Big Idea: Ecosystems are communities made up of living and nonliving things that interact with each other. Second graders at RCS are experts at SYSTEMS. We know that a system is a group of things or parts that come together to make something whole. Like pieces in a puzzle, every part of the system plays an integral role in the whole. The children have jumped into our final unit of study--ECOSYSTEMS-- with flourish and excitement. They are well on their way to understanding that all ecosystems are made up of living and nonliving things that work together. Our ecosystems study will be a great way to review many of our previous studies including body systems as we explore food webs and food chains, weather as we compare and contrast temperatures and weather conditions in wetlands, deserts, forests, oceans and the Arctic, and of course communities by our further understanding of how all life is connected.
In class we've begun our work on our CAPSTONE Keynote projects. We have used online articles and books to research and explore living organisms as beginnings (kindergarten), patterns and cycles (first grade), and systems (second grade). We can’t wait to share our projects with you during our Spring Portfolio Night on Wednesday, May 31st. We are eager to get out into the FIELD with our upcoming trip to the PORT ROYAL SOUND MARITIME CENTER to explore hands on animal classification on the dock and on a boat excursion.
Our MATHEMATICAL studies have focused on problem solving with length, money, and data. The children have loved creating surveys and displaying their data in graphs, sorting vertebrates various ways and organizing the data in tables and graphs, and finally interpreting our data. Boy, our students sure are good with MONEY! The children continue to show perseverance with this hands-on authentic learning unit. Please continue to ask your children to count your coins in your pockets and purses, help with figuring out if they have enough money to purchase items during family shopping trips, and to calculate how much change they will get back. We've recently become experts on telling time and geometry as well. We will continue to hone these skills throughout the month of May. Riverview second graders have proven to be poetic beyond compare! Their writing skills and enthusiasm have not ceased to amaze as they work to create beautiful, serious, silly, and witty poems--BIG thoughts in small packages. We know that poets write with their HEARTS and with their minds and that they find amazing ideas in ordinary objects and experiences. We will share these original tiny treasures with our Port Royal community during our upcoming SPRING SERVICE LEARNING project we've titled "PENNIES for POETRY." Students will either visit Port Royal Elementary School or The Little Brown School to read our poems in exchange for donations of coins to raise money for BORN to READ--a local non-profit organization that supports literacy. Additionally, students will host an AUTHOR'S TEA at Riverview in our classrooms on Thursday, June 1st at 11:00 to raise additional money--mark your calendars to attend!
We believe each student in our classroom deserves to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged each and every day he/she comes to school. Differentiation is key in second grade as we strive to teach the whole child, but we also encourage everyone to feel that he/she is part of our total community system. Our integrated units of study all relate to SYSTEMS to include: Magnets, Human Body Systems, Community Systems, Weather Systems and Eco-systems. Our Daily 5 approach for literacy gives students choices while they work independently to include read to self, read to someone, work on writing, word work and listen to reading. Students are then able to work in small groups or individually with the teacher for guided reading, assessment and conferencing. Our writer's workshop is inspired by Lucy Calkins. We focus on personal narratives, informational writing, opinion writing and poetry. We follow a rigorous mathematics curriculum based on "EngageNY" that nurtures a solid understanding of key mathematical concepts. We appreciate the support of our families as we have fun learning and growing together as 21st century citizens!