Second Grade Checklist




The student must show complete competency in the following areas:

  • Student will be reading at a 2.5 on the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test by the end of the semester.
  • Student will be able to read the K-1-2 sight words with 95% accuracy and the Grade 2 sight word list with 90% accuracy.
  • Student will be able to score at least 16 out of 20 points on Write From the Beginning Assessments
  • Student will be able to score 70% or better on unit tests.
  • Student will be able to score 70% on vocabulary concepts.
  • Student will be able to use proper punctuation and capitalization when writing sentences.
  • Student will be able to identify beginning, middle, and end in a story and summarize orally or in written format.
  • Student will be able to read with a score of 80 on the DIBELS Orals Reading Fluency test.
  • Student will be able to identify characters, setting and the main idea in a story.



The student…

  • Blends sound components into words and applies knowledge of beginning letter (onsets) and spelling patterns (rimes) in single and multi-syllable words
  • Uses a variety of structural cues (ex., word order, prefixes, suffixes, verb endings) to decode unfamiliar words.
  • Uses a variety of context clues (ex., illustrations, diagrams, information in the story, titles and heading, sequence) to construct meaning (meaning cues).
  • Uses context cues to define multiple meaning words
  • Uses a variety of strategies to comprehend text (ex., inference, self-monitoring, predicting, retelling, discussing, and restating ideas).
  • Uses knowledge of contractions, base words, prefixes and suffixes, compound words to determine meaning of words.
  • Uses resources and references to build upon word meanings (ex., dictionaries and glossaries)
  • Summarizes information in texts (including, but not limited to, central idea, supporting details, connections between texts).
  • Uses specific ideas, details, and information from text to answer literal questions.
  • Makes connections and inferences based on text and prior knowledge (ex., order of events, possible outcomes).
  • Understands similarities and differences across texts (ex., topics, characters, problems).
  • Reads informational text for specific purposes.
  • Alphabetizes words according to first and second letter.
  • Locates information in simple reference materials.



The student…

  • Understands and uses ordinal numbers 1st – 100th or higher
  • Compares and orders whole numbers to 1000 or more (<, =, >) and compares two or more sets.
  • Represents whole and fractional numbers using concrete materials and drawings (halves, thirds, fourths and sixths).
  • Represents equivalent forms of the same number using concrete materials, diagrams and number expressions.
  • Counts to 1000 or more by 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s, 25s, 50s and 100s using a variety of ways, such as mental math, paper and pencil, hundred chart, calculator and coins.
  • Knows the place value of a designated digit in whole numbers to 1000.
  • Adds and subtracts 2-digit numbers with or without regrouping using models, concrete materials and algorithms.
  • Solves problems involving addition and subtraction using a variety of strategies (ex., drawings, role playing and working backwards) and explains the solution strategy.
  • Estimates reasonable solution for addition and subtraction problems (sums to 100) and explains the procedure used (ex., the sum of 34 + 57 is more than 80 since 30 + 50 = 80).
  • Counts by 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s
  • Make tallies and give the total
  • Complete simple Frames-and-Arrows diagrams
  • Solves addition number stories
  • Find equivalent names for numbers
  • Show “Pennies”, “Nickels”, “Dimes”, and “Quarters” for a given amount
  • Know addition facts
  • Know subtraction facts to and from 20 by memory
  • Add three 1-digit numbers mentally
  • Know complements of 10
  • Count by 2s, 3s, 5s, and 10s and describe the patterns
  • Find missing addends for the next multiple of 10
  • Solve number grid puzzles
  • Plot data on a bar graph
  • Multiply numbers with a 0 or 1, 2’s, 5’s and 6’s as a factor (will start in January)



The student…

  • Identify 2 & 3 Dimensional shapes



The student…

  • Use equivalent coins to show money amounts in different ways
  • Use a calculator to compute money amounts
  • Exchange pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters
  • Tell time to five minute intervals
  • Demonstrate calendar concepts and skills
  • Compare quantities from a bar graph


Ideas for helping your child at home

Language Arts

  • Have a time EACH DAY for family members to read aloud or silently together. Discuss the main character, setting, problem and resolution of your child’s book.
  • Write with your child and keep a journal of your own.
  • Have your child write a letter on a weekly basis. Have your child create postcards to send.
  • Learn one word and what it means every day. See how many times that word can be used in conversation during the day.



  • Ask your child to help you bake a cake. Allow your child to measure out all the ingredients.
  • Have your child accompany you to the grocery store with a calculator. Have him/her round the price of each item to the nearest dollar and enter into the calculator. When you reach the checkout ask your child to count the change from a purchase.
  • Write word problems for your child to solve. Let him/her write word problems for you to solve.
  • Ask your child to tell you the time and how much time has passed throughout the day (use clock with minute and hour hands).