Grade 2 Curriculum Religion As students continue on their journey with the Catholic faith, second grade students will learn about Original Sin and what it means to be made in God’s image. Students will understand that Jesus sacrificed Himself to save us all from Original Sin. Catholic students will prepare for the celebration of two sacraments: First Penance and First Holy Communion. Language Arts Second grade students participate in the Superkids Reading Program. Through this program, students further their reading and writing abilities by learning even more letter sound pairs and other phonemic awareness rules. Students will learn and demonstrate their understanding of basic grammar and syntax structures such as parts of speech, synonyms/antonyms, and build on their vocabulary. In addition to the Superkids Reading Program, second grade students also learn and practice cursive handwriting. Math Second grade students use the Sadlier Math Program. The overall goal for students is to master and comprehend place value. Students will master number fluency 0-1,000. By the end of second grade, students will be able to comprehend and solve up to 3-digit addition and subtraction arithmetic problems. Students will master skip counting by 5’s, 10’s, and 100’s, in preparation for multiplication. Social Studies Second grade students focus and learn about the relationship between themselves and their community. Students learn about various community service members and what it means to be good community members themselves. Students will then start to understand key features on a map and cardinal directions. Science Second grade students participate in and follow along with the Nancy Larson Science Program. This rigorous program starts explaining that everything is made up of matter and moves on from there. During the course of the school year students will study the characteristics of various geodes and experiments with simple machines.