Second Grade
  • October: What is Grade 2 is studying? 

    ELA: Building Classroom Communities 

    Essential Question: How does the behavior of an individual contribute to the classroom community?

    Big Ideas: 

    • Students understand that the behavior of individual members of a classroom community contributes to the atmosphere of the tone of the room. 
    • Students understand rules, drills, and other routines are necessary to help classroom community members learn and keep them safe. 
    • Students understand that readers need to think about what a reader looks like, sounds like, and feels like when they are reading. 
    • Students understand that readers are more effective when they use a range of strategies to make sense of the text. 
    • Students will explain and demonstrate classroom rules. 
    • Students follow correct procedures for each type of safety drills.
    • Students will set goals for their reading and writing growth. 
    • Students will understand how to follow routines for reading and writing. 
    • Students will understand how to work cooperatively in a group to complete a task. 
    • Students will evaluate individual/ group performance. 
    • Students will understand that writes follow a process to ensure their product can easily be read and enjoyed.  


    • Me I am by Jack Prelutsky

    •  Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

    • A Weekend with Wendell by Kevin Henkes

    • Swimmy by Leo Lionni

    • What Do You Do With a Problem? by Kobi Yamada


    Unit of Study: Rural, Suburban, and Urban Communities

    Essential Question: What makes a community rural, suburban, or urban?

    Big Idea:

    Students understand that communities are alike and different.

    Students understand the advantages and disadvantages of living in rural, suburban or urban communities.


    On the Farm

    Living in Rural Communities 

    Town Mouse and Country Mouse by Jan Brett

    Who’s who in a rural community? 

    Living in Suburban Communities

    Who’s Who in a suburban community? 

    A Suburb 

    Living in Urban Communities

    A City

    Neighborhood Walk: City

    Life in the City 

    Who’s Who in an Urban Community


    Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

    Ms. Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

    Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran


    Writing: Narrative Writing  

    • Students will begin brainstorming ideas for writing personal narratives by generating seed ideas. 
    • Students will craft small moments by generating ideas, writing LOTS of details, and crafting powerful endings. 
    • Students will begin to explore the writing process by recognizing and understanding the five steps. (Prewriting, Drafting, Revising, Editing, and Publishing)


    Go Math!: 

    Chapter 11: Fraction and Geometry Concepts

    Students will:

    • Identify three-dimensional shapes
    • Identify and describe three-dimensional shapes according to the number of facts, edges, and vertices
    • Name 3-, 4-, 5-, and 6-sided shapes according to the number of sides and vertices
    • Identify angles in two-dimensional shapes
    • Sort two-dimensional shapes according to their attributes
    • Partition rectangles into equal-size squares
    • Identify and name equal parts circles and rectangles
    • Partition shapes to show halves, thirds, or fourths
    • Identify and describe one equal part as a half of, a third of, or a fourth of
    • Solve problems involving wholes divided into equal shares by using the strategy draw a picture

    Common Core Learning Standards: 

    2.G.A.1 - Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes, such as a given number of angles or a given number of equal faces.5 Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.

    2.G.A.2- Partition a rectangle into rows and columns of same-size squares and count to find the total number of them.

    2.G.A.3- Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc., and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, four fourths. Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape.


    Chapter 3: Basic Facts and Relationships

    • Classify numbers as even or odd
    • Recall sums for basic facts using strategies (e.g. doubles facts)
    • Use the inverse relationship of addition and subtraction to recall basic facts
    • Recall differences for basic facts using mental strategies
    • Find differences on a number line
    • Use bar models to represent +/- situations
    • Write equations to represent and solve a variety of +/- situations
    • Solve problems involving equal groups by using the strategy act it out
    • Write equations using repeated addition to find the total number of objects in arrays


    Common Core Learning Standards:

    2.OA.A.1 - Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve one- and two-step word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions, e.g., by using drawings and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.

    2.OA.B.2 - Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies. By end of Grade 2, know from memory all sums of two one-digit numbers.

    2.OA.C.4 - Use addition to find the total number of objects arranged in rectangular arrays with up to 5 rows and up to 5 columns; write an equation to express the total as a sum of equal addends.

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