Second Grade

What Your Second Grader Will Learn This Year

This year in second grade we would like for all students to become more responsible and independent. You can help your child to do this by:

  • Assisting your child with homework and checking for accuracy when they are finished.
  • Reminding your child to read for at least 30 minutes each night and record the title of their book in their reading log. Students are able to do this for themselves, now. Please encourage them to do so.
  • You can also encourage your child to be responsible for his school materials each day. This includes remembering to bring homework papers home each night and returning them to school the following day.


Reading comprehension is key to reading success! This year we will focus on learning reading strategies that will help students to become better readers.

  • Predict/Infer
  • Compare/Contrast
  • Retell
  • Summarize
  • Sequence Events
  • Cause and Effect
  • Fact and Opinion

Language Arts

Language Arts consists of writing, grammar, and spelling activities. You child will receive spelling words most weeks and take a spelling test each Friday. This year in writing we will focus on the following skills.

  • Writing complete sentences with a subject and a predicate
  • Using descriptive language and vocabulary
  • Using thinking maps to organize writing ideas
  • Learning the elements of a paragraph
  • Writing a lead sentence
  • Including transition words
  • Adding supporting details
  • Writing a closing sentence
  • Respond on topic to narrative and expository writing prompts
  • Narrative – A story (We will write both personal and imaginative narratives.)
  • Expository – Writing to explain
  • We will also learn the elements of a friendly letter and use this to write our “Flat Stanley” letters:
    • Date
    • Greeting
    • Body
    • Closing


This year in math we will focus on the following skills:

  • Learning and understanding math vocabulary
  • Partial-Sums Addition Algorithm – One method of solving 2-digit addition problems
  • Trade-First Subtraction Algorithm – One method for solving 2-digit subtraction problems with regrouping
  • Explore place value, money, and time
  • Equivalent names for numbers
  • Exploring weights, scales, and equal groups
  • Explore measurement
  • Fractions
  • Basics of multiplication and division using a picture model

Social Studies

Who We Are, Where We Live
  • History
  • Economics
  • Geography
Our City & State
  • Government
  • Holidays
  • Technology and resources
  • Florida History
Our Nation
  • Famous Figures/inventors
  • Transportation & communication in the US
  • Historical America
  • US Government
Our World
  • World geography
  • How the world has changed
  • World government
  • World marketplace
  • Earth Systems and Patterns
  • Earth Structures
  • Properties of Matter
  • Changes in Matter
  • Forms of Energy
  • Forces and changes in Motion
  • Organization and Development of Living Organisms
  • Heredity and reproduction
  • Interdependence