Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Image of Lion coming through a frameMarysville School

"Relationships, Respect, Rigor"

Marysville School K-8
7733 SE Raymond | Portland, OR 97206
Phone: (503) 916-6363 | Fax: (503) 916-2656

2nd Grade Curriculum

Our curriculum includes:


Adopted core program:  Scott Foresman Reading Street

Intervention program (for struggling readers): Reading Mastery


We begin the year with a focus on writing personal narratives (stories about our lives).  Later in the year we also do some letter writing and how-to writing.  We finish the year with an animal research report, which connects with our science unit on animal habitats. 

Our goal is to produce confident writers who create stories that make sense and are interesting, with lots of strong, descriptive words.  We also focus on conventions (punctuation, spelling, handwriting), and good sentence fluency (grammar, variety and the flow of words). 


We have a new math curriculum this year.  It is called Bridges in Mathematics and was developed by teachers here in the Portland area.  The topics that are covered in 2nd grade are:

Unit 1: Sorting, Patterning, & Number

Unit 2: Story Problems

Unit 3: Addition, Subtraction, & Probability

Unit 4: Shapes, Symmetry, Area, & Number

Unit 5: Money and Place Value

Unit 6: Measuring and Statistics

Unit 7: Probability, Statistics, and Computation

*For parent resources, including more detailed information about each of these units, as well as fun games and activities to play with your child for extra practice, you can go to the Math Learning Center's webside by clicking here:



The topics we focus on in second grade are: nutrition, safety, personal hygiene, and social skills.  We work with the OSU extension service (nutrition), the Learn 4 Life program (safety), our school nurse (hygiene), and we use a program called Second Steps to help students learn how to interact positively with each other (social skills). 


In the winter, we study the weather.  The students will do experiments that lead to learning more about temperature, precipitation, wind and clouds.

In the spring, our science unit is all about animal habitats.  Each student will choose an animal to research.  They produce a report about that animal and it's natural habitat in the wild.  We also integrate art with this unit.  Whenever financially possible, we end the unit by going to the zoo and viewing our animals in the zoo habitat that has been created for them.  Each student evaluates that habitat and then writes to the zoo to compliment it's strengths and make suggestions for improvement.