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


Second-Grade Reading Growth Spurts 

Readers start the year by focusing on nonfiction texts in order to focus on essential skills to increase their fluency and understanding.

Unit 1 Writing Part 1: Mechanics

Students will focus on building their independent writing stamina through a focus on daily writing routines.

Unit 1: Adding, Subtracting, and Working 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 1 Writing Part 1: Narrative

Students will continue to improve their writing stamina through a focus on narrative writing.

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.


Becoming Experts Reading Nonfiction

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: 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: Measuring Length

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

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 2 Informational Writing Part 1: Shared Research

Students will focus on choosing a topic to research, completing the research,  and sharing what they have learned with others.

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.


Bigger Books Mean Amping Up the Reading Power

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

Unit 2 Informational Writing Part 2: Teaching Books

Students will use their research from part 1 and mentor texts to write informational books.

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: 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 3  Opinion Writing Part 1

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 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 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?



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 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 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.

Series Book Clubs

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 3  Opinion Writing Part 2

Students will focus on supporting their opinions through evidence in their texts.

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.

Updated Fall 2022
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