Grade 2 students learn to name and describe the defining attributes of categories of two-dimensional shapes, including circles, triangles, squares, rectangles, rhombuses, trapezoids, and the general category of quadrilateral. They describe pentagons, hexagons, octagons, and other polygons by the number of sides. Because they have developed both verbal descriptions of these shapes and their defining attributes and a rich store of associated mental images, they are able to draw shapes with specified attributes, such as a shape with five sides or a shape with six angles.

Students in Grade 2 also explore decompositions of shapes into regions that are congruent or have equal area. For example, two squares can be partitioned into fourths in different ways. Any of these fourths represents an equal share of the shape (e.g., “the same amount of cake”) even though they have different shapes.

Calculation Method for Domains

Domains are larger groups of related standards. The Domain Grade is a calculation of all the related standards. Click on the standard name below each Domain to access the learning targets and rubrics/ proficiency scales for individual standards within the domain.