Grade 2

Key Learnings

In this section:
Fine Arts
Language Arts
Physical Education
Social Studies


Exploring His Power: Through Creation, the Israelites, Jesus and the Early Church

  • Identify Bible organization (book, chapters and verses)
  • Know that Bible lessons help in everyday life
  • Know that God is everywhere, all-powerful and all-knowing
  • Understand that the "God Family" created the world, one way God reveals Himself to humanity
  • Understand that Adam and Eve were created to have a perfect relationship with God
  • Know the story of Jesus' birth, death and resurrection
  • Realize that salvation is a free gift when accepting Jesus as Savior
  • Understand that although sins are forgiven, there are still consequences to choices
  • Identify one's spiritual gifts and acknowledge those given to others
  • Understand that a consistent prayer life brings peace, protection and answers
  • Know that God wants people to trust Him to provide all needs
  • Understand that worship and obedience is a natural response to Christ's work in one's life
  • Understand the importance of preparing for Christ's return
  • Know that God has forgiven and has the power to resurrect 


  • Use different media, techniques and processes to communicate ideas, experiences and stories
  • Know the differences among visual characteristics and purposes of art in order to convey ideas
  • Select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas
  • Know that the visual arts have both history and specific relationships to various cultures
  • Identify specific works of art as belonging to particular cultures, times and places
  • Describe how people's experiences influence the development of specific artworks
  • Identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum
  • Write whole, half, dotted half, quarter notes and rests
  • Demonstrate correct posture and breathing
  • Recognize the ABA pattern
  • Recognize sudden or gradual changes in tempo
  • Recognize sudden or gradual changes in dynamics
  • Identify stringed instruments and their sounds
  • Listen to classical music
  • Learn to locate hymns by page numbers



  • State the main idea or message in visual media
  • Explain personal thoughts and feelings after viewing media
  • Use picture clues to predict content
  • Use appropriate posture facing the speaker
  • Provide immediate feedback
  • Ask and answer relevant questions briefly and politely
  • Determine purpose for listening
  • Apply phonics elements in reading and writing
  • Decode words in isolation and in connected text
  • Know story elements
  • Apply a variety of strategies to learn word meanings
  • Use comprehension strategies to improve comprehension
  • Increase speed of reading while maintaining accuracy
  • Convey clear, focused main idea with supporting details
  • Ask questions to clarify information
Visually Representing
  • Produce visual media to differentiate real and imaginary information
  • Create visual media to demonstrate understanding
  • Form letters and words to be easily read by others
  • Correctly spell high-frequency sight words
  • Practice the writing process
  • Begin using characteristics of good writing
  • Evaluate one's own writing
  • Develop paragraphs with one topic and at least four supporting details
  • Write for various purposes
  • Use basic rules of punctuation



Numbers and Operations
  • Count and understand numbers with 3-digits
  • Skip count by two, e.g. 23, 25, 27…
  • Understand and use ordinals 1-20
  • Understand even and odd numbers
  • Understand the place value of hundreds, tens, ones
  • Given a math fact, construct the other three in the fact family
  • Know addition and subtraction facts through 20 by recall
  • Add and subtract 2-digit numbers with renaming
  • Add and subtract 3-digit numbers with no renaming
  • Add a series of three numbers
  • Using a number line, explain rounding to the nearest ten
  • Write, add and subtract money using appropriate symbol
  • Understand situations that entail multiplication and division, i.e. equal groupings of objects and sharing equally
  • Use patterns to make generalizations and predictions
  • Analyze patterns in tables and graphs
  • Describe qualitative and quantitative changes involving addition and subtraction
  • Understand equivalence concepts using symbols
  • Investigate and predict results of assembling and disassembling 2- and 3- dimensional shapes
  • Find locations using simple coordinates
  • Recognize prisms, pyramids, cylinders and cones
  • Relate ideas in geometry to number and measurement
  • Select and use appropriate measuring tools
  • Select and use appropriate units of measurement
  • Use different units to measure the same thing
  • Use nonstandard units to compare weight of real objects and capacity of real containers
  • Estimate the weight of an object
  • Apply and use measurements in problems and "real life" situations
  • Tell time to the nearest minute (digital) and the nearest 5 minutes (analog)
  • Use and compare A.M. and P.M. time designations
  • Count coins and dollars to $5.00
  • Determine correct change to $1.00 by counting
  • Estimate to the nearest dollar
  • Use correct symbols in writing money amounts
  • Understand one hour of elapsed time
  • Identify days and dates on a calendar and one week before and after a certain date on a calendar
Data Analysis/ Probability
  • Construct and interpret data using a simple bar graph
  • Interpret data as represented in a simple table or chart
  • Make predictions, test validity and do a probability study with a 50/50 chance



Spiritual Emphasis
  • Recognize that God's ideal for quality living includes a healthy lifestyle
  • Incorporate into one's lifestyle the principles that promote health: nutrition, exercise, water, sunlight, temperance, air, rest, trust in God
  • Avoid at-risk behaviors
  • Apply Christian principles in recreation and sports
  • Achieve a balance in work and leisure; balancing physical, mental, social and spiritual activities
  • Recognize the interaction of physical, mental and spiritual health with emotional and social well-being
Movement and Motor Skills
  • Demonstrate mature form - skip, hop, gallop, slide
  • Demonstrate mature motor patterns in simple combinations, e.g. dribbling a ball while running
  • Demonstrate smooth transitions in sequential motor skills
  • Exhibit the ability to adapt and adjust movement skills
  • Demonstrate control in traveling activities
  • Identify the critical element/s (technique/s) of basic movement patterns
  • Apply movement concepts to a variety of basic skills
  • Use feedback to improve performance 
Lifestyle and Fitness
  • Experience and express pleasure from participation in physical activity
  • Identify at least one activity associated with each component of health-related physical activity
  • Engage in sustained physical activity that causes an increased heart rate and heavy breathing
  • Recognize the physiological indicators that accompany moderate to vigorous physical activity
  • Know how to measure heart rate
  • Identify the components of health-related physical fitness
  • Gain competence which will provide increased enjoyment in movement
  • Try new activities
  • Express feelings about and during physical activity
  • Enjoy interaction with friends through physical activity
Sportsmanship and Appropriate Behaviors
  • Apply rules, procedures and safe practices
  • Follow directions
  • Work cooperatively with others to complete an assigned task
  • Play and cooperate with other regardless of personal differences, e.g. gender, ethnicity, disability
  • Treat others with respect during play
  • Resolve conflicts in socially acceptable ways
  • Practice Christ-like principles in interactions with others



Physical: States/Changes of Matter, Energy Waves: Heat

  • Identify the states of matter and their characteristics
  • Describe physical changes that occur in matter
  • Define heat and describe how it affects matter

Life: Amphibians/Reptiles, Insects, Human Body Systems

  • Describe the basic needs of living things
  • Recognize characteristics that are similar and different between organisms
  • Describe how related plants and animals have similar characteristics
  • Describe how animals gather and store food, defend themselves, find shelter and adapt
  • Recognize the organization of body's systems and organs

Earth: Geology: Earth's Structure, Dinosaurs/Fossils; Natural Resources

  • Recognize physical differences in Earth materials
  • Describe Earth's basic structure and habitats
  • Identify examples of common dinosaurs
  • Explain fossils as evidence of formally living organisms
  • Identify Earth's basic natural resources found and the wise use of these resources

Health: Home/Community Safety, Emotions

  • Identify common hazards at home
  • Observe rules for public safety and recall appropriate precautions that should be taken in special conditions
  • Identify emotions and share feelings in appropriate ways
  • Know ways to seek assistance if worried, abused or threatened

Scientific Inquiry

  • Make observations
  • Ask questions/form hypotheses based on observations
  • Plan a simple investigation
  • Collect data from the investigation
  • Use data collected from the investigation to explain results
  • Safely use and store tools and equipment
Service/Career Options
  • Explore ways to use Physical, Life, Health, and/or Earth Science to serve the community
  • Identify careers in areas of Science



History: Neighborhoods (Time, Holidays, Neighborhoods: Past and Present)

  • Begin using time lines and time words
  • Recognize the significance of cultural holidays
  • Understand that God is present in one's neighborhood
  • Explore one's neighborhood
  • Explore neighborhoods in history e.g. early settlers, Native American
  • Recognize the significance of cultural holidays
  • Understand how the Adventist church helps in one's neighborhood

Civics: Ideas about Civic Life, Politics and Government

  • Understand the purposes of laws and know how they protect individual rights
  • Know current local, national and global leaders
  • Know the importance of Christian citizenship
  • Develop responsibility through good decision making
  • Understand individual roles in groups and government

Geography: Geographic Features and Patterns of the Environment

  • Classify areas according to climate, vegetation, landform
  • Locate where one's family lives on maps of neighborhood, community, state, country and world
  • Construct a simple map of one's neighborhood
  • Understand the interrelationship between people and the environment
  • Know how a neighborhood is part of a community, state and country
  • Understand responsibilities of Christian stewardship
  • Know the ways people earn a living in the neighborhood
  • Identify the basic needs of individuals, families and communities


  • Demonstrate proper use and care of computers
  • Begin learning basic keyboarding and computer terms
  • Use computers to express ideas with drawing and word processing software
  • Learn about the role of technology in business and home
  • Learn about technology related occupations
  • Practice courtesy and sharing of computer time

Our key learnings are aligned with the North American Division curriculum guides, national standards, McRel Database (Mid-Continental Regional Educational Laboratory) and Ten Sigma (a compilation of standards for 38 states).