2nd Grade

language arts
  • Reading

Continued word analysis

Phonemic awareness

Reading fluency and vocabulary building


Literacy response and analysis, cause and effect, fact and opinion

Predicting, sequencing, and context clues, main ideas and details

  • Writing

Coherent sentences and paragraphs

Beginning writing process, drafting/editing

Penmanship, script

Spelling practice, spelling in writing, using more conventional spelling and some creative spelling

Research and dictionary skills

  • Grammar

Language mechanics and punctuation

  • Listening and speaking
  • Writing

Write narrative and informational pieces; stories, poems, descriptions, and book reports; letter writing; how-to text, explanatory essay, opinion piece, compare and contrast, summaries

  • Research

Locate and use simple research tools for reports


  • Number Concepts and Place Value

Numbers to 1,000

Basic facts and relationships

2-digit addition and subtraction

3-digit addition and subtraction

  • Measurement and data, money and time

Length in customary units

Length in metric units


  • Problem solving and estimation
  • Mathematical reasoning and math vocabulary 
  • Geometry and Fractions

Plane, congruent figures and lines of symmetry


Social Studies
  • “People We Know”
  • Governing the people
  • The world around us
  • Using our resources
  • People long ago,
  • A world of many people
  • People in the marketplace


  • Understanding the scientific processes and develop language concepts and vocabulary related to science
  • Magnets:  Discover the properties of magnets, Earth’s magnetic field, observe a magnetic field, discover uses, construct a magnet, and a compass as a magnet·       Solids and liquids
  • Balance and motion:  Explore concepts of balance, counterweight and stability, construct and observe toys that spin, explore and describe variables that influence the spinning of objects, and observe and compare rolling systems with different size wheels
  • Sand Pebbles and Silt:  Introduce concepts in Earth science, develop an interest in the physical world, heighten awareness of rocks as Earth materials and resources, and observe, describe, and sort Earth materials based on properties
  • Dinosaurs and Fossils:  Discover how fossils are formed, create fossils, observe dinosaurs and compare characteristics, compare dinosaurs found in different periods
  • Vocabulary: Based on home/school environments
  • Jewish calendar 
  • Grammar: present tenses, masculine/feminine, singular/plural  
  • Reading and listening practice to enhance Hebrew immersion and comprehension
  • Building basic vocabulary:  learning words about “me” (body parts, feelings, etc) and my family; my surroundings in the classroom and at home


  • Learning and understanding the tefillah
  • Chagigat Chumash: Students receive the first Book of the Torah—Bereshit
  • Study of parshiot (portions) Bereshit and Noach
  • Developing reading fluency and comprehension with minimum English translation
  • Parashat Hashavuah: Explore main story line in Hebrew


  • Modeh Ani with Reishit Chachma
  • Torah Torah
  • Ma Tovu
  • Adon Olam
  • Shema (first and second paragraph)
  • Ein K’Eloheinu (Fridays)
  • Birchot Hashachar
  • Aleinu
  • Yigdal
  • Birchot HaTorah
  • Boruch She’amar
  • Ashrei
  • Shema (second paragraph)


  • Caring for and respecting each other, “Derech Eretz”
  • Valuing each other


  • Rosh Hashanah: Tshuva, mitzvot between person and person, person and G-d, sounds of the shofar, relevant Torah portions
  • Yom Kippur: Mitzvot of the holiday, forgiveness 
  • Sukkot: Origin, preparation, eating in a sukkah and relating to nature
  • Simchat Torah: Ending and beginning Torah cycle
  • Chanukah: Leaders and heroes, the Maccabees, miracle and pirsum ha’ness (advertising the miracle of Chanukah)
  • Tu’Be’shvat: Birthday of trees, rebirth, coming of spring
  • Purim: Megillat Esther—characters’ emotions and motivations, concept of nahafochu (topsy-turvy)
  • Pesach: Seder steps, symbols and storytelling
  • Yom Hazikaron/Yom HaAztmaut: The bittersweet joy of Israeli Independence Day
  • Shavuot: Giving of Torah, mitzvah of learning Torah