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 is 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 Thursday, May 23rd. We loved getting out into the FIELD during our three day CAPSTONE field trip to BARRIER ISLAND and we look forward to our day trip to the PORT ROYAL SOUND MARITIME CENTER to explore hands on our local ecosystems and animal classification on the dock, in the forest and marsh, and on a boat excursion. Our MATHEMATICAL studies have focused on equal groups as we work with foundational multiplication and division skills. Students have felt very grown up and proud of themselves as they've realized that multiplication and division are skills that they already know how to do--just like dealing cards in a game of Uno or Go Fish or figuring out how many cookies every one gets at a party. They've become more efficient with their understanding and strategies by exploring organizing equal groups with arrays using columns and rows. We look forward to sharing our ARRAY CITY projects with you soon! 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 community during our upcoming SPRING SERVICE LEARNING project we've titled "PENNIES for POETRY." To share our love of poetry and bring JOY to our elder members of our community, students will visit local assisted living homes to read our poems and offer them as gifts. As a way to give the gift of early literacy to babies born in Beaufort County, students will also host an AUTHOR'S TEA at Riverview in our classrooms on Wednesday, May 22nd at 11:00 to raise money for BORN to READ--a local non-profit organization that supports literacy--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!