Dr. Michael Murdock

Second grade students will learn about the providential hand of God in the existence and purpose for the earth. Included will be lessons about the solar system, the motion, shape, elements of the earth, climate and weather, directions, poles, and geographic circles. The students will also study continents, islands, oceans, seas, rivers, and lakes of the world with an emphasis on the mountains, deserts, and plains.

Course Details

Students will:
  1. Students will study the universe and understand the role of the Sun, Moon, and planets in the solar system. They will examine the Earth and its properties.
  2. Students will learn to use basic map symbols and legends.
  3. Students will be introduced to cardinal directions (north, south, east, west) and their relevance to mapping.
  4. Students will learn about landforms, and bodies of water. Students will identify and locate continents, oceans, mountains, valleys, plains, deserts, and cities.
  5. Students will understand basic weather concepts and how weather impacts daily life.
  6. Students will learn about the seven continents and their unique characteristics.
  7. Second graders will discuss how God created the universe and the world.
  8. Students will discuss their learning and demonstrate their understanding of these topics through the completion of assignments, maps, projects, and notebook work. The learning will occur primarily through discussions, notebook work, map making, projects and activities.


  • Model of the Sun
  • Phases of the moon
  • Diorama of landforms
  • Earth layers
  • Atmosphere layers
  • Model of water and weather cycle
  • Layers of the ocean
  • Mapping the 7 continents
  • Solar system maps, world maps, country maps
  • Atlas images