Grade Two Curriculum

Milton’s second grade students grow socially and academically, evolving as thinkers and role models as they become leaders in the Junior Building. While predictable structure is still critical, Grade 2 students become increasingly flexible, independent, and willing to take safe risks. Innovation is a focus of the year, along with peer collaboration and forging connections with the outside world. Students move toward increased comprehension in reading and mathematics. Students participate in a writer’s workshop, where they learn to edit, revise and add creative touches to their work. Teachers meet weekly with the math specialist to effect meaningful connections between students’ number sense and communicating about math.

How do I recognize, appreciate and celebrate the differences and similarities in our community and around the world? This question guides our learning in Grade 2. The central theme, “changemakers,” encourages young people to explore innovative approaches to various challenges. In art, music and woodworking classes, students identify problems and develop unique solutions. Second grade students are encouraged to explore, in units that span families and their traditions; globalization and localization; Japan and Asia; environmental changes; and engineering and design.

Studies and Skills

Language Arts

Guided and small group reading

Decoding and comprehension

Predicting, inferring, visualizing

Questioning information

Writing like an author

Exploring setting, character and plot

Personal stories (biographies, autobiographies, poetry, personal narratives)

Using authors as mentors

Writing process: brainstorming, drafting, editing, publishing

Studying fiction and memoirs

Information gathering through non-fiction

Spelling strategies


Building vocabulary

Developing listening and speaking skills

Cross-cultural partnership with the El Pilar School in Madrid

Appreciating Spanish culture

Developing oral language skills through hands-on activities, games and songs

Learning to offer and respond to greetings

Questions and commands

Physical Education

Increasing knowledge of sport-specific skills and rules

Participating in small, sided games

Building teamwork and developing communication skills

Me, You and Us: Affective Education

Problem solving

Perspective taking




Understanding feelings

Social development

Body language

Community building







Reflecting and communicating about mathematical problems and solutions

Learn more about the Investigations mathematics program


Developing critical scientific skills: observing, measuring, collecting and recording data, forming hypotheses

Studying inventions


Earthquakes and tsunamis

Technology/Computer Science

Beginning keyboarding

Digital literacy

Design and engineering

Introductory coding



Understanding pitch, rhythm and syncopation


Ear training

Beginning recorder playing


Learning about inventions

Developing creative problem-solving skills

Studying Asian arts and crafts

Woodworking and Design

Introducing simple power tools and practicing hand tools

Engineering concepts

Learning about simple machines

Focusing on safety, measurement and technique to bring ideas to life