This Full Grade Package will equip you to teach your second grade child for an entire year while you prepare him or her for a lifetime of academic success!
Included in this package:
- Instructor’s Guides
- History & Geography
- Language Arts
- Required Resources
Here’s an in depth look at what you’ll receive and learn.
Includes a 36-Week, 4-Day schedule designed to save one day a week for co-ops, music lessons, sports, field trips or other extra-curricular activities. Includes colorful map answer keys, discussion questions and answers as well as background notes to help you get the most from the time you spend with your child.
History & Geography │ Intro to World History - Year 2 of 2
Travel from the fall of Rome through the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Asian dynasties and the Industrial Revolution to modern global history. Adventure with Vikings, medieval knights, Robin Hood, mighty stallions, astronauts and more!
As your children see the flow of world history--the rise and fall of civilizations--they get a big-picture look at what's gone into creating history. That, in turn, helps them understand how we live today.
Treasure your daily time together and snuggle up with your children reading Read-Aloud classics like The Aesop for Children. You'll also enjoy stories from an operatic cricket to mighty Italian stallions, these works are pure delights!
Whether your child is a voracious reader or still catching his or her stride, our Readers Program will meet them at their ability level. Receive a whole stack of exciting books your kids can successfully read on their own. Simply choose the program that matches your child's reading level. For help determining your child's reading level please review this Quick Reading Assessment.
Confidently guide your children through writing as they complete creative assignments that make writing fun. The Language Arts guide will correspond with the Reader level you select:
- Regular: You will receive a Language Arts 2 Instructor's Guide when you choose Level 2 Regular Readers
- Intermediate: You will receive a Language Arts 2 Intermediate Instructor's Guide when you choose Level 2 Intermediate Readers
- Advanced: You will receive a Second Grade Advanced Language Arts Instructor's Guide when you choose Level 2 Advanced Readers
The following OPTIONAL supplements Explode the Code 4, 5, 6 Set and Wordly Wise A are scheduled in the (2nd grade Language Arts) guide for your convenience but are not required. Click on the links for additional information. (Supplements are Not included in Full-Grade packages but can be added using the Customize Tab).
Handwriting Without Tears 2: Printing Power
No matter what your child's motor skill level, they enjoy daily success using our favorite program, Handwriting Without Tears. You may also choose a different level of Handwriting Without Tears using the Customize Tab.
Science │ Life Science, Meteorology, and Mechanical Technology
Hands-on Science with everything you need to teach successfully. Travel the solar system and discover how plants, animals and machines work. A humor-filled DVD guides you through 100 experiments and science projects. Our most popular Science program among kids!
The Math-U-See Beta Universal Set comes with this full-grade package. You may also choose from other math programs such as Saxon, Singapore and Horizons using the customize tab. To find out if your student is ready for Beta take the Beta Readiness Assessment.
A few essential resources make your learning extra rich this year. Includes The Timeline Book, Markable Map & Markers and a 3” Binder with Tabs to organize your Instructor’s Guides.
Daily Time Requirements:
Child: 2 - 3 hrs; Parent: 1.5 - 2 hrs
- History 2 Instructor's Guide, 3-Week Sample
- Science 2 Instructor's Guide, 3-Week Sample
- Language Arts 2 Instructor's Guide, 3-Week Sample
- Online - History 2 Instructor's Guide
- Online - Science 2 Instructor's Guide
- Online - Language Arts 2 Instructor's Guide
To see samples of all Instructor's Guides, click here.
Scope & Sequence
2nd Grade Readers
- Geography Songs - Additional Workbook
- Geography Songs - Additional Wall Map
- Language Arts 2 Activity Sheets
- Extra Science 2 Student Activity Sheets
Is BookShark a History or a Reading program?
BookShark is both! We are a literature based program that teaches History through reading and listening. At Level K-2, the focus of our program is on developing and strengthening reading ability. This is why we offer multiple Reader levels for the early packages. Beginning in Level 3, however, the focus shifts from strengthening reading ability to building reading comprehension. From Level 3 up, we integrate the Reading, Read-Alouds, and Language Arts assignments with the History readings. Instead of learning to read, your children will be reading to learn!
I didn’t do Part 1, can I still use this package?
BookShark’s Level 2 Full Grade Package introduces the second half of world history beginning with the fall of Rome and ending in the modern era. The first half of the program – Level 1 Intro to World History, part 1 of 2 – is not required for you to use our Level 2 curriculum, though it does help provide some context. It is up to you if you want to skip it or step back.
If you have any concerns about skipping content or about the difficulty of the Level 2 work, please consider starting with Level 1. Our Level 1 package was designed for students age 6-8 and is advanced for a 1st Grade level. If you decide to skip the Level 1 program, your student(s) will have another chance to cover the first part of world history in our Level 6 Full Grade Package.
Which Readers/Language Arts should I choose?
We offer multiple Readers/Language Arts levels for our Level K-2 packages to accommodate advanced and struggling learners. Choosing a Readers/Language Arts level that is appropriate for your child will help ensure that there are no gaps in their knowledge.
If you are unsure which Readers level would be best for your child, please have them take our Quick Reading Assessment. It is very important to match the Readers level to your child’s reading ability, and the assessment will help you find the most comfortable fit for them. We encourage you to be sure that they are reading fluidly, not just decoding the words. Our goal is to help you instill a love of reading and learning in your child. If they are working too hard to decode the words, they may not enjoy the stories and the reading may become frustrating.
Please note that many young students read at a higher level than their Language Arts ability. We recommend that you look through the Scope & Sequence and the 3-Week Samples for our Language Arts Instructor's Guides before you make a final decision on which level will be best for your child.
Feel free to use the assignments in the samples as a way to test which Language Arts level will match your student's skills. If your student's Language Arts skill is slightly behind their Reading levels, you may want to consider choosing your Readers based on your student's Language Arts ability. Our Readers are engaging and fun for students of all levels!
Do the Readers integrate with the History reading?
We offer multiple Reader levels for our Level K-2 programs, so the Readers are not tied with the History reading for this package. In Levels K-2, the focus of our program is on developing and strengthening reading ability. The Readers are integrated with the History program beginning in Level 3.
What books are included in the Level 1 Readers?
Level 1 Readers are equivalent to a 1st Grade reading level and include the following:
What books are included in the Level 2 Regular Readers?
Level 2 Regular Readers are equivalent to a 2nd Grade reading level and include the following:
What books are included in the Level 2 Intermediate Readers?
Level 2 Intermediate Readers are equivalent to a 3rd Grade reading level and include the following:
What books are included in the Level 2 Advanced Readers?
Level 2 Advanced Readers are equivalent to a 4th Grade reading level and include the following:
Can I use this package for both of my children?
Yes, you can use the Full Grade package with two or more students!
If your children are within three years of age, we recommend that you put them in the same BookShark Full-Grade Package. Your children will be able to share most of the resources in the Full Grade package, including Read-Alouds, Science, and History books. They can also share the Timeline Book and Timeline Figures, but you will need duplicates of some of the worksheets. You may also need additional Math resources. Please look at the “Consumables” tab to see a full list of the consumable materials in this package.
Please remember that Reading & Language Arts and Math are skill based subjects. Even though your students are in the same age range, they may not have the same skill levels. Use the assessments on our Resources page to help you pick the correct Reading and Math option for each of your children.
Once you know the correct Reader and Math levels, customize the Full Grade package to fit one of your student’s needs. Then, supplement the package with an additional Reading & Language Arts and a Math program that fits your other students.
Not sure if this is the right fit? Please review the options below to find a package that will work for both of your children:
- Ages 5-7 | Level K Full Grade Package
- Ages 6-8 | Level 1 Full Grade Package
- Ages 8-11 | Level 3 Full Grade Package
- Ages 9-12 | Level 4 Full Grade Package
If there is more than a three year age difference between your children, we recommend that you purchase a separate package for each student. Our Level 7 Full Grade Package (for ages 12-14) is a nice thematic match to our Level 2 package since both cover the second part of World History.
Can my students share the Science Supplies Kit?
Yes! If your students are willing to work together as lab partners, they can share the resources in the Science Supplies Kit 2. You may want a second copy if you prefer that each student perform every experiment, or if you have more than two scientists sharing the Science package.
Which Math program/level will be best for my child?
Math, like reading, is a skill-based subject. It is important to pick a program and a level that fits with your child’s learning style and ability. Please take a look at our Resources page for a comparison of our different math options. We also have placement tests to help you figure out the appropriate starting point for your child.
Can I purchase the package without Math?
Our Full Grade Packages are built to include everything you need for your school year: History, Reading, Language Arts, Science, and Math. We love our packages so much that we discount them 20% off retail price. You can purchase the elements of the Full Grade package without purchasing math, but you will not receive our 20% off package discount.
If you are certain none of our math options will work for you, please add the following products to your cart individually:
- Reading with History 2 (this package is discounted 15% off the retail price)
- Language Arts 1 (if you chose Level 1 Readers for Reading with History),
or Language Arts 2 (if you chose Level 2 Regular Readers for Reading with History),
or Language Arts 2 Intermediate (if you chose Level 2 Intermediate Readers for Reading with History),
or Language Arts 2 Advanced (if you chose Level 2 Advanced Readers for Reading with History)
- Science 2 Package
- Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 Handwriting Without Tears
How do I purchase Math without the Manipulatives Kit?
Please use the "Customize" tab to select a Math option without the Manipulatives Kit.
Do I need the 1st/2nd Grade World History Resources?
The World History Required Resources includes three books that are included in our Level 1 History program and reused in Level 2 History:
- A Child's History of the World
- The Usborne Time Traveler
- The Usborne Book of World History
If you purchased our Level 1 Full Grade Package or Reading with History Package, you do not need to purchase these books again.
What are the “Required Resources” and why are they required?
The Required Resources includes a big binder with 36 week tabs for your Instructor’s Guides, The Timeline Book, a reusable Markable Map, and a set of wet-erase markers. These resources will be reused in almost every level of our History program and can be shared by multiple students. You will be given the option to purchase these items every time you buy a Full Grade package, but you only need to buy it once.