Thursday, June 21, 2018
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York Suburban School District
Curriculum Overview - Grade 2
Language Arts
The second grade Language Arts curriculum follows the Pennsylvania Core Standards of teaching children to read, write, speak and listen. These skills are incorporated into a Balanced Literacy Framework including: Shared Reading, Guided Reading, Self-Selected Reading, Writing and Word Work.
Throughout the year second grade students will:
  • learn to read independently by using before, during and after reading strategies
  • increase ability to figure out new words through analysis of word parts and patterns
  • develop ability to read text smoothly, accurately, and with an appropriate rate
  • read and apply new vocabulary
  • develop comprehension through the application of focus skills and strategies
  • read and understand content in all academic areas
  • read all types of literature with understanding for a variety of purposes
  • write in a variety of forms such as narrative, informational and persuasive
  • learn to choose a writing topic and effectively use the writing process (pre-writing, draft revise, edit and publish) to complete an individual writing piece
  • learn to listen and respond to others and to literature
  • contribute and participate in group discussions and individual presentations
  • use resources (library and computers) to gather research information and create a report  



York Suburban School District uses Everyday Mathematics as the core instructional program and follows the Pennsylvania Standards of teaching children to understand and apply mathematical concepts.
Throughout the year second grade students will:
Numbers and Operations - Base 10
  • Use place-value concepts to represent amounts of tens and ones and to compare three digit numbers
  • Use place-value concepts to read, write and skip count to 1000
  • Use place-value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract within 1000

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Represent and solve problems involving addition and subtraction within 100
  • Use mental strategies to add and subtract within 20
  • Work with equal groups to gain a foundation for multiplication


  • Analyze and draw two- and three- dimensional shapes having specified attributes
  • Use the understanding of fractions to partition shapes into havles, quarters and thirds

Measurement and Data

  • Measure and estimate lengths in standard units using appropriate tools
  • Tell and write time to the nearest five minutes using both analog and digital clocks
  • Solve problems and make change using coins and paper currency with appropriate symbols
  • Represent and interpret data using line plots, picture graphs, and bar graphs
  • Extend the concepts of addition and subtraction involving length  



York Suburban School District promotes the scientific process in the study and exploration of science units. During the year, students will learn about::


  •    Animal Kingdom /Life Cycles
    •    Insects
    •    Reptiles
    •    Mammals
    •    Birds
    •    Fish
    •   Amphibians
  •    Weather, to include Water Cycle
  •    The Scientific Method

Social Studies
The second grade Social Studies curriculum includes community awareness and basic geography concepts. Significant historical figures are also recognized.
Throughout the year, students will be engaged in the following topics:


  •   Pilgrims
  •  Constitution Day
  •  Colonial days
  •   Presidents’ Day
  •   Columbus Day
  •   Martin Luther King Day
  •   Kwanza
  •   Hanukkah
  •   Los Posadas
  •   Economic needs
  •   Money
  •   Maps
  •   Oceans
  •   Continents
  •   Countries
  •   Cardinal directions (N,S,E,W)
  •   Communities
  •   Government services



The York Suburban School District is an Equal Opportunity Education Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religious creed, ancestry, sex, age, marital status or handicap, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Action of 1964, Title IX of the Education Act Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation of the Handicapped Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, in its activities, educational and vocational programs and in its recruitment and employment practices. Inquiries concerning the application of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, the ADA and the implementing regulations may be referred to the Superintendent, 1800 Hollywood Drive, York, PA 17403, telephone (717) 885-1210.