Grade 2

To the left are links to brief overviews of what your child will learn in Grade 2.  Below is a calendar outlining the CREC Units of Study.  If you should have any questions about your child's curriculum, please reach out to your child's classroom teacher.

Grade 2 Curriculum Scope and Sequence

Note:  Implementation of the CREC curriculum units outlined below may vary between schools.  Please contact your child’s teacher for specific implementation information. 





Social Studies


Unit 1: Taking Charge of Reading

Readers start the year by reviewing the strategies they have learned to this point and learning how to set goals for reading rigorously.

Unit 1: Improving Narrative Writing

Students will learn craft moves from mentor authors and will publish their own narratives.

Unit 1: Adding and Subtracting with Data

Students will represent and solve story problems within 20 through the context of picture and bar graphs that represent categorical data. Students build toward fluency with addition and subtraction.

Unit 1: Beavers, Nature’s Engineers

Few animals (besides humans) have as much of an impact on their environment as the beaver does. Using the work of beavers as an anchor, students will investigate weathering and erosion to gain an understanding of how landforms change, both slow and quick, as a result of beavers (water).

Unit 1: Making a Difference as a Citizen (Civics)

Students will learn about the characteristics and responsibilities of being a good citizen with the goal of understanding how they can make a difference in their community.


Unit 2: Reading Information Books

Readers will explore a topic through nonfiction books. They will use the features of the text to understand new information, connect learning between texts, and share with a partner their new learning.

Unit 2: Informational Writing

Writing volume is an important goal in this unit, and this means children will write many information books and will learn about different text structures.

Unit 2: Addition and Subtraction within 100

Students will add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction. They will then use what they know to solve story problems.


Unit 2: Connecting with the World Around Me (Geography)

Students will explore their world through different maps and learn how living in different places affects decisions made by people.

Unit 3: Getting to Know Characters

Readers work with early chapter books to think carefully about characters and their stories. Students will also focus on the lessons the characters learn and try to connect them to their own lives.

Unit 3: Writing Fictional Stories

Students will draw on their knowledge as readers to write in ways that recreate the sounds and rhythms of stories

Unit 2: Matter and Its Interactions

Using the classic story The Three Little Pigs, students will design a shelter for a fourth little pig. In order to do this, they will learn about forms of matter, properties of matter, and how matter is affected by temperature.


Unit 3: Measuring Length

Students will measure and estimate lengths in standard units and solve measurement story problems within 100.


Unit 4: Shoring Up Foundational Skills

Readers will focus on reading harder, vocabulary-rich books with accuracy, fluency, and meaning.

Unit 4: Poetry

This unit, with its focus on clarity and precise language, will help students reread and listen to the sounds of the words they have written.

Unit 4: Addition and Subtraction on the Number Line

Students will learn about the structure of a number line and use it to represent numbers within 100. They will also relate addition and subtraction to length and represent the operations on the number line.


Unit 5: Series Reading

Readers will re-read familiar series in order to understand what makes the books in a series go together. Then they will join a book club where they will read a new series with classmates and talk about the patterns, both simple and complex, across a series.

Unit 5: Writing about Reading

Students will learn to write about beloved books in ways that

persuade others to love them as much as they do. Second-graders will learn to write opinions about the books they read.

Unit 3: Making a Difference Then and Now (History)

Students become historians to compare life in the past to life today by using historical sources and understanding different perspectives to gain knowledge how history influences our choices today

Unit 5: Numbers to 1,000

Students will extend their place value understanding to three-digit numbers. They will represent numbers in various ways as well as compare and order three-digit numbers.


Unit 3: Ecosystem Dynamics

The Koa tree provides a scenario for students to figure out the interdependent relationship between plants, animals and the environment while solving the mystery of the Koa tree presence on Reunion Island. While the Koa tree is a known species of Hawaii, the species also exists on Reunion Island, off the western coast of Africa. The mystery the students must solve throughout the unit is, how did the tree travel 10,000 miles to appear on both islands?

Unit 6: Geometry, Time, and Money

Students will reason with shapes and their attributes and partition shapes into equal shares, building a foundation for fractions. They relate halves, fourths, and skip-counting by 5 to tell time, and solve problems involving the values of coins and dollars.


Unit 6: Nonfiction Reading Clubs

Readers will work in book clubs again with a focus on nonfiction. They will compare and contrast information and ideas within books, across books, and across topics.

Unit 6: Writing Lab Reports and Science Books

The aim of this unit is to teach students more about information

writing and, specifically, about the kinds of information writing that

scientists do.

Unit 4: Decisions that Make a DIfference (Economics)

Students learn about earning and using money for goods and services in their home, school, and community as well as concepts around exchange and markets.

Unit 7: Add and Subtract within 1,000

Students will use place value understanding, the relationship between addition and subtraction, and the properties of operations to add and subtract within 1,000.


Unit 7:Reading and Role Playing: FIction, Folktales, Fairytales

Readers will combine reading with role playing and directing to grow their understanding of characters in both modern day fiction and ancient folktales and fairytales.

Unit 7: Writing Arguments about Books and Characters

The goal of this unit is to teach students that not only do they have opinions, they also have the tools and the knowledge to develop strong ideas and convince others of these opinions.

Unit 8: Working with Equal Groups

Students will work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication.


Unit 9: Putting it All Together

Students will consolidate and solidify their understanding of the major skills of the grade. They will also continue to work towards fluency of addition and subtraction within 20.

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