Canadian International School of Kuwait

Canadian International School of Kuwait

Grade 2

Grade 2 Language

Reading Foundational skills for second grade readers involve making sure they are able to read carefully and independently for sustained periods of time. They will grow in their ability to comprehend unfamiliar text and to make predictions based on what they have just read. Some of the specific reading goals for 2nd grade include:
  • Using the information in text to determine the characters, setting, or plot.
  • Identifying the meaning of words and phrases in appropriately-leveled text based on contextual cues
  • Anticipating, making inferences, and recognizing the author’s point of view of a story


In second grade, students continue learning how to communicate clearly and coherently with their writing. They will begin to study the writing process the stages of writing from pre-writing through editing. Some of the specific goals that second graders will aim for in writing include:
  • Learn to gather information from sources to answer a question.
  • Writing for different purposes and audiences such as creative, informational/expository, and persuasive forms
  • Creating written drafts that will be revised and edited, with guidance from a teacher
Grammar It is impossible to separate reading and writing skills from the conventions of English. Although often one of the more challenging areas of language arts, second grade students should be on track to creating grammatically correct sentences and paragraphs. Second graders will continue to review the grammar rules they have learned to this point, and will add new concepts such as:
  • Distinguishing between complete and incomplete sentences
  • Identifying and correctly using parts of speech including nouns and verbs
  • Using quotation marks correctly
  • Spelling frequently used, but irregular words correctly (e.g.:  was, were, says, said)

Grade 2 Science & technology

In second grade, students learn to plan and conduct experiments. From states of matter and how they transform, to creating Earth models using different materials and more. Observation and note taking will continue to be key during second grade as they learn more advanced concepts that will be essential for them in the future. some of the most common topics covered in 2nd grade science curriculum are:
  • Life science (plants and animals and their habits and life cycles)
  • Earth/Space science (properties of suns, moons, planets, and stars)
  • Physical science (states of matter, electricity, and magnetism)
Your second grade science lesson plans will build on the skills gained in earlier grades and challenge them with progressively more complex material. While facts are important, an effective science curriculum will encourage students to observe, ask questions, and explore concepts for themselves.

Grade 2 Mathematics

This course builds on the Grade 1 curriculum to further develop students’ understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts by exploring topics related to number, coding, algebra, data, spatial sense, social emotional learning skills in mathematics, and financial literacy. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to build their social-emotional learning skills specifically focusing on critical thinking skills, including creative and flexible ways of solving various problems. Regarding numbers, students show, count, order, compare, and read numbers up to 200. They continue to develop skills in solving problems involving addition and subtraction. Students work with fractions and are exposed to the concept of sharing things equally. In algebra, learn about geometric patterns and how to extend them. They also learn about equality and how to make pairs of equations equal by adjusting their numbers. Students will develop code that moves objects from one location to another on a grid. In data, students collect, organize, display, and interpret data. They will learn about the probability of events occurring and explore probability through experiments. In spatial sense, students continue to develop an ability to identify and sort shapes. They describe and represent the relative locations of objects and represent objects on a map. In measurement, students estimate and measure length, height, distance, and time. In financial literacy, students build on their understanding of Canadian coins and bills. They learn how to represent money amounts in different ways and compare different amounts of money. By investigating real-life problems, students develop a strong foundation of mathematical knowledge and skills. Students apply mathematical processes and build transferrable critical thinking skills in varied teaching and consolidation activities that appeal to diverse learning styles. Students participate in engaging storylines along with characters who connect their learning to real-world contexts. Such meaningful experiences build confidence by instilling a positive attitude in students towards mathematics. Various opportunities consolidate student learning through technology and offline activities, including tactile manipulatives, to reinforce essential mathematical strategies and tools. The course has a strong focus on reinforcing number sense, numeracy skills, and frequent practice activities. This course prepares students for grade 3 mathematics