Second Grade

Grade 2 Math Curriculum Framework

Operations & Algebraic Thinking

  • Represent and solve problems using addition and subtraction.

  • Memorize 1-digit addition facts.

  • Use mental math to add and subtract up to 20.

  • Count by 2s up to 20.

  • Write an addition number sentence to explain an array.

  • Add and subtract to solve a 2-step word problem.

Numbers & Operations: Base Ten

  • Add and subtract using knowledge of place value.

  • Explain the value of a digit in a three-digit number.

  • Write numbers up to 1,000.

  • Compare 3-digit numbers using <, =, >.

  • Subtract 3-digit numbers.

  • Add 3-digit numbers.

  • Use mental math to add 10 or 100 to a 3-digit number.

Measurement & Data

  • Use data to solve problems of length, time and money.

  • Measure the length of an object using the correct tool.

  • Estimate lengths.

  • Find the difference between the lengths of two objects.

  • Solve word problems about length.

  • Tell time to the nearest five minutes using a.m. and p.m.

  • Solve word problems about money.

  • Use graphs to answer questions.


  • Name, draw, and divide figures into fractions.

  • Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons and cubes.

  • Identify and draw 2-dimensional shapes.

  • Break rectangles into equal parts and count the number of parts.

  • Break circles and rectangles into different equal parts and describe how they are parts of a whole.

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Grade 2 Literacy Curriculum Framework


  • Understand and discuss elements of fictional text.

  • Ask and answer questions to show I understand a story.

  • Retell a story including the beginning, middle and end.

  • Describe how characters respond to what happens in a story.

  • Compare and contrast versions of the same story.

Informational Text

  • Demonstrate comprehension using non-fiction text features.

  • Ask and answer questions to show I understand the details in a text.

  • Tell the main topic of a multi-paragraph text.

  • Figure out the meaning of words in a 2nd grade text.

  • Use captions, bold print, glossaries and indexes to find information.

  • Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.

  • Read and comprehend informational text at the 2nd grade level.

Foundational Skills

  • Use phonics and word analysis skills comprehend and read fluently.

  • Use reading strategies to figure out words.

  • Read with fluency and read words within a text correctly.


  • Write, edit and revise to strengthen writing.

  • Write an opinion piece that: states my opinion, has reasons to support my opinion, uses transitions and has a concluding sentence.

  • Write an expository writing piece with a topic sentence, facts that develop points and a concluding sentence.

  • Write a narrative writing piece that includes details that describe actions, feelings, time order words and a concluding sentence.

  • Edit and revise my writing piece with guidance.

  • Gather information from various sources to answer questions.

Speaking and Listening

  • Communicate effectively and recall information.

  • Communicate my ideas respectively in small and whole groups.

  • Complete sentences to share my ideas.

  • Recall facts and details from information presented orally and read alouds.


  • Apply word study patterns in writing and use conventions.

  • Use plural nouns correctly.

  • Form and use the past tense of verbs.

  • Capitalize holidays, specific places and product names.

  • Use learned spelling patterns in my writing.

  • Use materials to help me spell

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Grade 2 Curriculum Resources

  • McGraw-Hill: My Math curriculum books and on-line

  • Hands-on math materials

  • Pearson: Words Their Way

  • Pearson: Good Habits, Great Readers and Good Habits, Great Writers

  • Guided Reading Library of leveled student texts

  • Words I Use When I Write student dictionaries

  • Online Resources:

Shurley English and Grammar

IXL Language Arts

IXL Math


Epic Reader

Storyline online

Spelling City

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Grade 2 Instructional Practices

  • Daily 5/CAFE literacy framework (Shared, guided, one-on-one)

  • Literacy and math learning stations

  • Use of Leveled books matched to readers

  • Hands-on math materials

  • Word wall

  • Technology: Promethean Board, student Chromebooks

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Summer Reading Suggestions for Kids Going Into Third Grade

Caldecott Awards and Honor Books  

  • The Funny Little Woman by Arlene Mosel
  • Many Moons by James Thurber
  • The Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall  
  • The Story of Jumping Mouse by John Steptoe
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
  • When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant

Picture Books

  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman  
  • The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble
  • Fish Face by Patricia Reilly Giff
  • Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
  • Polk Street Gang series by Patricia Reilly Giff

Chapter Books

  • A-Z Mysteries Series by Ron Roy
  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
  • Judy Moody Series by Megan McDonald
  • Stink Series by Megan McDonald
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney
  • Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne

Nonfiction Books

  • Any nonfiction books at your child’s level are great for summer reading

Grade 2 Online Resources for Parents and Students