Second Grade Goals for Students After the New Year

Smart Goals for Reading, Writing, Math and Home

second grade student
Photo Courtesy of Christopher Futcher/Getty Images

In order to hit those developmental benchmarks, it helps to have parents on your side. These are a few second grade goals for students to complete after the New Year. Share them with parents during conferences so they will have a rough idea of the expectations you have for their child. All children learn differently and are not alike by any means, but it helps to have a few general goals of which skill students will need to know by the end of the school year.

Here are some goals to share with parents that focus on reading, math, writing, and what to work on at home.

Reading Goals

  1. To be able to recognize words as "chunks" not just individual letters. For example when looking at the word cheat the child should be able to recognize the word eat.
  2. Strengthen comprehension when reading independently. To be able to identify the main idea in the story as well as locate supporting details, infer, and be able to answer text-specific questions. (This is now a part of the common core.)
  3. Increase reading fluency and expression.
  4. Use punctuation appropriately.
  5. Identify an increasing number of words by sight.
  6. Be able to identify the speaker in a story.
  7. Retell a story by providing details.
  8. Use graphic organizers to show understanding of story elements such as main character, plot, main idea, supporting details, setting, solution, theme, etc.

Math Goals

  1. Be able to simplify word problems and directions when needed. Have the ability to take their time and work through a problem until it is completed properly.
  1. Students must be able to fluently know 25 math facts in one minute.
  2. Understand math vocabulary and recognize it. For example, they must be able to recognize what the question is asking ie. what is the place value vs. what place value.
  3. Use appropriate tools to strategically to solve a problem.
  4. Mentally calculate sums and differences for numbers with only tens or only hundreds.
  1. To develop a foundation for understanding area and volume.
  2. Be able to represent and interpret data.
  3. Extend their understanding of the base-ten system.

Writing Goals

  1. Students must be able to capitalize and punctuate correctly and use it to add effect to their writing.
  2. Provide a strong beginning that will grab the readers attention.
  3. Create an ending that will show that they writing piece is finished.
  4. Use strategies to plan writing (brainstorming, graphic organizer, etc.).
  5. Show their personality through their writing piece.
  6. Begin to use a dictionary to self-correct during the drafting phase.
  7. Be able to add details to support the main idea.
  8. Students should begin to use transition words in their writing piece to construct logical order (first, second, next, finally, etc.).

At Home Goals

Learning does not end in the classroom, here are a few goals that you can work on at home.

  1. Practice math facts (3-5 facts at a time) each night or at least 5 times a week.
  2. Study spelling patterns and practice spelling words in a variety of ways besides memorization.
  3. Read independently for at least 10-15 minutes each night.
  4. Read-aloud books should be above your child's reading level to help them develop vocabulary skills.
  1. Work together to develop study skills that will least a lifetime.
  2. Require that your child use punctuation correctly and write in complete sentences.
mla apa chicago
Your Citation
Cox, Janelle. "Second Grade Goals for Students After the New Year." ThoughtCo, Jun. 18, 2017, Cox, Janelle. (2017, June 18). Second Grade Goals for Students After the New Year. Retrieved from Cox, Janelle. "Second Grade Goals for Students After the New Year." ThoughtCo. (accessed May 22, 2018).