Second Grade Specials

NFS Curriculum Update :: December, 2015


Second graders will be creating traditional Swedish Dalecarlian horses in December. Commonly called Dala horses, they are traditionally carved out of wood and decoratively painted. Once used as toys, these beloved figurines have become a symbol of Sweeden. Second grade students will be using a menagerie of sculptural materials to build large dalas and will paint them with designs inspired by traditional Swedish folk art.


Second grade will hear holiday stories including Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, a selection from Judy Moody & Stink: The Holly Joliday, and The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza.


The second graders have been doing a stellar job with their new unit called “Luigi’s Baton." In this unit we have been learning about the orchestral instrument families and listening to music of many different genres and composers. We will continue with this unit throughout December, adding in some holiday themed activities as well. Our December composer of the month is Charles Ives.


In PE we will continue to develop our physical fitness and work on muscular strength with a focus on core. This month our new fitness exercise will be stretching our body into the shape of a bridge. December is the start of our basketball unit and many of the classes will focus on various basketball skills, drills, and activities. We will practice the skills of dribbling, passing, and shooting. The class will participate in activities like Dribble Mania and Red Light/Green Light Dribble. Fun non-basketball activities include Baby in the Air and Snowball Alley, as well as a real life sized board game called Candy Land! In December students will again have the opportunity to use the rock wall and the month will end with holiday games and activities.


In December we start a new unit on processes that shape the Earth. We begin by looking at all the parts of the Earth, and where we can find liquid water, ice and land with ipads and Google Earth. We will then create a landscape with a partner and look at different landforms. Next, we will brainstorm how we think the creations could have been formed were the landscape real. This will lead us into learning about erosion. Through playing with sand and water we will start to explore how erosion has affected the landscape of our world.


After much preparation in November, students will finally begin writing and learning their basic conversation dialogues using the common questions: “¿Cómo te llamas?” or “Cúal es tu nombre?” (What is your name) ¿Cómo estás? (How are you?) ¿Cuántos años tienes? (How old are you?) and ¿De dónde eres tú? (Where are you from?). Once they are completed and learned, each dialogue will be videotaped and shared! Second graders have been watching the dialogues of previous students for inspiration and they are excited! Working on our projects and discussing “La Navidad” (Christmas) and “Januca” (Hanukkah) in Spanish will take us through to the New Year.