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2nd Grade

second grade team

The second grade teachers at Swift Creek Elementary are geared up and ready for another superb year! Second grade is filled with learning through exploration, discovery, and fun activities.

Language Arts

Second graders continue to improve reading and writing skills through a variety of instructional techniques including The Daily Five, guided reading, and Six +1 Traits of Writing.




Reading Fluency- reading at an appropriate speed with accuracy and expression


Comprehension- main idea, details, inferencing, making predictions, fact/fiction, cause and effect, narrative elements (plot, setting, characters), author's purpose, summarizing, resource texts (dictionary, thesaurus, glossary)


Phonics - decoding unfamiliar words


Vocabulary - new/unknown words, antonyms, synonyms, homonyms, and multiple meaning words





Writing Process-prewriting, rough draft, revising, editing, publishing


Writing Traits-





Writing Genres-narrative, informational, persuasive, response to literature



Forming letters,

fluid writing




Capitalization - first word of a sentence, proper nouns, abbreviations


Punctuation - ending punctuation (periods, question marks, exclamation points), commas (in a series, between a city and state, in a friendly letter, date), periods after abbreviations, quotation marks


Parts of Speech – nouns, pronouns, verbs, and adjectives 


Sentence Structure - forming complete sentences with appropriate subject/verb agreement




Second grade engages in Word Study.


  • Number concepts
  • Fact Fluency - instant recall of single digit addition/subtraction facts to 18
  • Addition and subtraction - 2 and 3 digit numbers with and without regrouping
  • Place value - to the hundreds place
  • Graphing—bar, picture and pie graphs
  • Money - counting coin and bill combinations to $2, comparing amounts of money
  • Shapes - identifying two and three dimensional shapes by the number of sides, edges, faces, and vertices
  • Problem Solving – including word problems and probability
  • Patterns - repeating and growing patterns
  • Comparing and Ordering Numbers - (>, <, =)
  • Fractions - identify, label, and compare fractions (thirds, sixths, eighths, tenths)
  • Measurement - identify standard units of measure (inch, foot, yard) and metric units of measure (centimeter, meter), measure to the nearest inch and the nearest centimeter, tell time to the nearest five minutes, read a thermometer

  • Scientific method & inquiry
  • Earth Science - changes in our surroundings over time and causes of those changes
  • Physical Science - matter (solid, liquid, gas)
  • Life Science – plant and life cycles

Social Studies
  • Famous Americans
  • Communities—Past & Present
  • Geography – U.S. & World
  • Map Skills - cardinal and intermediate directions, map scale, map key/legend
  • Economics - scarcity, supply and demand, goods and services, opportunity cost
  • First Americans
  • Ancient Civilizations—Egypt & China