2nd Grade Competencies


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Behaviors That Affect Learning Literacy Math Science Social Studies

Behaviors That Affect Learning

  • Shows respect for self, adults, children, and property.
  • Works cooperatively.
  • Uses time productively.
  • Listens attentively.
  • Follows directions.
  • Organizes materials and tasks.
  • Strives to produce quality work.
  • Participates and contributes to own learning.
  • Handles/Resolves conflicts appropriately.
  • Problem solves and thinks independently.

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  • Uses a variety of comprehension strategies to understand what is read.
  • Uses a variety of strategies to read words correctly.
  • Reads fluently with appropriate rate and expression.
  • Responds to reading in a variety of ways.
  • Sustains independent reading.


  • Uses personal knowledge and experience to produce clear and organized writing.
  • Conducts research to produce clear and organized writing.
  • Edits and revises writing with support.
  • Uses correct grammar in writing.
  • Uses capitalization and punctuation appropriately.
  • Applies spelling strategies when writing.

Speaking & Listening

  • Listens and shares in small- and large-group conversations.
  • Asks and answers questions about texts and topics.
  • Speaks clearly and with appropriate volume.


  • Uses and applies descriptive vocabulary based on context and purpose.
  • Demonstrates flexibility in vocabulary usage based on context and purpose (i.e., said, whined, whispered; tapped, hit, punched).

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  • Represents and solves problems involving addition and subtraction.
  • Works with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication.
  • Understands place value.
  • Uses place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.
  • Measures and estimates lengths in standard units.
  • Relates addition and subtraction to length.
  • Works with time and money.
  • Represents and interprets data.
  • Reasons with shapes and their attributes.
  • Adds and subtracts to 20.
  • Communicates reasoning and explains thinking using vocabulary.
  • Models thinking using words, pictures, symbols and/or mathematical models.
  • Solves problems using structures and patterns.

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  • Makes predictions, asks questions, and follows procedures.
  • Uses scientific tools to answer questions and collect data (i.e., thermometer, magnifying glass, ruler, etc.).
  • Describes changes found in nature (i.e., life cycles, water cycles, states of matter).
  • Compares and contrasts the characteristics of scientific concepts (i.e., solids to liquids to gases; stages of the butterfly life cycle; types of clouds).
  • Describes how people use science in everyday life.

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Social Studies

  • Describes types of communities.
  • Describes geographical features.
  • Uses a map and its features (grid, key, compass rose, etc.).
  • Describes people’s roles in the community.
  • Explains how people use and change the environment.
  • Explains how needs and wants impact the choices consumers make.
  • Explains how communities change over time.

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