Soaring to New Heights in Room 1206!
In this unit, we will be focusing on supporting our students in reading nonfiction. Readers will learn from their books to “Become Smarter about Our World and the Things in It”. Specifically, students will work to identify elements of who, what, where, when, why and how in the text—looking at the main topic, as well as the focus of specific paragraphs, to demonstrate understanding. They will use text features to comprehend, and discuss their new thinking.
Students will learn in this unit that information readers don’t just retell the words on the page, they also understand meaning beyond what is written. Readers will link different parts of the information, to think about what it means and to ask questions.
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.
Social Studies: Unit 2 – 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 1
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 first unit focuses on skills for learning: being respectful, focusing attention, listening, using self-talk and being assertive.