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Grade 2 Standards and Performance Indicators

RSU 5 Standards and Performance Indicators

Grade 2


Habits of Work


  • Respect: respect for the ideas, feelings, and property of others


  • Preparedness: timeliness, organization, homework completion


  • Engagement: participation, interpersonal involvement, group-work


  • Determination: ability to self-assess; persistence, effective use of feedback



Foundational Skills

Phonics and Word Recognition

  • Decodes by applying grade level phonics and word analysis skills
  • Reads grade-appropriate high frequency words by sight


  •  Reads grade level texts fluently with appropriate rate and expression

Writing Production

  • Handwrites with appropriate alignment and size, form, neatness and spacing


  • Spells many long vowel pattern words correctly


Narrative Reading

Comprehends Stories

  • Retell stories, including key details, such as setting and plot
  • Determines the central message, lesson or moral
  • Identifies characters' points of view and how they respond to challenges
  • Compares and contrasts two or more versions of the same story                 


Informational Reading

Comprehends Informational Text

  • Identifies the main topics throughout a multi-paragraph piece
  • Determines the meaning of unknown words in context
  • Uses various text features to locate key facts or information
  • Compares and contrasts important points within two texts on the same topic                     



Narrative Writing


  • Writing is organized according to purpose with a beginning, middle, and end


  • Pieces are elaborated to include a variety of details, talk, and action


  • Spelling, punctuation, handwriting


Informational Writing


  • Writing teaches some important points about a subject, includes transition words, each part tells different information about the topic.


  • Writing includes different kinds of information such as facts, definitions, details and attempts to include expert words.


  • Spelling, punctuation, handwriting

Opinion Writing


  • Writing includes an opinion identifying likes and dislikes and provides reasons.
  • Pieces have different parts; and a lot of lines for each part.


  • Writing includes at least two reasons and at least a few sentences about each one.


  • Spelling, punctuation, handwriting


Speaking and Listening

Comprehension and Collaboration

  • Participates in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • Follows agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listens to others with care, speaks one at a time about the topic and text under discussion).
  • Builds on others' talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others.
  • Asks for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion.
  • Recounts or describes key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
  • Asks and answers questions about what a speaker is saying in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.


Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

  • Tells a story or recounts an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaks audibly in coherent sentences.
  • Creates audio recordings of stories or poems; adds drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
  • Produces complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification.



Operations and Algebraic Thinking

  • Solves addition and subtraction problems within 100
  • Adds and subtracts within 20 using mental math strategies
  • Uses equal groups to solve multiplication problems

Number and Operations in Base Ten

  • Understands place value
  • Uses place value to add and subtract

Measurement and Data

  • Measures and estimates length in standard units
  • Tells and writes time
  • Finds the value of coins and bills
  • Represents and interprets data


  • Reasons with shapes and their attributes

Communication and Reasoning

  • Demonstrates Standards for Mathematical Practices



Demonstrates Understanding of Science Content

Demonstrates Scientific Practices


Social Studies

Demonstrates understanding of social studies content

Applies social studies processes, knowledge and skills



  • Singing
  • Playing Instruments
  • Steady Beat
  • Listening


Physical Education

  • Participates in physical fitness activities
  • Demonstrates a variety of movement and balance skills
  • Identifies rules for physical education activities



  • Demonstrates understanding of art concepts
  • Demonstrates creative problem solving
  • Demonstrates art skills



  • Demonstrates understanding of concepts taught