Second Grade Color Math Curriculum




The Second Grade Color Math Curriculum Second Edition uses a spiral approach. Concepts are introduced and reviewed throughout the year. This avoids the “learn it and forget it” structure of many curricula that segments concepts into units. Children grow and change throughout the year in their cognitive abilities. Concepts that may have been too abstract at one point in the year may suddenly “click” at another time of the year. Students don’t develop a resistance to math if encountering concepts they aren’t developmentally ready to understand because there is always something in the lesson they will understand. 

2nd Grade concepts include: addition and subtraction (up to four digits) with regrouping, adding up to four numbers, Roman Numerals, multiplication facts, division facts to 4, reading thermometers, measuring, counting money, place value to ten thousands, introduction to fractions, geometric reasoning, telling time to the nearest five minutes, odd and even numbers. The daily auditory exercises (using the Response Book) help build listening skills.

The Second Grade Color Math Curriculum Package includes:

  • Teacher’s Manual Set
  • Workbook
  • Response Book
  • Resource Pack

Manipulatives are not included, but a package with manipulatives is available.

The easy-to-use math lesson plans in the Second Grade Color Math Teacher’s Manual give daily assignments. Lesson objectives are clearly stated at the beginning of the lesson so you’ll know exactly what you’re teaching. The Materials section of the lesson plan states the materials and manipulative used in the lesson so you’ll be fully prepared to teach. Most lessons require very little advanced preparation. 

The teacher’s manual is published in two parts. Part 1 covers lessons 1 to 80. Part 2 covers lessons 81 to 160.

Teacher's Manual Sample

The McRuffy Press Second Grade Color Math Workbook gives students the opportunity to practice and demonstrate skills. Most pages contain two activities. Activities include place value, measuring, graphs, number writing, coin counting, skip counting, number lines, inequalities, reading thermometers, geometric puzzles, patterns, clock reading, addition, subtraction, and fractions of objects.

Workbook Sample

Beginning in the Second Grade Color Math Curriculum, students grow in mental math skills and listening skills using our unique Response Book. Students write responses to the teacher read auditory exercises. Students record answers with dry-erase markers on a clear plastic sheet. Answers are recorded against a background of boxes and then flipped to an answer page. Students can check their own answers. The format is non-consumable. The daily auditory exercises help build listening skills.

The Resource Pack contains an extensive collection of unbound materials. It includes additional activity sheets, unit tests, timed tests, games, laminated geoboards, posters, learning mats, number lines, and precut cards. The Resource Pack expands the opportunities to learn and support instruction. 


Our second grade math lessons use popular math manipulatives. An inexpensive kit has been packaged especially for the curriculum. The curriculum set can be purchased with or without the manipulative kits. Individual items in the kit are also available. If you are teaching children in multiple grade levels, a Color Math Super Kit is also available, so only one kit needs to be purchased. Grade level upgrade kits are also available to upgrade from first grade. The Second Grade kit is identical to the Third Grade kit.

Individual items in the kit are also available. If you are teaching children in multiple grade levels, a Color Math Super Kit is also available, so only one kit needs to be purchased. The Super Manipulative Kit only covers grade K to 4, but an upgrade kit can be added for a 5th-grade student. The 5th Upgrade contains an angle ruler, protractor, and compass. We also offer an upgrade from the First Grade Manipulative Kit to the 2-3 Grade Kit.

Super Kit, Upgrade Kits, and Grade Level Kits

Individual Manipulatives