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Second Grade

One of our second grade teacher working with a studentWe know that second graders begin to focus more. They build stamina for creating output, begin to reason and concentrate, can be unsure of things as they see and understand an expanding world, like to be part of a group, and gain more independence by exhibiting personal responsibility.

We help our second graders learn and practice: building resilience and an understanding of personal potential; developing an awareness of expectations of self, classroom, and school; and understanding how social issues can be escalated or de-escalated and the choices that can be made to help a situation.

Our Goals for Second Graders


Explore different genres of writing with a focus on extending thoughts and elaborating on ideas.


Cultivate an understanding of the world around them by studying local communities, past and present and investigating topics like group identity and change makers.


Deepen number sense and fluency with addition and subtraction and develop algebraic thinking by manipulating numbers and thinking flexibly about operations.

Students take turns reading to each otherREADING:

Move beyond decoding and further explore comprehension strategies to ask questions, access prior knowledge, and make connections.


Explore living things to understand ecosystems, making connections to the environment, defend arguments based on scientific data collection during experiments, and communicate findings.


Reproduce sounds of the language, comprehend short stories, begin noticing singular and plural, feminine and masculine nouns and adjectives.  Begin writing using familiar patterns, and begin understanding actions.


Grow their love of reading a diverse range of literature and learn the basics of digital and print research and giving credit to sources.


Further develop gross motor and locomotor skills, coordination, flexibility and fitness.  Learn to support others abilities, play fair, cooperate and demonstrate confidence and sportsmanship simultaneously during activities and games.


Continue to build musical capabilities through solfeggio singing, adding complex rhythmic patterns to their playing of ostinatos.  


Build upon technical skills in art modalities, take risks and try new techniques through the range of art projects in art class.


Create more in-depth projects that follow the design process and learn to use web-based, educational resources for guided research projects and presentations.