Welcome to 2nd Grade!

Summer 2021

A Message from Your 2nd Grade Teachers!

Dear Parents,

We are so excited to meet our new Second Graders! We have so many wonderful activities planned for the school year! Summer is a perfect time for children to practice their reading skills. In fact, recreational reading is one of the best ways for children to maintain and enhance their reading skills over the summer months. We are asking your child to read independently, or paired reading or even be read to, ‘Mercy Watson to the Rescue’ by Kate DiCamillo during the summer. To correspond with your child’s reading, we have attached a writing assignment packet. We ask that your child return this assignment to his/her teacher the first week of school.


Additionally, we will be using the IXL Math Program to ensure students receive a small daily dose of math practice in order to retain math skills learned during the school year. We ask that your child spend at least 6 total hours on math skills. This skills practice does not need to be completed in any certain order, but we do suggest practice in all areas provided. While it is best to revisit all skills, if your child is easily mastering a skill, we have offered the option for him/her to practice Second Grade skills. Please take a look at the IXL MATH PROGRESS TRACKER for First Grade Skills and behind it you will find the Second Grade Skills Tracker. As your child completes a skill, please have them color in the corresponding box on the Progress Tracker. These sheets will be collected the first week of school.


We hope that you have a wonderful and safe summer, and look forward to seeing you in September!


Warm Regards,

The Second Grade Teachers

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Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary has bundled tuition which includes field trips, school pictures, yearbook, and most student school supplies. In addition, copy books, folders, rulers, and student planners will be distributed to students. Below is a list of supplemental supplies your child will need for 2nd Grade:



  • Colored Pencils - Crayola - 24 Ct
  • Crayons - Crayola - Twistables - Minis - 24 Ct
  • Dry Erase Markers - Expo - 4 Color Set - Fine
  • Eraser - Magic Rub - White - 1 Pk
  • Highlighter - Pen Style - Chisel - 3 pack, Yellow, Blue and Pink
  • Markers - Crayola - Classic - 10 Ct - Thick
  • No. 2 Pencils - Sharpened - 12 Pk
  • Pencil Sharpener - Canister - 2 Hole
  • Package of Clorox Disinfectant Wipes
  • Clear contact paper for covering books
  • 1 pair of earbuds/headphones with 3.5mm (not bluetooth or Apple lightning)
  • 1 container of Clorox wipes
  • 1 reusable water bottle
  • Individual or pocket-sized hand sanitizer
  • Individual tissue packets

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Log into IXL to practice your math facts!

Color this sheet to track your IXL progress!

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Click below for the summer reading assignment!

Explore additional titles from:


The Best of the Best PA School Librarians Association

Kindergarten-3rd Grade


Author/Title/Grade Level

Barnett, Mac How this Book Was Made: Based on a True Story; K-4

Beck, H.W. Glow: Animals with their Own Night-Lights; 1-3

Brown, Lisa The Airport Book; K-3

Carbon, Elisa Diana’s White House Garden; 1-3

Chabbert, Ingrid & Guridi The Day I Became a Bird; 1+

Drummond, Alan Green City; K-3

Macy, Sue Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber; 1-4

Pak, Kenard Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn; K-3

Rex, Adam School’s First Day of School; K-3

Schwartz, Corey Rosen and Rebecca J. Gomez Hansel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks; K-3

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro I Used to Be Afraid; PreK-1

Verde, Susan and Peter H. Reynolds The Water Princess; K-3

Wenzel, Brendan They All Saw a Cat K-3



Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards Program

Kindergarten-3rd Grade


Author/Title

Corey, Shagins, Ryan T. Mother Bruce

Kennedy, Anne Vittur Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook

Kleber, Dori More-igami

Macy, Sue Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story Of Sportswriter Mary Garber

McCloskey, Kevin We Dig Worms!

Miller, Pat The Hole Story of a Doughnut

O’Neal, Shaquille Little Shaq

Rockliff, Maria Anything but Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Hermann, Queen of Magic

Schnell, Lisa Kahn High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs

Torrey, Richard My Dog, Bob

Urban, Linda Weekends with Max and His Dad



Caldecott Medal Winners


Author/Title

Steptoe, Javaka Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Mattick, Lindsay Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

Santat, Dan The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

Floca, Brian Locomotive

Klassen, Jon This Is Not My Hat

Raschka, Chris A Ball for Daisy

Stead, Philip C. A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Pinkney, Jerry The Lion & the Mouse

Swanson, Susan Marie The House in the Night

Wiesner, David Flotsam



Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Winners

Kindergarten-3rd Grade


Author/Title

Dutcher, Jim & Jamie Dutcher A Friend for Lakota: The Incredible True Story of a Wolf Who Braved Bullying

Bloom, C.P. The Monkey Goes Bananas

Rubin, Adam Dragons Love Tacos

Reynolds, Aaron Creepy Carrots

Scillian, Devin Memoirs of a Goldfish

Barton, Chris Shark vs Train

Watt, Melanie Chester

Watt, Melanie Scaredy Squirrel

Levine, Ellen Henry’s Freedom Box

Stevens, Janet & Susan Stevens Crummel The Great Fuzz Frenzy

Gottfried, Maya Good Dog

McCarthy, Meghan Aliens Are Coming

Schachner, Judy Skippyjon Jones

Buehner, Caralyn Super Dog: the Heart of a Hero

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