Curriculum Overview

Second Grade Curriculum 2023-2024


We will use the Augustine Institute Word of Life curriculum for religion. The text focus is Salvation History: God’s Presence in the Sacraments.  We will also learn about the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist; however, a more in-depth study is done through your individual parishes for parents and their children who will be receiving First Reconciliation and First Communion.  If your child is receiving the Sacraments at Assumption Catholic Church, the dates and times will be in the classroom newsletters, the Wednesday envelope, and the parish bulletin. If you belong to another parish, please contact them for sacramental preparation information.  In addition to the religion curriculum, students will learn conflict resolution and social skills through the Second Step program.

Students will learn two new prayers this year:

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, for the salvation of souls, the reparation for sins, the reunion of all Christians, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father this month.  Amen

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.  In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.  I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.  Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.  In His name, my God, have mercy.  Amen

Literacy and Language Arts

Our literacy and language arts program is Benchmark Advance. The program integrates reading, phonics, and writing through whole and small group instruction, collaboration, student centers, independent work and online resources. We will also be using the Zaner-Bloser Spelling Connections for spelling instruction. Students will receive a leveled spelling list each week and take a spelling test on Fridays.


The second-grade math text is Go Math! Concepts covered include addition and subtraction facts to 20, two-digit addition with regrouping, two-digit subtraction with regrouping, place value through 999, money to $5.00, time to 5-minute intervals, measurement, geometry, fractions, three-digit addition, probability, and a basic introduction to multiplication and division.  Mastery of addition and subtraction facts to 20 is crucial to success in math. The best way to gain master is through practice with flash cards and math games. I will be teaching the students different games to strengthen their fact fluency.

Science and Social Studies

We will be using Generation Genius this year for our science curriculum, in addition to supplemental materials. Topics include animal needs for survival, solids, liquids and gases, and plant growth and adaptation. We will use Scholastic News for Social Studies, as well as supplemental materials. Topics in second grade include neighborhoods and communities, maps and globes, landforms, and rules and laws. Students will also participate in the Junior Achievement program.