Grade 2 News
Newsletter #1: Sharing the Planet
UOI 6: Sharing the Planet
Sharing the planet
An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.
Our actions towards the environment affect the survival of animals and plants
Lines of Inquiry
- Habitats in the Environment (Reflection)
- How animals become endangered (Causation)
- Everyday actions that help the environment (Responsibility)
What Are We Learning This Unit?
English Language Arts
The Standards we will cover this unit are:
- Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
- Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
- Read and comprehend literature, including stories and poems
- Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.
- Identify words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences.
- Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.
- Create audio recordings appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
- Form and use the past tense of frequently occurring irregular verbs (e.g., myself, ourselves).
- Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences
Meal Worm Update
Welcome to our first Darkling Beetle which hatched out of the Pupae stage this week! We still have three more Pupae growing strong!
Sunflower seeds have sprouted and are growing strong!
Painted Lady Larvae
Our Painted Lady Caterpillars have formed their Chrysallis
Students acted out ways that we might harm the environment by removing our classroom 'forest' from last unit.
Students have helped to prepare our garden for our plants. Each grade will be able to contribute to the school garden! Soil donations are welcome!
Students explored the Learner Profile of Balanced- connecting this to our UOI as balanced ecosystems. This will be our Learner Profile of the month next month!
Science & Social Studies
In Science students will be working in the garden and letting go of all the living things that we have bee observing for the last few weeks. Students will need to make informed choices about where to let these things go or where to plant them. Students will evaluate the best place for their living things and try to anticipate problems before letting them go. Students will explore the best place for plants to live and talk about how the natural habitat must meet the needs of the living things we release and that the living things we release must not tip the 'balance' of the habitat we release it into.
The science goal for this unit is:
- Students can Develop a simple model that mimics the function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants.
In Social Studies students will:
- Recognize and describe how making choices affects others
- Analyze how different points of view in school situations may result in compromise or conflict.
- Describe how and why people protect or fail to protect the environment
- Identify, pose questions, and find solutions to a problem facing our planet
- Explore, Describe and Classify different types of regions around the world (desert, rain forest, woodlands,)
A Balanced Ecosystem
In Quran during the month of Ramadan students will be spending time in each class to focus on and practice reading Quran. Our focus this month will be to increase our level of reading in the Quran as it is the blessed month of Ramadan.
- Read and memorize Surat Al-Mulk with fluency and Tajweed.
- Know the general meaning of Surat Al-Mulk.
- Our responsibilities toward the creatures and environment from Surat Al-Mulk.
Students have been preparing for Ramadan in a variety of ways from learning about fasting, prayer, and our actions during this Holy Month. Students will continue to learn about Ramadan as we go through the month.
Students will learn:
- Akhlaq: Students will study some Hadith about responsibility toward animals and plant.
- Planting seeds, ( اذا قامت الساعة وفي يد أحدكم فسيلة فليغرسها).
- The person who mistreating the cat, and what is his punishment.
- The person who helped a dog.
Up cycling and Islamic geometric art.
Recycled Art: Painted newsletters installation.
Printmaking using paper towel recycled rolls.
Targeted MSDE Standards
- Students will demonstrate the ability to organize knowledge and ideas for expression in the production of art.
- Investigate a variety of ways that artists develop ideas and organize the elements of art in response to what they see, know, and feel
- Identify sources for ideas and procedures used to create artworks
- Identify color, line, shape, texture, form, space, and selected principles of design, such as pattern, repetition, and contrast in artworks that convey what they see, know, and feel
Here are some things to look forward to!
- Ramadan May 26th, 2017
- Last Day of School for Students- June 23, 2017
Some changes to look for- Students will be on an alternate schedule for Ramadan, starting this Tuesday- (5-30-17). There will be little to no homework this month in an effort to encourage family time and reading of Quran. Students will be encouraged to fast however if a student is struggling to fast, they can eat and then start their fast again.