In 2nd grade children will spend large chunks of class time reviewing skills they've learned in 1st grade. However, teachers will expect seven year olds to be able focus for longer periods of time — and to read at a basic level.
• Expand sight word vocabulary
• Recall the sequence of events in oral and written stories
• Differentiate between fiction and nonfiction stories
• Discuss story elements such as plot, character, events, and setting
• Identify the main idea and details in a story
• Print legibly
• Recognize single and plural forms of nouns
• Write in complete sentences
• Understand basic punctuation
• Use descriptive language

Math

• Understand greater than, less than, lighter than, heavier than, the same as, etc.
• Recognize and write numbers up to 100
• Count backwards from any given point from 100
• Mentally add numbers to 10
• Add and subtract with pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters
• Tell time to the hour and half hour
• Recognize symmetry in drawings and shapes
• Combine shapes to make other shapes
• Identify, describe, and reproduce patterns with number, shapes, colors, or words
• Use simple graphs to record information
• Recognize simple mathematic symbols (e.g. "+", "= ",">","<")
• Begin to understand simple fractions

Social Studies

• Locate the United States, the seven continents, and the four oceans on a large map or globe
• Construct and interpret simple maps with cardinal directions and map key
• Demonstrate awareness of current news
• Participate in group decision making
• Understand traditions that reflect American ideals and influences from diverse cultures within the nation
• Create charts and timelines demonstrating an understanding of past and present
• Recognize shared values and goals as students in the same community, despite differences in backgrounds

Science

• Use tools such as a magnifying glass, ruler, and balancing scale
• Learn basic needs of living things by caring for animals in class
• Experiment with balls and ramps to investigate forces such as gravity, momentum, and friction
• Explore formation of the earth's surface using water, sand, silt, and pebbles
• Develop an awareness of the water cycle
• Conduct simple experiments; observe and record results

Other Subjects

• Art: Mix primary colors to make secondary colors
• Music: Use hand percussion instruments to learn rhythmic patterns
• Physical Education: Improve eye-hand coordination, balance, flexibility, and ball handling.