2nd Grade

2nd Grade Academic Expectations


Language Arts/ Reading


  • Answer who/what/when/ where/ why/how questions
  • Recount fables and folktales
  • Recognize the lesson or moral of a story
  • Recognize rhythm and alliteration
  • Understand plot, structure, points of view, and cause and effect in a story
  • Compare multiple versions of a story
  • Distinguish long and short vowels, common prefixes and suffixes, and irregular spellings of words
  • Write complete sentences
  • Read for fluency and comprehension




  • Extend understanding of base-ten notation
  • Understand and use place value
  • Build fluency with addition and subtraction
  • Represent and solve multi-step story problems involving addition and subtraction.
  • Use standard units of measurement
  • Describe and analyze shapes
  • Partition shapes into halves, thirds and fourths.
  • Can tell and write the time of an analog clock to the nearest 5 minutes
  • Solve word problems involving pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollar bills
  • Represent and interpret data.




  • Informative- Can write about a specific topic, giving facts, definitions and details in their own words.
  • Narrative- Provides a complex sequence of more than 3 events, using details and transitional words to signal event order and adds a well-developed sense of closure related to the topic sentence.
  • Opinion- Introduces a clear topic, opinion is complex and clear, supplies 2-3reasons that are supported with facts and details, uses linking words or phrases to connect reasons, has a well developed closing statement.


  • Understand the relationship between sound and vibrating objects.Understand properties of solids and
  • liquids and the changes they undergo.
  • Understand patterns of weather and factors that affect weather that occur from day to day. 
  • Understand animal life cycles.
  • Identify characteristics of various environments and the resources they provide to help

people survive.

Social Studies

* Understand how various sources provide information about the past such as time lines, historical people,
historical documents, and historical  pictures

  • Use geographic representations, terms and technology to process information from a spatial perspective.
  • Interpret maps that contain symbols, legends, and cardinal directions.
  • Understand the effects of humans interacting with their environment. 
  • Understand basic economic concepts. Consumer, producer, supply and demand, saving,
  • spending, borrowing, giving.
  • Understand the purpose of governments. 
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of citizens.
  • Understand how various cultures influence communities.