Grade 2 News
Newsletter #1: How we Express Ourselves
UOI 1: Who We Are
An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.
Central idea: Folk Tales and Fables are creative expressions of our values (morals)
Key concepts: Function, Connection , Perspective
Related concepts: Culture, Creative Expression, Story Elements
Lines of inquiry
- (Function) Folk Tales as oral traditions
- (Connection) Morals found in folk tales and fables from diverse cultures
- (Perspective) Expressing our values through fables
UOI Field Trip
What Are We Learning This Unit?
- develop place value strategies to fluently add and subtract within 100
- represent and solve one- and two-step word problems of varying types within 100
- develop conceptual understanding of addition and subtraction of multi-digit numbers within 200.
- Using a concrete and abstract approach to develop an understanding of the composition and decomposition of units, and they relate these representations to the standard algorithm for addition and subtraction.
English Language Arts
In English Language Arts, students will be exploring many different concepts this unit, we will be exploring:
- Stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
- How characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
- Differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.
- Two or more versions of the same story (Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
- Various text features (captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
- key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media and retelling the story orally with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
- Using collective nouns, forming and using frequently occurring irregular plural nouns and reflexive pronouns and reviewing Capitalization rules for Proper Nouns.
What Makes Me Unique – ماللذي يجعلني فريد
Students will be working on writing a paragraph about what makes each of them unique. Students will be expected to describe physical and personality attributes using a variety of appropriate adjectives. Student will be able to correctly use descriptive adjectives, subject pronouns, and nominal sentences
Students will learn about:
· Adjectives and how to correctly form nominal sentences
· Verbs and pronouns associated with daily activities
· Taa’ Marboota and gender differentiation in Arabic
· Students will also read parts of a short folktale in Arabic "جحا وحماره"
I can communicate basic information about my everyday life and I can talk about what I eat, and do.
I can present information about myself and others using words and phrases like:
- I can say what I look like
- I can say what I am like
- I can say what someone looks like
- I can say what someone is like
- I can talk about my daily activities using words, phrases, and memorized expressions.
- I can name activities in my daily schedule
- I can copy letters of the alphabet د،ذ،ر،ز
- I can list my daily activities and write lists that help me in my day to day life.
- I can label activities and their times in my daily schedule
- I can write about a familiar experience or event using practiced material
- I can recognize and sometimes understand words and phrases that I have learned for specific purposes
Science & Social Studies
- Students are finishing up our Science Investigation into earth materials by evaluating and comparing soil samples and their properties and learning which soils are found in which types of environments as well as which soil is best for planting.
- Students will be exploring water and its properties and where it can be found around the world in the different states (water, ice, gas) Students compare a variety of solutions to slow down the effects of wind and water erosion on land and why its important.
In Social Studies students are:
- Using stories to compare the elements of two different cultures, and their commonalities in the same or similar stories.
- Explaining ways people of different cultural backgrounds can respect and help to pass on traditions and customs through stories.
- Exploring examples of how families in the community share and borrow customs and traditions from other cultures.
· Memorizing Surat Ash-Shams with fluently Tajweed.
· Learning the meaning of Surat Ash-Shams.
· Reading and memorizing Surat An-Naml from 18-22.
· Learning the meaning of this verses and the story of prophet Sulayman with the ant and Hudhud.
· Learning how to write the Qur’anic words.
- Seerah: Continuing the story of prophet Muhammed (SAW) until marriage Khadija.
- Islamic History: They story of prophet Thamoud and the camel.
- Fiqh: Recognize the names, timings, and the number of Raka’at of the five daily Fard prayers.
- Manners: Qualities of a good friend continued discovering other good qualities respect for others.
Students will discover the use of new materials and new techniques like soft pastel and blending techniques, dot painting and paper mache to express their ideas and feelings through Emphasis, unity, balance, repetition, and contrast.
Creative Expression and Production:
Students will demonstrate the ability to organize knowledge and ideas for expression in the
production of art.
Create images and forms from observation, memory, imagination, and feelings
a. Experiment with art media, processes, and techniques and
demonstrate a variety of ways they can be used to express meaning.
- January 9-27: MAPS testing (2 weeks)
- January 10: ECA's for term two begin
- January 11th: SchoolQuran Challenge submission is due (assembly)
- January 16th: No School MLK Day
- January 19: School Wide Spelling Bee
- January 20th: First and Second Grade Field Trip
- January 23rd: Teacher workday
- February 1st: Open Minded Passports are due