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2nd Grade
Second-graders are curious by nature and interested in learning how everything works.  Second-graders at OCA continue to improve their reading skills along with comprehension and practice math facts as well as improve their problem-solving skills. A second grade education at OCA includes a strong focus on reading, language arts, and number logic, all filtered through a Biblical worldview. 
In 2nd grade, we transition to Purposeful Design, the curriculum offered by our accrediting agency, ACSI.  This allows us to focus more in-depth on the teaching of God's Word, specifically the Old Testament.
We study sight words and employ reading aloud to ensure grade-level fluency; we also utilize readers through our Bob Jones University.  We continue exploring story concepts, comparing and contrasting characters and key details with more complex themes and ideas.  School library visits reinforce these concepts as well.
We use the Saxon Math curriculum, which invites a hands-on approach to math using various manipulatives, aides, and learning games, which our students enjoy.  Each new concept is taught as a whole group using direct instruction. Technology is applied through learning sites such as BrainPop, RocketMath, and Starfall.
Language Arts
In 2nd grade at OCA, language arts primarily focuses on identifying proper sentence structure and utilizing it in writing, and we introduce major parts of speech as well through Bob Jones curriculum.  In 2nd grade, we learn to present information orally according to the Oral Presentation Guidelines properly.  Finally, iPads apps during computer time are used to reinforce learned skills.
We encourage our 2nd graders to ask questions and understand the practice of science by understanding who God is and His role in the universe.  Our 2nd graders study weather, the water cycle, the rock cycle, Newton's Laws, and anatomy through the Bob Jones curriculum.
We use the Bob Jones curriculum to study and focus on our nation, its role in the global community, and significant moments in our history.  We observe the majesty and magnitude of God throughout time, and we correlate events recorded in history and the Bible.  We study various Native American tribes from diverse geographical regions and Identify the relationship, influences, and contributions between immigrants who came to America and our nation as it is now.
By the end of 2nd grade, students will:
  • Demonstrate Christian virtues and explain why as Christians, we should show these
  • Know the Bible as the Word of God
  • Know ways to grow in our faith, demonstrate love for others, and share the Gospel
  • Memorize key passages of Scripture, and know ways to apply them
  • Worship God through music, prayer, and study of His word
Read and comprehend 125 sight words
Identify and code digraphs, combinations, diphthongs, affixes, and final stable syllables in reading passages, to decode words
Read fluently grade level books
Satisfactorily and consistently spell assigned words
Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension
  • Mentally solve one hundred addition and subtraction within a  minute
  • Mentally solve multiplication facts within a given time
  • Work independently to complete two and three-digit numbers with regrouping
  • Correctly tell time to the minute
  • Correctly add and subtract three-digit numbers with regrouping
  • Correctly round numbers and temperatures to the nearest ten
  • Correctly identify geometric shapes and fractions
  • Measure a line segment to the nearest ¼ inch and the nearest millimeter
  • Correctly identify the ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands place values


Language Arts
  • Properly and consistently form the upper and lower case version of each letter of the alphabet in both manuscript and cursive
  • Identify the five parts of a basic sentence structure and recognize the use of sentences in literature
  • Orally present information according to the Oral Presentation Guidelines
  • Consistently use correct capitalization and punctuation
  • Identify and label parts of speech in sentences, including nouns, verbs, adjectives, and pronouns
  • Recognize and label complete and simple subjects and predicates


  • Identify the parts of a plant and their purpose, as well as animals and their life cycles, including humans
  • Recognize the interdependence of plants, animals, and humans. 
  • Identify the five senses and understand the purpose of each one
  • Identify the parts of the body, such as the heart, brain, ear, eyes, the different systems, and the stomach
  • Identify the changing parts of the weather and the water cycle
  • Identify the different states of matter
  • Identify forces and changes in the motions of objects
  • Identify different types of rocks 
  • Identify the different types of maps. (Political, physical, and thematic)
  • Locate the countries in North America
  • Label on a map or globe the continents, oceans, Equator, Prime Meridian, North and South Pole
  • Identify and use the Compass Rose
  • Locate and identify geographic features on maps
  • Recognize and compare Native American tribes and their various geographic regions
  • Identify the relationship, influences, and contributions of Immigrants to America
  • Identify, define, and apply what it means to be a US citizen 
  • Identify type and location of Historical monuments and documents
  • Recognize that people make choices because of limited resources
  • Recognize that the United States trades with other countries for goods and services
  • Explain the personal benefits and costs involved in saving and spending


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