Sample of a Second Grade Curriculum Map

Exploration and Literacy Centers
Week 1: (August)
Welcome: need for rules, methods of group decision making, how rules protect rights and property Class rules, class meeting agenda forms, compliment forms
Week 2: (September)
Safety: bike, playground, car, home, stranger, good touch, bad touch Safety signs, helmet, seat belt, poison sign, McGruff Houses
Week 3: (September)
Insects: life cycle of local insects, advanced insect life cycle (egg, caterpillar, pupa or chrysalis, adult) number of stages in cycle, representation of each stage Insect tub with books, stages of butterfly models, insect field guides, books about insects
Week 4: (September)
Weather: observation, measurement, recording, graphing, reporting changes, making representations of weather Weather chart, weather station, thermometer, wind direction ribbon, rain gauge, newspapers, weather reports, weather books, weather charts from weather bureau
Week 5: (September)
Weather: clouds, effects of weather on plants, animals, and people Weather field guide, cloud book, weather books, wind vane
Week 6: (October)
Fall: weather patterns, plant changes, migration and adaptation of animals, relationships between plants and animals Weather chart, clipboard walk to note plant changes, seasonal clothing, activities, books about fall
Week 7: (October)
Fall: signs of fall, frost, harvest, temperature, colors Thermometers, Epsom salts crystal wash (one part boiling water, one part Epsom salts painted over crayon drawing), color mixing to get fall colors, pumpkins, apples, seeds, newspaper ads about fall produce, color wheel
Week 8: (October)
Rocks: analysis of parts that make up rocks, sorting by attribute, properties of rocks, representations with rocks Rock collection, balance scale, weight cubes, muffin tin sort, blank paper, hammer to compare inside and outside of rocks, books about rocks and uses of rocks
Week 9: (October)
Community: rocks, plants, and animals in community; goods, services, and resources in community Clipboard walk, logos, phonebooks, community map of major landmarks, sand sifter to sift “big” from “little,” community photos, phone directory, logos from community, brochures, leaflets, ads
Week 10: (October)
Comparing Communities: rural, suburban, urban, field trip for comparison of providers of goods and services, environmental resources identification Profiles of two communities (their resources, cultures, services, buildings, landscape, jobs, wildlife), table top artifacts/picture sort, Venn diagram, student sharing, information from another community (books, leaflets, flyer, phone directory, photos etc.)
Week 11: (November)
Comparing Cultures: traditions, music, dances, artwork, poems, stories, plays, recognition of instances of bias Multicultural books, globe, cultural items, artwork, music, dress, foods, student sharing, multicultural books (flyers, leaflets, photos, maps, songs, etc.)
Week 12: (November)
Community Changes Over Time: grandparent guest, timelines, influence of heritage on present-day living Grandparents as guests, timeline of changes in lives, globe to identify origin of heritage, photos, old books, historical books, letters from grandparents
Week 13: (November)
Families Change Over Time: family photo share, growing, moving, toys from past, people timeline (birth, baby, toddler, child, teen, adult, grandparent, death) Family photo share, identify and illustrate changes, illustrations for people timeline, magazines, books about families
Week 14: (November)
Friendships: positive behaviors, negative behaviors, kinds of friends, adult friends, respecting the rights of others Sort behaviors, identify friends, favorite activities, photos, books about friends, classmates names and photos, class books
Week 15: (December)
Choices and Consequences: predicting consequences, recognizing feelings of others, cooperation, sharing Emotion flashcard guessing game, predict consequences of behaviors, books about emotions, drawing emotions, cooperating, sharing
Week 16: (December)
Communicating: writing, student authors, responding to the ideas of others, personal experiences, art strategies Art center, writing center, author’s center, oral personal experience sharing, tape recorder, broken telephone to take apart, letters, stationary, post office drama center, author’s chair, class library of class books
Week 17: (December)
Conflict Resolution: problem solving, communication, rockpaper-scissors, agenda for class meeting, playground survey Agenda for class meeting, rock-paperscissors, playground survey, agenda board, survey forms, books about conflict resolution, cooperation, friends
Week 18: (January)
Activities for Public Good: group decision making for common good, community needs, respect for differences, effects of tobacco (on self and others) Service project, cooperative learning, letter writing about concerns, newspaper stories about volunteers, service organizations, brochures (animal shelter, homeless shelter, Red Cross blood bank etc.)
Week 19: (January)
Cultural Traditions: music, dance, art, poems, stories Globe, cultural origin, class cultures, songs, dance art, stories, multicultural books
Week 20: (January)
Winter: weather patterns, weather and plants, weather and animals, weather and people, winter activities Daily weather charts, clipboard walk, recording changes in plants, animals and people, newspaper articles about winter sports, ski slopes, snow depth, weather etc.
Week 21: (January)
Winter: signs of winter, snow, temperature, icicles, fog Snow trough, snowflakes, frost, magnifiers, icicles, tracks in snow, evergreens versus other trees, articles about winter sports, ski slopes, snow depth, weather etc.
Week 22: (January)
Winter: seasonal weather patterns, representations of winter weather, seasonal cycles (fall, winter, spring, summer) Daily weather charts to compare over the year, who can melt cup of snow the fastest? pictures of seasons, seasonal activities and dress
Week 23: (February)
Balanced Diet: importance of breakfast, food pyramid, daily food survey, graphing results, goals Daily food survey, graph, food pyramid, food ads, cookbook, recipes, empty food containers, shopping list, coupons, menus
Week 24: (February)
Communicable/ Non-communicable Diseases: behaviors to prevent disease Place piece of potato in jar of water with dirty hands and clean hands, observe over the week, brochures, leaflets from Health Department, books about health care, hand washing, germs, vaccinations, petri dishes
Week 25: (February)
Physical Fitness: daily exertion, components of physical fitness, fine motor, gross motor, locomotor, nonlocomotor Fitness chart, stethoscope, body parts chart, timer, newspaper articles about sports, dance, fitness, books about fitness, games, athletes, performers
Week 26: (February)
Impact of Media: positive, negative, passive entertainment, advertising, consumerism, violence, junk Magazine, newspaper, TV ads, entertainment graph
Week 27: (March)
Real and Make-Believe Stories: animal stories, fiction, nonfiction, characters, setting Venn diagram to compare stories, fiction and informational texts, cartoons, animal stories, books
Week 28: (March)
Maps and Globes: map key or legend, compass rose, physical features, continents, oceans, atlas Globe, map of USA, Utah, city, comparison community, (map key, legend, compass rose), atlas, phone directory with maps
Week 29: (March)
Maps: physical features of location that affect our lives, ways that the climate affect how people live, ways that natural resources affect homes and foods Local natural resources and jobs, photos of desert, mountains, wetlands, atlas, maps
Week 30: (March)
Spring: weather patterns, ways that weather affects plants, animals, and people, representations of winter weather Daily weather chart comparison, clipboard walk—recording changes in plants, animals and people, books about spring (weather, plants, rain, etc.)
Week 31: (March)
Spring: signs of spring, temperature, hail, wind, sunshine Thermometers, budding branches (forced), signs of wind, wind direction, weather books, weather report in newspaper
Week 32: (April)
Spring: thunder and lightning, rain, rainbows, melting snow, where does the water go? Descriptions of storms, thunder, lightning, CD of storm, watercolor storm paintings, weather books
Week 33: (April)
Animal Life Cycles: amphibian (egg, tadpole, pollywog, frog), life cycle of bird (egg, chick, fledgling, adult) birth and death cycles, growth and changes in people Creatures for classroom observation, bones, paper plate life cycles, books about life cycles of various animals
Week 34: (April)
Big 6 Information Literacy (whole group): About what do I want to learn more? Which resources can I use? Where can I find these resources? Big 6 planning form, Big 6 evaluation form
Week 35: (April)
Big 6 Information Literacy (whole group): What can I use from these resources? How can I share what I learned? How will I know I did my job well? Big 6 Whole Group Project
Week 36: (May)
Big 6 Information Literacy: (individual reports) Work on individual reports
Week 37: (May)
Sharing Animal Reports Work on individual reports
Week 38: (May)
Sharing Animal Reports Share individual reports
Week 39: (May)
Sharing Animal Reports Share individual reports
Week 40: (June)
Memories of Second Grade: favorite activities, books, people Second grade Memories