We Learn! What's Your Super Power?
Reading: Bigger Books Amp Up Reading Power
In the first bend of this unit, students will revisit what it looks like and sounds like to read books with a smooth, expressive voice. In the second bend children explore figurative language and how it builds their understanding of the text. In the last bend students learn to keep track of a storyline in longer books to prepare them for the challenges of levels K/L.
Writing: Writing Science Lab Reports
This unit is divided into two bends or two sections. The first bend introduces students to the scientific procedures and writing process. Students will be conducting experiments and writing for the purpose that scientists write. In bend two, students begin to internalize the scientific procedures and writing process in order to create a new experiment, write a scientific lab report, collect data and draw a conclusion.
In this unit children collect and display data about pockets on two different kinds of graphs. They are introduced to Comparison Number Stories and Two Step Number Stories. Later in this unit, they share and record their own invented strategies for addition, and learn a formal addition strategy called the Partial Sums Addition Strategy. In Lesson 6.6, students make ballpark estimates.
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.
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.