Skip to main content

OPS At Home Learning: 2nd Grade

Grade level resources

Math

Recommended minutes per day: 30 minutes

15 minutes of math activities (choose one below)

10 minutes of Khan Academy (see suggested grade level starting point)

5 minutes of XtraMath

Activities:

  • Knock Out-Each player chooses a "knock out number" - either a 6, 7, 8 or 9. More than one player can choose the same number. Players take turns throwing both dice, once each turn. Add the number of both dice for the score. If a player throws their "knock out number" - they are out of the game until the next round. Play continues until only one player is left. Then the next round can begin with everyone back in the game.  
  • Which is Missing? Take two dominoes. Announce the total number of dots and then show a partner one of the dominoes. Ask how many dots must be on the other domino. Then switch roles. 
  • Baseball-For Addition Baseball, use cards Ace-4. Each player takes six cards and arranges them into an addition problem of two three-digit numbers. The player who makes the greatest sum wins the inning.  The first player to win 9 innings is the winner.  (To practice addition with regrouping, use cards from Ace – 9). This can be used for Subtraction as well. The winner of the inning is the one with the smallest difference.  
  • Three-Digit Scramble-Create a two-column gameboard for each player. In the first column, list number ranges-100-199; 200-299; 300-399; 400-499; 500-599; 600-699; 700-799; 800-899; 900-999. The second column has a blank by each one of these number ranges. Using cards Ace – 9, have each player turn over 3 cards and make a 3-digit number. Players call their number out loud, then write the number down in the appropriate space on their gameboard. For example, if a player draws 1, 3, and 5, they can play 135 or 153 in the 100-199 space, or 513 or 531 in the 500-599 space. The first player to fill all ten spaces is the winner.  
  • To increase the difficulty, have players fill in their gameboards in order from lowest to highest. For longer playing time, add more blanks to be filled in. The game can also be played as a solitaire, "3 strikes and you're out." 
  • Squeeze Play-Using cards Ace – 9, each player draws three cards and makes two three-digit numbers with them. After players have made their numbers, three more cards are turned over to make a new three-digit number. The first card takes the hundreds place, the second takes the tens place and the third takes the ones place. Players score a point if the new number falls between the two numbers they have made. Making a large spread between their two numbers will help a player score more often. Players continue drawing cards, making new numbers and drawing three-digit numbers for comparison. The first player to reach twenty points is the winner. 
  • Draw 5 different shapes on a piece of paper. When 2 sides of a shape meet they form an angle. Go back to the shapes you drew and circle the angles. Write the number of angles in each shape. 
  • Fold paper to model halves, thirds, and fourths. Remember in order to make halves, thirds, or fourths the whole has to be divided into parts that are equal in size. Label each part with the appropriate fraction. For example, the paper folded into fourths should have ¼ written in each equal part.  
  • Cut out a variety of foods from a magazine, newspaper ads, or print from the internet. Plan a picnic and choose the foods to bring along. Using a ruler and scissors, cut portions of the food choices and glue them to a paper plate. Label each item with the fraction name. Explain the fraction picnic plate to a family member/guardian.  
  • Write a story about equal groups. For example: The pet store has 3 fishbowls in the window. There are 2 goldfish in each bowl. How many goldfish are there in all? Draw a picture to match the story. Tell a family member/guardian about your picture.  
  • Write a story about elapsed time. For example: Cari starts raking leaves at 11:00 A.M. She stops at 1:00 P.M. How long does Cari rake leaves? Create these stories about your daily life. Share your stories with a family member/guardian. 

Resources:

Click Sign up to create a free parent account and have your child begin or continue with 2nd Grade Measurement, Data, & Geometry.

XtraMath Click Sign up for a free account, it is important to focus on thinking strategies instead of speed when helping students develop fluency.

 

Social Studies

Recommended minutes per day: 20 minutes

Activities:

  • Listen to this read aloud of Roxaboxen.  Go outside and collect rocks, sticks, leaves, etc with permission of an adult.  Use your imagination to create a small-town.  Be sure to include things like homes, stores, roads, etc. 
  • Draw a picture of what it would be like to visit a beach or draw a picture of what it would look like to visit the mountains.  Write three things you would like to do while visiting. 
  • Write a poem about living in Omaha, Nebraska. 
  • Make a list of things you want to do before starting back to school. 
  • Read this book Let's Have a Picnic then go out and have a picnic with your some adult members of your household. 

 

Resources:

Epic eBook - Goods or Services?  This eBook is a nice introduction to what is categorized as a goods or a service.  Use classroom login information or create a free account. 

Epic eBook - Goods and Services around Town This eBook looks at all the goods and services you can find around town.  Use classroom login information or create a free account. 

Unite Books   This site provides a group of non-fiction books students can look for Goods and Services. 

Language Arts / Reading

Recommended minutes per day: 45 minutes

20 minutes Self-Selected Independent Reading

15 minutes Reading Activities (choose one below)

10 minutes Daily Journal Writing:  Create a daily writing journal. Write about anything you want. You can also journal about your daily learning:

o   What did you enjoy the most about your day?

o   Why did you enjoy this moment?

What did you learn?

Activities:

  • See if you can have someone share shaving cream with you. Get permission. Go to a flat surface like a table and spray the foam on the surface. Write letters, words, and sentences on your own or have someone dictate the letters, words and sentences to you. Enjoy the cleaning up and the great smell. 

  • Think of someone from your school that you have not seen for a long time. Write them a letter. Keep the letter in this year’s backpack. When you return to school you can deliver the letter in person. 

  • Ask if there are stick notes in the house. Take sticky notes and go around your bedroom labeling all the things that are in the room. Check with  an adult to make sure that your spelling is correct. We want our eyes to see what is right. Leave the sticky notes up for a while. Then every so often, look at the note, hide your eyes, spell the word out loud and then open your eyes and see how much you can learn through this strategy of labeling. 

  • Make something today, a drawing, a painting, a recipe, an art project, a bed, etc. Then tell someone a story that describes what you did. But when you describe what you did do not say the name of the activity, make them guess. Did you give strong clues? I hope so! 

  • Read to yourself or someone else in your home for 40 minutes today. 

Resources:

PBS Learning-Early Elementary Engaging and interactive online resources for students to use at home

Storyline Online Developed by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Storyline Online features accomplished actors and actresses reading some of their favorite children’s books

ReadWorks Create a free account to access authentic and engaging texts to read

Science

Recommended minutes per day: 20 minutes

Activities:

  • Draw a plant, label its essential parts and tell someone in your family what each part does. Record your sharing. 
  • Research facts about your favorite animal. Write five facts and include a detailed illustration of your animal in its habitat. 
  • Draw a diagram of a circuit that includes a wire, a battery, and a light bulb. 
  • Choose an animal from your ecosystem and create a food web showing the transfer of energy between organisms. 

Resources:

These websites provide interactive learning opportunities, virtual field trips, and videos for your students.

PBS Learning Science

Mystery Science

Exploratorium

 

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).

Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).