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Second Grade

We 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.


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


Explore living things to understand adaptations and ecosystems, defend arguments based on scientific data collected during experiments, and communicate findings.


Reproduce sounds of the language, comprehend short stories, begin noticing singular and plural nouns and adjectives, and 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, and learn to support others, play fair, cooperate, and demonstrate confidence and sportsmanship at the same time.


Play more complex rhythm patterns, begin singing rounds, play the autoharp, develop more insights into classical music, and perform folk dances and simple dance steps.


Build upon technical skills in all areas, take risks and try new techniques, for example, learning to make coils in clay and score pinch pots.


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