA)full course listing below is a comprehensive look at every course available for the Grade 2 level.

WARNING!!!!! THE FOLLOWING GRADE 2 COURSE GUIDE BY NATIONAL CONNECTIONS ACADEMY – WHICH IS NOT SANCTIONED BY DEPED — IS BEING POSTED HERE FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY:

Grade 2 Core Courses

Physical Education 2

Description:
Physical Education activities include yoga, participating in a team or individual sport, and Connections Academy’s own fitness program.

Units:

Get Up and Move

In this unit, your student will be introduced to the three different Physical Education programs that he will be able to participate in this school year. These programs include Connections Academy Fitness, Personal Fitness, and Yoga.

Your student will have the opportunity to learn how to play various games, continue playing an individual or team sport that he is involved in, or begin practicing yoga. Regardless of the program your student chooses to participate in, he will have the opportunity to be physically active on a daily basis.

Making Healthy Choices

The unit explains to your student the importance of making healthy choices, and the effects that those choices have on her overall health.

Your student will examine USDA’s MyPlate (formerly the food pyramid) and proper nutrition guidelines, so that she will learn how to make appropriate food choices for a regular, healthy lifestyle. Also, the topics of exercise and personal hygiene will be discussed.

Games You Can Make!

Your student will have the opportunity to let his creative side shine in this unit. He will not only participate in some fun and exciting activities, but he will also make the items that are used in each of the games.
Once your student has built cheerleader pompoms, a pair of stilts, and dancing ribbons, it is time to put them to the test and see how much fun he was able to make!

Games from Around the World

In this unit, your student will learn about games that children from different cultures and different parts of the world play. Your student’s journey will take her to Spain, Japan, China, Indonesia, and Australia. She will also learn a game played by Native American children. Your student will discover that even though the children in these countries are very far away geographically, the styles of games that they play are very close to what your student plays at home.

How Strong Are You?

Throughout this unit, your student will demonstrate the motor skills necessary to play various types of games. Some of these games will test his physical strength, while others will test his balance and precision during movement.

Your student will be challenged, both physically and mentally, as he participates in challenges that will show his strength!

CD/DVD

  • Elementary Yoga DVD (set of 2)

Course Sets

  • Physical Education (1, 2)

Supplies

  • Jump rope

Art 2

Description:
Students learn how to observe and appreciate art. They continue to learn how to draw, paint, and create three-dimensional artworks.

Units:

Laying the Foundation

This unit addresses the basic elements of art, which are line, shape, color, value, texture, space, and form. In this unit your student will learn about the seven art elements and how to use them to create a work of art. Each lesson in this unit will address a different aspect of the elements of art, and how each element combines with another during the creative process. As your student applies the elements of art to his work, he will gain a greater understanding of and appreciation for the different styles of art and the techniques used to create them.

Principles of Art

In this unit, your student will learn about the principles of design. Artists use the principles of design to create effective artwork. The principles of design are combined with the elements of art to enable the artwork to become a unique visual expression. By learning the principles of design, your student will discover new and exciting ways to make her artwork creatively effective. Understanding the principles of design will also enable your student to better appreciate works of art when they are presented to her. The principles of art are balance, emphasis, contrast, harmony, movement, pattern, rhythm, and unity.

Mixing the Media: The Making of Art

Art media are the materials and supplies that are used in the creation of works of art. The lessons in this unit will enable your student to become familiar with various types of art media and to explore creative freedom. The lessons will also enable your student to use art materials in a safe and responsible way. In this unit, your student will work with a variety of art media, including paint, crayons, clay, and markers, as well as objects found in the home and the outdoors.

Connections: Art in Other Subjects

Artists often use subject matter taken from their environments as well as from objects seen and used in everyday life. This unit is designed to enable your student to develop her observational and critical thinking skills. She will be introduced to several art themes, including portrait, still life, landscape, and themes that focus on special occasions with family and friends. Your student will continue to work with a variety of art media and techniques as she explores and develops her creative side.

Course Sets

  • Art (1, 2)

Kit

  • Art 1-2 Kit

Supplies

  • Crayons (1 package)
  • Paint, watercolor (set of 10 colors)
  • Paintbrush

Language Arts 2 A

Description:
In second grade your student is introduced to all parts of the reading process. In the first semester, student is given the opportunity to apply word attack skills to increasingly complex texts and build their oral and sight vocabularies through daily instruction. While practicing new skills, your student will take part in activities based on books he or she is reading. Your student will apply handwriting and grammar skills to daily journal entries as well as longer and more complex compositions.

Units:

Exploration

In this unit, your student will explore the theme of exploration in fiction and nonfiction reading selections, including a play. Your student will build on reading skills developed in first grade as he continues to learn new strategies for decoding and understanding text. Phonics and spelling instruction focuses on short vowels, words with long vowels in the CVCe pattern, consonant blends and digraphs, and inflected word endings. Comprehension skills include identifying the main idea and supporting details in a selection, understanding story elements such as character and setting, and distinguishing between realism and fantasy. Reading instruction also develops fluency skills, such as reading accurately and with expression, reading at an appropriate pace, and attending to punctuation while reading. Vocabulary instruction focuses on understanding figurative language, descriptive words, and synonyms. Additionally, your student will learn the basic parts of a sentence, subject and predicate, and learn about the four types of sentences—statements, questions, commands, and exclamations. He will apply this knowledge in regular writing assignments, including a plan for visiting a place and a report about his neighborhood. Writing models, graphic organizers, and checklists for drafting and revising are provided as support.

Working Together

In this unit, your student will explore the theme of how people work together. She will continue to read realistic fiction selections, in addition to other genres such as folk tales and fairy tales, as she builds on her skills for decoding and understanding text. Phonics and spelling instruction focuses on words with r-controlled vowels, contractions, plurals, and words with the long a sound. Comprehension skills include understanding sequence, identifying the author’s purpose, drawing conclusions, and distinguishing between realism and fantasy. Reading instruction also addresses fluency skills, such as reading accurately and with appropriate phrasing and expression and reading to show characterization. Vocabulary instruction develops your student’s understanding of specific word categories, such as words that show position, direction, time, and sequence. Additionally, your student will review the characteristics of nouns, including proper nouns, singular and plural nouns, and possessive nouns. She will apply this knowledge in a variety of writing assignments, including a set of directions and an invitation submitted as part of her writing portfolio. Writing models, graphic organizers, and checklists for drafting and revising are provided as support.

Creative Ideas

In this unit, your student will explore the theme of how creative ideas can make a difference. He will read a variety of fiction and nonfiction selections, including realistic fiction, fantasy stories, and a biography. Your student will continue to practice essential skills for decoding and understanding text. Phonics and spelling instruction focuses on words with the long vowel sounds of e, o, and i, compound words, and words with the comparative endings –er and –est. Comprehension skills include understanding the author’s purpose, recognizing cause-and-effect relationships, drawing conclusions, and understanding story elements such as plot and theme. Reading instruction also addresses fluency skills, such as reading with appropriate phrasing and expression. Vocabulary development continues to address different categories of words, such as antonyms, synonyms, words from other languages, and shortened forms of words. Additionally, your student will review the characteristics of verbs, including singular and plural verbs, different verb tenses, and forms of the verb to be. He will apply this knowledge in fun and creative writing assignments, including a letter of advice and a poster submitted as part of his writing portfolio. Writing models, graphic organizers, and checklists for drafting and revising are provided as support.

Frog and Toad Are Friends

In this unit, students will read the book Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel. This beloved book tells the story of two best friends in five chapters. Students have the opportunity to learn new vocabulary words as well as review knowledge of contractions and words with r-controlled vowels. Students connect to the book on a personal level by writing about friendship, participating in each stage of the writing process. By the end of this unit, students will have added to their understanding of comprehension strategies such as sequence and identifying the beginning, middle, and end of a story.

Course Sets

  • Language Arts (2)

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

  • Language Arts 2 A and B Answer Key
  • Language Arts 2 A and B Course Guide

Novel

  • Amelia Bedelia and the Cat
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends

Online Text/eBook

  • Partial iText Scott Foresman Reading Street 2

Supplies

  • Letter Tiles

Textbook

  • Scott Foresman Reading Street 2 (Volume 1)
  • Scott Foresman Reading Street 2 (Volume 2)

Workbook

  • Scott Foresman Grammar and Writing Practice Book 2
  • Scott Foresman Practice Book 2 (Volume 1)
  • Scott Foresman Practice Book 2 (Volume 2)
  • SF Phonics and Spelling Practice Book 2
  • Zaner-Bloser Handwriting 2

Language Arts 2 B

Description:
In second grade your student is introduced to all parts of the reading process. In the second semester course student is given the opportunity to apply word attack skills to increasingly complex texts and build their oral and sight vocabularies through daily instruction. While practicing new skills, your student will take part in activities based on books he or she is reading. Your student will apply handwriting and grammar skills to daily journal entries as well as longer and more complex compositions.

Units:

Our Changing World

In this unit, your student will explore the theme of change through reading selections as he continues to learn about different varieties of fiction and nonfiction. Your student will learn and practice essential skills for decoding and understanding text. Phonics and spelling instruction focuses on words that end with a consonant and le and words with the vowels oo, u, ou, ow, oi, oy, oo, ue, ew, and ui. Students will also review consonants, short vowels, and inflected endings for base words. Comprehension skills include comparing and contrasting, distinguishing between fact and opinion, and understanding story elements such as plot and theme. Reading instruction also addresses fluency skills, such as reading accurately and with appropriate phrasing and expression, and vocabulary development, such as using context clues. Additionally, your student will learn the characteristics of adjectives, including adjectives that compare; adjectives for number, size, and shape; and adjectives that tell how, when, and where. He will apply this knowledge in challenging and creative writing assignments, including a song and a news report. Writing models, graphic organizers, and checklists for drafting and revising are provided as support.

Amelia Bedelia and the Cat

In this unit, your student will enjoy the antics of housekeeper Amelia Bedelia. The main character gets herself into all kinds of trouble as she takes figures of speech literally. Your student will learn about idioms and their hidden meanings. While reading portions of the book each day, your student will apply knowledge of letter-sounds and high-frequency words. She will also practice using homophones correctly. Finally, she will participate in each part of the writing process by writing a detailed paragraph about a pet.

Responsibility

In this unit, your student will learn about what it means to be responsible as he reads a variety of selections, including narrative nonfiction as well as informational texts and realistic fiction. Your student will continue to build his skills in decoding and understanding text. Phonics and spelling instruction focuses on prefixes and suffixes, silent consonants, consonant blends ph and gh, and the vowel sounds of aw, au, augh, and al. Comprehension skills include identifying main idea and details, understanding sequence and author’s purpose, understanding story elements such as plot and theme, and distinguishing between realism and fantasy. Reading instruction also addresses fluency skills, such as reading accurately, reading with expression, and reading to show characterization. Additionally, students practice vocabulary development strategies such as identifying prefixes and suffixes and using context clues. Your student will learn the characteristics of pronouns and contractions. He will apply this knowledge in a variety of writing assignments, including a report and signs submitted as part of his writing portfolio. Writing models, graphic organizers, and checklists for drafting and revising are provided as support.

Traditions

In this unit, your student will explore the theme of tradition through a variety of reading selections. She will continue to practice and refine her skills for decoding and understanding text. Phonics and spelling instruction focuses contractions, inflected endings, prefixes, and suffixes. Comprehension skills include comparing and contrasting, distinguishing between fact and opinion, drawing conclusions, identifying causal relationships, and understanding story elements such as character, setting, and plot. Reading instruction continues to develop fluency skills, such as reading accurately and with appropriate phrasing. Vocabulary instruction provides strategies for understanding homophones, homonyms, compound words, and words from other languages. Additionally, your student will learn how to follow standard writing conventions, such as correct use of commas and quotation marks as well as proper capitalization. She will apply this knowledge as she works on writing assignments, including an expository paragraph and a story submitted as part of her writing portfolio. Writing models, graphic organizers, and checklists for drafting and revising are provided as support.

Course Sets

  • Language Arts (2)

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

  • Language Arts 2 A and B Answer Key
  • Language Arts 2 A and B Course Guide

Novel

  • Amelia Bedelia and the Cat
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends

Online Text/eBook

  • Partial iText Scott Foresman Reading Street 2

Supplies

  • Letter Tiles

Textbook

  • Scott Foresman Reading Street 2 (Volume 1)
  • Scott Foresman Reading Street 2 (Volume 2)

Workbook

  • Scott Foresman Grammar and Writing Practice Book 2
  • Scott Foresman Practice Book 2 (Volume 1)
  • Scott Foresman Practice Book 2 (Volume 2)
  • SF Phonics and Spelling Practice Book 2
  • Zaner-Bloser Handwriting 2

Math 2 A

Miss Maggie

In this unit, your student will read “Miss Maggie,” which is a realistic fiction story. Your student will practice active reading by marking passages with notes to indicate places where she is confused or has questions. She will practice her critical thinking skills when she marks passages that show the main characters’ feelings and marks questions she has during her second reading. At the end of the first lesson, your student will participate in a Shared Inquiry™ discussion of the story during a LiveLesson® session. In the second lesson, your student will choose a writing assignment to complete that is connected to the story. At the end of the unit, your student will share her writing with her teacher and the other students during another LiveLesson session.

Anancy and Dog and Puss and Friendship

In this unit, your student will read “Anancy and Dog and Puss and Friendship,” which is a folktale. Your student will practice active reading by marking passages with notes to indicate places where he is confused or has questions. He will practice critical thinking skills using a smiley face to mark places where the characters are demonstrating good friendship skills and a frowning face to mark places where characters are not demonstrating good friendship skills. At the end of the first lesson, your student will participate in a Shared Inquiry™ discussion of the story during a LiveLesson® session. In the second lesson, your student will choose a writing assignment to complete that is connected to the story. At the end of the unit, your student will share his writing with his teacher and the other students during another LiveLesson session.

Catalog Cats/ Our Garden

In this unit, your student will read “Catalog Cats/Our Garden,” which is a realistic fiction story. Your student will practice active reading by marking passages with notes to indicate places where she is using her senses to visualize the story or places where she has a question. She will practice her critical thinking skills by marking story details about things that could not happen in real life. At the end of the first lesson, your student will participate in a Shared Inquiry™ discussion of the story during a LiveLesson® session. In the second lesson, your student will choose a writing assignment to complete that is connected to the story. At the end of the unit, your student will share her writing with her teacher and the other students during another LiveLesson session.

Carlos and the Cornfield

In this unit, your student will read “Carlos and the Cornfield,” which is a realistic fiction story. Your student will practice active reading by marking passages with notes to indicate places where he is making connections to his own experience and knowledge. He will practice critical thinking skills by marking passages to indicate judgments about the main character’s behavior. At the end of the first lesson, your student will participate in a Shared Inquiry™ discussion of the story during a LiveLesson® session. In the second lesson, your student will choose a writing assignment to complete that is connected to the story. At the end of the unit, your student will share his writing with his teacher and the other students during another LiveLesson session.

The Wedding Basket

In this unit, your student will read “The Wedding Basket,” which is a folktale. Your student will practice active reading by marking passages that connect with other stories she has read. She will practice critical-thinking skills by marking feelings the characters have at different points in the story. At the end of the first lesson, your student will participate in a Shared Inquiry™ discussion of the story during a LiveLesson® session. In the second lesson, your student will choose a writing assignment to complete that is connected to the story. At the end of the unit, your student will share her writing with her teacher and the other students during another LiveLesson session.

The Jade Stone

In this unit, your student will read “The Jade Stone,” which is a folktale. Your student will practice active reading by marking passages with notes to indicate places where he is using his senses to visualize the story or places where he has a question. He will practice critical-thinking skills by marking passages to indicate judgments about characters’ behaviors. At the end of the first lesson, your student will participate in a Shared Inquiry™ discussion of the story during a LiveLesson® session. In the second lesson, your student will choose a writing assignment to complete that is connected to the story. At the end of the unit, your student will share his writing with his teacher and the other students during another LiveLesson session.

The Girl and the Chenoo

In this unit, your student will read “The Girl and the Chenoo,” which is a folktale. Your student will practice active reading by marking passages with notes to indicate places where she is making connections to her own experience and knowledge or where she has questions. She will practice critical-thinking skills by marking realistic and fanciful parts of the story. At the end of the first lesson, your student will participate in a Shared Inquiry™ discussion of the story during a LiveLesson® session. In the second lesson, your student will choose a writing assignment to complete that is connected to the story. At the end of the unit, your student will share her writing with her teacher and the other students during another LiveLesson session.

Jack and the Beanstalk

In this unit, your student will read “Jack and the Beanstalk,” which is a folktale. Your student will practice active reading by marking passages with notes to indicate places where he used his senses to visualize the story, places where he made connections, or places where he has a question. He will practice critical-thinking skills by marking passages to indicate judgments about the main character’s behavior. At the end of the first lesson, your student will participate in a Shared Inquiry™ discussion of the story during a LiveLesson® session. In the second lesson, your student will choose a writing assignment to complete that is connected to the story. At the end of the unit, your student will share his writing with his teacher and the other students during another LiveLesson session.

Course Sets

  • GT Literature Study 2

Textbook

  • PRS-SE2 Student Anthologies (bundle of 3 books)

WebQuest

Description:
Students help scientists monitor frog and toad populations across the country using FrogWatch USA™. Managed by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, FrogWatch USA uses data collected by students to develop new ways to protect amphibians, which are extremely sensitive to ecological changes. Students visit a local wetland site once a week, make careful observations, and submit their data online. This online project joins Connections Academy students and scientists around the country as they gather and analyze data.

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