Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3421 Science / Social Studies In science, second graders learn about the Earth and its natural resources. They study nature and begin to identify and predict pat- terns. They also study the life cycles of plants and animals. In social studies, children continue to learn about communities and regions. Social and Emotional Growth In second grade, the pressures of the peer group begin to take hold. Children at this age develop “best” friendships, and they typically value their peers’ opinions as much as those of their parents. Second graders enjoy being considered part of a group, and they dislike being singled out. They may be embarrassed by any praise or criticism that calls attention to them, especially in front of their friends. To give your child a sense of accomplishment, give your child age-appropriate chores to do, such as setting the table, taking out the trash, or caring for a pet. This is also a good way to teach your child responsibility. Since children this age are more likely to worry and to show a lack of confidence in their abilities, your second grader may need extra encouragement and reassurance from you.