The concept of community appears in almost every aspect of the world. It refers to neighborhoods and cities created by people. In this unit, we look at many human communities to identify differences and similarities. We compare communities from thousands of years ago to those we know today.
Our Essential Questions are:
1 What makes a community sustainable?
2 How do you meet your needs?
3 What are some basic human rights?
4 Is freedom for all?
5 Who helps protect freedom?
6 Does where you live affect how you live?
One of our ongoing projects has been creating individual timeline pieces in the form of a “Community Systems” book.
Inside, we compare NOW and THEN and explore how communities change over time.
As a group, we create a visual timeline with watercolor paintings and written captions.
We also look at our “place in space” and create a group concentric visual that ranges from our Riverview Charter School community all of the way to Our Solar System.
BUILDING RAMPS & CATAPULTS
In writing, we have focused on Informational Text.
As inspiration, we created catapults from plastic spoons and rulers.
Then, as scientists, we tested different balls to see which would travel the farthest after being thrown by the catapult.
We were tasked to write steps and procedures that were precise and detailed.
LEARNING ABOUT FORCES & MOTION
In guided reading, we are reading many non-fiction books. This exposure as readers helps us as writers. Indexes, glossaries and tables of contents are all features that we are becoming familiar with using. We now should understand how diagrams and bold text help us as readers to understand topics more clearly.
BIRTHDAY TIMELINE CELEBRATIONS
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 South Carolina State Standards which you can access here:
We appreciate the support of our families as we have fun learning and growing together as 21st century citizens!