Second grade readiness checklists
Numbers, operations & problem solving
- Counts by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s
- Identifies, orders and writes numerals from 0 to 100
- Knows addition and subtraction facts to 50
- Adds and subtracts two-digit numbers to 99 without regrouping
- Shows beginning understanding of place value
- Makes reasonable estimates of quantities
- Identifies whole, half, thirds and fourths
- Names and uses ordinal numbers, such as first, second, third, etc.
- Plots and identifies positive whole numbers on a number line
Geometry & measurement
- Identifies and draws basic shapes
- Explores and solves simple spatial and measuring problems using manipulatives (hands-on objects that can be counted or sorted) and drawings
- Recognizes and uses standard measuring tools, such as rulers, scales and thermometers
- Understands basic concepts of spatial relationships, symmetry and reflections
Math in action: Telling time, counting money, real-world math
- Recognizes and adds money to $1.00
- Tells time to the hour and half-hour
- Uses drawings and words to describe mathematical thinking
- Collects and records data using tallies, lists, charts and graphs
- Reads a graph or chart and derives conclusions
- Classifies, sorts and compares physical objects by a variety of classification schemes and patterns (likeness, difference, sound, color, texture, size, weight, temperature, length of time, etc.)
- Makes, copies and extends patterns with actions, objects and words
Tips for parents to help children feel confident in dealing with numbers and number tasks:
- Create a coin jar where you toss spare change and give your child the regular chore of sorting and counting these coins (with your help) on a regular basis.
- Keep a master family calendar and have your child mark off days, count the days until up coming events, and keep track of birthdays.
- Encourage your child to help sort the cans and boxes in your pantry by size or weight.
- Include your child in simple cooking activities and model using measuring cups or spoons; describe what you are doing as you use these measuring tools.
- Play counting games when you are in the car or out for walk; pick a "magic number" and challenge your child to spot that many dogs, then the magic number of big trees, or red cars, etc.