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Reading: Nonfiction Book Clubs
This unit is divided
into three bends or sections. In bend one the students will understand
nonfiction text by monitoring for meaning and learning what the author is trying
to teach. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the text
through discussion in nonfiction reading clubs. In bend two the students will
grow big ideas about the topics they are reading and discuss these ideas in
clubs. Finally, in bend three students will compare and contrast
information about their topics and continue growing big ideas
Writing: Realistic Fiction
This unit is divided into three bends or three sections. The first bend introduces students to generating short story ideas by thinking about a character and of small moment stories for that character. Students use what they know about narrative writing to write as many short stories as possible. In bend two, students revise their stories for greater meaning and tension in a way that stretches out the “heart” of their story. In the final bend, they repeat the process and focus on making their stories even better by using the narrative checklist.
Unit 5 - Addition and Subtraction
In this unit children review addition and subtraction problems in the context of money and number stories. They learn strategies for mentally adding and subtracting 10 and 100. You will see the different diagrams such as Part-Part-Total and Start-Change-End to help them solve the number stories. Students are expected to use the question mark in the number model, and the diagram to show their thinking while solving the problem. In addition, they must use an open number line.
Social Studies: Unit 4 – All About Work
In this unit, we will be learning all about work. The students will learn about various types of jobs, including those carried out by community workers, volunteers, and at-home workers. They will learn the difference between needs and wants, and how to meet them. We will also explore the benefits of trading goods internationally.
Science – Balance and Motion
We live in a dynamic world where everything is in motion, or so it seems. In this unit the students will investigate that not everything is moving the same way. Some things move from one place to another. Other things rotate around and around. Still other things are stationary, stable for a time, balanced on a thin line between stop and go. Other objects move back and forth or vibrate. The students will create and use representational models to demonstrate stable balanced systems. They will construct and evaluate toys that demonstrate spinning, and explain how they operate. The students will also design runways to control or change the motion of marbles. Throughout the unit the students will communicate observations and compare stability and motion, using precise vocabulary.
Health: Second Step – Unit 2
By second grade, students have gained a sense of independence and self-awareness and are ready to start solving problems on their own. The research based Second Step program helps them acquire skills that can lead to gains in confidence and school success. The second unit focuses on empathy. Students will participate in activities to help them identify feelings, be more confident, respect different preferences, show compassion and predict feelings. Our second graders will also participate in Superflex lessons and class meetings.