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    Reading: Series Book Clubs

    This unit is divided into three bends. In the first bend, students become an expert of a series, studying characters and plot. They will study how characters handle and respond to problems and use what they know about characters to predict what will happen to the characters in the next books in the series. Students will study secondary characters and look at their relationships with the main character in order to learn more about the main character. Students will talk across series book in book clubs.

    The second bend involves students becoming experts of the author of a series. They will read texts closely to discover similar craft moves of that author, such as word choice, literary language and the structure of the text. Students will join up with their club to analyze author’s craft techniques used across a series.

    Finally, students will share books and opinions about books. They will study a new series and help introduce a new group to the series they just studied. Students will become experts on the series and share their opinions by debating with their peers. They will do the difficult work of determining importance, supporting reasons with examples, collecting evidence from the text, and working together to make arguments strong.


    Writing: Writing About Reading

    In the first bend the students will develop opinions about reading. The students will retell their story in order to help their readers fully understand their opinion. They will write about their favorite character, part and picture.  In the second bend the students will write longer letters by reading and rereading closely to come up with more ideas for opinions, more details and evidence to support their opinions, as well as fun ways to fancy up their writing. Finally in the third bend, the students will write book nominations with evidence and support.


    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 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.


    Social Studies: Unit 2 – All About Earth

    In this unit the students will be immersed in the study of Geography.  Geography tells about the people, plants, and animals that live on Earth. Maps and globes can help us learn about different landforms on Earth. We will become landform experts!  The students will learn about the continents and major oceans of the world.  We will study the Earth’s seasons and how its resources affect our lives.

    Students will also be working in small groups to research a country and a game from that country. They will then share this knowledge during International Games day with the whole Frost School community.


    Science – The Life Cycle of Butterflies

    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.