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2nd Grade Lesson Plans

Utah State Arts Core for 2nd Grade


Title of Lesson Core Subject Comments
Dancing with Literature Language Arts/Dance Movement that encourages reading comprehension.
Geometry through Movement     Math/Dance Students will demonstrate their knowledge of geometric shapes and create their own shapes.
Flashlight Language Arts/Dance In two 30 minute sessions, the students will understand the author’s overall message as they dance “night, nature, and art” (Boyd) with the use of a flashlight.



Title of Lesson Core Subject Comments
To Each His Own Habitat

Desert Animals Visual

Tundra Animals Visual

Ocean Animals Visual



The students will learn about the animals that live in the desert, the tundra and/or the ocean. They will use discriminating thinking skills when comparing similar animals that live in different habitats. When representing animals from a habitat, the students will speak loudly and clearly for their audience to hear.


Title of Lesson Core Subject Comments
Tinga Layo The Donkey Who Does Language Arts/Music In this activity the student learns to sing a song to practice verbs. Students will create a list of verbs as a class and write them on the board and then use them in the song, Tinga Layo The Donkey That Does.
 Rhythm Poems Language Arts/Music

 Students will create a 4-line poem using vocabulary and facts around a topic, set to basic two beat rhythms. 


Title of Lesson Core Subject Comments
Perfect-Portraits Language Arts/Visual Arts Students will write an autobiography and will create a ceramic self portrait based on the work of current artist Kimmy Cantrell. Grades 2-6.
Dinosaur Poem Language Arts/Visual Arts Students read Dinosaur Books and then write Poetry reflecting what they learned.
What's Your Story Language Arts/Visual Arts In 30 minutes, students will create an acrostic poem. They will use descriptive adjectives to describe what they can do and who they are!
Islamic Name Art Social Studies/Visual Arts Very adaptable for grades 2-6. Use block names to create a fun art activity.
Classroom Quilt Social Studies/Visual Arts Read "Patchwork Quilt" book. Create a quilt patch on a piece of paper about personal culture/beliefs and place all quilt patches of students on a large piece of paper on wall to show diversity in classroom.
Color Wheel Portrait Mural Social Studies/Visual Arts Students will learn about the color wheel, how to draw a simple or detailed face (depending on the grade), and then will create a piece of a mural using one or two colors.