Second Grade

Year at a Glance

Portrait of a Graduate

Collaborator Communicator Creative Critical Thinker Global Citizen Goal Directed Resilient Thinker

A goal of FCPS is to provide opportunities for students to demonstrate learning in authentic ways and support students in the development of skills that employers are seeking for the workforce. Teachers in FCPS are enhancing learning opportunities to include the Portrait of a Graduate attributes:

  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Ethical and Global Citizen
  • Creative and Critical Thinker
  • Goal-Directed and Resilient Individual

To develop these skills, FCPS strives for all students to:

  • Develop knowledge and skills that can be applied across subject areas and in real life settings.
  • Utilize and grow critical thinking skills that require them to go beyond the facts.
  • Engage in learning that fosters curiosity.
  • Confront and make contributions to solving real-world problems.
  • Demonstrate learning and skills in a variety of ways, such as projects and portfolios.
  • Set goals and reflect on their progress.


Topics listed here reflect the essential standards identified for the 2020-21 school year for both face-to-face (synchronous) and virtual (asynchronous) instruction. Review of foundational skills from spring 2020 is incorporated whenever necessary.


  • Developing a Writing Process
  • Writing Personal Narratives
  • Informational Writing: “All About” Books
  • Writing Realistic Fiction
  • Research-Writing Cycle

Oral Communication

  • Active Listening
  • Collaborative Discussions
  • Conversation Skills


  • Character Development
  • Learning About Print:
    • Conventions
    • Spelling
    • Flexibly Thinking about Words
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Nonfiction
  • Realistic Fiction
  • Exploring Multiple Points of View
  • Book Clubs: Deepening Understanding through Discussions
  • Reading and Writing Poetry
  • Research Skills within Science and Social Studies Content



  • Three-Digit Place Value
  • Estimation
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Skip Counting
  • Even and Odd Numbers
  • Money
  • Patterns
  • Equality
  • Fraction Number Sense
  • Symmetry*
  • Plane and Solid Figures*
  • Measuring Length, Weight, and Temperature*
  • Telling Time*
  • Bar Graphs and Pictographs*
  • Probability*


  • Scientific Investigation
  • Matter
  • Magnets
  • Gravity
  • Types of Weather
  • Forms of Precipitation
  • Weathering and Erosion
  • Monarch Butterflies
  • Plant and Animal Responses to Seasons
  • Plant Life Cycles
  • Animal Life Cycles
  • Natural Resources
  • Habitats

Social Studies

  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Continents and Oceans
  • U.S. Geography
  • National Holidays
  • Powhatan of the Eastern Woodlands
  • Lakota of the Plains
  • Pueblo of the Southwest
  • European Exploration
  • Economics: Natural, Capital, and Human Resources
  • Famous Americans
  • Development and Innovations in the U.S.

* Students will engage with these Math topics through various asynchronous activities but will not be assessed during the 2020-21 school year.