Second Grade

2nd Grade

Locate the task cards for 2nd Grade by category.

Under each category is a link to the task card and its description of the activity. Cards may be in multiple categories to assist you in locating an activity to use with your students. 

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Math

These task cards focus on math activities. 



CoinbubbleCoin Bubble: A Game’s Worth of Practice 
In this online game, Coin Bubble by Greg Tang Math, students make a given monetary figure using a ten frame of coins. Students work with higher value denominations as the game progresses. In addition, students can use exchanges to get to their figure faster. 



numbersComposing and Decomposing Numbers
The Starfall Compose & Decompose numbers game is a great option for practicing adding, place value for ones and tens, and number identification in a steady, consistent format. 



Freckle
Freckle is a FREE website that provides online learning in math, science, social studies and English language arts. Students take a pretest and then their individualized learning plan begins.



Geometry -  Plane Figures/Polygons
Students will learn about plane shapes and characteristics of polygons by viewing and singing the PolygonSong and the Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns. Students will create and identify polygons by comparing and contrasting sides of plane shapes. 



How Many of My Friends?
Students will design a survey to explore their classmates' feelings and experiences with bullying. Once the class has participated in the survey, they will analyze the data, discussing implications and how they can improve/build the classroom community.



I know it MathI Know it Math
I Know It is an engaging, interactive math website for elementary students. Teachers create their own classroom and assign questions to either individual students or the whole class. Teachers can also provide hints to the questions if they want. The student is also provided with feedback if they get a question incorrect.



math pickleIn a Pickle With Math
Math Pickle is a resource filled with math puzzles and games to engage students in problem-solving. Puzzles are organized by grade level and subject.
 



Look Closer! It's Geometry in Action
It starts with the snapping of pictures in everyday objects within the classroom and beyond! Then, with an even closer look, students use Skitch an iOS app to enhance their photos to identify geometric vocabulary terms found in our daily lives. 



multiplication tablesMultiplication Fun
By the end of second grade, second graders should know their multiplication facts. Students need to practice and practice until they have them memorized. There are multiple ways to help them learn their facts. Learn about several digital and hands-on ways to teach them their times tables. 
 



Number Line Math
Number Line by the Math Learning Center is a useful tool for students to provide strategies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This extension also allows for creating number lines with fractions and negative numbers.



kids writing math on boardOperations and Algebraic Thinking
Math Playground provides grade-level appropriate activities for math operations and algebraic thinking with a variety of activities to engage students and strengthen their skills. It can be used in grades one-six. 



Second Grade Base 10 Counting and SeeSaw
In this activity, students will show their understanding of making numbers using base 10 blocks. The Number Pieces App allows students to manipulate base 10 blocks electronically to show their understanding of counting concepts.



Visnos Virtual Math Manipulatives
Visnos is an interactive math website that provides many different math tools to allow teachers to show math visually and allow students to explore with the tools.



Girl in front of ComputerZearning With Math
Zearn is a math website that is directly connected to the Common Core Standards.

Reading, Writing and Research

These task cards focus on letter and word recognition, reading activities and writing improvement and research projects. 



ABC Animal Find
This Internet fact-finding activity is as easy A-B-C!  Students will get an introduction to safe search engines, including MeL, (Michigan eLibrary), to find ways to do a basic online search safely for information by simply using the letters of the alphabet. 



Sight Word BingoABCYA Sight Word Bingo
Sight Word Bingo is a great option for practicing sight words in a steady, consistent format. This game is a great independent center practice, whole group, or small group option. At the end of each game, the students are provided with a percentage score correct. This can also be used as a data tracking tool if scores and answers are monitored and collected. This game also provides built-in differentiation through sight word levels pre-primer to third grade.



Book Creator Global Collaborator
Book Creator is a simple and free online app that even very young students may use to make interactive multimedia-rich eBooks. Students access the site via a code provided by the teacher and the publication is limited to only those that the teacher chooses to share the book with. Alternatively, it may be downloaded as a PDF. 



book cartoonCharacter Scrapbook
Students create a Character Scrapbook on a character from a  fiction or nonfiction book. It can be used by students individually or as a whole class.



1+1+1CVVC Thin Slides With Nearpod
Students will work to collaboratively build a “slideshow” of CVVC words in Nearpod.
 



Create Your Story
Mystorybook.com is a user-friendly website that allows students to create their own stories. Tools are provided to help design and create stories.



Creative Writing Collaboration
Storybird is an online community that provides original artwork to inspire students. The artwork sparks their imagination and supports story creation. Collaboration can take place when students invite others to work on their story with them.



Book with boys and heartDigital Story Writing
Students have fun creating, sharing and reading their own digital storybook created on StoryJumper.
 



girl reading book at deskExtra Reading for Improvement
Extra Reading provides 35 FREE reading passages that can be downloaded. Each one focuses on a specific skill or strategy. Students are involved in reading, writing, and some game playing. Quizzes are provided.



boy with glasses reading bookFinding the Main Idea
Sometimes finding the main idea of a story can be a challenge. Once the student understands the main idea, they begin to read for understanding. Room Recess provides an activity for students to be actively engaged in reading and finding the main idea.



Freckle
Freckle is a FREE website that provides online learning in math, science, social studies and English language arts. Students take a pretest and then their individualized learning plan begins.



Get Epic!
Epic! is a free online library for educators. Students are able to select from a vast selection of books, audiobooks, and videos.



Guess My Animal
Students will complete research about an animal of their choice using the San Diego Kids Zoo website. The students will create a slideshow presentation to share with the class teaching about their animal. 



Investigate It!
Students should begin doing simple research projects to locate facts on a topic selected by the teacher. Students will learn how to use the Internet to find facts about their topic. 



Kid Publishers
The students will use AbcYa! Story Maker to create a published writing piece along with a digital artifact that demonstrates learning of a concept.



LaliloLiteracy With Lalilo
Lalilo is a free online adaptive literacy tool for kindergarten, first and second-grade teachers and students.  Students work on phonics, word recognition, and comprehension while collecting badges and unlocking stories. Student Data is collected for teachers.



Magic Tree houseMagic Tree House
Magic Tree House is a website that provides interactive games for students that connect to the Magic Tree House books. There is an easy level and a hard level. All activities are connected to the Magic Tree House books.



sweet 16 tournamentMarch Madness Sweet 16 Tournament of Books
March is not only Reading Month, but it is also time for March Madness NCAA College Basketball Tournament. The students will review the top 16 books that have circulated throughout your library during the school year, and the students choose the book of the year. You will use the same format as the Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament.



Planning Your Story
Students learn the skill of outlining and brainstorming the beginning, the middle and the end of their stories. 



VooksRead Books With Vooks
Vooks is a streaming service that brings children's storybooks to life with animated illustrations and narrated story. Vooks provides kid-friendly, ad-free screen time, with zero risk of young ones stumbling onto inappropriate content. YOUR FIRST YEAR IS FREE. 



Research and Apply
Students will generate questions regarding a given topic and then research that topic using a kid-friendly search engine. Students will utilize information obtained during their search, in order to create a shared presentation.



Second Grade Reading Fluency and SeeSaw
In this activity, students will read a piece that is uploaded to SeeSaw by the teacher. The teacher may want to have students use the piece again in the year to measure growth.



sight words bookSight Words Book
Students will practice their sight words for reading fluency and then create their own book of sight words. 



Tell All About It
In this lesson, students will be presented with a real problem to solve. They will read a text and design a new book cover to show their comprehension and thoughts about the text.  



Writing Non-Fiction For an Audience
In this activity, students write an informational piece of writing and read it to their audience on SeeSaw.

Science

These task cards focus on science topics in the classroom.


 

Freckle
Freckle is a FREE website that provides online learning in math, science, social studies, and English language arts. Students take a pretest and then their individualized learning plan begins.



Marble Run
Creating a marble run is fun for all ages. For those who are younger, they are learning the basics of engineering design. As students get older and learn more about physics, the designs will get more elaborate. 
 



My First Gardenvegetables
My First Garden makes learning about gardens, flowers, vegetables and the principles of horticulture a fun learning experience.



kids and animalsScience Kids Animals
Students will explore the amazing world of animals with free games, projects, interesting quizzes, fun facts, amazing videos and more!



plantScience Kids - Plants
Science Kids has free fun science experiments, online games, facts, lesson plans, quizzes, free activities, ideas, photos, videos & science fair projects.

Social Studies

These task cards focus on social science topics, geography, mapping and historical events.



Create Your Own Map
Students learn about their home state by creating it using Mr. Nussbaum’s Map Builder 2. This site is great for creating just about any land map imaginable!



Freckle
Freckle is a FREE website that provides online learning in math, science, social studies and English language arts. Students take a pretest and then their individualized learning plan begins.



Google EarthSeeing the World With Google
Using Google Earth, the students will create a tour of a particular region, country, or feature (urban v. rural, communities). 



United StatesState Research using Chatterpix
This project is modeled after a book called The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller. After reading the book students will create their own state and make it come to life. Students will research a state of their choice. They will collect basic facts about their state including what region it is a part of. Then they will evaluate their facts to decide which should be shared.  They will use an app called ChatterPix to share their work.

Basics

These task cards cover the basic skills a second grader should know from mousing to keyboarding to learning how to treat technology devices. 



Basic Browser Skills
Students will learn the names and functions of the parts of a basic browser window, the nomenclature, and actions.
 



       Basic Troubleshooting
       Students learn basic troubleshooting steps. 

 



devicesCare For Your Device
It is very important early on that students learn how to care for their device whether it be their mobile device, their laptop, or a desktop.



Dance Mat TypingDance Mat Typing
Dance Mat Typing teaches kids to touch-type using the home-row method. This is a free online game that is a great introduction to keyboarding with high engagement.



Earth Day Fun With Michael Recycle
Students have some Earth Day fun with Michael Recycle learning about recycling and sorting while reviewing important Internet browser components and keyboard keys. 



Parts of a computerIntro to a Computer
Students will learn about input and output devices. 

 



Shortcuts
Students enjoy being proficient in using technology shortcuts and teaching the skill to others. Some shortcuts are fairly common across all devices and applications and others are specific to a device. Being familiar with shortcuts helps students transfer the skill to other applications and devices.



Text to Speech
There are FREE amazing tools that will read text to you. These tools help students to listen to what they have written, listen to another person's work, and some will even allow you to transfer the audio to an mp3 player.

 

Classroom Tools

These task cards cover apps and programs that can be used across multiple age levels and curriculums. They are primarily how-to task cards on how to use the application in the classroom. 



Can your Hear Me Now - Introduction to SeeSaw
Students will use Seesaw's built-in audio recording, drawing and caption tools to reflect on what they've learned or explained how they got their answer.



        Classroom Screen Tools
        ClassroomScreen is a free digital tool that displays a variety of     
        widgets to help students focus. 
 



bloomzCommunicate With Bloomz
Bloomz is a communication platform that helps students succeed in the classroom and at home. It is a great tool to use to stay connected in the school community and send real-time messages to a class or person. Parents and students can view a calendar, view behavior, sign up for conferences or volunteer work, and view photos from both the website or an app. Students will enjoy seeing the petals bloom as they watch behavior points blossom into a flower.



klassroomCommunicating With Parents Using Klassroom
Klassroom is an app that teachers and parents can download to their phones to easily communicate and engage with each other. Teachers can post assignments, add events, schedule conferences, and upload pictures. This is very similar to Facebook.



class dojoConnect With Class Dojo
ClassDojo connects teachers with students and parents to build amazing classroom communities by creating a positive culture. Teachers can encourage students for any skill or value — whether it is working hard, being kind, helping others, or something else.



world mapConnecting With Other Classrooms
Using the website, www.empatico.org to facilitate, students in the classroom will connect with another classroom in a different part of the country or world.



Wordwall activitiesCreate Custom Activities With Wordwall
Wordwall is a free resource for teachers to create interactive and printable activities. These can be played on any web-enabled device. Students can play individually or with each other.  



cartoon teacherDigital Learning for Kids
e-Learning for Kids is an educational website for kids grades K-5. Lessons are organized by grade level as well as skill topics. Students can easily sort the lessons and then select the lesson they want to work on. They are guided through the lesson with a cartoon video-audio and prompts. 



Easy Video - Don't Flip Out
Need your students to have a voice? Let them record their authentic learning digitally and share with others. Social interactions and learning are amplified when using Flipgrid. 
 



fun4thebrainFun 4 the Brain
Fun4thebrain is a website for students PreK-5 that has many different activities in all content areas for students.



Freckle
Freckle is a FREE website that provides online learning in math, science, social studies, and English language arts. Students take a pretest and then their individualized learning plan begins.



Get Epic!
Epic! is a free online library for educators. Students are able to select from a vast selection of books, audiobooks, and videos.



Hooray! Go Formative!
Go Formative! is a web-based tool that allows teachers to formatively assess students on the fly, or at the beginning and end of a lesson. Teachers create the assessment, and students complete the assessment online. 



I Flip for Flipgrid
Flipgrid is a fantastic FREE tool where students can create a video presence to support collaboration and their learning.
 



Make Your Ideas Pop!
Popplet is a web-based and app-based tool that allows students to mind map their ideas with user-friendly functions. Students can create brainstorming webs easily and collaboratively. Students learn about United States symbols. 



Mystery Doug
Mystery Doug is a FREE weekly video series where students ask questions. The videos are short, approximately five minutes long. 



kids writing math on boardOperations and Algebraic Thinking
Math Playground provides grade-level appropriate activities for math operations and algebraic thinking with a variety of activities to engage students and strengthen their skills. It can be used in grades one-six. 



bunceePresenting With Buncee
Buncee is a presentation tool that allows students to create content that is unique to them and their learning experiences. Buncee offers free public domain images, the ability to embed videos, and upload content, as well as interactive materials, colorful backgrounds, and fun templates. Note: A free Buncee account allows up to five Buncees. 



remindRemind - A Communication Tool
Remind is a communication platform that helps students succeed in the classroom and at home. It’s a great tool to use to stay connected in the school community and send real-time messages to a class or person.  



Google EarthSeeing the World With Google
Create a tour of a particular region, country, or feature (urban v. rural, communities) using the Google Earth 



cartoonSmarty Games
Smarty Games is a fun interactive website that helps to develop creativity, visualization, problem-solving skills, math skills and the curiosity for knowledge. It is very easy to understand.  It can help students be more successful with their elementary school curriculum. It is kid-friendly, safe and FREE!



Storybots
StoryBots Classroom is a resource for educators that includes unlimited access to hundreds of videos, books, games, and activities for use on interactive whiteboards, tablets, and laptops in the classroom.



Sumo Paint
Sumo Paint is a free online paint program and image editor similar to Photoshop. Flash is required for this site and ads are present.



symbalooSymbaloo For Educators
SymbalooEDU is a bookmarking website that helps teachers and students organize their favorite websites. This is a resource management tool that can be used to organize lesson plans, add links, web pages, or any other content that would be helpful for your students. You can organize the tiles by subject, grade, or however you want. 



testmozTestmoz - Auto-graded Tests and Quizzes
Testmoz is a web tool that allows teachers to create auto-graded tests and quizzes. You can choose four types of questions - multiple-choice, true/false, multiple response, and fill in the blank. Without an account, you are allowed 50 questions for each test.



Text to Speech
There are FREE amazing tools that will read the text to you. These tools help students to listen to what they have written, listen to another person's work, and some will even allow you to transfer the audio to an mp3 player. 

Coding and Computational Skills

Students will learn more about coding and maker resources. There are activities to better understand computational thinking and how it can be applied when working on projects. 



Abstraction
In this task card, the focus will be on abstraction one of the four stages of computational thinking. The students will learn how programmers hide all but the relevant data about an object in order to reduce complexity and increase efficiency.



Algorithm
Students learn about algorithms one of the four stages of computational thinking. Students learn how to write a detailed step-by-step instruction set or formula for solving a problem or completing a task.



numbersComposing and Decomposing Numbers
The Starfall Compose & Decompose numbers game is a great option for practicing adding, place value for ones and tens, and number identification in a steady, consistent format. 



Dashing Through the Code
Students will use knowledge of coding to code through various holiday programs from Code.org and Google. 



 Decomposition
 Decomposition is the first stage of computational thinking. Students will learn how to break down a problem into small chunks. 


 



robotGamify Robots
Learn how to use your Robots (e.g., Code and Go Mice, Dash, and Spheros) by gaming. Gaming creates a high-interest, team-building, and problem-solving approach to using the robots, and the games are easily adapted to most robots and many levels.



How Many of My Friends?
Students will design a survey to explore their classmates' feelings and experiences with bullying. Once the class has participated in the survey, they will analyze the data, discussing implications and how they can improve/build the classroom community.



math pickleIn a Pickle With Math
Math Pickle is a resource filled with math puzzles and games to engage students in problem-solving. Puzzles are organized by grade level and subject.
 



Keva Planks
Children love to build! The Keva Planks have become very popular to use in classrooms. KEVA planks are about 1/4 inch thick, 3/4 inch wide and 4 1/2 inches long.



chessLet's Learn to Play Chess
ChessKids is a website that teaches children how to play the game of Chess. It walks them through the game, has tutorials, puzzles and involves the child. It helps to keep them motivated as they are learning the game and improving their skills. It also helps with critical thinking skills.



LightbotLightbot Coding
Coding or programming is the way that we as programmers, can tell a computer what to do using instructions that the computer will understand. The instruction for coding can be either in words or icons. Lightbot is a programming puzzle game.



Ozobot Snowman
Students will use previous knowledge of Ozobots and coding to color code a path in a maze to create a snowman.
 



Ozobot MazeOzo Shapes
Students will use previous knowledge of Ozobots and coding to color program their Ozobot to run correctly through the maze.



Pattern Recognition
Being able to recognize patterns is one of the fundamental steps in computational thinking. Patterns can help with efficiency, solve a problem, and allow for operations to be repeated so time is saved. In this task card, the students will learn how to look for patterns. 



Unplugged: What is Computational Thinking?question marks
Computational Thinking and coding go hand-in-hand. But what does it mean to think computationally, and how do we introduce this type of thinking to students? In this unplugged activity, students experience what it’s like to be a programmer while they code another student to complete a drawing.  

Collaboration and Communication

These task cards are activities to assist the student to creatively communicate and present in different ways. 



Book Creator Global Collaborator
Book Creator is a simple and free online app that even very young students may use to make interactive multimedia-rich eBooks. Students access the site via a code provided by the teacher and the publication is limited to only those that the teacher chooses to share the book with. Alternatively, it may be downloaded as a PDF. 



bloomzCommunicate With Bloomz
Bloomz is a communication platform that helps students succeed in the classroom and at home. It is a great tool to use to stay connected in the school community and send real-time messages to a class or person. Parents and students can view a calendar, view behavior, sign up for conferences or volunteer work, and view photos from both the website or an app. Students will enjoy seeing the petals bloom as they watch behavior points blossom into a flower.



klassroomCommunicating With Parents Using Klassroom
Klassroom is an app that teachers and parents can download to their phones to easily communicate and engage with each other. Teachers can post assignments, add events, schedule conferences, and upload pictures. This is very similar to Facebook.



Community Connections
In this activity, second-grade students will connect virtually with one or more community members such as police chief, city manager, librarian, or mayor in order to discuss their roles and responsibilities. Students will keep track of what they learn in order to create a poster describing the person and everything he/she does to help the community.



class dojoConnect With Class Dojo
ClassDojo connects teachers with students and parents to build amazing classroom communities by creating a positive culture. Teachers can encourage students for any skill or value — whether it is working hard, being kind, helping others, or something else.



Creative Writing Collaboration
Storybird is an online community that provides original artwork to inspire students. The artwork sparks their imagination and supports story creation. Collaboration can take place when students invite others to work on their stories with them.



Guess My Animal
Students will complete research about an animal of their choice using the San Diego Kids Zoo website. The students will create a slideshow presentation to share with the class teaching about their animal. 



How Full is Your Bucket?
Students can brainstorm ideas to help others in the community and address and potentially solve some of the issues. The teacher will use mind mapping tools with the students to capture thoughts and ideas. 



Kid Publishers
The students will use AbcYa! Story Maker to create a published writing piece along with a digital artifact that demonstrates learning of a concept.



Presenting the Presentation
Students will design an effective presentation on which to share key information regarding a given topic or subject. Care will be taken to ensure that the presentation is visually appealing and contains a variety of images, graphics, and text. 



Publish a Story With Google Slides
Students will use Google Slides to publish a writing piece by typing their story, adding images to their slides, and creating links for readers to navigate their published book.



Puppet Show Creations
Sock Puppets is an iPad app that allows students to make their own puppet shows in seconds. Students can add puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds while incorporating their own voices to their show.



See What I learned
Students will demonstrate learning by designing a slide using a collaborative presentation tool, such as Google Slides.

 



United StatesState Research using Chatterpix
This project is modeled after a book called The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller. After reading the book students will create their own state and make it come to life. Students will research a state of their choice. They will collect basic facts about their state including what region it is a part of. Then they will evaluate their facts to decide which should be shared.  They will use an app called ChatterPix to share their work.



You Are Your Words
It is important for all students to express themselves in a positive way. This activity has the students creating a Word Cloud with words about themselves.

Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a process that teachers use to take a structured approach to generate and develop ideas. The task cards in this area help teach the design process. 


hermit crabIs This a House for a Hermit Crab
Students will use design thinking to build a house for  a hermit crab or another animal.



Tell me Why Design Thinking
In this activity students will be challenged to engage in design thinking as they use logic and their imagination to solve unique problems. Students will be tasked with creating an object specifically designed for a given character.

Digital Arts

These task cards teach students about art, photography, videography, music, etc. 



snowmanAutodraw
Autodraw is a new Artificial Intelligence program from Google Labs
Students will love the ability to doodle and then pick the shape the program thought they were drawing. 



Puppet Show Creations
Sock Puppets is an iPad app that allows students to make their own puppet shows in seconds. Students can add puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds while incorporating their own voices to their show.



komaStop Motion With Koma Koma
Koma Koma is a great application for an iPad or tablet. It is a quick and easy way for beginners to create stop motion videos.

 



Sumo Paint
Sumo Paint is a free online paint program and image editor similar to Photoshop. Flash is required for this site and ads are present.
 

Digital Citizen and Internet Safety

These task cards have activities to teach students about how to be a good citizen, stay safe on the Internet and prevent bullying. 



Be Polite
In this lesson, students will watch a video about polite Internet behavior (netiquette). They will engage in a class discussion about proper online behavior.



Bullying No Way
It is so important that students learn about bullying at an early age. They need to learn what bullying is and how to respond to it. 



Stay Safe on the Internet
Students need to learn how to recognize inappropriate materials, not talk to strangers and let a grown-up know if they encounter anything that appears to be wrong. 

MITECS Competencies & ISTE Standards

MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students): Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

 

MITECS

To learn more about MITECS, visit the State of Michigan's TechPlan website for definitions and support documents to assist you in the classroom. 

Search for task cards by MITECS/ISTE Standards