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2nd Grade

Second-graders can:

  • Read with greater fluency
  • Use strategies more efficiently (rereading, questioning, and so on) when comprehension breaks down
  • Use word identification strategies with greater facility to unlock unknown words
  • Identify an increasing number of words by sight
  • Write about a range of topics to suit different audiences
  • Use common letter patterns and critical features to spell words
  • Punctuate simple sentences correctly and proofread their own work
  • Spend time reading daily and use reading to research topics

What teachers do:

  • Create a climate that fosters analytic, evaluative, and reflective thinking
  • Teach children to write in multiple forms (stories, information, poems)
  • Ensure that children read a range of texts for a variety of purposes
  • Teach revising, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Teach strategies for spelling new and difficult words
  • Model enjoyment of reading

What parents and family members can do:

  • Continue to read to children and encourage them to read to you
  • Engage children in activities that require reading and writing
  • Become involved in school activities
  • Show children your interest in their learning by displaying their written work
  • Visit the library regularly
  • Support your child's specific hobby or interest with reading materials and references