Second Grade


As members of Yarmouth Elementary School students work to become caring, respectful, and fair citizens.

A Responsible Classroom Citizen

  • Exhibits verbal self-control

  • Exhibits physical self-control

  • Respects community members

  • Accepts responsibility for work

  • Accepts responsibility for behavior

  • Is a collaborative worker

A Self-Directed Lifelong Learner

  • Is organized

  • Attentive during instruction

  • Works independently

  • Strives for personal best

  • Perseveres with challenges

  • Completes homework

  • Communicates effectively


Foundational Skills

  • Decodes by applying grade level phonics and word analysis skills

  • Reads grade-appropriate high frequency words by sight

  • Reads grade level texts with accuracy to support comprehension

  • Reads grade level texts fluently with appropriate rate and expression


  • Retells stories, including key details, such as setting and plot

  • Determines the central message, lesson or moral

  • Identifies characters’ points of view and how they respond to challenges

  • Compares and contrasts two or more versions of the same story

  • Reads and comprehends literature independently at grade level

Informational Text

  • Identifies main topics throughout a multiparagraph text

  • Determines the meaning of unknown words

  • Uses various text features to locate key facts or information

  • Compares and contrasts important points within two texts on the same topic

  • Reads and comprehends informational texts independently at grade level


Text Types and Purposes:

  • Narrative Writing

    • Structure: Writes sequenced stories with leads, transitions and endings

    • Development: Includes effective word choice and uses details such as feelings, actions and dialogue

  • Informational Writing

    • Structure: Organizes writing in sections to teach about a topic

    • Development: Includes facts, definitions, details, steps or tips about a topic

  • Opinion Writing

    • Structure: Organizes writing to share an opinion using a lead, transitions and an ending

    • Development: Includes details and at least two reasons to persuade a reader

Writing Process:

  • Planning: Generates many ideas and uses strategies to plan writing

  • Revising: Reviews writing to add details

  • Editing: Rereads writing to check for correct use of punctuation and capital letters

  • Spelling: Applies grade-level word study concepts and uses resources to help with spelling

  • Writing Habits: Writes with grade-level stamina, volume and engagement 


The following goals are expected to be secure by the end of Grade 2. Please note that these are secure goals, but they are not the only concepts to which students will be exposed at this grade level. Students will have a rich curriculum, and their experiences in math will introduce them to many new concepts that will deepen over time.

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction

  • Add and subtract within 20

  • Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Understand place value

  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract

Measurement and Data

  • Measure and estimate lengths in standard units

  • Relate addition and subtraction to length

  • Work with time and money

  • Represent and interpret data


  • Reason with shapes and their attributes

Basic Fact Fluency

  • Addition

  • Subtraction