• Deer Valley Unified School District

    2nd Grade Curriculum-Take a look at what your second grader will be learning this year


    Apply the six traits of effective writing:
     1.  Ideas and Content:  Express clear ideas that are directly related to the topic.
     2. Organization: Write multiple sentences that support a topic and use transitional words.
     3.  Voice:  Show awareness of the audience through word choice and style.
     4.  Word Choice:  Select words that convey the intended message expressively or descriptively.
     5.  Sentence Fluency:  Write simple sentences.
     6.  Conventions:  Use capital letters correctly.  
          Use end punctuation in writing. (period, question mark, exclamation point) 
           Use commas to punctuate items in a series, greetings and closings of letters, and dates. 
          Use a colon to punctuate time.
          Use apostrophes to punctuate contractions.
          Spell high-frequency words correctly.
          Use resources to spell correctly.
          Use nouns, action verbs, personal pronouns, and adjectives in simple sentences correctly.
          Use subject/verb agreement in simple sentences.


           Write own name on personal work.
          Write opinion, explanatory, informative pieces that introduce the topic,  and include details. 
          Use linking words, connect facts/opinions/reasons, and provide a concluding statement or action.
           Draft, revise, edit, and publish original work.
           Write narratives that recount a well elaborated event.
           Use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing.
           Write a reaction to a literary selection.
           Participate in shared research and writing projects.


    • Distinguish long and short vowels when reading
    • Know sound-spelling correspondence for common
       vowel teams.
    • Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.
    • Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.
    • Read with accuracy, fluency and expression to support comprehension.
    • Use context to confirm or self correct words and understanding.
    • Ask and answer questions such as who, what, where, when, and why to show understanding of text.
    • Identify main topic of a multi-paragraph text.
    • Make connections between a series of events.
    • Know text features (captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, icons).
    • Identify main purpose of text
    • Describe how reasons support specific points the
       author makes.
    • Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.
    • Read and comprehend informational text.
    • Read multi-syllable words.
    • Recognize high frequency words and irregular sight words.
    • Predict events and actions in text.
    • Ask and answer questions in order to comprehend text.
    • Distinguish between fiction and non-fiction.
    • Locate specific information from graphic features in 
       expository text.

    Speaking and Listening

    · Build on others’ talk in conversation by responding to comments
    · Ask questions to clear up any confusion about the topic.
    · Describe people, places, things and events with relevant details.
    · Produce complete sentences.
    · Orally recount or describe key ideas or details from a text or information presented.


    · Count within 1000 by 1’s, 5’s, 10’s and 100’s.
    · Model place value concepts for the hundred’s, ten’s, and one’s places.
    · Add and subtract within 1000, using concrete models and drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and the relationship between addition and subtraction and relate the strategy to the written method.
    · Fluently add and subtract within 20 using mental strategies.
    · Use a number line to model addition and subtraction to 100.
    · Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, and four equal shares and describe the shares as halves, thirds, and fourths.
    Solve word problems involving money using $ and ¢ symbols. 
    · Mentally add 10 or 100 to a given number and mentally subtract 10 or 100 from a given number.
    · Solve problems involving addition and subtraction of one and two digit numbers without regrouping.
    · Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve word problems involving lengths by using drawings and with a symbol for the unknown number.
    · Estimate lengths using inches, feet, centimeters, and meters and compare the estimate to the actual measurement.
    · Draw picture and bar graphs with up to 4 categories and solve problems using the graph.
    · Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes such as a given number of angles or faces.  Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons, and cubes.
    · Tell time to the nearest 5 minutes.
    · Partition a rectangle into rows and columns of same –size squares and count to find the total number of them.


    · Observe, ask questions, and make predictions.
    · Participate in planning and conducting investigations, and recording data.
    · Organize and analyze data; compare to predictions.
    · Communicate results of investigations.
    · Identify individual and cultural contributions to scientific knowledge.
    · Understand how science is a process for generating knowledge.
    · Classify materials as solids, liquids, or gases.
    · Understand that basic structures in plants and animals serve a function.
    · Classify objects and materials by their observable properties.
    · Understand the characteristics of weather conditions and climate.
    · Identify the digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems of the body.

    Social Studies

    · Recognize how historical information is obtained.
    · Interpret political and physical maps.
    · Recognize that civilizations changed from past to present(Asia).
    · Recognize dissatisfaction with England’s rule and how colonists demonstrated discontent.
    · Discuss challenges faced by the United States following the Revolutionary War.
    · Identify why people immigrated to the United States.
    · Discuss way people moved westward and their journey experience