Second Grade Curriculum

Dept. of Teaching and Learning Services

5150 220th AVE SE, Issaquah, WA 98029

The Issaquah Content Standards guide teaching and learning in all our classrooms in the areas of Literacy (reading, writing, and communication), Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health and Fitness, and the Arts. These statements describe what students should know and be able to do during and as a result of their educational experiences. The Issaquah Content Standards are based on the Washington State K-12 Learning Standards.


Read Grade Level Text

  • Read and comprehend text accurately

Comprehension: Key Ideas and Details

  • Ask and answer questions
  • Determine main idea(s)
  • Retell familiar stories with details
  • Describe connections between ideas in nonfiction
  • Describe characters, settings, and events

Comprehension: Craft and Structure

  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases
  • Describe story structure (beginning, middle, and end)
  • Use text features to locate information (captions, indexes, icons, etc.)
  • Recognize different points of view of characters
  • Identify the purpose of nonfiction texts

Comprehension: Integration

  • Use information from illustrations, print, and digital texts
  • Describe how authors use reasoning to support their points
  • Compare and contrast different versions of the same story or topic

Phonics Skills

  • Use a variety of word recognition strategies to understand text
  • Read grade-level appropriate high-frequency words (commonly used words)


Write Main Ideas and Supporting Details

  • Write narratives recounting events, using details to describe and elaborate
  • Write opinion pieces introducing topic and stating reasons to support opinion
  • Write informative texts introducing topic and using facts and definitions to develop points
  • Provide closure
  • Use leads, transitions and organization

Use a Variety of Words and Sentences

  • Use words that help readers picture story
  • Use words that show expertise on topic
  • Use words that help reader agree with opinion


  • Use grade appropriate grammar and conventions in writing


Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction
  • Add and subtract within 20
  • Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Understand place value
  • Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract

Measurement and Data

  • Measure and estimate lengths in standard units
  • Relate addition and subtraction to length
  • Work with time and money
  • Represent and interpret data


  • Reason with shapes and their attributes

Mathematical Practices

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
  • Model with mathematics
  • Use appropriate tools strategically
  • Attend to precision
  • Look for and make use of structure
  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning


  • Structure and properties of matter
  • Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
  • Earth’s systems: Processes that shape the Earth
  • Engineering design

Social Studies

  • Community Citizenship and Government
  • Community Economics
  • Community History
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  • Understand and apply art knowledge and skills
  • Demonstrate thinking skills using artistic processes
  • Communicate through the arts
  • Make connections within and across the arts, to other disciplines, cultures, life and work


  • Read, note, and perform rhythm
  • Hear, discriminate, perform, read, and note pitch
  • Listen to, analyze, demonstrate, and describe qualities of sound
  • Identify simple music forms
  • Experience and perform independent parts while others sing or play
  • Understand and creatively interpret expressive markings and cues
  • Sing alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Understand music in relation to history and culture

Physical Education

  • Participate actively, cooperates with others
  • Stay on task
  • Follow directions
  • Contribute positively


  • Understand nutrition
  • Learn about germs
  • Study the body systems
  • Learn about risk and safety
  • Study environmental issues


  • Learn basic operations and concepts
  • Use productivity tools that include word processing, graphics, and presentation software
  • Use technology for research
  • Use technology ethics