What a Second Grader Needs to Know

  • What Your Second Grader Should Know & Learn

    When A Child Enters 2nd Grade, He/She Should Know:

    • Letter-Sound Correspondences Including Long and Short Vowels
    • How to Decode Grade Level Words Using Knowledge of Root Words, Prefixes, Suffixes, Verb Endings, Plurals, Contractions and Compounds
    • Parts of a Book and Their Purposes Including Author, Illustrator, Title Page, Table of Contents and Chapter Headings
    • Sight-Read 300-500 Words Including Decodable Words
    • How to Use Antonyms, Synonyms, and Homonyms to Learn New Grade Level Vocabulary (Word Study)
    • How to Use a Dictionary to Learn the Meanings of Words
    • Use of Comprehension Strategies (Predict/Confirm, Reread, Self-Correct, Ask Questions) to Comprehend Text
    • How to Summarize Main Ideas from Informational Text
    • How to Write Compositions, and Begins to Use the Writing Process
    • Attend to a Listening Activity for a Specified Period of Time
    • Speak for Different Purposes (Share Ideas for Information, Retell a Story, Dramatize an Experience or Event)

    Literacy Skills Taught in 2nd Grade:

    • Decode Grade Level Words Using Knowledge of Word Structure (Roots, Prefixes, Suffixes, Verb Endings, Plurals, Contractions and Compounds)
    • Identify Book Parts and their Purposes Including Author, Illustrator, Title Page, Table of Contents, Index and Chapter Headings
    • Sight-Read Grade Level and High-Frequency Words
    • Study Antonyms, Synonyms and Homonyms to Learn New Grade Level Vocabulary
    • Use of a Dictionary To Learn the Meanings of Words
    • Compare and Contrast Similarities and Differences Among Characters and Events Across Stories
    • Compare and Contrast Similarities and Differences in Information from More Than One Informational Text
    • Summarize Main Ideas and Supporting Details, Both Orally and in Writing
      Read Independently and Silently
    • Write Compositions Using the Writing Process (Write Sentences in Logical Order and Use Paragraphs to Organize Topics)
    • Attend to a Listening Activity for a Specified Period of Time
    • Use Grade Level Vocabulary to Communicate Ideas, Emotions, or Experiences for Different Purposes (Share Ideas about Personal Experience, Books or Writing)

    For more information on the early childhood program in the Buffalo Public Schools contact the Office of Elementary Education, 442 BPDTC, 150 Lower Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14202 or call 716-816-3048 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting ext. 8777.