Soaring to New Heights in Room 6
Reading: Becoming Experts – Reading Nonfiction
This unit is divided into three bends. Bend 1 focuses students’ attention on growing knowledge as they pay attention to details, put parts of text together, and question texts. Bend 2 works to tackle both the tricky word work and vocabulary development students need to navigate nonfiction reading. Bend 3 sets readers up to grow knowledge across texts as they read topic sets of texts, comparing, contrasting, and connecting information across texts and text sets and doing the vocabulary work that accompanies nonfiction reading.
In the first bend, students will write as many informational books as they can. They’ll choose topics based on their own interests, starting out by making a table of contents as a strategy for planning and then writing a page for each chapter.
In Bend Two, children will learn that each chapter can be planned with more detail, making whole booklets for each chapter rather than a single page. They’ll learn strategies for elaboration, such as using examples and comparison. They will also learn to write introductions and conclusions.
In Bend Three, children become experts on a particular topic. Students will choose one of the many information books they have created and stick with that topic for the remainder of the unit. They will conduct simple research, gathering information from a variety of sources. Each child will create an expert project, which will consist of a book with many chapters on a topic or a collection of separate books on a topic.
In the final bend, students will prepare to present their expert projects after following the editing process.
Math: Unit 3 – More Fact Strategies
In this unit, more fact strategies are developed including the strategy to solve subtraction facts. Additional routines and games for practicing facts are introduced. Fact families, "What's My Rule?," using 10 as a friendly number, and fact triangles are taught
Math: Unit 4 - Place Value and Measurement
In this unit, students extend their understanding of place value. This will provide a foundation for the development of strategies for fluently adding and subtracting multi-digit numbers later in second grade. They also explore measuring tools, and standard units (inch, centimeter, and foot) for measuring length. Students will learn the difference between A.M. and P.M. They will represent numbers with base-10 blocks, and in expanded notation.
Social Studies: Unit 3 – Our Past
In this unit, we will be learning all about our country’s history. We will begin with Native Americans and continue through the westward expansion and Civil War to learn how the United States slowly grew and changed. We will explore how new people came to America and continue to do so today.
Science – Solids & Liquids
In this unit, students will be exploring different solids, liquids, and small solids in various settings. Students will be using properties to describe, identify, sort, and compare and contrast the materials. By the end of this unit, students will be able to differentiate between solids and liquids.
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 class meetings. We celebrate our Star Students weekly.