## What do I need to know about my childâ€™s education?

By the end of second grade, students should be able to demonstrate the following math abilities. Many skills are worked on throughout the year and build on each other.

• Quickly and accurately add and subtract within 20 (ex. 17 - 8 or 6 + 7); know from memory all addition facts.
• Solve word problems that involve adding and subtracting two-digit numbers. For example, Mrs. Deering’s class has 26 children, and Mr. Klein’s class has 31 children. How many cupcakes will they need for each child if they are having a party together? Children in second grade often use strategies to do this. For example, 26 + 31 can be added quickly by adding the tens (50) and adding the ones (7). Or, some children may start at 26, add 30 to get 56, then add one more.
• Tell which of two three-digit numbers is larger by comparing hundreds, tens and ones. Write any number up to 1000 when told the number name (ex. “Write seven hundred fifty six.”)
• Begin to add and subtract within 1000, using base ten blocks, drawings or strategies based on place value.

### Measuring lengths and working with time and money

• Measure objects in inches and feet using rulers, yardsticks, and measuring tapes.
• Tell time on both digital clocks and clocks with hands, to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.
• Count money to find the total amount of dollars and coins.

### Geometry and shapes

• Recognize and draw shapes such as triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons and cubes.
• Divide circles and rectangles into two, three or four equal parts. Name the parts using the words halves, thirds and fourths.