Grade 2 - What to Expect | Our Savior Lutheran School

Grade 2 - What to Expect

Welcome to Mrs. Mushinski's Second Grade webpage. 

What to expect in Grade 2...

Chapel is on Wednesday except for special holidays.


We will have PE 3 days per week, and classroom music and art once per week.  We will also visit the library once a week.  We spend 45 minutes outside every day, weather permitting, to include a mid-morning recess and lunch recess. 


Our study of Religion will include:  Old Testament accounts from Creation to Jonah, (integrated with B.C. History), plus New Testament Christmas and Easter Stories

  • Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner
  • Keep the Light Burning Abbie by Peter Roop
  • Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osborne
  • The Trojan Horse by Emily Little
  • Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
  • The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by Alice Dalgleish
  • Through Grandpa's Eyes by Patricia Mac Lachlan
  • The Drinking Gourd by F.N. Monjo
  • Pompeii: Buried Alive by Edith Kunhardt
  • The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh
  • Beatrix Potter by Alexandra Wallner
  • Frogs by Gail Gibbons
  • The True Gift by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Mercy Watson to the Rescue by DiCamillo
  • Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Some of these will be integrated with history.

Teacher read-alouds may include: fables, fairy tales, poetry, Greek mythology, and many other shorter classics by authors such as McCloskey, D'Aulaire, Silverstein, Lobel, London, Bond, and Bemelman.


In English we will:  learn to identify nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, pronouns, possessive nouns and pronouns, and contractions.  We will classify Pattern 1 (noun-verb) sentences.  We will identify and write simple, compound, and complex sentences.  We will write 2-point expository paragraphs and descriptive paragraphs.  We will learn rules for proper punctuation and capitalization.


In Math we will:  memorize addition and subtraction facts to 20; add and subtract up to four digit numbers with regrouping; create and read Venn diagrams, bar graphs, line graphs, and pictographs; tell time to the minute; read a thermometer in Fahrenheit and Celsius; measure and calculate line, perimeter, and area; define and solve multiplication and simple division problems; solve addition, subtraction, and simple multiplication story problems; identify, create, and compare geometric shapes; learn place value to thousands; compare and write fractions and mixed numbers; identify lines of symmetry, and horizontal, vertical, oblique parallel, and perpendicular lines.


Our study of history will include:  B.C. timeline events 1000 BC - 4 AD (Jesus' Birth),  especially the history of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome.  We will keep a history notebook.  We will study Ancient Phonecians, Ancient Babylon, Ancient Greece, Ancient China, Ancient Rome and also complete a Roman character project.


In Science we will:  Classify and compare mammals; study the structure and function of seed-bearing plants and plant lifecycle; identify types of clouds, and their relation to weather; identify properties of solids, liquids, and gases; compare the earth, stars, and planets. Our studies will also include: Habitats, Fossils, Natural Resources, Gravity, Magnets and how light works.


In Handwriting we will:  review manuscript handwriting and learn cursive handwriting.  We will completely transition to cursive handwriting by the end of the year.


For memory we will memorize: The six chief parts of the Luther's Small Catechism and selected Bible verses related to our Catechetical memory; Learn By Heart.


Some exciting field trips may include:

  • AD Players
  • Natural History Museum
  • Houston Symphony
  • Houston Zoo
  • Weather Museum
  • West Bay Common School

Special events & projects:

  • Growing plants
  • Science or history project
  • Mailing "Flat Stanleys"
  • Habitat project
  • Book reports