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.

Reading and Writing



Social Studies


Schools and Community

Unit 1: Schools and Their Importance

Students start the year by building their literacy and citizenship skills as they engage in a study of schools.

Skills Block:

Identifying vowel patterns and syllable types; read and spell one- and two-syllable words that contain these patterns and syllable types;  recognize, spell, and read various high-frequency words from Grade 1; fluency when reading aloud (rate, phrasing, and expression)

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 2: Challenges in Going to School

Students learn about schools around the world and the challenges some communities face in sending their students to school and how they solve these challenges.

Unit 3: The Most Important Thing about Schools Books

Students research to learn about the similarities and differences between their own school and three other schools around the world.  They then focus on one of the  schools and write an informational book.

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.


Fossils Tell of Earth's Changes

Unit 1: Learning about Paleontologists

Students begin this module on the study of fossils by focusing on a narrative and structured retells.  They learn about what fossils are and the work that paleontologists do..

Skills Block:

Spelling patterns, contractions, reading and spelling words with common prefixes and suffixes, reading words with endings such as -sion and -tion,  fluency (rate, phrasing, expression) when reading

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: Studying Fossils Closely

Students now focus on informational texts and articles to extend their learning about fossils and how they can teach us about changes that have happened on Earth.

Unit 3: Becoming Paleontologists

Students write their own narrative with detailed illustrations that tells the story of a paleontologist who has just discovered a fossil.


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.


The Secret World of Pollination

Unit 1: Learning about Plants

Students will learn about how plants grow and survive through reading informational texts, creating scientific drawings, and participating in a Science Talk.

Skills Block:

Applying spelling patterns and generalizations  to read and spell words,  reading and spelling words with common prefixes and suffixes, fluency (rate, phrasing, expression) when reading non-fiction texts

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 2: Researching Pollinators

Students focus on the role of insect pollinators in helping plants grow and survive. They will research insect pollinators and write an informative piece about their new knowledge.


Unit 3: Pollinator Presentations

Students will extend and apply their understanding of pollination and pollinators by preparing an oral presentation and poster to share their learning about a specific insect pollinator and plant.

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?


Providing for Pollinators

Unit 1: Pollinator Characters Who Work Hard to Help Others

Students explore folktales and fables in which pollinators are central characters.  They learn to determine the central message of what why read and how to compare and contrast two versions of the same fable.

Skills Block:

Applying spelling patterns and generalizations  to read and spell words,  reading and spelling words with common affixes including three-syllable words, fluency (rate, phrasing, expression) when reading non-fiction texts

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.


Unit 2: Helping Pollinators

Students continue their study of pollinators by reading and writing opinion pieces.

Unit 8: Working with Equal Groups

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

Unit 3: Helping Butterflies

Students apply their knowledge about plants and pollinators to help one important pollinator: butterflies.  


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 Summer 2023

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