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; Asian studies; environmental changes; and engineering and design.

Studies and Skills

Language Arts
Guided reading groups meet three to four days a week

Continued work on decoding, comprehending, visualizing, questioning, predicting, inferring and summarizing texts

Using non-fiction texts to teach information gathering skills

Writing workshop: personal or “small moment” stories taken from student experiences; biographies and autobiographies, poetry, developing personal narratives and using authors as mentors

Integrated phonics and spelling that focus on patterns and rules for sight and high frequency words

Grammar lessons on parts of speech, punctuation and sentence structure

Physical Education and Fitness
Increasing knowledge of sport-specific skills and rules

Participating in small, sided games

Building teamwork and developing communication skills

Me, You, and Us: Character and Affective Education
Building and maintaining friendships and self-confidence

Learning from mistakes and taking risks

Self-reflection, conflict resolution and articulating feelings

Recognizing body language and facial expressions

Practicing mindfulness

Spanish Language and Culture
Acting out simple dialogues

Following and responding to commands

Extending knowledge of vocabulary and grammar structures through visuals

Identifying people and objects based on oral and written descriptions

Developing cultural awareness of the Spanish-speaking world through games, songs and activities

Learning partnership with El Pilar school in Madrid

Demonstrating fluency with addition combinations

Solving addition and subtraction story problems with unknowns

Analyzing the structure of 100 and how it is composed of equal groups

Developing efficient methods for adding and subtracting numbers with totals to 100

Understanding fractions as equal parts of a whole and as equal parts of a group

Telling time to the half hour and quarter hour

Finding combinations of coins that equal $1.00


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

Studying inventions


Earthquakes and tsunamis

Understanding basic hydrology: the water cycle and how to conserve and protect water

Technology/Computer Science

Beginning keyboarding

Digital literacy

Design and engineering

Introductory coding

Library and Information Science
Learning to use internal school email and following guidelines for treating others appropriately online

Learning keyboarding and elementary word processing

Constructing programs that include sequencing, events, loops, conditionals and variables

Solving simple hardware and software problems that may occur during use

Music and Performing Arts
Exposure to American musicians and composers as well as classical works

Learning about instrument families and orchestral instruments

Rhythmic and melodic note reading

Pitch matching and ear training

Interpretive movement, breath control and vocal technique

Visual Arts
Self-portraits, coil vessel pottery, book recommendation drawings, drawings and paintings inspired by Asian culture

3D construction techniques

Observational drawing skills

Drawing and painting human body proportions

Recognizing cultural and stylistic differences in art

Woodworking and Design Thinking
Proper use and care of tools

Learning the function of simple machines and how to incorporate them into projects

Cutting angles with miter saw and miter box

Using standard and non-standard units of measurement

Learning how to generate ideas for projects and solve problems

Learning vocabulary related to architecture and design

Experiencing failure and learning how to revise ideas and methods