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. 



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 classroom community.



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. 



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.



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. 



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. 



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.



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.



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



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.



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. 
 

 

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.

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.



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. 
 



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. 



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. 



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.



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.



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. 


 



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 classroom community.



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.



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. 

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. 



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.



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.



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.

 



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. 



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.



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