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Reading: Reading and Role Playing: Fairy Tales, Fables and Folk Tales
The unit begins by inviting students to become actors and directors. Students’ fluency skills will continue to grow as they read and reread aloud. As they reenact, students will read closely, asking questions to infer characters’ roles and how they play into a story’s bigger meaning. Moving into bend two, children will consider some predictable roles characters fall into and will think of times when characters are more complicated. The final bend will focus on the lessons stories can offer. Children will use their best critical thinking skills to determine not only some messages that readers can take away from each story, but also whether these lessons are ones with which they themselves agree.
Writing: Writing Adaptations of Familiar Fairy Tales
Students will study well-known fairy tales during Reader’s Workshop that will carry over into this writing unit. Students will create fractured fairy tales by changing the characters, setting, problem, and solution.
Unit 9 – Equal Shares Numbers and Operations
In this unit children partition shapes into equal shares and apply these ideas to further explore length measurement. They also learn to use a subtraction strategy based on place value and continue working with equal groups. Children will express numbers in words and expanded notation, and compare three digit numbers. This is the last unit of the program.
Social Studies: Unit 5 – Our Government
In this unit the students will learn
about the leaders
in our community, state, and country and how they help to run our governments. They
will also learn that governments help people meet needs and solve problems. Students
will discover that our country’s government is in Washington, D.C. and that many
people work to make our government fair.
Science – The Life Cycle of
The life science unit is The
Life Cycle of Butterflies which looks closely at the observable changes
in an animal as it moves through its life. In this unit students will learn
that organisms have basic needs and that they can survive only in environments
in which their needs can be met. Students will also learn that organisms
reproduce, develop, and have predictable life cycles. Probably the most exciting part of this unit
is when the students get to interact with the butterflies in our classroom
butterfly tower and then release them into our courtyard.
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.