Second Grade

Year at a Glance

Portrait of a Graduate

Collaborator Communicator Creative and Critical Thinker Ethical and Global Citizen Goal Directed and 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.


  • Developing a Writing Process
  • Narrative. Opinion and Descriptive Writing
  • Capitalization, Punctuation, and Spelling
  • Parts of Speech
  • Handwriting

Oral Communication

  • Active Listening
  • Collaborative Discussions
  • Conversation Skills
  • Responding to a Variety of Texts


  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Research
  • Vocabulary Development

Foundational Skills

  • Develop phonics, phonological, and phonemic awareness skills 
  • Concepts of Print
  • High Frequency Words


  • 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
  • Forces
  • Forms of Precipitation
  • Storms
  • Weathering and Erosion
  • Monarch Butterflies
  • Plant and Animal Responses to Seasons
  • Plant Life Cycles
  • Animal Life Cycles
  • Forests and Agriculture
  • Habitats

Social Studies

  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Ethical and Global Citizenship
  • Continents and Oceans
  • U.S. Geography 
  • Holidays and Traditions
  • Powhatan of the Eastern Woodlands
  • Lakota of the Plains
  • Pueblo of the Southwest
  • European Exploration
  • Economics: Resources (natural, human, capital), Consumer, Producer, Scarcity
  • Contributions of Early Americans
  • Civil Rights Leaders
  • Development and Innovations in the U.S.