Second Grade

What should my child be able to do in Math by the end of Grade 2?

• Solve addition and subtraction word problems within 100
• Fluently add and subtract within 20
• Know all sums of two one-digit numbers
• Understand place value: ones, tens, and hundreds
• Use place value to add and subtract within 1000
• Make reasonable estimates using place value knowledge
• Measure, estimate, and compare lengths in standard units
• Represent whole number lengths on a number line
• Work with time and money
• Know relationships of time (minutes in an hour, days in a month, etc.)
• Solve word problems using combinations of dollar bills and coins
• Collect data, build a graph, and answer questions about the data presented
• Recognize shapes, triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes
• Draw shapes by size of the angles or by the number of equal faces 

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What should my child be able to do in Language Arts by the end of Grade 2?

• Retell folktales, including a central lesson
• Explain how the author uses reasons to support specific points in a text
• Identify the main topic and focus
• Read and understand literature and informational texts

Reading: Foundational Skills
• Know and use phonics and word analysis skills - read words with common prefixes and suffixes (e.g., re_, un_, _less) •
Distinguish long and short vowels
• Read regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels
• Read accurately and with understanding

• Write opinion pieces that connect the opinion and reasons using linking words (because, and, also)
• Write informative pieces that provide a topic, facts, definitions, and a conclusion
• Write narrative pieces that include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings
• Produce writing that is developed, focused, and organized
• Write routinely over extended time frames and shorter time frames

Speaking and Listening
• Participate in conversations with peers and adults in small and larger groups
• Recall and describe key ideas and details from something read aloud
• Give and follow three- and four-step oral directions
• Plan and deliver a presentation about a story or experience

• Use correct grammar
• Create readable documents with legible print
• Use correct capitalization, punctuation, and spelling
• Use a variety of methods to determine word meaning
• Use individual words to determine the meaning of compound words, which are two words joined to form a new word (e.g. suitcase = suit + case, tablecloth = table + cloth)

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How do teachers track my child's progress?  
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1. Measures of Academic Progress/MAP (math and ELA assessment) Family Guide
2. Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills/DIBELS (State-mandated dyslexia screener) Understanding Literacy Screening: Parents and Families (WA State)
Parents' Guide (DIBELS - University of Oregon)
Parent Report Guide (Understanding DIBELS Scoring)

What happens if there's a problem? 
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1. Seattle Public Schools uses the Multi Tier System of Supports (MTSS) framework to support all students academically. This system allows teachers to tailor instruction to each student, including additional assistance where needed:
What is MTSS? A Jargon Free Explanation for Parents

2. Students with disabilities that affect their learning may be eligible under Federal law for additional supports in the form of an Individualized Education Program (IEP):
A Step-By-Step Guide to the IEP Process (Scholastic)
Special Education (Seattle Public Schools)  
Getting to Results: A Guide to Special Education in Seattle Public Schools (Seattle Special Education PTSA)

How can I support my child's learning at home? 
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Readiness Check - Math and Reading (Learning Heroes)
What does success look like in Second Grade reading and math? (videos - Great Schools)

Family Guide to Support Learning - Grade 2 (Seek Common Ground)
Parents' Guide to Student Success - Grade 2 (National PTA)
Family Guide to Grade 2 Learning (Seattle Public Schools)  

Struggling Readers - Guidelines for Concerned Parents (Read Charlotte)
Helping Struggling Readers (Reading Rockets)
Reading 101 - A Guide for Parents (Reading Rockets)

Supporting Your Child in 2nd Grade Math (Council of the Great City Schools) 

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