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2nd Grade Syllabus 

The following is a condensed version of what your child should be able to do by the end of second grade. This is not a complete list of standards taught in second grade, but gives you an overall understanding of goals:

Reading/Language Arts

The reading/language arts program includes reading, writing, listening, speaking, and research skills. The reading program includes phonics and comprehension skills. The writing program includes written comprehension, handwriting, grammar, and spelling skills. Research skills help students use information from books, technology, and observation.

By the end of second grade, your child should be able to:

  • apply word attack skills
  • identify plot, setting, and character
  • determine cause and effect
  • draw conclusions and predict outcomes
  • use the glossary and the table of contents of a book
  • write a personal narrative
  • write descriptive paragraphs
  • use correct form when writing a letter
  • recognize that words can have more than one meaning; and
  • identify various types of literature


The focus in mathematics is to learn and use basic facts and to understand mathematical concepts. Students study patterns, relationships and functions, numbers and operations, probability and statistics, and geometry and measurement. The goal is for students to be proficient in basic skills, develop conceptual understanding, and be skillful problem-solvers.

By the end of second grade, your child should be able to:

  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction.
  • Add and Subtract within 20.
  • Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication.
  • Understand place value. Understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens and ones; e.g., 706 equals 7 hundreds, 0 tens, and 6 ones. 
  • Count within 1000; skip-count by 5s, 10s, and 100s. Read and write numbers to 1000 using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form.
  • Compare two three-digit numbers based on meanings of the hundreds, tens, and ones digits, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.
  • Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
  • Measure and estimate lengths in standard units.
  • Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve word problems involving lengths that are given in the same units.
  • Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.
  • Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. 
  • Generate measurement data by measuring lengths of several objects to the nearest whole unit, or by making repeated measurements of the same object.  Show the measurements by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in whole-number units.
  • Draw a picture graph and a bar to represent a data set with up to four categories.  Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph. 
  • Reason with shapes and their attributes. Recognize and draw shapes having specified attributes. Partition a rectangle into rows and columns of same-size squares and count to find the total number of them.

Partition circles and rectangles into two, three, or four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc… and describe the whole as two halves, three thirds, four fourths.  Recognize that equal shares of identical wholes need not have the same shape.

Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

Use appropriate tools strategically.


There are three inquiry-based units of instruction in second grade. Students use inquiry skills such as observing, classifying, measuring, inferring, predicting, and conducting investigations to learn science concepts.

By the end of second grade, your child should explore a variety of concepts in the life, earth, and physical sciences, which include:

  • structures of animals, life cycles of animals and habitats of animals
  • weather and changes in weather
  • properties of solids, liquids and gases, changes in matter, and
  • properties of magnets such as attraction and repulsion

Social Studies

Students use a variety of process skills relating to history, government, geography, and economics. These include chronological thinking, organizing and explaining information, analyzing and interpreting data, conducting research, and communicating orally, graphically, socially, and in writing.

By the end of second grade, your child should be able to:

  • explain the concept of neighborhoods, their origins, changes, and diversity
  • identify local communities and points of interest
  • describe changes in transportation and communication
  • identify groups and individuals who have influenced and contributed to our heritage
  • explain ways the United States and other countries are alike and different
  • recognize South Carolina and United States symbols and leaders
  • explain the need for leaders and laws, define associated terms, and
  • identify leadership qualities
  • demonstrate cooperation and responsibility
  • construct simple maps using scale, cardinal directions, and map symbols
  • identify the earth’s resources and their importance
  • compare rural, urban, and suburban communities
  • identify various businesses and their roles providing services or goods to the community
  • explain the difference between government services and private enterprises


Students demonstrate a variety of concepts to promote a healthy lifestyle for them and their family and friends. These include understanding health concepts, understanding appropriate health behaviors, how to use products and services to promote a healthy lifestyle, using communication to be an advocate of good health, making good health decisions, set goals, and demonstrate positive behaviors that reduce health risks.

By the end of second grade, your child should be able to:

  • Define health terms
  • Describe how drugs can be harmful and helpful
  • Identify the stages of growth and development
  • Locate bones on the skeletal system
  • Identify healthy eating habits
  • Describe ways to help family and friends stay healthy
  • Describe ways that ones community as a whole can influence food choices and physical activity
  • Explain ways to identify trustworthy and un trustworthy adults
  • Describe what happens when you go to the dentist
  • Develop a safety plan
  • Set goals to promote good health
  • Identify and demonstrate safety rules
  • Demonstrate health ways to reduce stress

Assessment and Evaluation of Students

Second grade students are assessed in a variety of ways, including:

·          Checklists/Rubrics Work Samples

·          Quizzes/Tests Accelerated Reader

·          Student/Teacher Conferences

·          Oral assessment

·          Journals

·          Rigby Reading Benchmark Tests

·          Star Reader

·          Teacher Observation Class participation

Grading Percentages for each subject are:

The School District of Greenville County Grade Weightings

Assessment is a key component of an instructional program. The following table lists the weightings of assignments and a minimum number of assessments expected in each category (shown in parenthesis). Examples of assignments are also listed where appropriate.


Content Area






(7) 60%

Comprehension Strategies and Skills,  Retelling Protocols, Responses to Literature, Observations, Checklists, Name Test, Portfolio, HM Theme Skills Test, etc.

(2) 40%

Selection Assessments and Novel/Chapter Book Test 20%

Integrated Themes Skills Test 20%


Language Arts (Writing, Research, Communication and Language Skills)

(7) 60%

Response Journals, Learning Logs, Writer’s Craft, Writing Conventions, Writing Process, Writing Rubrics, Research Process, Reference Materials, Use of Technology, Presentation Rubrics, Writing Prompts, Constructed Responses, Anecdotal Records, Observation Checklists, etc.


(1) Writing Portfolio

(1) Major Test

Spelling:  (8-9) 10%


(7) 60%

Grades based on daily activities/assignments including subject specific content knowledge, process skills including communication, and/or effort; quizzes, writing assignments, observations, checklists, extending/refining assignments, presentations, performance assessments

(2) 40%

Examples include:  major tests, culminating projects, performance assessments, portfolios; grades should be based on subject-specific content knowledge, process skills including problem solving and communication



(7) 60%

Grades based on daily activities/assignments including subject specific content knowledge, process skills including communication, and/or effort; quizzes, science lab participation, science/lab journal entries, writing assignments, observation, checklists, extending/refining assignments, presentations, performance assessments

(2) 40%

Major tests, culminating projects and performances; grades may be based on subject-specific content knowledge, thinking/reasoning skills, communication skills


Social Studies

(7) 60%

Grades based on activities/assignments including quizzes, writing assignments, observations, checklists, extending/refining assignments; grades may be based on subject –specific content knowledge, thinking/reasoning skills, communication skills, effort

(2) 40%

Major tests, culminating projects and performances; grades may be based on subject-specific content knowledge, thinking/reasoning skills, communication skills


Student Records

Student records are available in a variety of ways. Personal information is tracked through Power School. This is a district wide attendance program that tracks attendance as well as contact information. Records of student’s grades will be kept on Power School as well. This program helps teachers track students grades and progress. A copy of student’s grades will also be kept in the teacher’s grade book. 

Homework Policy

Homework not completed and turned in the following morning will be competed during class free time and/or recess. Homework assignments have the following purposes:

1. To extend the work introduced in the classroom and to encourage good habits by stimulating voluntary effort, initiative, independence, responsibility, and self-direction;

2. To provide opportunities for creative ability;

3. To reinforce school learning with additional practice, integration, and application;

4. To increase a student's skills and knowledge;

5. To encourage a carry-over of worthwhile school activities into permanent leisure interests;

6. To incorporate resources of the home and family;

7. To improve home-school relationships; and

8. To challenge every pupil.

Makeup Work Policy

Provision for make-up of schoolwork missed during excused absences shall be worked out with the teacher(s) concerned at the earliest time possible but should not exceed five (5) school days after the student returns to school.

Students will be allowed to make up work missed due to absences or tardiness. The teacher will send missed work home to be completed and returned or will give the student individual help as needed when the student returns to school after the absence.

Attendance and Tardy Policies

The administration at Woodland Elementary believes that good attendance is imperative to learning and encourages all students to be in school every day unless there is an appropriate reason for absence. (Students are required to bring a note from the parents within five days of the absence stating the reason for the absence.) The guidelines for determining lawful and unlawful absences are listed below:

Unlawful Absences:

1. Students who are willfully absent from school without the knowledge of their parents.

2. Students who are absent from school without acceptable cause with the knowledge of their parents.

3. Students who are absent due to suspension from school.

Lawful Absences:

1. Students who are ill and whose attendance in school would endanger their health or the

health of others may be temporarily excused from attendance.

2. Students whose immediate family has a serious illness or death to occur.

3. Students who are absent due to a recognized religious holiday of their faith may be

excused from attendance in school.


When a student is late to school, not only is instruction being missed in the classroom but a disruption is created when a student enters after the lesson has begun. All students need to be at school by 8:00 a.m. If a student must enter school later due to an unavoidable reason, the adult transporting the child must come into the office area to sign the student in and document the reason for being late. (If the problem becomes habitual, parents will be asked to come to a conference at the school to develop a plan to alleviate this situation.)  Continued tardiness after the conference could result in referral to a district attendance officer for further action.

Rules for Student Behavior

One major goal in school is to encourage the development of self-discipline.  A classroom management plan offers guidance in making good decisions and taking responsibility for one’s actions.  Effective classroom management provides a safe, nurturing environment for students.  This fosters academic, emotional, and social growth throughout the year.


1.      Listen carefully and follow directions.

2.      Raise your hand before speaking.

3.      Be kind and respectful to others.

4.      Please keep your hands and feet to yourself.

5.      Always do your BEST!


Every student in the class will have a library pocket with their number on it which will be located on the behavior chart.  Each pocket will have 4 cards in it.  Each card will be a different color.  When a student breaks a rule they will have to pull a card.  At the end of the day, if the student has not pulled a card they will receive a check on the behavior chart.  At the end of the week, if they have all five checks on the behavior chart they will get to visit the treasure chest.

Card colors

                     Green-Excellent behavior


                     Blue-Miss ½ of recess

                     Pink-Miss all of recess

                           note/phone call home to parents  


Students will be awarded for positive behavior throughout the day. They will be awarded individually and in groups.  Groups will earn marbles throughout the day.  Groups with the most marbles at the end of the day will be rewarded. Other reward systems may be added if needed throughout the year.

Behavior Contract

On occasion, a student will be given a behavior contract and individual behavior plan. This plan will be implemented in the case that an inappropriate behavior is exhibited consistently by the same student. Parents will always be notified in the event that a behavior contract and plan is to be used with their child.

Non-Instructional Procedures


Students enter the classroom in an orderly fashion, escorted by the teacher at 7:45.  Students are to hang up their belongings and unpack their backpack; backpacks should be left in the cubbies.  Students will bring their homework folder) to their desks. Students will use their agendas to write down the day’s homework assignment.  Students will continue on to complete the daily morning work.   

Sharpening Pencils

Students should have at least one pencil in their desk at all times.   If a sharper pencil is needed, he/she will place their dull pencil in their canister and take a sharpened pencil.  Sharpening pencils will be done by students at the beginning and end of the day.


The first 10 minutes of lunch is silent lunch for all.  After 10 minutes, student may talk quietly with their neighbors.    


Students play for 20 minutes a day on the playground, weather permitting.  If weather prevents the class from going outside, students are invited to participate in indoor recess. This will consist of various recess centers.  They may also choose to read or rest during this time.

Movement between Special Areas

The teacher will escort students to and from the special areas, lunch, recess, PE, music, computer etc.  Students should stand quietly one block away from the wall, on the right side of the hallway.  Hands should either be in pockets or behind the back and there is no talking.

School Assemblies

Students will be expected to be respectful and attentive during all assemblies.  Misbehavior will result in loss of privileges and/or punishment, depending on the severity of the misbehavior.  Rewards will be given for students demonstrating appropriate behaviors.


After distributing folders and any pertinent information, students assist with preparing the room for the next day.  Students are responsible for straightening the room, sweeping the floor, sharpening pencils, and stacking chairs.  Students are dismissed when their van, bus, or car number has been displayed on the afternoon dismissal show.


All money needs to be sent to school in an envelope or Zip-Lock bag. It needs to be labeled, (lunch, field trip, etc.) and have the child’s name on it.

Presentation of Rules and Procedures

During the first week of school, all rules, consequences, reinforcements and procedures will be discussed with students. Rules, reinforcements, and consequences are posted in the classroom and will be reviewed as needed.

Parent Communication

Second Grade supports the development of children as lifelong learners through partnerships with each child’s home and family. Understanding that parent involvement is important for a child’s success in school, we offer many opportunities for parent communication:          

Daily communication with parents takes place through notes, conference/discipline forms filled out by the student and teacher, e-mails, and phone calls.         

Weekly communication takes place in the form of a short newsletter informing parents of upcoming events, changes in the schedule etc...  I place phone calls, send e-mails or send home notes to notify parents of special things their child has done. My school website is updated weekly.          

There will be at least one scheduled conference between the child’s teacher and parents during the fall. All parents are expected to attend these scheduled conferences. Parents are encouraged to initiate conferences if they have questions by writing the child’s teacher or setting up an appointment.

When teachers observe the need for additional parent-teacher meetings, they will request that parents come in for special conferences. If you wish a telephone conference, call the school and leave your number. The teacher cannot be called to the telephone during the day.

Adjustment to Syllabus

A copy of my LRP is utilized in making daily lesson plans to insure that I follow the appropriate time line.  I make notations concerning the problems that arise, as well as the successes in the implementation.  These notes, along with team decisions, allow me to make needed adjustments to return to the original time line, and to plan for needed revisions in successive LRP.

Additional Pertinent Information

Additional pertinent information is included in the Student/Parent Handbook.  Please make sure that you and your child are aware of its contents.

Please remember to label your child’s property.