2nd Grade Academics

Below is a list of what we will be learning this year in 2nd Grade. Many of the things that we will be learning this year build on what was taught in 1st Grade last year. I’ll be updating everyone weekly in our class newsletter what we will be learning for that week. 

Let me know if you have any questions! Happy Learning!

Language Arts/ Reading

Answer who/what/when/ where/ why/ how questions 

Find the main idea and details of a story/paragraph

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 2-3  reasons 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Understand how various sources provide information about the past such as time lines, historical people, historical documents, and historical  pictures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.