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2nd Grade

Welcome to 2nd Grade!

In second grade, students will receive their first “letter” grades on report cards, become more independent with class work, homework, and assessments and strengthen their reading and math skills.

In Language Arts, the CCPS Balanced Literacy Framework is followed to provide children a daily, balanced “diet” for reading and writing.

The framework includes:
  • Reading Workshop for developing comprehension strategies and vocabulary 
  • Writing Workshop for grammar, composition and handwriting 
  • Word Study for phonics and spelling

Both whole group and small group instruction is provided to give each child support in reading and writing at his/her own instructional level. Students leave 2nd grade reading “chapter books” and writing in complete paragraphs. Emphasis is placed on comprehension of fiction and nonfiction, vocabulary and fluency. Parents and guardians are encouraged to have their children read to them every day. After reading the story, students should then re-tell the story to check for comprehension. Besides asking children the basic facts of the story, ask “why” and “what do you think will happen next” type questions.

In Mathematics, students are taught using a Conceptual Math format to develop a strong number sense. Instruction is very “hands-on” with mental math strategies. Gone are the days of endless pages of problems! Students are expected to be able to explain the “why” of math as well as the “what”. Emphasis is placed on fact fluency to 20 (addition and subtraction), creating and interpreting graphs, patterns, place value to 999, creating and solving single and multi-step problems, adding and subtracting numbers with sums 99 or less, telling time, making change up to $2.00, naming and writing fractions and measurement. Parents and guardians are encouraged to have their children make up and solve word problems that reflect math skills necessary in daily living situations.

In Social Studies, second grade students continue to learn about being active and knowledgeable citizens. Citizenship is stressed: citizenship in the classroom, citizenship in the school, citizenship in the community, and citizenship in our country. Second graders will also construct and interpret simple maps, identify the continents and oceans, study famous Americans, compare the lives and contributions of Native American Indians and learn about the ancient civilizations of China and Egypt.

In Science, second graders investigate and understand properties of magnets, properties of matter, weather and seasonal changes, and the life cycles of plants and animals. Embedded in these topics are investigations, demonstrations and simple experiments that aid students in the development of their scientific reasoning and logic.

Homework is assigned and sent home based on the students’ needs. In general, homework is assigned Monday through Thursday. No homework is assigned over the weekend except for special, long-term projects. We encourage second grade students to read for a minimum of 20 minutes every night.

Curriculum Overview