• 2nd Grade Curriculum Overview


    Comprehensive Literacy    

    Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop, and Word Study  

    Students read and write with varying levels of teacher support provided in the context of whole group, small group, and individual instruction. Skills are aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards for Grade 2. 


    Reading Workshop

    Lucy Calkins: Reading Units of Study (Newly Revised)  include:

    Becoming A Big Kid Reader

    Becoming Experts

    Tackling Longer Words and Longer Books

    Growing Knowledge Together

    Stepping Into The World Of A Story

    • Read-alouds/Shared Reading- quality literature and non-fiction read to and with students as mentor texts for reading mini lessons; the teacher models fluency and thinking while reading

    • Daily whole class reading mini-lesson- teacher explicitly teaches/models a skill or strategy using mentor texts

    • Guided reading/Strategy groups –small group instruction based on need, using leveled texts to develop decoding, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension skills 

    • Independent reading- students select and read “just right” books (96% to 100% accuracy) with satisfactory comprehension; literature responses, graphic organizers, reading logs, post-it notes and individual conferences are used to instruct, support, and monitor progress

    • Book Clubs/Partner Reading- thinking and talking about books with peers


    Writing Workshop 

    Lucy Calkins: Writing Units of Study include: 

    Narrative, Informational, Opinion, and Poetry Writing 

    • Cycle through the writing process -prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing

    • Focus on six traits of writing -ideas, organization, word choice, voice, sentence fluency, and English Language Arts conventions (capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and spelling)

    • Daily whole class mini-lesson- teacher explicitly teaches/models a skill or strategy using quality fiction and non-fiction books as mentor texts

    • Interactive writing- students and teacher share the pen, thought process and writing process

    • Shared writing groups/Strategy groups- small group instruction based on need   

    • Independent writing- student-centered writing based on mini-lessons, with individual conferences to instruct and monitor progress


    Word Study 

    Fundations - multi-sensory, systematic, and explicit program to teach phonics, spelling patterns, trick words (phonetically irregular words) and vocabulary. 

    • Whole group activities– drill sounds; dictation of sounds, words, and sentences using dry erase boards, magnetic letters, gel boards, paper and pencil; tapping out and “marking up” syllables

    • Small group work based on need

    • Fundations homework – daily dictation and worksheet packet

    • Independent practice at SpellingCity.com  

    • Tier 2 vocabulary instruction



    I-Ready- i-Ready® Classroom Mathematics uses the Try-Discuss-Connect instructional routine to help students engage in productive struggle, participate in mathematical discourse, and make connections between different models and solution strategies. Language plays a critical role in learning during each part of the routine. 

    • Unit 1: Numbers Within 20: Addition, Subtraction, and Data

    • Unit 2:  Numbers Within 100: Addition, Subtraction, Time, and Money

    • Unit 3: Numbers Within 1,000: Place Value, Addition, and Subtraction

    • Unit 4: Length: Measurement, Addition and Subtraction, and Line Plots

    • Unit 5: Shapes and Arrays: Partitioning and Tiling Shapes, Arrays, Evens and Odds

    Key standards for Grade 2:

    Operations and Algebraic Thinking

    • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction (1 and 2 step word problems)

    • Add and subtract within 20 (fluently!)

    • Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication (repeated addition and arrays)

    Number and Operations in Base Ten

    • Understand place value (to 1000)

    • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract (two and three digit numbers, with and without regrouping)

    Measurement and Data

    • Measure and estimate lengths in standard units

    • Relate addition and subtraction to length

    • Work with time (to the 5 minutes) and money (counting dollars and cents)

    • Represent and interpret data (tables and graphs)


    • Reason with shapes (solid figures and plane shapes) and their attributes



    Science 21 Next Generation, “hands-on” learning with 3 units of study:

    • Structure and Properties of Matter

    • Earth’s Systems: Processes that Shape the Earth

    • Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems  

    Social Studies

    An integrated Social Studies and English Language Arts curriculum will include 4 units of study, plus holidays:

    • Active Citizenship: Rules, consequences, symbols, voting 

    • Communities: Rural, urban, and suburban

    • Geography of Communities: Continents, oceans, landforms, maps

    • Change and Interdependence of Communities: Then and Now

    • National Holidays (throughout the year)


    Textbooks, Handbooks and Other Resources

    • Trade books including nonfiction texts

    • Leveled texts including nonfiction and fiction texts for guided reading

    • Decodable texts specific to reading strategy

    • Fundations workbooks and composition book

    • i-Ready Teacher Manuals

    • i-Ready Student Workbooks

    • Variety of math manipulatives 

    • Lucy Calkins-Teachers College Units of Study- Reading

    • Lucy Calkins-Teachers College Units of Study- Writing

    • Science 21 Manual and printable worksheets