Second Grade

Wayland Union Schools

Language Arts

Wayland Union Schools utilizes the Reader's and Writer's Workshop model for Language Arts Instruction. Our district utilizes the Lucy Calkins Units of Study for Reading and Writing as the basis of our Language Arts program but supplement based on the needs of students, which vary from year to year. Students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade also complete the Saxon Phonics program in order to establish a firm foundation in phonics skills.

Essential Standards for Second Grade Language Arts:

  • Ask and answer questions such as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate an understanding of key details in a text.
  • Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
  • With guidance from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
  • Use knowledge of language when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
  • Know and use various text features to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
  • Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills for decoding words.

In accordance with Michigan's new Third Grade Reading Law, all students must be within one grade level of reading proficiency at the end of their Third Grade year. To read about how you can help your child reach reading proficiency, please check out our Read At Home Plan.


Wayland Union Schools utilizes Everyday Mathematics as the core resource for addressing our math curriculum.

Essential Standards for Second Grade Math:

  • Read and write numbers to 1,000.
  • Skip count by 2s, 5s, 10s, and 100s.
  • Compare numbers as greater than, less than, or equal to other numbers.
  • Add and subtract numbers within 100 with or without regrouping.
  • Identify place value for ones, tens, and hundreds.
  • Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.
  • Can identify each of the coin names and their values. Also, count coin amount up to $1.00

Parents looking to help their child with math at home might find the following resources useful.

Everyday Math At Home - 2nd Grade

Reflex Math


Wayland Union Schools utilizes Mystery Science as the core resource for addressing the Michigan Science standards. Currently, students in Second grade will learn about the following topics during the school year:

  • Animal Biodiversity
  • Plant Adaptations
  • Erosion and Earth's Surface
  • Properties and Phases of Matter

Mystery Science

Social Studies

The second grade social studies curriculum addresses concepts in geography, history, government, and economics through the lens of the local community. Students examine what is a community, how citizens live and work together in community, how communities change over time, and the role of citizens in a community. Using historical thinking, students create timelines of key events from their community’s past, explore changes over time, and investigate how descriptions of common events can differ. Students draw upon prior knowledge of spatial awareness, physical and human systems, and human-environment interaction from earlier grades to create more complex understandings and apply these concepts to the local community. They begin to understand how people, goods, and services move within the community. By exploring the role of local businesses in the community, students consider what happens when people cannot produce everything they want and how they depend on trade to meet those wants. Students are also introduced to local government and its functions. Through an examination of local public issues, students practice public discourse and decision making around community issues.

Source: MAISA Social Studies 2nd Grade Course Description

Exploratory Classes

Elementary students at Wayland Union Schools attend classes in Music, Physical Education, Media, and Art on a weekly basis.

Helping your Child at Home

Wayland Union Schools offers access to several different programs that can keep students learning at home. Please read below to learn about the various programs. Usage may vary from grade to grade so please be sure to look at the target audience and work with your child's teacher to maximize the benefit of each program.

Please contact your child's teacher or the Technology Helpdesk ( for usernames and passwords for the various websites.

To learn about the different programs that students may utilize at home, click here.

General Information

The elementary curriculum at Wayland Union Schools is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Math and Language Arts and Michigan Standards for Science and Social Studies. Though essential standards and general topics of study have been identified for each content area, students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in all or most grade level standards in order to be promoted to the next grade level.