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VLA Grade 2 Course Descriptions

English Language Arts 120

2 Semesters: 36 Units

Second Grade Language Arts integrates the development of reading, writing, spelling, research and oral/visual communication skills. Students are supported on site by Adult Mentors. Directions for the mentors are included in the content of each unit.


Students use letter-sound correspondence knowledge and structural analysis to decode words. They build a stock of sight words that helps them to read quickly and accurately with comprehension. Students acquire vocabulary through exposure to language-rich situations such as reading award-winning literature. Students use context clues to determine the meaning of new vocabulary. Students develop and learn to apply strategies that help them to comprehend and interpret informational and literary texts. They develop basic concepts about print and how books work. Students learn to read diagrams, charts, graphs, maps and displays in text as sources of additional information. Students enhance their understanding of the human story by reading a wide variety of literary texts that represent many different authors, cultures and eras.


Students’ writing develops when they regularly engage in the major phases of the writing process. Add to this daily journal writing, and writing skill increases dramatically. Journals are provided in required kits provided by the JCESC VLA. Students use a range of familiar forms (e.g. letters). During the first semester, they continue to build their skill in printing; during the second semester they advance to developing the skill of cursive writing, practicing both letters and words. Students learn to master writing conventions through exposure to good models and opportunities for practice. Writing conventions include spelling, punctuation, grammar and other conventions associated with forms of the written text.


Students develop and extend their understanding of the spelling system, using a range of strategies for spelling words correctly. All of this is enhanced through the use of magnetic letters provided in the required kits.


They define and investigate self-selected or assigned issues, topics and problems. They locate, select and make use of relevant information from a variety of media.


Students learn to communicate effectively through exposure to good models and opportunities for practice. Students learn to deliver presentations that effectively convey information and persuade or entertain audiences.

Math 120

2 Semesters: 36 Units

In this course students have the opportunity to investigate and develop skills involving numbers, measurement, geometry, patterns, and data analysis.
*This course requires a lab fee.


Students demonstrate number sense, including an understanding of number systems and operations and how they relate to one another. Students compute fluently and make reasonable estimates using paper and pencil, technology supported and mental methods.


Students estimate and measure to a required degree of accuracy and precision by selecting and using appropriate units, tools and technologies.


Students identify, classify, compare and analyze characteristics, properties and relationships of one-, two- and three-dimensional geometric figures and objects. Students use spatial reasoning and properties of geometric objects to analyze mathematical situations and solve problems.


Students extend simple number patterns; use patterns to make generalizations and predictions; and create new patterns with consistent rules or plan. They use objects, pictures, numbers and other symbols to represent a problem situation. They understand equivalence and extend the concept to symbols. They use symbols to represent unknown quantities and identify values for symbols in an expression or equation using addition and subtraction. They describe qualitative and quantitative changes, especially those involving addition and subtraction.

Data Analysis

Students pose questions and collect, organize, represent, interpret and analyze data to answer questions. Students read, interpret and make comparisons and predictions from data. They use mathematical processes and knowledge to solve problems. Students apply problem-solving and decision-making techniques, and communicate mathematical ideas.

Science 120

2 Semesters: 36 Units
Required Course Materials

Second-graders continue to relate science concepts and skills to their life experiences. They compare similarities and differences between people, animals and plants. Living system functions and the interactions they have with their physical environment are explained. Focus is placed upon habits, and the interdependence and survival of plants and animals in Ohio. Weather changes both short term and long term are observed, described and measured. Students discover how cycles are present in their everyday lives through investigations of Earth and sky, sound and light, and plants and animals. Students recognize the purpose, process and effects of technology, simple equipment and instruments used in learning about science. Students develop an awareness of repeated scientific investigations and understand that under the same conditions the results are similar or the same.

Social Studies 120

2 Semesters: 36 Units
Required Course Materials

In this course, students will learn about people working together through their study of history, geography, government and economics. Along with their continuing practice of social studies skills and methods, students use biographies of people whose work has made a difference and artifacts as clues to the past. They begin to understand various cultures and the impact of the environment on how people live, work and use their resources. Students build a framework necessary for collaboration and leadership that strengthens their abilities to work with others.

Spanish 120

1/2 Semester: 18 Units
Students in Spanish 120 will be introduced to skills in order to begin or resume communication in the target language. They will explore the understanding of pronunciation, vocabulary, simple grammar structure and daily conversation, as well as studying the many cultures of the target language including the arts, sports, cuisine and holidays. In addition, they will have the opportunity to view videos from Spanish speaking countries as well as replicate cultural objects on their own.
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