Students Studying on ComputerAccess teacher-created lessons aligned to topics specified by the Core Knowledge Sequence for study in Grade 2. These second grade lesson plans may be adapted for use at other grade levels but are most effective when integrated into a coherent and cumulative school-wide instructional plan.

The Core Knowledge Foundation extends its sincere thanks to all teachers who developed these second grade lessons for our National Conferences (1992-2011) or through their participation in the Colorado Unit Writing Project (1999-2004).

Important Note

These teacher-created lessons have not been vetted by the Core Knowledge Foundation nor reviewed by content experts. Contact us if you have questions regarding posted lessons.

Second Grade Lesson Plans by Subject


Language Arts

I. Listening and Speaking

No second grade lesson plans available

II and III. Reading and Writing

Conquering Comprehension
Celebrate Reading!
Let’s Represent! Listening, Reading, and Writing through the Study of the Symbols of American Freedom
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Out of Many One: Reading Comprehension and Writing Skills through the Study of Immigration

IV. Language Conventions

No second grade lesson plans available

V. Poetry

Bridging the ESOL Student to the Writing Process
Core Poetry and More
Using a Writing Workshop
Poetry in Motion — A Second Grade Study of Poetry

VI. Fiction

American Folk Heroes and Tall Tales
Charlotte’s Web
A Hodgepodge of Literature
Celebrate Comprehension with Classical Characters
Mountain of Myths
A Christmas Carol
Trickster Tales
From Living Legends to Way-Out Whoppers
Growing Up Charlotte: A Charlotte’s Web Look at Life Cycles
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
The U.S.A. — Geography Enhanced Through Tall Tales

VII. Sayings and Phrases

Heavens to Betsy! There Sure are a Lot of Sayings!


History and Geography

World:

I. Geography

Spatial Connections, Grades 1–4
Around the World

II. Early Civilizations (India, China)

Towns, Tales and Timelines — An Integrated Study and Simulation Unit of India, China and Japan
Confucius Says 2+2+2=2×3
Traveling the Silk Road: A Multimedia Approach
Let’s Learn About India

III. Modern Civilization and Culture: Japan

Towns, Tales and Timelines — An Integrated Study and Simulation Unit of India, China and Japan
The Geography and Contemporary Culture of Japan

IV. Ancient Greece

A Trip Back in Time
Not Just for Gods and Goddesses: Greece Enrichment
Olympic Games — Can You Measure Up?
Connecting to Ancient Greece

American:

I. American Government: The Constitution

Second Graders Create Their Own Social Studies Book (Part 1, The 5 Ws of the Constitution)
The Constitution: American Government

II. The War of 1812

Oh, Say, Can You Sing?
Conflict in America
The War of 1812
The War of 1812 (A study of the events before and during the war)

III. Westward Expansion

Go West Young Man
Sequoyah and the “Trail of Tears”

IV. Civil War

The Civil War
A Nation Divided
Conflict in America
Bringing American Heroes to Life
No Easy Walk to Freedom

V. Immigration and Citizenship

Out of Many One: Reading Comprehension and Writing Skills through the Study of Immigration
Sojourners and Citizens: A Study of Immigration and Citizenship
Immigration — Coming to America

VI. Fighting for a Cause: Civil Rights

Civil Rights Spotlight
Conflict in America
Bringing American Heroes to Life
Civil Rights: All Men (And Women!) Are Created Equal

VII. Geography of the Americas

The U.S.A. — Geography Enhanced Through Tall Tales

VIII. Symbols and Figures

Let’s Represent! Listening, Reading, and Writing through the Study of the Symbols of American Freedom


Visual Arts

I. Elements of Art

Linking Lines to Landscape

II. Sculpture

A Picture’s Worth 10,000 Words

III. Kinds of Pictures: Landscapes

Melting Pot to Salad Bowl: Part of a Healthy Artistic Diet
Linking Lines to Landscape
A Picture’s Worth 10,000 Words
Land Ho! Cole vs. Van Gogh

IV. Abstract Art

Linking Lines to Landscape
A Picture’s Worth 10,000 Words

V. Architecture

Colossal Structures and Sculptures
Architecture Through the Ages


Music

I. Elements of Music

Musical Olympics

II. Listening and Understanding

The Percussion Family
Families of Instruments

III. Songs

Oh, Say, Can You Sing?
Railroads: History Through Music


Mathematics

I. Numbers and Number Sense

No second grade lesson plans available

II. Fractions

Action! Action! We Want Fractions!

III. Money

Dollars and Sense
Money, Money, Money!

IV. Computation

Just the Facts
Confucius Says 2+2+2=2×3

V. Measurement

How Does Your Garden Grow?
Measurement with a Pop!

VI. Geometry

Geometry: Fun Figures & Fine Lines


Science

I. Cycles in Nature

Around We Go with the Water Cycle
Birds Through the Seasons
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Take a Spin Around the Water Cycle
A Time for All Seasons: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
Growing Up Charlotte: A Charlotte’s Web Look at Life Cycles

II. Insects

Insect Mania
Interesting Insects

III. The Human Body

Digestion — The Fascinating Journey from Start to Finish
From Cells to Systems
Tour the Digestive System

IV. Magnetism

Magnets: Fields of Force
Marveling in Magnets
May the Force Be with You!
Amazing Magnets! Constructivism and Science in the Core Knowledge Sequence

V. Simple Machines

It’s Simply Machines
Putting the “Simple” in Simple Machines

VI. Science Biographies

Science Biographies: Research Detectives
Bringing American Heroes to Life