This course follows the Common Core State Standards for 2nd grade English.

Reading skills are developed and enhanced so that students are able to answer and ask questions such as who, what, where, why, and when about a story. Students will develop an understanding of how the rhythm, structure, and points of view add meaning to a story. Writing skills will also be improved, as students will be asked to state and support opinions, explain how to complete a task, and tell a story with written word. A student’s use of the English language will be improved upon by having the student practice using collective nouns, irregular plural nouns, adjectives, and adverbs. Students will be asked to remember conventions dealing with capitalization, comma usage, apostrophe usage, and spelling patterns when writing.

By the end of the course students should have developed better speaking and listening skills, such as building on others’ comments in conversations, asking questions about what a speaker says, being able to tell a story in front of others, and providing complete sentences when asked to clarify a thought or idea. The students should be able to mentally add or subtract numbers in tens or hundreds. Third, the students will learn to use standard units of measurement. They will learn to understand why standard units are important and will practice using rulers and other tools for measurement. Fourth, the students will become proficient at describing and analyzing shapes by counting their numbers of sides and angles. Analyzing two- and three-dimensional shapes to provide a foundation for understanding area, volume, similarity, and symmetry.


1- Course Introduction
1- Introduction
2- Pretest
Assignment: Pretest
3- Required Readings

2- Nouns, Vowels, Charlotte’s Web
1- Vocabulary Introduction and Words 1
Handout: Vocabulary Words 1
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 1
Quiz: Vocabulary Definitions 1
2- Vocabulary: Short and Long Vowel Sounds
3- Grammar: Nouns
4- Grammar: Plural Nouns
Handout: Nouns
Assignment: Nouns
5- Reading: Charlotte’s Web
6- Writing: Charlotte’s Web Journal
Handout: Charlotte’s Web Reading Journal
Assignment: Chalotte’s Web Reading Journal
7- Speaking and Listening: How to be a Good Listener and Speaker

3- Simple Sentences, Baby Farm Animals, Asking Questions
1- Vocabulary Words 2
Handout: Vocabulary Words 2
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 2
Quiz: Vocabulary Definitions
2- Vocabulary: Final -e Sound
3- Grammar: Collective Nouns
4- Grammar: Simple Sentences
5- Reading: Baby Farm Animals
6- Reading: Moving Out Day
Assignment: Moving Out Day Recording
7- Reading: Moving In Day
8- Reading: Boxes, Books and More
9- Reading: No Boxes Today
Worksheet: Emily Moves
10- Speaking and Listening: Asking Questions

4- Proper Nouns, Sarah Plain and Tall, Bugs
1- Vocabulary Words 3
Handout: Vocabulary Words 3
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 3
Quiz: Vocabulary Definitions 3
2- Vocabulary: When Two Vowels Go Walking
3- Grammar: Proper Nouns
4- Grammar: Proper and Common Nouns
Handout: Proper and Plural Nouns
Assignment: Plural and Proper Nouns
5- Reading Mini Lesson: Context Clues
6- Reading: Sarah, Plain and Tall
Handout: Sarah, Plain and Tall Reading Journal
Assignment: Sarah, Plain and Tall Reading Journal
7- Reading: Busy Bee
Essay: Busy Bee
8- Writing: About a Bug
Essay: About a Bug
9- Speaking and Listening: Busy Bees

5- Commas, Art, Retelling a Story
1- Vocabulary Words 4
Handout: Vocabulary Words 4
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 4
Quiz: Vocabulary Definitions 4
2- Voabulary: 2 letters, 1 sound
3- Grammar: Commas
4- Reading: Afternoon Art
Assignment: Afternoon Art Recording
5- Reading: Art Museum
Worksheet: Afternoon Art
6- Speaking and Listening: Retell a Story

6- Pronouns, Morals, Tops and Bottoms
1- Vocabulary Words 5
Handout: Vocabulary Words 5
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 5
Quiz: Vocabulary Definitions 5
2- Grammar: Reflexive Pronoun
3- Grammar: Object Pronouns
Handout: Pronouns
Assignment: Pronouns
4- Reading: At the Gym
5- Reading Mini Lesson: And the Moral of the Story is…
6- Reading: Tops and Bottoms
7- Writing: Tops and Bottoms Reading Journal
Handout: Tops and Bottoms Reading Journal
Assignment: Tops and Bottoms Reading Journal
8- Writing: A Story With a Moral
Assignment: Story with a Moral
9- Speaking and Listening: Morals

7- Verb Tense, Irregular Verbs, Cats
1- Vocabulary Words 6
Handout: Vocabulary Words 6
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 6
Quiz: Vocabulary Definitions
2- Grammar: Verbs
3- Grammar: Verbs in Past Time
4- Grammar: Verbs “be” and “have”
5- Grammar: Irregular Verbs
Handout: Verbs
Assignment: Verbs
6- Reading: A Case for Cats
7- Reading: Cats Long Ago
8- Reading: Choose a Cat
Worksheet: Cat Stories
Essay: Cat Stories Questions
Assignment: Cat Stories Recording
9- Writing: A Pet
Essay: A Pet
10- Speaking and Listening: A Pet

8- Possessive Nouns, A Drop of Water, KWL
1- Vocabulary Words 7
Handout: Vocabulary Words 7
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 7
Quiz: Vocabulary Definitions 7
2- Vocabulary: Shades of Meaning
3- Grammar: Possessive Nouns
4- Grammar: Possessive Pronouns
Handout: Possessive Nouns and Pronouns
Assignment: Possessive Nouns and Pronouns
5- Reading Mini Lesson: Fiction or Nonfiction?
6- Reading: Class Show
Assignment: Class Show Recording
7- Reading: A Drop of Water
Handout: A Drop of Water KWL Chart
Assignment: A Drop of Water KWL Chart
8- Reading Mini Lesson: KWL Charts Review

9- Prefixes, Adjectives and Adverbs, Rain
1- Vocabulary Words 8
Handout: Vocabulary Words 8
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 8
Quiz: Vocabulary Definitions 8
2- Vocabulary Mini Lesson: Prefixes
3- Grammar: Adjectives
4- Grammar: Adverbs
5- Grammar: Adjectives vs. Adverbs
6- Reading: Rainy Day
7- Reading: Blue Whales
8- Reading: Why Does it Rain?
9- Reading: Rainy Days and Rainbows
Assignment: Rainy Days and Rainbows
Worksheet: Rain
10- Writing: A Storm in the Sky!
Essay: Storm in the Sky
11- Speaking and Listening: A Storm in the Sky!

10- Abbreviations, Cinderella, Writing Poetry
1- Vocabulary Words 9
Handout: Vocabulary Words 9
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 9
Worksheet: Vocabulary Definitions 9
2- Vocabulary: Rhyming Words
Quiz: Rhyming Words
3- Grammar: Abbreviations
Handout: Abbreviations
Assignment: Abbreviations
4- Reading: Cinderella Stories
5- Reading: Who Has Seen the Wind?
6- Writing: Poem
Assignment: Poem
7- Speaking and Listening: Poem
Assignment: Poem Recording
8- Midtest
Assignment: Midtest

11- Root Words, Contractions, To The Zoo
1- Vocabulary Words 10
Handout: Vocabulary Words 10
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 10
Worksheet: Vocabulary Definitions 10
2- Vocabulary: Root Words
3- Grammar: Contractions
4- Grammar: Negative Contractions
5- Grammar: Contractions and Double Negatives
Handout: Contractions and Double Negatives
Assignment: Contractions and Double Negatives
6- Reading: To the Zoo
7- Reading: Zebras News
8- Reading: Tiger Tips
9- Reading: Only Owls
Worksheet: At the Zoo
10- Writing: To the Zoo
Essay: Writing: To the Zoo
11- Speaking and Listening: To the Zoo

12- Statements, Questions, Poppleton in the Water
1- Vocabulary Words 11
Handout: Vocabulary Words 11
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 11
Worksheet: Vocabulary Definitions 11
2- Grammar: Sentences
3- Grammar: Questions and Statements
4- Grammar: Writing Questions
5- Grammar: The “wh” Question Words
Handout: Questions and “Wh”
Assignment: Questions and “Wh”
6- Reading: Poppleton in the Winter
Handout: Poppleton Reading Journal
Assignment: Poppleton Reading Journal

13- Exclaimations, Commands, Where You Live
1- Vocabulary Words 12
Handout: Vocabulary Words 12
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 12
Worksheet: Vocabulary Definitions 12
2- Vocabulary: Compound Words
Quiz: Compound Words
3- Grammar: Exclamations!
4- Grammar: Commands
Handout: Exclamations and Commands
Assignment: Exclamations and Commands
5- Reading: One City Block
6- Reading: What is a City?
Worksheet: Life in the City
Assignment: Yard Sale Recording
7- Reading: Yard Sale Day
8- Writing: Where You Live
Essay: Where You Live

14- Subject and Predicate, The Story of Ruby Bridges
1- Vocabulary Words 13
Handout: Vocabulary Words 13
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 13
Worksheet: Vocabulary Definitions 13
2- Grammar: Subject and Predicate
3- Grammar: Making the Subject Grow
4- Grammar: Subject and Predicate Agreement
Handout: Subject and Predicate
Assignment: Subject and Predicate
5- Reading: Time for School
Assignment: Time For School Recording
7- Reading: The Story of Ruby Bridges
Handout: Ruby Bridges KWL Chart
Assignment: Ruby Bridges KWL Chart
8- Writing: The Story of Ruby Bridges Journal
Handout: The Story of Ruby Bridges Journal
Assignment: The Story of Ruby Bridges Journal
9- Speaking and Listening: Ruby Bridges

15- Writing Letters, Kyle Gets Mail
1- Vocabulary Words 14
Handout: Vocabulary Words 14
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 14
Worksheet: Vocabulary Definitions 14
2- Grammar: Sending a Letter
3- Grammar: Parts of a Letter
4- Grammar: Envelopes
5- Grammar: Invitations
6- Reading: A Letter From Kyle
7- Reading: Kyle Gets Mail
Worksheet: Writing a Letter
8- Writing: A Letter
Assignment: A Letter
9- Speaking and Listening: A Letter

16- Sequence, How a Seed Grows, From Seed to Plant
1- Vocabulary Words 15
Handout: Vocabulary Words 15
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 15
Worksheet: Vocabulary Definitions 15
2- Grammar: Sentence in Order
Quiz: Sequences
3- Reading: How a Seed Grows
Handout: How a Seed Grows KWL Chart
Assignment: How A Seed Grows KWL Chart
4- Reading: From Seed to Plant
Handout: From Seed to Plant KWL Chart
Assignment: From Seed to Plant KWL Chart
Worksheet: Comparing Two Books
5- Writing: Sequence
Assignment: Sequence
6- Speaking and Listening: Sequence

17- Making Connections, Reasons to Write, Plant Research
1- Vocabulary Words 16
Handout: Vocabulary Words 16
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 16
Worksheet: Vocabulary Definitions 16
2- Vocabulary: Connections
3- Grammar: Adding Where and When
4- Reading Mini Lesson: Reasons
5- Reading: Parts of a Plant
6- Reading: In the Garden
Assignment: In the Garden Recording
7- Activity: Making Flowers
8- Writing: Plant Research Paper
Assignment: Plant Research Paper
9- Speaking and Listening: Plant Research

18- Main Ideas, Outlines, Moonshot
1- Vocabulary Words 17
Handout: Vocabulary Words 17
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 17
Worksheet: Vocabulary Definitions 17
2- Grammar: Paragraphs
Essay: Writing a Paragraph
3- Grammar: Main Ideas of a Paragraph
4- Grammar: Outlines
Handout: Paragraph and Topic Sentence
Assignment: Paragraph and Topic Sentence
5- Reading: About the Moon
6- Reading: Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11
Handout: Moonshot KWL
Assignment: Moonshot KWL
7- Writing: Research Paper
Assignment: First Draft Research Paper
Assignment: Final Draft Research Paper

19- Figurative Language, A Medieval Feast
1- Vocabulary Words 18
Handout: Vocabulary Words 18
Assignment: Vocabulary Words 18
Worksheet: Vocabulary Definitions 18
2- Vocabulary: Figurative Language
3- Reading: A Medieval Feast
Handout: A Medieval Feast KWL
Assignment: A Medieval Feast KWL
Essay: A Special Event
4- Speaking and Listening: Big Event
5- Post-test
Assignment: Post-test

20- Course Evaluation
Handout: Course Evalulation
Assignment: Course Evaluation