Typical Communication Development: Second Grade

  • Your Child's Communication: Second Grade

    By the end of second grade your child should be able to do the following:


    §  Follow 3-4 oral directions in a sequence

    §  Understand direction words (e.g., location, space, and time words)

    §  Correctly answer questions about a grade-level story


    §  Be easily understood

    §  Answer more complex "yes/no" questions

    §  Ask and answer "wh" questions (e.g., who, what, where, when, why)

    §  Use increasingly complex sentence structures

    §  Clarify and explain words and ideas

    §  Give directions with 3-4 steps

    §  Use oral language to inform, to persuade, and to entertain

    §  Stay on topic, take turns, and use appropriate eye contact during conversation

    §  Open and close conversation appropriately


    §  Have fully mastered phonics/sound awareness

    §  Associate speech sounds, syllables, words, and phrases with their written forms

    §  Recognize many words by sight

    §  Use meaning clues when reading (e.g., pictures, titles/headings, information in the story)

    §  Reread and self-correct when necessary

    §  Locate information to answer questions

    §  Explain key elements of a story (e.g., main idea, main characters, plot)

    §  Use own experience to predict and justify what will happen in grade-level stories

    §  Read, paraphrase/retell a story in a sequence

    §  Read grade-level stories, poetry, or dramatic text silently and aloud with fluency

    §  Read spontaneously

    §  Identify and use spelling patterns in words when reading


    §  Write legibly

    §  Use a variety of sentence types in writing essays, poetry, or short stories (fiction and nonfiction)

    §  Use basic punctuation and capitalization appropriately

    §  Organize writing to include beginning, middle, and end

    §  Spell frequently used words correctly

    §  Progress from inventive spelling (e.g., spelling by sound) to more accurate spelling