Second Grade

Second Grade - Curriculum At A Glance


The student…
  • Blends sound components into words and applies knowledge of beginning letter (onsets) and spelling patterns (rimes) in single and multi-syllable words
  • Uses a variety of structural cues to decode unfamiliar words.
  • Uses a variety of context clues (ex., illustrations, diagrams, information in the story, titles and heading, sequence) to construct meaning (meaning cues).
  • Uses context cues to define multiple meaning words
  • Uses a variety of strategies to comprehend text (ex., inference, self-monitoring, predicting, retelling, discussing, and restating ideas).
  • Uses knowledge of contractions, base words, prefixes and suffixes, compound words to determine meaning of words.
  • Uses resources and references to build upon word meanings (ex., dictionaries and glossaries)
  • Uses a variety of strategies to comprehend text (ex., self-monitoring, predicting, retelling, discussing, restating ideas).
  • Summarizes information in texts (including, but not limited to, central idea, supporting details, connections between texts).
  • Uses specific ideas, details, and information from text to answer literal questions.
  • Makes connections and inferences based on text and prior knowledge (ex., order of events, possible outcomes).
  • Understands similarities and differences across texts
  • Reads informational text for specific purposes.
  • Alphabetizes words according to first and second letter.
  • Locates information in simple reference materials.
  • Understands the difference between fact and opinion
  • Knows comprehension strategies and can apply while reading


The student…
  • Uses knowledge of sentence composing to be able to start a sentence with a capital letter and end a sentence with the correct punctuation mark.
  • Beginning to use the 6 traits of the writing process.
  • Can compose a complete sentence using sentence expanding skills.
  • Can write a paragraph to go along with a given topic idea and or prompt.


The student…
  • Can count by 2s, 5s, and 10s & describes patterns
  • Make tallies and give the total for tallies
  • Can solve addition number stories
  • Finds equivalent names for numbers
  • Knows addition and subtraction facts
  • Can identify 2-dimensional shapes
  • Can add three 1 digit numbers mentally
  • Knows what the complements of 10 are
  • Find missing addends for the next multiple of 10.
  • Can solve number grid puzzles
  • Can plot on a bar graph.
  • Uses equivalent coins to show money amounts in different ways.
  • Exchanges pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters
  • Can multiply numbers with a 0 or 1 as a factor.
  • Can tell time to five-minute intervals.

Ideas for helping your child at home:

Language Arts

  • Have a time each day for family members to read aloud or silently together. Discuss the main character, setting,
  • problem and resolution of your child’s book.
  • Write with your child and keep a journal of your own.
  • Have your child write a letter or e-mail a family member or friend. Have your child create postcards to send.
  • Learn one word and what it means every day. See how many times that word can be used in conversation during the day.
  • Assist with spelling activities in preparation for spelling tests.
  • Use our school’s web site for appropriate web links for additional support and practice


  • Ask your child to help you bake a cake. Allow your child to measure out all the ingredients.
  • Have your child accompany you to the grocery store with a calculator. Have him/her round the price of each item to the nearest dollar and enter into the calculator. When you reach the checkout ask your child for the expected estimated total.
  • Write word problems for your child to solve. Let him/her write word problems for you to solve.
  • Assist with homework and activities