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Second Grade Summer Expectations

All children need a summer plan to keep them motivated to learn. Three things can happen during the summer months: 1) your child can regress three months, 2) your child can maintain their year’s growth, or 3) your child can continue to learn. These summer expectations further aid students in reinforcing concepts taught in 2nd grade, to prepare them adequately for 3rd grade. (PDF of the Summer Expectation is available to download at the end of this page.)


There are three important educational areas that must be integrated into your child’s learning this summer. They are reading, writing, and math.


English Language Arts

Skills to focus on: parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, conjunctions), writing complete, detailed sentences with correct punctuation and capitalization, and reading comprehension


Apps to use: Raz-Kids, Lexia, MyON (refer to school ParentSquare post from 3/26), Epic! (expires June 30th, after that requires a payment), any online typing program to practice typing skills



  • Making words
    • Give students a word or phrase (i.e. sandcastle or summertime). Students create a list of words they can make with the letters within the word or phrase (can’t add any other letters). Write each letter and cut it out (or use letter magnets) so students can manipulate the letters.
  • Scrabble
  • MadLibs
  • Memory Matching Card Game (for concept of your choice)
  • Jenga
    • Write one sight word on each Jenga piece. Set up the Jenga tower. When a piece is pulled, read the sight word on it (could also practice spelling it out loud or using it in a sentence)
  • PlayDoh/Letter Stamps/Letter Magnets/Letter Stickers ○ Practice spelling sight words or any vocabulary words


Reading - Questions you can ask to help expand your child’s understanding of the text:

  • Fiction:
    • Who are the characters?
    • What is the setting? (Where and when)
    • What is the problem? Solution?
    • Are there any cause and effect relationships?
    • Explain the sequence of events (beginning, middle, end).
    • What is the author’s purpose for writing this story?
    • What is the point of view of this story? (1st or 3rd person)
  • Nonfiction:
    • What is the main idea of this text?
    • What are some supporting details that give you more information about the main idea?
    • What are some facts that you learned? (remind what facts are)
    • What is the author’s purpose for writing this text?



  • Students can respond to what they are reading → a reading log (similar to how they did in school for homework).
    • Either by answering questions (similar to above) or writing about how they feel in relation to the text
  • Journal entries about summer days or how they’re feeling
  • Quickwrite entries about a random question you ask (see below for examples)
  • Poems - cinquain, diamante, haiku, acrostic
  • Pen pals - write a letter to a friend or family member and continue mailing letters to each other throughout the summer
  • Possible Quickwrite Prompts:
    • What is your favorite part of summer and why?
    • What is your favorite season and why?
    • If you could eat one food for a whole week, what would it be and why? ○ What is your favorite book and why?
    • Describe ________ using your five senses.
    • If you could go on any vacation, where would you go and why?
    • If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
    • Goals for the summer ○ Goals for third grade


Math Skills to focus on:

  • place value, basic addition and subtraction facts, addition and subtraction with regrouping, skip counting, adding coins, and telling time (to the nearest 5 minutes)

Apps to use:

  • Mathletics
  • ST Math


Math Games:

  • Making 10’s Card Game
    • Similar to “Go Fish”, but the goal is to make matches of cards that equal a value of 10. Each player gets the same amount of cards. Do not show the other players your cards. Look at your cards to see how you can make a 10. Ask one other player if they have the card you need (i.e. if you have a 6, ask the other player if they have a 4). If they give it to you, you make a pair and set it down. If not, it goes to the next person’s turn.
  • Comparing Card Game
    • Split the stack of cards in half. Each player flips 2-4 cards (2 if playing with ones and tens place, 3 if playing with ones, tens, hundreds, 4 if playing with ones, tens, hundreds, thousands). Look at the place value to determine which card has the greater value. The player with the greater value of cards wins that round!
  • War Card Game
    • Each player turns up a card at the same time and the player with the higher card takes both cards and puts them, face down, on the bottom of his/her stack. If the cards are the same value, it is War. Each player turns up one card face down and one card face up. The player with the higher cards takes both piles.
  • Dice Addition/Subtraction
    • Rolling dice and adding/subtracting them to find the sum/difference
  • Dice Place Value
    • Have your child roll a dice 3-4 times (3 for ones, tens, hundreds; 4 for ones, tens, hundreds, thousands) and write the number in a place value chart. S/he can then write the number in standard form, word form, expanded form (100 + 50 + 7 = 157), and even draw with place value base 10 blocks.
  • Counting Collections
    • Using any sort of small item that you have many of (beads, little erasers, cheerios, etc), have your child practice counting, grouping, and skip counting.
    • If you have coins available, have your child practice skip counting the value of a handful of coins. Practice different ways to add coins (as well as review how to identify the different coins)
  • Chalk Calculator
    • Draw a calculator with chalk on the sidewalk.
    • Jump on the number(s), the sign (+/-/x), the next number(s), the = sign, then the answer! 
  • Beach Ball Addition or Subtraction: Label a beach ball with numbers 1-12 (make sure to repeat numbers for practice adding doubles). Toss the ball to each other. Before you can pass it on to the next person, you add (or subtract, depending on what you previously decided) whatever numbers are under your hands after you catch it.
  • Keeping Track of Progress: Keep track of what games/activities you do over break, and include the date and time to review the concept of measuring time (practice writing in digital time, drawing a clock to show analog time, or using words, such as “half past”).

Thank you for all that you have done and all your support through Distance Learning. These Summer Expectations are a way for your child to continue to learn and grow outside of the classroom. Feel free to reach out to your child’s 2nd grade teacher any time if you have any questions or need guidance throughout this summer. We cannot wait to see you all next year, and Go Vikings!



Mrs. Houts & Mrs. Ward