• What are the Second Grade Expectations and Topics my Child Will Study?





    ·         Make oral presentations, including storytelling and drama activities (using correct verb tense and complex sentences) 2.1

    ·         Increase vocabulary (range of interest and knowledge; synonyms and antonyms, content words) 2.2

    ·         Use language to inform, persuade, entertain, clarify, respond 2.3a

    ·         Share stories orally, participate in a group, retell information, and follow and give three and four step directions. 2.3 b-f

    ·         Count sounds in words, blend sounds to make words, break words into sounds, add or delete sounds to make new words, and blend and segment words with multiple syllables. 2.4

    ·         Use consonants, consonant blends, consonant digraphs and short, long, and r-controlled vowel patterns to decode and spell 2.5a&b

    ·         Decode multisyllabic words 2.5c

    ·         Use information in the story, knowledge of sentence structure, knowledge of story structure and sequence, and rereading to help in understanding 2.6

    ·         Build vocabulary by using homophones, prefixes, suffixes, antonyms, synonyms; listen to and read a variety of texts from different content areas. 2.7

    ·         Read stories and poems with fluency and expression 2.8

    ·         Show understanding of a story by: making predictions; previewing with text features; setting a purpose; making connections to the main idea; by asking and answering questions; locating information to answer questions; describing characters, setting, and important events; identifying problem, solution, and main idea; summarizing stories and events; drawing conclusions; and reading with fluency, accuracy, and expression. 2.8 & 2.9

    ·         Use reference materials or their parts, including table of contents, pictures, captions, charts, dictionaries, glossaries, indices, and online resources. 2.10

    ·         Read, write, and identify place value of three-digit numbers 2.1

    ·         Round two-digit numbers to the nearest ten 2.1

    ·          Compare two whole numbers 2.1

    ·         Identify positions and write – first through twentieth 2.2

    ·         Identify halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, eighths, tenths and write and compare the fractions 2.3

    ·         Count forward by twos, fives, and tens 2.4

    ·         Count backward by tens from 100 2.4

    ·         Recognize even and odd numbers 2.4

    ·         Recall basic addition and subtraction facts 2.5

    ·         Estimate and add whole numbers (up to 99) 2.6

    ·         Estimate and subtract whole numbers 2.7

    ·         Create and solve addition and subtraction problems, using tables and graphs 2.8

    ·         Identify relationship between addition and subtraction 2.9

    ·         Count and compare a collection of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters up to $2.00 2.10

    ·         Use correct symbols for money 2.10

    ·         Estimate/measure length, weight, volume 2.11

    ·         Tell and write time to nearest five minutes 2.12

    ·         Use a calendar to determine past, present, and future days and dates 2.13

    ·         Read temperature on a thermometer to the nearest 10 degrees 2.14

    ·         Identify, draw, create lines of symmetry 2.15

    ·         Identify, describe, compare, and contrast circle/ sphere, square/ cube, and rectangle/ rectangular prism 2.16

    ·         Construct graphs, predict outcomes, and analyze data 2.17, 2.18, and 2.19

    ·         Identify, create, and extend a wide variety of patterns 2.20

    ·         Solve and create story problems involving addition and subtraction 2.21

    ·         Understand and use the equal sign appropriately 2.22

    ·         Scientific Investigations: Observe, Repeat, Predict, Question, Draw Conclusions, Classify, Measure, Graph, Analyze, Communicate, Construct models 2.1

    ·         Magnets (magnetism, iron, magnetic/nonmagnetic, poles, attract/repel, applications) 2.2

    ·         Solids, liquids, and gases (characteristics, mass and volume, changes in phases) 2.3

    ·         Life cycles of plants and animals 2.4

    ·         Interdependency with living and nonliving surroundings 2.5

    ·         Habitats and changes over time (fossils) 2.5

    ·         Weather (common storms, weather data over time) 2.6

    ·          Effects on growth and behavior of living things (weather, seasonal changes, erosion) 2.7

    ·         Plants and their usefulness in nature 2.8

    Social Studies

    ·        Ancient China and Egypt 2.1

    ·        American Indians 2.2

    ·        Changes in community over time 2.3

    ·        Map skills (locate U.S., China, Egypt, regions of American Indians, equator, continents, oceans, rivers, mountain ranges, lakes; understand affect of environment on culture; create simple map) 2.4 - 2.6

    ·        Natural, human, and capital resources 2.7

    ·        Using bartering and money in exchange for goods and services 2.8

    ·        Effects of scarcity on economic choices people make 2.9

    ·        Good citizenship 2.10

    ·        Famous people: Martin Luther King, Jr., George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony, Helen Keller, Jackie Robinson 2.11

    ·        Government (elected state and local officials diversity of people, community contributions, united as Americans ) 2.12


    ·         Begin to write in cursive 2.11

    ·         Write stories, letters, and explanations by generating ideas, organizing the writing (beginning, middle, end), adding descriptive detail, and revising 2.12

    ·          Edit writing for correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling (complete and varied sentences, singular and plural nouns and pronouns, apostrophes in contractions and possessives, abbreviations, high-frequency words, commas in letters, verbs and adjectives) 2.13

    ·         Use technology for reading and writing 2.14

    For a more complete explanation of the grade level expectations, refer to the Virginia Department of Education Standards of Learning available at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/index.shtml

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