Second Grade Specials

NFS Curriculum Update :: November, 2013


The creativity of the second grade class is astonishing! They let it show in the masks they created in celebration of the art and culture of Mexico. In November they will be recalling their knowledge of clay forming, attaching and glazing techniques. In addition to utilizing their previous knowledge and experiences with the material, the second grade will learn a new clay technique called slab rolling. Students will using these slabs to build three dimensional sculptures and using their math brains to measure and compare sizes.


During library class second grade will play a computer game that reinforces alphabetical order. We also will read Hanukkah and Thanksgiving stories.


The second graders are doing a great job with their musical. I am so proud of them! As we move into November, we will be starting a new unit called “Luigi’s Baton." In this unit we will be learning about the orchestral instrument families and listening to music of many different genres and composers.


In Lower School PE we will continue to develop our physical fitness and work on muscular strength exercises. The class will be participating in a number of games this month that involve running jumping and dodging. We will also introduce the parachute and participate in cooperative group activities that involve creativity and imagination. Fun activities that the class will enjoy playing include What Time Is It Coach Adam and Blob Tag. The month will end with holiday activities involving Thanksgiving.


We continue with weather and look more in depth at the water cycle by drawing a picture of it and dancing the water cycle boogie. November is our big cloud month. We go outside and talk about the clouds we see. We will talk about the three major types: cirrus, stratus and cumulus. A chant with hand movements will help us remember them, as well as a cloud game and making our own cloud pictures out of cotton.


In November Second grade will begin to learn personal description. This will involve being able to describe basic aspects of their appearance and personality and will be a natural continuation/extension of the conversational language we learned in our dialogues. One of the benefits of working at a small school where teachers are allowed freedom to innovate with their curriculum is that plans can be amended as we learn new things. In consultation with Maria Feinman, Spanish grades 4 – 8, we realized our students don’t know the alphabet in Spanish as well as we would like! Therefore this month we will be working on learning the alphabet in Spanish. Be prepared for lots of singing at home! We are constantly evaluating and adjusting the Spanish curriculum in an attempt to ensure that when students leave our program in 8th grade they have exceptional speaking, reading and listening skills.