• 2nd Grade Family Activities


    • Read 20 minutes a day.
    • While reading or after reading, write/draw:
      • an important part of text.
      • a connection made to the text.
      • a question about the text.
      • the problem and resolution of the story (literary text only - fiction, poetry, drama).
      • the central idea and details to support it (informational texts only - nonfiction, persuasive).
      • a conclusion that can be drawn from the text.
      • something that could be added to the text to extend its message.


    • Sorting and Counting

      • Have your child take inventory of something in your house. (silverware, legos, books, socks, art supplies, tools, stickers, etc.)
        • Have students make an inventory sheet to show how many of each item
        • Ask: How can you organize your counting?
        • Ask: Is there a way to group the items to count easier?
    • Environmental Shape or Pattern Hunt

      • Give students a list of two and three dimensional figures and geometric terms (edge, vertice, face, side, cone, cylinder, sphere, rectangular prism, triangle, square, rectangle, rhombus, parallelogram, trapezoid, pentagon, hexagon, and octagon) for students to go on a scavenger hunt in and around their home to find. 
    • Real World Problems

      • Give your child an addition or subtraction number sentence ( 43 + 76 or 321 - 89) and have students find something in or around their home or in a book to create a word problem to match the equation. Then have your child solve the problem.
    • Shopping and Money

      • Grab a handful of coins and have students identify the value of each coin and the total value of the handful. After students determine the value of the collection, have your child determine how much more money would be needed to make a dollar. Select an amount of change and have your child think of all the different coin combinations that would equal that amount of money.



    • Create a question about an organism, object, or event that can be observed in the natural world.   It may sound something like:
      • Does the color of a crayon affect its melting rate? 
      • Do oranges float or sink in water?
    • Plan and conduct a simple investigation to answer your question.
    • Be sure to make observations and collect data.
    • Record and organize your data using pictures, numbers, and/or words.
    • Write about what you learned and new questions that you have.
    • Research or test your new questions.

    Social Studies

    • Make daily calendars and timelines
    • Look through family albums, photos, and/or artifacts and discuss what students see and know
    • Discuss community helpers (firefighters, police officers, hospital staff)
    • Share age-appropriate articles and newspapers and discuss what you notice
    • Practice using globes and maps (physical or online)