Curriculum Guide: 2nd Grade


Second Grade

Second graders are feeling confident as they transition to upstairs classrooms for the first time. With expanding vocabularies and strengthened reading skills, second-grade boys begin “reading to learn” rather than “learning to read.”

Boys begin to understand the importance of picking a “just right” book, and independent reading time becomes a treasure. Small group instruction provides a strong backbone, as these boys solidify reading, writing, and math skills. Making connections with the world around them, second-grade boys explore new roles as U.S. presidents, authors, zookeepers, and even worm salesmen.

2nd Grade
Science comes to life in second grade. Boys apply their knowledge of animals while playing Zoolandia, a game designed to simulate real-world problems and push students to think critically and creatively to solve the issues.


Language Arts

  • Demonstrate understanding of decoding and word recognition skills when reading a variety of texts both silently and orally
  • Begin to self-monitor and apply comprehension strategies while reading independently
  • Identify story elements
  • Explore different genres of literature
  • Use the writing process to compose grade-appropriate narrative, informational, and opinion writing samples during Writer’s Workshop
  • Author a grade-appropriate book with developed characters, plot, and setting
  • Apply appropriate vocabulary, spelling, punctuation, and grammar skills effectively
  • Begin to understand parts of speech and their roles in a sentence
  • Identify the types and parts of sentences

Social Studies

  • Explore the state of Tennessee as a historian, geographer, and citizen
  • Identify and discuss ways in which students are connected to Tennessee communities of the past, present, and future
  • Discover the global connections that exist through imported and exported products of Tennessee
  • Begin to understand the requirements and responsibilities of both a U.S. president and U.S. citizen
  • Deliver a two-minute speech based on research about a U.S. president
  • Discover and understand the significance of national landmarks and symbols


  • Understand place value concepts through the 1000s place
  • Memorize and quickly retrieve addition and subtraction facts
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  • Add and subtract whole numbers to 1000 with and without regrouping
  • Solve expressions with missing addends or subtrahends
  • Divide regions into fractional parts and add or subtract fractions with like denominators
  • Understand and model repeated addition (multiplication) and equal shares (division)
  • Multiply and divide with 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10
  • Tell time to the minute
  • Identify, describe, and create 2-D and 3-D shapes
  • Count money amounts above $1.00 and make change up to $1.00
  • Use measurement tools to investigate length and weight
  • Collect, organize, and interpret data using graphs


  • Classify living and nonliving things
  • Identify basic needs of all animals
  • Identify environmental conditions required for plants’ growth
  • Recognize ways animals adapt to the environment
  • Identify the five groups of vertebrates and classify animals based on traits
  • Begin to understand why animals become extinct or endangered
  • Identify the parts of a plant or seed and explain their purposes
  • Understand how living things are connected to one another and the environment