Curriculum standards are what all grade-level students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of a school year.  Key standards of 2nd grade education are highlighted below.  All K-5 teachers are implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) ( in both English Language Arts and Mathematics. The curriculum used includes Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop, multiple math resources, the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative (SVMI), FOSS Science Program, and TCI History-Social Studies. In 2nd grade, each student will…

Language Arts
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  • Understand the importance of being an active reader and setting personal reading goals
  • Focus on the combination of decoding, fluency, and comprehension
  • Share evidence from the text to support opinions
  • Read non-fiction on many different topics
  • Grow understanding of new topics
  • Learn resourceful word-solving and vocabulary development
  • Explore figurative language
  • Study the author’s craft through a book series – use of word choice, figurative language, punctuation, and patterns
  • Invent ways to share books with others
  • Learn to apply their own writing techniques across the genres of Opinion, Information, and Narrative
  • Create engaging narratives by stretching out small moments and writing in detail
  • Utilize inspirational nonfiction texts to design and write about experiments and other scientific information
  • Gather evidence from texts to craft persuasive arguments
  • Explore and savor language through poetry
Speaking and Listening
  • Participate in conversations about grade-level topics
  • Ask and answer questions
  • Tell a story or recount an experience

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  • Represent and solve addition and subtraction problems
  • Add and subtract within 20
  • Work with equal groups of objects as base of multiplication
  • Understand place value
  • Use place value and properties of operations to add/subtract
  • Measure and estimate lengths in standard units
  • Relate addition and subtraction to length
  • Work with time and money
  • Represent and interpret data
  • Reason with shapes and attributes

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  • Solids and Liquids
    • Discover physical science core ideas dealing with matter and its interactions and engineering design
    • Understand how materials are similar and different from one another and how the properties of materials relate to their use
  • Pebbles, Sand, and Silt
    • Experiment with earth science core ideas dealing with the structures and properties of earth materials
    • Learn about weathering and erosions of Earth’s surface
    • Discover natural resource of water and learn how to represent the shapes and kinds of land and bodies of water
  • Insects and Plants
    • Experience life science core ideas dealing with structure and function of living things
    • Consider the growth and development of plants and animals
    • Discover interactions of organisms with their environment and biodiversity of organisms on land and in water
  • Experience a “living lab” in the school garden

Social Studies
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Woodside Elementary School District adopted TCI’s (Teacher’s Curriculum Institute) Social Studies Alive! curriculum for grades K-8. TCI is located in Mountain View and has been supporting teachers for decades in making social studies come alive for students. Our approach includes Hands-On Activities that engage students in big questions, as well as inquiry-based lessons that help students develop critical thinking skills and master essential knowledge.
For Second Grade Students, the textbook is Social Studies Alive! My Community.
Chapters include:
  • Why Do Schools Have Rules? (Civics)
  • What Groups Do We Belong To? (Civics)
  • What Do Families Need and Want? (Economics)
  • What Are Family Traditions? (Geography)
  • How Do Families Change Over Time? (History) 

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
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  • PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
  • The Wildcat Way - Safe, Respectful, and Responsible
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Self Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Personal Decision-Making Skills

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Skills are built upon each other throughout the grades.  Some areas to be emphasized throughout the year are:
  • Movement Concepts
  • Body Management
  • Locomotor Movement
  • Manipulative Skills
  • Rhythmic Skills
  • Aerobic Capacity
  • Muscular Strength/Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Self-Responsibility
  • Social Interaction

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  • Play and sing a variety of songs in various keys, time signatures, and genres
  • Gain accuracy in reading and understanding music
  • Explore complex rhythms and expand their vocal repertoire
  • Improvise and compose their own music
  • Learn how music is part of the world around them
  • Explore cross-curricula ideas 
  • Share self-expression through speaking, playing, and moving
  • Experience life skills related to teamwork, respect, and responsibility

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The sequential skills based program focuses on the appreciation and production of art, and the study of art history through…
  • Artistic Perception
  • Creative Expression
  • Historical and Cultural Context
  • Aesthetic Valuing
  • Connections, Relationships, and Applications

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  • Learn about Design Skills:  Research, brainstorming, sketching, testing, sharing
  • Practice using possible tools:  iMovie for iPad, Makerbot’s Printshop, KidPix, Pages, BeeBots, LittleBits, TinkerCAD
  • Create one grade level project implementing the skills and tools