Second Edition. Each unit (one week) begins with an overview, a list of key concepts addressed, and a list of items to have on hand. It contains additional facts about the state, an address for the state’s tourism bureau for more information, suggestions for further reading materials, and lesson plans. Students will cover all second-grade objectives while studying the early days of our country’s states. Subjects include Bible/character, science/health, social studies, reading, spelling, expression skills, study/critical thinking, math, physical education, music, and art.
Beginning at the Eastern seaboard in the founding states, students travel from state to state to learn what life was like in the early days of each one. They will find out such things as what was used for currency/money, what was used for windows in pioneer cabins, how they brushed their teeth without toothpaste, where they got salt and how it was used. They will learn about some of the unique features of each state, such as the meaning of the name Alabama, why there are so many storms in Kansas, the state that provides most of our nation’s toothpicks, why Wisconsin is called the “badger state” (not because badgers live there!). When you come to your own state, you’ll stop and spend a couple of weeks finding more in-depth information, taking field trips to the capital and other places of special interest.
Math, phonics, spelling, and other language concepts are tied to the science and social studies topics, for reinforcement. The reader has a story set in each state with an emphasis on the character theme for that particular unit. Discussion questions and vocabulary words follow each. The student workbook contains worksheets for math, language and spelling, and occasional science and/or social studies worksheets and may be purchased separately. If you opt for a math curriculum other than the one in this teacher manual, you need only purchase the Language Worksheets or the No Math Pack. The appendix (pages may be copied) is full of helpful patterns for art and craft projects, game sheets for math and language, information sheets, a full-page map outline of each state, science/health diagrams, lined pages for penmanship practice, record-keeping forms, and songs. You can teach four grades (1st through 4th) together by using this second-grade curriculum and ordering the supplemental programs!