Second Grade CA Reading Standards


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  1.0   Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development


Decoding and Word Recognition

1.1    Recognize and use knowledge of spelling patterns (e.g., dipthongs, special vowel spellings) when reading.

Short Vowel Word Sorts

Picture Match


1.2    Apply knowledge of basic syllabication rules when reading.

Word Sort


1.3    Decode two-syllable nonsense words and regular multisyllable words.


1.4    Recognize common abbreviations (e.g., Jan., Sun., Mr., St.)


1.5    Identify and correctly use regular plurals (e.g., -s, -es. –ies) and irregular plurals (e.g., fly/flies, wife/wives).


1.6    Read aloud fluently and accurately and with appropriate intonation and expression.

Ping Pong Fluency Practice


Vocabulary and Concept Development

    1.7  Understand and explain common antonyms and synonyms.


1.8    Use knowledge of individual words in unknown compound words to predict their meaning.


Word Sort


1.9    Know the meaning of simple prefixes and suffixes (e.g., over-, un-, -ing, -ly).


Flip-a-Chip Game

Prefix Word Sort

Suffix Word Sort


1.10   Identify simple multiple-meaning words.


  2.0   Reading Comprehension


2.1    Use titles, tables of contents, and chapter headings to locate information in expository text.

2.2    State the purpose in reading (i.e., tell what information is sought).

2.3    Use knowledge of the author’s purpose(s) to comprehend informational text.

2.4    Ask clarifying questions about essential textual elements of exposition (e.g., why, what if, how).

2.5    Restate facts and details in the text to clarify and organize ideas.

2.6    Recognize cause-and-effect relationships in a text.

2.7    Interpret information from diagrams, charts, and graphs.

2.8    Follow two-step written instructions.


  3.0   Literary Response and Analysis


3.1    Compare and contrast plots, settings, and characters presented by different authors.

3.2    Generate alternative endings to plots and identify the reason or reasons for, and the impact of, the alternatives.

3.3    Compare and contrast different versions of the same stories that reflect different cultures.

3.4    Identify the use of rhythm, rhyme, and alliteration in poetry.

Rhyme Game #1

Rhyme Game #2



CA Writing Standards


1.1    Group related ideas and maintain a consistent focus.

1.2    Create readable documents with legible handwriting.

1.3    Understand the purposes of various reference materials (e.g., dictionary, thesaurus, atlas).

1.4    Revise original drafts to improve sequence and provide more descriptive detail.


  2.0   Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)


2.1    Write brief narratives based on their experiences:

a. Move through a logical sequence of events.

b. Describe the setting, characters, objects, and events in detail.

2.2    Write a friendly letter complete with the date, salutation, body, closing, and signature.


Letter Generator



Written and Oral English Language Conventions


1.1    Distinguish between complete and incomplete sentences.

1.2    Recognize and use the correct word order in written sentences.

1.3    Identify and correctly use various parts of speech, including nouns and verbs, in writing and speaking.


Common or Proper Noun Game


1.4    Use commas in the greeting and closure of a letter and with dates and items in a series.

1.5    Use quotation marks correctly.

1.6    Capitalize all proper nouns, words at the beginning of sentences and greetings, months and days of the week, and titles and initials of people.

1.7    Spell frequently used, irregular words correctly (e.g., was, were, says, said, who, what, why).

1.8    Spell basic short-vowel, long-vowel, r- controlled, and consonant-blend patterns correctly.


Listening and Speaking Strategies


1.1    Determine the purpose or purposes of listening (e.g., to obtain information, to solve problems, for enjoyment).

1.2    Ask for clarification and explanation of stories and ideas.

1.3    Paraphrase information that has been shared orally by others.

1.4    Give and follow three- and four-step oral directions.

1.5    Organize presentations to maintain a clear focus.

1.6    Speak clearly and at an appropriate pace for the type of communication (e.g., informal discussion, report to class).

1.7    Recount experiences in a logical sequence.

1.8    Retell stories, including characters, setting, and plot.

1.9    Report on a topic with supportive facts and details.


   2.0   Speaking Applications


2.1    Recount experiences or present stories:

a.  Move through a logical sequence of events.

b.  Describe story elements (e.g., characters, plot, setting).

2.2   Report on a topic with facts and details, drawing from several sources of information.

Weblinks to math and reading standards provided courtesy of Mrs. Rios of Mendoza Elementary