Pre K-2nd Grade

2nd Grade Behavior

What do I need to know about my child's education?

Each child is unique in his emotional and behavioral development. Children may show behaviors that are ahead of developmental milestones in some areas and behind the milestones in other areas. Children also do not develop at a consistent rate. They may seem to show no growth for long time and then show a lot of growth in a short span of time. The following social and emotional expectations are general and to be used as a guideline to help you understand your child's development.

What to expect from your child in 2nd GRADE

Children at this age...

  • have a lot of energy and will run and move throughout the classroom. Classroom and household rules will need to be reviewed with your child often.
  • may struggle to understand the difference between fantasy verses reality. They may not understand that cartoon characters are not real, or that they do not possess super powers like they see on television and in the movies.
  • will likely appear to lack confidence and struggle with being singled out even if it's in a positive way. As children grow and mature, they are better able to accept attention.
  • have increased concentration and have longer attention spans. Children will begin to show increased ability to work independently on school work when they understand the task.
  • may begin to demand more adult attention especially when skills are new. As children become more independent, they will be able to complete tasks without adult support.

Grade Level Content Expectations

The Michigan Department of Education requires children in second grade to learn the following skills:

  • Be able to talk about her feelings, and why it is helpful to be able to do so
  • Be able to talk about emotional situations
  • Identify people who can help the child when he is in need of assistance
  • Work on problem solving and practice steps that lead to successful problem solving
  • Identify and practice showing respect for the feelings, rights and property of others
  • Identify and practice effective listening and attending skills
  • Recognize feelings and be able to express feelings, and show the ability to manage strong feelings, including anger


Bright Futures
Michigan's Behavior and Learning Support Initiative
Michigan Department of Education's Health Education Content Standards and Expectations
Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention
Wisconsin RtI Center