2nd Grade Benchmarks

LANGUAGE ARTS
Phonics and Reading
- Review of vowels, consonants, blends, one- and two- vowel words, consonant blends
- Recognition and use of all phonics special sounds in reading
- Spelling rules: doubling consonants, dropping silent e, changing y to i
- Oral reading
Cursive Writing
- Review of letter formations
- Guided creative writing
- Creative writing journal
- Daily seat work practice in all academic areas
Spelling and Poetry
- Weekly phonics-based word list
- Vocabulary words and definitions second semester
- Weekly test
- Reinforcement activities
- Spelling glossary
- Seven poems committed to memory
Language
- Capitalization of:
first word in a sentence days of the weeK places
months of the year special holidays people
- Correct punctuation at the ends of sentences
- Complete sentences, questions and exclamations
- Words using:
suffixes prefixes abbreviations compound words
rhyming words opposite words same-meaning words singular words
plural words contractions singular possessive words
- Alphabetizing words and other dictionary skills
- Word usage rules
- Writing of complete sentences, questions, exclamations, and short stories
- Writing letters and thank-uou notes
- Creative writing

HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY
America, our home
- Our flag
- Our patriotic holidays
- Our songs
The people who built America
- The Separatists
- America’s Indians
- The Colonists
- America’s Pioneers
- America’s Cowboys
- The New Americans
Tomorrow’s America

SCIENCE
Plants
- Enjoying the plant world
Animals
- Enjoying the animal world
Health and Human Biology
- Enjoying myself and others
Earth and Space
- Enjoying our Earth and sky
Matter
- Enjoying the air around us
Energy
- Enjoying things that move
Conservation
- Enjoying things that work together

HEALTH, SAFETY, MANNERS
Health
- Posture
- Nutrition
- Exercise
- Rest
- Cleanliness
- Diseases
Safety
- At home and away from home
- On streets
- Around water
- During bad weather
Manners
- Politeness
- Kindness
- Cheerfulness
- Respect
- Thoughtfulness
- Thankfulness
- Patience
- Table and telephone manners

ARITHMETIC
Number recognition, counting, and writing 1-10,000 and beyond
Numbers greatest and least 1-1000
Counting and writing to hundred, thousands, threes to 36, fours to 48
Ordinal numbers
Addition facts through 18, column addition, four-digit addition with carrying
Subtraction facts through 18, four-digit subtraction with borrowing
Multiplication facts 0-5
Division facts 1-5
Story problems
Multiple combinations
Estimation
Rounding
Numbers before and after by ones, twos, threes, fours, fives, and tens
Counting and combining coins and bills
Telling time to the nearest minute
English and some metric measures
Drawing and measuring lines to one-half inch
Developing listening skills
Calendars
Place value to thousands
Unit fractions
Making change
Reading a thermometer
Reading pictographs, bar graphs, and line graphs
Roman numerals

BIBLE
Lessons such as:
Salvation series Life of Moses Tabernacle Joshua
Judges Ruth Jonah
Memory verses
Choruses
Bible doctrine
FINE ARTS
Music
Arts and Crafts