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Do you have a 1st grader looking to move up to 2nd grade? Wondering what he or she should know for this transition? Here is a comprehensive list of 40 skill your child should have and be able to do to move into 2nd grade. Are they missing a few? DON'T WORRY! Every school system is different, and summer vacation is the PERFECT time to work on them!
40 Things Your 1st Grader Needs to Know for 2nd Grade
- They should Work independently at their desk
- Sit in a chair for a longer time frame then Kindergarten
- Complete their homework and bring it back the following day
- Listen to extended sets of directions
- Read school work instructions from the board
- Understands some of the Solar System and how Earth and our life
- Relate to and repeat experiences in greater detail and in a logical way after listening
- Be able to see things from another person’s point of view; teach her empathy
- Problem-solve disagreements
- Understands the concept of habitats and distinguishes between different types of habitats
- Read aloud first-grade books with accuracy and understanding
- Crave affection from parents and teachers
- Understand and use correctly conjunctions and prepositions, such as but and beyond
- Distinguish left from right
- Be able to plan ahead
- Write and Spell untaught words phonetically
- Knows that objects can be described, classified and compared to their composition and properties (color, shape, etc.)
- Write complete sentences with correct capitalization and punctuation
- Tell time to the hour and half-hour using analog and digital clocks
- Quickly answer addition problems with sums up to 20
- Quickly solve subtraction problems with numbers 0 to 20
- Complete two-digit addition and subtraction problems without regrouping
- Recognizes and observes characteristics and behavior of living and non-living things
- Uses investigation to seek information
- Understands that history tells stories about real events and real people of other times and places
- Uses simple maps, globes and other means to identify and locate places of personal significance (Grandma lives in New York, our vacation will be in Arizona, etc.)
- Understands how and why rules are made
- Understands the basic functions of a bank
- Counts by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s
- Identifies whole, half, thirds and fourths
- Identifies, orders and writes numerals from 0 to 100
- Knows addition and subtraction facts to 50
- Adds and subtracts two-digit numbers to 99 without regrouping
- Identifies and draws basic shapes
- Recognizes and uses standard measuring tools, such as rulers, scales and thermometers
- Recognizes and adds money to $1.00
- Collects and records data using tallies, lists, charts and graphs
- Solve word problems and problems with one- and two-digit numbers up to 20.
- Understand the meaning of the “tens” and “ones” places in two-digit numbers and learn to compare two-digit numbers using > (more than) and < (less than).
- Measure objects and put them in order by length.
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