2nd Grade Specials

NFS Curriculum Update :: December, 2014


Second grade artists will be revisiting glazing techniques for their ceramic sculptures in December. We will work using underglazes, painting two coats and also adding a clear coat top. Once the pieces are glazed fired, students will create a scene involving their ceramic sculptures and using a variety of materials to add other subjects and details.


Second Grade will hear holiday stories including Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, and a selection from Judy Moody & Stink: The Holly Joliday. This class particularly enjoys draw-along stories, so we will draw a seasonal story called The Curious Little Mouse.


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 Peter Tchaikovsky.


In P.E. we will continue to develop our physical fitness and work on muscular strength with a focus on the core. This month our new fitness exercise will be jogging. 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 Fire Chief and What Time Is It Mr. Fox. The month will end with holiday games and activities.


Second graders have started their "mini medical school" unit. At the start of each class, students play “Esquelito Says," our version of Simon Says, but with the scientific names for the bones being used and practiced. Each week a new term will be added. We started this unit sharing something we know about how the inside of their bodies work. Students were introduced to the skeletal system by drawing their hands and trying to feel and count their bones. Then we viewed a hand x-ray and counted the 26 bones in the hand. We put together a skeleton puzzle and viewed what the skeleton looks like as a whole. This week we will continue with the circulatory system, talking about what the circulatory system does in the simplest of terms. Students learn that the heart pumps blood and that it is a muscle. They have the opportunity to listen to their heart and their partner’s heart with a stethoscope. Students conclude learning about the circulatory system by recording their resting heart rate and then running in place for 30 seconds to record the running heart rate. Then we move onto the digestive system while munching on snacks. A volunteer will come up and wear an anatomy apron with removable organs so we can see the path the food takes through the body. We’ll mime the path the food takes down the digestive system on our bodies. For added understanding, we unroll a string and see that the length of the digestive tract is really quite long. Finally, we explore the respiratory system. We start with some deep breaths and watch as our classmates' shoulders move. Then we pant like a dog to feel our diaphragm, the biggest muscle in our body, move. We learn that the lungs, diaphragm, and the trachea, another name for the windpipe, are the main parts of that system. We also watch several episodes of Schoolhouse Rock that focus on the body.


Second graders will be working hard these next three weeks to compose their conversational dialogues with a partner. They will be required to write a short script in Spanish that incorporates all of the basic introductory questions we have been working on learning. They will be asking about and giving their names, ages, and where they are from in Spanish! The goal is to finish writing by the break and practice and record when we return. Depending on our progress, we may take the last class of 2014 to review holiday traditions in the Spanish-speaking world. The kids love to sing “Feliz Navidad” and “Ocho Candelitas.”