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Second Grade Standards Aligned Teaching Resources

Second Grade Math

For Second Grade students, the mathematical standards focus on four key areas:

  • Extending understanding of base-ten notation
  • Building fluency with addition and subtraction
  • Using standard units of measure
  • Describing and analyzing shapes

Armed with eSpark Learning’s standards-based curriculum, teachers can create an engaging learning environment for students, helping them build upon the knowledge learned in previous years and setting them up for success in the years ahead. In this pivotal year of development, second-graders can expect to learn and build mathematical concepts like: 

With the help of eSpark Learning’s standards-aligned teaching resources, students can expect to learn mathematical concepts like:

  • Adding and subtracting within 100
  • Adding and subtracting within 20 using mental strategies
  • Solving word problems
  • Learn odds and evens
  • Place values
  • Counting by 5’s
  • Comparing three-digit numbers
  • Measuring lengths
  • Writing and telling time
  • Coin values
  • Using bar graphs
  • Naming, drawing, and dividing shapes

Fun and engaging activities like interactive videos, games, and assessments will help second-graders streamline their learning and successfully achieve the objectives and goals outlined by the Common Core!

Second Grade ELA

When it comes to the Second Grade ELA standards, students will continue to grow their English Language Arts skills across the same four domains they did in First Grade: Reading Foundational Skills, Language, Reading Literature, and Reading Informational Text. Throughout each standard — and with support from eSpark Learning — students can expect to learn new concepts like:

  • Long and short vowels
  • Decoding words with prefixes and suffixes
  • Irregularly spelled words
  • Compound words
  • Root words
  • Identifying characters, events, central messages, and lessons in stories
  • Story structures and points of view
  • Comparing and contrasting series books
  • Finding supporting evidence in texts
  • Identifying features in nonfiction texts, like captions and glossaries

Second-graders can also enhance their ELA skills with eSpark Learning. With several activities aligned to each standard, teachers can feel confident in their curriculum and ensure students stay on track for a successful year.

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Second Grade Math

Second Grade math includes a total of 20 standards across four domains. Throughout the year, students will build upon familiar concepts they learned through the eSpark Learning First Grade Math curriculum, like counting, addition and subtraction, and telling time. Second-graders will also learn new skills, like skip counting, money word problems, and using mental strategies to add and subtract.

Dive into eSpark’s Second Grade Math curriculum to explore all of our standards-aligned resources, games, activities, and assessments!

Second Grade ELA

For Second Grade ELA, there are 28 standards across four the same four domains introduced the year before. Similar to the mathematical standards, the Second Grade ELA curriculum introduces brand-new concepts while building on the knowledge and skills developed in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade. Through engaging stories, readalongs, and games, second-graders will discover irregularly spelled words, compound words, root words, and much more! Take a closer look at the Second Grade ELA curriculum to unlock eSpark Learning’s standards-aligned curriculum and activities.


See Second Grade Standards Teaching Resources by Domain

Second Grade Math

Within each mathematical domain, students will dive deeper into previously introduced concepts while learning new skills along the way. Here’s a breakdown of what teachers can expect for their second-graders:

Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Solve word problems using addition and subtraction within 100
  • Use mental math to add and subtract within 20
  • Determine odds and evens
  • Find the total number of objects in rectangular arrays

Measurement and Data

  • Measure length with rulers, measuring tapes, yard sticks, and meter sticks
  • Tell and write time to the nearest five minutes
  • Learn coin values
  • Solve word problems involving money
  • Create bar graphs

Numbers and Operations in Base Ten

  • Place value and bundles of tens
  • Skip counting by 5’s
  • Read and write numbers up to 1,000
  • Compare three-digit numbers using >, <, and = symbols
  • Add and subtract within 100 fluently


  • Name and draw shapes
  • Divide rectangles into squares
  • Divide circles and rectangles into halves, thirds, and fourths

Second Grade ELA

Second Grade ELA standards include four domains. By the end of the year, second-graders will strengthen their knowledge and skills in concepts introduced in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade, while exploring new words, meanings, stories, and non-fiction texts. Here’s a closer look at what Second Grade students will learn in the classroom and through eSpark Learning:

Reading Foundational Skills

  • Long and short vowel sounds
  • Different vowel pairs that make the same sound, like ‘ue’ and ‘ew’
  • Decoding words with common prefixes and suffixes
  • Irregularly spelled words and tricky spelling patterns

Reading Literature

  • Asking and answering questions about key details in a text or story
  • Understanding the central message, lesson, or moral of a story
  • Identifying characters, events, and challenges in a text
  • Exploring rhythm and mystery words in stories, poems, and songs
  • Learning and describing story structures
  • Identifying characters’ points of view
  • Comparing and contrasting series books


  • Using context clues to learn the meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Adding prefixes to change a word and its meaning
  • Learning about compound and root words
  • Determining different meanings between similar strong verbs

Reading Informational Text

  • Finding the main topic or idea of multi-paragraph texts
  • Discovering the meaning of new words and phrases in unfamiliar texts
  • Understanding the features of nonfiction texts, like glossaries, indexes, and captions
  • Identify the purpose of a text
  • Finding evidence to support different points in a text
  • Comparing and contrasting different texts about similar topics

Ready to get started teaching the standards with eSpark?