Pre K-2nd Grade

2nd Grade Reading

What Do I Need To Know About My Child’s Education?

In second grade, your child is increasing their skill at reading and understanding both fiction (stories) and nonfiction (informational) text. Their writing skills are also improving as they use correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation and spelling. They can plan and talk about a story or personal experience in front of others. Children in second grade children should be able to demonstrate the following skills.

Foundational Skills

Children this age will...

  • read words with common prefixes and suffixes.
  • read long and short vowel words quickly and correctly.
  • read two syllable words with long vowels (inhale, mistake).
  • read grade level text quickly, correctly and with understanding.


Children this age will...

  • continue to increase their ability to read and understand stories and informational text.
  • explain how the author uses reasons to support key ideas in a text.
  • find the main topic and focus in what they read.
  • read and understand both stories and informational text at grade level.
  • use single words to understand the meaning of compound words such as tablecloth and birthday.


Children this age will...

  • write about their ideas and connect them using "because, and, also."
  • write informative text with a topic, facts, definitions and a clear ending.
  • have many chances to write and will practice writing in short periods of time, as well as over long periods of time, with many chances to edit their work.
  • use grade level spelling, grammar, punctuation and capital letters.

Speaking and Listening

Children this age will...

  • talk with peers and adults in small and large groups.
  • remember and explain key ideas and details from something that another person has read out loud.
  • plan and deliver a talk about a story or experience.
  • give and follow three- and four-step verbal directions.